Stamfordnorth's HamletHub Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:13:51 -0400 Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens Plant Sale

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens Plant Sale on Saturday, May 20 from 9:30 - 2:30

Shop for Mother's Day and your garden while helping to support the Bartlett!!

Our Inventory will include:

  • Native perennials and shrubs
  • Herbs and veggies
  • Bartlett Heritage Heirlooms: Japanese Maples, Norway Spruce, and Eastern
  • White Pine - tree saplings that are offshoots of original Bartlett trees!

UConn-certified Master Gardeners will be on hand to help you make the best choices for your needs.

Also visit the "Bart Boutique" for flower-themed and garden items!

Rain date is May 20.

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is located at 151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT 

For more info visit:

]]> (The Bart) Events Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:25:04 -0400
Tim Hawkins Comedy at Palace Theatre in Stamford on July 21

Tim Hawkins Comedy at the The Palace Theater in Stamford on July 21

Tim’s gut-busting comedy show entertains the entire family while doubling down on the funny, a daunting task in an age where the obscene has become routine. His act is 1 part gifted + 2 parts twisted, the only certainty being his on-the-nose observations that expose the ridiculousness of daily life while marveling in its hilarity. 

Now Tim brings his hilarity to the Palace Theatre in Stamford, CT on Friday, July 21 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now at Palace Theatre box office, online at or by phone at 203-325-4466.

]]> (Outback Concerts) Events Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:06:14 -0400
The Mayor's Gallery presents Floral Exlplorations by Stamford Artist, Rosa Colon

The Mayor’s Gallery presents “Floral Explorations” by Stamford artist Rosa Colon

paintings, pressed flowers and porcelain on canvas ~ May 2 – July 5, 2017

Reception: Thursday, May 11 from 5:30 -7:30 on the 10th floor, 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford, CT 

Rosa E. Colón is a 1985 graduate of Colombia’s Jorge Tadeo Lozano University and also studied Architectural Expression at the National University of Colombia while taking private classes in oil painting. Colón, She emigrated to the U.S. in 2000 and immersed herself in art education under the direction of Florence-trained master artist, Enzo Russo. Since 2002 her work has been featured in a medley of solo and group exhibitions throughout the tri-state area’s galleries, corporations and universities. Colón has also curated several shows including Hispanic Heritage Month’s at Sackler Gallery and “Flower Perfume” at Arte Inc. Gallery in New Haven. She is also one of the  founding members of, the Stamford-based collaborative art group.

Rosa likes to capture significant moments from her life and her background in her work. She is fascinated with nature, by its outside line, forms, shapes and vibrant colors. Her paintings reflect her character and personality and she likes the simplicity as well as the complexity of  nature and flowers.

Rosa represents her subjects in a hyper-real reality working with a variety of mediums, especially oils on canvas that have strong colors. She also picks, from her garden, flowers and leaves and then presses them for use in her pressed flower series.  Lastly she creates flowers, using her own cold porcelain recipe. The porcelain flowers are applied to her paintings, giving them a three dimensional quality. Through her art she tries to conserve the flowers’ beauty and grandeur for future generations.

Rosa is currently a member of the board of the Stamford Art Association, Loft Artists Association, Greenwich Art Council, a private art teacher- mentor, watercolor art instructor in the Stamford Public Schools’ Adult & Continuing Education.

Visit her website:

For more information, please call: 203 858 3082

  • Parking on site and handicap accessible                
  • Hours: Weekdays 9am – 4pm


]]> (Lina Morielli) Neighbors Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:00:20 -0400
Dr. Andrew Smith of the Westport Suzuki School, in concert to benefit KEYS

On Sunday, May 7 at 4 pm, please join KEYS for a fabulous afternoon of music, held in a private home in Ridgefield, CT.  We’re calling the concert “Violins and Voices” and you’ll hear the best of both.

Our featured performer is Dr. Andrew Smith, a prizewinning violinist and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, UK, who has performed as a soloist with orchestras throughout Europe, North America and China, appearing on television and radio in the UK, Italy, Portugal, China and on US Public Radio and Television.  Andrew is the director of the Suzuki Music Schools of Westport, Orange and Stamford.  Andrew is also the dedicated conductor of the KEYS Orchestra, and last year brought 37 KEYS students to perform in Carnegie Hall.

Andrew will perform solo works, and will also be accompanied on piano by the very talented Gina Wilson of Ridgefield, CT, who is the Chair of the KEYS Board of Directors.  

