Fairfield's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Thu, 29 Jun 2017 03:08:12 -0400 HamletHub.com Check Out Bike Accessories at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45602-check-out-bike-accessories-at-the-fairfield-woods-branch-library45602-check-out-bike-accessories-at-the-fairfield-woods-branch-library http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45602-check-out-bike-accessories-at-the-fairfield-woods-branch-library45602-check-out-bike-accessories-at-the-fairfield-woods-branch-library

Fairfield, Conn. - Summer is the time to get on your bikes and ride! To help bikers, the Fairfield Woods Branch Library is circulating two bicycle locks, two bicycle pumps and an air compressor. The locks and pumps are available for a one week loan and may be checked out by adults with a Fairfield Public Library card. The air compressor is available to any Connecticut resident with a valid government issued ID. The compressor may be checked out for an hour and used to fill bike tires, sports equipment, etc. These items circulate with bags that contain their instructions. Check them out at the Reference Desk at the Fairfield Woods Branch Library, 1147 Fairfield Woods Road.

For more information about the Fairfield Public Library and our programs, visit us online at: fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160. Follow the Fairfield Public Library on Twitter @fairfieldpublib and Facebook @fairfieldlibrary.

bornies@optonline.net (Fairfield Public Library) Places Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:13:27 -0400
Pequot Library Plans Special Summer Events for Youth & Families http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45601-pequot-library-plans-special-summer-events-for-youth-families-149852218145601-pequot-library-plans-special-summer-events-for-youth-families-1498522181 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45601-pequot-library-plans-special-summer-events-for-youth-families-149852218145601-pequot-library-plans-special-summer-events-for-youth-families-1498522181

Southport, CT – Over 350 Fairfield residents kicked off the summer season at Miss Susan’s Potluck & Campout at Pequot Library on June 9, 2017, with 20 intrepid families camping out on Pequot’s expansive Great Lawn. A delicious community potluck supper fed the masses, children enjoyed customized games with a huge sailboat spinnaker, the Merwin Mountain Band sang summer-vibe music, s’mores were roasted on an open fire, and ghost stories were shared.

The next community family event is scheduled for Tuesday, July 4, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Annual 4th of July Bike Parade and Lawn Games is a holiday experience that starts at the Five Corners in Southport Village with decorated bikes, scooters, and wagons. Folks parade down Pequot Avenue to arrive at the Great Lawn, where Fourth of July-themed fun and games, including sack races, hula hooping, and crafts, commence. This is a free event with hot dogs and ice cream available for purchase from local vendors.

Pequot’s Summer Reading Program, which celebrates reading throughout the summer months, is ongoing. Welcoming and engaging pre-readers through readers entering 12th grade, this program provides a fun and free learning activity for the community. Pre-readers may have books read to them. Any book read at home, on vacation, or in the Library will be eligible for the child’s reading log. This year’s summer reading theme, Build a Better World, is seen through the lens of building a stronger community with acts of service and charitable work, both locally and globally.

bornies@optonline.net (Pequot Library) Life Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:09:41 -0400
Pequot Library Plans Special Summer Events for Youth & Families http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45600-pequot-library-plans-special-summer-events-for-youth-families45600-pequot-library-plans-special-summer-events-for-youth-families http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45600-pequot-library-plans-special-summer-events-for-youth-families45600-pequot-library-plans-special-summer-events-for-youth-families

Southport, CT – Over 350 Fairfield residents kicked off the summer season at Miss Susan’s Potluck & Campout at Pequot Library on June 9, 2017, with 20 intrepid families camping out on Pequot’s expansive Great Lawn. A delicious community potluck supper fed the masses, children enjoyed customized games with a huge sailboat spinnaker, the Merwin Mountain Band sang summer-vibe music, s’mores were roasted on an open fire, and ghost stories were shared.

The next community family event is scheduled for Tuesday, July 4, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Annual 4th of July Bike Parade and Lawn Games is a holiday experience that starts at the Five Corners in Southport Village with decorated bikes, scooters, and wagons. Folks parade down Pequot Avenue to arrive at the Great Lawn, where Fourth of July-themed fun and games, including sack races, hula hooping, and crafts, commence. This is a free event with hot dogs and ice cream available for purchase from local vendors.

