Ridgefield's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:49:07 -0400 HamletHub.com Are you ready for some football? It's Ridgefield HS Homecoming http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/57829-are-you-ready-for-some-football-it-s-ridgefield-hs-homecoming57829-are-you-ready-for-some-football-it-s-ridgefield-hs-homecoming http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/57829-are-you-ready-for-some-football-it-s-ridgefield-hs-homecoming57829-are-you-ready-for-some-football-it-s-ridgefield-hs-homecoming

On Saturday, October 21, don your black and orange and head to Tiger Hollow for Ridgefield High School at 1:30 pm for the annual Homecoming football game. This year's opponent is neighbor and perpetual rival Wilton High School. The Tigers (3-2) will try to take a bite out of the 4-2 Warriors.

Besides football, the RHS Band, Cheerleaders and Dance Team will also be performing. 

So grab your family and friends and head to the Hollow!

Go Tigers!!

terri@hamlethub.com (Terri Garlick) Events Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:46:54 -0400
Home for sale in Ridgefield: 256 Spring Valley Road http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/57828-home-for-sale-in-ridgefield-256-spring-valley-road57828-home-for-sale-in-ridgefield-256-spring-valley-road http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/57828-home-for-sale-in-ridgefield-256-spring-valley-road57828-home-for-sale-in-ridgefield-256-spring-valley-road

For Sale: 256 Spring Valley Rd, Ridgefield

Sophisticated and spacious modern home after total renovation and expansion in 2005.

Picturesque and private two acres in sought after Spring Valley equestrian area with Belgian block curbed driveway, heated in-ground gunite pool, stone walls, mature landscaping, and expansive deck/balconies for outdoor enjoyment. Total 4,980 sf, including 508 sf in partially finished lower level, plus huge second unfinished walk-out basement for future expansion potential and storage.

Expansive rooms for gracious living and entertaining including top of the line chef's kitchen with spacious island and large breakfast area featuring charming brick fireplace. This impressive home also features the inviting great room with second fireplace and sliding doors to the rear deck plus adjoining bonus suite for guests, studio, office, etc, with 3rd fireplace. Total 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, including main level bedroom wing featuring en-suite bedroom and two additional bedrooms with shared bath, plus entire second floor featuring sensational master bedroom suite and sitting room or office with gorgeous marble master bath plus fourth fireplace!

Hardwood floors, moldings, and so much thoughtful attention to detail, plus top location convenient to Purdys, Goldens Bridge, all commuting routes, schools, shopping, and just 1 hour to NYC!

Take a virtual tour of the property HERE.

Make an appointment to tour this property by contacting Laura Freed Ancona HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (Laura Freed Ancona) Places Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:42:52 -0400
Cramer & Anderson Opens Ridgefield Office http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/57827-cramer-anderson-opens-ridgefield-office57827-cramer-anderson-opens-ridgefield-office http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/57827-cramer-anderson-opens-ridgefield-office57827-cramer-anderson-opens-ridgefield-office

Cramer & Anderson has opened a new office in Ridgefield, adding a sixth location for the largest regional law firm in western Connecticut. With its hometown sensibility, increasingly strong regional presence, and worldly outlook, the firm provides sophisticated legal services to clients from across the state in nearly 20 Practice Areas.

Partner Joshua Weinshank guided the firm’s initiative to open the new office, located at 38C Grove Street, to better serve a growing roster of clients from Fairfield County.

Joining Attorney Weinshank in the Ridgefield office two days a week will be Senior Partner Ken Taylor, who primarily handles Divorce & Family Law cases, specializing in the collaborative divorce model, as well as Real Estate Law and general litigation, including Personal Injury Law and Workers’ Compensation.

“I am very excited to be introducing Cramer & Anderson's high level of legal and client services to the local residents and businesses in the community where I live,” Attorney Weinshank said.

“Josh Weinshank is widely respected in the Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration fields, and he’s well qualified to represent our clients in Ridgefield and surrounding towns,” said Partner John D. Tower. Attorney Weinshank’s Practice Areas also include Elder Law.

