Fairfield's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:48:31 -0400 HamletHub.com SHU Recognized as a 2017-18 College of Distinction http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45800-shu-recognized-as-a-2017-18-college-of-distinction45800-shu-recognized-as-a-2017-18-college-of-distinction http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45800-shu-recognized-as-a-2017-18-college-of-distinction45800-shu-recognized-as-a-2017-18-college-of-distinction

FAIRFIELD, Conn.— Sacred Heart University has been recognized by the higher education organization Colleges of Distinction for its academic excellence.

“We are pleased to be recognized by the Colleges of Distinction and for their confidence that Sacred Heart is a good place for students to learn, grow and succeed,” says SHU President John J. Petillo.

Colleges of Distinction’s mission is to help parents and students find the right colleges by producing a guidebook with the necessary information on the finest colleges and universities. According to its founder, Wes Creel, “SHU is one of the teacher-centered colleges that make up the fabric of the American education system, a school that delivers well our four overarching distinctions – engagement, teaching, community and outcomes – the fundamental elements of an effective undergraduate education. It is the mission to honor and recognize those institutions that are so essential to educating the next generation of young adults.”

SHU was designated a College of Distinction for having a curriculum that “emphasizes such core competencies as critical thinking, writing, oral skills, research and global perspectives.” Having “dynamic out-of-classroom learning” and study abroad programs also helped SHU earn the distinction.

bornies@optonline.net (SHU) Places Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:24:13 -0400
Female Forum: How to Look And Feel Your Best at Any Age, Aug. 24 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45799-female-forum-how-to-look-and-feel-your-best-at-any-age-150290407145799-female-forum-how-to-look-and-feel-your-best-at-any-age-1502904071 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45799-female-forum-how-to-look-and-feel-your-best-at-any-age-150290407145799-female-forum-how-to-look-and-feel-your-best-at-any-age-1502904071

Westport, CT - Dr. Jen Jose will present "How to Look & Feel Your Best at Any Age" at Westport's Tavern on Main, on Aug. 24.


Dr. Jose is a Board-Certified Physician and Clinical Nutritionist with an established reputation in the New York metropolitan area. She is trained in Anti-aging Medicine and focuses on maintaining optimal health and wellness through disease prevention, nutrition, weight management, and anti-aging strategies.

She will discuss the following: 

* The newest procedures for looking and feeling your best

* Are you tired of being tired? Find out what you can do to combat this issue

* The new Genevive Procedure (Geneveve™ by Viveve - a unique women’s health and wellness treatment. Genevive Procedure )

* Q & A to answer any question you may have.

Gifts for All 
Thursday, August 24th | 5:30-7:30pm
RSVP & Details

This is a What Women Want Networking Event:
Members FREE 
NON-Members $35
Become a member today to attend all events for FREE: Membership

Upcoming Events:
* Sept 6th - How to Start an Art Collection: INFORMATION
* Oct. 19th - How to Build a Successful Media Campaign
* Nov. 9th - with Sheliah Crowley
* Dec. 8th - Ladies Night Out 


chrstine@Chiltonandchadwick.com (CFO) Events Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:10:02 -0400
Stephen Kurkjian to Discuss Book on Infamous Boston Art Theft http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45797-stephen-kurkjian-to-discuss-book-on-infamous-boston-art-theft45797-stephen-kurkjian-to-discuss-book-on-infamous-boston-art-theft http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45797-stephen-kurkjian-to-discuss-book-on-infamous-boston-art-theft45797-stephen-kurkjian-to-discuss-book-on-infamous-boston-art-theft

Bridgeport, CT - On September 13, The Watermark at 3030 Park will host author Stephen Kurkjian as part of its biannual Book & Author series. Kurkjian will discuss his book Master Thieves, a re-telling of the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum art theft based on his investigative reporting as a Boston Globe journalist.

The free event begins at 2:00 p.m. at the continuing care retirement community, located at 3030 Park Avenue on the Bridgeport-Fairfield town line.

“The Watermark at 3030 Park is thrilled to host Mr. Kurkjian for this discussion on his work,” said Executive Director of The Watermark at 3030 Park, Kristin Butler. “The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft has become one of Boston’s most intriguing pieces of history. We are honored that Mr. Kurkjian can join us at The Watermark and we look forward to hearing his firsthand account of the investigation.”

In March of 1990, two men dressed as police officers tricked their way into the museum, stealing thirteen masterpieces valued at up to 500 million dollars. Kurkjian became The Globe’s lead reporter on the story; his 2005 article of the theft is regarded as the most complete account of the still-unsolved crime. In Master Thieves, Kurkjijan recounts the heist, subsequent FBI investigation, suspects and a possible motive. The thirteen stolen pieces have never been recovered.

During his 40-year career with the Boston Globe, Kurkjian won three Pulitzer Prizes and more than 20 regional and national reporting awards. He was a founding member of the Globe’s investigative Spotlight Team and its editor from 1979-1986. He also served as chief of the Globe's Washington bureau and covered the supreme court, the justice department and the Bush White House.

