Fairfield's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:44:59 -0400 HamletHub.com You are invited: RMACT hosts evening devoted to infertility advocacy tomorrow http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/45347-you-are-invited-rmact-hosts-evening-devoted-to-infertility-advocacy-tomorrow45347-you-are-invited-rmact-hosts-evening-devoted-to-infertility-advocacy-tomorrow http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/45347-you-are-invited-rmact-hosts-evening-devoted-to-infertility-advocacy-tomorrow45347-you-are-invited-rmact-hosts-evening-devoted-to-infertility-advocacy-tomorrow

Join Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) on Thursday, April 27 for an evening devoted to infertility advocacy

RMACT is proud to join in the advocacy efforts of Resolve- The National Infertility Association, to ensure that patient’s voices are heard by the lawmakers concerning infertility and family building coverage.

Join us at the RMACT Norwalk office tomorrow night, Thursday, April 27 from 6-8pm and help us to "Listen Up!" when it comes to issues around infertility and family building. A complimentary dinner will be served. Register HERE. 

National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) was created so anyone who cares about the infertility community can feel empowered to do something that makes a difference. 

On May 18, our Patient Advocate, Lisa Rosenthal, will join thousands of others in Washington, DC and present your letters to our lawmakers.

Let RMACT know you are coming to Advocacy Night. Sign up HERE.

Learn more about RMACT's advcacy efforts HERE.

RMACT Norwalk is located at 761 Main Avenue, Suite 200.

Let’s show them how much we care! #NIAW #ListenUp

Tarad@hamlethub.com (RMACT) Neighbors Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:14:16 -0400
Discover Lauralton is Sunday! There is still time to register http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45344-discover-lauralton-is-sunday-there-is-still-time-to-register45344-discover-lauralton-is-sunday-there-is-still-time-to-register http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45344-discover-lauralton-is-sunday-there-is-still-time-to-register45344-discover-lauralton-is-sunday-there-is-still-time-to-register

Lauralton Hall invites you to Discover Lauralton on Sunday, April 30 from 1-3:30pm. There is still time to register!

There is no better way to experience Lauralton than to visit campus! 

Discover Lauralton provides the ideal opportunity for fifth, sixth and seventh grade girls and their families to visit our school, meet with teachers, ask questions and explore our facilities and 30-acre campus. Prospective students will enjoy a choice of on -campus activities, from science games to art projects, while parents attend information sessions.

Click HERE see all the fun activities planned. 

Discover Lauralton Registration Form

Live the Lauralton Life! Register today.

Learn more about the admission process here. 

Located on 30 beautiful acres on High Street in Milford, CT sits Lauralton Hall. This college prep school for girls, rooted in the Catholic faith, is about empowerment—empowering women to gain confidence to succeed in college; to become strong global leaders; to succeed in whatever career they pursue. Lauralton graduates possess the skills and knowledge they need to fulfill their dreams.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Jamie) Events Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:20:49 -0400
Group Canoe Paddle Sessions at Earthplace http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45298-epndc-1491933162-149193316345298-epndc-1491933162-1491933163 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45298-epndc-1491933162-149193316345298-epndc-1491933162-1491933163

Westport, CT -- Spend an afternoon on the water with family or friends! An Earthplace Nature Discovery Center naturalist will lead participants along the Saugatuck River in search of egrets, osprey, ducks and much more. There are two sessions, May 20 and June 18. Departs from Earthplace, at 10 Woodside Lane, Westport, promptly at 2pm on each occasion.

Canoes and personal flotation devices (required by all participants) are included.
Members: $24, $12 for children under 12; Non-members $30, $15 for children under 12Preregistration required.

For registration and addition Information: visit www.earthplace.org or call 203-557-4400. 


j.richardson@earthplace.org (EPNDC) Events Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:06:35 -0400
FBPC Offers A Series of New Bicycling & Walking Events in 2017 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45335-fbpc-offers-a-series-of-new-bicycling-walking-events-in-201745335-fbpc-offers-a-series-of-new-bicycling-walking-events-in-2017 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45335-fbpc-offers-a-series-of-new-bicycling-walking-events-in-201745335-fbpc-offers-a-series-of-new-bicycling-walking-events-in-2017

FAIRFIELD, CT. --Whether on foot or by bike, Fairfielders who enjoy the beauty of the town’s roadways and sidewalks will soon have their choice of joining a series of new bicycling and walking events organized for 2017 by the Town of Fairfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee with the first set for Saturday, May 20.

“Since we were established by the Fairfield Board of Selectmen in 2014, our committee has seen steady growth in cycling and pedestrian events in town whether they’re organized by ourselves or others. The warm weather season ahead will offer what we think is an exciting schedule of events we sponsor plus many others that bubble up from the community,” said Keith Gallinelli, chairman of the seven member town appointed committee.

