Stamfordnorth's HamletHub Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:56:23 -0500 Oscar Night Party at the Avon

Party with the Avon on Oscar Night on Sunday, February 26

Walk the Red Carpet at 7:00pm when the festivities kick-off with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Prizes will be awarded for “Best Red Carpet Attire” and “Best 1967 Summer of Love-themed Attire”. Enjoy the LIVE telecast from Hollywood of the Red Carpet arrivals at 7:00pm. Celebrate the 89th Annual Oscar® telecast with us at 8:30pm with Host Jimmy Kimmel. A gourmet buffet supper will be served right after the Best Supporting Actor Award is announced. Giovanni Gentile, owner of Stamford’s popular Capriccio Café and Bar Rosso, has designed a wonderful menu for this special Oscar celebration.

All proceeds from the annual Oscar Party support the general operations of the Avon as well as seven college scholarship awards to area high school students.

Tickets are $100 for Avon members and $125 for non-members. Purchase tickets: Call 203-661-0321 - Greenwich Business Office Call 203-967-3660, ext. 2 – Avon Box Office during showtimes For further information, email

Avon Theatre Film Center  272 Bedford St., Stamford

]]> (Jeanne Ronan) Events Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:56:15 -0500
Breast Cancer Alliance presents Kids for a Cause

Breast Cancer Alliance presents Kids for a Cause - an afternoon of fashion and fun for kids and adults

Come join us for a fun afternoon for your little ones on Sunday, February 5 from 2-4pm at Round Hill Club (33 Round Hill Rd, Greenwich).

Kids for a Cause will feature face painting, balloon animals and more!

Enjoy refreshments for both children and adults, and be dazzled by the sass and style of our tiniest supermodels. Playground to birthday party fashions provided by Hoagland’s of Greenwich and modeled by our adorable group of three to ten year olds!  

Thanks to the event co-chairs, Molly Fahner Calhoun and Lindley Pless and their fabulous committee: Jennifer Bakker, Kelly Bachalter, Lauren Caffray, Holly Cassin, Hillary Corbin, Kristin Custar, Xandy Duffy, Nancy Fazzinga, Ashley Fox, Courtney Gardiner, Hilary Kallop, Kyle MacDougall, Kathy Morrissy, Jordan Rhodes, Karen Rubenstein, Catie Salyer, Kelly Watts, Jennifer Zulli  


Founded in 1996 by breast cancer survivors and their friends, Breast Cancer Alliance is one of the largest, private, non-corporate breast cancer organizations in the United States. Since its inception, the organization has awarded more than $22 million in grants, supporting its mission to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure. Breast Cancer Alliance invests in innovative research, breast surgery fellowships, regional education, dignified support, and screening for the underserved. Over its nearly two-decade history, the Alliance has funded cutting-edge research and one-year postgraduate breast surgery fellowships at more than 25 of the nation’s leading research institutions.  

For tickets, click here

FOR MORE INFORMATION please email or call 203-861-0014.

]]> (Biddle & Bellidora Communications) Charities Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:41:56 -0500
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 to find out more about the Bank.

]]> (Ryan Arconti) Neighbors Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:18:20 -0500
Update from NOAA: Potential for Significant Coastal Storm

NOAA states that, "Confidence continues to increase for a potential significant coastal storm bringing strong winds, heavy precipitation, and coastal flooding across the area Sunday night through Monday night."

Potential for a period of accumulating heavy wet snow across the hills of Northeast NJ, Lower Hudson Valley, and SW CT Sunday night into Monday night.

An overview of potential hazards and impacts include: 

Strong Winds

  • Moderate potential for east winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts 50-60 mph along the coast late Sunday Night through Monday Night.
  • Low potential for wind gusts greater than 60 mph.
  • Damage to trees and power lines possible.

Heavy Rain/Flooding

  • Rainfall of 1-3 inches likely; 4+ inches possible Sunday Night intoMonday Night
  • Heaviest rain Monday afternoon and evening with minor urban flooding likely.
  • More serious urban flooding and small stream flooding possible if 4+ inches occur
  • On rivers, significant within bank rises likely, but the threat for minor flooding of adjacent areas is slight.