And it wouldn't be a KEYS performance without our students!  Enjoy the vocal talents of our KEYS Chorus, led by KEYS founder, Rob Silvan.  And a very special performance by some of our KEYS Orchestra students, led by Dr. Andrew Smith.

Those interested in attending the concert should contact Laurie Bradbury, Assistant Executive Director of KEYS, at, or 203-818-9849.  While there is no charge for the concert itself, we ask for donations to KEYS at the event, to support the KEYS music programs in Bridgeport, CT. The concert is being held in a private home and seating is limited, so reservations are required.  For more information about KEYS, please visit our website at .  

]]> (Laurie Bradbury, Assistant Executive Director, KEYS) Events Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:58:04 -0400
Weekend Bridge Repairs along I-95 between Greenwich and Darien and Lane Closures on Merritt Parkway

Surveying Project Announced This Weekend

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has also announced that a surveying project will be performed on the Merritt Parkway Northbound in Greenwich, starting Saturday, April 29th.

Motorists can expect lane closures on the Merritt Parkway Northbound between Exit 27, Route 120A and Exit 33, Den Road in Greenwich. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions.

Bridge Repairs along I-95 between Greenwich and Darien and Lane Closures on Merritt Parkway

The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced that repairs will be performed on five bridges on I-95 Northbound and Southbound in Greenwich, Stamford and Darien starting Monday, May 1st.

Work is scheduled to occur Monday, May 1st through Friday, June 2nd. No work will be performed on Memorial Day Weekend. Regular work is scheduled from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., Monday through Friday.

Lane Closure Information

Motorists can expect lane closures on Interstate 95 Northbound and Southbound between Exit 4, Indian Field Road and Exit 13 US 1, Boston Post Road.

Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone.

Bridges under Construction Include:

  • Greenwich, Bridge under Riverside Avenue
  • Stamford, Bridge under Wilson Street
  • Stamford, Bridge under Maher Road
  • Darien, Bridge under Noroton Avenue
  • Darien, Bridge under Old Kings Highway
]]> (Scott Frantz) Life Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:04:07 -0400
Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 SilverSource Awards

SilverSource – a leader in advocating for the needs of older adults and their families– announced today that it is now accepting nominations for the 2017 SilverSource Awards

The awards celebrate the exceptional advancements and meaningful contributions made in improving the lives of adults over age 60 throughoutFairfield County by volunteers, individuals, businesses and organizations.  There is no cost to enter.  Nominations may be made by visiting and are due by June 1, 2017. Awards will be presented during the 3rd Annual SilverSource Autumn Breakfast at the Italian Center of Stamford this fall.

“As a leader in advocating for older adults and their families, we are proud to recognize those who are part of this expanding movement of innovation, advocacy and caring, for the benefit and quality of life of older members of our communities, said Kathleen Bordelon, Executive Director for SilverSource, Inc.  “These awards celebrate the advancements, actions, and programs that qualitatively improve the lives of older people, keeping them healthier, safe, engaged, and more independent.”   

Award Details

The SilverSource Community Service Volunteer Award is given to an outstanding volunteer age 50 or over who is sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of older adults. 

The SilverSource Contribution to Community Award is given to an outstanding individual, as well as an outstanding organization or business that provides significant improvements to the region as a place to live and retire.

Nominations Now Open

Nominations are now open to volunteers, individuals, organizations, businesses and groups or collaborative initiatives that contribute to the lives of older adults.  All nominations will be evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of community, business and thought leaders. All achievements, accomplishments or service on which nominations are based must reflect the SilverSource vision and mission. The Awards recognize high impact programs and initiatives in Fairfield County.  There is no cost to enter.

The SilverSource mission is to advance the dignity, independence and quality of life of older adults by providing guidance for families and supportive services to those who are in need, by engaging in community partnerships and by advocating for sound public policies.  SilverSource envisions a society that ensures older adults have the resources to live independent, healthy and fulfilled lives. 

How to Enter

For more information about the SilverSource Awards, or to make a nomination, visit  Enter your nomination by using the online form, or download a PDF with full details and email it to or fax it to 203-324-3787.  Questions may be directed to Linda Christensen, (203) 324-6584.  The deadline to submit a nomination is June 1, 2016, and the awards will be presented at the 3rd Annual SilverSource Autumn Breakfast in October.

“Communities, businesses and individuals are responding to the needs of older adults and contributing to their quality of life.  It is important to recognize these efforts so that others learn about them and are inspired to participate in activities that promote vibrant aging and create more livable communities,” said Bordelon. 

About SilverSource, Inc.