Known for his high level of community service, Attorney Weinshank was recently named to the Finance Committee of the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA), and to the Board of The Ridgefield Playhouse.

Earlier this year, Attorney Weinshank joined the Associate Board of the Danbury Hospital & New Milford Hospital Foundation. Directors work with Foundation staff to foster charitable giving in support of the mission of the hospitals and their parent entity, Western Connecticut Health Network.

In 2016 Attorney Weinshank was appointed to the new Planned Giving Advisory Council formed by Ability Beyond, the Connecticut organization helping “thousands of people with physical and mental disabilities discover their abilities and become a part of their communities.” Based on his leadership, Attorney Weinshank was then appointed Co-Chair of the committee.

Attorney Weinshank was also recently named a 2017 New Leader in the Law in the Connecticut Law Tribune’s annual statewide Professional Excellence Awards.

In nominating Attorney Weinshank for the honor, Cramer & Anderson Partner Ken Taylor said he represents “the epitome of a New Leader in the Law” by engaging in “high-caliber volunteer community service” as a way of giving back, while also laying the groundwork for cultivating new clients and driving growth and success for the firm.

Attorney Weinshank may be reached by email at jweinshank@crameranderson.com and by phone at the Ridgefield office at (203) 403-4005.

Cramer & Anderson also has offices in Danbury, New Milford, Litchfield, Kent and Washington Depot. For more information, see the website at crameranderson.com or call the New Milford office at (860) 355-2631.

kerry@ducey.org (Doug Clement) Neighbors Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:25:57 -0400
Dimitri's Diner Celebrates 10th Year of FREE Dinner for Kids on Halloween! http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/57826-dimitri-s-diner-celebrates-10th-year-of-free-dinner-for-kids-on-halloween57826-dimitri-s-diner-celebrates-10th-year-of-free-dinner-for-kids-on-halloween http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/57826-dimitri-s-diner-celebrates-10th-year-of-free-dinner-for-kids-on-halloween57826-dimitri-s-diner-celebrates-10th-year-of-free-dinner-for-kids-on-halloween

Dimitri's Diner Celebrates 10th Year of FREE Dinner for Kids on Halloween Night from 5-8PM!

Ghouls, goblins, witches, princesses, super heroes, all your kids eat for free on Halloween night from 5-8pm!

Fill their bellies with great food from Dimitris Diner! "Before the kids enter into the Halloween fun, bring them to Dimitr’s for great food! This is our way of giving back to our wonderful community," Dimitri's Diner says.

Dimitri's Diner is a family owned business that's been serving the Ridgefield, CT area for 23 years. With a constantly growing menu, the Diner is a local favorite in the area. 

"Thank you Ridgefield for all your years of loyalty and friendship. Happy Halloween!" says Dimitri's.

kerry@ducey.org (submitted) Places Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:57:12 -0400
Santa, Sparkle & Song in Ridgefield on Friday, November 24 http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/57825-santa-sparkle-song-in-ridgefield-on-friday-november-2457825-santa-sparkle-song-in-ridgefield-on-friday-november-24 http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/57825-santa-sparkle-song-in-ridgefield-on-friday-november-2457825-santa-sparkle-song-in-ridgefield-on-friday-november-24

Ridgefield Tree Lighting Friday, November 24 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

One of the joys of the season in Ridgefield is our Annual Tree Lighting when hundreds of locals descend upon the downtown area for festive holiday song, a glimpse of Santa who arrives via fire truck, and a chance to see the trees sparkle. 

The Tree Lighting will take place on Friday, November 24. It's best to arrive by 6:00 pm so you can enjoy festivities and prior to the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will once again settle into the “North Pole” tent to greet the children. 

We will provide additional details regarding this Ridgefield holiday tradition as soon as they are available.


kerry@ducey.org ( ) Events Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:35:43 -0400
Simon & Oliver! Chocolate Tasting on Saturday at Nature's Temptations http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/57822-simon-oliver-chocolate-tasting-on-saturday-at-nature-s-temptations57822-simon-oliver-chocolate-tasting-on-saturday-at-nature-s-temptations http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/57822-simon-oliver-chocolate-tasting-on-saturday-at-nature-s-temptations57822-simon-oliver-chocolate-tasting-on-saturday-at-nature-s-temptations

Here's a sweet weekend event for you: Nature's Temptations will host a Simon & Oliver! Chocolate Tasting on Saturday, October 21 from 11am to 2:00 pm.

