Norwalk's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk Sun, 17 Dec 2017 22:12:01 -0500 HamletHub.com Country School Students Provide Holiday Cheer http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44526-country-school-students-provide-holiday-cheer44526-country-school-students-provide-holiday-cheer http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44526-country-school-students-provide-holiday-cheer44526-country-school-students-provide-holiday-cheer

New Canaan Country School ninth graders Deyanté McKinstry of Norwalk, Daly Baker of New Canaan and Audrey Magnusen of Norwalk, were among the 33 students who delivered “Dove bags” of food for 43 local families on Fri., Dec. 15. The Dove Program, currently in its 49th year, is overseen and organized by Person-to-Person, a non-profit organization located in Darien and Norwalk. The food was donated by students in the school’s Middle (Grades 5&6) and Upper (Grades 7-9) divisions.

“Through this program, the students are able to take an active role in responding to the needs of members in our community who might otherwise go without this holiday season” said Country School Teacher and Grade Level Coordinator Elizabeth Carroll.  “This is one of several community outreach initiatives in which we work to bring to life components of our Mission Statement:  “to teach personal, social and environmental responsibility to create a community that honors diversity and our common humanity.”

New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent, day school for students in Pre-K (ages 3 &4) through Grade 9 living in Fairfield and Westchester counties. For more information about the school, please visit: www.countryschool.net.

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kfindlay@countryschool.net (Kim Finley) Life Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:10:20 -0500
Fantastic Finds: Holiday Magic at Pequot Library http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44524-pequot-library-1513197646-151319764644524-pequot-library-1513197646-1513197646 http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44524-pequot-library-1513197646-151319764644524-pequot-library-1513197646-1513197646

Enjoy a hands-on, visual and auditory experience with rare books, music, and vintage items at Pequot Library, Friday, January 5, at 11:00 a.m. Special Collections consultant and curator Dr. Elizabeth Beaudin gives an abbreviated gallery tour of the exhibition “Holiday Magic: Selections from the Children's Historical Collection,” with a focus on the interactive, element-based music on display in the gallery. She will also show selected items not on exhibit, including “The Golden Christmas Book,“ by Gertrude Crampton, New York: Simon and Schuster, Inc., 1947. There will be a slideshow of the scores and accompanying audio.

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

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heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:39:00 -0500
Pequot Presents, Jr: Holiday Movie Marathon http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44514-pequot-library-1512665233-151266523444514-pequot-library-1512665233-1512665234 http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44514-pequot-library-1512665233-151266523444514-pequot-library-1512665233-1512665234

Continue to celebrate the holiday season with classic movies on “the big screen” this week at Pequot Library! Families are welcome to bring blankets, enjoy fresh popcorn, or bring their own refreshments. General seating. No reservation required. Free and open to the public.

December 27: Elf (2003) Rated PG, 1h. 37m.

December 28: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Rated G, 1hr. 25m.

December 29: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Rated PG, 1h. 16m.

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

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heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:45:00 -0500
Darien YMCA Gymnasts Tops at 2017 New England Invitational http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44525-darien-ymca-gymnasts-tops-at-2017-new-england-invitational-151319995144525-darien-ymca-gymnasts-tops-at-2017-new-england-invitational-1513199951 http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44525-darien-ymca-gymnasts-tops-at-2017-new-england-invitational-151319995144525-darien-ymca-gymnasts-tops-at-2017-new-england-invitational-1513199951

The competition season may have just begun, but the Darien YMCA gymnastics team was right back to their winning ways at the 2017 New England Invitational in Glastonbury, capturing five team championships and 15 individual All Around (AA) titles. Gymnasts competed by level and age group.

Though Darien had been absent from the Level 8 competition scene for a while, they returned with a bang, taking the team title by a five-point margin. Sofia DeStefano paced the squad, taking first AA in the Junior group and placing second on vault and third on all other events. Saskia Chermayeff swung to the bars title and was second AA and fourth on beam and floor.

Leilani Nguyen earned third on vault and AA and was second on bars and floor. Nadia Borja vaulted to the top of the podium and was second on beam and fourth AA. Sarah Cross soared to the floor title with a huge 9.6 and was fourth on bars. Tori Ware never wavered on beam, taking first with 9.6 and was fourth on vault. Bella DeStefano flipped to a 9.05 on floor.

