Fairfield's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:32:04 -0400 HamletHub.com Shelton Autumn Craft Festival: Oct. 28 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46101-shelton-autumn-craft-festival-150833094646101-shelton-autumn-craft-festival-1508330946 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46101-shelton-autumn-craft-festival-150833094646101-shelton-autumn-craft-festival-1508330946

Shelton, CT - The Shelton Autumn Craft Festival will take place at the Hyatt House Hotel, 830 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton on Saturday, October 28 from 10am to 4pm.  

Admission is free.  

For more information, call (203)751-6267.

artisans04@aol.com (SACF) Events Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:13:04 -0400
Broadway Takes Ridgefield By Storm: American Dance Spectacular on October 22 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46100-broadway-takes-ridgefield-by-storm-american-dance-spectacular-on-october-2246100-broadway-takes-ridgefield-by-storm-american-dance-spectacular-on-october-22 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46100-broadway-takes-ridgefield-by-storm-american-dance-spectacular-on-october-2246100-broadway-takes-ridgefield-by-storm-american-dance-spectacular-on-october-22

An all-star cast, including Broadway performers Jennifer DiNoia (Elphaba in “Wicked”) and Vishal Vaidya (Broadway’s "Groundhog Day”), star in a brand new show at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, October 22 at 7pm! 

"American Dance Spectacular!” features twelve leading Broadway dancers and singers, and takes the audience on a high energy journey through the evolution of dance in America. From the Charleston and Lindy Hop to the Jitterbug and the Twist to Disco and Voguing, "American Dance Spectacular!" is an exploration of the 20th century’s flashiest dances, infused with the hit songs from each decade.

Mastermind and esteemed Broadway actor Daniel C. Levine (whose Broadway credits include “Mamma Mia!, “Les Miserables”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and “The Rocky Horror Show") has created this brand new production along with energetic choreography by Al Blackstone (TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance”), music direction and arrangements by Bryan Perri (Broadway’s “Wicked”), and book by Susan Batten (Lifetime TV’s “Showing Roots”). 

Don’t miss the chance to see Broadway come to life in "American Dance Spectacular!"

For tickets ($60), call the box office at 203-438-5795, or visit ridgefieldplayhouse.org.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (HH) Events Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:25:03 -0400
The Art of Mourning: 19th Century Postmortem & Memorial Photography http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46099-the-art-of-mourning-19th-century-postmortem-memorial-photography-150825537746099-the-art-of-mourning-19th-century-postmortem-memorial-photography-1508255377 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46099-the-art-of-mourning-19th-century-postmortem-memorial-photography-150825537746099-the-art-of-mourning-19th-century-postmortem-memorial-photography-1508255377

Norwalk, CT - Photos from beyond the grave! Join Elizabeth Burns, of the nationally renowned Burns Archive and historic photo consultant for THE KNICK & MERCY STREET for an intimate look at “The Art of Mourning: 19th Century Postmortem & Memorial Photography” on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum.  People used photography to memorialize dead loved ones with a reverence little understood today. Learn how these photographs were a normal part of the culture, and how they are testament to a time when the magic of photography offered the hope of extending relationships. Rare postmortem photographs from the Burns Archive will be incorporated into the lecture.  Please note that the lecture will take place upstairs in the museum and at this time there is no elevator. Limited seating available! Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at https://theartofmourning.brownpapertickets.com/ or by calling 203-846-0525.  Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue.  The museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department.

Elizabeth A. Burns is the Creative and Operations Director of The Burns Archive, which houses over one million historic photographs from the birth of photography through the atomic age. Stanley B. Burns, MD, her father, is founder of the Burns Collection and author of the groundbreaking publication Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography In America (1990). Elizabeth collaborated on Sleeping Beauty II: Grief, Bereavement & The Family in Memorial Photography, American and European Traditions.  Her other books include, Setting Sun: Painted Photographs of Meiji Japan, Geisha: A Photographic History, 1872-1913, The Burns Archive Medical Specialty Series, Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons: Medical Photography and Symbolism and Mensur & Schmiss: German Dueling Societies. Elizabeth has curated and worked on hundreds of exhibitions, publications and films on memorial photography as well as on early flight, spirit photography, criminology, Lewis Hine and the playground, African American history, and the SS Ben Hecht. She served as medical photo-historic consultant on the HBO/Cinemax series THE KNICK and PBS’ MERCY STREET. Recent projects include, AMERICAN GODS, LIVE BY NIGHT and THE BIG SICK. Liz lives in New York City and actively promotes history and photography through publications, exhibitions and events. www.burnsarchive.com

For more information: visit www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, e-mail info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Photo Credit: Photo credit: Stanley B. Burns, MD & The Burns Archive

info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:15:07 -0400
Darien's Geary Gallery to Show Julie Van Norden's Work in Nov. http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46098-darien-s-geary-gallery-to-show-julie-van-norden-s-work-in-nov46098-darien-s-geary-gallery-to-show-julie-van-norden-s-work-in-nov http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46098-darien-s-geary-gallery-to-show-julie-van-norden-s-work-in-nov46098-darien-s-geary-gallery-to-show-julie-van-norden-s-work-in-nov

Darien, CT - This November, the Geary Gallery of Darien presents “Inspired by the Sea,” featuring the contemplative seascapes and landscapes of Westport, CT painter, Julie van Norden. Her exhibit runs November 1 – 30 at the Geary Gallery located at 576 Boston Post Road in Darien.