“We try to encourage walking and biking for transportation, recreation, exercise and other quality of life benefits. Walking and biking conserve fuel, improve air quality, reduce traffic and the need for parking, improve health and fitness and can help invigorate the local merchant economy,” Gallinelli added.

The preliminary 2017 Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee Event Schedule includes:

·         National Bike Month “Ride around Fairfield” on Saturday, May 20 with a Sunday, May 21, rain date. The ride, starts at 9:30 a.m. at Southport Beach. The ride marks the debut of town installed air pump and bike repair stations at strategic locations on official town bike routes. The equipment was purchased with state grant money by the Fairfield Health Department.

·         Marshland Meanderings: Birds and Beasts along the Frank Rice Trail System. This family friendly  nature walk led by Milan Bull, Senior Director of Science and Conservation with Connecticut Audubon Society, will take place Saturday, June 3 at 9 am, rain date Saturday, June 10. Meet up is in the Fairfield Senior Center parking lot.

·         Clean Energy Walking Tour on Saturday, June 10. Starting at 10 a.m. at the Sherman Green Gazebo, the walk sponsored by the town’s Clean Energy Task Force will include brief discussion stops at five of the major solar energy generation stops now in operation. The walk concludes at the Fairfield Recreation Center on Old Dam road and will take about 2 hours roundtrip.

·         Historic Southport Heritage Walk on Saturday, July 22 at 9:30 a.m., rain date Sunday July 23. Explore the history of this scenic section of Fairfield in a walk led by Walter Matis of the Fairfield History Center and Museum. Meet at Pequot Library parking lot.

·         Fairfield’s Great Graves and Ghosts Ride on Saturday, October 21, rain date Sunday, October 22.  Just ahead of Halloween, this ride will focus on a course bringing cyclists to notable graves in different locations of Fairfield. Master story teller Walter Matis of the Fairfield History Center and Museum will provide a quick narrative at select locations on the tour focusing on history, ghosts, legends and tales of macabre from Fairfield’s past. Meet at the museum parking lot 9:30 am. Ride departs museum parking lot at 10 a.m. sharp.

More details will be issued regarding each of these planned events as the dates get closer. For more information on cycling and walking in Fairfield, visit http://fairfieldct.org/bikeped 

PHOTO ID-Town of Fairfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee 2017 members from left to right:  Karen Secrist, William Pollack, Laura O'Brien (Vice-Chair), Linda Lach, Keith Gallinelli (Chair), Edward Lane (Secretary), Don Hyman, Nate Rex, Ann Katis

bornies@optonline.net (Donald Hyman) Events Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:48:31 -0400
Pantochino's "Noni Cimino's Kitchen" Has Sold Out Its Entire Run; New Show Added http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45327-noni-extended-149303228045327-noni-extended-1493032280 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45327-noni-extended-149303228045327-noni-extended-1493032280

Milford, CT -- Award-winning Pantochino Productions Inc., a not-for-profit professional theatre company for family audiences, has sold out the entire run of its new musical “Noni Cimino’s Kitchen”.  To accommodate ticket requests, the company has added an additional performance on Saturday, April 29, 2pm, at the Center for the Arts in Downtown Milford.

Inspired by memories of growing up in a large Italian-American family, the new musical offers a slice of life into the Cimino family and its matriarch, simply called “Noni.” When one of her delicious recipes gains national attention, her big, boisterous family—children, grandchildren, neighbors —bubble with excitement and emotion. Bert Bernardi has written the book and lyrics with Justin Rugg composing the original score. The show is sponsored in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven.

The cast includes  Raeleen D’Agsatino Mautner, author of “Lemons into Lemoncello” as Noni and also features Jimmy Johansmeyer, Shelley Marsh Poggio, Mary Mannix, Maria Berte, Hannah Duffy, Brianna Joy Jackson, Rugg, Mia Davi, Valerie Solli, Emily Kopstein. The new musical will features sets by Von Del Mar, costumes by Johansmeyer, lighting by Jeff Car, sound by Sara Brown and Alejandro Lopez will stage manage.

Tickets for the added matinee performance of “Noni Cimino’s Kitchen” on April 29th are $20. online, or $22. at the door (if available). Seating is cafe-style at tables and chairs and audiences are invited to bring their own food and drink to enjoy during the performance. The intimate Milford Center for the Arts is located at 40 Railroad Avenue South on the east bound side of the Metro-North tracks. Free parking is available in the train station lots. Further details are available at pantochino.com.


pantochino@gmail.com (Elena Femina) Places Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:43:19 -0400
WHS Adds A Second Bob Dylan Tribute Concert http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45329-show-added-may-12-coffeehouse-at-the-wheeler-s-pays-tribute-to-bob-dylan-149305480445329-show-added-may-12-coffeehouse-at-the-wheeler-s-pays-tribute-to-bob-dylan-1493054804 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45329-show-added-may-12-coffeehouse-at-the-wheeler-s-pays-tribute-to-bob-dylan-149305480445329-show-added-may-12-coffeehouse-at-the-wheeler-s-pays-tribute-to-bob-dylan-1493054804

Westport, CT -- Westport Historical Society is adding another Bob Dylan Tribute Show set for Friday night, May 12, from 6 to 8 pm. Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s, with singer-songwriter Suzanne Sheridan and guest musicians, will pay tribute to Bob Dylan on his selection for the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

The Nobel Prize honored Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” He is the first musician ever to win the award and the first American to win in the literature category since Toni Morrison in 1993. The New York Times called it “perhaps the most radical choice in history stretching back to 1901,” when the first Nobels were awarded.

