Ridgefield's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:11:54 -0500 HamletHub.com School closures in and around Ridgefield due to storm http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/54853-school-closures-in-and-around-ridgefield-due-to-storm54853-school-closures-in-and-around-ridgefield-due-to-storm http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/54853-school-closures-in-and-around-ridgefield-due-to-storm54853-school-closures-in-and-around-ridgefield-due-to-storm

Fierce winds together with rain, sleet and snow ripped through our area last night. While power outages weren't significant, travel conditions were treacherous last night and remain slick in many spots this morning.

Schools closed today include: Ridgefield Academy, Landmark Academy, Wooster School, St. Mary School, and Ridgefield Public Schools. The Harvey School in Katonah is operating on a 2 hour delay.

If your organization or business is closed, or is opening late today, please let us know so we can share this information with our readers.

We have word that Ross' Bread is OPEN today. 

**The National Weather Services has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for sleet and freezing rain  - in effect until noon today, Tuesday, January 24.

 
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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Tue, 24 Jan 2017 03:04:34 -0500
For the Hair, From the Heart: Whip Salon Offers Super Price on Supersonic Blowouts http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/54852-for-the-hair-from-the-heart-whip-salon-offers-super-price-on-supersonic-blowouts54852-for-the-hair-from-the-heart-whip-salon-offers-super-price-on-supersonic-blowouts http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/54852-for-the-hair-from-the-heart-whip-salon-offers-super-price-on-supersonic-blowouts54852-for-the-hair-from-the-heart-whip-salon-offers-super-price-on-supersonic-blowouts

Whether you're looking to pamper your daughter, mom, wife, boss or any other special lady in your life Whip Salon has got the ultimate experience. Now through Valentine's Day the full service salon is offering Dyson Supersonic Blowouts for just $40 (normal price $55). Click here to purchase now.

What's so special about the Dyson Supersonic? It's a $400 state-of-the-art piece of equipment that's the most sought after hairdryer in the industry (pictured above). It's quiet, gentler than a standard hairdryer and looks super sexy too. A Whip Dyson Blowout delivers:

- Ultra shiny and smooth hair
- Extremely precise speed and heat control 
- An ionizer to reduce static
- All the great features of a Whip Signature blowout: shampoo, scalp massage, your style of choice and a pretty pout lipstick application for the finishing touch.

A gift certificate can easily be purchased online through the website www.whipsalon.com and printed or emailed. To purchase just click here and select "service" and "haircare" and voila! You'll find the "Dyson Valentine's Blowout" as one of the many service options.

Whip Blow Dry Bar + Salon is open 7 days even if you want to sneak in an appointment for yourself.

Whip Salon is located at 23 Governor Street just next door to Bissell Pharmacy. 203.442.6444.

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kerry@ducey.org (Whip Blow Dry Bar + Salon) Places Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:47:34 -0500
Ridgefield Academy Students Speak to Entire Student Body About Women's March on Washington http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/54851-ridgefield-academy-students-speak-to-entire-student-body-about-women-s-march-on-washington54851-ridgefield-academy-students-speak-to-entire-student-body-about-women-s-march-on-washington http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/54851-ridgefield-academy-students-speak-to-entire-student-body-about-women-s-march-on-washington54851-ridgefield-academy-students-speak-to-entire-student-body-about-women-s-march-on-washington

Five Coach buses carrying hundreds of residents departed Ridgefield on Saturday en route to Washington D.C. to participate in the Woman's March on Washington. Aboard the buses were four eighth grade Ridgefield Academy students. 

Today, those four students, Ella Norwitt, Maggie Toft, Stella Dubin, and Zoie Bernstein addressed the entire student body in a morning assemby where they spoke about the March and shared with peers, teachers and staff their reasons for participating. 

Below is a transcript of today's all-school Assembly.

 

 

Ella Norwitt:

This past election has demonized many Americans -- immigrants, Muslims, the LGBTQ Plus community, Native people, people of all different skin colors, people with disabilities, survivors of domestic violence, and women.  This Saturday women and men from all over the country came together to peacefully protest our rights.  In total, there were 673 marches across the world, with marches on every single continent.  In total there were over 4,814,00 marchers. Some places where marches took place include the Bahamas, Georgia (the state and the state), Saudi Arabia and even Antarctica.  My friends and I, and other people in the RA community, participated in the March in Washington DC which was truly amazing.

