Darien's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/darien Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:55:08 -0500 HamletHub.com Rabbis, cantors, and other all stars from Upper Fairfield County Jewish community come together for Fiddler on the Roof http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46179-rabbis-cantors-and-other-all-stars-from-upper-fairfield-county-jewish-community-come-together-for-fiddler-on-the-roof46179-rabbis-cantors-and-other-all-stars-from-upper-fairfield-county-jewish-community-come-together-for-fiddler-on-the-roof http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46179-rabbis-cantors-and-other-all-stars-from-upper-fairfield-county-jewish-community-come-together-for-fiddler-on-the-roof46179-rabbis-cantors-and-other-all-stars-from-upper-fairfield-county-jewish-community-come-together-for-fiddler-on-the-roof

“All-Star” Community Cast to Perform Fiddler on the Roof on Dec. 3

Rabbis, cantors, and other “all stars” from throughout the Upper Fairfield County Jewish community will come together on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4 pm at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Bridgeport to perform a very special staged reading of the classic Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof, including all of the show’s most memorable songs.

The performance is presented by the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, a non-profit educational and humanitarian organization representing 15 Jewish communities in the region bordered by Ridgefield, Monroe, Stratford, and Rowayton. The production’s cast includes clergy and agency leaders from Jewish congregations and organizations throughout the area, along with a local volunteer orchestra and choral ensemble.

The event is the brainchild of Federation CEO David Weisberg, a former professional theatre performer, who sees the production as an opportunity to bring together members of the Jewish community from throughout the Federation’s broad geographic area and beyond for a fun afternoon of entertainment and to benefit a great cause. The audience will be invited and encouraged to sing along on classic numbers including Tradition and To Life.

All net proceeds from the performance will benefit the Federation’s efforts to support needy Jews in Ukraine, creating a connection between the event and the geographical setting of Fiddler on the Roof – writer Sholom Aleichem’s fictional town of Anatevka in 19th-century Russia. Weisberg recently returned from a journey to Ukraine, and explains that the places and community projects he visited – which will benefit from the event – include a new village outside Kiev being built to provide refuge for Jews fleeing war-torn eastern Ukraine. Inspired by Fiddler on the Roof, the new community has aptly been named “Anatevka.” 

Weisberg, who will be featured in the role of “Teyve,” has ancestral roots in a similar-sounding Ukrainian shtetl (small village), Obodivka, which he visited during his trip, an experience he described as “like traveling back in time.”

The special Fiddler on the Roof production is “script in hand” with minimal sets and costuming. The cast includes Cantor Debbie Katchko Gray in the lead role of “Golde;” Rabbi Ita Paskind, Cantor Shirah Sklar, and Federation Israeli Emissary Bar Degani as Teyve’s daughters, Tzeitel, Hodel, and Chava; and Rabbi Evan Schultz, Cantor Dan Sklar, and educator Justin Beck playing Motel, Perchik, and Fyedka.

The cast also features Rabbi Colin Brodie, Rabbi Rachel Bearman, Rabbi Greg Schindler, Hazzan Niema Hirsch, Ellen Ashkins, Matt Greenberg, Julia Brennan, Dana Preis, and Shlomo Kessel, along with a choral ensemble. One ensemble-member, Sandy Rothenberg, has the special distinction of being the great-granddaughter of Sholom Aleichem, the Yiddish author whose stories inspired the Fiddler on the Roof musical.

The volunteer orchestra is led by Arthur Gang, and Diana Muller serves as the Production Manager.

Tickets for the Fiddler on the Roof event are $10 and can be purchased at shalomct.org/fiddler or (203) 226-8197.  The Federation’s Fiddler on the Roof production is being presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International. All net ticket proceeds benefit the Federation’s partner organizations who help needy Jews in Ukraine.