Gianna Cardini and Adnerys DeJesus were the sole Level 9 and 10 competitors in the meet. Highlights for Cardini were floor and vault, where she scored a 9.0 on her Tsuk vault. DeJesus also soared on vault, scoring 9.2 and hit solid routines on all other events.

The champion Level 7 team was led by Sofia Iuteri, who won the AA for the 10-12 age group with a huge 37.90 along with the vault, bars and beam titles and placed fourth on floor. Anna Moss flipped to first on floor with 9.5 and placed second on beam and AA, third on vault and sixth on bars. Emma Kelly took second on vault and bars, fourth on beam and third AA.

Olivia Perkins scored 9.6 to win the vault title in the 13s group and placed third on floor and fourth on beam. Lucy Collins topped the podium in four events in the 14s group, winning vault, bars, beam and AA and placing second on floor.

In the 15 and up group, Lana Schmidt took first on vault and AA and was second on floor, third on beam and fourth on bars. Kaitlyn Moussignac was the beam champ and was second on vault, and third on floor and AA. Kerry McDermott placed second on bars and fourth on beam, vault and AA while Lily Fairleigh earned second on beam and third on bars.

Anna Altier paced the first place level 6 team, sweeping the event titles and the AA with 37.675 in the 8-11 group. Julia Decsi placed second on vault, fourth on bars, sixth on beam and fifth on floor and AA. Anna Primmer placed fifth on vault and beam, fourth on floor and sixth AA while Lauren Smith flipped to third on floor.

In the 12s group, Abigail O’Brien topped the podium on bars, floor and AA with 37.00 and was fourth on beam and tied for second on vault with teammate Melina Cardini. Cardini was also second on beam and fourth on floor. Megan Mitchell scored second on vault, beam and floor in the 13s group, as well as third on bars and AA. Sommer Schmidt earned third on vault and fourth on bars, beam and floor.

The Level 5 squad took second in a closely contested team competition. Alexa Bell was the AA champ in the 9-11 group, as well as second on vault and floor and tied for third on beam with teammate Sophie Root. Ellie Davies topped the podium on beam and floor with 9.5 and 9.25, and placed third on vault and second AA. Tanner Generoso vaulted to first and was fifth on bars, third on floor and fourth AA. Ava Licata took fourth on vault and floor and fifth on beam.

Stella Nehro led the Level 4 team champs, placing first on vault, bars, beam and AA with 37.40 and second on floor in the 10 Junior group. Mina Leon took fifth on floor, sixth on beam, fourth AA and second on bars and vault where she tied with teammate Katie Primmer. Katie Cutler earned third on beam, fourth on vault, eighth on bars, ninth on floor and sixth AA while Madeleine McGivney earned her meet high score on floor.

In the 7-9 group, Emily Rizzi scored a full house of medals, taking first on three events – vault, bars and AA – and second on beam and floor. Kayla Koproski flipped to first on floor with 9.15, placed second on vault and AA, fourth on bars and seventh on beam. Emily McKee earned third on floor, fifth on bars, sixth on vault and fourth on beam and AA.

Olivia Davis never wavered in winning beam with 9.6 and was also sixth on bars. Tess Hennigan had a solid meet for third on bars and beam and sixth AA. Ava Telgheder took sixth on beam and fourth on vault and floor.

Regan Famigletti was the beam champ with 9.25 in the 10 Seniors, as well as fourth on bars, third on vault and AA and seventh on floor where she tied with teammate Alex Kuras. Kuras also swung to third on bars, took fourth on beam, fifth AA and sixth on vault. Shayna Moeller earned ninth on bars and floor.

Reilly Costello captured three titles in the 11s group, winning vault, beam and floor and placing second AA and ninth on bars. Bella Koproski was third on beam, vault and AA, sixth on bars and second on floor. Bowen Burns took fourth on beam and seventh on bars, AA and vault where she tied with Annelise Enters. Jordan Moss earned her meet high score on floor.

In the 12 and up group, Chloe Sernick was second on vault and floor, fifth on beam and sixth AA. Alex Decsi swung to second on bars and fifth on floor. Mia MacDonald earned fifth on vault, sixth on floor and seventh on beam while Alannah Morris was sixth on vault and seventh on bars.