This event is free and open to the public. However, reservations are required. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, with a book signing after the lecture. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact The Watermark at 3030 Park at 203-374-5611.

mcicitto@gbpr.com (The Watermark at 3030 Park) Events Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:47:09 -0400
How to Start An Art Collection http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45796-cfo45796-cfo http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45796-cfo45796-cfo

Fairfield, CT – The art world is often described as sexy and sophisticated, but it is also opaque, and starting an art collection can seem daunting and intimidating. Many people wish to start their own collections, but often don’t know where to start.  Now three organizations are joining together to help provide the answers.

On Wednesday, September 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, would-be collectors (as well as experienced collectors and interior designers) are invited to the Elisa Contemporary Art Salon on 353 S. Pine Creek Road in Fairfield to learn about how to start collecting art. Wine and cheese will be served as guests browse art and then get to listen to Lisa Cooper, founder of Elisa Contemporary Art, and Beth Harrington, senior vice president of Chilton & Chadwick.

The evening is being presented by Elisa Contemporary Art, What Women Want Networking and Chilton & Chadwick.   Diane James Home, Floral Couture, is a sponsor.

This is a free event but space is very limited and RSVP is a must:


For more details -

A lot of people think they need a lot of money in order to start a really beautiful art collection,” said Lisa Cooper, owner,  Elisa Contemporary Art. “But that isn’t the case. You don’t need one million dollars.  It can often start just a few hundred.”

The evening was inspired by requests from members of What Women Want – a National women’s networking group whose Fairfield chapter offers monthly informative seminars from Greenwich to Fairfield.

So many of our members are smart, savvy, successful women in their own rights, but many are intimidated by starting an art collection,” said Christine Finch Oleynick, the head of the Fairfield Chapter of What Women Want. “I think what people will learn on September 6 is that starting a collection is easier than you think, and I can’t wait for everyone to learn from Lisa and Beth.”

The art market can be divided in to what are called the primary market and the secondary market. The primary market focuses on living artists, from emerging through late career.   

Beth Harrington, an art dealer on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for 37 years and now the senior vice president of Chilton & Chadwick, based in Greenwich, will speak to the secondary market – or works which are being resold at galleries or auctions.

If you are going to create a collection, you’re probably going to have both inexpensive as well as expensive pieces. Buying in the secondary market has a whole set of different rules than the primary market, and guests will get a real sense of what to look out for and how to protect themselves,” said Harrington.

The event is open to the public, but reservations are required as there is limited space. To RSVP, e-mail Christine@ChiltonAndChadwick.com or Lisa@ElisaArt.com by September 1.

What: “How to Start an Art Collection”

When: Wednesday, September 6th 6:00-8:00pm  (raindate: September 7th)

Where: Elisa Contemporary Art Salon, 353 S. Pine Creek Road, Fairfield, CT

RSVP Required by September 1 to mail Christine@ChiltonAndChadwick.com or Lisa@ElisaArt.com

Parking Available on: Blake Drive, Flax Road and Patrick Drive

About the Presenting Companies:

Chilton & Chadwick

Chilton & Chadwick is a full service global real estate brokerage and concierge company. Our global connections, insight and hyper-strategic marketing among the most important strengths we can offer our clients in selling or acquiring real estate.

 In addition to real estate brokerage, we also offer concierge services including art acquisition and advising, jewelry acquisition, private jet and yacht chartering, household staffing, interior design and travel and lifestyle assistance.

From purchasing your new home, to organizing your jet to Turks and Caicos, to enjoying your own private chartered yacht, we can help you every step of the way to make your experience a pleasurable one. 

About What Women Want

What Women Want® (formerly "Over 40 Females"), a nationally acclaimed Live and Online Women’s Networking Community that provides resources to better women's lives both professionally and personally was founded in January 2010 to give women a platform to be heard and a haven to network, collaborate and support each other. We call it "Lifestyle Networking"

What Women Want is continuously recognized in the press and has been featured many times across the country on NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, News 12 and WPIX as well as reputable editorials such as theHuffington Post, Westport, Bella NYC Magazine, Beautifully Inspired Women, W2W, Stamford, Global Vision, and Milieu magazines, Daily News and NY Post newspapers and endless other magazines, newspapers, books and high-profile blogs. 

Women from all over the world flock to What Women Want as a trusted resource and connection for guidance and inspiration. The company stands strongly behinds its founding motto: "Connect, Encourage and Inspire."

About Elisa Contemporary Art

Elisa Contemporary Art represents a portfolio of emerging through mid-career contemporary artists.  Founded in 2007 by Lisa Cooper, Elisa Contemporary Art is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and collection of art as a way to enrich and heal our lives, our communities, and the world. The Riverdale NY Gallery opened in 2008.   The Art Salon in Fairfield CT opened in May 2017.

Elisa Contemporary Art has participated in international art fairs in New York, Miami and the Hamptons. We have curated over 15 art exhibits in public and private spaces in the Tri-State area.

We also believe in the power of giving back, and donate a portion of gallery sales to philanthropic organizations that help children and families within underserved communities heal and grow through their experience with art. We support Free Arts NYC, and The Art Therapy Project.

Elisa Contemporary Art has been featured in a number of publications including Ocean Home Magazine, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, New York Spaces and The New York Times.  

