Fairfield's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:14:16 -0500 HamletHub.com St. Catherine of Siena School Open House: Jan. 31 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/44826-st-catherine-of-siena-school-open-house-148495006644826-st-catherine-of-siena-school-open-house-1484950066 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/44826-st-catherine-of-siena-school-open-house-148495006644826-st-catherine-of-siena-school-open-house-1484950066

Trumbull, CT -- St. Catherine of Siena School invites you to Open House; Tuesday, January 31 from 8:30 a.m. to. 10:30 a.m. . Prospective families interested in Pre-K through 8th grade will have the opportunity to tour the campus, meet the community and learn more about the school's academic and extra-curricular programs. See for yourself why SCSS was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

For more information, please call (203)-375-1947 or email info@scsstrumbull.org .

ktrb99@aol.com (SCSS) Places Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:52:42 -0500
Young Adult Writing Workshops at Pequot Library http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/44825-young-adult-writing-workshops-at-pequot-library44825-young-adult-writing-workshops-at-pequot-library http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/44825-young-adult-writing-workshops-at-pequot-library44825-young-adult-writing-workshops-at-pequot-library

Southport, CT -- Teens are invited to Pequot Library to write in a supportive environment on February 4, March 4 and April 8, 2017. The workshops are led by the teen librarian, Christine Catallo. There will be 6-8, 15-minute writing periods. Before each writing period, a prompt will be given for inspiration. At the end of the workshop, teens are given the opportunity to share their work from the program with the group; however, sharing is not required. Participants will come away with inspiration for a longer work. A great way to hone writing skills! Free and open to all, ages 13-17.

Christine Catallo, MLIS, received her degree in English Literature from Franklin & Marshall College. Two of her short stories are published in the college's magazine, Alumni Arts Review. She is an avid reader and a passionate writer.

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 (Adair Heitmann) Life Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:50:13 -0500
Sen. Hwang Sharpens Focus on Key Issues http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/44827-sen-hwang-sharpens-focus-on-key-issues44827-sen-hwang-sharpens-focus-on-key-issues http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/44827-sen-hwang-sharpens-focus-on-key-issues44827-sen-hwang-sharpens-focus-on-key-issues

Hartford, CT - Sen. Tony Hwang is serving in multiple new leadership roles for the 2017 session of the Connecticut General Assembly. An Assistant Republican Majority Leader, Hwang will serve as Co-Chair of the legislature’s Housing Committee. The panel has cognizance of all matters relating to housing programs, particularly in the area of homelessness.

“Our goal must be to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut,” Hwang said. “Co-chairing the Housing Committee will allow me to work on a bipartisan basis with lawmakers to continue what has already been a successful effort.  Homelessness affects everyone and every town in Connecticut and we can come together to address and fix this societal issue.  Connecticut is already viewed as a national leader in addressing homelessness, and we have an opportunity to make even more progress.”

Hwang also stressed the need to reform the state’s controversial community and workforce housing statute 8-30g.  The 1990 law has been used by developers to bypass local zoning laws and caused controversial housing decisions throughout Connecticut. 

“The 8-30g law, while well-intentioned when it was passed, has since been used as a way to bypass local control and zoning regulations,” Hwang said.  “This can forever alter the unique and historical character of neighborhood architecture our communities. We should take a close look at this law, how it can be improved and adapted, and how to encourage increased development of workforce housing.  I will be seeking input from local zoning officials, community leaders and impacted neighborhoods on this important issue.  I want local voices to be heard in Hartford. We should be able to come to a solution which provides municipalities’ much-needed control and flexibility while also achieving the goal of increasing our stock of workforce housing.”

Hwang will also serve as Vice-Chair of the Aging Committee. The committee has cognizance of all matters relating to senior citizens.

“My priority is to protect, preserve and promote the invaluable contributions of our seniors and sustain them in Connecticut,” Hwang said.  “I will be focusing on the impact of taxation, health care and housing on our fastest growing Connecticut demographic.  I encourage seniors in our region to reach out and share their thoughts and concerns with me at Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov or at 800-842-1421.”

Hwang will serve as Vice-Chair of the Energy and Technology Committee.

“My priority will maintain the balance of providing reliable energy solutions for businesses and consumers in an environment that is predictable, sustainable and transparent” Hwang said. “We also need to support towns in our region in their energy efficiency efforts.  Legislation like virtual net metering and renewable energy can save taxpayers and businesses money while reducing our carbon footprint.”