SilverSource, formerly known as Senior Services of Stamford, was founded in 1908. It is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides information, financial support, and other services that positively improve the quality of life for people over age 60 while serving as a resource center and referral source for older adults and their families. Its mission is to advance the dignity, independence and quality of life of older adults by providing guidance for families and supportive services to those who are in need, by engaging in community partnerships and by advocating for sound public policies.  SilverSource envisions a society that ensures older adults have the resources to live independent, healthy and fulfilled lives and is located at 2009 Summer Street in Stamford, CT 06905.  For more information visit or call 203.324.6584.

]]> (Tara Daly) Neighbors Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:22:37 -0400
River House Adult Day Center is Dancing for Dollars to get funding for a new sound system!

This week is “Happy Feet Week” at River House Adult Day Center!  Every day, River House clients learn about a new dance move and try it out for themselves. Doctors have found that musical rhythmic beats create cues for memories, speech patterns, and can reach already stored verbal knowledge.  This is one of the many reasons why River House Adult Day Center has spontaneous dance parties all the time.  But, in order to get our clients up and moving, we need a good sound system. 

River House Adult Day Center is participating in Impact Vine, a free crowdfunding tool to help nonprofits raise money for specific projects.  100% of donations go directly to the nonprofit when the project is funded; no fee or percentage is taken out.

River House has launched our project “Dancing for Dollars” which will help purchase two Bluetooth speakers, an Amazon Echo, and a Spotify premium family subscription. This will keep the music playing for our clients living with age-related illnesses like Alzheimer’s.

The Challenge: To make it fun, for every $5 raised, our seniors will complete one minute of dancing PLUS a bonus dance move for every $100 raised.  Check out our video here. You will clearly see how much River House clients LOVE to dance.  You could say our clients have been training for this challenge their entire lives.  Music is used every day to keep our clients active and laughing.  Help us reach our goal of raising $1,019!

Visit Impact Vine to find out more information and donate!  Also, head on over to our facebook page to see more videos of River House’s dance parties. Your help creates our stories. 

About River House

River House gives older adults a place to belong while their caregivers receive peace of mind.  River House offers health services including personal hygiene and bathing, socialization and recreation, and caregiver and family support.  To learn more about the programs, visit  River House is located in Cos Cob, CT. 

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]]> (River House) Charities Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:32:14 -0400
Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence & Wear Denim Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26 is Denim Day: Wear Jeans to Show & Say NO to Domestic Violence!

For the past 18 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. "Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault," they say.

Peace Over Violence asks community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement and wear jeans as a visible means of protest against myths that surround sexual assault.

Locally, The Women's Center provides prevention, crisis intervention, and support services with regard to domestic violence, sexual assault, and other major life transitions. Their free and confidential services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

About Peace Over Violence

Peace Over Violence, (formerly LACAAW), established in 1971 by pioneering feminist activists, is a sexual and domestic violence, stalking, child abuse and youth violence prevention center headquartered in Los Angeles and dedicated to building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence.

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]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:04:56 -0400
Greenwich United Way Inaugural Golf Tournament on May 4

Greenwich United Way Inaugural Golf Tournament will take place on Thursday, May 4th at Stanwich Club Greenwich with a 1pm Shotgun Start! 

Get tips and improve your short game by taking part in a clinic conducted by the  Golf Channel's Michael Breed, then hit the Links with the Greenwich United Way and help identify and meet the human service needs of the Greenwich Community.  

2017 Tournament Committee:

  • Heidi Nolte - Chair  

  • Mario Forlini  

  • Sergio Forlini  

  • Cliff Griffin  

  • Carl Higbie  

  • Mary Laughlin  

  • Tom Miele  

  • Amanda Oliva

  • Brook Urban  

  • Karen Keegan  Greenwich United Way Board Chair

Learn more and register HERE.


]]> (Jen Danzi) Charities Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:50:48 -0400
30th Bruce Museum Gala A POP! Experience May 13

The 30th Bruce Museum Gala will be “A POP! Experience” on May 13 at the Greenwich County Club. Formerly known as the Renaissance Ball, this annual benefit raises critical funds that not only support the Bruce’s ongoing art and science exhibitions and educational programs, but also will refresh its science offerings, strengthen its potential in the arts, and expand its educational reach.

This year’s Gala pushes tradition by taking inspiration from the cultural revolution of the late 1950s and ‘60s with the bold and colorful theme POP!,” Gala co-chair Darby Cartun said. “We wanted to take a fresh, lighter approach and make it fun for everyone.”

The eye-catching décor conceived by Carolyn Dempsey Designs pays tribute to the Bruce Museum’s upcoming exhibition Spring into Summer with Andy Warhol and Friends, opening on June 10.