Featured Artist, November: Julie van Norden

Inspired by an art-loving mother, Julie van Norden has been interested in the subject her whole life, but didn’t study art in school. The New York City native instead went into advertising, and it was only in her 20s that she started painting.

After joining the Art Students League and taking a sabbatical to paint in the south of France through the Cleveland Institute of Art, she eventually left advertising to pursue her true passion, and has been painting ever since.

Van Norden began her art career in earnest in 1986. She started her career painting portraits, working out of a studio on New York’s Union Square. Although she has studied with many teachers at different institutions, her primary influences were Hilary H. Holmes and Harvey Dinnerstein, two well-known figurative painters at the world-renowned Art Students League of New York. 

Her work can be found in collections from Texas to New York to England. A majority of her paintings are portraits—and she is a member of Portraits, Inc., a professional company matching individuals and companies with highly skilled portraitists. She is also a member of Wilson Avenue Loft Artists (WALA).

Working out of a new studio in South Norwalk, CT, Julie still paints portraits, but her current work focuses on landscapes and seascapes.

Van Norden has been featured in many shows, most recently, the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts’ 106th Annual Exhibition, held this past June and July, and the 105th Annual Exhibition in 2016. She has earned multiple juried exhibits and awards, including:

  •        Award of Merit, Portrait Society of America annual competition, 2003

  •        Hull’s Art Supply Prize, Brush and Palette Club, 2002

  •        Finalist, American Artist magazine portrait competition, 1995

  •        Merit Scholarship, Art Students League, 1994, 1995

  •        Ralph Weiler Prize, National Academy, 1993

Julie van Norden’s exhibit runs through November 30 and her paintings are available for acquisition. All are welcome and admission is free.

Visit our online gallery: https://www.gearygallery.com/?artists=julie-van-norden

Geary Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is located at 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. For more information, call (203) 655-6633 or visit www.gearygallery.com

bornies@optonline.net (Lynda Falcone) Events Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:50:07 -0400
"Silent Stars, Indigo Shadows" Opening at Art/Place Gallery, Nov. 12 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46097-silent-stars-indigo-shadows-opening-at-art-place-gallery-nov-1246097-silent-stars-indigo-shadows-opening-at-art-place-gallery-nov-12 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46097-silent-stars-indigo-shadows-opening-at-art-place-gallery-nov-1246097-silent-stars-indigo-shadows-opening-at-art-place-gallery-nov-12

The public is invited to a reception for the solo show at Art/Place Gallery, Silent Stars - Indigo Shadows, the paintings of member, Mary Louise Long, on Sunday, November 12 at 3 to 5 pm. She will talk about her paintings at 4 pm. The show runs from November 9 to December 3. Art/Place Gallery is located at 70 Sanford Street in Fairfield. and is open every afternoon See www.artplacegallery.org or call 203-292-8328.

Mary Louise Long, a Stamford painter and printmaker, was born in Omaha, Nebraska.  Painting was a very early interest since her father painted landscapes and portraits as an avocation. She has an MA in printmaking from Montclair State University, was a Lecturer in Art and Curator at Bloomfield College, taught contemporary painting and printmaking at Montclair Art Museum, and taught printmaking at Trinity College.

Mary Louise is a member of the College Art Association, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, the New Canaan Society for the Arts, the Monotype Guild of New England, the Stonington Printmakers, the Katonah Museum Artists and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

The artist’s work has been exhibited in private galleries, museums, and universities throughout the United States and is in many private collections. She was awarded a Painting Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Currently she is exhibiting in the Hastings-on-Hudson Gallery in their “How High the Moon” show.  Mary Louise is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women 2017.

Mary Louise says, “Working in oil painting and printmaking monotypes allows me to gravitate between the two mediums.  Intense saturated colors play against one another in the my work creating a visual dialogue.  Recurring mythological themes emerge, since the human condition is foremost in my mind. Though not derived directly from nature, these works interpret our human existence by questioning and celebrating it.  Classical mythology and poetry are also references.  My newest painting, “Silent Stars -  Indigo Shadows”, a diptych measuring six by twelve feet,  focuses on the night skies and the oceans.  Its content reflects on the poem by Lord Byron, “The Bride of Abydos” and the myth of Hero and Leander.”

bornies@optonline.net (Alice Katz) Events Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:37:53 -0400
Sunrise Rotary Gala Holiday Wine Tasting, Dec. 1 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46096-sunrise-rotary-gala-holiday-wine-tasting-dec-146096-sunrise-rotary-gala-holiday-wine-tasting-dec-1 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46096-sunrise-rotary-gala-holiday-wine-tasting-dec-146096-sunrise-rotary-gala-holiday-wine-tasting-dec-1

Westport, CT - Westport Uncorked. New date, same great venue, more wines. The Inn at Longshore. Friday, December 1, 6:30 - 9:30 pm. It’s the 27th Annual Wine Tasting, the Holiday Gala, the start of your holiday season.