Maggie Toft:

I participated in the March because there was recently a discussion of certain laws being changed which could possibly result in certain rights being taken away.  This has made women concerned, immigrants concerned, the people of the LGBTQ Plus community and environmentalists concerned and minorities concerned.  I also believe that affordable health care is a right and not a luxury and everyone should have access to it.  I march alongside my friends so that my voice can be heard and our voices can help shape a better future.

Stella Dubin:

I march because people in positions of power should take proven science seriously.  They must take assault of all types seriously.  And that they cannot ignore any voice in our country.  I march because it’s not normal that millions of people around the world were so furious about the current political situation in our nation that they decided to march.  I march for my grandma who lived her life wanting to see a president that looked like her, and never got to have the opportunity to see that.  I fully acknowledge and accept how elections work in our country but this is what democracy looks like – it looks like people choosing who leads them and then the people who disagree with those elected officials expressing what is bothering them and having leaders hopefully hear their cries.  I march because it is well within my rights. 

Zoie Bernstein:

We entered this march as individuals but came out as a complete embodiment of passion and hope for the future.  To stand up among half a million others in the Capitol, for the rights that we deserve was beyond empowering.  It was life changing.  All around me marched a sea of individuals coming together to support one another and fight for nothing but acceptance and love.  Across planet Earth millions of humans showed up and showed us all that when we come together in spite of fear and doubt, we form something bigger and more beautiful than we could ever dream.

Ella Norwitt:

I marched to inspire.  I’m only 13 years old and even I can see everything wrong with our country and its leaders.  So many people younger and older than me still don’t understand how much discrimination there still is in America.  I want to show everyone that someone as young as me can make a change.  And I march because my body is my choice.  Thank you.

Part of a national movement and in the spirit of democracy, the Women’s March on Washington mission is to honor the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice. Saturday's March attracted a massive crowd estimated at 250,000 people.

*Images courtesy of Glori Norwitt 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:10:58 -0500
Six named to Dean's List at RWU http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/54850-six-named-to-dean-s-list-at-rwu54850-six-named-to-dean-s-list-at-rwu http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/54850-six-named-to-dean-s-list-at-rwu54850-six-named-to-dean-s-list-at-rwu

Six Ridgefield students have been named to the Fall 2016 Dean's List at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Full-time students who complete 12 or more credits per semester and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher are placed on the Dean's List that semester.

The local students include:

Liam Smith;

Amanda Milot

Emma Gengo

Elizabeth Sledge

Harrison Levesque; and

Hannah Brennan.

Congratulations!

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terri@hamlethub.com (Terri Garlick) Life Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:34:10 -0500
Praxair is Named Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/54854-praxair-is-named-best-place-to-work-for-lgbt-equality54854-praxair-is-named-best-place-to-work-for-lgbt-equality http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/54854-praxair-is-named-best-place-to-work-for-lgbt-equality54854-praxair-is-named-best-place-to-work-for-lgbt-equality

DANBURY, Conn., January, 2017 — Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) has been named to the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) with a perfect score of 100 percent. Praxair satisfied all of CEI’s criteria and has been designated a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Praxair is one of more than 1,000 businesses rated in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.

"This award recognizes Praxair’s dedication to its core values of workplace diversity and inclusion,” said Praxair Chief Diversity Officer Vanessa Abrahams-John. “Workplace diversity drives competitive advantage and is essential to our ability to sustain our company success over the long term. We thank our employees for their commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone.”

Praxair supports a number of initiatives that reinforce the company’s focus on diversity and inclusion, including:

  • employee resource groups that provide support, development and networking opportunities for the LGBT community, millennials, women, veterans and ethnic minorities;
  • unconscious bias training for managers across the company;
  • formal and informal mentoring programs; and
  • scholarship support for students of diverse backgrounds who are studying engineering or other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.

About Praxair

Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 300 company with 2015 sales of $11 billion, is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospacechemicalsfood and beverageelectronicsenergyhealthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others. More information about Praxair, Inc. is available at www.praxair.com.