“In keeping with our community-minded and environmentally friendly spirit, we will be donating some of the fabulous décor elements to area service organizations after the Gala,” notes co-chair Melissa Levin. Cambell’s Soup, colorful puzzle boxes and other elements will go to organizations including The Carver Center in Port Chester, NY, Food Bank for Westchester, Inc., Neighbor to Neighbor, and The Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich.

The 30th Bruce Museum Gala is a creative black-tie event that not only celebrates the contributions made by all the philanthropists, elected officials, arts leaders and Museum supporters expected to attend, but also provides a time to toast the evening’s honorees, Homer and Coverly Rees and Bill and Fran Deutsch, who will be recognized for their leadership, long-standing commitment, and spirited generosity to the Bruce Museum.

The Pop-inspired evening features cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, silent art auction, and dancing to sounds of the popular NYC-based “On the Move” entertainment.

Auctioneer August Uribe, Deputy Chairman, Americas, at Phillips will lead the live auction with an array of exciting lots that include exclusive travel destinations and unique experiences. In addition, there will be a special silent art auction, as well as a silent auction featuring more one-of-a-kind experiences, including travel and sports packages and shopping and spa packages.

“In keeping with our community-minded and environmentally friendly spirit, we will be donating some of the fabulous décor elements to area service organizations after the Gala,” notes co-chair Levin. Cambell’s Soup, colorful puzzle boxes and other elements will go to organizations including The Carver Center in Port Chester, NY, Food Bank for Westchester, Inc., Neighbor to Neighbor, and The Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich.

The 30th Bruce Museum Gala is open to the public, but reservations are required. To purchase tickets online, go to For more information or to receive an invitation to the Gala, please contact: Lindsay Saltz or 203-413-6761


]]> (Bruce Museum) Places Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:03:22 -0400
State of Connecticut is receiving $5.5 million federal grant to combat the prescription opioid & heroin crisis


Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State of Connecticut is receiving $5.5 million federal grant to expand the state’s efforts to combat the prescription opioid and heroin crisis.  The funding is being awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and will be used by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to increase access to treatment, reduce unmet treatment need, and reduce opioid-related overdose deaths.

“Nearly every community in the country has been hit by the growing prescription pain killer epidemic, and our state agencies are working closely with local providers to treat and prevent it,” Governor Malloy said.  “This is a complex crisis that does not have a simple solution, but our work on this front will not be finished until our communities and our families are no longer struggling with the grave costs of this illness.”

“This funding provides additional support for our state’s current collaborative efforts in tackling the opioid crisis,” DMHAS Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon said.  “With these dollars, we will be able to increase activities with our partners across the state to improve prevention efforts, increase access to treatment and provide additional recovery supports for those who are at risk of or recovering from addiction.”

The new funding also promotes the evidence-based public health approach outlined in the Surgeon General’s recent report, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.  The report stresses the importance of the full range of services that will be funded through these grants – including getting vital treatment to people dealing with substance use disorders, and significantly reducing the number of substance use-related deaths.

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]]> (Gov Malloy's Office) Politics Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:24:28 -0400
Perfect Your Knife Skills with Chef Plum at Ergo Chef in Danbury

The Ergo Chef Knife Skills 101 Class is perfect for learning about proper knife use and hands on slicing and dicing etc. Join Chef Plum at Ergo Chef on Tuesday, April 25th between 7–8:45pm

Each participant will have their own cutting area and all items needed are provided by Ergo Chef. Chef Plum will teach you valuable knife skills, how to clean and maintain your knife edges and showcase different sharpening methods.

Chef Plum was born in Richmond Virginia, and graduated from The Culinary Institute of America. He has been featured on Food Network, local TV, radio and Jamie Oliver’s FOODTube. He hosts and Co-Produces Edible on The Road and keeps his food honest and simple, believing that everyone can get passionate about cooking from scratch.

Limited Tickets Available! Cost $18.00, to book CLICK HERE

Your Experience will Include:

  1. Professional Chef - Chef Plum as main instructor host / Michael Staib as Co-instructor.
  2. Valuable knife skills & care
  3. Ergo Chef cutlery will be provided for use in class, but feel free to bring your favorite knife if you have one.
  4. A Video of Chef Plum's knife skills will be available via a link we will send to all attendees once edited so you have a reminder on all you learned.
  5. Refreshments & light snacks will be served.
  6. You'll get $5.00 back from the ticket price when you purchase $20 or more from our discounted merchandise in our showroom.


Like most unique companies, Ergo Chef was founded serendipitously.