Hwang will also serve on the Planning and Development Committee, which has cognizance of all matters relating to local governments. 

“My goal is to help our communities adapt to a challenging and critical budget session, along with creating solutions which will lead to innovative urban, suburban and rural renewal.  We’ve got to support efficient planning and economic development programs for our local governments.”

Hwang will also serve on the Judiciary Committee, which has cognizance of all matters relating to courts, judicial procedures, and criminal law.

Hwang represents Fairfield, Newtown, Westport, Weston and Easton. 

To sign up for his State Capitol e-alerts, visit www.SenatorHwang.com .

bornies@optonline.net (Adam Liegeot) Politics Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:47:32 -0500
SoNo's Crystal Theatre Presents "Living the American Dream" Musical http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/44824-living-the-american-dream-148493949644824-living-the-american-dream-1484939496 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/44824-living-the-american-dream-148493949644824-living-the-american-dream-1484939496

South Norwalk, CT -- The Crystal Theatre at Ben Franklin Center, 66 Bayview Avenue, South Norwalk, presents a new musical, "Living the American Dream", a sequel to "Ellis Island" by Cheryl E. Kemeny. The show is scheduled to run as follows:

Friday, January 27, 2017 at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 7:30pm
Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3:00pm

Set in New York City, 1907, the performance follows the lives of immigrants Kate & Colleen, Timothy & Daniel, and Ludmilla, and Americans Brigitte Anderson, Mrs. Elsworth, Mrs. MacArthur and a host of new characters living in the new century—The Age of Innocence. Success and happiness for some, disillusionment and death for others in this action-packed, award-winning sequel to Cheryl Kemeny’s "Ellis Island".

Director: Samantha Kulish
Musical Director: Cheryl E. Kemeny
Choreographer: Char Fromentin

Performed by a talented cast of Fairfield County high school students.

*Due to violence and adult subject matter, this show is not recommended for children 8 and under.

$12-Adults, $10- Seniors, $7-Students

Online Tickets Sales stop at 9:00am on Friday January 27th.

All Remaining Tickets will be sold at the door each night, a half hour before curtain.

dramagirl318@yahoo.com (Crystal Theatre) Places Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:42:38 -0500
Art X 8 "Visions & Revelations" Show Opens at Carriage Barn Arts Ctr. Feb. 11 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/44823-trace-burroughs-148493880444823-trace-burroughs-1484938804 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/44823-trace-burroughs-148493880444823-trace-burroughs-1484938804

New Canaan, CT -- On February 11th from 4 - 6pm, the Carriage Barn Arts Center will host a reception for the groundbreaking exhibition ART X 8: VISIONS & REVELATIONS. Curated by Trace Burroughs, the show focuses on eight exceptional artists, giving them the opportunity to show a broad spectrum of their work in varied genres. The artists included in the show are Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Nina Bentley, Nancy Moore, Sue Benton, Michael Brennecke, Dan Long and Arpád Krizsán.

Extraordinary classical guitarist Glenn Roth will perform background music for the event. The exhibition continues Sunday, February 12 1pm-5pm and Wednesday February 15, 16 & 17 from 10am to 3pm.


DATE: February 11  4-6 Reception, 2017
PLACE: Carriage Barn Art Center
Waveny Park, 681 South Ave, New Canaan, CT 06840

burroughsmedia@gmail.com (Trace Burroughs) Neighbors Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:34:43 -0500
Wellness Wednesday: Go Red for Women at Pequot Library, Feb. 15 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/44822-wellness-wednesday-go-red-for-women-at-pequot-library44822-wellness-wednesday-go-red-for-women-at-pequot-library http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/44822-wellness-wednesday-go-red-for-women-at-pequot-library44822-wellness-wednesday-go-red-for-women-at-pequot-library

Southport, CT -- February is the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" campaign to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease in women. Head to Pequot Library on Wednesday, February 15 to hear clinical nutritionist Donna Brown discuss how you can boost your heart health with her nutrition, cooking, and lifestyle tips. Q & A to follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Donna has been sharing her science-based nutrition and lifestyle knowledge for over a decade in private practice at the Nutrition Kitchen LLC, and as a public speaker. She specializes in weight loss, metabolic and hormonal imbalance, nutrition for healing, and sports nutrition.