Join Sunrise Rotary. Sample from among 72 wines — maybe more — along with 12 area brewed craft beers, all carefully selected by Liquor Locker’s Cory D’Addario.

Enjoy the wines, chat with friends. Help Sunrise Rotary support its 30 area and international non-profit organizations — from Homes With Hope in Westport to Greater Bridgeport Literacy Volunteers to Tree of Life Orphanage in Haiti.

Buy your ticket online at http://westportsunriserotary.org, for $75, with your payment going to a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Ms. D’Addario’s wine choices run to the artisanals — beautiful, though often not well known labels, “sustainable, organic, biodynamic, and fair trade” wines from smaller vineyards, all tasting above their price. 

You’ll see wines from around the world. Some great values — wine need not be expensive to be enjoyable — along with some truly distinctive labels for gifting, or for your holiday table.

All items will be available for purchase at case discounts of ten percent. 

Wines will be presented courtesy of 14 of Connecticut’s finest distributors. Their representatives and Liquor Locker’s staff will happily answer your questions. Find a wine you like, ask what to pair it with.

OnTheMarc Events will offer seasonal hors d’oeuvres, crudités, cheese and crackers, and a selection of fruit tartlets and sweets to accompany the wines and beers.

And Sunrise Rotary thanks Miggs Burroughs for his eye catching new logo and Baker Graphics for its truly responsive graphics and production support. 

Rotary International is a global organization of over 1.2 million people in 35,000 clubs, all committed to Service Above Self. Westport Sunrise Rotary raises funds it donates to non-profits and provides hands on services including food drives, Read Aloud and feeding Gillespie Center residents. The club meets every Friday for breakfast at The Westport Inn. If you’re interested in giving back to your community, getting your Fridays off to a jump start and hearing interesting speakers, e-mail Ron Holtz at ronaldholtz@gmail.com.

bornies@optonline.net (Roy Fuchs) Events Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:23:00 -0400
Westport Playhouse Presents Symposia On Shakespeare, Nov. 5 & 12 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46095-westport-playhouse-presents-symposia-on-shakespeare-nov-5-1246095-westport-playhouse-presents-symposia-on-shakespeare-nov-5-12 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46095-westport-playhouse-presents-symposia-on-shakespeare-nov-5-1246095-westport-playhouse-presents-symposia-on-shakespeare-nov-5-12

Westport, CT - In conjunction with its production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Westport Country Playhouse’s Sunday Symposium series will present guest speakers on two consecutive Sundays, November 5 and 12, following the 3 p.m. performances of the classic play. The Playhouse Sunday Symposium program is free and open to the public.

The Shakespeare symposia are part of the Playhouse’s initiative, “As Boundless as the Sea: The Genius of William Shakespeare,” surrounding the production of “Romeo and Juliet.” For a complete schedule of events for the initiative, visit http://www.westportplayhouse.org/Romeo-Juliet-education-initiative

A conversation with renowned Shakespeare Scholar Marjorie Garber is scheduled for Sunday, November 5.  Garber is a Professor of English and of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University and author of “Shakespeare After All” and “Shakespeare and Modern Culture.” She will share her insights into Western literature’s most enduring love myth, moderated by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director. 

“Bringing the Bard to Life: Directing Shakespeare in the 21st Century,” on Sunday, November 12, will feature Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director and “Romeo and Juliet” director; Milla Riggio, Shakespeare scholar; and special guests, discussing Shakespeare’s enduring legacy and how directors and actors give the work new life for contemporary audiences.

“Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare’s timeless love story, with a cast of 20, period costuming, sword fights, and scenic design by a Tony Award winner, will run from October 31 through November 19. The tale of two teenagers who fight to love each other in a violent world has never before been produced at the Playhouse during its 87 seasons.

The Sunday Symposium Series is supported, in part, by the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

Initiative partners are The Acting Company, Housatonic Community College, Norwalk Community College, and Westport Public Library.  Education sponsor is The Graham Foundation of Connecticut, Inc.  Education Initiative is made possible with support from The David and Geri Epstein Private Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Romeo and Juliet” Production Sponsors are Czekaj Artistic Productions, Barbara and John Samuelson, and Barbara and John Streicker; Corporate Production Sponsor is Fidelity Investments.  Production Partners are Carol and Peter Seldin; Corporate Production Partner is Cohen and Wolf.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.westportplayhouse.org or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

bornies@optonline.net (Pat Blaufuss) Events Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:19:18 -0400
WHS Exec Director Susan Gold Leaving http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46091-whs-exec-director-susan-gold-leaving46091-whs-exec-director-susan-gold-leaving http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46091-whs-exec-director-susan-gold-leaving46091-whs-exec-director-susan-gold-leaving

Westport, CT - Susan Gold is leaving Westport after 10 years as Executive Director of the Westport Historical Society.  She will be moving to a home she has in Naples, FL sometime this winter.  In 2004, Susan Gold joined Westport Historical Society as Education Director and became Executive Director in 2007.  Her legacy is an organization that has become a vibrant cultural center -- and is filled with her friends and admirers.