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kerry@ducey.org (Praxair) Places Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:32:59 -0500
Colby College Student Ava M. Colarusso of Ridgefield, Conn., Returns from Studying in France http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/54848-colby-college-student-ava-m-colarusso-of-ridgefield-conn-returns-from-studying-in-france54848-colby-college-student-ava-m-colarusso-of-ridgefield-conn-returns-from-studying-in-france http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/54848-colby-college-student-ava-m-colarusso-of-ridgefield-conn-returns-from-studying-in-france54848-colby-college-student-ava-m-colarusso-of-ridgefield-conn-returns-from-studying-in-france

Ridgefield High School graduate Ava M. Colarusso recently returned from spending the fall semester in Dijon, France to Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Colby's Global Entry Semester program in Dijon, France, provides academically rigorous experiences that fulfill Colby's foreign language requirement. Through university classes and social interaction, including a home stay with a local family, students gain a global perspective and a better understanding of the complexities of another culture.

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America's most selective colleges and the first previously all-male college in New England to admit women. 

Best of luck, Ava!

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terri@hamlethub.com (Terri Garlick) Life Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:22:51 -0500
SPHERE is Nuts About the Nutcracker! http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/54847-sphere-is-nuts-about-the-nutcracker54847-sphere-is-nuts-about-the-nutcracker http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/54847-sphere-is-nuts-about-the-nutcracker54847-sphere-is-nuts-about-the-nutcracker

“Dancing is a gift,” believes Jean Cobelli, Director of Dance at Enchanted Garden Studios and creator, director, and choreographer of the “Nuts about the Nutcracker” ballet, which finished its 14th annual performance on December 17th at Ridgefield High School. For 14 straight years, Cobelli has shared the gift of dance in numerous ways, most notably by donating 100% of the show’s profits to worthy charities. This year, for the first time, SPHERE was the lucky recipient of the show’s proceeds, receiving a donation of $25,000.

“Nuts about the Nutcracker” was written by Cobelli after years performing and teaching the original “Nutcracker” ballet. The original is a rendition of the classic story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” written in 1816, by E. T. A. Hoffmann, in which young Marie Stahlbaum's favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and, after defeating the evil Mouse King in battle, takes her away to a magical kingdom populated by dolls. Hoffmann's story was adapted by Vsevolozhsky and Petipa for the ballet and Tchaikovsky wrote the music. The “Nutcracker” was first performed in St. Petersburg, Russia, on December 18, 1892.

Cobelli’s “Nuts about the Nutcracker” incorporates much of Ridgefield. It is based in Ridgefield. It features local businesses and events in Ridgefield. And, it is performed mostly by dancers who train with Cobelli, known as Ms. Jean to her students, at the Enchanted Garden in Ridgefield. Cobelli has been teaching dance for over thirty years. "Dance," she says, "has been a lifelong journey for me, and teaching has been the most magical part of it." This year, the show featured over 145 dancers, from grades kindergarten through 12th, and received behind-the-scenes help from alumni, who remain loyal to the show.

The show’s graduating seniors are a big deal. For the past few years, the show has graduated dancers who have been with the show since kindergarten, or since they started dancing. This year’s seniors were Cassie Pavain, Erin Desimone, Ruby Verbitsky, Katie Hackett, Hannah Latorre, and Grace Jeffries. Pavain has been dancing with Ms. Jean since she was two years old and has danced in each one of the 14 “Nuts about the Nutcracker” performances. “I like how every year the show is the same. It means not only me, but all of my friends, get to grow up with all the parts. Since I have been dancing and doing the show for such a long time, this means a lot to me. As a kid, I looked up to all the older girls, admiring their beauty and skill. Growing up I've got to fill these roles, starting with bakers in middle school to a solo as Arabian in my senior year, making it that much more special to me,” said Pavain.

 

Cobelli’s “Nuts about the Nutcracker” was adapted for Ridgefield at one of her son’s baseball games while listening to the music of the Nutcracker. Being a native of Ridgefield, and loving dance, it was a way for her to honor two things she holds dear and to create something unique that she could share in many ways. It starts with the performers. Dancers start training for the 20 original dances during the summer and work tirelessly until the show goes on each December. An extensive wardrobe, props and scenery get warehoused and moved to the stage each year, and the families of the dancers and some regulars (including Cobelli’s husband and sons) make sure the dancers have everything they need when the show goes on. Pavain said, “There is tons of work and heart that goes into each show. It is not just another Nutcracker, but a Jean Cobelli production! That means it’s full of complex footwork, tons of props, and over a hundred dancers.”