Bring a friend and sample:

Bars: Sea Salt, Almond, Crisp Rice, Coffee, Cinnamon
Sachets: Almond, Crisp Rice, Cranberry

About the chocolate:

• Belgian Chocolate
• Dairy-free & Lactose-free
• Vegan
• Kosher

Nature's Temptations is located at 32 Prospect Street. 

Call: 203-438-5443 or visit them online.

kerry@ducey.org (Nature's Temptations) Events Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:05:41 -0400
Bareburger Ridgefield Announces Halloween Costume Contest on October 31 http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/57824-halloween-costume-contest57824-halloween-costume-contest http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/57824-halloween-costume-contest57824-halloween-costume-contest

Come strut your stuff at Bareburger Ridgefield this Halloween, Tuesday, October 31 from 3:00pm - 8:00pm. 

We'll have the burgers, drinks and candy flowing for all shapes and sizes.

No trick: we'll offer diners a free side of fries! And...make sure to bring your "A" game ‘cause we are giving away $20 GIFT CARDS EVERY HOUR for best dressed. 

**Pets and kids are encouraged to attend! 

Bareburger Ridgefield is located at 38 Danbury Road in Ridgefield. Visit them online here.


djevarjian@bareburger.com (Dana Jevarjian ) Places Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:55:48 -0400
Ridgefield resdient, Manny Eckhaus has died http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/57823-ridgefield-resdient-manny-eckhaus-has-died57823-ridgefield-resdient-manny-eckhaus-has-died http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/57823-ridgefield-resdient-manny-eckhaus-has-died57823-ridgefield-resdient-manny-eckhaus-has-died

Manheim "Manny" Eckhaus

On Monday, October 16, 2017, Manheim "Manny" Eckhaus died peacefully after a brief illness. He was predeceased by his sister Fay. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ethel, his daughter Phyllis of New York, NY and his son Peter of Ridgefield, CT.
Manny was born January 1, 1922 in Brooklyn, NY, son of Hyman and Pearl (Applebaum) Eckhaus. He attended Brooklyn Technical College before enlisting in the Army at the beginning of World War II. He served in the Philippines and Hawaii as a Technical Sargent, repairing instruments for weapons systems. After the war, Manny went to work for the then fledgling IBM Corporation. He met his future wife Ethel in 1946 and they married in 1949. Manny's job took them many places, living in New York, California, and Paris, France. Manny and Ethel found Ridgefield after returning from Europe and made it their home for the last 47 years.
Manny's passions were his family and friends, his pets, the Uconn Lady Huskies and the beautiful New England fall foliage.
Family and friends are welcome to attend funeral services, which will be held at Noon, Friday, October 20, 2017 at Kane Funeral Home, Ridgefield.
Donations in Manny's memory can be made to the American Kidney Fund, Smile Train and Doctors Without Borders.
kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:00:25 -0400
Get into the Halloween spirit on Saturday at The Aldrich http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/57821-get-into-the-halloween-spirit-on-saturday-at-the-aldrich57821-get-into-the-halloween-spirit-on-saturday-at-the-aldrich http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/57821-get-into-the-halloween-spirit-on-saturday-at-the-aldrich57821-get-into-the-halloween-spirit-on-saturday-at-the-aldrich

Third Saturday: Family Workshop with Alissa Siegal at The Aldrich on  Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10 am to 5 pm

Get into the Halloween spirit while exploring the ways in which unexpected household objects can be transformed into magnificent sculptures and festive decorations! Create a pumpkin using yarn, fabric, and textured paper, or a hanging bat sculpture using cardboard tubes, sculpture wire, and paint during this autumnal family workshop.

10 am to 12 noon; children ages 2 to 5
1 to 3 pm; children ages 6 to 10
Free for visitors of all ages!

