Norwalk's HamletHub Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:08:10 -0400 Family Campfire

Family Campfire At Earthplace

10 Woodside Lane, Westport

Friday September 15 at 6:30pm


Member families: $25

Non-member families: $30

Ages: Ages 3+ 


Join us as we gather ‘round for a little old-fashioned family fun. We will roast marshmallows next to a crackling fire along with a guided night walk and a visit from a nocturnal animal.  It’ll be an evening the whole family will love! For Adults and children age 3+.

Member families: $25

Non-member families: $30

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Obie Award-Winning Play “Appropriate” at Westport Country Playhouse in August

“Appropriate,” the 2014 Obie Award winner for Best New American Play, will be staged at Westport Country Playhouse, from August 15 through September 2. The story of family secrets is written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, 2016 MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient, and directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director.

“Jacobs-Jenkins has written a truly great American family play that, like the verb form of the title suggests, borrows liberally, intelligently and playfully from the American theatrical canon,” said Kennedy. “Like all such plays in the genre, ‘Appropriate’ uses family as a metaphor for the nation, going right to the heart of important questions about who we are and where we come from. It’s a bit of theatrical bravura—funny, profound, shocking, moving. I think audiences will love it.”

When the Lafayette children gather at the crumbling Arkansas plantation of their recently deceased father to catalog his estate, they discover a shameful legacy.  In the tradition of American family dramas, from “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” to “August: Osage County,” this funny, award-winning play unleashes a series of surprises. The play contains mature themes and language.

The cast includes Betsy Aidem as Toni (Broadway’s “All the Way,”” Beautiful”; television’s “Madame Secretary,” “The Americans,” “Rescue Me,” “The Big C,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Law & Order”); David Aaron Baker as Bo (Westport Country Playhouse’s “All My Sons,” “Dinner with Friends”; Broadway’s “Once Upon a Mattress,” “Abe Lincoln In Illinois,” “The Rainmaker,” “The Merchant of Venice”; television’s “Homeland,” “Orange Is the New Black”); Christian Michael Camporin as Ainsley (Broadway’s “Finding Neverland,” “Matilda the Musical”; voiceovers for the Sprout series "Super Wings" and the Disney short film “Frozen Fever”); Anna Crivelli as River (recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama, MFA in Acting; Yale School of Drama’s “The Three Sisters,” “The Skin of Our Teeth”).

Also, Diane Davis as Rachael (Broadway’s “Golden Boy,” “Festen,” “Old Acquaintance”; NYC’s Primary Stages, Manhattan Theatre Club; television’s “Elementary,” ”Person of Interest,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order”); Shawn Fagan as Franz (Westport Country Playhouse’s “Nora”; NYC’s Pearl Theatre, Mint Theater Company, Soho Rep; regional theater’s Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Dallas Theater Center, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); Nick Selting as Rhys (Shakespeare in the Park’s “Julius Caesar”; recent graduate of New York University, MFA in Acting); and Allison Winn as Cassie (regional theater’s  Williamstown Theatre Festival, Harbor Lights Theater Company; television’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Daredevil”).

Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' credits include “Everybody” (Signature Theatre), “War” (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater), “Gloria” (Vineyard Theatre; Pulitzer Prize finalist), “Appropriate” (Signature Theatre; Obie Award), “An Octoroon” (Soho Rep; Obie Award) and “Neighbors” (The Public Theater). He is a Residency Five playwright at Signature Theatre and under commissions from LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, MTC/Sloan, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. His recent honors include the MacArthur Fellowship, the Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama, the Benjamin Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Theatre Award, the Steinberg Playwriting Award, and the Tennessee Williams Award.

Director David Kennedy is in his ninth season as Playhouse associate artistic director.  He has directed Playhouse productions each season, including “Suddenly Last Summer,” “Loot,” and last year’s “The Invisible Hand,” which received the 2016 Connecticut Critics Circle (CCC) Award for Outstanding Production of a Play, and for which Kennedy won the CCC honor for Outstanding Director of a Play. He was previously with Dallas Theater Center, and was founding artistic director of The Lunar Society in Toronto and Milkman Theatre Group in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The design team includes Andrew Boyce, scenic design; Emily Rebholz, costume design; Matthew Richards, lighting design; and Fitz Patton, sound design.