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 (Adair Heitmann) Neighbors Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:27:11 -0500
Assistive Technology: Tools to Level the Playing Field for Students with LD http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/44821-assistive-technology-tools-to-level-the-playing-field-for-students-with-ld-148493081444821-assistive-technology-tools-to-level-the-playing-field-for-students-with-ld-1484930814 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/44821-assistive-technology-tools-to-level-the-playing-field-for-students-with-ld-148493081444821-assistive-technology-tools-to-level-the-playing-field-for-students-with-ld-1484930814

Westport, CT -- An Assistive Technology (AT) device can compensate for a student’s weaknesses, making it possible for a student with LD to perform at an age- and grade-appropriate level. With so many options available today, where do you start?

Head to the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport on Wednesday February 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm where Shelley Lacey-Castelot, an expert in the use of AT for students with learning disabilities, will discuss both high-tech and low-tech options. She will also explore how to turn your smartphone or tablet into a powerful learning aid for students at all levels.

Shelley Lacey-Castelot, ATACP, MS, is the Director of Literacy Solutions, providing evaluations and instructional design for reading, writing, and math AT use at home and at school. A former teacher, Ms. Lacey-Castelot is a certified reading and language arts consultant as well as holding an ATACP certificate in assistive technology.

This program is free but kindly register at http://at_for_ld.eventbrite.com

This program is sponsored by Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities and the Westport Library.


browna4@yahoo.com (Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities) Places Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:24:32 -0500
SHU Band & CT Hurricanes Partner http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/44820-shu-band-ct-hurricanes-partner44820-shu-band-ct-hurricanes-partner http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/44820-shu-band-ct-hurricanes-partner44820-shu-band-ct-hurricanes-partner

FAIRFIELD, Conn.— Sacred Heart University’s band program and the CT Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps have formed a new educational partnership to strengthen the musical education opportunities each organization provides its members.

“Both SHU and the CT Hurricanes share the goal of providing quality educational experiences,” said Keith Johnston, the University’s director of bands. “The Hurricanes have won three Drum Corps Associates (DCA) World Championships, and it is the oldest, continually active drum corps in DCA. The Sacred Heart band has performed in more than a dozen states and in countries around the world, commissioned new works and appeared in national television ad campaigns. I’m very excited that these two great institutions will be partnering together for the benefit of our members.

“At Sacred Heart, we believe in music education in all forms: general classroom, concert band, chamber ensembles, jazz ensemble, choir and marching band. A successful Hurricanes drum corps is good for music teachers and their students, good for the community and good for Connecticut,” he added.

Brian Maroldt, executive director of the Hurricanes, said he believes the partnership will provide a level of institutional stability that will allow the corps to grow. “The Hurricanes have a rich and successful past, and we want to position ourselves to continue that tradition. This partnership is meant to be mutually beneficial, to build interest in both organizations and to give our members access to a diverse group of talented music educators. I am very excited to have the opportunity to partner with Sacred Heart University and am excited to see the impact of this partnership on the members of both organizations.”

John Ashelford, chair of the corps’ board of directors, also is excited about this partnership. “As a proud alumnus of both organizations (SHU class of 1988 and Hurricanes Hall of Fame member), I am happy to see this alliance. I received my degree from SHU and met my wife at the Hurricanes. I am humbled to have this opportunity to give back to two organizations that gave so much to me.”

Included among the partnership’s first projects are a “spring training” workshop for SHU marching band members with the Hurricanes’ instructional staff and the establishment of a High School Band Directors Advisory Committee that will help the Hurricanes refine its educational program to support the work being done in the public schools.

For the most up-to-date information, follow SHU’s bands at sacredheartbands.org, Facebook.com/SHUBands and @SHU_Band, @SHU_Guard and @SHU_Percussion on Twitter. Follow the CT Hurricanes at cthurricanes.org and @CTHurricanes (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

PHOTO: Sacred Heart University Band photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek

bornies@optonline.net (Tracy Deer-Mirek) Places Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:25:52 -0500
Former Fairfielder Madeleine Fox Passes, Age 88 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/44819-former-fairfielder-madeleine-fox-passes-age-8844819-former-fairfielder-madeleine-fox-passes-age-88 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/44819-former-fairfielder-madeleine-fox-passes-age-8844819-former-fairfielder-madeleine-fox-passes-age-88

Madeleine G. Fox, age 88 of Shelton, died peacefully at home on Sunday, January 15, 2017 surrounded by her family.

