Stamfordnorth's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:37:35 -0500 HamletHub.com Stamford's 22nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is planned for Saturday, March 4 http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/845-stamford-s-22nd-annual-st-patrick-s-day-parade-is-planned-for-saturday-march-4845-stamford-s-22nd-annual-st-patrick-s-day-parade-is-planned-for-saturday-march-4 http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/845-stamford-s-22nd-annual-st-patrick-s-day-parade-is-planned-for-saturday-march-4845-stamford-s-22nd-annual-st-patrick-s-day-parade-is-planned-for-saturday-march-4

Stamford's 22nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is planned for Saturday, March 4th. The Parade steps off at noon at the corner of Summer & North. 

Robert Emmett Callahan will proudly serve as this year's Grand Marshal. Robert and his wife of 57 years, Lucile Buckley Callahan, have lived in Stamford since their marriage in 1959, and raised their six children in Stamford. Read his bio here. 

Learn more about the Parade here. 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Events Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:21:00 -0500
Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident on 1-95 in Fairfield http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/publicsafety/867-fatal-motor-vehicle-accident-on-1-95-in-fairfield867-fatal-motor-vehicle-accident-on-1-95-in-fairfield http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/publicsafety/867-fatal-motor-vehicle-accident-on-1-95-in-fairfield867-fatal-motor-vehicle-accident-on-1-95-in-fairfield

James Mindrum of Stratford was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Fairfield at approximately 2:00 am this morning.

CT State Police say that Mindrum was traveling in a Ford Escape on 1-95 northbound, south of exit 23, when, according to a witness, his vehicle veered off the right shoulder of 1-95 northbound. Mindrum then traveled through the wire rope guardrail and down an embankment before sticking a tree head on. Police say the victim did not apply his brakes. Mindrum was extricated from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.

As a result of the accident, police say that the right lane of 1-95 northbound, south of exit 23 was closed for about three hours. 

The victim's next of kin was notified by State Police personnel. 

The case remains under investigation.

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Public safety Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:35:11 -0500
Shop ‘Til You Drop At Whole Foods Market on March 2nd - 5% Day to benefit Fairfield County’s Giving Day http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/865-shop-til-you-drop-at-whole-foods-market-on-march-2nd-5-day-to-benefit-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-1487975346-1487975347865-shop-til-you-drop-at-whole-foods-market-on-march-2nd-5-day-to-benefit-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-1487975346-1487975347 http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/865-shop-til-you-drop-at-whole-foods-market-on-march-2nd-5-day-to-benefit-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-1487975346-1487975347865-shop-til-you-drop-at-whole-foods-market-on-march-2nd-5-day-to-benefit-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-1487975346-1487975347

- Fairfield County’s Giving Day is a powerful 24-hour online fundraising marathon that unites our community around local causes close to their heart.  For the second year, Whole Foods Market is a champion sponsorand will donate five percent of their total revenues on March 2nd from their Danbury, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Westport and Milford stores. This revenue will directly benefit local nonprofits participating in Giving Day.

Last year, Fairfield County’s Giving Day had extraordinary results: $1,246,964 was donated by 11,000+ individuals for 410 nonprofits. Nonprofits throughout Fairfield County compete for grant prizes throughout the day such as the coveted Whole Foods Market “Get Up & Give” prizes. These prizes incentivize donors to give early and quickly on Fairfield County’s Giving Day, happening March 9th, in order to receive a $1,000 grant prize for their favorite nonprofit.

“Through Giving Day, we have witnessed the power of the entire community rallying in unison to support the local nonprofits. The “Get Up & Give” prize offered incredible incentive for our supporters and resulted in even more donations to support our mission. A win-win for all and we can’t wait to try again this year,” stated Catalina Samper Horak, Executive Director, Building One Community, The Center for Immigrant Opportunity (formerly Neighbors Link Stamford).

All community members are urged to shop ‘til you drop at Whole Foods Market on March 2nd and tell their neighbors and friends too! 