Bob Mitchell, current President of the Board says, “Susan has given her all for WHS. She’ll be missed by us and the community. We will do our best to live up to her legacy.”

Prior to coming to WHS, Gold was the Program Director and Volunteer Coordinator at the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk from 2000-2002. Prior to that, she worked free-lance in public relations as well as a free-lance administrator for the Westport Arts Center, WSHU Radio, John Franklin Public Relations and Hank Weisinger, local author and national speaker on emotional intelligence.

History and non-profits are just 2 of Gold's passions. The Ithaca College grad (with masters from Cornell University) is an avid swimmer, hiker and kayaker.  Gold has run 15 marathons as an elite runner -- including a personal best of 3:09 in the prestigious New York Marathon. She was also a competitive triathlete; and competed in the Timberman Half Ironman in 2007. Sue has been teaching Yoga since 2008 at the New Canaan YMCA. She is also currently teaching at The Mission in Southport for cancer survivors.  She has offered a free thirty-minute Qi (Chi) Gong community class at lunchtime on the WHS lawn and Veterans Green for the past five years (donations go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as Susan is a cancer survivor herself).  WHS board member Leigh Gage calls Gold "a bundle of energy.”

Susan has always considered herself as a ‘producer” at WHS. She feels the success of WHS is because of the talented people who live in this community.  Former president Ed Gerber adds, "Very effectively, Susan told me of the work of the WHS, and how she thought I could help based on my enthusiasm for history and historic preservation. She reeled me in, and I thank her for it!"

She executed a popular program of tours called “Destination Westport” started by Allen and Barbara Raymond in 2007. These tours include mostly walking tours but also many kayak tours. She started the popular Coffeehouse at the Wheelers with Suzanne Sheridan, a singer songwriter.  Since her first job here in Education; she invited many local celebrities in the performing arts, visual arts and literary arts to share their craft with the kids and adults at WHS.

Past president Joni Andrews calls Gold "dedicated, resourceful, and a tireless promoter  of all things related to WHS -- especially children's programs, fundraising events and exhibits. She has served us as our gracious and smiling face to the community, and will be sorely missed by us all."

bornies@optonline.net (Westport Historical Society) Places Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:24:00 -0400
Dave Roberts to Speak at AMC, Nov. 14 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46090-dave-roberts-to-speak-at-amc-nov-1446090-dave-roberts-to-speak-at-amc-nov-14 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46090-dave-roberts-to-speak-at-amc-nov-1446090-dave-roberts-to-speak-at-amc-nov-14

Adventure traveler and documentary photographer David Roberts will make an audio-visual presentation entitled “A Journey Through France" to the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) on Tuesday, November 14 in Westport. 

The presentation will be at The Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880 (www.saugatuckchurch.org). Doors open, wine, appetizers, pasta dinner, salad and desserts from 6.30 pm, and presentation from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. AMC members and non-members are welcome to attend. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Participants are asked to bring along a dessert to share if they can. No reservations. Pay at door only. For more information and directions go to www.ct-amc.org or email Eleanor Sasso at easasso7@icloud.com

In this presentation, David will take us on a journey through France, one of the world's most beautiful and varied countries. Amongst many places, we will visit Normandy, the Loire Valley, Burgundy, The Dordogne, Gascony, beautiful Provence and the fashionable Riviera, the heights of the Alps, and, of course, Paris, one of the world's truly great capital cities.   

Stamford based David Roberts is a retired corporate executive and has previously presented on topics ranging from Climbing Kilimanjaro, Hiking to Everest Base Camp, South-West Africa, Ethiopia, Egypt, Mali, Rajasthan, South-East Asia, Bolivia, Syria and Jordan, Myanmar, the Galapagos Islands, Brazil, and the Arctic. He has traveled to around 70 countries and explored every continent, usually with hiking boots, and always with a camera. 


Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is America’s oldest conservation and recreation organization. With more than 100,000 members, advocates, and supporters in the Northeast and beyond, the nonprofit AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and stewardship of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. The AMC supports natural resource conservation while encouraging responsible recreation, based on the philosophy that successful, long-term conservation depends upon first-hand enjoyment of the natural environment.

bornies@optonline.net (Appalachian Mountain Club) Events Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:19:39 -0400
Jan Fisher Appointed Fairfield Acting Town Librarian http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/46089-jan-fisher-appointed-fairfield-acting-town-librarian46089-jan-fisher-appointed-fairfield-acting-town-librarian http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/46089-jan-fisher-appointed-fairfield-acting-town-librarian46089-jan-fisher-appointed-fairfield-acting-town-librarian

Fairfield, CT - Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau and Acting Town Librarian Nancy Coriaty announced today that Jan Fisher has been appointed by the Fairfield Public Library Board of Library Trustees to serve as Acting Town Librarian beginning Saturday, October 21, 2017. The appointment will remain in effect until a new Town Librarian is hired and starts in that role.