The Aldrich is located at 258 Main Street in Ridgefield. Visit the Museum online here.

kerry@ducey.org (The Aldrich) Events Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:00:06 -0400
Early Shoemaking Demo at Keeler Tavern on October 29 http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/57819-early-shoemaking-demo-at-keeler-tavern-on-october-2957819-early-shoemaking-demo-at-keeler-tavern-on-october-29 http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/57819-early-shoemaking-demo-at-keeler-tavern-on-october-2957819-early-shoemaking-demo-at-keeler-tavern-on-october-29

Early Shoemaking Demonstration at Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center's #HandsOnHistory

Assistant Museum Director Catherine Prescott (left) poses withJohn Jenner (right), of the Sherman Historical Society, who will give demonstrations on early shoemaking in a Sunday Family Talk at Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center on Sunday, October 29, between 1 and 4 PM.

Sunday Family Talks are part of KTHC’s #HandsOnHistory Month programing, in conjunction with the special exhibition, “It Takes a Village,” which is open to the public during Museum hours, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1 – 4 PM, through October 29.


Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center online HERE to learn more.

kerry@ducey.org (Catherine Prescott) Places Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:37:31 -0400
Frame Barn Announces 2nd Annual Amateur Fall Photo Contest http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/57818-frame-barn-announces-2nd-annual-amateur-fall-photo-contest57818-frame-barn-announces-2nd-annual-amateur-fall-photo-contest http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/57818-frame-barn-announces-2nd-annual-amateur-fall-photo-contest57818-frame-barn-announces-2nd-annual-amateur-fall-photo-contest

Enter your favorite Fall photos for a chance to win a $500 custom frame from Frame Barn! Winners chosen by jurors Mary Harold, award winning local photographer, and last years’ winner, Phil Goldberg


On Thursday, November 16th, the Frame Barn will host its second Annual Amateur Fall Photo Contest and Juror Party! Enter your fall photos by Thursday, November 9th for a chance to win a $500 custom frame! Our contest was designed to showcase local amateur photographers with esteemed judges Mary Harold and last years’ winner, Phil Goldberg. They will be at our celebration party and it’s a great opportunity to learn from the pros and gain valuable feedback.

We had a blast last year with all your great fall photos! Send your photos via email to bill@framebarn.net or post them on our Facebook Page! All entries must be received by November 9th and you will be entered win a $500 custom frame! All photos will be printed and ready for show during our party! Join us!

We are a full service custom framing company and fine art gallery servicing Ridgefield since 1987. Our specialties include Custom Conservation Framing for original prints, lithographs, photos, canvasses, sports memorabilia, collectibles, mirrors and much more.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Bill Young at (203) 431-0112 or email at bill@framebarn.net.

kerry@ducey.org (LSM) Neighbors Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:32:21 -0400
Police Investigate Vandalism to Log Cabin at Sturges Park in Ridgefield http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/publicsafety/57817-police-investigate-vandalism-to-log-cabin-at-sturges-park-in-ridgefield57817-police-investigate-vandalism-to-log-cabin-at-sturges-park-in-ridgefield http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/publicsafety/57817-police-investigate-vandalism-to-log-cabin-at-sturges-park-in-ridgefield57817-police-investigate-vandalism-to-log-cabin-at-sturges-park-in-ridgefield

Ridgefield residents were walking their dogs at Sturges Park today and sent us this photo of the Log Cabin doors which have been vandalized. The authentic Log Cabin at Sturges Park was unveiled in early January.

We spoke with Ridgefield Police Captain Jeff Kreitz who said that the Department is aware of the incident and it is under investigation. "It's been documented and [Ridgefield] Parks & Rec [Department] is also aware of situation. Kreitz says that the vandalism doesn't appear anti-Semitic. 

The park, tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac on Rippowam Road, is the site of the original “Girl Scout Camp Catoonah” (circa 1950). After it was sold by the Girl Scouts nearly two decades ago, community-minded Ridgefielders preserved from development and donated to the Town of Ridgefield.