Born in Chester, Pennsylvania on April 18, 1928, she was one of eight children and the daughter of Thomas and Madeline Guilday. Madeleine was a graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy in Fountain Springs, Pennsylvania, where she was valedictorian of her class. She also attended St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Madeleine worked at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital Radiology Department, and then at Hahnemann Hospital in the Physiology and Biochemistry departments as a research assistant, where she met her husband of 56 years, Henry J. Fox, M.D. Married in 1952, they lived for many years in Southport and then Fairfield. Madeleine was an active volunteer who served as president of the Women's Auxiliary at St. Vincent's Medical Center, where she worked tirelessly and helped to raise significant funds for the hospital. She also dedicated many years to Cambridge Manor Nursing Home in Fairfield, establishing a gift shop to raise money for the Residents Council.

Madeleine was a proud, lifelong Democrat and the #1 Fan of UConn Women's Basketball! She also was an avid traveler and enjoyed nothing more than planning vacations with her family. Making friends easily, she could turn a casual conversation into a lifelong connection.

Madeleine was predeceased by her husband Henry in 2008, and is survived by her children: daughter, Madeline (Lin) of Shelton; sons, Thomas and Kevin of Stratford and son, Michael and his wife, Karen of Trumbull; daughter, Mary and her husband, Martin Isaac, also of Trumbull; and grandchildren, Jessica Isaac of Hoboken, New Jersey, Nicole and Daniel Isaac of Trumbull, and Emily Fox, also of Trumbull. She also is survived by her sisters, Margaret Bailie of Stamford and Maureen Guilday of Davie, Florida; her brother, John Guilday of Sacramento, California; and many nieces and nephews, including Catherine and Tommy Kirwin and their son Christopher of Wilmington, Delaware, and Regina and William Blythe, also of Wilmington.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, January 20, 2017 at 11 a.m., meeting DIRECTLY in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 149 South Pine Creek Road, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Redgate-Hennessy Funeral Home, Main Street and Gorham Place, Trumbull.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Madeleine Fox's memory may be made to the Fairfield County Community Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851; St. Anthony of Padua Church; or to a charity of one's choice . To send online condolences please visit www.redgatehennessy.com 


bornies@optonline.net (Legacy.com) Life Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:21:33 -0500
Profile: Special Movements Active Kids Athletics http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/44815-specialized-movements-active-kids-athletics-148483661044815-specialized-movements-active-kids-athletics-1484836610 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/44815-specialized-movements-active-kids-athletics-148483661044815-specialized-movements-active-kids-athletics-1484836610

Norwalk, CT - Special Movements Active Kids (S.M.A.K. Athletics) is a fitness program designed for children with special needs. The much needed facility was founded by two speech-language pathologists and fitness fanatics. 

There is a strong positive correlation between physical activity and language development. Within each exercise class, children at S.M.A.K. Athletics will receive multiple opportunities to practice a wide range of language skills. Some may include but not limited to: following multi-step oral directions, turn-taking, initiating and maintaining conversations with peers, and expan ding vocabulary.

Each parent will have the option of receiving an Individualized Exercise Plan (IEP) with specific, personalized goals and objectives implemented for their child's physical fitness development. Progress reports will be sent out after the 10 week session has ended showing baseline data and progress for each child. Actual IEPs (Individualized Education Plan) can also be considered when facilitating language in the class.

There are multiple classes in Norwalk, Greenwich, Fairfield and the founders are in discussion to provide this service in New Canaan.

Location: Crossfit Norwalk
Day/Time: Saturday 12:30-1:30 pm (younger group) and 1:30-2:30 (older group)
Dates: 10-class package beginning 1/28
Class size: 4-6 kids
Ages: 4-12 (divided into two classes)

Contact Frankie D’Souza and Jenn Fittipaldi at: smakathletics@gmail.com

Image credit: SMAK Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/SMAK-Athletics-LLC-366690380339401/

rachel@lampen.co.uk (SMAK Athletics) Neighbors Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:22:02 -0500
Winterfest at Earthplace, Jan. 21 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/44814-epndc-1484777881-148477788144814-epndc-1484777881-1484777881 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/44814-epndc-1484777881-148477788144814-epndc-1484777881-1484777881

Westport, CT -- Earthplace Nature Discovery Center invites families to enjoy Winterfest on Saturday, January 21, from 11am-2pm.

