Fairfield's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:27:31 -0500 HamletHub.com Longtime Fairfielder Jean Everett Passes, Age 76 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45043-longtime-fairfielder-jean-everett-passes-age-7645043-longtime-fairfielder-jean-everett-passes-age-76 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45043-longtime-fairfielder-jean-everett-passes-age-7645043-longtime-fairfielder-jean-everett-passes-age-76

Fairfield, CT - Jean Everett, a longtime resident of Fairfield, CT, died Tuesday, February 22, 2017 at Norwalk Hospital.

Born in 1940 in Hatfield, Herts, England, Jean moved to South Africa as a seven-year-old when her father took up a position in Johannesburg with the opening of a new division of the English electronics company with whom he worked. Jean grew up in that sunny environment developing great skills in surface art which she loved and pursued for a lifetime. When she was 19, the family moved back to England and Jean worked first for a major design studio in London and then took up the position of Exhibition Designer for a large company in Essex.

She married in 1963 and in 1974 moved to Boston, MA with her husband and her two young boys and then, in 1979, to Fairfield. Producing fine and commercial art, she was proficient in all media - pencil, charcoal, conté, gouache, watercolors and oils. Working on commissions for portraiture, designs and prototyping for collectables and paper products, she was able to finance her two sons through their studies in prestigious colleges. In addition to living on three continents, she enjoyed traveling with her husband.

A natural psychologist and selfless personality, she charmed all she met and enjoyed deep and enduring friendships over the decades.

She is survived by her husband John, sister Christine, son Christopher and Christopher's two daughters Elena and Brenna.

Jean will be cremated and buried at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield, in a private ceremony.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road, Fairfield, CT 06824, on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Memorial gifts may be made to AmericansHelpingAmericans: www.helpingamericans.org/donate/ 

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bornies@optonline.net (Legacy.com) Life Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:12:15 -0500
"Tapped" Screening at Earthplace, March 2 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45042-epndc-1488214375-148821437545042-epndc-1488214375-1488214375 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45042-epndc-1488214375-148821437545042-epndc-1488214375-1488214375

Westport, CT -- Thursday, March 2 at 7PM, see the documentary "Tapped" at Earthplace Nature Discovery Center, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport, followed by an expert panel discussion. Panelists are Gail Lavielle, George Logan, Alicia Mozian and Isabelle Amlicke.

By 2030, the UN estimates two-thirds of the world will lack access to clean drinking water. "Tapped" illustrates the impact of the global water crisis on America and what we can do as individuals to enact change sooner rather than later. 

For additional information, visit www.earthplace.org or call 203-557-4400

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j.richardson@earthplace.org (EPNDC) Events Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:51:34 -0500
Pequot Library & Fairfield Museum to Preserve WWI Photos & Letters http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45041-pequot-library-fairfield-museum-to-preserve-wwi-photos-letters45041-pequot-library-fairfield-museum-to-preserve-wwi-photos-letters http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45041-pequot-library-fairfield-museum-to-preserve-wwi-photos-letters45041-pequot-library-fairfield-museum-to-preserve-wwi-photos-letters

Southport, CT – The Pequot Library and Fairfield Museum are honored to partner with the Connecticut State Library to host two public programs developed in conjunction with the State Library’s Remembering World War One: Sharing History/Preserving Memories project which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into WWI.

Do you have your grandfather’s WWI photo album tucked away in a closet? A stack of letters your great-grandmother kept in a box in the attic, posters from Washington, DC, or a story your neighbor told you about the local homecoming parade in the back of your mind? Area residents and their family, friends, and neighbors are asked to find World War One-related items that may be tucked away in drawers or trunks from around the world that will help the State Library tell the stories of the men and women of Connecticut today.

On Saturday, March 11 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Fairfield Museum and History Center, participants will learn how to best protect and preserve family photographs and letters at the preservation workshop, Preserving Your Family Treasures. During this workshop, program participants will learn how to protect and preserve their family collections of photographs, letters, and other related mementoes from preservation specialist Donia Conn. She will talk about the steps to take in order to preserve and save family treasures for generations to come. This workshop is made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to the Connecticut State Historical Records and Advisory Board (CT SHRAB).