The team champion Level 3 gymnasts kept up the winning ways, with Jacquelyn Coppola sweeping the events and the AA with 36.30 in the age 6-7 group. In the 8s, Avery Hansen was third on bars and second on beam, floor and AA and fifth on vault where she tied with Penelope Hahn. Hahn was also fourth on beam and sixth on floor. Taylor Davies scored an impressive 9.6 for first on beam and was fourth on floor and sixth AA.

Tatum Jaroch also hit the medal full house, topping the podium on beam, floor and AA with 37.35 and taking second on vault and bars in the 10 Junior group. Tanner Shanley placed fifth on vault, bars and beam while Kaia Woodman earned her meet high score on vault.

In the 10 Senior group, Catherine Travaglini took four out of five events, winning vault, bars, beam and AA with a 37.60 and placing third on beam. Hannah Dudek swung to sixth on bars. Emma Bookless captured the vault, floor and AA titles in the 11 Junior group along with second on beam and third on bars. In the 12 and up group Meghan Canavan was champ on beam and floor, third on vault and bars and second AA.

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sfairleigh@yahoo.com (Stephanie Fairleigh) Life Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:36:43 -0500
Ladies Night Out Book Signing and Photography Sale at Westport’s LOFT http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44519-ladies-night-out-book-signing-and-photography-sale-at-westport-s-loft44519-ladies-night-out-book-signing-and-photography-sale-at-westport-s-loft http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44519-ladies-night-out-book-signing-and-photography-sale-at-westport-s-loft44519-ladies-night-out-book-signing-and-photography-sale-at-westport-s-loft

The holiday season is in full swing at LOFT with a special “Ladies Night Out” on Thursday, December 14. The evening features a “Books and Photos” theme, celebrating local talent: Westporter Sally Allen PhD, author of Unlocking Worlds A Reading Companion for Book Lovers, and Ridgefield-based photographer, Jessica Collins. Allen and Collins will be part of the pop up book signing and photography sale from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served and guests are welcome to enter the drawing for a door prize gift basket. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. LOFT is the popular women’s clothing store located at 17 Main Street, Westport; reservations are encouraged (e-mail wordsmithllc@optonline.net), but walk-ins and shoppers are welcome. 

An avid reader, writer, college instructor, book group moderator, and founder and editor of the book news website, Books, Ink at Hamlethub, Sally Allen loves books. Allen’s experiences as a reader, writer and teacher collectively led her to the creation and release of Unlocking Worlds, which contains carefully chosen lists, separating books by theme. What sets Unlocking Worlds apart is the author’s chapter by chapter personal reflections; Allen captures the essence of the reading experience.

“Reading is both highly personal and deeply communal. My book is about both of these aspects. I enjoy sharing the reads that have enriched my life and to inspire readers to reflect on the books that have enriched theirs,” said Allen.
For more information on Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers or to book the author for an appearance, visit www.sallyallenbooks.com.

Jessica Collins is a photographer whose work ranges from family sessions, events and celebrations, to photo series of things she finds interesting. She began studying photography more than a decade ago, and loves to use her camera to find beauty in the unexpected. Her work has appeared in exhibits at the Rockefeller Preserve, Wilton Library and in Scholastic Magazine, Ridgefield Magazine, and several newspapers. In her work, Collins likes to explore the balance between lightness and dark and beauty and decay; she is currently working on a photo series of forgotten places. Collins is pleased to share an eclectic mix of her photography at the December 14 “Books and Photos” holiday happening, where she’ll showcase many pieces -- which may double as holiday gifts. She is part of the administration of Fordham University and is a contributing editor at Books, Ink at Hamlethub, where she pens On the Children’s Shelf, the column which is three years strong.


“I’m thrilled to team with Sally Allen at this exciting LOFT event to display some of my favorite shots. I love seeing the world through my camera and sharing my vision with others. It promises to be a fun night to help kick off the season,” said Collins.
Jessica Collins is available to photograph memorable moments and can be contacted via her e-mail, jessicacollinsphotography@gmail.com.


PHOTO CAPTION: (From left) Photographer, Jessica Collins, and author, Sally Allen, team up for a 12/14 “Books and Photos” Pop Up sale at Westport’s LOFT on 12/14 at 6:00-7:30 pm. Features refreshments, party favors, and a door prize drawing. Admission is free; all invited. For details or to RSVP, e-mail wordsmithllc@optonline.net. Walk-ins welcome.