“Appropriate” Production Sponsor is the Eunice and David Bigelow Foundation.

Performance schedule is Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.  Special series feature Taste of Tuesday (Aug.15), LGBT Night OUT (Aug. 17), Opening Night (Aug. 19), Sunday Symposium (Aug. 20), Together at the Table Family Dinner (Aug. 22), Open Captions (Aug. 27), Backstage Pass (Aug. 30), Playhouse Happy Hour (Aug. 31), and Thursday TalkBack (Aug. 31).  Post-show conversations will follow most performances in the Smilow Lounge on the mezzanine level.

Single tickets start at $30; buy early for best prices.

Westport Country Playhouse’s 2017 Season continues with “Sex with Strangers,” a look at a modern relationship in the digital age, written by Laura Eason and directed by Katherine M. Carter.  When Ethan, a young sex blogger, turned best-selling author, meets Olivia, a reclusive, thirty-something novelist, dating turns dark as self-reinvention is just a click away.  The play will be staged September 26 through October 14.  The season culminates with one of the greatest love stories ever told, “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare.  The tale of two star-crossed teenagers, who fight to love each other in a violent world, will run October 31 through November 19, directed by Mark Lamos, who the New York Post said, “is among the finest Shakespearean directors in the world.”

All play titles, artists, and dates are subject to change.

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).

]]> (Gina Zammit) Life Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:00:08 -0400
Fall Farm to Table Supper

Thursday, September 14, 6–10 pm

A sumptuous Farm to Table dining experience in the intimate setting of the Bendel Mansion, featuring the cuisine of Matt Storch, Chef and Owner of Match Restaurant in South Norwalk.

The evening will begin with a special sneak preview of our latest exhibition, ILLUSTRATIONS of Imaginative Literature: The Korshak Collection.

Opening to the public on Friday, September 22, this exhibition features masterpieces of American and European Science Fiction, Adventure & Fantasy Illustrations. These works are from the private collection of Stephen Korshak, whose father, Earl Korshak, founded Shasta Publishers, which specialized in science fiction books. Mr. Korshak will lead a gallery tour of this fascinating exhibition.

Since 2000, when he first took the helm at Match Restaurant in South Norwalk, Chef Matt Storch energized the Fairfield County dining scene with his culinary innovation and a unique twist on the classics. Focused on what’s different, fresh and sourced locally, Chef Storch combines culinary styles from all over the world to create a menu that changes nightly. Match has been rated four stars by the New York Times and is consistently voted Best of the Gold Coast.

Single tickets: $125 | Table sponsor: $1,500 (table for 10). Purchase tickets at or by calling 203.977.6536.

Proceeds from the exceptional dining experience will support the mission and programs of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.

* * * * 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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Crystal Theatre Fall Class Registration

Act! Sing! Dance! Perform! at Crystal Theatre

Norwalk's Award-Winning Youth Theatre Announces Fall Class Registration!

Musical Theatre Show Classes for Students in Preschool - High School

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

Register your shining star today at or call 203-847-4850

Crystal Theatre Fall 2017 Classes

Monday Classes

Three Piggy Opera
Kindergarten - 1st Grade

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

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

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

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

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

Miscast Cabaret
8th - College

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

Mondays 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Starts: Monday, September 18, 2017

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

Tuesday Classes

Three Piggy Opera
Kindergarten -1st Grade

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

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

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

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

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

Musicianship Skills
7th - 12th Grade

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

Tuesdays 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Starts: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

There is no performance with this class.

Wednesday Class

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

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

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

Thursday Class

Cosmic Nightingale
5th - 8th Grade

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

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

Friday Class

Preschool Storybook Theatre
Ages 3 1/2 - 5 Years

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

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

Saturday Classes

Holiday Cabaret
3rd - 5th Grade

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

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

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

9th - 12th Grade

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

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

Register today at or call 203-847-4850

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Sneak Preview Fall Classes - Lifetime Learners Institute (LLI) at Norwalk Community College

Are you fascinated by history? Politics? Music? Art? Literature? For people 50 and over, LLI has a fantastic schedule of 46 classes that begin September 11th and now includes Saturday classes! Sample history classes - Pearl Harbor, Southeast Asian Politics, Great Decisions, Politics via Film, Russia: A History, China's Economic Development, and Jihad). Music classes - Six Hungarian & Gypsy Operettas, Ukelele Adventure, Early Roots of Rock and Roll, Great American Songs, Rock & Roll in the 1960's, and Exploring Movie Soundtrack. Other classes - Genealogy, Astronomy, Current Affairs, Essentrics Movement, Watercolor, and many more.