Local sponsors support the production, and one worthy charity gets a boost they so desperately need to keep their organization running throughout the year. For many years, the Molly Ann Tango Memorial Foundation, a Ridgefield-based non-profit that supports families and children with disabilities, was the recipient. This year, Cobelli and The Enchanted Garden dance program chose SPHERE - also a Ridgefield-based non-profit - and one that assists adults with disabilities, offering programs and much-needed resources to improve the quality of their lives.

“Twenty-five thousand dollars will go a long way,” says Lori Berisford, President of SPHERE. “We will be able to afford things that have been on our wish list for a long time.” For instance, SPHERE will once again be able to host a Valentine’s Day Party for its nearly 60 members and many volunteers. “When we were a smaller organization, we held this party every year. But, as we’ve grown, it’s been harder and harder to afford special events like this. These are meaningful events – they bring us all together and we have fun,” says Berisford. Programs in art and jewelry making are popular programs at SPHERE and some of the money will be used to buy much-needed storage cabinetry for the art and jewelry supplies. “And, some of the money will help us build a little nest egg for the future,” says Berisford.

Members of SPHERE got involved in the production as well, highlighting the sponsors on stage and manning concessions at the door. This meant a lot to the performers. Said Pavain, “I have worked with SPHERE before and I love that we [got] to support the organization. I think having them in the show [was] more impactful to not only the audience, but to the dancers in the show as well.”

Cobelli has no plans to slow down. “It’s a good thing for our town, and for everyone who participates in and benefits from the performance. And, it’s a good thing for me, too!”

To learn more about SPHERE, its programs and community activities, visit www.spherect.org

To learn more about Jean Cobelli and her dance production of “Nuts about the Nutcracker,” visit www.enchantedgardenarts.com

If you missed the show and would like to support SPHERE, please see their donation page for more information at www.spherect.org/get-involved/donate

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Sharol Signorelli) Charities Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:03:17 -0500
The YouTube Rising of RHS Grad Amber Bodeur http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/54846-the-youtube-rising-of-rhs-grad-amber-bodeur54846-the-youtube-rising-of-rhs-grad-amber-bodeur http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/54846-the-youtube-rising-of-rhs-grad-amber-bodeur54846-the-youtube-rising-of-rhs-grad-amber-bodeur

Ridgefielder films The Rising of Amb3r at YouTube Space NY

Several months ago we published a story about Ridgefield resident and 2015 RHS grad, Amber Bodeur. “Not only is she a full-time student studying journalism and digital media at U Conn, but she is presently a YouTube sensation (at least in Turkey),” we reported.

Amber’s YouTube journey continues to flourish and amaze. Her YouTube channel, Amber'in Hayati currently has over 63K subscribers.

Last week, Amber traveled to YouTube Space NY in New York City, an opportunity afforded to stand-out YouTubers.

Tell me about YouTube Space NY

YouTube Space New York is one of the spaces by YouTube. With locations in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, São Paolo, Berlin, Paris, Mumbai, and Toronto, the New York Space is one of the YouTube Space facilities in which content creators can go to attend workshops, use the facility with available equipment, and book the space to produce content. From the several studios frequently changed, according to hop topics, to the events held for nearby creators to connect, the opportunities for YouTubers are infinite at the Spaces.

Why did you attend this workshop and what did you do?

After applying to YouTube NextUp New York two years in a row and getting rejected, I was accepted to one of their biggest workshops, REDucation. In order to use the RED Cameras during my production days at the space, I had to complete the 16-hour training. During the immersive two-day RED YouTube Training, the eight of us learned from RED Camera experts and were placed in groups of four to produce a short film. While the other group directed a music video, my group put together a parody reality show preview. Although I was initially intimidated by not only being the youngest, but also by the level of expertise the others had, it was clear that each of us had different areas of expertise. We all learned from each other - whether it was lighting, sound, and directing in pre-production, or color-correcting and editing during post-production.

Can anyone attend?

In order to attend this workshop, the attendee’s channel must have over 10,000 subscribers, they must have completed the Unlock the Space workshop, and their application has to be accepted.

And  your short film. Who decided on the theme? Who was in it?