All-Star Community Staged Reading of Fiddler on the Roof: Sunday, Dec. 3, 4 PM, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 2385 Park Ave., Bridgeport | All tickets $10: shalomct.org/fiddler / (203) 226-8197


Tarad@hamlethub.com (David Weisberg) Events Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:39:56 -0500
Stamford EMS and Stamford Paramedic Association Donate 50 Turkeys to Stamford Food Bank http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46177-stamford-ems-and-stamford-paramedic-association-donate-50-turkeys-to-stamford-food-bank-151095801646177-stamford-ems-and-stamford-paramedic-association-donate-50-turkeys-to-stamford-food-bank-1510958016 http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46177-stamford-ems-and-stamford-paramedic-association-donate-50-turkeys-to-stamford-food-bank-151095801646177-stamford-ems-and-stamford-paramedic-association-donate-50-turkeys-to-stamford-food-bank-1510958016

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Stamford EMS and the Stamford Paramedic Association made a combined donation of 50 turkeys to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County today.  The joint gift comes just as the Food Bank expressed the need for donations.

“To be hungry at Thanksgiving is a terrible thing,” said Pete Kessler, President of the Stamford Paramedic Association, local 684, a unit of IAEP.  “We take care of people every day; this is one more way for us to serve the community.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Patricia Squires, Stamford EMS Chief and C.E.O., “Helping those in need is what we do.  We are honored to be able to contribute to the holiday meals of dozens of families in need.”

“We’re grateful for the donation,” said Kate Lombardo, Executive Director of the Food Bank.  “This is a time of year when people who wouldn’t normally ask for help feel it’s acceptable to ask for help.  As a result, we’re able to identify people that are struggling with food insecurity.”

The turkeys will be distributed to soup kitchens, emergency pantries and shelters across the region, including Inspirica, Person to Person, New Covenant House and Pacific House.  The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County is in need of 4,000 turkeys, those interested in donating should contact the food bank at (203) 358-8898.

Stamford Emergency Medical Services Inc. is Connecticut’s only CAAS accredited EMS agency, responding to over 14,000 calls annually as a private, nonprofit organization.  Since being organized in 1992 to provide prehospital care and ambulance services, Stamford Emergency Medical Services has remained clearly focused in its mission to provide high quality, compassionate emergency care and education to the communities it serves.  To learn more, or to make a donation, visit stamfordems.org or call (203) 968-1118.

LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Charities Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:13:30 -0500
Blossom Hill's 6th Annual Auction Opens Today! http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46174-blossom-hill-s-6th-annual-auction-opens-today-151087023246174-blossom-hill-s-6th-annual-auction-opens-today-1510870232 http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46174-blossom-hill-s-6th-annual-auction-opens-today-151087023246174-blossom-hill-s-6th-annual-auction-opens-today-1510870232

EMBARGOED UNTIL  November 17, 2017 at 8:00 AM
The Blossom Hill Foundation's 6th annual online auction opens today! We invite you to explore the wonderful array of our unique items -- including delightful destination travel, Hamilton tickets, favorite news shows, getaway packages, and more --  just in time for the holidays! Please shop our website here:  
The Blossom Hill Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to give conflict-affected children from the Middle East a chance for a better future. We recognize that our evolving world demands new solutions. That is why we invest in bold new innovations that can achieve breakthroughs for children and youth -- the next generation of leaders. 
This event is our main fall fundraiser. Funds from the auction will support our fellows' inspiring and transformative work. You can show your support by bidding on all of your favorite items and packages.

The auction begins Friday, November 17 and will run through Monday, November 27, 2017 closing at 9 pm EST sharp! 

rnimroody@gmail.com (rosenim) Charities Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:13:11 -0500
Rowayton Gardeners' Christmas Market Opens December 2 http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46155-rowayton-gardeners-christmas-market-opens-soon-151069001546155-rowayton-gardeners-christmas-market-opens-soon-1510690015 http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46155-rowayton-gardeners-christmas-market-opens-soon-151069001546155-rowayton-gardeners-christmas-market-opens-soon-1510690015

The Rowayton Gardeners’ Annual Christmas Market is on Saturday, December 2, 2017 (10 am – 1 pm) at the Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Avenue. This popular event, sponsored by the Fairfield County Bank and Rand Insurance, is an outing the whole family will enjoy. Bring the kids and bring the camera because Santa is back by popular demand!

You’ll find great items at great prices for holiday decorating that include more than 100 gorgeous, designer-quality, hand-decorated wreaths, mini-boxwood trees, festive table arrangements, and one-of-kind-gifts. There’s even a great Silent Auction!