Over a career that has spanned more than five decades, Dylan has written songs in many genres, from folk and rock to the Great American Songbook. In the ’60s, songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” became anthems of the civil rights and anti-war movements. Later, he composed some beautiful love songs, such as “Make You Feel My Love,” first commercially released by Billy Joel in 1997 under the title “To Make You Feel My Love.”

“A lot of his songs are amazing,” Sheridan says, who especially likes “Make You Feel My Love” for its “sensitivity.” Sheridan says the Nobel winner’s output has been characterized by “telling the truth to power” and “poetic spirituality.” She will perform the Dylan songs that “really appeal” to her and also capture “the essence of who Dylan is.”

Sheridan will be joined by musicians Bob Cooper on keyboard and organ; Colin Healy on harmonica, mandolin and fiddle; and drummer Jake Habegger”.  The fifth performer will be lead guitarist Paul Horton, a well-known studio musician in Nashville.

There is a $20 donation, which includes wine and light refreshments. Reservations are suggested: Call (203) 222-1424.

bpeck@westporthistory.org (Barbara) Places Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:28:17 -0400
Tracy Sugarman Award Recipient Named in WAC's Annual High School Student Art Exhibition http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/45334-tracy-sugarman-award-recipient-named-in-wac-s-annual-high-school-student-art-exhibition45334-tracy-sugarman-award-recipient-named-in-wac-s-annual-high-school-student-art-exhibition http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/45334-tracy-sugarman-award-recipient-named-in-wac-s-annual-high-school-student-art-exhibition45334-tracy-sugarman-award-recipient-named-in-wac-s-annual-high-school-student-art-exhibition

Westport, CT -- The Westport Arts Center has announced the student artists selected for the third annual Westport High School Student Exhibition, currently on display at the Westport Arts Center through June 23.

Staples High School student Sophia Livecchi was chosen as the recipient of the 2017 Tracy Sugarman Award for her work in pastel, “Woven Terrains.” She was presented with the award and a $100 prize at the exhibition opening on April 21.

Distinguished Westport artists Ann Chernow and Leonard Everett Fisher served as the jurors for the exhibition.

Leonard Everett Fisher stated, "I am always amazed at the imagination and urgency communicated in the art of the teenagers as seen in recent years at the Westport Arts Center. Serious or witty, their affection for the Visual Arts is evident. Their path to artistic maturity in all its complexities begins here. Civilization will survive in their passionate hands!"

The Call For Entries was open to students throughout Fairfield County.  Westport residents and/or students that attend a Westport High School were eligible for the Tracy Sugarman Award.

The competition was generously sponsored by The Honorable Alan and Janet Nevas in memory of Tracy Sugarman.  Sugarman was a 62-year Westport resident who was an illustrator, writer, civil rights activist and WWII veteran.  He is best known for his painting and illustrations recording American history from D-Day to the space shuttle.  Mr. Sugarman passed away in January 2013 at the age of 91.  

Selected high school artists include (name, school, town/city of residence):

·       Sara Adriani, 11th Grade, Joel Barlow High School, Easton

·       Mariella Alderucci, 10th Grade, Staples High School, Westport

·       Kayla Arias, 12th Grade, Academy of Information, Technology and Engineering, Stamford

·       Sebastian Avila, 12th Grade, Staples High School, Westport

·       Maggie Baron, 11th Grade, Academy of Information, Technology and Engineering, Stamford

·       Elisha Brockenberry, 9th Grade, Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet School, Bridgeport

·       Kyle Burton, 11th Grade, Hopkins School, Fairfield

·       Aaliyah Celestin, 12th Grade, Academy of Information, Technology and Engineering, Stamford

·       Jorge DeCruz, 9th Grade, Norwalk Housing Authority, Norwalk

·       Aidan Delgass, 9th Grade, Weston High School, Weston

·       Alyssa Domenico, 12th Grade, Staples High School, Westport

·       Anna Greenspan, 11th Grade, Staples High School, Westport

·       Casey Haims, 12th Grade, Academy of Information, Technology and Engineering, Stamford