Learn more about Sturges Park and the Log Cabin on HamletHub HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Public safety Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:04:38 -0400
The Sixties Show on November 11 at The Ridgefield Playhouse: A High Energy Trip Back In Time http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/57816-the-sixties-show-on-november-11-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-a-high-energy-trip-back-in-time57816-the-sixties-show-on-november-11-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-a-high-energy-trip-back-in-time http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/57816-the-sixties-show-on-november-11-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-a-high-energy-trip-back-in-time57816-the-sixties-show-on-november-11-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-a-high-energy-trip-back-in-time

You are invited to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, November 11 at 8pm to see The Greatest 1960’s Musical Re-Creation Show in the World. Enter The Sixties Show. We sat down with the show visionary and creator, Craig O'Keefe, to learn more about this high-energy trip back in time. 

Is The Sixties Show a show

Yes, it is a full show.  We are known for re-creating (spot-on note-for-note) renditions of the greatest songs from the 1960’s. This includes hits, B-sides and deep album cuts, that sound just like the original recordings by the original artists. In pre-production meetings, when I plan the direction of the shows, we are meticulous and do extensive research on the precise sounds. Which type of musical or recording gear did they use? What were production techniques? How about microphone placement, equalization settings, compression settings? To help achieve this we only use vintage and vintage re-issue gear on stage, just like the original artists used in the original recordings. There really aren’t many re-creation acts that I know of that take this painstaking approach, but it’s all worth it when we achieve the desired results!  The Fab Faux (who I love) is one of the very few re-creation acts that also takes this approach.   

Do you dress in 1960's garb?

Yes. We wear authentic 60’s period costumes such as authentic mod Carnaby Street suits, which further heighten and contribute to the visual experience.  In addition to the concert experience, the show is also powerfully dramatized by a combination of narration and 60’s archival audio and newsreel footage such as old news bulletins, old commercials and key events. This whole sensory experience is designed to take the audience back in time.

And, you’re the founder! Why and how did make this happen?

Well, I have always loved and been fascinated with 60’s pop culture, the transformative history and events of the decade, and of course, the undeniably amazing music that was created. I have been a professional musician since I was a kid. Back in the day, I was in several bands and had record deals with Warner Bros Records, and BMG Records, among others. I also did lots of touring and song writing. I composed music for film, TV and commercials.

When I moved from Los Angeles to Ridgefield with my wife and kids, it really hit me that for the first time since I was 15 years old, I wasn’t in a band anymore. I really missed being in a band.  I wanted to start a band but wanted to approach it differently this time. Before we left LA, I started to put the wheels in motion to launch a multi-media production for a 1960’s musical re-creation show that would play in theaters. Much easier said than done. Since most of my musical contacts and resources to start creating something like this were back home in LA , and I was now on the east coast, I had to start from scratch. Getting the very best world-class musicians possible to be part of this was the first and most crucial part.

The band features former members of Bob Dylan’s, Roger Water’s {Pink Floyd} Ray and Dave Davies {The Kinks} bands and current members of The Smithereens. Wow! How did you get together?

 I auditioned countess musicians through an ongoing grueling audition process at studios in NYC for over 3 years. This was an arduous process.  I gradually found each musician that I knew would be right for each role in The Sixties Show. The guys are phenomenally accomplished and versatile musicians, singers, and live performers.  I was looking for musicians who shared a similar and strong sensibility for 1960’s music and pop culture - this was absolutely necessary to deliver the authenticity of the show. I’m so grateful that I found each of them, and of course, have them be a part of The Sixties Show.

Where have you performed? 

We perform at theatres everywhere.

Is this your first Playhouse show?

Yes, this is our first show at The Ridgefield Playhouse. I’m really looking forward to this show in particular as The Ridgefield Playhouse has a reputation among musicians across North America as being one the premier theatres to perform at. Since I moved to Ridgefield, I’ve seen so many great shows there. It's such a great venue to have in the town I live in! I was able to see one of my musical heroes and one of the greatest songwriters and producers of all time Brian Wilson at the Playhouse.  I still can’t believe California’s favorite son the legendry and prodigious Brian Wilson played The Ridgefield Playhouse! Alison Stockel the Executive Director consistently books the very best acts. It’s obvious that she is a very knowledgeable music person.