“If you’re looking for a fabulous holiday wreath, we’ve got more than 100 from which you can choose. But we’re not just wreaths! Our sale is overflowing with irresistible ornaments, festive gifts and unique decorations,” Kathy Leeds, President of the Rowayton Gardeners Club said. 

To find out more, click here:  http://rowaytongardeners.org/rowayton-gardeners-annual-christmas-market-2017/

You’ll want to shop early to get the best selection. Profits from the Christmas Market, help to support community gardens, garden-inspired classes, lectures and workshops for all ages.

The Rowayton Gardeners, organized in 1957, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing the joys of gardening, raising environmental awareness and beautifying the Rowayton community.

jeannehard@gmail.com (Jeanne Hard) Events Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:44:00 -0500
Enjoy Holiday Magic in Darien on December 2 http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46145-enjoy-holiday-magic-in-darien-on-december-246145-enjoy-holiday-magic-in-darien-on-december-2 http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46145-enjoy-holiday-magic-in-darien-on-december-246145-enjoy-holiday-magic-in-darien-on-december-2

Come share some holiday spirit at Darien's HOLIDAY MAGIC event at Grove St. Plaza on Dec. 2 from 4 PM - 6 PM

Santa will arrive at 4:45 and will be available to visit with all the children. If you arrive at 4:00, the giant animals will return for rides. The Melting Pot will have hot cocoa available to raise money for St. Judes. Carolers will be there entertaining all with holiday songs---including the famous DHS Tudor Singer!

This local community event is sponsored by Grove St. Plaza, Darien Toy Box, The Darien Chamber of Commerce, & the Melting Pot.

Remember to bring your camera!

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Darien Chamber) Events Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:49:00 -0500
Connecticut is first state in country to use intimate partner violence risk assessment tool http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/46171-connecticut-is-first-state-in-country-to-use-intimate-partner-violence-risk-assessment-tool46171-connecticut-is-first-state-in-country-to-use-intimate-partner-violence-risk-assessment-tool http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/46171-connecticut-is-first-state-in-country-to-use-intimate-partner-violence-risk-assessment-tool46171-connecticut-is-first-state-in-country-to-use-intimate-partner-violence-risk-assessment-tool

CCADV, CT POST release report regarding CT’s Lethality Assessment Program

Today Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) and CT Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) released a new report – Connecticut ’s Lethality Assessment Program 2017 Report. The report highlights that Connecticut is the first state in the country to achieve statewide utilization by law enforcement of an intimate partner violence risk assessment tool. The Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) provides a two-pronged approach that allows law enforcement to identify victims of intimate partner violence at risk for increased or fatal violence and get them immediately connected to help.

According to Connecticut’s Family Violence 2016 Arrest Report, there were 12,894 arrests for intimate partner violence in 2016, accounting for approximately one-third of all cases in Connecticut’s criminal justice system. The successful statewide implementation of LAP has had a significant impact on connecting victims in Connecticut to domestic violence services at a critical time while also shaping policy to strengthen the state’s response to domestic violence. Data collected between October 2012 and September 2017 demonstrates:

  • 22,566 lethality screens completed statewide
  • 51% deemed “high danger”
  • 73% of “high danger” victims spoke with a counselor when the police officer placed a phone call to the local domestic violence organization at the scene
  •  89% of those victims who spoke with a domestic violence counselor at the scene followed up for services

A review of over 3,000 screen responses found that 61% of victims had recently left or were attempting to leave their abuser at the time police were called, 58% of victims had experienced attempted strangulation, and 53% of victims had been stalked by their abuser. The timely connection of high danger victims to services that are facilitated by the use of LAP is critical to providing safety planning as victims prepare for the release of their abuser from custody, which may occur within hours of an arrest.

In September 2012, following a recommendation by the Connecticut Domestic Violence Fatality Review Task Force, which is led by CCADV, CCADV and the Connecticut Police Officer Standards & Training Council (POST) partnered to begin the statewide rollout of LAP. LAP utilizes a validated screening tool that identifies known risk factors for fatal intimate partner violence. The screen itself takes just 5 minutes for law enforcement to conduct and evaluate for the potential immediate referral of a victim to domestic violence services.

“The Lethality Assessment Program identifies those victims of domestic violence who are in ‘high danger’,” said Chief John Gavallas, Watertown Police Department, and President, Connecticut Police Chiefs Association. “This opens the door to safety and services that can make a significant change in the lives of those victims and their children.”