Scott Staib wasn’t supposed to make knives; he was supposed to be a chef. After his training at Johnson & Wales University, Scott set out to rise through the culinary ranks. His first stop was an ultra-swanky country club where he proved his mettle as the sauté and grill chef. Next was his gig as sous chef for Aramark Food Service Corporation. He was on the fast track in foodservice when he was sidelined by tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome—a result of the repetitive motion injuries caused by frequent chopping and slicing. Without a fully-functioning wrist, Staib could not cook his dinner, let alone advance his career.

He was not alone.

Scott found that he was not the only chef—professional or home—to suffer from tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. He enrolled his engineer brother, Mike, to help find the solution. They worked closely with designers at the family’s design and machining company in New England to examine how a conventional knife fits in a chef’s hand, the movement of a chef’s wrist and hand during chopping and the angle at which a knife hits the cutting board. Together, they crafted a knife that was a true extension of a chef’s hand.

Ergo Chef LLC, 4 Eagle Road, Danbury, CT 06810 /

]]> (Rachel Lampen) Events Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:22:30 -0400
Male Black Lab Missing from Cove Section of Stamford!

Flash is a male Black Lab who is missing from the cove section of Stamford (Limerick Street/Soundview Ave area).

He's a friendly boy. He will bark at other dogs but no aggression. He was wearing an orange & blue collar (no tags) and a black sweater that says "Straight outta the dog park" on it when he went missing on 4/13/17. 

Please keep a lookout for him!

If anyone in the Stamford Area can help the owner put up posters, please call or text 347-320-3041.

REWARD for his safe return.

]]> (submitted) Neighbors Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:50:10 -0400
Stamford Volunteer Fire Departments to Hold Open Houses on Sunday

On Sunday, April 23, 2017, 60 volunteer fire departments throughout the state will celebrate the start of National Volunteer Week (April 23-29, 2017) by holding open houses.

Long Ridge Fire Company (366 Old Long Ridge Road) and Turn of River Fire Department (268 Turn of River Road) will be participating in this special event by opening the doors to their fire houses from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Visitors to the fire houses will be able to talk with volunteer firefighters about the work they do, explore fire apparatus and turnout gear, get a tour of the fire house, and fill out an application. For more information, visit or 

More than 80 percent of all fire personnel in Connecticut are volunteers, and the majority of fire departments throughout the state are experiencing a volunteer shortage. Local fire departments need volunteers of all skill levels and abilities, people willing and able to respond to emergencies whenever called upon.

Volunteer Firefighter Day is part of Everyday Hero CT, a program dedicated to increasing the number of volunteer firefighters throughout the state. A partnership of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association (CFCA) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), the Everyday Hero CT campaign is a two-year Volunteer Workforce Solutions (VWS) initiative designed to address the shortage of volunteer firefighters in Connecticut. It is helping achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce for fire departments throughout Connecticut. Everyday Hero CT is funded by a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant awarded to the CFCA by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a model to enhance the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.

]]> (submitted) Places Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:43:07 -0400
Top 3 Local Food Trends Take Fairfield County by Storm

Recent food trends have taken the internet by storm and created long lines in front of popular restaurants/cafes in not only large cities, but also Fairfield County. Our local restaurants and cafes are taking on trends and attracting people from near and far. From unique takes on Asian cuisine to sugar rushes from giant milkshakes, these trends have become accessible to us nearby.

Here are 3 local food trends you have to try!

  1. Cookie Dough | Cookie dough has become a huge trend. The egg-free recipes are served in cups and cones with sprinkles, different sauces, and whipped cream to top it off - just like ice cream! The trend, which gained popularity in New York is now available at our very own Stew Leonard’s at the ice cream stand outside! With locations in Danbury and Norwalk, Fairfield County folks are lined up to get their cookie dough the way they like and snap their pictures.

  2. Crazy Milkshakes | Massive milkshakes have taken the internet by storm. Also starting in New York City, the trend of these themed shakes has reached Bethel! Creme and Sugar Cafe in Bethel serves monstrous milkshakes with unique themes ranging from S’mores to Candy Crush.

  3. Ramen | No longer the “broke college student’s dinner”, Ramen has attracted worldwide attention. Ramen noodle restaurants are opening all over the country, including our Fairfield and SoNo! Mecha Noodle Bar is a modern take on noodles with three locations in Connecticut, bringing together many dishes from all over Asia. Their most popular dish, the Ramen, is completely customizable with so many toppings to choose from!

Head over to these local cafes and restaurants and see for yourself what the hype is about!

]]> (Amber Bodeur) Places Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:19:05 -0400