For additional information, visit www.ElisaContemporaryArt.com


chrstine@Chiltonandchadwick.com (CFO) Events Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:15:03 -0400
Book Release Reception: Rochelle Almeida, PhD http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45794-book-release-reception-rochelle-almeida-phd45794-book-release-reception-rochelle-almeida-phd http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45794-book-release-reception-rochelle-almeida-phd45794-book-release-reception-rochelle-almeida-phd

Southport, CT - Pequot Library invites the public to help celebrate the release of Southport resident and Library friend Dr. Rochelle Almeida’s new book "Britain’s Anglo-Indians: The Invisibility of Assimilation." Rochelle Almeida, PhD is a professor of Liberal Studies at New York University, a certified docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and past recipient of the Pequot Library’s Stanley-Crane Volunteer of the Year Award.

• A 30-40 minute author talk
• Reception with the author
• Book sales & signing

Free and open to the public. Light hors d’oeuvres served.

About the Book:
Anglo-Indians form the human legacy created and left behind on the Indian sub-continent by European imperialism. When Independence was achieved from the British Raj in 1947, an exodus numbering an estimated 50,000 emigrated to Great Britain between 1948–62, under the terms of the British Nationality Act of 1948. But sixty odd years after their resettlement in Britain, the “First Wave” Anglo-Indian immigrant community continues to remain obscure among India’s global diaspora.

Through meticulous ethnographic field research conducted amidst the community in Britain over a decade, Rochelle Almeida provides evidence that immigrant Anglo-Indians remain on the cultural periphery despite more than half a century. Through a critical scrutiny of multi-ethnic Anglophone literature and cinema, the modes and methods they employed in seeking integration and the reasons for their near-invisibility in Britain as an immigrant South Asian community are closely examined in this much-needed volume.

About the Author:
Born in Bombay, India, Rochelle Almeida taught at Jai Hind College, Bombay and in the graduate English Department at the University of Bombay before joining the Liberal Studies Program at NYU in 1994. She has also taught at Exeter College, University of Oxford, UK, and in the Global Liberal Studies Program at NYU-London. She was awarded the Provost's Global Research Initiatives Fellowship at NYU-London in Fall 2016.

Almeida’s publications include three monographs and two edited anthologies. She has given invited lectures on her ethnographic research on Britain's Anglo-Indians at Columbia University, New York, the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Leeds, in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, University of Padua in Italy and the University of Bombay. She has presented research papers at conferences around the world and has had significant publications in peer-reviewed journals.

heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:03:29 -0400
Friends of the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities Marks One Year http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45793-friends-of-the-bigelow-center-for-senior-activities-marks-one-year45793-friends-of-the-bigelow-center-for-senior-activities-marks-one-year http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45793-friends-of-the-bigelow-center-for-senior-activities-marks-one-year45793-friends-of-the-bigelow-center-for-senior-activities-marks-one-year

Fairfield, CT - One year ago, a group of volunteers from the community created a new non-profit organization called the Friends of the Bigelow Senior Center whose mission is to raise and administer funds to enhance programs, services, and facilities of the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, and to collaborate with and support it through advocacy on a broad basis and in the community.

After much hard work and dedication, the organization launched its “Be a Friend” campaign which was a great success. With a full board in place, Marjorie Morresi, President of the Friends, said, “We are grateful to the residents of Fairfield who have supported our campaign and to the dedicated members of the Board of Directors."  

The Friends' first fundraising event was a “Magical Music” Cabaret. Since then, it participated in “Giving Day”, a 24-hour online event hosted by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. In the spring, The Friends sponsored a “Swinging into Summer” evening with the Tony Reno Band and a special dance demonstration by the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Southport. The new fundraising group will sponsor the nine Friends Fall Thursdays weekly evening lecture series with a light supper at the Senior Center. This evening series features an eclectic mix of currently relevant topics with acclaimed presenters. On the evening of October 14th the Friends will present a rock and roll “Retro Bash” featuring 50’s and 60’s music from Motown to the Beatles.  The proceeds from the fundraising events will be used for a state-of- the art audio/visual system to allow for more innovative programming at the Center. 

In addition to the Senior Center’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, many activities at the Bigelow Center have been underwritten by the Friends such as the world class Irish Dancers who created a wonderful St. Patrick’s Celebration, the annual Volunteer Luncheon, and the very first concert on the lawn by the “almost all physicians” band “DNR”.

Ms. Terry Giegengack, Director of Human Services for the Town of Fairfield, commented recently, “The Friends is a vital organization to the life of our senior center! We are grateful for the Friends’ support that enhances more at the senior center… more fun, more entertainment, more outstanding lectures, and more enhancements to the Center itself, especially in this time of fiscal restraint. It is with great pleasure and appreciation to the Friends for their sponsorship that the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities presents the new 2017 lecture series, the Friends Fall Thursdays.

The Friends encourage participation and support from the community. If you are interested in finding out more about this organization and its events, or would like to contribute to the growth and development of the Senior Center, call the Senior Center at 203-256-3166 or email us at FriendsoftheBSC@gmail.com.

PHOTO: Members of the Board of Directors. Standing from left to right: Rosemary Rembetsy, Cathy Rotanz, Palma Senatore, Margo Schiff, Peggy Chandler, Terry Murphy, Nancy Legare, and Helaine Davis.