Current Acting Librarian Nancy Coriaty is retiring after ten years of service to the Fairfield Public Library. Ms. Coriaty’s last day is Friday, October 20, 2017.

The Board of Library Trustees made the unanimous decision at its October 12, 2017 meeting. The Board is currently conducting a national search for Town Librarian.

Nancy Coriaty stated, “What an amazing experience I’ve had in Fairfield for the last ten years. The outstanding staff, supportive town government, Library Boards and patrons who I’ve had the privilege to serve will remain as a wonderful part of my life’s journey.”

Jan Fisher said, “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this incredible library system through the interim period during the search for a new Town Librarian. We are very fortunate to have an extremely dedicated and hard-working staff at both our libraries who have kept the Fairfield Public Library in the forefront of library service. We are also grateful for our wonderful Friends of the Library who are with us every step of the way as we continue our commitment to provide the best library service possible for the residents of Fairfield.”

First Selectman Mike Tetreau commented, “On behalf of our entire Town, I want to thank Nancy Coriaty for her outstanding years of service to our library and wish her well in her retirement. I also want to congratulate Jan Fisher on her upcoming new role. The Town is very appreciative of Nancy and Jan for keeping our library as robust as ever during this time of transition. Our Town has been very fortunate to have high quality, deeply devoted individuals running our fine libraries.”

Board of Library Trustees Chair Sonal Rajan added, “The Fairfield Public Library and its patrons have been privileged to have Nancy Coriaty as part of the Library's administration. Nancy has brought much innovation to the Library through the creation of the Seed Library, the wildly popular Sewing Studio, Senior Literacy Society and Librarians on Loan. Nancy has also led the Children’s Department and her creativity, ideas and warmth have not only impacted all areas of the Library, but have touched the hearts and minds of Town residents of all ages. The Trustees wish Nancy the best in her retirement. We also congratulate Jan Fisher on her appointment, and feel the Library is in excellent hands as we continue to search for a new Town Librarian and the transition that will take place once that person is hired.”

The photos shows (l to r):  First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Nancy Coriaty and Jan Fisher at the Main Library.

bornies@optonline.net (Town of Fairfield) Life Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:16:01 -0400
Pequot Library Announces Art Show Winners http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46088-pequot-library-announces-art-show-winners46088-pequot-library-announces-art-show-winners http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46088-pequot-library-announces-art-show-winners46088-pequot-library-announces-art-show-winners

Southport, CT – Over 175 art lovers and Pequot Library supporters flocked to Pequot’s Preview Party Fundraiser on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Fine art was on display in several mediums, custom cocktails were poured and gourmet nibbles were enjoyed by all. The winners of this year’s art show, “The Story of Art,” were selected by the 20th Annual Art Show jurors, Adrienne Conzelman and Helen Klisser During.

Congratulations to the Best in Show winners:

1st Place: Involuntary Paintings (Series) by Árpád Krizsán, photography

2nd Place: N41º08.899’ W073º29.609’ 10/31/15 102 ft. (Pinwheels with House), 2016 by Torrance York, photography; 

3rd Place: Tangerine, Peel and Bowl by Jarvis Wilcox, oil on linen.


The 1st place winner will have a solo exhibition in The Perkin Gallery at Pequot Library in 2018.

Pequot Library thanks all who supported its 20th Annual Art Show. The Library is delighted to showcase 170 works by 98 artists this year, on view and for sale, during regular Library hours through Sunday, October 22.

Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 115. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

bornies@optonline.net (Pequot Library) Places Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:57:00 -0400
Norwalk Hosp. & Memorial Sloan Kettering Join in Cancer Care http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46086-norwalk-hospital-and-memorial-sloan-kettering-launch-unique-cancer-care-collaboration-150816100246086-norwalk-hospital-and-memorial-sloan-kettering-launch-unique-cancer-care-collaboration-1508161002 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46086-norwalk-hospital-and-memorial-sloan-kettering-launch-unique-cancer-care-collaboration-150816100246086-norwalk-hospital-and-memorial-sloan-kettering-launch-unique-cancer-care-collaboration-1508161002

Norwalk, ConnecticutNorwalk Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) announced MSK Physicians at Norwalk Hospital, a new cancer care collaboration that will integrate MSK medical and radiation oncologists and care practices with the existing cancer program at the C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital.

For the first time, Memorial Sloan Kettering doctors will be leading cancer services within another hospital’s cancer program outside of New York State. This is a unique model of collaboration through which Norwalk Hospital’s current team of oncologists, nurses, surgeons, and pathologists will be practicing alongside MSK doctors.

The innovative relationship between the esteemed cancer program at Norwalk Hospital and renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering will give residents of Fairfield County accelerated access to the newest cancer treatment options in the comfort of their local community setting. Patients treated at Norwalk Hospital will remain Norwalk Hospital patients; additionally they will have access to MSK for more complex cases and hundreds of clinical trials.