This preservation workshop will run concurrent with Fairfield Digitization Day, which will take place on Saturday, March 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Pequot Library. Connecticut State Library staff will digitize old photos, documents, mementos, and other objects related to the war at home and abroad, which will then be added to the State Library’s online archive and be made accessible for public use. Digital images of these objects will be made available online and preserved in the Connecticut Digital Archive. Scanned and photographed pictures, letters, and souvenirs will be returned to participants the same day. Accepted photos and keepsakes are welcomed from men and women from around the world; the only prerequisites for inclusion in this project are that participants are Connecticut residents and that items are related to WWI. This digitization day has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

Both programs are free and open to the public, thanks in large part to a Common Heritage grant to the State Library from the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information please visit ctinworldwar1.org.

Pequot Library’s Executive Director, Stephanie J. Coakley adds, “By participating in the preservation workshop at Fairfield Museum and the digitization day at Pequot Library you are recognizing the contributions of the men and women who served their country during this great conflict while contributing to this important state-wide initiative to preserve archival items of the period. The two programs also are an interesting intergenerational opportunity to learn more about your family in a real hands-on way.”

Pequot Library and Fairfield Museum and History Center will each organize exhibitions about World War I in the fall of 2017.

About the State Library: The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library, information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The Connecticut State Archives and the Museum of Connecticut History are components of the State Library.

About the National Endowment For The Humanities: Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

The Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road, offers rotating exhibitions, educational and cultural events and a Museum Shop. It is open daily from 10am-4pm. For more information visit Fairfieldhistory.org. Explore the past, imagine the future! 

Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Avenue, www.pequotlibrary.org is a vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life

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bornies@optonline.net (Adair Heitmann) Places Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:28:19 -0500
CT BBB: Tips to Prevent Vacation Fraud & Identity Theft http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/45040-ct-bbb-tips-to-prevent-vacation-fraud-identity-theft45040-ct-bbb-tips-to-prevent-vacation-fraud-identity-theft http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/45040-ct-bbb-tips-to-prevent-vacation-fraud-identity-theft45040-ct-bbb-tips-to-prevent-vacation-fraud-identity-theft

Cromwell, CT - Preparing for a getaway has not changed much from the way it used to be, however, Connecticut Better Business Bureau says we have to do more than just turn off the water and ask the post office to hold the mail.

"Travelers must take precautions to outsmart criminals," according to Connecticut Better Business Bureau spokesman Howard Schwartz. "There are many ways to potentially fall victim to fraud on vacation.  At the least it can be irritating; at worst, it can ruin your getaway."

Pre-departure preparations:

Make certain your home is locked, including second story windows and garage doors that lead inside your home.

Contact your post office by telephone or online to specify dates to suspend and restore mail delivery.

Put lights on timers, and turn down the heat.

Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home for any suspicious activity.

Give a copy of your itinerary to a family member or trusted friend in case of emergency.

Compare travel insurance policies. Be certain you thoroughly understand what the insurance covers, its limitations and any exclusions.

Leave as many credit and identification cards as possible at home.

Give your financial institutions a heads up:

Any change in spending habits, such as using a credit card in another country can be interpreted as fraud unless you inform your financial institutions in advance. Contact your bank and credit card company to inform them of your departure and return dates, and if there are any layovers, so that your transactions will not be declined. 

Email yourself a copy of your passport, cards, telephone numbers and other important documents in case your luggage goes missing, and give copies to someone you trust.

Upon arrival at your destination:

Better Business Bureau cautions against carrying credit cards, cash and passport at the same time.  Carry only as much cash as you need for the day and leave the rest in the hotel room safe.

Beware of your surroundings to avoid low tech fraud, such as pickpockets and purse snatchers. 

Withdraw cash from a bank ATM.  Standalone ATMs might be outfitted with card skimmers or may have been tampered with and are a prime target for thieves.

At the hotel, ask for the name of the hotel's Wi-Fi network.  Hackers can set-up authentic-looking hotel networks, and if you unwittingly connect to one of them, a cyber crook can burrow into your computer or smart device.

Hotel Scams to Avoid:

The front desk scam - You might receive a telephone call from someone "at the front desk" who wants to confirm your information because "the computer system is down."  In fact, the call came from outside the hotel.  Hotel employees will never ask for personal or financial information by calling your room.