To ensure that the best practices and sizeable accomplishments achieved through LAP are not only maintained, but advanced, some next steps include:

  •                     Reviewing further research opportunities and data collection initiatives to formulate recommendations for systems-level change.
  •                     Assess potential changes to LAP protocol based on the available data about types of abuse experienced by victims in Connecticut.
  •                     Develop processes to ensure adherence to the fidelity of the LAP protocol.
  •                     Establish a clear model for the implementation and sustainability of LAP on a statewide basis that can be utilized by Connecticut and other states.
  •                     Determine other areas of the criminal justice system that could be informed about offender risk and dangerousness through the utilization of the LAP screen score while maintaining victim safety and confidentiality.
  •                     Work with other stakeholders to ensure uniform data collection across systems.

First piloted in 2010 by Ansonia Police Chief Kevin J. Hale in concert with CCADV member organization, The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services, LAP was created by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. LAP is based on extensive and comprehensive research conducted by Dr. Jacquelyn C. Campbell and Johns Hopkins University over a 25 year period. Maryland LAP provided training and technical assistance for the development and implantation of LAP in Connecticut.

kerry@ducey.org (David Bednarz) Life Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:10:06 -0500
Using Robots as Therapeutic Tool for Autism is Topic of Talk at New Canaan Library by Yale Professor Brian Scassellati http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46169-using-robots-as-therapeutic-tool-for-autism-is-topic-of-talk-at-new-canaan-library-by-yale-professor-brian-scassellati46169-using-robots-as-therapeutic-tool-for-autism-is-topic-of-talk-at-new-canaan-library-by-yale-professor-brian-scassellati http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46169-using-robots-as-therapeutic-tool-for-autism-is-topic-of-talk-at-new-canaan-library-by-yale-professor-brian-scassellati46169-using-robots-as-therapeutic-tool-for-autism-is-topic-of-talk-at-new-canaan-library-by-yale-professor-brian-scassellati

-The use of robots as a tool for enhancing therapeutic and diagnostic options for individuals with autism spectrum disorder has been developing over the last decade. New Canaan Library is pleased to present Yale Professor Brian Scassellati, who will speak about the topic on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. Please register online at newcanaanlibrary.org.

In a collaboration by researchers and clinicians, research is beginning to demonstrate that robots improve engagement and elicit novel social behaviors from people (particularly children and teenagers) with autism. Why robots in particular show this capability remains a question. This talk will focus on how robots can help prompt, measure, and evaluate social behavior in individuals with autism.

Brian Scassellati is a Professor of Computer Science, Cognitive Science, and Mechanical Engineering at Yale University and Director of the NSF Expedition on Socially Assistive Robotics. His research focuses on building embodied computational models of human social behavior, especially the developmental progression of early social skills. Using computational modeling and socially interactive robots, his research evaluates models of how infants acquire social skills and assists in the diagnosis and quantification of disorders of social development, such as autism. His other interests include humanoid robots, human-robot interaction, artificial intelligence, machine perception, and social learning.

joanneh@hamlethub.com (Katherine Blance) Events Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:07:29 -0500
LIFEWTR gave an emerging NYC artist worldly recognition http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46168-lifewtr-gave-an-emerging-nyc-artist-worldly-recognition46168-lifewtr-gave-an-emerging-nyc-artist-worldly-recognition http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46168-lifewtr-gave-an-emerging-nyc-artist-worldly-recognition46168-lifewtr-gave-an-emerging-nyc-artist-worldly-recognition

It's very exciting to see people holding my artwork in their hands. I think it's great that LIFEWTR is supporting emerging artists and designers because, in the beginning, it's very hard to find people who believe in your mission

 - Tiffany Huang

HamletHub has been presenting our readers with a series of engaging and empowering videos from LIFEWTR, a bottled water that uses every bottle to showcase new and emerging artists.

LIFEWTR’s Series 3 turns its focus to fashion and celebrates the designs of three talented emerging designers who bring their creative visions to life through incredible outfits.

Meet Tiffany Huang, a Taiwanese designer born in the USA with a specialization in sustainable/conscious textiles.

In partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), this series explores the different ways in which fashion is its own unique form of art.

