Norwalk's HamletHub Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:54:35 -0400 The Art of Mourning: 19th Century Postmortem & Memorial Photography at Norwalk Historical Society Museum

Photos from beyond the grave! Join Elizabeth Burns, of the nationally renowned Burns Archive and historic photo consultant for THE KNICK & MERCY STREET for an intimate look at “The Art of Mourning: 19th Century Postmortem & Memorial Photography” on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. 

People used photography to memorialize dead loved ones with a reverence little understood today. Learn how these photographs were a normal part of the culture, and how they are a testament to a time when the magic of photography offered the hope of extending relationships. Rare postmortem photographs from the Burns Archive will be incorporated into the lecture.

  Please note that the lecture will take place upstairs in the museum and at this time there is no elevator. Limited seating available!

Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at or by calling 203-846-0525.  Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue.  The museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department.

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

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

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

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New Canaan Country School to Host Social Media Wellness Author

New Canaan Country School will host noted author and educator, Ana Homayoun, to campus on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. to share with parents of teens and tweens solutions for navigating an ever-changing social media world.

Ms. Homayoun, a frequent speaker at schools, regularly keynotes conferences on topics relating to executive functioning, student engagement, personal productivity and motivation, as well as overall wellness. She has been quoted or featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, New York Post, ABC News, along with dozens of other publications, and she is a frequent guest on NPR.

The 50-minute presentation she will make at Country School will be followed by a question and answer session as well as an opportunity to purchase Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World and have it signed by the author. The event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information about the event, please visit To purchase the book prior to or after the event, please visit Elm Street Books in New Canaan.

New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent, day school for students in Pre-K (ages 3 & 4) through Grade 9 and is located at 635 Frogtown Road, New Canaan. For more information about the school, please visit:

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Singer/Songwriter Series: Kristen Graves at Pequot Library, Sunday, October 1, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Folk/pop singer, songwriter, and humanitarian Kristen Graves, the 2013-2015 Connecticut State Troubadour, kicks off Pequot Library’s Fall Singer/Songwriter Series. Mentioned by both “Rolling Stone” and “The New York Times” as the “new generation of folk,” Graves has shared stages with Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Rusted Root, Holly Near, Dar Williams, Guy Davis, Dan Zanes, David Amram, Harry Belafonte and many more. Tickets: $20/adults; $10/students and seniors

Upcoming Singer/Songwriter Series concert:
Jesse Terry, Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

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. 115. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

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Westport Country Playhouse Presents Two Sunday Symposia on Shakespeare during Run of “Romeo and Juliet”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Westport Country Playhouse

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


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Meet the Author: Martha Hall Kelly at Pequot Library

Martha Hall Kelly will speak about her historical novel and New York Times bestseller, “Lilac Girls,” immediately after the Annual Meeting, as part of Pequot Library's Meet the Author series. There will be a 30- to 40-minute author talk, followed by a Q and A session and book signing. Books will be available for purchase, and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

In her debut novel, Kelly reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets during World War II. The novel is historical fiction, based on the true story of 72 Polish women who were imprisoned and experimented on at Ravensbrück Concentration Camp in Germany before Caroline Ferriday, an American philanthropist and former actress, brought them to the U.S. for rehabilitation and the trip of a lifetime. Kelly researched the story for over 10 years.

“Lilac Girls” became a New York Times bestseller the week it was published in April 2016. Kelly lives in Connecticut and Martha's Vineyard. She worked as an advertising copywriter for many years, raised three wonderful children who are now mostly out of the nest, and is hard at work on the prequel to “Lilac Girls.”

Pequot Library's Annual Meeting is free and open to the public. The Annual Meeting begins at 4:00 p.m.; guest speaker will begin at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome; only Friends of Pequot Library (Pequot Library Association) members can vote during the Annual Meeting.

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. 115. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

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The Maritime Aquarium Welcomes a Little Loggerhead Turtle

Follow a rescued baby loggerhead sea turtle through its first year of life as The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk raises it in a new “Sea Turtle Nursery” exhibit for release into the Atlantic Ocean next fall.