“We are thrilled to have our champion sponsor Whole Foods join Fairfield County’s Community Foundation for the second year in a row to directly benefit the nonprofits participating in Giving Day 2017. It is an honor to partner with a business that is a socially conscious, philanthropic champion in the community like Whole Foods Market,” states Juanita James, CEO and President, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.  “On Giving Day, we come together as a community to support our neighbors and achieve something truly meaningful. Last year, $1.24 million was raised in just 24 hours. We are aiming high this year to break that record!”

Fairfield County’s Giving Day allows residents and businesses to ‘give where they live.’ This fundraising marathon is spearheaded byFairfield County’s Community Foundation to empower the greater community and encourage local philanthropy. Starting 12:00 am on March 9th, you can go to FCGives.org and choose your favorite local cause. Donations as modest as $10 add up. AND, your donation can help your favorite nonprofit win grant prizes up to $20,000.

As an online event, Fairfield County Giving Day is the ultimate, easy way for community members who live or work in the region to donate to wonderful and meaningful causes. This year, 431 nonprofits will be participating to raise much-needed funds and to increase awareness about their amazing work throughout the region

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is proud to partner with lead sponsor Bank of America for the fourth year.  Additional sponsors include media partner, Hearst Media Group Connecticut; champion sponsor, Whole Foods Market; magazine sponsor, Moffly Media; media sponsors, News 12 Connecticut, Star 99.9 and 95.9 FOX; and town square sponsors including TFI Envision, Day Pitney LLP, First County Bank, Webster Private Bank, Deloitte, Cummings & Lockwood, BlumShapiro, Neuberger Berman, Relyea Zuckerberg Hanson and Wealth Enhancement Group. More information about Fairfield County’s Giving Day can be found at FCGives.org.

About Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in Fairfield County, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards and has awarded over $212 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. As a trusted nonprofit partner and thought leader, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation brings together community organizers, business experts and philanthropists to solve our region’s challenges. Our goal is to create a vital and inclusive community, where every individual has the opportunity to thrive. fccfoundation.org

 

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hlkoven@aol.com (Fairfield County’s Community Foundation) Charities Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:31:51 -0500
River House Adult Day Center's 23rd Annual Garden Party on April 27th http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/863-river-house-adult-day-center-s-23rd-annual-garden-party-on-april-27th-1487956919863-river-house-adult-day-center-s-23rd-annual-garden-party-on-april-27th-1487956919 http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/863-river-house-adult-day-center-s-23rd-annual-garden-party-on-april-27th-1487956919863-river-house-adult-day-center-s-23rd-annual-garden-party-on-april-27th-1487956919

River House Adult Day Center is well underway planning the 23rd Annual Garden Party on April 27th at Riverside Yacht Club.  This event is always a highlight for community members a like to kick off the start of spring with their friends all to benefit a great cause.

This year the fashion show is going to be put on by none other than Carlisle Collection featuring Carlisle Collection, Carlisle NY and Per Se!  The models will be all local community members and they are sure to stun! A huge thank you to our generous underwriters: Carlson and Carlson, Anne Marie Hynes, Marie Fauth Charitable Fund, Muffin and Chuck Zoubek and Greenwich Hospital. 

Sandy Motland, Chair of this year’s Garden Party, says “The Garden Party is a very happy event. It's a time to celebrate spring and good friends plus support an important community resource. This year the outfits for the fashion show are being supplied by Carlisle. We're having a great time working with them to find the perfect clothes for our models!”

The funds raised through the Garden Party directly impact our seniors and their families.  Life can be very difficult for some aging adults; even the simplest of tasks can take a huge effort.  This can also make life hard for those who care for them.  That’s where River House comes in.  River House offers the perfect solution.  The customized daytime social and recreational programs are essential for seniors who can no longer lead fully independent lives but want to continue residing at home.  The friendships made, activities enjoyed, and the health care provided at River House are reasons seniors and their families can continue to thrive.

To purchase tickets or support the Garden Party, visit www.theRiverHouse.org or call Britt Particelli at (203) 622 0079.