Watch this video and quench your thirst for inspiration.

Learn more about LIFEWTR here.


kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:01:20 -0500
Rowayton Arts Center Holiday Gift Show opens this weekend http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/46167-rowayton-arts-center-holiday-gift-show-opens-this-weekend46167-rowayton-arts-center-holiday-gift-show-opens-this-weekend http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/46167-rowayton-arts-center-holiday-gift-show-opens-this-weekend46167-rowayton-arts-center-holiday-gift-show-opens-this-weekend

This year RAC’s holiday gift show takes you away to a warmer, sunnier climate: Key West! Exhibit designer and award winning artist Pam Abear explains, "I wanted to help us forget about the cold, snow and ice..especially the ice!"   Pam has transformed the gallery so you feel like you are on a holiday vacay! It's a heavenly hot spot for unique ornaments, scarves, sweaters, jewelry and more: All hand made by talented artisans from our region and beyond.   Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who make this possible!
When you visit the gallery, don't forget to check out Dana Goodfellow’s painting, “Island Lighthouse.” Dana, award winning painter and instructor, has generously donated her painting (Value: $3,200) to the RAC raffle.  Her work can be found in private collections throughout the US and has been featured in several local publications. Proceeds from the raffle and Holiday Gift Show are used to support the Arts Center and its educational outreach projects. You can now buy your raffle ticket online: RaffeTickets
Special Opening Weekend Hours!  Saturday, Sunday, Monday (Nov 18 - Nov 20) 10am - 5pm Weekly Hours  Tuesday - Sunday (Nov 18 - Dec 24) Noon - 5pm Saturdays 10am - 5pm (Closed Mondays* and Thanksgiving Day) Light Up Rowayton! Sunday, Nov 26 Open until 7 pm Christmas Eve Open until 2 pm  All proceeds from your purchases help support the Arts Center and its educational outreach. *Open Monday before Christmas!
joanneh@hamlethub.com (Rowayton Arts Center) Life Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:50:48 -0500
The Glass Castle is Darien Library's Friday Night Feature http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46166-the-glass-castle-is-darien-library-s-friday-night-feature46166-the-glass-castle-is-darien-library-s-friday-night-feature http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46166-the-glass-castle-is-darien-library-s-friday-night-feature46166-the-glass-castle-is-darien-library-s-friday-night-feature

Friday Night Feature: "The Glass Castle"

 Friday, November 17, 2017 
 6:30 pm - 8:40 pm 
 Community Room

(2017) Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, Sarah Snook, Max Greenfield; Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving family dysfunction, and for some language and smoking; 127 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.

The Darien Library is located at 1441 Post Road - Darien, CT 06820  Phone: 203-655-1234 

joanneh@hamlethub.com (Darien Library) Events Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:50:34 -0500
Officials Honor Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week at Pacific House Shelter http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46165-officials-honor-hunger-homelessness-awareness-week-at-pacific-house-shelter46165-officials-honor-hunger-homelessness-awareness-week-at-pacific-house-shelter http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46165-officials-honor-hunger-homelessness-awareness-week-at-pacific-house-shelter46165-officials-honor-hunger-homelessness-awareness-week-at-pacific-house-shelter

State Senator Carlo Leone, State Representative Terry Adams and Stamford Mayor David Martin served a meal at Pacific House emergency shelter on Monday evening to honor National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.  The shelter, which houses and feeds up to 110 homeless men and young adults each evening, serves the communities of Greenwich, Stamford, Darien and New Canaan.

During the 45 minute meal service, the officials worked together with members of The Lockwood Group, who prepared a meal of chicken parmesan, roasted potatoes, vegetable medley and homemade brownies for 50 men. 

“My son, Zach, participated in serving a meal at Pacific House with his civics class at Greenwich High School,” said Lockwood President and CEO, Matthew Schecter.  “We decided it would be a great experience for our company members too.”

The officials rolled up their sleeves to deliver the nutritious meal to the homeless men and young adults. Afterwards each had an opportunity to speak to the men. 

“I know what you go through, and see what Pacific House is doing to help, said Rep. Adams.  “It’s our job to work for you, reach out to us if you need something.”