Snow/Wintry Mix

  • Potential for a period of accumulating heavy wet snow across the hills of Northeast NJ, Lower Hudson Valley, and SW CT Sunday night into Monday night.

Coastal Flooding

  • Moderate potential for minor coastal flooding during Mon. and Tue. Morning high tides.
  • Potential for locally moderate coastal flooding if peak surges coincide with high tides, heavy rain, and strong winds Mondayevening.
  • The highest threat for coastal impacts will be for flood prone locales along the south shore bays of LI/NYC, eastern bays of LI, lower NY/NJ Harbor and western LI Sound. 
  • High surf will bring potential for dune erosion and localized wash overs along the Atlantic Ocean beachfront Monday into Tuesday.

Marine Hazards (Storm Watch Coastal Waters Sunday Night-MondayNight)

  • East to Northeast Gales 34-47 kt likely Sunday night into Mondaynight on all waters.
  • Potential for storm force gusts 48-62 kt on the ocean and Eastern LI Sound.
  • Seas could build to 15 to 20 feet on the ocean waters Mon into Mon Night and 5 to 8 feet Sun Night into Mon Night on Long Island Sound.


  • There is model spread in timing and track of the storm this far out, which will affect rainfall timing and amounts, wintry precipitation potential, and coastal flood potential.

Please monitor for the latest weather forecast updates.

]]> (NOAA) Life Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:18:52 -0500
Malloy Declares Today Women's March on Washington Day in the State of Connecticut

Governor Dannel P. Malloy has signed a proclamation declaring Saturday, January 21, 2017, to be Women’s March on Washington Day in the State of Connecticut in recognition of the hundreds of thousands of people from across the country who will be traveling to the nation’s capital to participate in a peaceful demonstration in support of the protection of the rights, safety, and health of people and families across the country.

Read More: Gov. Malloy Declares Saturday as Women's March on Washington Day in the State of Connecticut

]]> (Governor Malloy) Todays events Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:12:00 -0500
StamfordNorth ranks 3 in school spending amongst CT Towns

The quality of Stamford’s school system has a direct correlation to so much of what makes it a great town. Home values, crime, and family all receive a boost from a strong school system.

Every town has different thoughts on what portion of the town’s tax dollars should be spent on education. Much research has been done on the effectiveness of educational spending, and the effectiveness that additional spending has on a better quality education and school system.

Stamford currently spend $4,767,064 on education according to Connecticut State Comptroller, which represents a cost per student of $299.

Stamford has 15,946 students enrolled, which ranks 5 amongst the 202 school districts in Connecticut.

The amount that Stamford spends on education is $4,767,064, which ranks Stamford number 3 in educational spending of the 151 reporting towns in the state of CT.

]]> (Karen Moore) Life Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:02:18 -0500
Call to Artists to Participate in Stamford Downtown SHAPES Exhibit


STAMFORD, Conn. - Announcing a Call to Artists with an Invitation to Participate in STAMFORD DOWNTOWN SHAPES, Stamford Downtown’s 2017 Interactive Sculpture Exhibit


The Stamford Downtown Special Services District is calling all artists to submit designs for Stamford Downtown Shapes! Art in Public Places for jury and possible sponsor selection and exhibit inclusion.


Similar to the Cow Parade, Horsin’ Around Stamford Downtown, Street Seats and Dinosaurs Rule, Shapes is an interactive sculpture exhibit. Artists, through a juried selection process, will paint, sculpt and decorate fiberglass shapes that will be displayed throughout Stamford Downtown in June through August, 2017.  The exhibit will once again engage the talent of the local and regional art community and captivate the imagination of young and old alike.


Applications are due to the Stamford Downtown office by Friday, February 17, 2017.


For more information or to download an application for “Stamford Downtown Shapes!”, please visit the Event Calendar at or call (203) 348-5285.


Direct Link to Application on Stamford Downtown Website:


Stamford Downtown Special Services District


Five Landmark Square, Suite 110


Stamford, CT 06901-2623


203-348-5285, Fax 203-348-6857


]]> (Annette Einhorn) Neighbors Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:48:09 -0500
Weston Best City in Connecticut for Employment according to New Report

Connecticut is home to some of the best cities in the world and we all know a vibrant employment market is essential to keep it that way. How does Stamford rank?