·       Emily Haug, 12th Grade, Joel Barlow High School, Redding

·       Toby Innes, 11th Grade, Wilton High School, Wilton

·       Saige Kanik, 9th Grade, Weston High School, Weston

·       Marissa Lagoja, 9th Grade, Notre Dame High School, Fairfield

·       Caiti Levin, 10th Grade, Weston High School, Weston

·       Audrey Liao, 11th Grade, Joel Barlow High School, Redding

·       Sophia Livecchi (2017 Tracy Sugarman Award winner), 12th Grade, Staples High School, Westport

·       Gabriela Marroquin, 12th Grade, Academy of Information, Technology and Engineering, Stamford

·       Mary McGee, 12th Grade, Staples High School, Westport

·       Alexandra McMahon, 12th Grade, Staples High School, Westport

·       Carly Mori, 11th Grade, Staples High School, Westport

·       Louikenson Paul, 9th Grade, NHA Learning Center, Notwalk

·       Maisie Prince, 9th Grade, Staples High School, Westport

·       Mari Sachs, 10th Grade, Staples High School, Westport

·       Hannah Schmidt, 10th Grade, Staples High School, Westport

·       Ellie Shapiro, 12th Grades, Staples High School, Westport

·       Destini Smith, 11th Grade, Academy of Science, Technology and Engineering, Stamford

·       Caroline Teed, 9th Grade, Joel Barlow High School, Redding

·       Maha Ulhaq, 10th Grade, Joel Barlow High School, Easton

The High School Student Exhibition is on view at the Westport Arts Center simultaneous with the Main Street to Madison Avenue exhibition, which features two bodies of work with radically different motivations: paintings, illustrations and photography commissioned by Madison Avenue advertising agencies for iconic commercial branding and advertising campaigns, many of which originated in Westport, alongside works from the well-known Pop Art and Contemporary artists who appropriated this advertising imagery. 

For more information on the exhibitions, or other student events and classes, please contact the Westport Arts Center at 203.222-7070 or westportartscenter.org.

About the Westport Arts Center 

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber and Jazz music.

The Westport Arts Center also receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; AB Bernstein; the Brant Foundation; CBP; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Connecticut Cigar Company; Connecticut Office of the Arts; Delamar Southport; Disney Worldwide Services, Inc., DanceSport; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Finn, Dixon & Herling LLP; Fleishers Craft Butchery; 4th Row Films; GWAY Marketing Gymnasium; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover Milford; Lillian August; the Mitchell’s Family of Stores; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Rosenkranz Foundation; Saugatuck Wine & Grape; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Stamford Tent; Sun Hill Foundation; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Vespa Restaurant; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Family Counseling; Westport Now; William J. Rosenbloom Charitable Trust; Xerox Foundation; WPKN; and WSHU Public Radio Group.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070 or www.westportartscenter.org.   The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

bornies@optonline.net (Leslie LaSala) Neighbors Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:22:05 -0400
Westport Playhouse Announces Auditions for Extras in "Lettice & Lovage" http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45333-westport-playhouse-announces-auditions-for-extras-in-lettice-lovage45333-westport-playhouse-announces-auditions-for-extras-in-lettice-lovage http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45333-westport-playhouse-announces-auditions-for-extras-in-lettice-lovage45333-westport-playhouse-announces-auditions-for-extras-in-lettice-lovage

Westport, CT -- Westport Country Playhouse is seeking non-Equity extras, male and female, all ethnicities and types, ages 25-70, to play tourists in the upcoming production of Peter Shaffer's comedy “Lettice & Lovage,” directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director.  Extras must be available for rehearsals and performances beginning May 26 and ending June 18.

Extras will appear in the first ten minutes of the production and play a range of feelings that go from bored-to-death to interested and finally elated as Lettice Douffet, played by Patricia Conolly, evolves from their inexperienced tour guide to a theatrical tour de force. Also in the cast are Playhouse alumni Mia Dillon and Sarah Manton, who play Charlotte Schoen and Ms. Framer, respectively, and Paxton Whitehead, who will reprise his role of Mr. Bardolph from the original Broadway production.

Auditions will be on Tuesday, May 2 from 5 to 7 p.m., in time slots at 5, 5:30, 6, and 6:30 p.m.   Director Mark Lamos will lead participants through the audition process; no preparation is necessary.  For more information or to schedule an audition time slot, please email Taylor Ross, Playhouse artistic and management associate, at tross@westportplayhouse.org or call 203.571.1141.   

Rehearsals will be May 26through May 30. Extras will be required to wear a variety of their own clothing, to be determined in consultation with Tony Award-winning costume designer Jane Greenwood and Lamos.

Performances begin May 30 and end on June 18, playing eight shows a week, Tuesday through Sunday, with the exception of the week of previews/opening, which consist of six performances.  Curtain times are Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.  Extras may be asked to assist as crew on scene shifts in Act 1 only.  Extras will be paid a stipend of $50 per week.