All classes are held on the campus of Norwalk Community College. There is an annual $50 membership fee, which includes access to free lectures, presentations, fitness center, library, computer lab, and college events. Each class is $30. To register or for more information, visit, call 203.857.3330, or email

]]> (Dianne Perfit) Events Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:45:21 -0400
Book Release Reception: Rochelle Almeida, PhD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

]]> (Pequot Library) Events Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:57:41 -0400
Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s: Music of Leonard Cohen

“COMING BACK TO YOU” – Suzanne Sheridan Returns to Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s on Friday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 pm with music of Leonard Cohen.

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

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

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

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

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

]]> (Barbara) Events Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:46:45 -0400
Campaign to Create Carver Theme Song at a Time the Nation Needs WeR1

Racial violence in Charlottesville and elsewhere hastens the need for a new song called WeR1 that the Carver Foundation of Norwalk is recording with world-renowned artists and Carver’s own vocalist. Everyone involved is donating in-kind what they can. The crowdfunding campaign at will support: Recording Carver’s alumnae Gabbie Pierre-Louis on We R1; Finishing the musical instrument recording for the song; The final mix and master of We R 1; Filming a short video of Gabbie and Carver students in the studio for a behind the scenes look; and Releasing We R 1 as a worldwide single on iTunes, Spotify, and all major retail sites.

About the Song. Carver alumnae Gabrielle Pierre-Louis will join renowned music artists Michael McDonald, Peabo Bryson, Oleta Adams, and other international star vocalists to produce the song “We R 1” for worldwide distribution. “We R 1” was written by Morris Pleasure and his wife, Lori, in 2002, and recently gifted to Carver. Over the years, Morris Pleasure captured recordings of the artists named above for the future release of the song. The song is sung in the style of the charity single “We Are the World” written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. The advent of Gabrielle’s powerful voice brings the professional recording of “We R 1” now to completion.

About the Recording. Factory Underground Records is a Norwalk-based independent recording studio. Universal Music Group distributes Factory Underground’s label worldwide. “We R 1” will be available soon on Spotify, iTunes, and on many other platforms available in 115 countries. Carver after-school students will observe the recording process at Factory Underground as part of Carver’s STEM programming.

About Gabrielle Pierre-Louise. Carver alumnae and Norwalk resident Gabrielle Pierre-Louise (Gabbie, 21 years old) is currently studying to be a dentist at the University of Bridgeport, inspired by years of helping her mother and father and other family members deliver humanitarian relief and dental care in particular to Haiti and other places in need. Gabbie is a gifted vocalist who is using her prodigious talent to support Carver.

About Morris Pleasure. Mr. Pleasure received Carver’s Child of America award at a performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014, the only time Carver ever conferred this honor apart from Carver’s annual gala. The award recognized Pleasure’s volunteer support of Carver’s “Youth Voice” initiative, WeR1Voice (named after his song). Born and educated in Connecticut, Pleasure is an American composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and touring musician. He has recorded and performed with artists such as Ray Charles, Najee, George Duke, Earth, Wind & Fire (a band member for 10 years), Roberta Flack, Christina Aguilera, Peter Cetera, Mary J. Blige, David Foster, Bette Midler, and many others. Pleasure appeared in the documentary, This Is It, and Janet Jackson’s film, Janet: Live in Hawaii.

About the Carver Foundation of Norwalk

Carver is the largest provider of after-school programs for middle and high school students in Norwalk. Carver’s college-prep Youth Development Program is conducted at the Carver Community Center, in Norwalk’s four middle and two comprehensive high schools, and in Side by Side Charter School. Carver summer learning programs include Summer Enrichment for 5- to 13-year-old students; Freshman Summer Success Academies for graduated 8th-grade students transitioning into 9th grade; and a summer learning experience for 5th-grade students transitioning into middle school.


