Norwalk's HamletHub Thu, 29 Jun 2017 03:13:34 -0400 Journey With Jellies Exhibit Opens at the Maritime Aquarium

Get close to some of the most strangely beautiful – but painfully dangerous – animals in the sea as The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers a newly expanded exhibit of jellyfish.

With “Journey with Jellies,” The Maritime Aquarium now displays the most jellyfish species in the region.

Jellies – as they should be called, because they’re not fish – have been among the most popular animals in The Maritime Aquarium for more than 20 years. This bigger new space builds around the tall centerpiece display of moon jellies, and offers large new displays with such non-native species as Pacific sea nettles, flower hat jellies, Japanese sea nettles and more.

“Journey with Jellies” has traditional “window” displays of jellies, but also unique displays of jellies living in cascading globe and half-dome habitats.

“Jellies are among the most simple animals, thriving without a brain, heart, lungs, gills and really any of the other organs that we believe an animal must have to survive,” said John Lenzycki, the Aquarium’s curator of animals. “Yet survive they have, for millions of years, in forms and colors that are fascinating.”

Jellies, of course, also have stinging cells, and Aquarium guests can learn about how jellies sting and about their unique life cycles.

In addition to jellies, this new exhibit space also includes a big new natural habitat for the Aquarium’s giant Pacific octopus, as well as a new display featuring lionfish, a species with a large splay of venomous spines that are a troubling invasive presence on the Atlantic coast.

“Journey with Jellies” is included with Aquarium admission. For more details about exhibits, programs and IMAX® movies, go to

]]> (Gina Zammit) Neighbors Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:39:46 -0400
Tips to Stay Safe in the Sun: From Sunscreen to Sunglasses


Sun safety is always in season, and it’s important to protect your skin from sun damage throughout the year, no matter the weather. Why? Exposure to the sun can cause sunburn, skin aging (such as skin spots, wrinkles, or “leathery skin”), eye damage, and skin cancer, the most common of all cancers.

And skin cancer is on the rise in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there were more than 71,943 people diagnosed with melanoma of the skin—the most serious form of skin cancer—in 2013 alone. About 4.3 million people are treated for basal cell cancer and squamous cell skin cancer in the United States every year, according to a 2014 report from the Office of the Surgeon General.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuing to evaluate sunscreen products to ensure available sunscreens help protect consumers from sunburn. If products claim to help protect from skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun, the FDA also evaluates these products to ensure they help protect consumers from these issues when used as directed with other sun protection measures.

Reduce Your Risk for Sunburn, Skin Cancer, and Early Skin Aging Caused by the Sun

Sun damage to the body is caused by invisible ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Sunburn is a type of skin damage caused by the sun. Tanning is also a sign of the skin reacting to potentially damaging UV radiation by producing additional pigmentation that provides it with some—but often not enough—protection against sunburn.

Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. People of all skin colors are at risk for this damage. You can reduce your risk by:

  • Limiting your time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are most intense.
  • Wearing clothing to cover skin exposed to the sun—such as long-sleeve shirts, pants, sunglasses, and broad-brim hats. Sun-protective clothing is now available. (The FDA regulates these products only if they are intended to be used for medical purposes.)
  • Using broad spectrum sunscreens with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) value of 15 or higher regularly and as directed. (Broad spectrum sunscreens offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays, two types of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.)

Always read the label to ensure you use your sunscreen correctly, and ask a health care professional before applying sunscreen to infants younger than 6 months

In general, the FDA recommends that you use broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, even on cloudy days.

  • Apply sunscreen liberally to all uncovered skin, especially your nose, ears, neck, hands, feet, and lips (but avoid putting it inside your mouth and eyes).
  • Reapply at least every two hours. Apply more often if you’re swimming or sweating. (Read the label for your specific sunscreen. An average-size adult or child needs at least one ounce of sunscreen, about the amount it takes to fill a shot glass, to evenly cover the body.)
  • If you don’t have much hair, apply sunscreen to the top of your head, or wear a hat.
  • No sunscreen completely blocks UV radiation, and other protections are needed, such as protective clothing, sunglasses, and staying in the shade.
  • No sunscreen is waterproof.