Seated, left to right:  Carol Way, Sandra-Ann Nolfo, Vice President Richard DeAngelis, President Marjorie Morresi, Curtis Bentley, and Eric Johnson. 

Photo Credit: Mike Lauterborn

bornies@optonline.net (Friends of the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities) Places Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:57:08 -0400
Palace Danbury to Present "Man In Red Bandana", Sept. 8 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45792-palace-danbury-to-present-man-in-red-bandana-sept-8-150280952145792-palace-danbury-to-present-man-in-red-bandana-sept-8-1502809521 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45792-palace-danbury-to-present-man-in-red-bandana-sept-8-150280952145792-palace-danbury-to-present-man-in-red-bandana-sept-8-1502809521

Danbury, CT - On Friday, September 8, The Palace Danbury presents a very special screening and the Connecticut Premiere of MAN IN RED BANDANA. Man In Red Bandana is a documentary film about a true American hero: Welles Remy Crowther, a 24-year-old equities trader from Nyack, NY who spent some of the darkest hours in American history saving the lives of strangers.
The red bandana is not only a symbol of one man's gift to his young son, it came to represent courage, honor and salvation on the darkest day in U.S. history.
Welles may have looked the part of an investment banker, but there was one unorthodox piece to his personal dress code. Tucked in the back pocket of every pair of pants was a red bandana his father had given him when he was a boy.
 President Obama told Welles' story at the dedication of the 9/11 Museum, "They didn't know his name. They didn't know where he came from. But they knew their lives had been saved by the man in the red bandana." 
Amidst the smoke and chaos, the people huddled in the darkness on the 78th floor of south tower heard a voice leading them to the stairs and to safety. Their guide was a young man holding a red bandana over his face. He made three round trips up and down the stairs, carrying and leading survivors to safety.
Tragically, he died that day. His heroics became known eight months later as a result of his red bandana. The film re-traces Welles' courageous actions, and examines the people-- family, friends and strangers-- who have been inspired by Welles' actions and the unique ways in which they have honored him.
Buy your tickets in advance. This film sold out at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Connecticut Premiere
bornies@optonline.net (Palace Theater Danbury) Events Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:05:20 -0400
Pequot Library Seeks Designer For New Website http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45790-call-for-web-desingers45790-call-for-web-desingers http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45790-call-for-web-desingers45790-call-for-web-desingers

Southport, CT -- Pequot Library is designing a new website and seeking to hire a Fairfield or New Haven County, CT web designer.

Send your proposal, titled "RFQ New Pequot Library Website", reflecting this mission:

  • Create a website that provides a clean, updated, modern, professional and engaging visual experience that is mobile responsive and effectively promotes services, events, registration, donations.

• New design entire site

• Robust Calendar (no private calendar needed) only public calendar --One input goes to multiple pages

• Highlight new library books

• Events and programs

• Special Collections, robust portfolio (ArchivesSpace) or photo gallery in content pages

• Exhibitions with multiple events, migration to different web pages plus past exhibition pages

• Showcase unique aspects of Pequot Library

• New, more streamlined page content

• Imagery and content instantly connects visitors and converts them into patrons

• Clear navigation

• Integrate if needed Razor’s Edge (i.e. Charity Web, iContact) or keep separate

• Library Services, some forms, ILL etc.

• Ease of donation

• Homepage alert, weather alert

• Web hosting and maintenance

• Embedded meta data tagging

• Sirsi Dynix Library Catalog Integration, with Fairfield Public Library Send proposal and samples of portfolio to: heitmann@pequotlibrary.org

heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Places Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:59:37 -0400
Registration Now Open for Crystal Theatre Fall Classes http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45789-register-for-crystal-theatre-classes-150276613445789-register-for-crystal-theatre-classes-1502766134 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/45789-register-for-crystal-theatre-classes-150276613445789-register-for-crystal-theatre-classes-1502766134

Norwalk, CT - Act! Sing! Dance! Perform! at Crystal Theatre. Norwalk's award-winning Youth Theatre has announced Fall Class Registration, offering Musical Theatre Show programs for Students in Preschool through High School.

All classes culminate in a fully staged musical production in the venue's 250-seat auditorium at the Ben Franklin Center, 66 Bayview Ave. Norwalk, CT.

Register your shining star today at www.crystaltheatre.org or call 203-847-4850

Crystal Theatre Fall 2017 Classes:

Monday Classes

Three Piggy Opera
Kindergarten - 1st Grade

The pig families want to build new houses. After visiting town, each family purchases different materials(Straw, Sticks & Bricks) from three musical Sellers. Enter the Big Bag Wolves, who want to nice pork dinner! Will the wolves catch the pigs? Will the Sellers help the pigs? Find out in this fun-filled musical!

Mondays 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Starts: Monday, September 11, 2017
Performance: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:30pm

The Trial of Alice in Wonderland
2nd - 4th Grade

Poor Alice has been accused of making the Queen of Hearts lose her temper during a game of croquet and the Queen herself is presiding over the case. With the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter and Caterpillar, to name a few, as witnesses, will Alice ever be proven innocent or will it be...off with her head?!