PHOTO CREDIT: Andrew Dominick

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Events Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0500
What Do You Want for the Holidays? http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44516-gift-card-tips44516-gift-card-tips http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44516-gift-card-tips44516-gift-card-tips

Connecticut BBB says Gift Cards are Still Extremely Popular as Consumer Buying Preferences Change

 

The demand for gift cards fluctuates from year to year, and Connecticut Better Business Bureau says this year’s forecasts reveal a strong demand for them.

A survey last year from financial publisher Bankrate found more than half of us intend to buy at least one gift card as a present, but only 27 percent of people prefer to receive a gift card as opposed to a tangible item.

“Gift cards have been one of the most popular holiday presents for decades and that has not changed,” according to Connecticut BBB spokesman Howard Schwartz. “What has changed is the way consumers intend to spend money this holiday season, whether they buy a gift card for someone else or for themselves. That freedom is one of the reasons for cards’ popularity.”

The market research company NPD Group’s 2017 Holiday Purchase Intentions Study reveals 39 percent of consumers plan to purchase so-called experiential gifts this holiday season. Those are gifts such as wine tastings, concert tickets, and spa treatments, and gift cards are a convenient way to pay for those.

Gift cards are also popular with retailers. Historically, three out of four people spend more money than the value of the card.

If you receive a gift card as a present but don’t want it, there are websites that allow you to buy or sell gift cards. Cards with the highest trade-in value are from gas stations, retail chains and grocery stores. They usually sell for 80 to 90 cents on the dollar, while less popular cards can go for half their face value or less. Check out gift card exchange websites at bbb.org to verify if they are legitimate and have any complaints.

BBB offers some tips to help you get the most out of your gift cards:

Buy them where an employee can see them – If the gift cards are on a rack out of view – a thief can tamper with them, transfer the value of the card and then return it to the rack.

Use them or lose them - As much as 10 percent of gift cards are never redeemed because they get misplaced, forgotten or lost. Another reason to use them as soon as possible is in case a business shuts down and the card cannot be used.

Treat your card like cash – If the card is lost or stolen, contact the issuer immediately. Some will re-issue a card for a fee but others will not. That is another reason to include the original receipt with the gift card before you give it.

Be very careful buying from an individual – If someone is selling gift cards online through a classified ad site for example, you risk buying a stolen, counterfeit or empty card without any opportunity to get your money back in the event of fraud.

Some cards have fees – This applies to cards issued by banks. They can charge fees for inactivity if they are not used within 12 months. In contrast, under Connecticut law, gift cards cannot have an expiration date or inactivity fees, even if the card is purchased from another state.

You will find additional holiday tips at bbb.org.

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hschwartz@ct.bbb.org (Howard Schwartz) Life Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:57:24 -0500
Pure Barre Greenwich Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44518-pure-barre-greenwich-celebrates-5-year-anniversary44518-pure-barre-greenwich-celebrates-5-year-anniversary http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44518-pure-barre-greenwich-celebrates-5-year-anniversary44518-pure-barre-greenwich-celebrates-5-year-anniversary

27-year old small business owner celebrates milestone with partnership with the Boys and Girls Club Greenwich, in-studio “Barre” Party and client perks

Pure Barre Greenwich, located at 280 Railroad Ave. will “raise the barre” for its 5-year anniversary on Wednesday, December 13. The in-studio celebration will feature a full-day “barre-ty” which includes tasty delights, massive class discounts, a retail sale, client giveaways, and even a caricature artist. The special day will also kick off Pure Barre’s holiday “supply drive” in support of Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich. Guests are encouraged to sign up online and book the $5 class: http://bit.ly/PBGreenwich5

The “Raise the Barre” barre-ty on Wednesday, December 13 is a full-day celebration featuring:

  • $5 drop in classes all day. Book online: http://bit.ly/PBGreenwich5
  • Kick off of Holiday “Supply Drive” for Boys and Girls Club Greenwich Amazon Wishlist, https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/79ZF34U1ZXGB
  • Healthy (and sweet) delights provided by Granola Bar Greenwich and Greenwich Cakery
  • In-studio retail specials including Buy One, Get One ½ off and Exclusive Gold Membership Perk Package
  • Caricature Artist, Bill Hernandez from Party Cartoons, for complimentary sketches
  • Raffles, prizes and giveaways

Pure Barre Greenwich was founded in 2012 by 27-year old Ashley Allen, who back then, was then fresh out of college and just 22 years old. Ashley is a passionate fitness entrepreneur – she attended Temple University in Philadelphia, where she studied Kinesiology and was first introduced to Pure Barre while in school and worked at Pure Barre Rittenhouse, Philadelphia until graduation. Following graduation, Ashley who fell in love with Greenwich, scouted local locations and opened the studio just six months following graduation.