]]> (Carver Foundation of Norwalk) Life Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:50:42 -0400
Connecticut BBB Encourages Consumers to Help Block Robocall Telephone Numbers

New Initiative Can Help Stop and Prevent Unwanted and Illegal Calls

Connecticut Better Business Bureau says consumers can help reduce the number of unwanted, annoying and illegal scam telephone calls, as part of a new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) program.

The FTC initiative involves providing telecommunications companies and other industry partners with known robocallers’ telephone numbers every day, to bolster efforts to reduce and prevent the computer-dialed calls.

The FTC collects scammers’ telephone numbers from consumer complaints to the Do Not Call Registry, either online or by telephone. The more consumers report the numbers, the faster it can develop its blacklist database.

More consumers file complaints with the FTC about robocalls than any other single issue. In the first five months of 2017, the FTC says it received 1.9 million complaints.

“There are few issues that anger consumers as much as these unwanted calls,” according to Connecticut BBB spokesman Howard Schwartz. “Robocalls are more than irritating. They are also at the heart of a huge percentage of attempts to deceive consumers into disclosing personal and financial information.”

At the moment, blacklisting robocall telephone numbers is the most effective method of blocking them, as researchers continue their work on new technology to stop them.

Connecticut BBB offers some tips to help you reduce the frequency of unwanted calls:

Get onto the Do Not Call Registry – You can help populate the FTC robocall initiative database by calling 888-382-1222, or registering online at You will receive fewer marketing calls and make it easier to identify the fraudulent ones.

Don’t press any digits on your keypad – Ignore recorded prompts to press digits on your telephone keypad to be taken off their calling list. If you press any keys, it tells the scammers you have an active number, that you are amenable to picking up calls from unknown numbers and willing to following a call to action.

Your number will then be sold to other telemarketers and the frequency of calls will increase.

Beware of corporate ID fraud – Callers may use the name of a legitimate company to lend credibility to their pitches. Hang up, and if it differs from the number of the legitimate company, report the number to the Do Not Call Registry.

Watch out for “bait and switch” – Some callers will ask something such as “Is Jane there?” When you tell them they have the wrong number, they change the subject and may ask a question such as “While you’re on the phone, have you thought about installing new carpets in your home?”

Don’t pick up the phone – If you don’t know the incoming number, let it ring. If the call goes to voicemail you may be able to discern what sort of a call it is.

Law enforcement, technical experts, regulators and industry have been working diligently to stop the illegal marketing calls, and have had success in tracking down and closing robocall and live marketing call operations. In the meantime, you can help stop the calls by simply reporting them to the Do Not Call Registry.

]]> (Howard Schwartz) Public safety Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:43:02 -0400
Norwalk Health Dept Offers Affordable School Physicals for Children

Norwalk public school students will return to classes soon, and students entering kindergarten, sixth, or ninth grades must get a physical exam before school starts. If you have insurance and a regular health care provider, contact your child’s doctor now to schedule an appointment for a school physical. If you have trouble finding an affordable, timely option elsewhere, the Norwalk Health Department is offering affordable school physicals on August 28 and 29, between 1 pm and 4 pm. Examinations include all necessary screening tests, laboratory tests, and vaccines.

Call the Health Department for more information or to make an appointment at (203) 854-7776. Appointments are limited, and priority is given to Norwalk residents. Please note that appointments are reserved for physicals required for school entry, not sports physicals.

In addition to school physicals, childhood immunizations are available upon request for children of all ages.

About the Norwalk Department of Health: Under the direction of the mayor, and with valuable guidance from its six-member Board of Health, the Norwalk Health Department provides a variety of services and programs to fulfill its mission: to prevent and control the spread of disease, promote a healthy environment, and protect the quality of life within its changing community. The Health Department achieved accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in June 2014, demonstrating that it meets or exceeds national public health standards and commits to continuously improve the quality of the services it delivers. More information is available at

]]> (Theresa Agrondezzi) Neighbors Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:52:54 -0400
Upcoming Events at Maritime Aquarium!

There's lots to do at the Martime Aquarium this August! Check out these cool events and activities!

See Dunkirk in the IMAX theater!