The yummy menu scam - Someone slips a flyer for a restaurant under your door with images of sumptuous meals.  If you call to order, they will ask for your credit card number.  Unfortunately, there is no restaurant, you have just given your credit card number to someone is using it to go on a shopping spree, and your stomach will continue to rumble.

When you get home, reconcile your receipts with your bank and credit card statements to look for any errors or fraud.

You will find additional details about protecting yourself and your finances at bbb.org/.

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bornies@optonline.net (Howard Schwartz) Public safety Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:51:31 -0500
Fairfield’s Legislators Address Boards of Finance/Selectmen on State Budget Impact http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/45039-fairfield-s-legislators-address-boards-of-finance-selectmen-on-state-budget-impact45039-fairfield-s-legislators-address-boards-of-finance-selectmen-on-state-budget-impact http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/45039-fairfield-s-legislators-address-boards-of-finance-selectmen-on-state-budget-impact45039-fairfield-s-legislators-address-boards-of-finance-selectmen-on-state-budget-impact

Fairfield, CT -- The Fairfield State Delegation will address the State budget crisis and its potential impact on the Town of Fairfield at the first Board of Finance/Board of Selectmen budget hearing which is being held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm at 501 Kings Highway East, Seminar Room 295 A&B.

State Senator Tony Hwang, State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey, State Representative Brenda Kupchick, and State Representative Laura Devlin will speak for the first 45 minutes of the meeting and address any questions or comments from the Boards of Finance and Selectmen. The First Selectman’s annual budget presentation will follow immediately after. Board of Finance Chair Tom Flynn, who has served on the board for the past 12 years, stated, “With the support of my Board, I have reached out to our State Delegation to invite them to the Town’s first public budget meeting because of the highly unusual and very difficult budget year ahead of us. The Delegation’s attendance is unprecedented since this will be the first time they have ever been asked to appear before one of these joint budget meetings.” 

For a complete list of budget meetings (March 1, 2017-May 4, 2017), please click here to view the Combined Budget Schedule. 

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bornies@optonline.net (Town of Fairfield) Politics Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:47:41 -0500
Pequot Library Joining Fairfield County's Giving Day, March 9 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45038-pequot-library-joining-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-march-945038-pequot-library-joining-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-march-9 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45038-pequot-library-joining-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-march-945038-pequot-library-joining-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-march-9

Southport, CT -- Pequot Library welcomes visitors to a day of programs and events for all ages on Thursday, March 9, 2017 to celebrate the generosity of friends and neighbors as part of Fairfield County's Giving Day. Giving Day is a powerful, 24-hour online, fundraising competition that unites the community around local causes close to their hearts. With sustained continuing support, Pequot Library can continue to bring literature, music, art, science, and the humanities to Fairfield and neighboring communities. 

Pequot Library is grateful to the 106 donors who generously contributed during last year’s Giving Day. This year’s campaign provides critical funding for Pequot Library's 750 public educational programs, 8-10 annual art exhibitions, and Special Collections of over 30,000 rare books, manuscripts, and archives.  

All programs are free and open to the public, yet the programs are on Fairfield County’s Giving Day and donations can be made in person at Pequot Library or online. It’s convenient and safe to donate on a secure device while taking advantage of the variety of programs. Pequot Library’s unique programs throughout Fairfield County’s Giving Day include: Wake up with Pequot Library from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. Stop by the main Reading Room and jump start the day with a cup of coffee or tea by the fire. Bring a favorite book or newspaper or borrow one from the circulating collection of over 115,000 books in the iconic stacks. Enter a raffle for a $50 gift certificate to the upcoming Summer Book Sale.

Join us for a Docent-led Gallery Tour from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. guided exploration of the current exhibition on view in The Perkin Gallery, Pequot Founders: Building a Library and a Legacy. This tour will highlight the early history of the Library, including stories about its founders, provide details about its Romanesque Revival architecture, and outline the origins of the Library’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives.

At Fantastic Finds: William Shakespeare’s First Folio from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Pequot Library’s Director Stephanie J. Coakley presents Pequot Library’s own copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio. Published in 1623, the First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays and only 233 copies are known today.