Cold weather is no reason to stay inside. Head to Earthplace for a celebration of all things winter! Attendees will make pinecone bird feeders for our feathery friends, create insta-snow, build mini ice sculptures, and so many more amazing winter crafts. Guests will also explore crystals under a microscope and enjoy animal encounters. If there's snow, there will be sledding and snowshoeing. If there's no snow, there will be trail walks. Either way, there will be a campfire and hot chocolate to keep warm. $5 per person

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

j.richardson@earthplace.org (EPNDC) Places Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:18:53 -0500
Images 2017 Photo Show Submissions Deadline: Feb. 5 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/44818-images-2017-photo-show-submissions-deadline-feb-544818-images-2017-photo-show-submissions-deadline-feb-5 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/44818-images-2017-photo-show-submissions-deadline-feb-544818-images-2017-photo-show-submissions-deadline-feb-5

Fairfield, CT -- The deadline for submitting your photographs to Fairfield Museum's IMAGES 2017 JURIED PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW is approaching! Submissions must be received by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, February 5.

To submit your photographs or vote, visit http://www.gogophotocontest.com/fairfieldmuseumimages2017

Professional, serious amateur and student photographers from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts can participate. A jury will select approximately 50 photographs for exhibition in the IMAGES 2017 show, which will run from March 9 to April 30.

One photographer from the Professional/Serious Amateur category and one from the Student category will be named the Grand Prize Winners.

The award for the Professional/Serious Amateur winner is a 10-day exhibition at Southport Galleries in Southport, CT, at a date to be determined by the gallery. The Student Grand Prize winner will receive a professional portfolio review with Dr. Philip I. Eliasoph.


New this year, the Viewer's Choice photo winner will join the jury's selections at the IMAGES 2017 show at the Fairfield Museum. Vote for your favorite!

Visit http://www.fairfieldhistory.org/exhibitions-2/images/ for more information.

bornies@optonline.net (Fairfield Museum ) Places Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:12:14 -0500
Former Fairfielder Sheila Scalzi Passes, Age 73 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/44817-former-fairfielder-sheila-scalzi-passes-age-7344817-former-fairfielder-sheila-scalzi-passes-age-73 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/44817-former-fairfielder-sheila-scalzi-passes-age-7344817-former-fairfielder-sheila-scalzi-passes-age-73

Sheila Frances (Halko) Scalzi, 73, of Whitefield, Maine, and former resident of Fairfield, Stratford and Naugatuck, Connecticut, passed away on January 12, 2017 at her daughter's home with her loving family by her side, after a yearlong courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Sheila was born June 6, 1943, in Bridgeport, CT, the daughter of the late George and Dorothy (Tichy) Halko. She graduated from Andrew Warde High School, Fairfield, Class of 1961. She worked as a telephone operator, a stay-at-home mom, and at RAF Electronics and General Data Comm Industries, performing office work.

In 2004, she retired and moved to Maine, and worked part-time here and there: at the local Country Farms Restaurant as a hostess, at her grandsons' elementary school as a substitute teacher, and starting her own small business, "The Candy Lady", where she created holiday confections that were sold in her local community.

She was always very creative and loved to bake, make candies, knit, crochet and quilt. Sheila was also a free spirit who loved to travel to new places. Yet making memories with her loved ones came first, and she always had a camera in her hand to capture them. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren, teaching them how to cook & bake some of her favorite recipes, creating a new craft project or playing a new game she learned. She always made each one feel special. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend and she will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her daughter, Terri (Scalzi) and husband Bob Soohey, of Whitefield, ME, sons, Frederick Jr. (Fritz) and wife Kristie (Lambert) Scalzi, of Berlin, CT, Mark and wife Stephanie (Piscitelli) Scalzi of Southington, CT; seven grandchildren Robert, Stephen, Anthony, Amanda, Alexander, Annabelle and Ava; brothers Robert and wife Linda Halko of Shelton CT, George and wife Irene Halko of Shelton CT, and sister Janice and husband Frank Autore of Naugatuck CT, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and dear friends.

In honor of Sheila's love of giving to others, especially kids, donations can be made in her name to The Toy Closet Program at Yale New Haven Hospital, 20 York St., New Haven, CT 06510.

Family and friends are invited to call at Ralph E. Hull Funeral Home, 161 West Church Street, Seymour, CT on January 21. Visiting hours are 10am-12pm with a funeral service to follow at 12 noon.