About Westport Country Playhouse

The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The Playhouse creates this relationship with the community and provides this experience in multiple ways by offering: Live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos, from May through November; educational and community engagement events and opportunities to further explore issues presented by the work on stage; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings throughout the year to deepen relationships with audiences and artists alike; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations from December through April to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round. The value of the Westport Country Playhouse to all it touches is immeasurable.

bornies@optonline.net (Pat Blaufuss) Places Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:14:09 -0400
Fairfielder Rose Antal Sabre Passes, Age 98 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45332-fairfielder-rose-antal-sabre-passes-age-9845332-fairfielder-rose-antal-sabre-passes-age-98 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45332-fairfielder-rose-antal-sabre-passes-age-9845332-fairfielder-rose-antal-sabre-passes-age-98

Fairfield, CT -- Rose Antal Sabre, age 98, of Fairfield, beloved wife of the late Joseph Sabre, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2017 in her home with her loving family by her side.

Born in Fairfield on May 30, 1918, daughter of the late Stephen and Elizabeth Kok Antal, Rose was a lifelong Fairfield town resident. Rose and Joe raised two sons, James and Robert. She worked with her husband running J. Sabre Trucking Company and Sabre's Fuel and helped her son Robert with gas receipts for his Arco Station. Rose was a longtime parishioner of Holy Family Church, a member of the Holy Family Rosary Society as well as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at Miamogue Yacht Club.

Rose enjoyed playing bingo, cooking, sewing and taking care of her family and home. She was always helping others. Rosie was just a phone call away to help you. A loving mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, she will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her sons James Sabre and his wife Barbara of NC, Robert Sabre and his partner Wendy Wannagot of Fairfield; grandchildren James Sabre and his wife Joanne of Southbury, Chris Sabre and his partner Trish of Branford; great-grandchildren Samantha, Christine and Anthony Sabre; nieces Nancy Uhrynowski and her husband Paul of Shelton, Linda Smey and her husband Steve of Bridgeport; nephews Stephen Antal of VA, Albert Deak and wife Cathy of Fairfield, Michael Antal of FL, John Vetrosky of TN, Lenny Sabia of Fairfield, Frank Sabia of FL, Richard Sabia and his wife Judy of NM and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. Rose was predeceased by her brothers Stephen, Andrew and Frank Antal and her sisters Elizabeth Vetrosky and Mary Deak.

Funeral services took place on Saturday, April 1st at Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, Fairfield Center and at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Church, 700 Old Stratfield Road, Fairfield with burial following in Lawncroft Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Constellation Hospice, 240 Indian River Road, Orange, CT 06477. To sign an online register, please visit www.LeskoPolkefuneralhome.com


bornies@optonline.net (Legacy.com) Life Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:54:40 -0400
CT BBB: Tips For A Smooth Move http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/45331-ct-bbb-tips-for-a-smooth-move45331-ct-bbb-tips-for-a-smooth-move http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/45331-ct-bbb-tips-for-a-smooth-move45331-ct-bbb-tips-for-a-smooth-move

Cromwell, CT - Moving into a new home or apartment can be exciting, but sometimes it can be problematic. According to Connecticut Better Business Bureau, some preparation and a few tips, can help you find a trustworthy moving company.

May is National Moving Month, a time during which proper planning can help you save money and avoid unpleasant surprises.

"Every year Better Business Bureau receives some complaints from consumers who describe problems with lost, stolen or damaged property, a final cost far in excess of the movers' estimates and contract disputes," according to Connecticut BBB spokesman Howard Schwartz. "The key to avoiding these pitfalls is knowing your options and your rights before moving."

Connecticut Better Business Bureau offers these tips to lessen chances of a stressful move and keep the cost within your budget.

Get three estimates - All verbal promises should be in writing in an estimate and/or contract. If one price is unusually low, ask why.  

Do thorough research - A word of mouth recommendation is helpful, but it is still vital to find out what consumers' experiences have been with a given company.  You can check out a prospective mover's business profile at bbb.org. This will allow you to check the reliability of a recommended mover, read any complaint details that may have been filed or select a mover from our BBB Directory.

Avoid telephone estimates - While a mover can give you a rough estimate over the phone without seeing the layout of your property and your belongings, it is best to find out what the move will likely cost by obtaining an in-home estimate. 

Buy supplemental insurance - Movers are obliged to provide you with what is known as Released Value insurance at no additional charge, however, protection may be inadequate.  The mover assumes liability for 60 cents per pound per article.  If the mover loses or damages a 10-pound television valued at $1000, you would only be entitled to $6.00 in compensation (60 cents x 10 pounds).   You will get much better protection by buying Full Value insurance, which covers the replacement value of all lost or damaged goods being moved. 

Keep an accurate manifest - It is one more chore and can be time-consuming, but it can help you determine whether anything is missing from the move.

Ask about extra charges - Find out per hour cost if the move takes longer than expected.

Carry fragile of valuable items - You are putting your most precious valuables into the hands of strangers.  If a belonging is irreplaceable or of sentimental value, transport them yourself.