Pequot’s Summer Reading Program, which celebrates reading throughout the summer months, is ongoing. Welcoming and engaging pre-readers through readers entering 12th grade, this program provides a fun and free learning activity for the community. Pre-readers may have books read to them. Any book read at home, on vacation, or in the Library will be eligible for the child’s reading log. This year’s summer reading theme, Build a Better World, is seen through the lens of building a stronger community with acts of service and charitable work, both locally and globally.

bornies@optonline.net (Pequot Library) Life Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:09:10 -0400
Free Suits for Veterans at CT Post Mall, June 28 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45588-free-suits-for-veterans-149815829045588-free-suits-for-veterans-1498158290 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45588-free-suits-for-veterans-149815829045588-free-suits-for-veterans-1498158290


Job-seeking veterans will be able to obtain a free professional outfit from the Save-A-Suit organization, a charity that supports transitioning veterans. This will all take place at the Save-A-Suit pop-up shop in the CT Post Mall in Milford, CT. The goal of Save-A-Suit is to provide each veteran with a complete outfit to interview in! Veterans in need can register at www.saveasuit.org. The community can support this effort by donating suits and clothing to Save-A-Suit on Wednesday during the event.

Follow Save-A-Suit on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest @saveasuit


137 Greenwood Avenue

Bethel, CT 06801


Phone: 1-800-418-5991

japa002@connect.wcsu.edu (CT POST MALL) Places Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:00:03 -0400
Town of Fairfield Budget Update http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/45599-town-of-fairfield-budget-update45599-town-of-fairfield-budget-update http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/45599-town-of-fairfield-budget-update45599-town-of-fairfield-budget-update

Fairfield, CT - The following provides a Town of Fairfield Budget Update as of June 22, 2017, as provide by First Selectman Mike Tetreau...

Even though our Town has voted on a budget, set a Mill Rate and is sending out tax bills, Fairfield’s budget is not final.  We are waiting on the State to approve its budget.  We currently have $5 million in State Aid in our budget.  When the State budget is finalized, we are expecting to see a reduction in this funding and must then adjust our budget accordingly.

Since the RTM has voted on the budget and the Mill Rate has been set, the Town is limited in the adjustments we can make.  The Board of Education budget is 65% of our overall budget and cannot be adjusted without agreement from the Board of Education.  

Debt Service is 10% of our budget and has to be paid.  We are committed to making our Pension Fund and OPEB Retirement Fund payments.  This totals about 80% of our budget that cannot be adjusted at this point. 

The remaining 20% of the Town budget is about $60 million and includes Police, Fire, Public Works, the Library, and Parks & Recreation as well as a number of smaller departments.  Finding significant cuts or reductions in these departments presents a real problem and will most likely mean reductions in Town services. 

In Fairfield, we are doing our best to prepare for the unknown.  We have instituted a hiring freeze and put a hold on capital purchases as well as other measures.  Our goal is to provide the maximum financial flexibility to deal with the expected cuts.  We are doing our best to avoid significant cuts in Town services.  However, everyone should be ready for some changes if the State makes dramatic cuts to our funding. 

I will keep you updated as changes come down from the State.  Thank you.  

Mike Tetreau

First Selectman

bornies@optonline.net (First Selectman Michael Tetreau) Politics Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:54:51 -0400
"Experience Fairfield" Welcomes Incoming Fairfield U Freshman Class http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45597-experience-fairfield-welcomes-incoming-fairfield-u-freshman-class45597-experience-fairfield-welcomes-incoming-fairfield-u-freshman-class http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45597-experience-fairfield-welcomes-incoming-fairfield-u-freshman-class45597-experience-fairfield-welcomes-incoming-fairfield-u-freshman-class

Fairfield, CT -- Representatives from the Town’s Department of Community & Economic Development were among those on hand on recently to welcome the incoming class of freshmen to the Fairfield University campus and the Town of Fairfield.