While we were all suggesting ideas for our final project during lunch, we decided to do something crazy and combine them all! Trying to combine the guys’ idea of a music video and the girls’ idea of a short reality show episode led us to the idea of a reality show about a singer. Immediately, I began singing jokingly and my group loved the idea of it being a parody. For our project, The Rising of Amb3r, I played the role of the singer, Carolina played my sister, Lester played the role of my manager, and Nadav played the host of Make Me a Star. We all took turns with the filming, sound, directing, and editing.

What's next? More YouTube Space NY?

I have been attending more and more workshops at YouTube Space New York as my channel grows and I gain more access at the space. I will be at the New York Space several times each month both for events and my own productions. While at the Space, I have met incredible individuals with whom I have discussed collaborating. I look forward to the opportunities!

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Neighbors Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:49:44 -0500
Need a job? Squash's on Main Street in HIRING! http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/54845-need-a-job-squash-s-on-main-street-in-hiring54845-need-a-job-squash-s-on-main-street-in-hiring http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/54845-need-a-job-squash-s-on-main-street-in-hiring54845-need-a-job-squash-s-on-main-street-in-hiring

Now Hiring at SQUASH's Ridgefield Office Supply: Sales Associate P/T to F/T

Opportunity for personable, sales associate for Stationery and Office Supply business in Ridgefield.

Candidate should be well organized, computer literate, detail oriented, and have positive personality. 

Interested? Contact: Whitney Williams203.438.3635

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Whitney Williams) Neighbors Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:59:03 -0500
Pamby Motors is Hiring an Administrative Assistant http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/54844-pamby-motors-is-hiring-an-administrative-assistant54844-pamby-motors-is-hiring-an-administrative-assistant http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/54844-pamby-motors-is-hiring-an-administrative-assistant54844-pamby-motors-is-hiring-an-administrative-assistant

Looking for a new job with incredible hours and a family feel? Join the Pamby Motors Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Sales Team as the Administrative Assistant!

Pamby Motors offers flexible hours, a genuine, fun, and nice work environment, and advancement opportunities. 

To apply, email your resume to Joel Joelb@pambymail.com. Questions? Call: 203-438-4801.

Pamby Motors is located at 665 Danbury Road in Ridgefield.

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Pamby Motors) Neighbors Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:38:50 -0500
Ridgefield Police Chief Talks Scams at Founders Hall on Friday http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/publicsafety/54842-scams-how-to-identify-and-avoid-them54842-scams-how-to-identify-and-avoid-them http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/publicsafety/54842-scams-how-to-identify-and-avoid-them54842-scams-how-to-identify-and-avoid-them

According to Ridgefield Police Chief John Roche,  “There are a wide variety of criminals who use today's technology to prey on the emotions of people to steal their money.” Roche will teach you how to identify and avoid internet, telephone and general homeowner scams in a seminar at Founders Hall on Friday, Jan. 27 at 1pm. 

Located at 193 Danbury Road, Founders Hall is a donor-supported education and recreation center for people age 60 and older. This seminar is free and open to the public.

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laurie@founders-hall.org (Founders Hall) Public safety Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:48:56 -0500
Local Foodies Take Heed: Taste of Ridgefield is this Sunday! http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/54840-local-foodies-take-heed-taste-of-ridgefield-is-this-sunday54840-local-foodies-take-heed-taste-of-ridgefield-is-this-sunday http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/54840-local-foodies-take-heed-taste-of-ridgefield-is-this-sunday54840-local-foodies-take-heed-taste-of-ridgefield-is-this-sunday

18th Annual “Taste Of Ridgefield - Sunday  January 29   

Purchase tickets HERE. 

Looking for an incredible event in the middle of winter? Come join Ridgefield Rotary at the Ridgefield Community Center on Sunday, January 29 for the 18th Annual Taste of Ridgefield! 

The food and drink will be incredible as the Ridgefield areas best restaurants, caterers and liquor establishments will be attending with their finest new entrees, wines, liquors and desserts.