The guest sea turtle will live at The Maritime Aquarium as part of a loan program of the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, whose staff and volunteers inspect turtle nests on beaches to look for “stragglers” – newly hatched turtles that, for various reasons, didn’t make it out of nests. These young turtles are rescued and then raised for a year at loan institutions, such as The Maritime Aquarium, before being returned to North Carolina the following fall for release into the Gulf Stream.

Tom Frankie, director of Exhibits for The Maritime Aquarium, said Aquarium staff will repeat the process each October: travel to North Carolina to release a year-old loggerhead and then bring a new hatchling back to Norwalk.

The hatchling turtle – only about 3 inches long at first – will live in a new habitat near the Aquarium’s exhibit that features two large green sea turtles.

Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) were named for their relatively large heads, which support powerful jaws that allow them to feed on hard-shelled prey, such as whelks and conch. They generally grow to weigh about 300 pounds and are found around the globe in nine “distinct population segments” – five of the populations are considered to be “Endangered,” and the other four – including the loggerheads off the U.S. Atlantic Coast – are considered “Threatened.” Their biggest threats are from coastal development that destroys nesting habitats and from accidental capture in fishing gear.

“We are very excited to welcome this loggerhead hatchling to the Aquarium,” Frankie said. “Besides the unique opportunity to give the turtle a safe environment for its first year, the exhibit also provides an important chance to talk about sea turtle conservation and to inspire our guests to support conservation efforts.”

Watch The Maritime Aquarium’s website and Facebook page in November for information about a contest to name this year’s turtle.

And learn more about exhibits, IMAX® movies, cruises and events this fall – including the Halloween “Aqua-Scarium” weekends Oct. 21-22 & 28-29 – at


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Country School to host A Walk in the Woods: The Wonder of Worms

New Canaan Country School will host an event specifically designed for young explorers (ages 4-6) and their parents, Saturday, Oct. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Wonder of Worms will include a walk through some of the school’s 30-acre woodland trails as well as a visit to the Exploratory Lab, where science teachers will guide children in an adventure of discovery. These activities are intended for young explorers (ages 4-6) and their parents. The event is free of charge, but registration is required for headcount and gift bag. For more information and to register:

New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent, day school for students in Pre-K (ages 3 & 4) through Grade 9 and is located at 635 Frogtown Road, New Canaan. For more information about the school, please visit:

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Artists Talk at RAC

Join us on Wednesday, October 18 (6:30-8pm) for an Artists Talk at RAC. Six artists from the current exhibition, “Expressions,” will discuss their art and inspiration. The event is free and open to the public.

Come meet award winning artists are Lynne Arovas (Greenwich), Marcy Juran (Westport), Carol Young (Fairfield), Jeffrey B. Kellner (Kent), Judith Katz (Westport) and Marty Rainbow Hendrickson (Darien).

Their styles are diverse and in different kinds of media. See their art and find out how they did it. It promises to be a lively, inspiring evening.

For almost 60 years, the Rowayton Arts Center has been a cultural gem in the community. It is an exceptional gallery where regional artists may exhibit and sell their art as well as a wonderful venue for art workshops and classes. The Art School offers classes to children and adults at all levels. The RAC Gallery and Art School are located on the bank of the scenic Five Mile River in Rowayton, CT at 145 Rowayton Avenue. For the latest information:

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Book Release Reception: Sean Kelly Illustrator at Pequot Library

Please join Pequot Library in celebrating the release of Stephen Colbert's new book "Midnight Confessions"" with the book's award-winning illustrator, Southport resident, and Library friend Sean Kelly.Includes a 30- to 40-minute illustrator talk, reception with the illustrator, book sales & signing. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.

About "Midnight Confessions":
Simon & Schuster says: "Midnight Confessions" by Stephen Colbert and The Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is Stephen Colbert at his most brilliant and irreverent. Forgive him, Father, for Stephen Colbert has sinned. He knew it was wrong at the time. But he went ahead and did it anyway. Now he’s begging for forgiveness. Based on his popular segment from The Late Show, Stephen Colbert and his team of writers now reveal his most shameful secrets to millions (although, actually, he’d like you not to tell anyone).