  • Certain sunscreens have FDA-approved New Drug Applications. Others are marketed under the FDA’s Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drug Review. Sunscreens are available in forms such as lotions, creams, sticks, gels, oils, butters, pastes, and sprays.
  • Sunscreen products in forms including wipes, towelettes, powders, body washes, and shampoos that are marketed without an FDA-approved application or outside the FDA’s OTC Drug Review remain subject to regulatory action.

How to Read Sunscreen Labels

Although UVB rays are the primary cause of sunburn, both UVA and UVB rays contribute to skin cancer. All sunscreens protect against the sun’s UVB rays, but only those that are broad spectrum also protect against UVA rays.

Scientific studies have determined that broad spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of at least 15 can help reduce the risk of sun-induced skin cancer and premature skin aging when used with other sun protective measures, as directed. If you have lighter skin, you may want to use a sunscreen with an SPF higher than 15.

Under the FDA’s final regulations:

  • Products that pass a broad spectrum test can be labeled “broad spectrum.”
  • Sunscreens that are not broad spectrum or that lack an SPF of at least 15 must carry a warning: “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.”
  • Water resistance claims, for 40 or 80 minutes, tell how much time you can expect to get the labeled SPF-level of protection while swimming or sweating.
  • Manufacturers may no longer make claims that their sunscreens are “waterproof” or “sweat proof.”
  • Products may no longer be identified as “sunblocks” or claim instant protection or protection for more than two hours without reapplying.

For more information about sunscreen and to watch videos about sunscreen, visit the FDA’s sunscreen website.

Risk Factors for Harmful Effects of UV Radiation

Remember, people of all skin colors are potentially at risk for sunburn and other harmful effects of UV radiation, so always protect yourself. Be especially careful if you have:

  • pale skin
  • blond, red, or light brown hair
  • been treated for skin cancer
  • a family member who has had skin cancer

If you take medications, ask your health care professional about sun-care precautions. Some medications may increase sun sensitivity. Even on an overcast day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can get through the clouds. Stay in the shade as much as possible.

Protect Your Eyes With Sunglasses

Sunlight reflecting off sand, water, or even snow, further increases exposure to UV radiation and increases your risk of developing eye problems.

Certain sunglasses can help protect your eyes. When using sunglasses:

  • Choose sunglasses labeled with a UVA/UVB rating of 100% to get the most UV protection.
  • Do not mistake dark-tinted sunglasses as having more UV protection. The darkness of the lens does not indicate its ability to shield your eyes from UV rays. Many sunglasses with light-colored tints, such as green, amber, red, and gray can offer the same UV protection as very dark lenses.
  • Children should wear sunglasses that indicate the UV protection level. Toy sunglasses may not have UV protection, so be sure to look for the UV protection label.
  • Consider large, wraparound-style frames, which may provide more efficient UV protection because they cover the entire eye-socket.

This is especially important when doing activities around or on water because much of the UV comes from light reflected off the water’s surface.

  • Understand that pricier sunglasses don’t ensure greater UV protection.
  • Even if you wear contact lenses, wear sunglasses that offer UV protection.
  • Know that sunglasses are the most effective when worn with a wide-brim hat and sunscreen.

This article appears on the FDA’s Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

Updated: June 27, 2017

Published: July 24, 2007


]]> (FDA.GOV) Life Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:39:00 -0400
Local Farmers Markets You Won't Want to Miss This Summer!

Our friends at RMACT have compiled a list of not-to-miss local farmers' markets!

Practicing good eating habits can help in your efforts towards reaching your fertile goals. With that in mind, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), wants to help you forge a successful path to those goals by spreading the word about some of the summer farmers markets in the area!