The Maritime Aquarium is the ONLY theater in Connecticut showing Dunkirk, a WWII drama, in 'immersive' 70mm IMAX film format! Check it out Thursday & Sunday at 7 pm, and Friday & Saturday at 7 & 9:30 pm. Film is rated PG-13 for intense war scenes and some language. Purchase tickets here.

Take a cruise!

There are lots of different cruises to choose from, such as TGIF, Lighthouse, Sunset, and Marine Life Encounter cruises - you may even see a humpback whale! This website has descriptions, days, and times for each cruise, as well as tickets to purchase. 

Join the aquarium for a family sleepover!

On August 19th, your family can sleep among sharks, jellyfish, and other creatures! Activities will include an IMAX movie, dinner, a behind the scenes tour, and more. Open to children 5 & over with their families. Register here.

Catch a Bridgeport Bluefish game this weekend!

They'll be taking on the Sugerland Skeeters! Ticket information here.

Here are all the events coming up this week:

Friday, August 11

Dragon Encounters (10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.)

Open Ocean Feeding (11 a.m.)

Marine Life Encounter Cruise (1 p.m.)

TGIF Cruise (6:30 p.m.)

Dunkirk (7 & 9:30 p.m.)


Saturday, August 12

Dragon Encounters (10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.)

Marine Life Encounter Cruise (1 p.m.)

Sunset Cruise (6:30 p.m.)

Dunkirk (7 & 9:30 p.m.)


Sunday, August 13

Reptile Interact Table (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

Marine Life Encounter Cruise (1 p.m.)

Dunkirk (7 p.m.)


Monday, August 14

Dragon Encounters (10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.)

Open Ocean Feeding (11 a.m.)

Marine Life Encounter Cruise (1 p.m.)


Tuesday, August 15

Shark Feeding (10:45 a.m.)

Mammal Interact Table (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.)


Wednesday, August 16

Fish Tales: Story Time (10:15 a.m.)

Dragon Encounters (10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.)

Open Ocean Feeding (11 a.m.)

Marine Life Encounter Cruise (1 p.m.)


Thursday, August 17

Shark Feeding (10:45 a.m.)

Shark & Fish Interact Table (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

Shark Dives (12:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m.)

Marine Life Encounter Cruise (1 p.m.)

Dunkirk (7 p.m.)



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Music Memoir by Charlie Karp at WHS

On Monday, August 21st, from 7 to 8:30 pm, music legend Charlie Karp brings his “Musical Memoir” to Westport Historical Society.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Ever since he opened for The Doors while still at Coleytown Junior High, Charlie Karp has been making his mark on the world of music.

Karp became a local legend in 1970 when, in the middle of his junior year at Staples High School, he was invited to join the Buddy Miles Band. At age 16, after recording his first 45, Karp began touring internationally with Miles and contributed an original song to the band’s renowned Them Changes albumHe opened for Jimi Hendrix at The Forum in Los Angeles and for Three Dog Night at the Cotton Bowl, recorded with Arthur Lee, and got his own record contract with RCA Records as the co-founder of White Chocolate with David Hull – all before age 20. From this unique perch, Charlie Karp had an up-close look at some of the all-time rock greats, while witnessing the transformation of the music industry.

Karp’s musical experiences have found their way into a new memoir, and now he will share some of those stories while performing the music that inspired him. In “Charlie Karp’s Musical Memoir,” playing his guitar alongside a keyboardist, the renowned rocker brings alive the magical soundtrack that shaped the years 1964 through 1972. 

But the show is more than a concert. It’s also an inside look at what happened when the music business moved from 45s to albums, and from small concert venues to dedicated rock clubs, arenas, and then stadiums.

Reservations strongly suggested, call 203-222-1424.

There is a $15 suggested donation and light refreshments will be served.

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People's Choice 2017: Opening Reception at Pequot Library, Thursday, September 7, 2017, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

A selection of works by the winners of the 2016 Annual Art Show will be featured in The Perkin Gallery at Pequot Library. The People's Choice winners were selected by the viewers at last year's Preview Party.

Opening reception, Thursday, September 7, 2017, 6:30 - 8:30pm. Light hors d'oeuvres and wine served. Exhibition on view through September 24, 2017.

