Stamfordnorth's HamletHub Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:51:25 -0500 NBCUniversal Employees Grant Holiday Wishes to Children in Stamford

On Thursday, December 14, NBCUniversal employees donated more than 150 toys to the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford, as part of the company’s annual Holiday Toy Drive.

Fifty NBCUniversal employees volunteered to participate in the drive; each employee received a personalized “wish card” from a child at the Boys & Girls Club that specified which toys he or she would like to receive. All of the children who filled out wish cards participate in after-school programming at the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford.

“Our team at the Stamford Media Center constantly looks for new ways to give back to the Stamford community, but this annual event is definitely a favorite,” said Vinnie Fusco, Vice President and General Manager of Production. “The Boys & Girls Club is a tremendous community partner and we are thrilled to host this toy drive for them for the fourth year in a row.”

In addition to the wish card program, NBCUniversal also purchased extra toys to be donated to other children at the club.

“The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford is always thrilled to return to the Stamford Media Center for this annual event,” said Mike Cotela, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford. “We’d like to thank the NBCUniversal team not only for fulfilling our children’s’ wish lists, but for inviting us in and enjoying time together to celebrate the season. We look forward to continuing our relationship with NBC throughout 2018.” 

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On the Children's Shelf: Book Gifting for the Holidays

For those still finishing up shopping (please don't feel bad, I'm no where near done, so there's no judgment here), consider giving a great book. My children helped compile this list and have books from some of the series listed on their holiday wish lists.
In no particular order (they are all great books/series):
"The School for Good and Evil" by Soman Chainani
"Keeper of the Lost Cities" by Shannon Messenger
"The Land of Stories" by Chris Colfer
"Stone Fox" by John Reynolds Gardiner
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" by Jeff Kinney
"The Doll People" by Ann M. Martin
"Counting by 7s" by Holly Goldberg Sloan
"The Song From Somewhere Else" by A.F. Harold
"Wonder" by R.J. Palacio
"Harry Potter" by J.K. Rowling
"From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler" E.L. Konigsburg
"The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate
"Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" by Chris Grabstein
"The Boys in the Boat" (Young Readers Adaptation) by Daniel James Brown
"El Deafo" by CeCe Bell
"Roller Girl" by Victoria Jamieson
"Island of the Blue Dolphins" by Scott O'Dell
"Flora & Ulysses" by Kate DiCamillo
If you have any great suggestions for books for presents, please send them...I'm always looking for more great recommendations!
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New Year’s Eve Getaway at The Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa

Whether you’re planning to spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square or want to ring in 2018 with a romantic dinner followed by all-star accommodations, the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa beckons. In addition to a first-class restaurant, the hotel has an in-house spa and fitness facility.

The Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa is less than 45 minutes to Manhattan by train (Amtrak/Metro-North within walking distance from hotel). So, after the pizzazz of NYE in NYC, you can head north to Connecticut where Marriott Revive bedding with mattress toppers, duvets and 300-thread count linens await.

New Year's at the Stamford Marriott, includes breakfast for 2 guests per stay at Sam's American Bistro, 1 bottle of sparkling wine upon your arrival, and a late checkout (2:00 pm).

Book your hotel reservation here.

Sam’s American Bistro features a New Year’s Eve Prix-Fixe Dinner with seatings at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm on Sunday, December 31. The price ($109.00 per couple plus tax and gratuity) includes one complimentary glass of French Sparkling Wine.

While you’re at the hotel, Indulge yourself at Agora Spa, a full-service spa that offers body treatments, facials, massages and an invigorating steam room. Learn more about the spa

Book your hotel reservation here.

The hotel is located at 243 Tresser Boulevard, in the heart of downtown Stamford, combining New York City energy with New England charm. Need we say more?

Book reservation at the Stamford Marriott here or call 1-203-357-9555.

View the spa packages here.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:06:36 -0500
Accumulating Snow Developing Could Impact Morning Commute

Accumulating snow across the tri-state area late tonight

A widespread dry powdery snowfall of 1 to 3 inches is forecast for our area between 1 am to 7 am on Thursday, December 14. Roadways may become snow covered which may create a slippery morning commute. Motorists are urged to use extra caution if traveling Thursday morning.

Maximum hourly snowfall rates are forecast to be less than ½ inch per hour. Blowing snow is possible.

The heaviest snow of 2-3 inches is forecast across Long Island.

Forecast uncertainty:  If the low tracks further south, then less snow will occur.  If the low tracks further north, more snow will occur further north and less along the coast. See below for potential high-end amounts.

Learn more here.