These markets are a fun alternative to the grocery store and provide you with a wide variety of fresh produce at affordable prices! Take a look at the brochure below to get some tips, resources, and locations of various markets near you!

Download a copy here.

Learn more about RMACT here.

]]> (by Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT Care Team) Life Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:04:16 -0400
Reception: Eco Visions

Join us for the reception of Eco Visions with twenty new paintings by Connecticut artist Jan Dilenschneider will be featured in an exhibition entitled, Eco Visions. The exhibition will be curated by Gail Ingis.

Ms. Dilenschneider’s works have been successfully featured for the last four years at the prestigious Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier in the historic Le Marais district in Paris.  Ms. Dilenschneider is the only living American artist to have her work on display at the Grand Palais in Paris.  In the past year, her exhibitions have been featured at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts Sill House Gallery and at the Bellarmine Museum in Fairfield, Conn, where she broke attendance records.  Each of these exhibitions were solo shows.

September 28, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 26th
$5 for members, $10 for non-members

]]> (Jan Dilenschneider) Events Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:11:53 -0400
Celine Montaudy of Norwalk Named to the University of Rhode Island's Dean's List

The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce that more than 5,290 undergraduates have qualified for the Spring 2017 Dean's List. The students represent nearly all of Rhode Island's cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, many other states and countries.

Celine F Montaudy of Norwalk was named to the Dean's List.

To be included on the Dean's List, full-time students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 or more credits for letter grades earning at least a 3.30 quality point average.

View the Spring 2017 Dean's List at

Note: Students who qualified for the Dean's List, but have restricted access to their information under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines, are not included on this public listing. Students may adjust their settings online.

The University of Rhode Island's pioneering research extends the University's influence well beyond its coastal borders, while its unique interdisciplinary courses provide its 16,637 undergraduate and graduate students with global opportunities in an intimate environment. In May 2017, more than 3,300 undergraduate and about 700 graduate degrees were awarded. The University now has more than 120,000 alumni worldwide.

]]> (Gina Zammit) Neighbors Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:34:52 -0400
Fireworks Cruises Coming This Holiday Weekend

Enjoy a unique water view of municipal holiday displays, and avoid the crowds and traffic, by coming aboard one of the Fireworks Cruises offered by The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

The Aquarium is offering cruises to two fireworks displays aboard its R/V Spirit of the Sound™, the country’s first research vessel with quiet “green” hybrid-electric propulsion. The 64-foot catamaran has two deck levels for optimum viewing enjoyment.

“Seeing the fireworks reflecting on the water doubles the fun,” said Dave Sigworth, the Aquarium’s spokesman. “Plus, there’s less stress with the whole experience. You’ll enjoy a relaxing ride out onto Long Island Sound and perhaps a great sunset, and then have an unobstructed view of the fireworks. There are no lawn chairs to lug along, and you won’t have to sit in your car for an hour afterward trying to get out of a parking lot.”

Here’s the Aquarium’s patriotic-pyrotechnics plan, with departure times:

• Mon., July 3 (7:30 p.m.) – Norwalk’s Calf Pasture Beach display

• Tues., July 4 (7 p.m.) – Rowayton display

Each cruise departs from The Maritime Aquarium dock (outside the IMAX® Theater). Return is expected by 11 p.m. Food in small soft-sided coolers is allowed aboard the boat, but alcoholic beverages and glass bottles are prohibited.

Tickets are $75 ($70 for Aquarium members). All participants must be at least 42 inches tall to board. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

R/V Spirit of the Sound has a climate-controlled cabin but participants should dress for time outside on deck, where the best viewing occurs. There is a restroom onboard.