Sage Goldsmith Tremaine – painting
Alexandra Wallace-Currie - mixed media

Sage Goldsmith Tremaine
Sage's oil paintings are known for their vivid colors and for capturing the character of the subjects. She has been painting since she was old enough to hold a paint brush with her grandmother, the late wonderful landscape and portrait painter, Sybil Goldsmith. Sage lives in Fairfield, Connecticut and on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts. Her work is greatly influenced by the natural beauty of those places which include the varying landscapes, ocean views, and familiar sights.

Sage received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Vermont. She also studied painting and drawing in Italy, at the Art Students League in Manhattan and at the New York Studio School, also in Manhattan. While in Fairfield, Sage works and exhibits out of her studio. Studio visits are welcomed by appointment only. On Nantucket she is represented by the Artists' Association of Nantucket, Peach Trees on Main Street and at the Westmoor Club.

Alexandra Wallace-Currie
Alexandra (Alex) Wallace-Currie, originally from Texas, moved to Fairfield in 2011 from her latest foreign stint in London UK. Transferring and continuing her existing business, a little square, and her charity, The Pink Pom-Pom Project, Alex held her ambitions high on providing art therapy to cancer survivors and vocational workshops for at-risk youth.

Alex spearheaded art therapy programs at The CT Challenge, weekly sessions for the Whittingham Cancer Clinic at Norwalk Hospital, and bi-monthly Stitch and Bitch groups at Norma Pfriem Breast Care Center in Fairfield. Her dedication to at-risk youth has proven steadfast through The Cardinal Shehan Center, The McGivney Community Center, Wakeman’s Boys & Girls Club, and The Child & Family Guidance Center in Bridgeport.

Her very first installation at The Pequot Library Art Show won Best In Show – Third Place and Alex has not looked back. Her devotion to kids and love for the arts has given her a new stance on how important it is for people to think out of the box – art therapy is essential for all to keep a positive outlook and focus on life.

Special guest art in memory of:
Robyn Swan Filippone (1954-2017) graduated from the University of Vermont, did her Masters work at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and got a Degree in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University. She worked for many years at the Swan Engraving Company and at her death was employed at Pequot Library and the Fairfield Museum. Robyn enjoyed traveling with friends and family, was an accomplished gardener, and took wonderful pictures of family, friends and events.

Robyn loved fine art and art history. She frequented art museums and galleries across the country and she was a true art enthusiast.

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Kristen N. Gizzi 2017-2018 NAPW VIP Woman of the Year Circle

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Kristen N. Gizzi as a 2017-2018 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this distinction for leadership in entrepreneurship. The nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members, a thriving eChapter and over 200 operating Local Chapters.

“I’m pleased to welcome Kristen into this exceptional group of women,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Her knowledge and experience in her industry are valuable assets to her company and community.”

Kristen N. Gizzi wears a number of hats professionally. A highly successful attorney, she has served as General Counsel for ECCO III Enterprises, Inc., a New York-based, family-owned heavy highway, environmental and infrastructure construction company, for nearly 15 years. She uses her legal expertise to manage many aspects of the business, including contract evaluation, dispute resolution, leasing and marketing, and relies on her communication skills, creative thinking ability and sharp analytical approach to develop ideas and find innovative solutions to further the goals of the company.

Ms. Gizzi is also Director of Real Estate for ECCO Development, LLC, a real estate management and development company. “I am an integral part of the executive team, I participate in all aspects of decision-making and manage a large, growing real estate portfolio,” Ms. Gizzi added.

As Executive Director of Litchfield Crossing, Inc., the largest retail shopping center in New Milford, CT, Ms. Gizzi oversees company operations, including ensuring compliance with all municipal and town requirements and maintaining solid business relationships with all tenants. She also supervises and coordinates the company’s marketing, social media and public relations strategies and campaigns, including involvement with community outreach programs, and local charities and business organizations.

“My expertise in evaluating the totality of any given circumstance in order to provide sound advice is drawn from my legal and business background,” said Ms. Gizzi. “I believe one’s integrity and reputation are paramount to success. It is those values, and my continued willingness to learn and grow as a person which have allowed me professional growth and success.”

Passionate about giving back to the community, Ms. Gizzi works with Hope’s Door, a nonprofit organization assisting domestic violence victims, and is Co-Facilitator at The Phoenix and the Rose, where she works with middle and high school children to provide education and support around life skills and topics not generally found in traditional academic settings with the goal of providing a valuable skill set, support and empowerment.