Zippia recently ranked 46 cities in Connecticut based on the potential for employment. Stamford ranked number 6. Zippia reported that Recent Job Growth was 1.74% and that Future Job Growth was 38.00%.

Stamford has a labor force of 69,256 according to the Department of Labor, and the latest unemployment rate for Stamford is 3.10% for the month of November 2016. This rate is not seasonally adjusted.

Overall the State of Connecticut has a labor force of 1,888,100, and an unemployment rate of 3.7%.

Weston was ranked as the best, with Wilton and Fairfield ranked second and third. The score was determined by an average of 4 factors:

Unemployment rate
Recent job growth
Future job growth
Median household income

To see the entire list of 46 Connecticut cities, please go to

]]> (Karen Moore) Politics Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:47:46 -0500
Fairfield County Bank Appoints Debra Verbeke to Executive Vice President

Fairfield County Bank is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Debra Verbeke to Executive Vice President of Human Resources. Mrs. Verbeke has been with the Bank since 2004 and has held key roles in the Human Resources Department, including Vice President of Employee Relations and Staffing, which later led to her promotion to Senior Vice President, Human Resources.

As Executive Vice President, Debra will lead the Human Resources department in the development and execution of several strategic initiatives including the championship of ‘workplace of choice’ philosophy and culture. Mrs. Verbeke is responsible for market competiveness and to ensure the Bank is compliant with State and Federal regulations within all facets of the employment cycle.

Debra graduated from State University of New York Albany with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Business. She holds a Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS).  Before joining Fairfield County Bank, Mrs. Verbeke worked at Goldman Sachs & Co. as the Project Manager of Management Development and Training, was a past Director of Global Staffing and Employee Relations at Crompton Corporation, formerly known as Witco, and later the Northeast Human Resource Manager for Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.

Mrs. Verbeke is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEPB). She is also a participating supporter of The Bridge to Independent and Career Opportunities (TBICO) in Fairfield County, the Gallon Club at the American Red Cross and New York Blood Center, John Jay High School PTO and Booster Club. Debra volunteers her time at St. Mary’s Church in Katonah, New York.

Mrs. Verbeke currently resides in South Salem, New York 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 to find out more about the Bank.

]]> (Ryan Arconti) Neighbors Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:58:30 -0500
Stamford Housing Market Data released by Zillow

The housing market for Stamford increased by 0.31% from the previous month according to the latest Zillow survey.

Zillow released their monthly Home Value Index from November 2016 which shows the median price of a home in Stamford at $458,400, which represents an increase of 0.31% from the previous month. The index for Stamford is down -2.45% from last year.
Zillow also reported that the average value per square foot of a home in Stamford is $ 251.

The average of the index for each town in Connecticut is $242,800, which is up .20% from the previous month, and up 1.85% from last year. The average of the median values per square foot in CT is $163.

Zillow believes US homes will continue to regain lost value since 2007 and could surpass pre-recession highs by mid-2017.

Zillow also reports that rents are more unaffordable than ever in many markets. On average in the US renters spend 29% of their income on rent.

More information on how Zillow computes their price index can be found here

]]> (Karen Moore) Neighbors Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:54:11 -0500
Better Business Bureau Reports Tax Scams as the Most Popular Connecticut Scam

Stamford reported only 2 scams to the BBB in 2016.

Reports to BBB Scam Tracker in 2016 confirmed that tax scams are still the top scam, despite a huge drop in reports after a September police raid in Mumbai, India. The list was compiled based on more than 30,000 scam reports filed by consumers on

Stamford had the most popular scam type listed as Advance Fee Loan. In Connecticut, the top scam was described as “Tax Collection” (28), “Debt Collections” (17), and “Employment” (16).

The top three scams on the 2016 list for the entire US – tax scams, debt collection scams, and sweepstakes/prizes/gifts scams – were the same as in 2015. New to the top ten are online purchase scams (#4) and phishing scams (#10). Online purchase scams were common in 2015 as well, but this scam type was not added as a BBB Scam Tracker category until 2016. Employment scams (#5) are also new to the top ten, but only because work-from-home scams, previously a separate category, were included. Another change was the drop of tech support scams from #4 last year to #7 this year.