Capacity is limited so advance reservations are strongly suggested. Reserve your tickets online – and see the full summer schedule for public cruises aboard R/V Spirit of the Sound – at Or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

]]> (Gina Zammit) Events Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:18:27 -0400
New Bow Tie Cinemas Renovated Theaters with Full Bar & Restaurant in Norwalk

New Bow Tie Cinemas “Ultimate” Sets the Stage for Movie Going at its Best

As part of its ongoing mission to deliver the best possible customer experience, Bow Tie Cinemas is not only transforming how guests enjoy big screen entertainment, they are creating a well-executed break from the norm and producing a series of movie theater makeovers that will make an ordinary night at the movies, extraordinary. 

Bow Tie Cinemas is nearing completion of top-to-bottom renovations of its Regent 8 at 64 North Main Street in South Norwalk and Royale 6 at 542 Westport Avenue in Norwalk.  Bow Tie Cinemas Ultimate renovations include reserved luxury recliner seating in all auditoriums, as well as brand new lobbies, concession stands and restrooms.  In addition to the comfort and aesthetic upgrades, there will be an elevated food and beverage program which includes casual restaurant fare and full bar service.  

“The busy lifestyle led by today’s entertainment consumers often forces a choice between seeing a movie and having a great meal and a cocktail,” says Ben Moss, CEO of Bow Tie Cinemas. “Now at the brand new Bow Tie Ultimate Regent and Royale in Norwalk, our valued guests can reserve a luxury recliner seat in advance, arrive at the theater at a convenient time without rushing and enjoy a great meal and a cocktail during the movie. Bow Tie Ultimate takes the movie-going experience to a whole new level, and we’re delighted to be the first to offer it anywhere in Fairfield County.”

In addition to traditional movie theater snacks, the new Bow Tie Ultimate menu will feature such favorites as fresh baked Artisanal Pizza; three cheese gourmet Mac & Cheese; Chicken & Waffles, Eggplant Parmesan Fries; Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls; Chicken Parmesan and Buffalo Chicken Heroes; Grilled Cheese on Texas Toast; Ultimate Loaded Nachos; and Health Bowl options such as Monterrey Risotto and Southwest Chipotle with fresh vegetables and whole grains.  The menu was designed to be easily enjoyed from the comfort of your in-seat table.  Prices for Bow Tie Ultimate menu items range from $4.50 to $12.  Jack & Harry’s gourmet popcorn will continue to be popped fresh and offered in caramel, cheddar and other seasonal varieties. 

Bar service includes premium spirits and cocktails made to order, along with an impressive local craft beer selection, a variety of wine choices, and even Bow Tie specialty cocktails such as seasonal sangria, mojitos and the signature Bow Tai, served by the glass or the carafe.

Adding to the allure of this innovative style of movie watching is the reserved seating component. Audiences are able to select their seating in advance when they purchase tickets online through BOWTIECINEMAS.COM and the Bow Tie Cinemas App, in person from an in-theater kiosk, or at the Bow Tie Cinemas box office. Food and beverage orders can be carried in from the concession stand or delivered to your seat prior to the start of the feature film.  All currently open auditoriums feature reserved luxury recliner seating.

Founded by B.S. Moss in 1900, four generations of family ownership have guided Bow Tie Cinemas from its origins in Vaudeville to its current standing as the oldest theater circuit in North America and is currently one of America’s fifteen largest exhibitors. Bow Tie Cinemas operates 267 screens at 42 locations in six states.

]]> (Andrea Viscuso) Places Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:12:20 -0400
FUN-raise for Regional Hospice and run the SoNo Half Marathon

FUN-Raise for Regional Hospice and Palliative Care & Receive a Free Race Entry into the SoNo Half Marathon!

Visit: and click on 'Set Up a Fundraiser' and then 'Join a Team' to sign up for the Regional Hospice Team. Be sure to select 'Regional Hospice Runs SoNo' as your team!

* $300 fundraised receives a free race entry

* $400 fundraised receives a free race entry + team water bottle + neck cooler

* $500 fundraised receives a free race entry + team water bottle + neck cooler + team race shirt


We understand the death is a natural part of the life cycle.  We have successfully helped thousands of patients live out their remaining days in the comfort of their own home or nursing care facility with peace and dignity, while supporting their families emotionally and spiritually.  Regional Hospice and Palliative Care is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and we are committed to providing compassionate end-of-life care, regardless of an individual's ability to pay.  Last year, we provided over $1 million in free care to patients whose needs were not covered by their insurers.