Previously, Ms. Gizzi was an Associate with Cerussi & Spring in White Plains, NY. She started her legal career as a Prosecutor at the Queens County District Attorney’s Office in Kew Gardens, New York.

Awards & Accomplishments: J.D., Brooklyn Law School; Board of Director of Hope’s Door, member of GCA, NYSBA, WWBA, WBA, ACC, New Milford Chamber of Commerce

Keywords: attorney, general counsel, real estate, contract evaluation, resolution, leases, union, subcontractor, vendor disputes, human resource, marketing, social media, public relations


]]> (Penelope Forman) Neighbors Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:13:29 -0400
Greenwich Polo Club Announces the 2017 East Coast Open, August 24 – September 10

Greenwich Polo Club, in partnership with Audi of America and its 29 Tri-State Audi Dealers, are proud to present the 2017 East Coast Open. Hublot, the luxury Swiss watch brand, has signed on as the Official Timekeeper of the 36th season and its most competitive event. This year’s high-goal polo tournament will take place August 24 – September 10 at Greenwich Polo Club. Considered to be one of the most prestigious polo competitions in the United States, the East Coast Open features top polo teams and polo players competing in the 20-goal tournament.

“We are proud to host the East Coast Open for the third year at Greenwich Polo Club,” said Peter Brant, Founder of Greenwich Polo Club. “The tournament showcases the top level of polo and it has grown in popularity thanks to the support of team owners, our sponsors and fans. The last two years the competition was so tough both matches ended in sudden death overtime. We expect polo players to bring their best again this year for the chance to have their names forever memorialized on the Perry Cup trophy.”

Public games will take place over three consecutive Sundays and are expected to draw more than 11,000 spectators to Greenwich Polo Club. The United States Polo Association® (USPA), the national governing body for the sport of polo, will live stream all tournament games on the USPA Polo Network at (check out USPOLO.ORG for tournament information, schedule and updates). In 2015 and 2016, the East Coast Open had more than 35,000 live streaming views, in addition to on-demand. The 2017 matches are expected to have over 50,000 live views.

“The East Coast Open is one of our most prestigious tournaments and Greenwich Polo Club is a great venue for hosting the tournament,” said USPA Chairman Joe Meyer. “Last year featured some of the top teams in the country and this year is no different. We would like to thank Greenwich Polo Club for making this event a continued success.”

Since 1978, the Perry Trophy has symbolized the East Coast Open championship. Winners of this high-goal tournament have laid claim to this ornate symbol of excellence, tradition and sportsmanship. The East Coast Open continuously attracts national and international fanfare and the world’s leading polo players, who will soon descend on the town of Greenwich, in the hopes of etching their names on the tournament’s trophy.

The East Coast Open will kick off at Shreve, Crump & Low’s showcase gallery at 125 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT on August 24 presented by Hublot. Approximately 150 polo players, USPA officials and guests will attend the private cocktail event which will feature an official draw to decide each polo team’s placement in the historic tournament. The public is invited to meet and greet polo players and to take photos with them, as well as Audi Sport display vehicles and, polo horses in front of Shreve, Crump & Low, Greenwich Polo Club’s official trophy provider, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

On August 27, September 3  and September 10, Audi will extend access to their VIP hospitality and parking area to the first 25 Audi owners to enter the Greenwich Polo Club grounds.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Greenwich Polo Club and the East Coast Open as a sponsor of this year’s tournament,” said Nathalie Carpenter, Audi of America Eastern Region Marketing Manager. “This continued partnership not only further affirms Audi’s commitment and support of polo in the United States, but provides an organic and exciting platform for our brand to engage with fans of the sport.”

On August 27 LOOK Greenwich will be hosting a ticketed tent for fans who wish to have a full VIP polo experience. As the official timekeeper of the 2017 season, Hublot will be hosting a VIP event for the final on September 10, with polo fans invited to view luxury brand’s selection of both sporting and dress watches. Greenwich Polo Club with Veuve Clicquot, the official champagne of the 2017 season, will host a photo contest for best picnic on August 27.