"Midnight Confessions" is an illustrated collection of Stephen Colbert at his best with illustrations by Sean Kelly.
Simon & Schuster | 208 pages |
ISBN 9781501169007 | September 2017

About the Illustrator:
Sean Kelly is an illustrator whose clients include The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Businessweek, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic. His visual commentaries on politics have appeared on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. Kelly also presents seminars on creativity and innovation ( and is a consultant to corporations and media companies. He has won awards from The Society for Illustrators and was named Best Newspaper Illustrator in 2007 by the National Cartoonists Society ( He is a graduate of Brown University, and in 2012 he received a USC Annenberg/Getty Fellowshop in Los Angeles. A resident of Southport, Kelly was chosen as one of Fairfield Magazine’s 25 Most Intriguing People.

[Stephen Colbert born May 13, 1964,  is an American comedian, television host, actor, and writer. He is best known for hosting the satirical Comedy Central program The Colbert Report from 2005 to 2014, and hosting the CBS talk program The Late Show with Stephen Colbert beginning in September 2015.]

Illustration by Sean Kelly for "Midnight Confessions."

]]> (Pequot Library) Events Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:09:00 -0400
Emmanuel Church’s “Center Stage” Showcases WHS Company

Weston High School has long been home to an array of aspiring young actors, dancers, and singers -- specifically, members of the student club, WHS Company ( Since the 1980s, the group has wowed audiences with both classic and contemporary shows; Emmanuel Church seeks once again, to showcase their talent. “Center Stage” will feature a 30-minute classical music set from the Fontenay Chamber Players, followed by a preview of WHS Company’s fall production, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. The event takes place on Sunday, October 22, from 4:00 - 5:30 pm at Emmanuel Church, 285 Lyons Plain Road, Weston. Admission is free, “Center Stage” is family-friendly and will include both door prizes and a bake sale.

The afternoon will kick off with an eclectic array of music from the Fontenay to include pieces by Mozart, Debussy and Scott Joplin. The Fontenay was formed in 2003 and is the Ensemble in Residence at The Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford, CT. The group is named for a French town with a connection to the composer Ravel, whose luminous Introduction and Allegro is their inspiration. The ensemble highlights three Principal Players from The Greater Bridgeport Symphony and is comprised of: Concertmaster Deborah Wong, Principal Flutist Keith, Principal Harpist Wendy Kerner, Violinist Wei Tang, Violist Leslie Tomkins and Cellist Rob LaRue.

In part two of “Center Stage,” Company will share play excerpts, giving attendees a glimpse of their upcoming drama, All My Sons, directed by Nancy Ponturo and co-produced by Paul A. Levin, Lauren Rosenberg and Patricia Perez Goodrich. The All My Sons cast includes: Remy Young (Sue Baylis), Jane Burdett (Kate Keller), Ellen Relac (Ann Deever), Lucas Casellas (Bert), Thomas Valenti (Joe Keller), Ben Rosenberg (Jim Bayliss), Jack Hurst (George Deever), David Katz (Chris Keller), Momo Burns-Min (Lydia Lubey) and Matthew Figliola (Frank Lubey).

All My Sons is a 1947 play based on the true story of Joe Keller and Herbert Deever, partners at a shop which produced defective airplane parts during WWII, resulting in the deaths of 21 pilots. Deever was jailed, while Keller remained free, profited, and lived comfortably with his wife, Kate, though their son, Larry, went missing in WWII. Offspring Chris Keller and Ann Deever (Larry’s former girlfriend) have an affair, Herbert’s son, George, returns from the war bitter to find his father in prison but his partner free, and the circumstances surrounding Larry’s death, all add to the play’s intensity.

“WHS Company is both thrilled to be recognized by the community and grateful to Emmanuel Church for hosting a preview of All My Sons at ‘Center Stage.’ We’re also thankful for the opportunity to celebrate our cast, while promoting the arts at large in Weston and beyond,” said Liz Morris, WHS Company Advisor.

Full performances of All My Sons will take place at Weston High School other weekend of November 10-12 (7:30 pm, 3:00 pm Sunday matinee). Tickets will go on sale shortly ($15 adults; $10 students/seniors) via or can be purchased at the door.