“I’ve been involved with Pacific House for many years, it is one of the premiere organizations that supports people in need.  It is our pleasure to be here, and when we see the needs by coming here, it’s easier to fight for your resources and services,” said Carlo Leone.

“Thank you for this opportunity to serve you,” said Mayor Martin.  “By being here it gives the community a reminder that there are many parts of our city, not just the fancy, upscale parts.  There are people in need too, and sometimes everybody needs some help.” 

“I suppose it has become natural for many of us to question the motivations of our elected officials,” said Andrew Barer, Pacific House Director of Development. “These gentlemen all have a long history of helping Pacific House in many ways. They have demonstrated that their interest in helping the homeless is truly genuine.”

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week prior to Thanksgiving.  At a time when we traditionally think about what we are thankful for, compassion for our neighbors in need often comes to mind.  Those wishing to make a donation to Pacific House shelter should visit their website: www.PacificHouse.org.

Pacific House, formerly named Shelter for the Homeless, is the only regional men’s emergency shelter, serving Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien and the rest of Fairfield County.  Since 1982 the organization has served 1 million meals, provided over 850,000 bed-nights, secured housing for 1,500 people, and secured employment for 3,700 clients. Pacific House is an innovator in transforming lives and helping clients become more self-sufficient.  To learn more, or to make a donation, visit www.PacificHouse.org or call 203-406-0017.

joanneh@hamlethub.com (Laura Roberts) Charities Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:08:00 -0500
Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament at Grace Farms http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46154-thanksgiving-basketball-tournament-at-grace-farms46154-thanksgiving-basketball-tournament-at-grace-farms http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46154-thanksgiving-basketball-tournament-at-grace-farms46154-thanksgiving-basketball-tournament-at-grace-farms

On Friday, Nov 24, 2017 from 2:00 PM–6:00 PM

Bring family and friends together in teams of three for Grace Farms’ Thanksgiving Tournament! This friendly basketball tournament in the Court invites teens, returning college students, and adults for 3-on-3 games in a double-elimination bracket, ending with a two-period, 30-minute game between the final teams.

The Thanksgiving Tournament is open to twelve teams and advance registration is required. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Grace Farms is located at  365 Lukes Wood Road in New Canaan, CT

joanneh@hamlethub.com (Gwen North Reiss) Events Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:49:17 -0500
Shop Small Saturday in Darien http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46162-shop-small-saturday-in-darien46162-shop-small-saturday-in-darien http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46162-shop-small-saturday-in-darien46162-shop-small-saturday-in-darien

Forgo the big box chains and Shop Small Saturday, Novemeber 25th in your hometown of Darien. See friends, find unique gifts and simply have an enjoyable time! Go to www.darienctchamber.com for participating retailers.

November 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Downtown Darien, Noroton Heights Shopping Center and Goodwives Shopping Center


joanneh@hamlethub.com (Darien Chamber of Commerce) Events Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:33:23 -0500
Meyer Jabara Hotel Staff Leading the Journey at Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46161-meyer-jabara-hotel-staff-leading-the-journey-at-stamford-marriott-hotel-spa46161-meyer-jabara-hotel-staff-leading-the-journey-at-stamford-marriott-hotel-spa http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46161-meyer-jabara-hotel-staff-leading-the-journey-at-stamford-marriott-hotel-spa46161-meyer-jabara-hotel-staff-leading-the-journey-at-stamford-marriott-hotel-spa

New Meyer Jabara Team Members are Leading The Journey

Meyer Jabara Hotels (MJHotels) recently welcomed brand new employees to the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa to be immersed in the company culture: Leading the Journey.

“Congratulations to the fall graduating class of Leading the Journey. Thank you to the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa for hosting!” MJHotels said.

MJHotels believes that their company culture is not a destination or a human resources program of the month, it’s a journey. “It is a collection of all the small actions and big strategies, the monumental decisions and the minute interactions which make up each day,” they explain.

While at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, the employees were trained to accept the gift of empowerment and responsibility for providing superior customer service and differentiated repeatable experiences hotel guests.

“At Meyer Jabara Hotels, we embrace our company culture,” says MJHotels.

Owners of Meyer Jabara Hotels, Ridgefield resident Richard Jabara, and partner William Meyer, are celebrating  40 years of Meyer Jabara Hotels and Leading the Journey.