Fairfield University typically holds two orientation sessions each June so that incoming students and their families can learn more about campus life, student services and the surrounding community. This is the first year in which Town staff participated directly in the orientation fair, distributing maps and other information about the Town, local businesses and upcoming events. A second session is planned for June 27, and Economic Development staff will be there encouraging students and visiting parents to “Experience Fairfield.”

bornies@optonline.net (Town of Fairfield EDC) Life Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:47:39 -0400
Windows Projects in Downtown Bridgeport http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45596-windows-projects-in-downtown-bridgeport45596-windows-projects-in-downtown-bridgeport http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45596-windows-projects-in-downtown-bridgeport45596-windows-projects-in-downtown-bridgeport

Bridgeport, CT - The Downtown Windows Project features the work of Bridgeport Art Trail artists, displayed in one of three storefront windows on Main Street in downtown Bridgeport. The project is produced by City Lights and sponsored by the Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) and Spinnaker Real Estate Partners. City Lights is a nonprofit organization that serves the community through art and produces the Bridgeport Art Trail, a city- wide open studios weekend each November. The artists and themes presented reflect the creativity and rich diversity of Bridgeport’s arts community.

Featured Artists and Locations:

Will Corprew is a visual artist whose work has branched into areas including Product and Interior Design. His figurative work is characterized by bright colors, applied in gestural brushstrokes on large formats. It has a strong base in Geometric Abstraction with subtle graphic elements that result in impressive portraits.

This window installation is just a small sampling of Will’s abilities and creativity. He is a multi-talented, hardworking artist. His endeavors include repurposing found objects into custom furniture, mural paintings, wall treatments, interior design and furniture, tiny house construction and design. For the Windows Project, Will has chosen figurative and abstract art paired with samplings of his interior design collection.

Window Location: At right corner of the Mechanic’s & Farmers Building at 930 Main Street, Bridgeport.

Robin Jopp of Made in Bridgeport and Steve Gerber of City Lights were asked to create an installation inspired by vintage images of a Woolworth’s store, once among the popular downtown destinations. Robin lent installation items from her “Made In Bridgeport” vintage inventory. A busy scramble of objects and copies of vintage post cards reminiscent of the original department store window are organized around a simple red and white paper strip, suggesting an awning. The Team are masters at the placement of objects.

Window Location: The Woolworth’s Window is on the corner at 1085 Main Street, Bridgeport.

Window is located on the ground floor of the Harral, Security and Wheeler (HSW) building at 1123 Main Street, Bridgeport.

City Light’s Samesex Exhibit: This window features props created for the 3rd Annual Gay Pride Walk by Iyaba

Ibo Mandingo with the help of participants at various community workshops. The 7th Annual Samesex exhibit

reception and Pride walk will take place on Thursday July 20, 2017. The exhibit will run July 18-August 25.

Iyaba is a performance artist, sculptor, painter, poet and singer/songwriter .

For more information about the Bridgeport Art Trail visit bridgeport-art-trail.org. 

bornies@optonline.net (Michelle Margo) Places Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:42:51 -0400
Global Lyme Alliance Issues RFP for 2017-18 Grants http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/45583-global-lyme-alliance-issues-rfp-for-2017-18-grants-149810287345583-global-lyme-alliance-issues-rfp-for-2017-18-grants-1498102873 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/45583-global-lyme-alliance-issues-rfp-for-2017-18-grants-149810287345583-global-lyme-alliance-issues-rfp-for-2017-18-grants-1498102873

Greenwich, CT - Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading nonprofit dedicated to conquering Lyme and tick-borne disease through research, education and awareness, today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for grants to advance the identification, treatment and cure of Lyme and tick-borne diseases. 

Grants will be provided for one-year duration with the possibility of renewal. The deadline date for applications to be accepted is midnight, Friday, September 15, 2017.  Proposals will be reviewed and funding decisions will be announced in December 2017. 

GLA’s 2017-18 grant funding supports innovative research efforts in areas that include, but are not limited to, antimicrobial development, personalized medicine, identification and treatment of post-treatment Lyme, new diagnostic technologies and ecology of emerging tick-borne diseases. A more detailed list of potential research areas can be found on the organization’s website. 

The objective of GLA’s grant program is to encourage scientific studies that will lead to new discoveries, better diagnostics and therapeutics in Lyme and tick-borne diseases. 

“As the number of Lyme and tick-borne diseases continues to grow, there is a tremendous need to keep science moving forward," said Mayla Hsu, Ph.D., GLA’s Director of Research and Science (pictured). 

Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector-borne disease in the U.S. with some 329,000 new cases reported in the U.S. each year. The number of Lyme cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national reporting began in 1982. There are no accurate diagnostic tests for Lyme disease, no tests to prove that Lyme bacteria are eradicated or that an individual is cured.

For more information about GLA’s research grant program and application, visit GLA.org. 



Global Lyme Alliance is the leading nonprofit dedicated to conquering Lyme through research, education and awareness. The 501(c)(3) is headquartered in Greenwich, CT. 


ronacherry@earthlink.net (Global Lyme Alliance) Public safety Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:39:06 -0400
Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County to Celebrate Its 24th Anniversary July 7-9 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45592-puerto-rican-parade-of-fairfield-county-to-celebrate-its-24th-anniversary-july-7-945592-puerto-rican-parade-of-fairfield-county-to-celebrate-its-24th-anniversary-july-7-9 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45592-puerto-rican-parade-of-fairfield-county-to-celebrate-its-24th-anniversary-july-7-945592-puerto-rican-parade-of-fairfield-county-to-celebrate-its-24th-anniversary-july-7-9

Bridgeport, CT, June 2017 – The 2017 Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County will celebrate its 24th anniversary with special events on Friday, July 7; Saturday, July 8; and Sunday, July 9, with the Parade as the culminating event. The public is invited to all the events, with reservations required for the Annual Banquet Gala on Friday.   

This three-day celebration of community and tradition honors the rich history, heritage and culture of Puerto Rico. The theme, The Power and Pride of Our Voices, celebrates and recognizes the struggle and sorrow as well as the advancement and contribution of Puerto Ricans.  

The weekend gets started with the Annual Dinner/Dance Banquet Gala on Friday at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn. Advance reservations required.   Son 7 & DJ MB Flo will serenade the guests with tropical and dance music. The Grand Marshall, Sergeant Joseph A. Hernández, Bridgeport Police Department, Godmother/Madrina Anna C. Cruz, Assistant to the Dean of Students at Housatonic Community College, and Godfather/Padrino Carlos Collazo, President of the Greater New Haven Mentoring Collaborative, will be accompanied by the Royal Court, comprised of youth from Fairfield County schools, including: 

- Little Miss Puerto Rico Josany Galarza, Bridgeport/San Sebastián - attends Barnum School 

- Miss Teen Puerto Rico Christina Auguste, Bridgeport/Lares - attends Classical Studies Magnet Academy

- Mr. Teen Puerto Rico Kyle Vega, Stratford/ Bayamón - attends Wooster Middle School 

- Miss Puerto Rico Irene Surapine, Norwalk - attends Brien McMahon High School

Special 2017 honorees include Carlos Nieves, Jr., owner of Ortiz Boxing Gym as well as Carolyn González from Capital for Change. The keynote speaker is Edwin Ramos, local recording artist and Grammy Award winner.     

Bridgeport City Hall will host the annual flag raising event, which this year is honoring Miriam Colón (20 August 1936 – 3 March 2017), on Saturday at 11:30AM. A Puerto Rican actor, Colón was the founder and director of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York City, performed on Broadway and later moved on to television.  She is remembered for visiting Bridgeport on several occasions.  

The celebration continues with the Parade that begins at Central High School and goes down Park Avenue to Seaside Park, which annually attracts thousands of spectators and draws performers and marchers from various backgrounds. The entertainment continues into the evening at the Seaside Park with the music fest welcoming Pepe Rios y la Orchestra La Mancha directly from Puerto Rico. The highly popular Fiesta features top entertainment, a variety of food vendors with fun activities for children and families.  

 The Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that sponsors various events that are free of charge and open to the public.  Benefactors and the work of community volunteers support the PRPFC.  


bornies@optonline.net (Rosa Correa) Events Sat, 24 Jun 2017 03:01:14 -0400
Sacred Heart to Host CPA Tax School Sessions This Summer http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45591-sacred-heart-to-host-cpa-tax-school-sessions-this-summer45591-sacred-heart-to-host-cpa-tax-school-sessions-this-summer http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45591-sacred-heart-to-host-cpa-tax-school-sessions-this-summer45591-sacred-heart-to-host-cpa-tax-school-sessions-this-summer

FAIRFIELD, Conn.— - The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the world’'s largest association representing the accounting profession, will conduct its 2017-18 “Tax School: Tax Staff Essentials” at Sacred Heart University’'s Stamford campus in August.