WHS Company is a student-run theater organization founded in 1984, and the high school’s largest club. Company traditionally presents four productions per year; a drama, muscial, one acts (student-directed) and dialogue (student-written and directed works). 

“Emmanuel Church has been delighted to be the venue for WHS Company to showcase scenes from their spring musicals, and are now honored to have them expand their presence with us to include a preview of their fall drama. To enrich the afternoon, we have invited the outstanding Fontenay Chamber Players to begin the program. Come and enjoy,” said John Boys, Emmanuel Church Music Coordinator.

For details, visit or call the parish office at (203) 227-8565. Inquiries for WHS Company may be directed to

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The Great War And The United States Home Front at Pequot Library

"The Great War and the United States Home Front" is part of the Pages from Pequot Special Collections series of changing exhibitions highlighting Pequot Library’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives on view in the Reading Room and Perkin Gallery. This exhibition considers the question, "What can we do?" posed by those at home during the Great War, and features a selection of books, maps, military diagrams, pamphlets, and propaganda posters from Pequot Library's Special Collections. Visitors will discover and learn more about a variety of patriotic civilian efforts that took place on the American home front after the United States entered WWl in 1917.

Related public programming has been developed in conjunction with the exhibition and includes the community event Home Front on the Front Lawn on Sunday, October 15, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Discover what life was like for families on the home front. View classic cars, listen to the sounds of a Victrola, plant a Victory garden, play period lawn games, and enjoy cider, coffee, and doughnuts. All ages are welcome. The event is free and no registration is required.

On Thursday, October 19 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. discover the art and artists who thrived during the Great War on a guided tour of the Luce Center for American Art at the Brooklyn Museum on the Day Art Trip: Brooklyn Museum. Register at for bus, museum, and lunch.

Pequot Presents: The Great War in Film begins on Wednesday, October 25 with A Farewell to Arms, followed by Sergeant York on November 1, and War Horse on November 8, all films are free and begin at 3:30 p.m. Join Library docents for a brief and informal tour of the exhibition at 3:00 p.m. each Wednesday before the movie.

On Friday November 3 at 11:00 a.m. look, listen, and learn during Fantastic Finds: The Lighter Draw of Politics with American cartoonist and illustrator Sean Kelly as he takes a closer look at WWl political cartoons from Pequot Library's Special Collections of materials from the Great War era.

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

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Norwalk Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center launch unique cancer care collaboration

Pioneering Care Delivery Model Connects Patients to Latest Cancer Care Advances

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Biographical Information for Newly Appointed MSK/Norwalk Hospital Experts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Memorial Sloan Kettering

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

]]> (Norwalk Hospital Andrea Rynn and Memorial Sloan Kettering Caitlin Hool ) Life Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:16:40 -0400
October Exhibition Openings at Silvemine Arts Center

October Exhibition Openings at Silvemine Arts Center on Saturday, October 21, 5-7pm

Opening reception of three new exhibitions at Silvermine:

  • Sharon Cavagnolo: Hypnagogia
  • Big Impression, Small Presses: The Small Independent Print Shop
  • From the Same Kiln: New Work in Ceramics from Silvermine

As always, opening receptions are free and open to the public.

Exhibitions will be on view from October 22- November 19

]]> (Katie Sharrard) Places Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:14:55 -0400
Maritime Aquarium's Research Vessel Receives Safety Award

American Maritime Safety Inc. has announced that The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is among the recipients of its 2017 Safety Awards.

American Maritime Safety Inc. (AMS) is a nonprofit maritime trade association that facilitates the maritime industry's compliance with international shipping protocols and U.S. Coast Guard regulations. The AMS consortium is comprised of more than 400 vessel owners and operators. It is the leading maritime industry association specializing in regulatory compliance in the United States.

Every year, the AMS Safety Advisory Committee presents member companies with safety awards in recognition of their dedication to preserving the marine environment and promoting safe vessel navigation, operations and maritime work practices. These safety awards are designed to recognize vessel operators for their proactive efforts toward achieving safe and responsible vessel practices.