From 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.join visual journalist Sean Kelly and Director Stephanie J. Coakley for an Art Talk and guided tour of Migration Now, Pequot’s newest art instillation, on view in the Auditorium from March 9 – June 2, 2017.  Migration Now is a portfolio of 37 prints by contemporary artists and activists, including Santiago Armengod, Melanie Cervantes, and Imin Yeh. Others involved include renowned cartoonists, labor organizers, street-art provocateurs, and culture workers from across North America. The project illustrates the power art has to engage people in informed conversation about the global phenomenon of migration. Sean Kelly is an award-winning illustrator, visual journalist, and political commentator who has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe.

 

During  the Art of the Book: Bookmaking interactive workshop from4:00 – 5:00 p.m., children ages 5 - 10 and their parents/caregivers are invited to learn more about the Library’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives. Participants in this hands-on art bookmaking project will explore a variety of mixed-media materials.

Cap off the day with Music at Pequot: Mark Naftalin from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium on the Steinway piano. Wind down from the work day and visit Pequot Library to enjoy tunes played by longtime library friend American blues keyboardist, recording artist, composer, record producer, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Mark Naftalin. Wine and light refreshments will be served.  

Fairfield County’s Giving Day is presented by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation with lead sponsor Bank of America, and runs from 12:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

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bornies@optonline.net (Adair Heitmann) Places Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:57:06 -0500
Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident on 1-95 in Fairfield http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45037-fatal-motor-vehicle-accident-on-1-95-in-fairfield-148820251245037-fatal-motor-vehicle-accident-on-1-95-in-fairfield-1488202512 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45037-fatal-motor-vehicle-accident-on-1-95-in-fairfield-148820251245037-fatal-motor-vehicle-accident-on-1-95-in-fairfield-1488202512

Fairfield, CT -- James Mindrum of Stratford was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Fairfield at approximately 2:00 am Monday, Feb. 27.

CT State Police say that Mindrum was traveling in a Ford Escape on 1-95 northbound, south of exit 23, when, according to a witness, his vehicle veered off the right shoulder of 1-95 northbound. Mindrum then traveled through the wire rope guardrail and down an embankment before sticking a tree head on. Police say the victim did not apply his brakes. Mindrum was extricated from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.

As a result of the accident, police say that the right lane of 1-95 northbound, south of exit 23, was closed for about three hours. 

The victim's next of kin was notified by State Police personnel. 

The case remains under investigation.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tarad) Life Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:49:52 -0500
Fairfielder Ruth Hutvagner Passes, Age 96 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45036-fairfielder-ruth-hutvagner-passes-age-9645036-fairfielder-ruth-hutvagner-passes-age-96 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45036-fairfielder-ruth-hutvagner-passes-age-9645036-fairfielder-ruth-hutvagner-passes-age-96

Fairfield, CT -- Ruth Agatha Tabaka Hutvagner, age 96, beloved wife of Stephen Hutvagner, entered into eternal rest on Friday, February 24, 2017.

Born in Nashwauk Minnesota on July 6, 1920, daughter of the late Charles and Charlotte Perrault Tabaka, Ruth attended Hibbing College in Minnesota and graduated from St. Peter's State Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1941. Ruth then went on to serve her country as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Medical Corps at Cambridge Hospital in Oxford, England during WWII through the end of the war in 1945. It was there that she met her soon to be husband, Stephen.

After the war, the couple settled in the home that they built in Fairfield before retiring to St. Joseph's Manor and more recently Cambridge Manor of Fairfield. Ruth had worked as a Registered Nurse for Norwalk Hospital and Fairfield University until her retirement. She was an avid seamstress, loved reading and took a deep interest in the activities of family and friends. Ruth was a devoted parishoner of St. Emery's Church, a willing volunteer for any Church or school function. She was active in many of the Church groups and was a past President of the St. Emery's Ladies Guild. Ruth was also active in the Bridgeport Catholic Council and the American Red Cross.

Ruth was predeceased by her sisters Margaret Nelson and Frances Halchak and a brother Eugene Tabaka. In addition to Steve, her beloved husband of 70 years, she leaves behind her children Robert G. Sweet, Lawrence Hutvagner and his wife Donna, her daughter Ann Walsh and her husband Richard, her daughter Stephanie Maltz and her husband L. Richard. Also Ruth leaves behind her grandchildren Nicholas Walsh, Matthew Hutvagner, Cara Fortier, Timothy Hutvagner, Emily Hutvagner and Rachel Maltz & their spouses, three great grandsons, Alexander, Liam and Colin as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 12 noon in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Rd., Fairfield Center, followed by a Full Military burial in the Veterans Cemetery of Middletown, Ct. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of services. No flowers please.