Mondays 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Starts: Monday, September 11, 2017
Performance: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 2:00pm

Miscast Cabaret
8th - College

A group of teenage actors at an open audition find themselves "typed out" due to their physical characteristics and decide to come together and create a performance with music that not only defies type, but could possibly even defy age, race, and gender. With Broadway hits like Hamilton defying type and pushing the boundaries, we push the envelope even further and study characters that may even be the polar opposite of what you may generally be cast in. The results are a hilarious, unique, and entertaining performance!

Mondays 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Starts: Monday, September 18, 2017

Show: Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 7:30pm

Tuesday Classes

Three Piggy Opera
Kindergarten -1st Grade

The pig families want to build new houses. After visiting town, each family purchases different materials(Straw, Sticks & Bricks) from three musical Sellers. Enter the Big Bag Wolves, who want to nice pork dinner! Will the wolves catch the pigs? Will the Sellers help the pigs? Find out in this fun-filled musical!

Tuesdays 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Starts: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Performance: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 5:00pm

The Trial of Alice in Wonderland
2nd - 4th Grade

Poor Alice has been accused of making the Queen of Hearts lose her temper during a game of croquet and the Queen herself is presiding over the case. With the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter and Caterpillar, to name a few, as witnesses, will Alice ever be proven innocent or will it be...off with her head?!

Tuesdays 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Starts: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Performance: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 5:00pm

Musicianship Skills
7th - 12th Grade

Are you tired of being lost in music classes because you can’t read music very well or at all? Do you find yourself taking a longer time to learn songs than your friends who play an instrument? Is it hard for you to sing harmonies? Do you need to get better at sight-reading?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, this class is for you!Learn intervals, rhythms, conducting patterns, pitch identification, and solfège to up your game.

Tuesdays 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Starts: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

There is no performance with this class.

Wednesday Class

Elf Jr.- The Musical
5th - 9th Grade

Elf The Musical JR. is a great ensemble show that follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to meet his father and discover his true identity. When he discovers his father is on the naughty list and his stepbrother doesn't believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Wednesdays 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Starts: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Performances: Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 6:30pm
                    Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3:00pm

Thursday Class

Cosmic Nightingale
5th - 8th Grade

Diane Parks is the singer they hear and years later her grand-daughter Jennifer Parks is an aspiring singer-songwriter. But that's not all - things get even crazier when the aliens announce that they've come for a human singer! Will the aliens succeed? How will the nations of the world respond? Join Crystal Theatre for a terrific musical comedy theatre experience and find out.

Thursdays 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Starts: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Performances: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 6:30pm
                     Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 3:00pm

Friday Class

Preschool Storybook Theatre
Ages 3 1/2 - 5 Years

This class is a wonderful introduction to drama and movement. During each class students will step into their favorite storybooks and bring them to life!

Fridays 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Starts Friday, September 8, 2017
Performance: Friday, November 10, 2017

Saturday Classes

Holiday Cabaret
3rd - 5th Grade

For those who love to sing and dance, a musical extravaganza that will give you plenty of opportunity to perform and strut your stuff!  This 2-Act show will include solos for all as well as holiday tunes and a great medley from Fiddler on the Roof.

Saturdays 10:00am - 12:00pm
Starts: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Performance: Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 6:30pm

The third installment in Cheryl E. Kemeny's "Ellis Island Trilogy"

9th - 12th Grade

For advanced students, this big musical is set in South Norwalk, 1907.  Irish immigrant, Kate O'Reilly, and her friend Zsuzsi have witnessed the murder of Kate's husband, Timothy. They must now hide out from his murderer, Doyle Callaghan. They travel with another friend, Dinah, to South Norwalk where Zsuzsi's Hungarian family lives. They set up a hat shop and Kate becomes embroiled in the intrigues of competing local choruses who use her as bait in order to secure the services of local Italian super-tenor Aldo Salvatore. Romance, comedy, secrets and murder combine in this tale that details the lives of Whistleville's (the Bouton St-Lexington Ave area of South Norwalk) immigrant inhabitants as well as those of the uptown Norwalk establishment.

Saturdays 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Starts: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Performances: Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:00pm
                          Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:00pm
                        Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 3:00pm

Register today at www.crystaltheatre.org or call 203-847-4850

dramagirl318@yahoo.com (Crystal Theatre) Places Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:49:01 -0400
Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s: Music of Leonard Cohen http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45783-coffeehouse-at-the-wheeler-s-music-of-leonard-cohen-150273683745783-coffeehouse-at-the-wheeler-s-music-of-leonard-cohen-1502736837 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45783-coffeehouse-at-the-wheeler-s-music-of-leonard-cohen-150273683745783-coffeehouse-at-the-wheeler-s-music-of-leonard-cohen-1502736837

Westport, CT -- The Westport Historical Society presents “COMING BACK TO YOU”, marking Suzanne Sheridan's return to the Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s on Friday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 pm with music of Leonard Cohen.

When Leonard Cohen died on November 7, 2016, the thought of his music dying, too, was unacceptable to Westport’s singer-songwriter-performer Suzanne Sheridan, “When I heard that Leonard had died, I immediately called my band members and asked them to join me at my home to play his music. Subsequently, I got on the phone and invited dozens of my friends to come over to hear us. We ended up with about 50 people at my home, sitting on chairs and on the floor. We were all singing together. It might well have been the first singing shivah.”