Regional Hospice has served Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford & Litchfield counties with nonprofit home hospice care for over 30 years. In 2015, RHPC opened the state-of-the-art Center for Comfort Care & Healing. This family-centered hospice residence is CT’s first and only private-suite facility. Its mission is to provide exceptional end-of-life care, comfort and compassion to infants, children, adults and their families with a dedicated staff of professionals.  For more information, visit Like us on Facebook:

]]> (Tara Daly) Charities Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:26:14 -0400
Engaging Summer Classes for People 50+

Join Lifetime Learners Institute (LLI) for their first ever 4-week summer session at Norwalk Community College beginning July 11th. Offerings - in air-conditioned classrooms - include a Socratic Discussion Group, Essentrics Movement class, Mixed Media & Beyond art course, Great American Songs and Stories, the Russian Revolution, and Current Affairs. A limited number of seats are still available. There is an annual $50 membership fee, which includes access to free lectures, presentations, fitness center, library, computer lab, and college events. Each 4-week class is $30. To register or for more information, visit, call 203.857.3330, or email

]]> (Dianne Perfit) Events Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:18:24 -0400
Barclay Ettiquette Classes at Pequot Library

Manners and Ballroom Dancing, including Table Manners at Pequot Library

For grades 3 - 7, children learn so much more than dancing!

For generations, the Barclay Classes have helped students grow into well-mannered young adults by helping them develop social skills, confidence, and poise while having fun. The program stresses the importance and practice of good manners and presents instruction in ballroom dancing. Dancing is used as a teaching vehicle using games to keep children engaged. The basic ballroom dances are taught in the third grade and then each year new steps are added as the children move through the program. Being confident and relaxed with dancing will prove to make all social events for your child fun and enjoyable.

The Program Includes:
Ballroom Dancing
Phone Manners
Respectful Behavior
Conversational Skills
Dining Courtesies
Pride in One’s Appearance
Manners for Personal Electronics
Table Manners
Good First Impressions
Being A Good Sport
Thank You Notes
The Power of...Please, Thank You, May I Please, Excuse Me, After You

The classes will meet approximately once per month between October and May allowing ample time for children to be involved in other activities.

For more information, please visit To enroll, please call (908) 232- 8370 or email

]]> (Pequot Library) Events Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:17:17 -0400
Sunday Salon: What to Wear? How the Bride Decides at The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Legendary Textile Conservator and FIT Professor June Burns Bové will present, What to wear? How the Bride Decides, a talk on the fashion and social history of the wedding dress on July 16, 2017 from 2:30-4:30pm at The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum .

“Museum catalogers are usually happy to be assigned a wedding dress; the date is very certain,” Ms. Bové said, “But that is the only certainty, for the very act of saving the dress is proof of its value to the woman who wore it.  It tells about her sense of style, her economic circumstances, and her social environment.”

There may be great differences between the attire of two brides married on the same day; one may wear French couture and the other, her best day dress, but the fashion lines are discernible.   During the times between two great wars, American women looked to a number of sources for fashion news, starting with the colored engraving and then the photograph.  Magazines directed to women were important, but so were newspapers with pictures of actresses and the social elite.  Not all dresses were saved, nor are all dresses saved today.  Brides often wore their dresses as reception dresses after the wedding or made children’s clothing from the fabric.  Nowadays, dresses may be resold on eBay and Craigslist. We have the ones that were kept to tell us about that “one special day” and the world of the woman who wore it.


July 16, 2017


]]> (June Burns Bové) Events Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:43:30 -0400
Essential Tools Being Authentic for Your Brand Image

Join Cheryl Henchar from Cheryl's Creative Services and Chris Salem for an educational seminar being Authentic for Your Brand. This educational seminar is being held on Wednesday, June 28th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the New Canaan Library downstairs in the Lamb Room.