To share condolences & memories with the family, please visit www.hullfh.com. 

bornies@optonline.net (Legacy.com) Life Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:58:48 -0500
Fairfield County Bank Appoints Debra Verbeke to Executive Vice President http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/44816-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-debra-verbeke-to-executive-vice-president44816-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-debra-verbeke-to-executive-vice-president http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/44816-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-debra-verbeke-to-executive-vice-president44816-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-debra-verbeke-to-executive-vice-president

Fairfield County Bank is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Debra Verbeke to Executive Vice President of Human Resources. Mrs. Verbeke has been with the Bank since 2004 and has held key roles in the Human Resources Department, including Vice President of Employee Relations and Staffing, which later led to her promotion to Senior Vice President, Human Resources.

As Executive Vice President, Debra will lead the Human Resources department in the development and execution of several strategic initiatives including the championship of ‘workplace of choice’ philosophy and culture. Mrs. Verbeke is responsible for market competiveness and to ensure the Bank is compliant with State and Federal regulations within all facets of the employment cycle.

Debra graduated from State University of New York Albany with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Business. She holds a Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS).  Before joining Fairfield County Bank, Mrs. Verbeke worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. as the Project Manager of Management Development and Training, was a past Director of Global Staffing and Employee Relations at Crompton Corporation, formerly known as Witco, and later the Northeast Human Resource Manager for Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.

Mrs. Verbeke is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEPB). She is also a participating supporter of The Bridge to Independent and Career Opportunities (TBICO) in Fairfield County, the Gallon Club at the American Red Cross and New York Blood Center, John Jay High School PTO and Booster Club. Debra volunteers her time at St. Mary’s Church in Katonah, New York.

Mrs. Verbeke currently resides in South Salem, New York with her husband and two children.

Fairfield County Bank is a $1.5 billion community bank headquartered in Ridgefield, CT with locations throughout Fairfield County. Visit www.fairfieldcountybank.com to find out more about the Bank.

kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Neighbors Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:58:30 -0500
RMACT’s Entire Team of Fertility Specialists Are Castle Connolly 2017 Top Doctors http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/44813-rmact-s-entire-team-of-fertility-specialists-are-castle-connolly-2017-top-doctors44813-rmact-s-entire-team-of-fertility-specialists-are-castle-connolly-2017-top-doctors http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/44813-rmact-s-entire-team-of-fertility-specialists-are-castle-connolly-2017-top-doctors44813-rmact-s-entire-team-of-fertility-specialists-are-castle-connolly-2017-top-doctors


For the second consecutive year, all five board certified Reproductive Endocrinologists at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) have earned “Top Doctor” awards. Dr. Mark Leondires, Dr. Spencer Richlin, Dr. Joshua M. Hurwitz, Dr. Cynthia Murdock and Dr. Shaun Williams have each been chosen by their peers for the 2017 list based on their exceptional patient care and stand-out results. The complete list of Top Doctors in Fairfield County is published by Moffly Media in the January/February issues of Fairfield Living, Greenwich, New Canaan-Darien, Westport and Stamford magazines. 

Moffly Media’s list is compiled by the renowned healthcare research firm Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., which conducts a rigorous, peer-reviewed assessment of local doctors. Each of RMACT’s doctors have been chosen as a Top Doctor individually several times previously, and this is the second consecutive year the entire RMACT team of physicians has been honored.

“Knowing that all five doctors are Top Doctors gives our patients additional confidence that our entire team is working together to help our patients become parents and provide the best possible care,” says Dr. Leondires, Medical Director at RMACT. “This award is the latest example of how we are the leading fertility practice in Connecticut.”

Unlike most fertility practices, RMACT approaches fertility care by treating the whole patient. Before embarking on medically advanced assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as genetic screening and in vitro fertilization (IVF), the RMACT team encourages patients to improve their overall health. Factors such as body mass index (BMI), blood sugar levels and stress or anxiety can affect hormone production and reproductive health.

RMACT offers a robust nutrition program, support groups, acupuncture, Fertile Yoga, emotional support, complimentary classes and counseling – for individuals and couples – through its Integrated Fertility and Wellness Program.

“Top Doctors” Are Chosen By Peers in the Medical Field; RMACT Physicians Are Recognized for Their Excellence in Infertility Treatment, Pregnancy Success Rates and Patient Care

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Lisa Rosenthal) Places Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:18:19 -0500