Among participating restaurants and caterers: Sarah’s Wine Bar, Southwest Café, Luna Rossa, Stonehenge, Sucre Sale, The Blazer, The Little Pub, Baileys Backyard, Bareburger,  Piccolo’s Pizza, Tiger’s Den Sports Bar and Grill, Lombardi’s Pizza and e Restaurant, Odeen’s BBQ.  The first time participants include The Village Tavern, Butcher’s Best Country Market, AIEvOIL, Cucumber & Chamomile, and creative caterers Some-Things Fishy and  Herbaceous.

Desserts will be from Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe, Johnny Gelato, The Cake Box, Swoon Glutenfree Bakery and Whistle Stop Bakery.

Serving their newest wines and liquors will be Ridgefield Liquor Shop,   Cheers Ridgefield, Village Wine and Spirits, Cellar XV Wine Market, Ancona’s Wine and Liquors and 109 Cheese and Wine.

A free ticket to the Mardi Gras at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Fat Tuesday, February 28th will be given everyone who attends each session.  There will be hurricane’s, two great bands, one from New Orleans ( Soul Brass Band ) and one from Connecticut (Funky Dawgz Bras Band) ,  Mardi Gras beads and much more. 

Taste of Ridgefield features two sessions: 12:30-3:00PM and 400PM – 6PM.

Tickets are $50 at the door but $45 tickets are still available at Squash’s and Deborah Ann’s. You can also buy them online at HERE..

The money raised at this event helps Rotary support over 21 local organizations through grants.

Now is your opportunity to sample Ridgefield finest restaurants  as well as support your local community.

Please mark your calendar to join us on January 29th.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Joe Savino ) Events Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:27:56 -0500
Amy Britton Named 2017 New Leader in Banking by CT Bankers Association http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/54839-amy-britton-named-2017-new-leader-in-banking-by-ct-bankers-association54839-amy-britton-named-2017-new-leader-in-banking-by-ct-bankers-association http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/54839-amy-britton-named-2017-new-leader-in-banking-by-ct-bankers-association54839-amy-britton-named-2017-new-leader-in-banking-by-ct-bankers-association

Ridgefield, CT – January 23, 2017: Amy Britton, Vice President, BSA Manager of Fairfield County Bank received the 2017 New Leaders in Banking award from the Connecticut Bankers Association. The award recognizes individuals who are exceptional employees, managers, and leaders and make a significant impact on their organization. “Amy is an outstanding manager; she is committed to ensuring the Bank is compliant with State and Federal banking regulations. Amy is dedicated to developing her staff and providing them with opportunities for career development and success,” said Marcie Coffin, Executive Vice President of Audit, Compliance, and Risk Management.

Mrs. Britton joined Fairfield County Bank in 2014 as the BSA Officer overseeing the Bank’s Anti-Money Laundering and Office of Foreign Assets Control Program. Under this program, Amy monitors and communicates risk and facilitates bank staff training and regulation compliance and awareness.

Amy graduated from Post University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Management and the Connecticut Bankers Association School of Finance and Management. Mrs. Britton is the Connecticut Chapter Co-Communications Director of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) and a member of the Bank Compliance Association of Connecticut Inc. (BCAC).

 Mrs. Britton currently resides in Naugatuck, CT with her husband and two children.

Fairfield County Bank is a $1.5 billion community bank headquartered in Ridgefield, CT with locations throughout Fairfield County. Visit www.fairfieldcountybank.com to find out more about the Bank.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Ryan Arconti) Neighbors Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:18:20 -0500
How Infections Can Impact Your Child’s Brain: Links Academy Hosts Panel on Lyme and Learning http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/54838-how-infections-can-impact-your-child-s-brain-links-academy-hosts-panel-on-lyme-and-learning54838-how-infections-can-impact-your-child-s-brain-links-academy-hosts-panel-on-lyme-and-learning http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/54838-how-infections-can-impact-your-child-s-brain-links-academy-hosts-panel-on-lyme-and-learning54838-how-infections-can-impact-your-child-s-brain-links-academy-hosts-panel-on-lyme-and-learning

Lyme disease can derail a child’s education, impairing learning, causing debilitating fatigue, and requiring lengthy medical treatments. To address this epidemic in our schools, Links Academy is hosting a special panel of experts on February 7, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. As space is limited, an RSVP is requested at www.linksacademy.org.