Cheryl is an educational speaker and is certified and trained with Constant Contact. Chris is an accomplished international keynote speaker, strategic consultant, change strategist, best-selling author, and radio host partnering with sales professionals, and entrepreneurs from various industries. They will be showing you some tips how to communicate effectively and shine in front of your prospects and clients. 

Seminar Agenda:

  •          Marketing Automation with email marketing
  •          Content Marketing
  •          Power of Video marketing
  •          Social tips and tricks using Hootsuite and Get Pocket
  •          LinkedIn’s new home pages and changes
  •          Importance of clear concise LinkedIn business profile
  •          What is Authentic Leadership?
  •          Characteristics of authentic leaders
  •          How to develop into an Authentic Leader to empower others and grow either their business or projects in their community.   

Click on the event link to Register Today!

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl at Cheryl’s Creative Services (203) 249-0487 or via email:

]]> (Cheryl Henchar) Events Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:28:29 -0400
Law Enforcement Making a Dent in Robocall Operations

BBB says Consumers Fed Up With Continued Invasive and Illegal Marketing Calls

Law enforcement, regulators and foreign governments are working hard to put an end to annoying and illegal marketing calls that ring consumers’ phones at any time of the day or night. Connecticut Better Business Bureau says the evidence indicates the joint efforts are paying off.

The most complained about type of illegal telemarketing is “robocalls.” A robocall is a pre-recorded message that is generated by a computer which dials telephone numbers in sequence. The scammers ignore the Do Not Call list and eventually call mobile phones, which is also illegal.

“You don’t have to look very far to find people who have been disturbed by these calls during meals, throughout the day, evenings and even overnight,” according to Howard Schwartz, spokesman for Connecticut Better Business Bureau.

The Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC) reports it recently won a judgement against a robocalling ring that bombarded consumers with a pitch from ‘Cardholder Services,’ which promised to bring down the victims’ interest rates.

“The sales pitch required an upfront payment ranging from $300 to almost $5000, and victims receive nothing in return. Losses from these pitches have bilked consumers out of untold millions of dollars.”

The good news is that over the past several years, aggressive investigations have resulted in the shutdown of robocall and other illegal marketing operations, and the arrest of people who work in clandestine call centers.

To illustrate the impact, a raid on a call center in India last fall resulted in 20 arrests, and it had a significant impact on the volume of robocalls to the U.S. In subsequent days, number of robocall-related complaints to BBB’s Scam Tracker quickly dropped by nearly 95%.

In a recent domestic judgement, the (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) took action against Dish Network. The business was fined $280 million in civil penalties for Do Not Call Violations. It was the largest fine of its type.

The raids continue, and law enforcement continues to pursue and shut down other illegal marketers and legitimate companies that ignore the Do Not Call regulations. It is somewhat a game of cat and mouse.

In the meantime, Connecticut BBB and the FTC offer tips for people being harassed by illegal marketing calls:

Don’t pick up – If you receive a call from a number you don’t recognize, let it go to voicemail. Anyone who really wants to get hold of you will leave a message.

Ignore instructions press your telephone keypad - You may be encouraged to press “1” to speak with a “customer service agent” or “2” to be removed from their calling list. Regardless of what you do, if you engage with the caller in any way, your number will not be taken off the callers’ lists, and you can expect the calls to continue, as your information will be sold to third parties.

Contact your provider - Ask your telephone company or cellular phone provider about a service to block calls from multiple phone numbers, but you may have to pay a monthly fee.

Block with your smart phone - If you have a smartphone, look for call-blocking apps and reviews in your app store.

Check for new technology – Ask your internet supplier about blocking, and research consumer-side call blocking devices, however, do your research and check customer reviews about any such gadgets.

Report the problem to authorities – You may file a complaint with the FCC by visiting its website at, or calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357).