“Hublot is excited to partner with Greenwich Polo Club on the East Coast Open, and we feel that the mix of sport and refinement speaks perfectly to our brand,” said Jean-François Sberro, Managing Director of Hublot of America.  “After supporting polo in Gstaad, Ascona, Beijing, and earlier this year in New York with the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, we are happy to continue our long line of key sporting partnerships, including support of the top level of polo in the U.S. this summer with the East Coast Open tournament.”

Hublot will be providing a timepiece to the MVP of the East Coast Open. Maria Mendelsohn is the official real estate partner of Greenwich Polo Club and will be awarding Best Playing Pony at the end of each match. Pololine will be producing a special program each week featuring interviews with polo players, game stats and features on polo ponies and teams. Pololine, in coordination with Argentina, will also be awarding the best “Polo Argentino” horse of each of the three Sunday public matches of the East Coast Open. The 2017 tournament partners also include Hospital for Special Surgery, Barbados Tourism, US Polo Assn., Montepicaza, Stick & Ball, and luxury handbag designer Jeffrey Levinson.

Each Sunday from 1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m. during the East Coast Open, fans may also have the opportunity to tour The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, dedicated to promoting the education and appreciation of contemporary art and design, which is located adjacent to the field and is featuring a new exhibit "Animal Farm" curated by Sadie Laska.

Tickets are now available for the East Coast Open at Tickets range from $40 - $100 per car for lawn seating, $60 per car for grandstand seating, $300 for box seats (seats 4) and $600 for VIP private cabanas (seats 8-12). Gates open at 1:00 p.m and matches start at 3:00 p.m. The field address is 1 Hurlingham Drive, Greenwich, CT 06831. Dogs on leashes are allowed.

The East Coast Open was founded at Myopia Polo Club in South Hamilton, Massachusetts by Donald V. Little Sr., then Vice President of the USPA. The tournament was played at Myopia Polo Club until the early 2000s. At its height, 13 teams played in the tournament, including many 10-goal players who inspired a number of today’s players to pick up their mallets.

About the United States Polo Association®

The U.S. Polo Association was organized and exists for the purposes of promoting the game of polo, coordinating the activities of its Member Clubs and Registered Players, arranging and supervising polo tournaments, competitions and games, and providing rules, handicaps, and conditions for those tournaments, competitions, and games including the safety and welfare of participants and mounts.

Founded in 1890, the United States Polo Association (USPA) is the national governing body for the sport of polo. USPA is currently comprised of almost 300 member clubs with thousands of individual members, and oversees 40 national tournaments. For more information, please visit

About Greenwich Polo Club
Established in 1981 by Peter Brant, Greenwich Polo Club is the venue for high-goal polo during the summer season in the U.S. Nestled in the beautiful backcountry of Greenwich, CT and internationally recognized for its rosters of legendary teams and players, Greenwich Polo Club hosts public USPA high-goal polo matches on Sundays throughout the summer. For more information about Greenwich Polo Club including, images, player information, and team statistics, please visit, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook and Instagram. #GreenwichPolo is the official hashtag.

About Audi
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. The Audi Group is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. In 2016, AUDI AG delivered about 1.871 million Audi automobiles and broke all-time company sales records for the seventh straight year in the U.S. Visit, or for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.

About Hublot

Hublot, meaning, “A different way to progress,” say those who know this unique Swiss luxury watch company, where each and every moment moves forward to create the future at breathtaking speed. A dream initiated and developed by Hublot’s Chairman Jean-Claude Biver with CEO Ricardo Guadalupe when they took control of the brand in 2004. These two men are responsible for turning the Hublot brand into a genuine success story in which the Big Bang, Classic Fusion, and MP Manufacture Pieces Collection represent the symbols of a constantly evolving tradition. From in-house watch complications, including award-winning minute repeaters and tourbillons, to revolutionary materials such as patented and scratch resistant Magic Gold, colored Texalium carbon fiber, and transparent sapphire cases to world class collaborations such as Ferrari, FIFA™ World Cup, and Italia Independent, Hublot characterizes itself through the “Art of Fusion” philosophy, bringing tradition into the future.  Learn more at or follow us @hublot_northamerica.

About US Polo Assn.

U.S. Polo Assn. brand products are authentic and officially sanctioned by the United States Polo Association (USPA), the governing body for the sport of polo in the U.S. since 1890.

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