Drawing from Links’ experience supporting students with Lyme and other tickborne diseases, this forum will provide parents and educators with the opportunity to learn, share resources, come together as a community, and ask questions. The panel will consist of: Jennifer Reid, of the BLAST Prevention Program and Lyme Connection Task Force; Dr. Elena Frid, a prominent pediatric and adult neuro-Lyme specialist; and Tara Vessels & Cathy Mahoney, parent members of Global Lyme Alliance. Topics will include brain dysfunction, learning issues, mental health, support groups, prevention, resources, impact on academic and social abilities, and more.

According to Andrea MacGilpin, Head of School at Links Academy, “Too often, parents feel alone and uncertain when Lyme strikes their family. They need information, resources, support, and flexible options to help their children continue their educations while giving them time to heal. It’s our goal to start a conversation on how best to balance students’ medical needs, learning needs, and social-emotional needs.”

Dr. Elena Frid is a New York City based neurologist, clinical neurophysiologist, and treatment strategist specializing in infections-induced autoimmune disorders as well as intractable headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, PANS/PANDAS, and associated diseases. She treats clients with complex cases of Lyme disease resulting in neurological complaints, which manifest as uncontrolled headaches, dizziness, brain fog, memory problems, seizures, nerve pain, insomnia, fatigue, concentration issues, mood disorders, anxiety, and other psychiatric issues. In addition to her practice, Dr. Frid lends her expertise to various organizations and news programs by speaking about Lyme disease and its effects on the nervous system.

Jennifer Reid has directed the BLAST Tickborne Disease Prevention Program since its creation by the Ridgefield Health Department in 2008. She also served as co-chair of Ridgefield’s Lyme disease task force, Lyme Connection, from 2003 to 2016. Jennifer is a long-standing member of the Western CT Council of Government's Tickborne Disease Task Force, a planning organization representing municipalities in Western and Southern Connecticut. Her commitment to prevention began when her family was seriously affected by tickborne diseases; her areas of expertise include resources to support families and evidence-based recommendations for avoiding illness.

According to Victoria C. Newman, Founder and Executive Director of Greenwich Education Group, “Academic support in the area of Lyme Disease is a prime example of how Links Academy offers a variety of students the option of a one-on-one learning experience. Whether it be on a full or partial year basis, Links has the ability to respond to unique scheduling needs, while minimizing disruption to their learning.  This is especially important when medical circumstances impact a student's academic experience."

Links Academy is an accredited, individualized private school for students in grades 6-12. Located in Stamford, Links’ foundation is its flexible, student-centered, relationship-based, one to-one model. This unique school prides itself on crafting the optimal learning experience for each student by integrating personalized academic instruction and seamless support services to create a custom program within a vibrant student community. Typical reasons for attending Links include medical concerns (such as Lyme disease or concussions), a transition between schools, school anxiety and avoidance, or the need for a flexible schedule due to athletic or professional commitments. One-to-one academic courses with an expert teaching faculty allow for an in-depth, fluid exploration of the curriculum and the opportunity to address gaps in knowledge so that each student can embark on a journey of “Learning Without Limits.” Links Academy also offers distance learning, credit recovery, and a summer program for academic acceleration and remediation. A division of Greenwich Education Group, Links recently relocated to an expanded space at 78 Harvard Avenue due to increased enrollment.


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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Sue Rogers) Life Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:15:32 -0500
Wilton Playshop holds auditions for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/54829-wilton-playshop-holds-auditions-for-how-to-succeed-in-business-without-really-trying-148504715954829-wilton-playshop-holds-auditions-for-how-to-succeed-in-business-without-really-trying-1485047159 http://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/54829-wilton-playshop-holds-auditions-for-how-to-succeed-in-business-without-really-trying-148504715954829-wilton-playshop-holds-auditions-for-how-to-succeed-in-business-without-really-trying-1485047159

 The Wilton Playshop will hold auditions for Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows’ How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Sunday, February 12 and Monday, February 13 at 7 p.m. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, February 16 at 7 p.m. Directed by Skip Ploss with musical direction by Barbara Speare and choreography by Judy Abbatiello, the show will run April 28 – May 13. 

A satire of big business and all it holds sacred, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive.  This tune-filled comic gem took Broadway by storm winning both the Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize.

For role descriptions, visit http://www.wiltonplayshop.org/auditions

                                                           

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publicity@wiltonplayshop.org (Wilton Playshop) Neighbors Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:14:14 -0500