The AICPA is the country'’s premiere tax authority, setting ethical and auditing standards, and it is the developer of the CPA Exam. Its tax school is an educational conference offered to tax professionals at three levels: beginning staff, supervisors/managers and partners. The 40 hours of continuing professional education offer participants an opportunity to obtain specialized knowledge on advanced tax topics from experts in the field.

Sacred Heart is the only place in New England to host the AICPA tax school during the latter half of 2017. Other AICPA conferences will take place at facilities in Georgia, Oregon, Maryland and Missouri.

During Aug. 7-11, the sessions will help entry-level tax staff build core skills and expand practical tax knowledge, including: key issues surrounding new cost and repair regulations, Medicare payroll tax, net investment income tax, S corporation distributions, items affecting shareholder basis, passive activity loss rules and more.

The second week, Aug. 14-18, will cater to tax staff with two to four years of experience. Tax regulations for individuals and corporations, multi-state taxation, choice of entity and specialized tax topics will be covered so participants can take on a wider variety of engagements and qualify for supervisory roles within their firms.

The final week, Aug. 21-25, aims to help tax firms’ leaders elevate their companies to a higher level of business opportunity. More specifically, this session offers advanced technical training and tools to help company leaders sharpen their firms’ competitive edge, expand into new service areas and gain referrals from highly satisfied clients.

There are fees to attend the conference, with a discounted rate for groups. For more information, go to aicpa.org.

The tax school will take place in the Graduate Center at SHU’s Stamford campus, 3 Landmark Square. Danny Pannese, an associate professor in SHU’s Jack Welch College of Business, who teaches taxation and business valuation, is responsible for the collaboration between the AICPA and SHU.

“"Just to partner with the AICPA is phenomenal. They are the authorities for the accounting industry,”" said Pannese. "“I reached out to them and told them about Sacred Heart and my background running a tax institute. Going forward, now there'’s the possibility of having individuals at the tax institute teach at this program."”

The take-away for participants? "Besides the knowledge they gain, “you can put this on your résumé and point to it as extracurricular learning. It’'s that respected,"” said Pannese.

He hopes for a great turnout, which would be 20-40 individuals overall. “"Based on response, maybe we can present the conference next time at our Fairfield campus, in the Welch College of Business, and enhance our relationship with the AICPA,"” he said.

About Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University, the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its main campus in Fairfield, Conn., and satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. More than 8,500 students attend the University’s five colleges: Arts & Sciences; Health Professions; Nursing; the Jack Welch College of Business; and the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its guides Best 381 Colleges–2017 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 294 Business Schools–2017 EditionU.S.News & World Report ranks SHU among the best master’s universities in the North in its “Best Colleges 2017” publication. The Chronicle of Higher Education also names SHU one of the fastest-growing Roman Catholic universities in its 2016 almanac. Sacred Heart fields 32 Division I athletic teams and has an award-winning program of community service. www.sacredheart.edu

For additional Sacred Heart University news, please visit http://www.sacredheart.edu/aboutshu/news/

bornies@optonline.net (Mike Lauterborn) Events Sat, 24 Jun 2017 02:43:02 -0400
Many of CT’s Finest Runners at Faxon Law Fairfield Road Races This Weekend http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45590-many-of-ct-s-finest-runners-at-faxon-law-fairfield-road-races-this-weekend45590-many-of-ct-s-finest-runners-at-faxon-law-fairfield-road-races-this-weekend http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45590-many-of-ct-s-finest-runners-at-faxon-law-fairfield-road-races-this-weekend45590-many-of-ct-s-finest-runners-at-faxon-law-fairfield-road-races-this-weekend

Fairfield, CT:  Two of Connecticut top distance runners, West Hartford’s Everrett Hackett and Wethersfield’s William Sanders, head this weekend’s Faxon Law Fairfield Road Races.  Hacket has a 1:04 half marathon best and recently won the Cheshire Half marathon and the CT 5K State Championship in New Haven.  Sanders, who holds a 1:06 half marathon best,  is competing in both the 5K on Saturday and the ½ marathon on Sunday.  Kenya’s Eric Chirchir (2010 race winner) and Ethiopia’s Abu Kebede (1:04 half marathon best) will also challenge for the top spot.  Manchester’s John Busque, who recently finished 3rd in last weekend’s Branford Road Race should also finish near the top.