Take photos of the properties - Before and after photos can document whether the movers caused any damage to the property you are moving out of as well as your new home.

You can learn more about your rights and responsibilities from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, as well as additional helpful tips at bbb.org.

bornies@optonline.net (Howard Schwartz) Public safety Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:32:10 -0400
Westport Playhouse Announces the Comedy "Lunch Hour" http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/45326-westport-playhouse-announces-the-comedy-lunch-hour45326-westport-playhouse-announces-the-comedy-lunch-hour http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/45326-westport-playhouse-announces-the-comedy-lunch-hour45326-westport-playhouse-announces-the-comedy-lunch-hour

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse will present a Script in Hand playreading of the romantic comedy “Lunch Hour” by Jean Kerr, on Monday, April 24, at 7 p.m.  The reading will be directed by Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist and curator of the playreading series. Tickets are $20 each. 

“I was remembering what fun we had with our Script in Hand reading of Jean Kerr’s ‘Mary, Mary’ a couple of years ago and went searching for other plays by Ms. Kerr,” said Keefe.  “’Lunch Hour’ has a similar warmth and charm, and I’m sure our audience will love it.”

Set in a Long Island beach house in 1980, Oliver and Carrie discover that their spouses are having an affair.  They counter by inventing an affair of their own.  Oliver, ironically, is a marriage counsellor and a bit of a stick, while his wife is a real go-getter who easily juggles husband and lover.  Carrie is a kook, married to a very rich man. 

The cast includes actors who have appeared at the Playhouse in recent productions:  Rebekah Brockman as Carrie (WCP’s “The Liar,” Script in Hand playreading of “The Country Club”; Yale Rep’s “Arcadia”; film “Bridge of Spies”with Tom Hanks, directed by Steven Spielberg; television’s “Divorce,” “The Knick”); Kate MacCluggage as Nora  (WCP’s “The Liar,” Script in Hand playreading of “The Country Club”; Broadway’s “The Farnsworth Invention”; Long Wharf Theatre/Hartford Stage’s “Bell, Book, and Candle”).

Also, Mark Shanahan as Peter (WCP’s “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Tryst,” “Sedition,” “David Copperfield,” “Journey’s End,” 18 Script in Hand playreadings; New York’s “The 39 Steps”); John Skelley as Leo (WCP’s “Art,” “And a Nightingale Sang,” Script in Hand playreading of “The Late Christopher Bean”; Off-Broadway’s “Hamlet” (title role), “The Changeling,” “Desire”); and James Waterston as Oliver (WCP’s “Children,” “Time of My Life,” “Relatively Speaking,” Script in Hand playreading of “Bedroom Farce”; Broadway’s “Enemy of the People,” film “Dead Poets Society”).  Waterston’s father Sam played the same role in the original Broadway production in 1980.

All artists are subject to change.

Playwright Jean Collins Kerr (1923–2003) had a knack for finding wry humor in the worlds of marriage, suburbia, and show business. Her novel “Please Don't Eat the Daisies” (1957) was made into a movie (1960) and a television series (1965–67). Among her plays are “Mary, Mary” (1961), “Poor Richard” (1964), “Finishing Touches” (1973), and “Lunch Hour” (1980). She was the wife of Walter Kerr, Broadway theater critic. 

Director Anne Keefe served as artistic director of Westport Country Playhouse with Joanne Woodward in 2008, and as associate artistic director from 2000-2006, also with Ms. Woodward. She co-directed with Ms. Woodward the Westport Country Playhouse production of “David Copperfield,” and directed many Script in Hand playreadings.

Script in Hand sponsors are Marc and Michele Flaster; Script in Hand partners are Ann Sheffer and Bill Scheffler; Script in Hand Corporate Sponsor is Northwestern Mutual. The series is supported, in part, by the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation. 

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).

About Westport Country Playhouse

The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The Playhouse creates this relationship with the community and provides this experience in multiple ways by offering: Live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos, from May to November; educational and community engagement events and opportunities to further explore issues presented by the work on stage; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand playreadings throughout the year to deepen relationships with audiences and artists alike; the renowned Woodward Internship Program training program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations from November through April to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round. The value of the Westport Country Playhouse to all it touches is immeasurable.

bornies@optonline.net (Pat Blaufuss) Neighbors Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:03:25 -0400
The Avon Presents The NY Dog Film Festival, May 21 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45325-the-avon-presents-the-ny-dog-film-festival-may-2145325-the-avon-presents-the-ny-dog-film-festival-may-21 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45325-the-avon-presents-the-ny-dog-film-festival-may-2145325-the-avon-presents-the-ny-dog-film-festival-may-21

Stamford, CT -- The Avon Theatre presents THE NEW YORK DOG FILM FESTIVAL on Sunday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m

For tickets visit www.avontheatre.org 

Ticket prices are as follows: Carte Blanche Members: FREE, Members: $7, Students & Seniors: $9, Nonmembers: $12. 