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Laurel House announces 2018 Champion for Recovery and chair for annual dinner dance

Laurel House, Inc., a nonprofit organization located in Stamford, will honor Dr. Lloyd Sederer, Chief Medical Officer of the New York State Office of Mental Health, which is the country’s largest mental health system, as its 2018 Champion for Recovery. The annual Champions for Recovery Dinner Dance, to be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at The Delamar, Greenwich Harbor, will be chaired by Laurel House Inc. Board Director Julie Andersen.

Dr. Sederer, who is also a Medical Editor for Mental Health for The Huffington Post and a contributing writer to US News and World Report, was given the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013 and an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia School of Public Health. He has published seven books for professional audiences and two books for lay audiences, as well as over 400 articles in medical journals and non-medical publications.

All proceeds from the Champions for Recovery Dinner Dance will support Laurel House’s evidence-based programs which help individuals and families recover and sustain mental health to lead fulfilling lives.

About Laurel House, Inc.

Laurel House, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Stamford, serving 8 towns in lower Fairfield County from Westport to Greenwich. Laurel House has been in operation since 1984. Laurel House helps individuals and families achieve and sustain mental health for more productive lives and greater self-sufficiency in their local communities. For more information, visit

]]> (Laurel House, Inc.) Charities Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:19:11 -0500
Stamford Symphony Presents: Brahms, Copland & Saint-Saëns

Stamford Symphony Presents: Brahms, Copland & Saint-Saëns February 24 at 8 pm & February 25 at 3 pm

David Lockington, Guest Conductor

Joshua Roman, cello

Copland             Music for the Theatre

Saint-Saëns       Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor                  

Popper               Hungarian Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra

Haydn                Symphony No. 22 in E-flat Major, Der Philosoph

Brahms              Haydn Variations

Lockington        Ceremonial Fantasy Fanfare

LEARN MORE: FREE Behind the Baton lecture one-hour pre-concert with our guest conductor.

JUST FOR KIDS: FREE interactive MusiKids program Sunday at 2pm

Tickets start at $25. Kids under 18 FREE on Sunday with accompanying adult.

Stamford’s Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford.

CALL FOR BEST SEATS 203 325-4466 or

*****The Stamford Symphony aspires to build a lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of classical music among all populations of Fairfield County.  It fulfills this mission through passionate, professional performances of the highest caliber, diverse and innovative programming, and inspiring educational initiatives.  The orchestra is an ensemble of professional musicians from the tri-state area.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:17:22 -0500
Flinders Lane Brings A Slice Of Melbourne To Stamford


Flinders Lane Now Open for Lunch and Hosting Big New Year's Eve Bash

 Australia doesn’t seem so far away with the addition of Flinders Lane in Stamford. Flinders Lane, one of downtown Stamford’s hottest new restaurants serves Modern Australian cuisine peppered with Southeast Asian, British and Mediterranean influences.  Now open for lunch service, the lunch menu will feature appetizers such as seasonal salads such as Kale & Squash and Roasted Beet salad to Steamed Buns with Braised Beef Brisket and Sausage Rolls. As for entrees, there is something for everyone…from house-made pasta and fish and chips to burgers and a variety of sandwiches. Located at 184 Summer Street as the anchor restaurant of The Summer House Apartments and next door to the Bow Tie Cinemas, lunch is available seven days a week from 11:00am – 3:00pm. In addition to lunch, Happy Hour is served seven days a week from 5:00pm – 7:00pm offering $1 oysters and $6 wines and cocktails. Dinner is served seven days a week starting at 5:00pm.

Flinders Lane Executive chef and co-owner, Chris Rendell, gleans inspiration from seasonal, fresh, and versatile ingredients, sourced locally. The menu takes inspiration from the multi-cultural make up of modern day of Australia. Prawns, scallops and quality meats all live comfortably alongside dishes such as traditional curry laksa and chicken san choi bau, a popular Chinese dish Down Under. The carefully curated beverage program offers an international wine list showcasing wines from smaller producers from all over Australia. Cocktails are based on fresh, seasonal ingredients with a twist on classic cocktails. For the beer aficionado, there is a wide selection of draught beer, craft, and international beer from Australian producers and beyond.

There is an exciting, slightly edgy, loft-like vibe from the moment one walks through the door at Flinders Lane. The soaring ceilings, use of multiple industrial light fixtures and open space give evokes a hip downtown feel while paying homage to the history of Melbourne’s Flinders Lane. The décor, open space, and welcoming service offers a relaxed and embracing Australian vibe…it is the perfect setting for a date night, dinner with friends or a party venue.

On December 31st, the restaurant is hosting a huge New Year's Eve bash with champagne flowing, holiday craft cocktails, and live music. The first seating is at 6:30pm - 8:30pm and will feature a 4-course tasting menu and one complimentary glass of champagne at $80/person . The second seating begins at 9:30pm and will feature a 5-course tasting menu with one complimentary glass of champagne at $120/person. Reservations recommended.