Sheridan will once again take the stage at the Wheeler House, home to Westport Historical Society, to keep Leonard Cohen’s music alive and to honor the first anniversary of his death. Suzanne Sheridan has been performing the music of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen for audiences in many parts of the world. “Losing Leonard Cohen was one of music’s greatest losses ever. He has written hundreds and hundreds of songs and I am sure that if we had not lost him, he would have given us many more. But what we do have is his treasure trove and I look forward to performing at least 20 of those treasures on November 10.” Joining Sheridan on stage for this Leonard Cohen tribute will be Bob Cooper on keyboards and Joe Meo on saxophone, flute, and clarinet.  

The opportunities to hear Cohen’s music performed live are diminishing. But the opportunity to hear the music now is a rare and wonderful happening.

Admission is $20 and includes light snacks and wine or beverage.

Calling 203-222-1424 will allow you the opportunity to reserve your seats for this special occasion.

bpeck@westporthistory.org (Barbara) Events Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:30:12 -0400
Fairfield Non-Profits and Businesses to Benefit Under State Program http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/45788-fairfield-non-profits-and-businesses-to-benefit-under-state-program45788-fairfield-non-profits-and-businesses-to-benefit-under-state-program http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/45788-fairfield-non-profits-and-businesses-to-benefit-under-state-program45788-fairfield-non-profits-and-businesses-to-benefit-under-state-program

Fairfield, CT -- First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced that the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) has approved seven programs submitted by the Town of Fairfield for inclusion in the 2017 Neighborhood Assistance Act program.

The Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) program is designed to provide funding to State-approved community programs conducted by municipal agencies or community non-profit organizations. The NAA works with businesses to provide a State tax credit for cash contributions made to these community programs.

The program is structured so that businesses that make charitable contributions to a qualified program are eligible to receive a credit, valued at 60% to 100% of the amount contributed, on their State Corporate Income Tax. The minimum contribution on which a tax credit may be granted is $250, and the maximum contribution that any non-profit or municipal entity can receive under this program is $150,000.

The types of community programs that qualify for the NAA tax credit program include, but are not limited to: energy conservation; employment and training; child care services; neighborhood assistance; substance abuse; open space acquisition; crime prevention programs; and affordable housing development.

The following programs were approved for inclusion in the NAA Program:

Wakeman Memorial Association – Southport Clubhouse Energy Efficiency Upgrades 
Operation Hope of Fairfield - Community Hunger & Homelessness Services 
Junior Achievement of Western CT – Financial Literacy & Life Skills Development 
Fairfield Theatre Company – Community Arts Programming 
Fairfield Theatre Company – Phase III Renovations & Energy Improvements 
Fairfield Historical Society – School Field Trip Experience for Underserved Youth 
Fairfield Bigelow Center – Multi Media & Dining Hall Improvements

First Selectman Tetreau remarked, “This is a real ‘win-win’ situation for both the non-profit groups and the businesses involved. On the one hand, community organizations are able to raise much needed funds to help support a number of very worthwhile initiatives that benefit local residents. On the other, businesses that make a charitable gift toward these programs are able to reduce their corporate tax liability.”

Businesses wishing to sponsor one or more NAA programs only have a limited time in which to do so, and must apply to the State beginning September 15, 2017, through October 2, 2017. The business sponsor application form can be found on the State DRS website at www.ct.gov/drs. Business applications may be mailed, hand-delivered or e-mailed to NAAProgram@ct.gov by the October 2nd deadline.

Businesses interested in contributing toward these programs may contact the sponsoring organization or the Department of Community & Economic Development at (203) 256-3120 for more information.

The photo shows Community & Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart and First Selectman Mike Tetreau standing outside Independence Hall on the Town's historic green.

bornies@optonline.net (Town of Fairfield) Politics Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:27:07 -0400
St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation to Present Bleeding Control Kits to Bridgeport Police Department http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/45787-st-vincent-s-medical-center-foundation-to-present-bleeding-control-kits-to-bridgeport-police-department45787-st-vincent-s-medical-center-foundation-to-present-bleeding-control-kits-to-bridgeport-police-department http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/45787-st-vincent-s-medical-center-foundation-to-present-bleeding-control-kits-to-bridgeport-police-department45787-st-vincent-s-medical-center-foundation-to-present-bleeding-control-kits-to-bridgeport-police-department

Bridgeport, CT -- St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation will present the Bridgeport Police Department (BPD) with 400 individual bleeding control kits for its police officers, a donation valued at $40,000, and will conduct a ribbon-cutting for the new BPD Post located in St. Vincent’s Emergency Room. This will all take place Wednesday, August 16, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Vincent’s Emergency Room, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT  


Bleeding Control Kits: In the event that an officer suffers a gunshot wound or is otherwise injured in the line of duty, these kits will enable them to apply either self-aid or “buddy” aid to their partners.

Bridgeport Police Post: The Bridgeport Police Department once again has a post in St. Vincent’s Emergency Room, providing an improved sense of safety and reducing response time in the event of an emergency.