Any donations should be made to St. Emery's RC Church, 838 Kings Highway, Fairfield CT 06825.

To sign an online register or to get travel directions, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com

 

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bornies@optonline.net (Legacy.com) Life Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:17:45 -0500
Family Chat About Favorite Books at Pequot Library, March 18 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45033-families-unplug-talk-about-favorite-books-at-pequot-library-saturday-march-18-2017-11-00-a-m-12-00-p-m45033-families-unplug-talk-about-favorite-books-at-pequot-library-saturday-march-18-2017-11-00-a-m-12-00-p-m http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45033-families-unplug-talk-about-favorite-books-at-pequot-library-saturday-march-18-2017-11-00-a-m-12-00-p-m45033-families-unplug-talk-about-favorite-books-at-pequot-library-saturday-march-18-2017-11-00-a-m-12-00-p-m

Southport, CT -- Unplug and bring your family to Pequot Library to share and discuss your favorite books. All families welcome, from broods, to couples, to friends. Share with others a book that holds meaning for you and your family. Engage in an open discussion about your family’s favorite book, and the importance of reading and unplugging as a family. The dialogue will be lead by librarian, Christine Catallo, who will begin by sharing Pequot staff’s favorite books. Tea and cookies served. Admission is free. 720 Pequot Ave., Southport.

Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

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heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Adair Heitmann) Places Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:27:16 -0500
Fairfielder Frank Johnston Passes, Age 61 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45035-fairfielder-frank-johnston-passes-age-6145035-fairfielder-frank-johnston-passes-age-61 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45035-fairfielder-frank-johnston-passes-age-6145035-fairfielder-frank-johnston-passes-age-61

Fairfield, CT -- Frank A. Johnston, age 61, of Fairfield, beloved husband to Charlotte Page Johnston, passed away on February 22, 2017.

Born in Rochester, NY to the late Francis and Georgette Kubarek Johnston, Frank received his Bachelor's Degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. He had worked for 20 years at Elizabeth Arden in the fragrance division as Director of Package Development. Frank was a former member of Black Rock Congregational Church and a founding member of the men's Prayer Group. As a devout Christian, he dedicated his life to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. He also enjoyed adventurous travel with his wife, Charlotte.

A devoted father, Frank will be missed greatly by his children, family and friends. In addition to his loving wife of 34 years, Frank's memory will be cherished by his three children, Bradley Allen Johnston, and his wife, Jacki, of Carmel, IN; Bryan Page Johnston, and his wife, Ali Lynn, of Black Rock; and Kelsey Ann Johnston, of Fairfield; four adored grandchildren, Luella, Goldie, Gemma, and Finn Johnston; and his sister, Denise Susan Johnston, of Avon, NY.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 4-8 p.m. in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. DIRECTLY at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Interment will immediately follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield.

To order flowers online, for travel directions, or to sign his guest register, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com

 

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bornies@optonline.net (Legacy.com) Life Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:55:28 -0500
Shop ‘Til You Drop At Whole Foods Market March 2 to Benefit Fairfield County’s Giving Day http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/charities/45034-shop-til-you-drop-at-whole-foods-market-on-march-2nd-5-day-to-benefit-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-148797498445034-shop-til-you-drop-at-whole-foods-market-on-march-2nd-5-day-to-benefit-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-1487974984 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/charities/45034-shop-til-you-drop-at-whole-foods-market-on-march-2nd-5-day-to-benefit-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-148797498445034-shop-til-you-drop-at-whole-foods-market-on-march-2nd-5-day-to-benefit-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-1487974984

Fairfield, CT -- Fairfield County’s Giving Day is a powerful 24-hour online fundraising marathon that unites our community around local causes close to their heart.  For the second year, Whole Foods Market is a champion sponsor and will donate five percent of their total revenues on March 2nd from their Danbury, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Westport and Milford stores. This revenue will directly benefit local nonprofits participating in Giving Day.

Last year, Fairfield County’s Giving Day had extraordinary results: $1,246,964 was donated by 11,000+ individuals for 410 nonprofits. Nonprofits throughout Fairfield County compete for grant prizes throughout the day such as the coveted Whole Foods Market “Get Up & Give” prizes. These prizes incentivize donors to give early and quickly on Fairfield County’s Giving Day, happening March 9th, in order to receive a $1,000 grant prize for their favorite nonprofit.