]]> (Connecticut BBB) Public safety Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:26:00 -0400
4th of July Bike Parade & Lawn Games

Pequot Library’s Annual 4th of July Bike Parade and Lawn Games will start at the Five Corners in Southport Village with decorated bikes, scooters, and wagons on Tuesday, July 4 at 10:00 am. Participants will parade down Pequot Avenue, arriving at the Great Lawn of the Library. Enjoy holiday-themed fun and games including sack races, hula hoop contest, and crafts.

Refreshments will be available. Open to all ages with no registration required. This is a free community event.

Please visit to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterPequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

]]> (Pequot Library) Events Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:44:00 -0400
Little Box Pizza is Pizza with a Purpose

New Pizza Truck is on a Mission to Make Lives Better!

Just when it seemed consumers had seen it all in our local food scene, an innovative, socially conscious, quality driven pizza truck drove into town in the form of Little Box Pizza. In addition to authentic pizza made with honest ingredients and crafted-to-order, each mobile pizza kitchen is operated by a deserving, hard working individual who is being given a chance to make their future brighter.

Founders / Restaurateurs Brad Nagy and Angelo Viscoso created Little Box Pizza based on their passion for great pizza and a big heart for people. As social entrepreneurs, the team has created a model for using the power of small business to solve social challenges and do good things for other people. Little Box Pizza was founded as a Benefit Corporation, scripting into the DNA of the company that it exists to pursue a social mission, not just a financial one. Other restaurants owned by this talented duo include: Frankie & Fanucci’s Wood Oven Pizzeria in Westchester County, NY; Sotto 13 in Manhattan; and il Fornetto in Brooklyn, NY.

“We invest financially and personally in creating a special small business opportunity for each owner and their family. We believe that when the right people are given an opportunity, amazing things happen,” says Nagy.

Little Box Pizza’s first location is at the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford, referred to as the “Fish Church”, at 1101 Bedford Street. The concept is unique in that it’s a mobile truck that stays in one place, operating as a pizza kitchen from which orders are taken, pizza is picked up, or even delivered by a driver. Customers can order their personal or large size pies truck-side at the kiosk, online, or satisfy their pizza fix by ordering from Little Box Pizza’s mobile app.

Brad and Angelo are thrilled to introduce Little Box Pizza’s first deserving Owner / Operator, James Gibson.

Growing up on the streets of Bridgeport and Norwalk, Connecticut, James led a life filled with gangs, jail time, loss, and personal pain. Determined to end the cycle, James turned his life around and has emerged as a new man on solid ground, and with a family to support. Although working hard at full time jobs, James found himself 'underemployed' and struggled to make ends meet for his family. Enter Little Box Pizza. Today, James is on a path to small business ownership that that can shape his future. James is also active in his church and serves in various ministries helping young men find their way to a better life. Stop by and see him in Stamford!

What makes Little Box Pizza special (besides the people who make it) is the use of fresh ingredients. The whole-milk mozzarella on every pie is 100% natural and free of any hormones or bleaching chemicals. The sauce is a simple recipe of sweet Italian tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, and basil. The dough is made fresh daily from a blend of finely milled flours. Create your own pie, from the sauce and the cheese, to the toppings and even finishes such as EVOO or a balsamic glaze. Or, experience one of Brad and Angelo’s favorites such as the “Carne” topped with sweet sausage, meatball, pepperoni, mozzarella and tomato sauce, or the “Shroom“ made with finely chopped roasted mushrooms and shallots, fresh ricotta, mozzarella, chives, and truffle oil. Meatball sliders, hearty salads, and fresh stuffed cannolis round out the menu.

Little Box Pizza is now open at the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford!

  • 1101 Bedford Street, Stamford
  • Open Daily from 5 pm., Closed Sunday
  • Lunch - coming soon.
  • Order Online, Pick-Up or Delivery
  • 203-548-0299
]]> (Gina Zammit) Neighbors Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:48:01 -0400