As part of this collaboration, three Memorial Sloan Kettering experts (bios below) have joined the Norwalk Hospital staff and will lead the medical oncology, radiation therapy, and medical physics cancer services at Norwalk Hospital. All six of Norwalk Hospital’s current medical and radiation oncologists have also joined MSK’s medical staff. These oncologists are well-known for their expertise in breast, lung, colorectal, prostate, and gynecologic cancer care. With support from the new relationship with Memorial Sloan Kettering, they will now expand and deepen opportunities to treat a greater range of cancers. They will participate in MSK disease management teams and work closely with their MSK colleagues to share perspectives and best practices, all with the goal of providing cancer care tailored to the unique needs of each patient.

“Even though the majority of cancer care in the United States is delivered in the community, cancer care advances can sometimes take years to reach patients there,” explained Memorial Sloan Kettering medical oncologist Linda T. Vahdat, MD, MBA, the new Chief of Medical Oncology and Clinical Director of Cancer Services at Norwalk Hospital. “MSK Physicians at Norwalk Hospital aims to bridge this gap and ensure the best outcomes for Norwalk Hospital’s patients by bringing leading medical and radiation oncology experts to Norwalk Hospital, implementing Memorial Sloan Kettering’s clinical practice in medical oncology and radiation therapy, and maintaining an environment of consistent cancer care.”

Dr. Vahdat further noted that a cancer diagnosis is often life changing for patients and their families, and many patients prefer to be treated close to home for convenience and familiarity. “Memorial Sloan Kettering and Norwalk Hospital’s relationship means that the 700 patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer each year at Norwalk Hospital can receive care at a location they already know and trust and still access the best drug- and radiation-based treatment options for their disease,” she said.

Dr. Vahdat will lead the comprehensive cancer program at Norwalk Hospital, including medical oncology. The radiation therapy practice will be led by Memorial Sloan Kettering radiation oncologist Daniel Shasha, MD. MSK’s Hsiang-Chi (Gary) Kuo, PhD, will oversee medical physics, essential for delivering precise radiation therapy. Drs. Vahdat and Shasha will provide full-time patient care on-site at Norwalk Hospital.

“We are very excited to enhance our cancer care program by having our exceptional oncologists formally collaborate with Memorial Sloan Kettering to provide the Fairfield County community access to a world-class team of physicians specializing in chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation therapy — right here at Norwalk Hospital,” shared Michael Daglio, President of Norwalk Hospital.

“Part of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s mission is to improve cancer care everywhere, not just within our walls, and to bring high-quality, personalized treatments to patients in their own communities,” said Richard R. Barakat, MD, Director of MSK’s Regional Care Network. “We expect Memorial Sloan Kettering’s new relationship with Norwalk Hospital will help do exactly that for residents of Fairfield County.”

Individuals interested in making an appointment at the C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Cancer Center should call 203-845-4811 or visit MSKatNorwalk.org.


Biographical Information for Newly Appointed MSK/Norwalk Hospital Experts

Linda T. Vahdat, MD, MBA, Chief of Medical Oncology and Clinical Director of Cancer Services at Norwalk Hospital and a breast medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Linda Vahdat is a medical oncologist and the Clinical Director of Cancer Services at Norwalk Hospital. She is also a professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. She sees patients at both Norwalk Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering. Dr. Vahdat has more than 20 years of experience in caring for people with breast cancer, with particular expertise in triple negative breast cancer, metastatic breast cancer, and breast cancer that is at high risk of recurring. Her research aims to find new therapies, particularly for triple-negative breast cancer, and strategies that target the area immediately surrounding tumors, not just the tumors themselves, to prevent breast cancer from spreading. She received her medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed a residency there. She also completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at MSK.

Daniel Shasha, MD, Chief of Radiation Oncology at Norwalk Hospital and a radiation oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering
Daniel Shasha is a radiation oncologist and Chief of Radiation Oncology at Norwalk Hospital. He has more than 21 years of experience in caring for people with genitourinary cancers, including prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and testicular cancer. He has particular expertise in using advanced minimally invasive techniques, such as brachytherapy, image-guided radiation therapy, and stereotactic body radiation therapy. He also uses radiation therapy to provide palliative care for people with advanced bone, spine, and brain tumors. He sees patients at both Norwalk Hospital and MSK. Dr. Shasha has performed close to 4,000 brachytherapy seed implants for prostate cancer treatment. These advanced techniques also help reduce the possibility of negative side effects that can impact a patient’s quality of life, such as urinary, bowel, or sexual function. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana and his medical degree from McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal. He completed his post-graduate residency training at MSK.

Hsiang-Chi (Gary) Kuo, PhD, Chief of Medical Physics at Norwalk Hospital and a physicist at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Hsiang-Chi Kuo is a medical physicist and Chief Physicist in the Radiation Oncology Department at Norwalk Hospital. He works closely with radiation oncologists at both institutions to provide technical support and to consult on planning and delivering radiation treatment at Norwalk Hospital. Dr. Kuo has a special interest in advanced radiation techniques to provide patients with the safest, most-precise treatments. These include intensity-modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, low- and high-dose radiation, and stereotactic body radiation therapy. He received his doctorate degree from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan in 2010. He is board certified in therapeutic medical physics.