Leading the Journey is a management system coached by the renowned author, consultant and speaker, Dr. James Belasco and Thought Leader, Terri Tucker. According to MJHotel management, The Journey culture is a learning culture. “Several times each year,  the entire leadership team of Meyer Jabara Hotels, gathers to learn new applications for constant improvement,” they say.

Learn more about Meyer Jabara Hotels HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Wed, 15 Nov 2017 06:46:07 -0500
Eric Ben-Kiki of Hartford’s EBK Gallery is Guest Curator for Silvermine Guild Group Show Exhibition http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46160-eric-ben-kiki-of-hartford-s-ebk-gallery-is-guest-curator-for-silvermine-guild-group-show-exhibition46160-eric-ben-kiki-of-hartford-s-ebk-gallery-is-guest-curator-for-silvermine-guild-group-show-exhibition http://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46160-eric-ben-kiki-of-hartford-s-ebk-gallery-is-guest-curator-for-silvermine-guild-group-show-exhibition46160-eric-ben-kiki-of-hartford-s-ebk-gallery-is-guest-curator-for-silvermine-guild-group-show-exhibition

In its year-end exhibit of 2017, the Silvermine Galleries will present a Guild Group Show guest curated by Eric Ben-Kiki, whose contemporary art gallery in downtown Hartford is creating a new model for presenting artists to the public. Ben-Kiki brings his curatorial eye to the wide-ranging work of the Silvermine Guild of Artists.

The exhibition runs from November 26 through December 22, with an opening reception on December 3, 2-4pm. The reception is free and open to all.

An Artist Talk will take place on Tues., Dec. 12 at 6pm in the gallery.

Accompanying the Guild Group Show will be an extended Holiday Gift Shop offering art and fine crafts in diverse media.

Speaking about his selections for the Guild Group exhibition, Eric Ben-Kiki said he thinks about “the presence each piece commands. I juggle multiple ideas to apply when I view a wide spectrum of artwork. I think about the poetic voice of a piece, the crafting of it, the idea driving it, layers of perception in play. And also, very, very important, is keeping in mind that there is a viewing public that will see though eyes other than mine. For me, the type of artwork doesn’t pre-determine any decisions of choice, because the caliber of work will ultimately be what presents itself. One of the most rewarding experiences curating and choosing artwork for exhibits are those moments of discovery. There were many here at Silvermine.”

The exhibition includes work by dozens of Guild members across all disciplines. Among BenKiki’s selections are Scott Richter’s abstract painting, which is a nuanced political statement from his Trump series; and altered book art from Chris Perry, who in Ben-Kiki’s words, “uses materials the way a painter uses colors.” Zeb Mayer merges lush pattern and color, Dmitri Wright expands his territory, and Pam Ackley offers her inimitable take on the portrait and the still life.

Before opening his EBK Gallery in Hartford, Eric Ben-Kiki designed and installed exhibits for the Wadsworth Atheneum and the University of Hartford’s Joseloff Gallery, and also managed Trinity College’s art collection. Since 1998 he has been owner of EBK Framing and Art Services specializing in all aspects of art presentation such as museum framing, lighting, restoration and exhibition design. His clients include businesses, museums, non-profits and private collections in Connecticut. Over the last twenty-five years Eric has consistently curated and produced exhibits showcasing regional and national artists, which led to his founding of the EBK Gallery. At EBK, he specializes in curating and presenting small and focused oneperson exhibits, which are all viewable at https://www.ebkgallery.com. He serves as a board member of the Hartford Art School and an Advisory Board Member of the Connecticut Forum, and is, in his own words, “pretty much a lifelong hardwired optimist.”

Silvermine Arts Center is one of the oldest artist communities in the United States. Its 5 ­acre campus in New Canaan, Connecticut, consists of a nationally renowned artist guild, an award-­winning school of art offering classes for all ages, an arts and fine crafts shop, and a gallery offering over twenty contemporary and historic exhibitions annually. Silvermine is a non­profit 501c3 organization that also offers an Outreach Education Program, Art Partners, and hosts lectures, film screenings, and special events. Silvermine Galleries are open Wednesday through Saturday, 12 pm to 5 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm. For more information, call (203) 966­9700 ext. 20 or visit the website: www.silvermineart.org.

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