Onsite representatives:

  • Dianne Auger, Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, St. Vincent’s Medical Center; President & CEO, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation
  • Armando “A.J.” Perez, Chief of Police, Bridgeport Police Department
  • Terence Sheehan, BA, CCEMTP, EMS-I, EMS Coordinator, St. Vincent’s Medical Center
  • Joe Laveneziana, Senior Director, Facilities and Security, St. Vincent’s Medical Center
  • Nicole Loiz, MSN, RN, Director of Medicine and Emergency Services, St. Vincent’s Medical Center
  • Dale Danowski, SVP, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Vincent’s Medical Center
  • Steven Valassis, MD, Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine; Interim Chairman of Emergency Medicine, St. Vincent’s Medical Center


Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1903, St. Vincent's Medical Center is a mission-driven organization committed to exceptional health care for all with special attention to persons living in poverty and those who are most vulnerable. St. Vincent's Medical Center is a part of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and non-profit healthcare system, and is at the forefront in patient safety and quality, with a focus on creating holistic, compassionate environments. St. Vincent's was awarded the Nursing Magnet® Recognition, the highest national award for nursing excellence. In 2013 St. Vincent's Medical Center was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, and has been recognized by both the Joint Commission and OSHA as a model of a highly reliable organization dedicated to patient safety. The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer awarded St. Vincent's an Outstanding Achievement Award with Accreditation in 2012, and it also has earned its designation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer. For more information on programs and services, visit www.stvincents.org.


St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation is the fundraising and philanthropic arm of St. Vincent’s Medical Center (SVMC), which is a part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit healthcare system. The Foundation’s primary goal is to create and perpetuate financial support for programs and services on behalf of St. Vincent’s historic mission to serve the poor and medically underserved populations. The Foundation is also sponsor of St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound, offering cancer prevention and patient support programs for un- and underinsured area residents. Founded in 1984, the Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, has become a vital source of support for St. Vincent's through the establishment of endowments, trusts, and other financial vehicles. To learn more, call the Foundation at (203) 576-5451 or visit https://give.stvincents.org/DonateNow

bornies@optonline.net (St. Vincents Medical Center Foundation) Public safety Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:17:20 -0400
CT BBB: Help Block Robocall Telephone Numbers http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/45786-ct-bbb-help-block-robocall-telephone-numbers45786-ct-bbb-help-block-robocall-telephone-numbers http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/45786-ct-bbb-help-block-robocall-telephone-numbers45786-ct-bbb-help-block-robocall-telephone-numbers

Cromwell, CT - Connecticut Better Business Bureau says consumers can help reduce the number of unwanted, annoying and illegal scam telephone calls, as part of a new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) program.
The FTC initiative involves providing telecommunications companies and other industry partners with known robocallers' telephone numbers every day, to bolster efforts to reduce and prevent the computer-dialed calls.
The FTC collects scammers' telephone numbers from consumer complaints to the Do Not Call Registry, either online or by telephone. The more consumers report the numbers, the faster it can develop its blacklist database. 
More consumers file complaints with the FTC about robocalls than any other single issue. In the first five months of 2017, the FTC says it received 1.9 million complaints.
"There are few issues that anger consumers as much as these unwanted calls," according to Connecticut BBB spokesman Howard Schwartz. "Robocalls are more than irritating. They are also at the heart of a huge percentage of attempts to deceive consumers into disclosing personal and financial information."
At the moment, blacklisting robocall telephone numbers is the most effective method of blocking them, as researchers continue their work on new technology to stop them. 
Connecticut BBB offers some tips to help you reduce the frequency of unwanted calls: 
Get onto the Do Not Call Registry - You can help populate the FTC robocall initiative database by calling 888-382-1222, or registering online at donotcall.gov. You will receive fewer marketing calls and make it easier to identify the fraudulent ones.
Don't press any digits on your keypad - Ignore recorded prompts to press digits on your telephone keypad to be taken off their calling list. If you press any keys, it tells the scammers you have an active number, that you are amenable to picking up calls from unknown numbers and willing to following a call to action.
Your number will then be sold to other telemarketers and the frequency of calls will increase.
Beware of corporate ID fraud - Callers may use the name of a legitimate company to lend credibility to their pitches. Hang up, and if it differs from the number of the legitimate company, report the number to the Do Not Call Registry.

Watch out for "bait and switch" - Some callers will ask something such as "Is Jane there?" When you tell them they have the wrong number, they change the subject and may ask a question such as "While you're on the phone, have you thought about installing new carpets in your home?" 
Don't pick up the phone - If you don't know the incoming number, let it ring. If the call goes to voicemail you may be able to discern what sort of a call it is.
Law enforcement, technical experts, regulators and industry have been working diligently to stop the illegal marketing calls, and have had success in tracking down and closing robocall and live marketing call operations. In the meantime, you can help stop the calls by simply reporting them to the Do Not Call Registry.
bornies@optonline.net (Howard Schwartz) Public safety Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:02:15 -0400
Art/Place Gallery Two-Member Show - Reception Sept. 10 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45785-art-place-gallery-two-member-show-reception-sept-1045785-art-place-gallery-two-member-show-reception-sept-10 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45785-art-place-gallery-two-member-show-reception-sept-1045785-art-place-gallery-two-member-show-reception-sept-10