The Maritime Aquarium will receive AMS’s 2017 Passenger Vessel Safety Award, which recognizes the implementation of best-practice systems and programs that contribute to the overall safety of passengers and crewmembers. The award applies to The Maritime Aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound™, a 64-foot catamaran that is the country’s first hybrid-electric research vessel. Aquarium crew and educators take thousands of recreational guests and school groups out onto Long Island Sound April through October for 2.5-hour hands-on encounters with marine life, as well as for seasonal lighthouse cruises and winter seal-watching cruises.

“We honor the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk for its commitment to safety, environmental protection and responsible seafarers conduct,” the AMS said in a statement.

Learn more about the Aquarium’s cruises, exhibits, IMAX® movies and more at

Other AMS Safety Awards winners this year are Maersk Line Ltd., Matson Navigation Co. and OSG Ship Management Inc.

Maersk Line Ltd. will receive the American Maritime Safety Award, which recognizes the implementation of a drug and alcohol awareness program for crewmembers who perform safety sensitive functions on vessels calling at U.S. ports.

In 1983, Maersk Line Ltd. won its first government contract to convert and operate five military prepositioning ships. Since then, it has managed and operated over 100 vessels of varying types and sizes. With the largest U.S.-flag fleet in international commercial service, it employs approximately 1,200 U.S. mariners daily and works with all the major U.S. maritime unions.

Matson Navigation Co. will receive the Safe Vessel Navigation & Operation Award, which recognizes the implementation of training and educational programs for crewmembers who serve to protect the marine environment by reducing marine casualties.

Founded in 1882, Matson is one of the leading U.S. carriers in the Pacific. Matson provides a vital lifeline to the economies of Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Micronesia and the South Pacific and premium, expedited service from China to Southern California. The company’s fleet of 22 vessels includes containerships, combination container and roll-on/roll-off ships and custom-designed barges. The company also provides container and chassis leasing services.

OSG Ship Management Inc. will receive the Tanker Vessel Safety Award, which recognizes the implementation of safe working practices for vessel personnel that serve to promote the safe navigation and operation of tankers calling at U.S. ports.  

OSG is a world-class provider of energy transportation services with superior customer relationships, talented ship and shore-based staff, high operational standards, and core safety values based on providing incident-free transportation services while protecting their crews, vessels, and the environment. OSG’s commitment to high quality, incident-free service positions them as a preferred cargo carrier of major oil and gas companies, refiners, and traders throughout the world. Safety and compliance culture continues to grow within their fleet, a reflection of the leadership and commitment displayed every day by their senior officers and shore side staff.

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A Night of Wonder and Intrigue at Lounsbury House

Lounsbury House in Ridgefield will host A Night of Wonder and Intrigue, a sophisticated Halloween party featuring drop-dead drinks and festive food, on Friday, October 27. The wicked good time begins at 6:30pm.

Guests, who are encouraged – but not required – to wear costumes or masks, will experience a night of music, dancing and otherworldly entertainment. Psychics, palm and tarot card readers, mentalists and numerologists will be tucked into the shadows of the historic landmark. And illusionists will wander the event to perform magic tricks and treat partygoers to sleight-of-hand. The 2017 event will feature an all-new Escape Room, an adventure game in which guests will follow clues and solve puzzles to escape a room before the clock runs out.

“I’m forbidden to reveal everything that will happen,” joked Belinda Lasky, the new Executive Director of Lounsbury House, “but it wouldn’t be A Night of Wonder and Intrigue without a few surprises.”

The annual fundraiser supports dozens of community events hosted by Lounsbury House, as well as the care and restoration of the historic building. Built in 1896 at the request of Governor Phineas B. Lounsbury, the house served as the former Connecticut governor’s family home. The building was opened to the public in 1954 and named a National Historic Site in 1975. Lounsbury House operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, relying entirely on financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations to remain open.

“Lounsbury House is an important part of New England’s heritage,” added Ms. Lasky. “The first time I saw the house, I was struck by its Classical architecture. Then I walked inside and fell in love with the elegant, grand staircase. I knew immediately that I wanted to help preserve it for future generations to enjoy.”

Lounsbury House is located in downtown Ridgefield at 316 Main Street. Tickets to A Night of Wonder and Intrigue are $100 per person and may be purchased at

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