The New York Dog Film Festival is a program of entertaining and inspiring short films that celebrate the remarkable bond between people and dogs. A portion of each ticket sold will support the Connecticut Humane Society. The festival is comprised of two separate programs which are each a medley of animated, documentary and narrative short films from around the world. (Please note that each program requires a separate admission ticket.) 


Program I at 11:00am is made up of twelve short films including GAMES OF BONES, an Australian film that reimagines the popular television series with a similar name, starring the director’s own rescued Labrador as the heroine; USEFUL DOG TRICKS a fun film with a Jack Russell terrier who shows the myriad ways a dog can help around the house; and A BOY AND HIS DOG, an English documentary about a young boy with medical challenges whose family adopts a big dog whose own physical challenges bring the family closer together. 

Not Rated | 77 minutes 

Program II at 1:00pm is made up of thirteen films including THE LEWIS LECTURES, a hilarious animated depiction of what dogs are actually thinking 

when their owners leave the house; THE POODLE TRAINER, a poignant character study of a circus trainer whose performing poodles are the center of her universe; and SECOND CHANCES, an uplifting documentary about dogs who are paired with imprisoned women, who train them to become service dogs, changing lives on both ends of the leash. 

Not Rated | 73 minutes 


NY Dog Film Festival founder Tracie Hotchner is a well-known pet wellness advocate and author of The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know. She is also the host and producer of ten pet talk radio shows on her Radio Pet Lady Network, including her award-winning NPR show Dog Talk


The Avon Theatre is a member-supported, non-profit cultural hub, dedicated to presenting film in its highest form, and thriving because of the support of our patrons and community. In addition to an exciting slate of new releases, The Avon brings you one-of-a-kind special events and monthly programs. We are proud to provide a forum for in-person, community dialogue with directors, actors and other luminaries in a vibrant “Main Street America” setting. 

Avon Theatre Film Center 

272 Bedford St., Stamford, CT 06901 

Box Office: (203) 967-3660 | Business Office: (203) 661-0321 

avontheatre.org | @avontheatre | facebook.com/avontheatre 

bornies@optonline.net (Jeanne Ronan) Life Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:57:54 -0400
Downtown Cabaret Main Stage Theatre Presents "IN THE HEIGHTS" http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/45324-downtown-cabaret-main-stage-theatre-presents-in-the-heights-149299151745324-downtown-cabaret-main-stage-theatre-presents-in-the-heights-1492991517 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/45324-downtown-cabaret-main-stage-theatre-presents-in-the-heights-149299151745324-downtown-cabaret-main-stage-theatre-presents-in-the-heights-1492991517

Bridgeport, CT -- The Downtown Cabaret Theatre’s Main Stage Theatre division (Producing Artistic Director, Eli Newsom) concludes its 2016/17 season with the Tony Award winning musical, IN THE HEIGHTS by Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

The production runs: 

April 28-May 21

Fridays @ 7:30pm

Saturdays @ 5pm & 8:15pm

Sundays @ 5:00pm

From the creators of the Broadway phenomenon HAMILTON, the multi-Tony Award-winning IN THE HEIGHTS tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. IN THE HEIGHTS, the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations is great for the whole family.

The all-local cast includes Jaden Bonfietti, Jessica Paige Braun, Marcelo Calderon, James Canal, Joe Cardozo, Josh Cardozo, Matthew Elliott, Ana Feliciano, Bonnie Gregson, Maytae Harge, Bobby Henry, Nick Kuell, Olivia Lincoln, Perry Liu, AJ Montgomery, Celia Ortiz, Julie Bell Petrak, Joyce Ramirez, Everton Ricketts, Olivia Rivera, Steffon Sampson, Mackenzie Sherrod, Madeleine Tommins, Leondra Smith-West, Renee Sutherland, Garth West, and Alexis Willoughby.

The production will feature Direction by Christy McIntosh-Newsom, Musical Direction by Eli Newsom, Choreography by Emily Frangipane, Scenic Design by William Russell Stark, Costume Design by Jessica Camarero, Lighting Design by Phill Hill, Projection Design by Ricky Mestre, and Sound Design by Chris Gensur. 

For tickets and information visit MyCabaret.org or call the box office Mon - Fri, 10am – 5pm, (203) 576-1636 Option 0.

bornies@optonline.net (Madison Lehrhaupt) Neighbors Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:51:57 -0400
Quinnipiac University Students Landscape Milford's Beth-El Center http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45297-students-from-quinnipiac-university-s-the-big-event-landscape-beth-el-center-149191418945297-students-from-quinnipiac-university-s-the-big-event-landscape-beth-el-center-1491914189 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45297-students-from-quinnipiac-university-s-the-big-event-landscape-beth-el-center-149191418945297-students-from-quinnipiac-university-s-the-big-event-landscape-beth-el-center-1491914189

Milford, CT -- On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Quinnipiac University students volunteered at Beth-El Center as part of "The Big Event", the largest, nationwide, student-run service project day that encourages students to help residents or organizations in their local communities. 