Flinders Lane is currently booking holiday parties, corporate happy hours, off-site catering, and of course…milestone events at the restaurant. For more information about the booking holiday parties, catering or to make a reservation, please contact (203) 323-3137 or visit

For more information, visit



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Former Stamford resident Connie Baron has died

Constance Marmins Baron

Constance (Connie) Baron passed away peacefully at Danbury (Connecticut) Hospital on December 9, 2017 surrounded by loving family and friends at the age of 77. Connie is survived by sons Jonathan Baron and Andrew Baron of Grand Junction, CO; son Matthew Baron and his wife Valerie of Sanford, ME; grandchildren Ronald, David, Riley, Esmee and Emma and rescue dog Ollie. 

Connie hails from Pittsburgh, PA. She received her Bachelor's degree from New York University and her Masters in Social work (MSW) from Syracuse University. Connie moved to Newtown, CT after her retirement. Before that, she lived most of her life in Stamford, CT. There she was an active volunteer in civic affairs and non-profit organizations including the League of Women Voters and the Jewish Federation of Stamford. She worked at the West Side Community Center and in the Norwalk office of STAR which served the needs of the developmentally disabled and others. 

Connie was best known for her warmth, kindness, and concern for all people and animals. Those who had the privilege of meeting her can testify to the fact that after talking with her they felt better about themselves. She was more than smart; she was wise. She was funny and she loved to have fun. She made the world a better place. Everyone who knew her — no matter for how short a time sheds a tear for the loss of such a wonderful and unique human being. 

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Jowdy Kane Funeral Home; 9 Granville Avenue; Danbury, CT 06810. 

A gathering of friends will be held in the future. As a lifelong pet owner, her favorite charity was Best Friends Animal Society. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of "Connie Baron" may be made to


]]> (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:55:04 -0500
Emerging Artists Unleashed: LIFEWTR Series 3 Highlights

From vibrant outfits to artful sketches, LIFEWTR Series 3 showed how #FashionIsArt and put a spotlight on three emerging artists: Adam Dalton Blake, Tiffany Huang, and Ghazaleh Khalifeh.

WATCH Series 3 highlights HERE.

LIFEWTR bottles are focused on a unique aspect of art. Stay tuned for LIFEWTR Series 4, launching soon!

Need #thirstinspiration this holiday season? LIFEWTR has announced a limited-edition holiday bottle design and gift set designed by Series 1 Design & Art duo, Craig & Karl. Each gift set includes a Holiday-themed bottle and embossed notebook designed by Craig & Karl, Le Pen™ drawing pens, and a keepsake booklet providing a behind the scenes look at LIFEWTR artists.

Purchase your holiday gift set here or here and support #local artists.

LIFEWTR #FashionIsArt Wrapup

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Happy (Driving) Holidays! Connecticut Gas Prices Drop

CT, National Drivers Receive Early Holiday Present: Lower Gas Prices

As motorists head into the holiday season, they can expect pump prices nationally to drop because consumer demand drops and gasoline inventories rise.

In fact, national and Connecticut average prices each have dropped two cents today (Dec. 11) compared to this time last week.

Today Connecticut drivers are seeing a $2.67 average, down from last week’s $2.69. Prices, however, are 30 cents higher than this time last year.

A similar scenario is playing out nationally: average prices for a gallon of regular gas today are $2.46, down from last week’s $2.48. Prices today are 35 cents higher from this time last year.

This week the East Coast and Midwest are seeing the largest price drops although other parts of the country, the news isn’t so promising. There is much difference in pricing nationally because the global market is very volatile as the price of crude increased 67 cents to around $58 a barrel; and situations in Venezuela, a major worldwide oil producer; and in Nigeria are creating market jitters.

Venezuela is in the throes of a financial crisis that very well will impact oil production if the country defaults on its debt; Nigeria may see oil workers’ strike that could interrupt production and limit supplies globally.

AA’s weekly survey of prices in Connecticut’s four regional areas as follows:

  • Greater Bridgeport/Stamford  $2.74                    
  • New Haven/Meriden  $2.65
  • Greater Hartford  $2.64                     
  • New London/Norwich  $2.69
  • Windham/Tolland $2.61
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The Mayor’s Gallery in Stamford presents Julliette Tehrani

The Mayor’s Gallery presents Julliette Tehrani, “Abstractions on Metal”, new paintings on aluminum from January 11 – February 28, 2018 at Government Center, 10th floor 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford, CT.