“Through Giving Day, we have witnessed the power of the entire community rallying in unison to support the local nonprofits. The “Get Up & Give” prize offered incredible incentive for our supporters and resulted in even more donations to support our mission. A win-win for all and we can’t wait to try again this year,” stated Catalina Samper Horak, Executive Director, Building One Community, The Center for Immigrant Opportunity (formerly Neighbors Link Stamford).

All community members are urged to shop ‘til you drop at Whole Foods Market on March 2nd and tell their neighbors and friends too! 

“We are thrilled to have our champion sponsor Whole Foods join Fairfield County’s Community Foundation for the second year in a row to directly benefit the nonprofits participating in Giving Day 2017. It is an honor to partner with a business that is a socially conscious, philanthropic champion in the community like Whole Foods Market,” states Juanita James, CEO and President, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.  “On Giving Day, we come together as a community to support our neighbors and achieve something truly meaningful. Last year, $1.24 million was raised in just 24 hours. We are aiming high this year to break that record!”

Fairfield County’s Giving Day allows residents and businesses to ‘give where they live.’ This fundraising marathon is spearheaded by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to empower the greater community and encourage local philanthropy. Starting 12:00 am on March 9th, you can go to FCGives.org and choose your favorite local cause. Donations as modest as $10 add up. AND, your donation can help your favorite nonprofit win grant prizes up to $20,000.

As an online event, Fairfield County Giving Day is the ultimate, easy way for community members who live or work in the region to donate to wonderful and meaningful causes. This year, 431 nonprofits will be participating to raise much-needed funds and to increase awareness about their amazing work throughout the region

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is proud to partner with lead sponsor Bank of America for the fourth year.  Additional sponsors include media partner, Hearst Media Group Connecticut; champion sponsor, Whole Foods Market; magazine sponsor, Moffly Media; media sponsors, News 12 Connecticut, Star 99.9 and 95.9 FOX; and town square sponsors including TFI Envision, Day Pitney LLP, First County Bank, Webster Private Bank, Deloitte, Cummings & Lockwood, BlumShapiro, Neuberger Berman, Relyea Zuckerberg Hanson and Wealth Enhancement Group. More information about Fairfield County’s Giving Day can be found at FCGives.org.

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About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards and has awarded over $212 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought leader, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation brings together community organizers, business experts and philanthropists to solve our region’s challenges. Our goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive. fccfoundation.org

For more information, please visit:

Giving Day video: FCGives.org

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hlkoven@aol.com (Fairfield County’s Community Foundation) Charities Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:51:05 -0500
St. Patty’s Day Teen Trivia Night at Pequot Library, March 16 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45032-st-patty-s-day-teen-trivia-night-at-pequot-library-thursday-march-16-2017-5-00-6-00-p-m45032-st-patty-s-day-teen-trivia-night-at-pequot-library-thursday-march-16-2017-5-00-6-00-p-m http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45032-st-patty-s-day-teen-trivia-night-at-pequot-library-thursday-march-16-2017-5-00-6-00-p-m45032-st-patty-s-day-teen-trivia-night-at-pequot-library-thursday-march-16-2017-5-00-6-00-p-m

Southport, CT -- Head to Pequot Library Thursday, March 16, from 5-6pm, for an Irish-themed trivia game and scavenger hunt. Teens will be able to test their knowledge of Irish history and literature with fun questions, after which they will explore the library with an exciting scavenger hunt through the stacks. Prizes will include gift certificates to Garden Catering, stickers and temporary tattoos. Snacks and soft drinks served. This is a free event. Registration is required, either online at pequotlibrary.org, or contact Christine Catallo at (203) 259-0346 ext. 19. Prizes provided by Garden Catering. 720 Pequot Ave., Southport, CT

Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

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heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Adair Heitmann) Places Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:46:47 -0500
Sign Up for Spring Skating Lessons at Harvey's Rink http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45030-sign-up-for-spring-skating-lessons-at-harvey-s-rink45030-sign-up-for-spring-skating-lessons-at-harvey-s-rink http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45030-sign-up-for-spring-skating-lessons-at-harvey-s-rink45030-sign-up-for-spring-skating-lessons-at-harvey-s-rink

Katonah, NY - The Harvey School announces that registration for its spring session of ice skating lessons is now underway.