Here are some accomplishments and key moments during the past 5 years of growth!

  • Over 330 Paid Monthly Members
  • Ashley manages over 20 employees
  • Weekly Attendance in 2012, 197 clients and now 1070 students – 450% increase
  • 150++ class-goers each day
  • 378 Clients who have taken over 100 Classes at PBG
  • Started with just 25 Pure Barre classes a week; Today they schedule 55 classes a week
  • Ashley is active in the local community as a Junior League Greenwich Member, and regularly volunteering and raising funds for local charities including: Boys and Girls Club, Neighbor to Neighbor, Family Centers, etc.

“In 5 Years, I’ve learned that opening the Pure Barre studio in Greenwich means so much more than a workout. Our clients never stop inspiring us (they raise the barre, then they raise it again!) through their strength, growth, compassion and goal crushing - which happens every single day between our 4 walls,” states Ashley Allen, owner. “I dedicate the success of the studio to our incredible team and our loyal community of clients – committed to their health, wellness and unlimited potential - which keeps us inspired, every single day,” she furthers.

Pure Barre Greenwich is one out of 460+ studios throughout the U.S. and Canada, located in Greenwich, CT at 280 Railroad Avenue. Pure Barre is a total body workout that uses the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements, which burns fat, sculpts muscles, and creates long, lean physiques. Pure Barre is more than just a workout; it’s a lifestyle. At Pure Barre, women share a sense of community, where they inspire each other by one’s fitness and lifestyle goals. For more information about us please visit us at www.purebarre.com/ct-greenwich/ or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/PureBarreGreenwich/ and Instagram at Instagram.com/pbgreenwich 

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Life Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:47:31 -0500
Emerging Artists Unleashed: LIFEWTR Series 3 Highlights http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44517-emerging-artists-unleashed-highlights-of-lifewtr-series-3-highlights44517-emerging-artists-unleashed-highlights-of-lifewtr-series-3-highlights http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44517-emerging-artists-unleashed-highlights-of-lifewtr-series-3-highlights44517-emerging-artists-unleashed-highlights-of-lifewtr-series-3-highlights

From vibrant outfits to artful sketches, LIFEWTR Series 3 showed how #FashionIsArt and put a spotlight on three emerging artists: Adam Dalton Blake, Tiffany Huang, and Ghazaleh Khalifeh.

WATCH Series 3 highlights HERE.

LIFEWTR bottles are focused on a unique aspect of art. Stay tuned for LIFEWTR Series 4, launching soon!

Need #thirstinspiration this holiday season? LIFEWTR has announced a limited-edition holiday bottle design and gift set designed by Series 1 Design & Art duo, Craig & Karl. Each gift set includes a Holiday-themed bottle and embossed notebook designed by Craig & Karl, Le Pen™ drawing pens, and a keepsake booklet providing a behind the scenes look at LIFEWTR artists.

Purchase your holiday gift set here or here and support #local artists.

LIFEWTR #FashionIsArt Wrapup

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Life Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:50:00 -0500
Scout Invention Convention Day http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44510-scout-invention-convention-day-151259306544510-scout-invention-convention-day-1512593065 http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44510-scout-invention-convention-day-151259306544510-scout-invention-convention-day-1512593065

Sunday, December 17, 1-4 pm

Join us to get an up-close look at the amazing artistic gadgetry of Steve Gerberich, whose fabulous creations grace the Stamford Museum galleries this holiday season in our Gerberich's Gadgets: Best of Springs, Sprockets & Pulleys exhibition. We'll have some free build time with our favorite building blocks, create our own inventions out of recycled materials, complete a scavenger hunt through the exhibit, and more. Scout groups will rotate through activities. Limited to 60 girl and boy scouts. Scouts may register with their parents or with their troops/dens. To register, please e-mail Lisa Monachelli at lmonachelli@stamfordmuseum.org. Members: $5 | Non-Members: $8. For more information, visit www.stamfordmuseum.org or call 203.977.6521.

* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events.

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stamtab@sbcglobal.net (sid horowitz) Events Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:29:47 -0500
Norwalk Woman Who Suffered a Stroke is Looking Forward to Celebrating the Holidays http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44508-norwalk-woman-who-suffered-a-stroke-is-looking-forward-to-celebrating-the-holidays44508-norwalk-woman-who-suffered-a-stroke-is-looking-forward-to-celebrating-the-holidays http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44508-norwalk-woman-who-suffered-a-stroke-is-looking-forward-to-celebrating-the-holidays44508-norwalk-woman-who-suffered-a-stroke-is-looking-forward-to-celebrating-the-holidays

A Western Connecticut Health Network neurosurgeon and Norwalk Hospital rapid respond team performed a cutting-edge, minimally invasive, advanced procedure to save a stroke patient’s life.

Eleanor MacNeill, an independent 81-year-old resident of Norwalk, Connecticut suffered a stroke during the early morning hours on August 21. “It was around 6:30 a.m. when I suddenly noticed I could not lift or move my left arm and left leg,” said MacNeill. “I knew something was seriously wrong.”

Fortunately, MacNeill was able to activate the medical alert device she wears. Paramedics arrived at her home within minutes and safely transported her to the Norwalk Hospital Emergency Department (ED). A computed tomography (CT) angiography revealed a blockage caused by a blood clot in a large cerebral blood vessel on the right side of her brain.

With support from a rapid response team highly trained in neuroendovascular treatments, neurosurgeon Joshua Marcus, MD performed a cutting-edge, minimally invasive, intra-arterial mechanical thrombectomy, an advanced emergency procedure to help patients with acute ischemic stroke. A microcatheter is inserted through an artery in the groin to aspirate a blood clot and restore blood flow to the brain, resulting in neurologic recovery. This new procedure gives stroke patients more time to be effectively treated. Traditionally, stroke patients need to be treated within four hours of sudden onset symptoms. The minimally-invasive, intra-arterial mechanical thrombectomy extends the treatment window to 6–8 hours.

“It is critical for someone having a stroke to receive treatment quickly in order to save their life and reduce the risk of disability,” said Dr. Marcus. “This procedure is rapidly becoming the gold standard in ischemic stroke treatment due to its safety, efficacy, expanded treatment window, and excellent patient outcomes.”

Danbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital are the only community hospitals in Connecticut equipped to offer this procedure.

Dr. Marcus joined Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) one year ago to provide advanced, safe, and quality neurosurgical care to Danbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital patients. He is the only physician in Fairfield County, and one of only a few in Connecticut, with advanced training and dual expertise in both the open surgical and minimally invasive treatment of cerebrovascular conditions including cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, carotid artery disease, and hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke.

“The last thing I remembered was a helpful ED nurse explaining that they were going to run some tests on me,” said MacNeill. “I woke up in a patient room at Norwalk Hospital 24 hours later. I learned that a blood clot was successfully removed from an artery on the right side of my brain. I was surprised how well I was feeling after having had a stroke.”  

Four days after the procedure, MacNeill was discharged from Norwalk Hospital to an acute rehabilitation facility for physical and occupational therapy. She returned home 14 days later. Today, MacNeill continues outpatient physical therapy because she wants to build her strength.

“In my opinion, I do not have any side effects from the stroke,” said MacNeill. I am grateful for the excellent care I received at Norwalk Hospital and the team of doctors and nurses who cared for me every step of the way. I am also very thankful to my son and daughter, Neil and Tracey, for their love and unwavering care and support. I am glad to be alive and look forward to celebrating the holidays with my friends and loved ones.”

Danbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital have been certified by The Joint Commission as Primary Stroke Centers since 2006. Contact WCHN to learn more about the stroke services we provide:

 

  • Heather      Duggan, Stroke Coordinator, RN, MSN, CNL, SCRN, Danbury and New Milford      Hospitals: 203-739-6973
  • Michele      Lecardo, RN, Clinical Coordinator, Rapid Response, Norwalk Hospital:      203-852-2289

Learn more from Dr. Marcus about advances in the treatment of stroke:

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About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region’s premier, patient-centered healthcare organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization is anchored by three nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, and Norwalk Hospital, and their affiliated organizations. The continuum of care offered includes numerous Western Connecticut Medical Group medical and sub-specialty practices, home health care services, a nationally renowned biomedical research institute, the Danbury Hospital & New Milford Hospital Foundation, the Norwalk Hospital Foundation, and other affiliates. For more information, visit WCHN.org. Share your comments with us at

Facebook.com/DanburyHospital; Facebook.com/NewMilfordHospital, and Facebook.com/NorwalkHospital.