The Quinnipiac students cleaned out and landscaped the Beth-El Center property with new soil, mulch and flowers. Students contacted the Beth-El Center in advance to propose their work and get approval.  

"We're thankful for the group of hardworking volunteers from Quinnipiac who did a great job sprucing up the Beth-El Center property," said Jenn Paradis, Director of Programs and Facilities at the Beth-El Center.

About Beth-El Center

The Beth-El Center is a recognized leader in caring for and meeting the needs of the hungry and homeless and strives to prevent and end homelessness. It serves individuals and families by providing temporary shelter and support services and feeds up to eighty persons daily in the soup kitchen. The Beth-El Center is located at 90 New Haven Avenue in Milford. Visit www.bethelmilford.org for more information.


jocelynm@marketing-er.com (Jocelyn Murray) Places Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:48:25 -0400
Global Lyme Alliance Gala Raises Nearly $800K for Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Research http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45296-global-lyme-alliance-gala-raises-nearly-800k-for-lyme-and-tick-borne-disease-research-149188535345296-global-lyme-alliance-gala-raises-nearly-800k-for-lyme-and-tick-borne-disease-research-1491885353 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/45296-global-lyme-alliance-gala-raises-nearly-800k-for-lyme-and-tick-borne-disease-research-149188535345296-global-lyme-alliance-gala-raises-nearly-800k-for-lyme-and-tick-borne-disease-research-1491885353

GREENWICH, CT— Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading Lyme and tick-borne disease nonprofit dedicated to conquering Lyme through research and education, announced today that its Greenwich Gala, held Saturday April 1 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, raised nearly $800,000 to fund research and ultimately a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses.  

“Huge thanks to all those who made the Gala such a wonderful success—our special guests, honorees, co-chairs, as well as the many generous donors who invested their time and funds in the fight against tick-borne disease,” said Scott Santarella, GLA’s CEO. 

Gretchen Carlson, TV journalist and female empowerment advocate, served as master of ceremonies for the event, which was attended by over 450 guests, including U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, novelist Jay McInerney, UFC lightweight fighter Jim Miller, prominent business leaders, esteemed scientists and philanthropists. The event was co-chaired by Robyn Carpenter, Heather Glass, Amy Tambini and Tara Vessels.

In her opening remarks, Carlson talked about being treated for Lyme disease five years ago after initially being misdiagnosed. “I’m one of the lucky ones,” she said. “I don’t have any symptoms of the chronic disease at this point. But so many other people are affected by this [disease] in such a serious way.” 

Senator Blumenthal, a long-time GLA supporter, spoke about how everyone in the room was “touched by this insidious, pernicious disease.” He rightly termed it a pandemic and called for greater attention to the issue by the federal government. 

Honored at the event was Dr. Harriet Kotsoris, who received the Lauren F. Brooks Hope Award for her pioneering 10 years as GLA’s Chief Scientific Officer and founder of its Scientific Advisory Board. “Harriet created the framework from which all future research can flourish, establishing a newfound credibility and understanding of Lyme and tick-borne diseases,” said GLA Vice Chair Diane Blanchard, who presented Dr. Kotsoris  with the award.  

Singer-songwriter Marina Morgan received GLA’s Star Light Award, created to honor individuals who have lent their voices to the fight against Lyme disease.  Morgan—featured by national radio host Elvis Duran as his December “Artist of the Month”—said she was inspired by her health struggles with Lyme-related pain and fatigue to write her powerful song, “Paralyzed.”  The Staten Island, NY resident said she wanted to “spread hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and encourage people to never give up.”  Morgan received a standing ovation after she performed her song live. 

In one of the more emotional speeches of the night, Tara Vessels, one of the event co-chairs, talked about how her son getting Lyme disease at age 12 changed his life and those of his parents. Vessels, her voice cracking with emotion, described the family’s ongoing search for treatment and the difficulties her son was forced to face. “Even the most resilient warrior can feel like giving up the fight,” she said. “This disease completely wears you down.” 

Gala sponsors included Withersworldwide, FS Investments, Greenwich Hospital, Luxe.Interior + Design, WIMCO Villas, Wheels Up, Fairfield County Look and Tradewind Aviation.

In addition to the Gala, on Friday and Saturday, GLA hosted its annual closed-door Research Symposium for 25 eminent members of the scientific community who are either current or past GLA grant recipients or members of GLA’s Scientific Advisory Board. 

Global Lyme Alliance will hold another major fundraiser in New York City on Wednesday, October 11at Cipriani 42nd Street. 



Global Lyme Alliance is the leading private nonprofit dedicated to conquering Lyme through research and education. The 501(c)(3) is headquartered in Greenwich, CT. For more information go to GLA.org.

ronacherry@earthlink.net (Global Lyme Alliance) Life Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:44:54 -0400