With the spring session set to begin for all ages Saturday, March 11, those interested in signing up should register online now to secure their spots in the group lesson program. Registration closes March 8.

Group lessons for children of varying levels and ability are held Saturdays 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lessons for children 4-6 years old are offered in two sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays, one at 9:30 a.m. and the other at 1 p.m. 

Classes are taught by qualified and nationally certified skating professionals. The lessons, which run for eight weeks, feature formal instruction for 30 minutes with practice time provided before or after the lesson. Skaters who have progressed to the next level will receive USFS badges on the eighth week of lessons. Harvey also offers private lessons for both children and adults.

The cost for the group program is $175 with a $15 discount for any additional immediate family members. All skaters must have their own single blade skates.

For more information, call the Evarts Ice Skating Rink on the campus of The Harvey School at 914-232-3618. To download an application, visit www.harveyschool.org and click on “Evarts Rink.”

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bornies@optonline.net (Chris Del Campo) Places Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:45:49 -0500
Backyard Birding at CT Audubon Fairfield March 18 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45029-backyard-birding-at-ct-audubon-fairfield-march-1845029-backyard-birding-at-ct-audubon-fairfield-march-18 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45029-backyard-birding-at-ct-audubon-fairfield-march-1845029-backyard-birding-at-ct-audubon-fairfield-march-18

Fairfield, CT -- The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, will host a Backyard Birding program on Saturday, March 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. Free event. All ages.

Look! Up in that tree! It’s a … umm … bird. Wish you could identify that feathered visitor in your backyard? Join long-time birder and naturalist Richard Worth at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield on Saturday morning, March 18, and learn how to identify Connecticut’s birds by sight and sound.

This time of year we start to see and hear an increase in birds passing through our neighborhoods and stopping at our feeders. This program will teach you who to expect, and to learn about their characteristics and feeding habits. You’ll also find out what kind of seed and feeders to use and receive tips on other ways to create a bird-friendly sanctuary in your yard.

This free program is for all ages, on Saturday, March 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. Meet in the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield Nature Store, 2325 Burr St. Pre-register by calling 203-259-6305, ext. 109. 

Visit The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield’s website at www.ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield  for a complete list of upcoming programs and events.

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bornies@optonline.net (Liza Hickey) Places Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:38:13 -0500
Pick the Oscar Winners, Win A Prize http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/45028-pick-the-oscar-winners-win-a-prize45028-pick-the-oscar-winners-win-a-prize http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/45028-pick-the-oscar-winners-win-a-prize45028-pick-the-oscar-winners-win-a-prize

Westport, CT -- Not nominated for an Oscar? You can still win a prize!!!

There are so many amazing movies nominated. Visit one of Westport, CT's local merchants below to cast your votes for which films you think will win this year's treasured golden statue in the categories of Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor/Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Directing, Best Picture, Animated Feature, Documentary, and Foreign Film! Winners will be selected from the most accurate ballots and contacted via telephone. 

Who will win...

Actress in a leading role? Isabelle the longshot, Emma the shoo-in? Meryl the, well, c'mon, she's Meryl?

Actor in a leading role? All are so talented and handsome (and mostly brooding).

Best Picture? The lauded La La Land, the moody Manchester by the Sea, or the heavy Hell or Highwater?

What about Directing? Animated Feature? Feature Documentary? Foreign Language Film? 

Cast your best guesses and you could win one of our prizes donated from our local merchants! 

Participating locations include:

iFloat 163 Main Street

Francois duPont Jewelers

Organachs Farm to Skin

Vincent Palumbo Salon

The Brownstone

Green & Tonic

The UPS Store

Down Under

Westport Hardware

Saugatuck Sweets

Joe's Pizza

Simon Pearce

Green & Tonic

Body Quest

Soleil Toile

Ballots will be picked up Sunday 2/26 at 4 p.m., so please vote early if you want to WIN !!! Check out our FaceBook feed to see newly added merchants as well as trailers to Best Picture nominees. Remember to tune in to ABC at 8:30 pm THIS SUNDAY February 26th to track your chances of WINNING! 

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bornies@optonline.net (Westport Cinema Initiative) Neighbors Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:27:54 -0500