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diane.burke@danhosp.org (Diane Burke, Public Relations Specialist) Life Sat, 09 Dec 2017 05:25:04 -0500
Stamford Emergency Medical Services Donates Tree to Cassena Care of Stamford’s Annual Festival of Trees http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44505-stamford-emergency-medical-services-donates-tree-to-cassena-care-of-stamford-s-annual-festival-of-trees-151248409844505-stamford-emergency-medical-services-donates-tree-to-cassena-care-of-stamford-s-annual-festival-of-trees-1512484098 http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44505-stamford-emergency-medical-services-donates-tree-to-cassena-care-of-stamford-s-annual-festival-of-trees-151248409844505-stamford-emergency-medical-services-donates-tree-to-cassena-care-of-stamford-s-annual-festival-of-trees-1512484098

Stamford Emergency Medical Services donated a rescue themed Christmas tree to the Cassena Care of Stamford’s Fourth Annual Festival of Trees.  The three foot tree is beautifully decorated in ornaments reminding us of the work EMS providers do to protect our community.  

“Thank you so much for participating for such a good cause,” said Minette Zambo, Regional Director of Admissions for Cassena Care. “The festival of trees is an annual event where pre-lit and decorated trees will be auctioned. The proceeds will go to The Over 60 Club in Stamford.”  

“Stamford EMS is thrilled to join this special tradition again this year,” said Patricia Squires, Stamford EMS Chief and C.E.O.  “As a private nonprofit organization we understand the value of community support.  It’s our pleasure to donate to the club.”

Stamford Emergency Medical Services Inc. is Connecticut’s only CAAS accredited EMS agency, responding to over 14,000 calls annually as a private, nonprofit organization.  Since being organized in 1992 to provide prehospital care and ambulance services, Stamford Emergency Medical Services has remained clearly focused in its mission to provide high quality, compassionate emergency care and education to the communities it serves.  To learn more, or to make a donation, visit stamfordems.org or call (203) 968-1118.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Life Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:06:10 -0500
Mary Ann Hall Music for Children, Free Family Concert at the Seabury Center http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44502-mary-ann-hall-music-for-children-free-family-concert-at-the-seabury-center-151241052444502-mary-ann-hall-music-for-children-free-family-concert-at-the-seabury-center-1512410524 http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44502-mary-ann-hall-music-for-children-free-family-concert-at-the-seabury-center-151241052444502-mary-ann-hall-music-for-children-free-family-concert-at-the-seabury-center-1512410524

On Sunday, Dec. 17, from 3 to 4 pm, Westport Historical Society is pleased to present its traditional one-hour Holiday Concert, presented by Mary Ann Hall’s Music for Children & Beyond™ program at the Seabury Center, 45 Church Lane, Westport. This concert will feature songs of Christmas and Hanukkah performed and accompanied by faculty from MUSIC FOR CHILDREN on guitar, harp, keyboard and flute. Holiday refreshments will be served after the concert. 

Now in its 12th year, the holiday concert is hosted by Westport Historical Society. “We are thrilled to offer this concert, free of charge, this year, to Westport families to enjoy.  The concert will celebrate the themes of “peace, gratitude and kindness,” according to the Society’s Executive Director, Susan Gold. Mary Ann Hall, who holds a master’s degree from the U of Michigan, founded MUSIC FOR CHILDREN 43 years ago on the principle that “the child is the instrument.” Their mission, she said, is to develop musicianship and a lifelong enjoyment of music by “connecting the ART of the music with the HEART of the CHILD.” 

The concert is free but reservations are strongly encouraged. Kindly call Westport Historical Society at 203-222-1424 to make your reservations.