  • Hear more from Dr. Linda Vahdat in this short video
  • Hear more from Dr. Daniel Shasha in this short video

About Norwalk Hospital’s C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Cancer Center

The Whittingham Cancer Center offers high-quality, tailored cancer care in a community setting. Personalized care, leading-edge cancer therapies and a warm, nurturing environment are hallmarks of this 30-year-old program. Each year, over 700 newly diagnosed patients begin treatment. In 2016, the new Whittingham Cancer Center opened – a serene 35,000-square-foot facility featuring an outdoor healing garden, contemporary consultation rooms, private infusion suites, light-filled infusion bays with views of Long Island Sound, a dedicated CT simulator and state-of-the-art linear accelerators. The new Center includes spacious areas for the Hospital’s extensive clinical trials and collaborative research program with additional space for the multidisciplinary support team of nurse and patient navigators, registered dieticians, psychosocial support and cancer genetics. Norwalk Hospital is an affiliate of Western Connecticut Health Network, Connecticut’s premier, patient-centered health care organization which includes Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Western Connecticut Medical Group and Western Connecticut Home Care.

About Memorial Sloan Kettering

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center, home to more than 16,000 physicians, scientists, nurses, and staff united by a relentless dedication to conquering cancer. As an independent institution, MSK combines 130 years of research and clinical leadership with the freedom to provide highly individualized, exceptional care to each patient. MSK is consistently ranked the number-one hospital for cancer care in the Northeast and among the top two cancer hospitals nationwide. And MSK’s always-evolving educational programs continue to train new leaders in the field, here and around the world. www.mskcc.org.

diane.burke@danhosp.org (Norwalk Hospital Andrea Rynn; Memorial Sloan Kettering Caitlin Hool) Places Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:11:32 -0400
CT BBB: Small Businesses Struggling with Data Protection http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/46087-ct-bbb-small-businesses-struggling-with-data-protection46087-ct-bbb-small-businesses-struggling-with-data-protection http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/46087-ct-bbb-small-businesses-struggling-with-data-protection46087-ct-bbb-small-businesses-struggling-with-data-protection

Cromwell, CT - The October 2017 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is sandwiched between one of the largest reported data breaches in history and the busiest online shopping period of the year. Connecticut Better Business Bureau says a new study shows small businesses are having difficulty calculating the cost versus risk of strengthening protection of their vital information.
A new study by  the Council of Better Business Bureaus The State of Small Business Cybersecurity in North America, concludes that while most small businesses are aware of specific threats, the majority are at odds about how to prevent becoming a victim.
"Awareness of the potential and perceived cybersecurity threats is a crucial starting point," according to Connecticut Better Business Bureau spokesman Howard Schwartz. "The study shows that most small businesses are strengthening their data protection to some degree, however, it concludes they must place more emphasis on employee education to prevent cybercrime."  
In an online survey of 1,100 businesses in North America, The State of Small Business Cybersecurity in North America finds 81 percent of small businesses use basic data protection tools such as antivirus software, and 75 percent protect their systems with firewalls. The downside is that the report reveals less than half of respondents concentrate on employee education, which is considered by the authors to be one of the most cost-effective prevention tools.
The most compelling reason for small businesses to take stronger cybersecurity measures is because half of the study's respondents said they could not remain profitable for more than one month if their essential data was stolen.  
Even though small businesses may be easier targets for determined cybercriminals, data breaches at the largest commercial, industrial and government networks yield information that is of much greater value because of stolen information's quantity and content.  
BBB urges businesses to train employees about data security protocols, because firewall and antivirus protection are not sufficient if your employees don't know how to detect and steer clear of suspicious online activity.
What does this mean for consumers?  
As we head into the busiest retail season of the year, consumers should be more vigilant than ever when shopping online and aware of what steps to take to reduce the number of places where their information may be stored and potentially exposed by third parties. These include retail websites that offer to hold on to payment information for customers' convenience when they make subsequent purchases.
BBB offers National Cybersecurity Awareness Month tips to help protect personal and financial data while doing business and browsing online:
Look for HTTP"S" - You will find it in your web browser's address bar. The "s" stands for secure and it will be accompanied by a padlock icon. That means the business is using technology to secure information between your digital devices and its website.Avoid using free wireless connections for shopping - Scammers can set up a fake wireless network with a legitimate-looking name in a coffee shop, restaurant, library, airport, hotel or anywhere else. Unless you verify the name of the establishment's real network, a hacker can burrow into your computer. Experts also recommend avoiding conducting any commerce or logging on to your accounts using a free public wireless network.
Greeting cards can come at a high price - It's not unusual to receive an online greeting card at this time of year, but you can lessen the chances of downloading a virus if you confirm with senders that they emailed the card link to you. Clicking on a fake holiday card can cause big trouble and infect your computer. 
Educate your family - Explain why it is potentially dangerous to click on email or social media links or attachments, unless they are absolutely certain the sender is legitimate. Use the same caution on websites when clicking on hyperlinks or downloading files. 
Update and scan - Antivirus and firewall software do not provide sufficient protection unless you update it and scan your computer or smart device regularly.
Business owners can learn more through "5 Steps to Better Business Security" at bbb.org/cybersecurity.
bornies@optonline.net (Howard Schwartz) Public safety Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:05:42 -0400
Bridges & United Way of Milford Host “A Gem of a Celebration" Party, Nov. 3 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/charities/46082-bridges-and-united-way-of-milford-join-in-celebration-of-60-years-of-service-agencies-hosting-a-gem-of-a-celebration-diamond-themed-party-on-november-3-150792465846082-bridges-and-united-way-of-milford-join-in-celebration-of-60-years-of-service-agencies-hosting-a-gem-of-a-celebration-diamond-themed-party-on-november-3-1507924658 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/charities/46082-bridges-and-united-way-of-milford-join-in-celebration-of-60-years-of-service-agencies-hosting-a-gem-of-a-celebration-diamond-themed-party-on-november-3-150792465846082-bridges-and-united-way-of-milford-join-in-celebration-of-60-years-of-service-agencies-hosting-a-gem-of-a-celebration-diamond-themed-party-on-november-3-1507924658