BBB encourages consumers to learn how to recognize scams and to avoid them by following these ten simple steps:

If you have any questions, or would like to report a scam, please contact the Connecticut BBB here:
BBB Serving Connecticut
29 Berlin Road
Cromwell, CT 06416
Phone: (860) 740-4500
Fax: (860) 740-4515

]]> (Karen Moore) Politics Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:06:40 -0500
Job Seekers' Workshop: HR Expert Q&A

Join us, at New Canaan CaTS, this Thursday, 19th January at 7pm for job search conversation, camaraderie and support! We'll be meeting at First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan, with HR expert Stephen Mork to answer your "Questions from the Other Side of the Hiring Table." Stephen is a Partner for Mercer Group and has over 25 years experience in Human Resources and Total Rewards. Please send your questions in advance to or

The meeting will open with a review of "How to Create a Strong Positioning Statement", plus give you "Six Easy Steps to Format your Résumé".

As always, CaTS meetings are free and open to anyone interested in attending. 


  • 2/2/17 - Exit Statement, Elevator Pitch & Cover Letter 
    at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
  • 2/16/17- Online Presence, Routine & Network 
    at First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan
  • 3/2/17- Target Companies & Inside Contacts 
    at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
  • 3/16/17- Posted & Unposted Jobs 
    at First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan            
  • 4/6/17- Interviewing & Following Up 
    at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

For more information on CaTS visit: or follow us on Facebook

]]> (Dr Leonaura) Events Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:16:50 -0500
January is National Skating Month!

Stamford residents don’t have to travel far to hit the ice! The Rinks at Chelsea Piers located in Stamford offers a host of public skating opportunities.

According U.S. Figure Skating, the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States, National Skating Month is an opportunity for local rinks, member clubs and programs to celebrate skating, invite new families to try ice skating by offering free lessons, conduct skating demonstrations and promote skating with your local media outlets.

For budding skaters, U.S. Figure Skating has a host of great skating information about ways to get started, suggestions on what to wear, how to fit and lace skates properly and some easy tips for your first steps on the ice.

The The Rinks at Chelsea Piers is located at One Blachley Road, Stamford. You can find more information on, or by calling 203.989.1400.

Experts at Health Fitness Revolution say that ice skating has many health benefits including improving balance, flexibility, endurance and strength, as well as overall mental and physical health.

]]> (Karen Moore) Places Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00:52 -0500
Five Connecticut Towns Named Safest in United States

NeighborhoodScout, a nationwide neighborhood search engine and provider of location based analytics for real-estate investors, mortgage professionals and homebuyers, has just released its Top 100 Safest Cities list for 2017, five of which are located in the Nutmeg State!

“Our research reveals the 100 safest cities in America with 25,000 or more people, based on the total number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 residents,” says NeighboorhoodScout. Crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.

Connecticut towns making the list:

  • Ridgefield - #3

  • Greenwich - #17

  • Cheshire - #19

  • Westport- #69

  • Glastonbury #75

According to NeighborhoodScout, data used for this research are 1) the number of total crimes reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and 2) the population of each city.

View the complete list of 2017 safest cities in the U.S. here.

Read the FAQ on the safest cities in America are ranked.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:35:00 -0500
Bruce Museum premieres major Alfred Sisley exhibition

Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master
January 21–May 21, 2017

The Bruce Museum and the Hôtel de Caumont Centre d’Art in Aix-enProvence, France, are mounting a major monographic exhibition of the art of the French Impressionist Alfred Sisley (1839-1899). The first retrospective in more than 20 years of this purest of all the major Impressionists, Alfred Sisley (1839-1899): Impressionist Master spotlights about 50 of Sisley’s paintings, which come from private collections and major museums in Europe and North America. The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, will premiere the exhibition and is the only venue in the United States. The show will then travel to France, where it will be on exhibit from June through October 2017.

Image credit: Alfred Sisley (French, 1839-1899) Spring at Bougival, (detail) c. 1873
Oil on canvas, 40.6 x 57.1 cm Philadelphia Museum of Art,
Bequest of Charlotte Dorrance Wright, 1978 (1978-1-31)
Image courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

]]> (Cynthia Ehlinger) Places Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:42:28 -0500