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bpeck@westporthistory.org (Barbara Peck) Events Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:28:32 -0500
Pearl Harbor, Day of Infamy is Discussed by Historian Mark Albertson at New Canaan Library http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44507-pearl-harbor-day-of-infamy-is-discussed-by-historian-mark-albertson-at-new-canaan-library-151250184444507-pearl-harbor-day-of-infamy-is-discussed-by-historian-mark-albertson-at-new-canaan-library-1512501844 http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44507-pearl-harbor-day-of-infamy-is-discussed-by-historian-mark-albertson-at-new-canaan-library-151250184444507-pearl-harbor-day-of-infamy-is-discussed-by-historian-mark-albertson-at-new-canaan-library-1512501844

Historian Mark Albertson returns to New Canaan Library to discuss a defining moment in American history. Join him for a talk on the bombing of Pearl Harbor and how it marked America's official entrance into the second World War. The event takes place on Tuesday, December 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. Please register online at newcanaanlibrary.org.

December 7, 1941, The Day of Infamy:  America enters the global conflict which would lead to the demise of European colonialism and the advent of the Cold War.  December 1941 was the turning point of the conflict; and Pearl Harbor, together with the Soviet Army’s victory over Hitler’s forces at Moscow, charted the course of the eventual defeat of the Axis Powers

Mark Albertson is a historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine. He is also the historian for the Army Aviation Association of America. Mark is a long time member of the United States Naval Institute. He has authored several books, and currently teaches history at Norwalk Community College.

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kblance@newcanaanlibrary.org (KatherineBlance) Life Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:23:49 -0500
Winter Weather Advisory for Southern Connecticut Saturday through Saturday Night http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44515-winter-weather-advisory-for-southern-connecticut-saturday-through-saturday-night44515-winter-weather-advisory-for-southern-connecticut-saturday-through-saturday-night http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44515-winter-weather-advisory-for-southern-connecticut-saturday-through-saturday-night44515-winter-weather-advisory-for-southern-connecticut-saturday-through-saturday-night

NOAA has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our entire area except Saturday into Saturday night. The advisory is in effect from 6 am Saturday through 6 am Sunday for Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, and southern Connecticut, and in effect from 6 am Saturday through 1 am Sunday for northeast NJ, Manhattan, Bronx, and the Lower Hudson Valley.

The heaviest snow will likely fall across Long Island and southern Connecticut late Saturday morning through Saturday evening. 
 
NOAA reports maximum hourly snowfall rates are forecast to be less than 1 inch per hour.  Some rain may mix in with the snow across the South Fork of Long Island, lowering snowfall accumulation. 
 
Forecast Uncertainty: If the low moves further offshore than forecast, then there will be less snow. A low track closer to the coast will shift heavier amounts farther west towards NE NJ and the Lower Hudson Valley. 
 
Please visit NOAA here for the latest information.
Please continue to monitor NOAA winter weather webpage for the latest winter weather graphics at here.
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Tarad@hamlethub.com (NOAA) Life Fri, 08 Dec 2017 04:28:14 -0500
Holiday Pop Up Shop at Westport Historical Society http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44501-holiday-pop-up-shop-at-westport-historical-society-151241021344501-holiday-pop-up-shop-at-westport-historical-society-1512410213 http://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44501-holiday-pop-up-shop-at-westport-historical-society-151241021344501-holiday-pop-up-shop-at-westport-historical-society-1512410213

For one day only, the Remarkable Gift Shop at the Westport Historical Society will host a special holiday pop-up boutique featuring unique artisan-crafted items. On Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 am – 5 pm, enjoy holiday refreshments and pick up great gifts for everyone, wrapped to go!

In addition to the gift shop’s expanded holiday selection, three featured artists will be on hand:

KEEP Collective is a line of personalized jewelry and accessories designed by you. With over 400 different pieces to mix and match, create your very own bracelets, necklaces, and key fobs. So many unique and stylish designs to create!

Westport designer Amy Pines loves breathing new life into vintage pieces. Whether working with vintage china, porcelain, and vinyl, or the wonderful old typography on greeting cards, ephemera and tins, her work always includes a wink and a smile. 

Maria Theresa Tura creates one-of-a-kind quilling cards of delicate paper coils, inspired by a lifetime traveling the world to get up close to nature and translating the beauty of flowers into art. “Every flower with its distinct color is a soul blossoming in Nature.”

Have some hot cider and cookies while you shop and don’t forget to pick up your Holiday House Tour Tickets!

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bpeck@westporthistory.org (Barbara Peck) Events Thu, 07 Dec 2017 10:50:07 -0500