The women’s field is led by Ethiopia’s Bose Gemda Assefa.  She holds a half marathon best of  1:12.  Assefa will be challenged by New Hartford’s Annmarie Tuxbury and New Jersey’s Kaitlyn Johnson.  Tuxbury recently won the CT 5K State Championship and Johnson has a ½ marathon best of 1:20.

The races take place at Jennings Beach in Fairfield. Both days offer beach parties following the races! All runners are invited to enjoy live music, vendors, loaves of bread, pizza, fruit, refreshments & awards ceremony. Participants are encouraged to register early! The event is limited to 4,000 entrants in the half marathon and 2,000 in the 5K. For event information or to register, visit www.fairfieldhalf.org or email Maggie@jbsports.com.

The event’s title sponsor is the Faxon Law Group and is hosted by the Fairfield Firefighters. Other sponsors include Fairfield University, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, O’Reilly Electric, Connecticut Post, OrthoFast, Dr. Michael Nocerino DDS, Fairfield Circle Inn, Hotel HI HO, Orange Theory Fitness, soundRUNNER, Connecticut Sports Massage Team, Generation UCAN, Select Physical Therapy, Wade’s Dairy, Seix Investment Advisors LLC, CKC Salon, Whole Foods Market, AMR, News 12, Star 99.9, 95.9 The Fox, Crystal Rock, Northeast Generator, Connecticut Tank Removal, Aptar, The Boston Company, Blue Buffalo, Chabaso Bakery and Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt.

bornies@optonline.net (John B.) Events Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:07:48 -0400
Two Events at Stamford Downtown Farmers Market Sat. June 24 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45589-two-events-at-stamford-downtown-farmers-market-sat-june-2445589-two-events-at-stamford-downtown-farmers-market-sat-june-24 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45589-two-events-at-stamford-downtown-farmers-market-sat-june-2445589-two-events-at-stamford-downtown-farmers-market-sat-june-24

STAMFORD CT, June 20, 2017 – This Saturday, June 24, 9am-3pm, at the Stamford Downtown Farmers Market set up at Prospect Street at Latham Park (Bedford Street), there will be two special events: 

- Wellness Under the Sun will lead a Zumba Class at 9:30am, then BOOT Camp at 10:30am. The classes are free and run on the following Saturdays: 

July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5 & August 12. It’s never too late to start a fitness regimen!

Then, at 1pm, the Market is hosting its first CHESS DAY. From 1-3pm, members of The National Educational Chess Association will be on hand to play chess and even help you perfect your moves! 

It’s a great place to play with some experts and get some tips on strategizing.

And, while you are there, you can shop for the freshest fruits, vegetables, plants, baked goods, olives, handmade soaps and more! The Stamford Downtown Farmers Market happens Saturdays on Prospect Street at Latham Park (Bedford Street) from 9am to 3pm from now until October 28, 2017

NEW THIS YEAR: The Stamford Downtown Farmers market will be accepting SNAP/EBT cards for payment, allowing everyone access to healthy food options.

So, shop CT Grown items at the Stamford Downtown Farmers Market, which has some exciting new vendors. Visit stamford-downtown.com or call 203-348-5285 for more details.

Vendors include:

Country Farm: Fresh fruits and vegetables from Northford, CT

Meredith’s Country Bakery: Full line of bakery products and jam

Olive Oil Mediterranean: Kardamas olive oil and oregano, produced on their family-owned farm in Greece

Beldotti BakeryBread, pesto, mozzarella and SANDWICHES!

Vesco Foods: Pickles, olives, olive oil, sun dried tomatoes, tapenade

Waterview Farm: Organic produce and free range eggs

McCants Mini Cheesecake: mini cheesecakes in a jar

Mill Pond Essentials: handmade soap, candles and perfumes

Body and Spirit: handmade lotions, scrubs, clay facial products and more

bornies@optonline.net (Annette Einhorn) Places Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:36:13 -0400
Pequot Library's 57th Annual Summer Book Sale, July 21 - 25, 2017 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45581-pequot-library-149805648945581-pequot-library-1498056489 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45581-pequot-library-149805648945581-pequot-library-1498056489

Southport, CT -- Find a previously-loved treasure for yourself and a friend at "The Best Book Sale in New England." Over 140,000 books, plus CDs, DVDs, and records can be found under the tents on the Great Lawn, parking lot, in the Auditorium, Reading Room, and Rennell Room.