Milford, CT - On Friday, November 3, Bridges Healthcare and the United Way of Milford are hosting a benefit event – "A Gem of a Celebration,” to honor the 60th anniversary of each organization.

The diamond-themed event will take place at Birchwoods at Oak Lane 1027 Racebrook Rd., Woodbridge, (the Tradition Golf Club), from 6:30 to 10:00 pm. A highlight of the evening will be a drawing for a pair of one-carat diamond earrings, courtesy of Valentine’s Diamond Center. Tickets for the raffle are $50 and each raffle ticket purchase, with the exception of the winning ticket, includes a pair of cubic zirconia stud earrings. There will be open bar, signature hors d’oeuvres and food stations, plus the dynamic performance of New York, NY Dueling Pianos, providing request-driven, comedy based musical fun. Tickets for the event are $100 or two for $175 and must be purchased in advance.

"We are excited to invite the community to gather with us to celebrate 60 years of helping people," said United Way CEO Gary Johnson. "Our partnership with Bridges dates back to our earliest days in 1957 when the United Way provided start -up funding to a group of concerned citizens who recognized the need for mental health services for children in Milford."

“We hope our friends, supporters, business and program partners will join us in this festive celebration of two vital organizations that enhance the quality of life, health and well-being of our community,” said Bridges CEO Barbara DiMauro. “This party is as much about thanking the many residents, businesses and other organizations that have supported Bridges and the United Way over our long history, as it is to raise funds to sustain the critical services both organizations provide to meet the needs, respond to and prevent crises in the lives of thousands of individuals and families.”

Presenting sponsors are The Milford Bank and Spectrum Associates. Heidi Voight, NBC CT News Anchor and Milford native will serve as emcee for the event.

Bridges serves residents of Milford, Orange and West Haven and several surrounding towns, touching the lives of over 7,000 individuals, children and families annually through a comprehensive range of prevention, mental health, primary care, addiction recovery, emergency crisis and community support services.

Focused on addressing the underlying causes of community issues – why problems exist, The United Way of Milford directly services members of the community on all economic levels. Funding to its partner agencies makes up the difference between what the services cost and what the client can afford to pay. United Way of Milford dollars pay for services to help those who work for a living and those who cannot, in hundreds of ways. United Way of Milford plays a vital role that tax dollars cannot.

To purchase tickets online visit http://www.bridgesct.org or  call Marcy Hotchkiss at Bridges on 203-878-6365, ext. 359 or Julie Smillie at United Way on 203-874-6791.

Digital sponsorships ads are available at https://unitedwayofmilford.org/events/60th-anniversary-digital-advertising-packages/.


mhotchkiss@bridgesmilford.org (Bridges Healthcare, Inc.) Charities Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:55:03 -0400
SHU Presents a Jesuit Journal in the 21st Century http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46085-shu-presents-a-jesuit-journal-in-the-21st-century46085-shu-presents-a-jesuit-journal-in-the-21st-century http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46085-shu-presents-a-jesuit-journal-in-the-21st-century46085-shu-presents-a-jesuit-journal-in-the-21st-century

Fairfield, CT - Tim Reidy, executive editor of America Magazine, will present his talk entitled “A Jesuit Journal in the 21st Century.”

After graduating from the Columbia School of Journalism, Tim began working as a staff writer for multiple news outlets and magazines before becoming the executive editor of America Magazine. Today, he reviews books and films and often writes pieces on the topic of religion.

This talk will be held in the University Commons space at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield on Wednesday, October 18, at 3:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by The Human Journey Colloquia Series and is free and open to the public.


bornies@optonline.net (Kim Primicerio) Events Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:04:55 -0400