Gallery Hours: 9am – 4pm weekdays

Onsite parking   Handicap accessible   information: 203 858 3082

Explore the latest works of award-winning local artist, Julliette Tehrani, at her second solo exhibition at the Mayors Gallery. Join us at the opening reception, Thursday, January 11, 2018. The exhibit, Abstractions on Metal, features new paintings on aluminum; reflecting her artistic journey that explores new ideas and materials. Julliette is constantly looking at the world in different ways. Her paintings are mysterious, inviting the viewer to engage their own imaginations to explore the images. She says, “I love working on aluminum, because it enables the paint to be moved around in ways not possible on more traditional surfaces. Magic is created when intended outcomes develop into unplanned random occurrences.”

Julliette returned to painting, her lifetime passion, following a highly successful career as a senior executive in finance. London-born of Persian heritage, Julliette’s artistic themes are influenced by her extensive travels. She paints in her studios in Stamford, CT and the French Riviera. Her works are held by collectors in the USA and internationally. Most recently, a body of her work was purchased for the new Stamford Hospital. She is represented by The Sharpe Gallery in Maine and the Isabella Garrucho Fine Arts Gallery in Dorissimo, Cannes.

  • Gallery Hours: 9am – 4pm weekdays
  • Onsite parking   Handicap accessible   information: 203 858 3082

Questions? Visit Julliette’s website:

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Stamford Symphony Presents HANDEL'S MESSIAH at the Basilica of Saint John The Evangelist Tomorrow

HANDEL'S MESSIAH at the Basilica of Saint John The Evangelist, 279 Atlantic Street, Stamford on  Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 8pm 

Guest Conductor:  Ted Sperling
Featuring MasterVoices chorus 

Handel's Messiah
Part I and Hallelujah Chorus 

Click HERE to read the Program Notes

Click HERE for the WSHU interview of Ted Sperling reminiscing about his time with Stamford Symphony and info about the upcoming concert!

Purchase tickets HERE.

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Save the Date! 10th Annual Close To Home Dessert Tasting and Youth Concert on February 23, 2018

Pacific House wants you to save the date for their 10th Annual Close To Home Dessert Tasting and Youth Concert event on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 7pm at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich.

Advance tickets are on sale now for this annual tradition that raises funds for the Pacific House Young Adult Program, which helps homeless young adults in our area get back on track for a brighter future.  

This celebrated annual tradition entices foodies and music lovers alike.  Guests are treated to great music performed by talented young musicians from local high schools while they indulge in decadent desserts and delicious food tastings from the area’s finest artisanal bake shops, restaurants and chocolatiers. 

The Close to Home benefit concert is an extraordinary example of young adults helping young adults. Please plan to join us for this special evening which makes a tremendous difference for those young adults who have nowhere to call home.  Visit to purchase tickets and learn more.  Sponsorship opportunities are currently available.

The Pacific House Young Adult Program helps the 400-600 homeless young adults in lower Fairfield County find housing, and connects them with employment, education, and support services that prepare them for adulthood. Specialized case managers, new programs and a dedicated living space at the Pacific House shelter helps these young people avoid a lifetime of homelessness.

]]> (Laura Roberts) Charities Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:25:08 -0500
Winter Weather Advisory for Southern Connecticut Saturday through Saturday Night

NOAA has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our entire area except Saturday into Saturday night. The advisory is in effect from 6 am Saturday through 6 am Sunday for Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, and southern Connecticut, and in effect from 6 am Saturday through 1 am Sunday for northeast NJ, Manhattan, Bronx, and the Lower Hudson Valley.

The heaviest snow will likely fall across Long Island and southern Connecticut late Saturday morning through Saturday evening. 
NOAA reports maximum hourly snowfall rates are forecast to be less than 1 inch per hour.  Some rain may mix in with the snow across the South Fork of Long Island, lowering snowfall accumulation. 
Forecast Uncertainty: If the low moves further offshore than forecast, then there will be less snow. A low track closer to the coast will shift heavier amounts farther west towards NE NJ and the Lower Hudson Valley. 
Please visit NOAA here for the latest information.
Please continue to monitor NOAA winter weather webpage for the latest winter weather graphics at here.
]]> (NOAA) Life Fri, 08 Dec 2017 04:28:14 -0500
Metro-North to Impose Alcohol Ban for Weekend SantaCon Event

To maintain orderly travel and safe station and terminal operations during this weekend’s SantaCon event, alcohol will not be permitted on MTA Long Island Rail Road and MTA Metro-North Railroad trains and in stations from noon on Saturday, December 9, through noon on Sunday, December 10. The timeframe overlaps with the Long Island Rail Road’s usual ban on alcohol between midnight and 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

MTA police officers will be on duty at Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal, and stations throughout the region, as well as on trains to enforce this restriction. The police will confiscate alcoholic beverages and issue summonses carrying fines or imprisonment. Violators may also be subject to removal from the train or station by police.

This temporary alcohol ban is in effect to ensure the safety of customers and train crews.

For more information about Long Island Rail Road Rules and Regulations, visit:

For more information about Metro-North Railroad Rules and Regulations, visit:

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