All items sold are donated to Pequot Library. Admission is free and open to the public. Proceeds directly fund Pequot Library's over 750 annual programs and events.

Friday, July 21: 9am to 6pm; DOUBLE the marked price
Saturday, July 22: 9am to 6pm; Priced as marked
Sunday, July 23: 9am to 6pm; Priced as marked
Monday, July 24: 9am to 6pm; HALF the marked price
Tuesday, July 25: 9am to 2pm; $5 PER BAG DAY!

Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Help us save the environment: If possible please bring your own reusable bags!

Over 60 categories, including your favorites:
Art & Architecture
Astrology & Occult
Atlas & Dictionary
Children/Young Adult
Coffee Table
CT & NE & NY
Crafts & Hobbies
Diet & Nutrition
Education & Textbooks
Family & Parenting
Foreign Language
Gardening & Nature
Graphic Novels
Health Issues
History & Politics
Large Print
Law & Crime
Military History
Old and Interesting
Performing Arts
Pets & Animals
Recorded Books
Records, CDs, Tapes, DVDs, Videos
Religion & Philosophy
Science Fiction
Sheet Music
Signed Books
Sociology & Anthropology
And more!

Rare and Collectible “Specials”
Rare and Collectible "Catalog of Specials" on website for buyers to purchase up to three (3) Specials in advance of the sale, at a premium of 25% above the catalog price. The advance sale will field requests in order of submission at 12:01am. Viewing items is by appointment only, schedule yours at booksale@pequotlibrary.org. The “Specials” Online Catalog will be available on www.pequotlibrary.org in early July.

Featured this year and conveniently located in one room is a collection of vintage stock certificates (July 21 - 23). Not to be missed!

In Pequot Library's parking lot, or the Trinity Episcopal Church* parking lot (on the corner of Pequot Avenue and Center Street), or in the Southport Congregational Church parking lot (524 Pequot Avenue and across from church) or, on the weekend, in the train station parking lot (400 Center Street).

*Trinity Church will run Parking for Food in conjunction with the Pequot Library Book Sale. Church parking will be available Friday-Sunday, July 21-23, 8:30-5:00 pm. Trinity volunteers will be on hand to collect food and cash donations in support of food pantries at St. Luke's and St. John's in Bridgeport.

Media Sponsors: Serendipity & WSHU

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!

heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:27:07 -0400
Reader Letter: Inferior Road Tar Causing Tire Alignment Issues? http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/45585-reader-letter-inferior-road-tar-causing-tire-alignment-issues-149813456145585-reader-letter-inferior-road-tar-causing-tire-alignment-issues-1498134561 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/45585-reader-letter-inferior-road-tar-causing-tire-alignment-issues-149813456145585-reader-letter-inferior-road-tar-causing-tire-alignment-issues-1498134561

We don't often print reader letters -- @Fairfield HamletHub is a mostly celebratory site focused on events across the community -- but this particular submission, from Fairfielder Gwen Ackley, seemed worthy of putting up as it could affect all of us who drive around town and especially on newly paved streets. Read on...


It started out as a soft repeating noise while driving home from work one day. Pulling into the gas station, I walked around to check to see if any of my car’s tires were low on air, but all seemed fine. When I got home and pulled into the driveway, I asked my husband to listen if he heard anything outside the car, but he said it all seemed okay.

The next morning, driving to work down North Benson Road I noted the unusual sound again. I thought to myself that I should contact my mechanic when I get to work to schedule an appointment to get it checked out. I got onto I-95 just before 7 am for my down-county commute. Traffic was the usual rubber-banding; alternating between slow bumper-to-bumper to accelerating to the speed limit for a stretch, then back to the snails’ pace. The repeating noise continued, so I checked my gauges and tried to see if the car pulled at all. Except for the noise, it all seemed okay, and the noise went away below 20 mph.

But after a stretch of faster driving, the noise increased in volume, now sounding like I was driving on the “wake-up” strip. Then there was a vibration in the steering wheel. That’s it, I decided, I’m getting off at the next exit before it breaks down on the turnpike. I get off at exit 18 and decide to take the back roads back to Fairfield where I can go at slower speeds.