Best part of being part of The Sixties Show?

There are so many things that are magical each time we play. I love during moments of shows when every person in the audience is on their feet singing along to the songs. Or, when fans come up to us after the show and tell us how something in the show brought back a certain memory that made them so happy. Or, just knowing that there are other kindred 1960’s spirits just like the members of The Sixties Show in the audience that love or have a connection to the 1960’s. Getting to take the audience back in time to my favorite decade - that for me is the best par

Purchase tickets to The Sixties Show on Saturday, November 11 at 8pm at The Ridgefield Playhouse HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:38:04 -0400
Second Show Added! Jim Breuer at The Ridgefield Playhouse on November 16 http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/57813-jim-breuer57813-jim-breuer http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/57813-jim-breuer57813-jim-breuer

Second Show Added! Jim Breuer at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at 8 pm

With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Jim Breuer remains one of today’s top touring comedians, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up. After making his big break in 1995 when he joined the cast of NBC’s legendary “Saturday Night Live,” Breuer quickly became a fan-favorite for his original character “Goat Boy: and his dead-on impressions of actor Joe Pesci. Following his success on SNL, Breuer starred alongside Dave Chappelle in the cult favorite film “Half Baked.”

Kicking off the night is Bryan McKenna. Bryan has been featured in the LaughYourAshvilleOFF Comedy Festival (2015) and a quarter finalist in the Carolines on Broadway March Madness Contest (2015) and tours nationally with Jim Breuer. You might also recognize him from the Martin Scorsese film “The Wolf of Wallstreet” if you recognize the top left corner of his left ear.

For Tickets: https://ridgefieldplayhouse.org/events/jim-breuer-the-loud-and-rowdy/ 

ridgefieldintern@gmail.com (Paloma Hutton) Events Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:38:46 -0400
Red Cross Blood Donation Opportunity in Ridgefield on November 9 http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/57814-red-cross-blood-donation-opportunities-in-fairfield-county57814-red-cross-blood-donation-opportunities-in-fairfield-county http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/57814-red-cross-blood-donation-opportunities-in-fairfield-county57814-red-cross-blood-donation-opportunities-in-fairfield-county

Red Cross calls for blood donors before the holiday season

With the busy holiday season approaching, the American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this winter.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many regular donors delay giving due to holiday activities and travel. This often decreases the amount of donated blood available for patients. More donations are needed in the weeks leading up to the holidays to help stock the shelves for patients like Emily Bratton. After the birth of her first child, she received several units of blood.

“I know that my life was saved because someone, somewhere, was willing to donate their blood,” said Bratton. “There aren’t words to describe how incredibly thankful I am that people are willing to donate blood to help a stranger.”

Give patients in need another reason to be thankful – make an appointment to give blood. Download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Fairfield County Nov. 1-15


11/9/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Ridgefield Park & Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Rd.


11/1/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bethel High School, 300 Whittlesly Drive

11/3/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Walnut Hill Community Church, 156 Walnut Hill Rd.


11/1/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Congregation B'nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue


11/6/2017: 12:15 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ethan Allen Hotel, 21 Lake Avenue Extension

11/8/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus Center, Westside Campus, Lake Ave.

11/14/2017: 11:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Western CT State University, 181 White Street


11/6/2017: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Fairfield University Student Center, North Benson Road

11/7/2017: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road


11/6/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Avenue


11/11/2017: 7:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 466 Elm Street


11/7/2017: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St.

11/7/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St.

11/8/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street


11/5/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Congregation Beth El, 109 East Avenue



11/7/2017: 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive


11/11/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court


11/3/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., BJ's Wholesale Club, 955 Ferry Blvd.


11/1/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Long Hill Baptist Church, 100 Middlebrooks Avenue

11/13/2017: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Cooper Surgical, 95 Corporate Drive

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.



kerry@ducey.org (Kelly Isenor) Charities Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:04:30 -0400