Fairfield, CT -- Art/Place Gallery members Alice Katz and Art Gerstein will be exhibiting there in their third show together called “Art’s Animals and Alice’s People” from August 28 to October 1. The reception is Sunday, September 10  at  2-5 pm, and the artists will talk about their work at 3:30 pm. and again talk on Thursday, September 21 at 1:00 pm. Art/Place Gallery is located at 70 Sanford Street in Fairfield. and is open every afternoon See www.artplacegallery.org or call 203-259-8026.
Art Gerstein is a digital photographer and a Reiki practitioner living in Norwalk. He began taking photos as a child, became assistant to a photo-journalist and was production still photographer for Stanley Kubrick’s special effects director for Universal Studios in 1990. In 1997, he started moving away from film in favor of newly introduced digital camera technology.  

He has exhibited in Florida, where his work received the Florida West Arts New Direction Award for Artistic Achievement. Locally, he has shown at area galleries, libraries, and at Fairfield University Bookstore. He is currently a member of SPAG in Norwalk. 

The impressionistic color pieces he has produced on paper, canvas and aluminum are a continuation of what he learned working with photographic films.  His latest work combines aspects of impressionism and animal portraits taken at the Norwalk Aquarium, the Sanibel Island Preserve in Florida, the Galapagos Islands and his own pets. He says, “The current look and feel of my art now resembles painting, even though I start with digital photographs.  My goals include provoking deep contemplation, relaxation/excitation and bringing healing with color and with Life Force Energy.  My art is thematic, bringing to the surface the hidden universe I perceive, with depth and feeling that make many viewers want to reach out and feel the surface of the art. These unique portraits push the envelope by utilizing aspects of abstraction and virtual textures.”  

Alice Katz is a Fairfield psychotherapist, teacher, author, and artist. She spent many years teaching art to children and to adults before becoming a psychotherapist in private counseling. She taught continuing education classes on anger management and compulsive eating issues and is the author of books on these subjects. 

Alice has been making art her entire life using fabric, paper, paint, and found objects to create papier mache sculptures, wall hangings, paintings, collages, and photomontages. Her work has been shown in many galleries and museums in Connecticut and is in private collections in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. It was featured several times on cable television. She is the Program Chair of the Fairfield County Arts Association and is a curator for the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery.

This show includes her work in a variety of wide variety of styles and mediums, all depicting people. She says, “I aim to create a pleasing and interesting composition with color, shapes, and texture. Good design is more important to me than the subject matter. All of my work is an interpretation of some image I see, often without color. The medium I choose for each is the one that I believe will best depict it.”
bornies@optonline.net (Alice Katz) Events Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:57:26 -0400
Loft Artists Assn's “Visual Narratives” Show Opens Sept. 8 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45781-visual-narratives-150260272145781-visual-narratives-1502602721 http://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/45781-visual-narratives-150260272145781-visual-narratives-1502602721

Stamford, CT – The Loft Artists Association announces its fourth annual Tri-state juried exhibition of work by artists from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, to be held from August 26th to September 24th in their galleries at 575 Pacific Street in Stamford. $1,000 in cash prizes will be presented at an Awards Ceremony and Opening Reception on September 8th from 6 to 8 pm. 

Juror Katerina Lanfranco created the show concept for “Visual Narratives.” She states, “All artists create visual languages to convey narratives and concepts that are important to them. These languages establish a formal construct, which can be representational or abstract. As such they create a unique way of communicating ideas. Historically, artists have used their personal lexicon to express religious, political, historical or spiritual ideas. Some famous artists who have created their own discourse around visual narratives include Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, David Salle, Kiki Smith, and Louise Bourgeois. Other artists who use an abstract approach to creating their dialogue include Eva Hesse, Barnett Newman, Joseph Albert, and Lee Bontecou. Contemporary artists can reference the real world directly or they can create a singular language devised, codified, presented, performed, and understood only by the artists themselves and their followers. The show ‘Visual Narratives’ explores these imagined and created world views, lexicons, and visual languages, which are at the heart of this exhibition.”

Katerina Lanfranco is the Chief Curator at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and Founder of Rhombus Space, an exhibition venue established in 2013. She is also a Brooklyn-based artist who creates paintings, drawings, sculptures, and mixed media installations. Through her studio practice, she explores the intersection between nature, science, and fantasy in her art. Her work is represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery, and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) in Berlin, and the Corning Museum of Glass. She teaches studio art at museums and institutions of higher learning throughout New York City. She has been awarded several artist residencies including a six-month Creative Artist Fellowship in Kyoto, Japan through the Japan/US Friendship Commission. 

Now in its 39th year, the Loft Artists Association is a non-profit organization of professional working artists dedicated to building connections within the visual arts community and offering many artistic and educational opportunities to the public, free of charge. As an established cultural institution, their grassroots events attract thousands of visitors throughout the tri-state area and have been recognized by funding agencies, including the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, corporate and private sponsors, the City of Stamford and by visitors who return year after year.   

fcolivera700303@gmail.com (Loft Artists Association) Events Sun, 13 Aug 2017 06:48:06 -0400