Driving white knuckled, praying that I make it to my mechanic on Tunxis Hill Road, the noise seemed to be blaring if I went over 30 mph. What could it be? Wheel bearings, brakes, the suspension falling apart? I finally pulled into the parking lot and was very relieved to park the car, still trembling and certain that my blood pressure was elevated.

My mechanic, Nick Gramigna of Nick’s Automotive Technology, told me that I was his fifth customer with the same car trouble – noise, vibration, and shimmy. The cause of the problem was – drum roll please – road tar!

Nick believes that Fairfield is paving the streets with an inferior grade of asphalt that is sticking onto tires. The paving is being done all over town, so no telling for certain which street caused the problem with my car. The more that you drive with the tar stuck on your tires, as it heats up the more it gets into the grooves and throws off the wheel alignment. Nick cleaned my tires and I got my car back the same day.

I think that our fellow Fairfielders should be made aware of this problem, so that if they experience the same symptoms that they get their cars tires checked out right away. 

Thank you,

Gwen Ackley

bornies@optonline.net (Gwen Ackley) Public safety Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:29:21 -0400
X.po.zur Gallery EXPOSED http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45572-xpozur-149796384545572-xpozur-1497963845 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45572-xpozur-149796384545572-xpozur-1497963845

Westport, CT -- Gallery owner Mark Krueger has been creating Westport’s newest gallery for many months. As artists know and understand, the time between conception and inception can be a very long period. The concept for X.po.zur gallery began when Mark dreamed of having a place along the river in Westport where artists from many disciplines could feel at home, gather, and share their talents and gifts and where the public could enjoy the space and the talents and gifts being shared by the artists. The inception is about to happen.

On Saturday July 15, X.po.zur gallery (https://xpozur.gallery) will have a comfortable opening from 5 to 8 p.m. with wine, beverages, and light hors d’ouerves. Nothing fancy, just friends enjoying the art, the view, the people, the food, the wine. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Krueger wants his gallery to be a participatory gallery. And by that he means that he wants the space to be used by musicians, culinary artists, visual artists, writers, poets.

He says, “While our relationship with established art collectors is more definitive and specialized, our community mission is to create a more complete gallery experience within an interactive framework.”

The location of X.po.zur gallery is in Westport on the Saugatuck River at 263 Riverside Avenue. There is ample parking both on the street and in surrounding lots.

The first artists being exposed at X.po.zur are Armando Bertoli and Estelle Nussbaum. On the Xpozur website, the following statement appears from Mr. Bertoli: “The viewer needs to participate. I believe: that the true underlying fabric of Reality exists only as possibility. It is only through the Observer’s mental faculty that form, structure, all the material aspects of perceived reality come into being.”

From Ms. Nussbaum, a graduate of the Yale University School of Art having earned her MFA degree in Painting in 1988, “The work you are looking at today represents an ongoing dialogue between artist and subject matter that began in the early 1980’s. Starting with “Utilitarian Iconography” whose subject matter was an ironing board and an iron and moving through the “Shelton Canal Paintings,” I have always been interested in the dailiness, the accessibility, and the pure utility of my subject matter. In the process of considering and reconsidering this seemingly mundane terrain I have found that what starts out as ordinary begins to transcend that confine -or in proclaiming its ordinariness it takes on a life of its own. Any existing hierarchical structure might be turned on its head with the least important becoming the most important and vice versa.” estellenussbaum.com is Ms. Nussbaum’s website.

The Bertoli-Nussbaum show will be open from July 15-July 23. The gallery will be open on July 15 and 16 from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday July 19 and 20, the opening hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday July 21 and 22, the hours are 4 to 9 p.m. and Sunday July 21 from noon to 6 p.m.

For more information on X.po.zur gallery, call 203-927-3228 or email Mark Krueger, gallery owner, at mark.krueger1@yahoo.com. The casual opening date is Saturday July 15 from 5-8 p.m. at 263 Riverside Avenue in Westport. There will be a more formal, private event opening on Saturday July 22 about which Mr. Krueger is happy to inform you. 

rozannegates@optonline.net (Rozanne Gates) Places Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:01:28 -0400