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bparticelli@theRiverHouse.org (River House Adult Day Center) Neighbors Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:49:33 -0500
Amber Alert Canceled: 6 Year Old Found Located in Pennsylvania http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/publicsafety/864-amber-alert-canceled-6-year-old-found-located-in-pennsylvania864-amber-alert-canceled-6-year-old-found-located-in-pennsylvania http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/publicsafety/864-amber-alert-canceled-6-year-old-found-located-in-pennsylvania864-amber-alert-canceled-6-year-old-found-located-in-pennsylvania

This morning at 6:48 AM, CT State Police issued an Amber Alert for 6 year old Aylin Sofia Hernandez who was abducted from Bridgeport. Police have canceled the Amber Alert and reported that Aylin was located in Pennsylvania.

According to WFSB (News 3) Aylin was abducted after a double stabbing and a murder in Bridgeport. She is safe and the suspect is in custody. 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Public safety Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:59:07 -0500
Amber Alert: 6 year old Bridgeport Girl http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/publicsafety/862-amber-alert-6-year-old-bridgeport-girl862-amber-alert-6-year-old-bridgeport-girl http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/publicsafety/862-amber-alert-6-year-old-bridgeport-girl862-amber-alert-6-year-old-bridgeport-girl

AMBER Update: Bridgeport, CT VEH:Grey Hyundai Sonata 4-door sedan TAG:Connecticut AG91925 CHILD:6yrs Hispanic female 4' 0" 55lbs Hr:black Ey CALL(866)

Activation Date and Time: Friday, February 24, 2017 - 6:48 AM 

Vehicle 2017 Grey Hyundai Sonata CT AG91925        

The Bridgeport, CT Police Department has activated the New York State AMBER Alert and is investigating a child abduction that occurred on Greenwood St, in Bridgeport, CT at about 3:30 AM on 2/24/2017. 

The CHILD, Aylin Sofia Hernandez is a Hispanic female, approximately 6 years old with black hair and brown eyes. She is approximately 4 feet 0 inches and weighs about 55 pounds. Aylin was last seen wearing unknown clothing.  

The SUSPECT, Oscar Hernandez is a Hispanic male, approximately 39 years old with short, brown hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 185 pounds.  

The VEHICLE has been identified as a  Grey 4-door sedan Hyundai Sonata with Connecticut license plate number AG91925. 

The SUSPECT was last seen traveling on Jennings Street in Bronx New York  possibly heading for Bronx locations. 

Suspect abducted child after committing a homicide in Bridgeport Connecticut. Suspect is believed to be in the New York City area.

Anyone with any information on this abduction is asked to call the Bridgeport, CT Police Department at (866)N Y S-AMBER or dial 911 to provide information on a report or sighting. 

Visit http://amber.ny.gov for the most up to date information concerning this alert. 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (NYS Police) Public safety Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:18:52 -0500
Google Announces Stratford Student as Winner of Connecticut Doodle 4 Google Competition http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/860-google-announces-stratford-student-as-winner-of-connecticut-doodle-4-google-competitio860-google-announces-stratford-student-as-winner-of-connecticut-doodle-4-google-competitio http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/860-google-announces-stratford-student-as-winner-of-connecticut-doodle-4-google-competitio860-google-announces-stratford-student-as-winner-of-connecticut-doodle-4-google-competitio

 

Bunnell High School Tenth-Grader Sarah Harrison to be Acknowledged by Google Officials at School Assembly, Artwork to be Showcased

On Wednesday, February 22nd, ambassadors from Google will visit Stratford to announce high schooler Sarah Harrison as the winner of the Connecticut Doodle 4 Google Competition. Harrison’s winning artwork, which will be revealed at an assembly at Bunnell High School, was inspired by the prompt “What I see for the future…” As winner, Harrison will be awarded an Android tablet and the chance to win a $30,000 college scholarship and $50,000 Google for Education grant for her school.

The Doodle 4 Google competition gives K-12 students across the country the opportunity to have their artwork featured on Google’s homepage. This year, a panel of judges including Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles and Grammy Award-winning artist Sia selected the winners for each state or territory, choosing from over 4,200 entries. Beginning on March 1st, final voting will be open to the public. A panel of Googlers will then select a national winner from the top vote-getters, and the winning Doodle will be featured on Google.com.

 

 

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Matt Fossen) Neighbors Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:00:06 -0500
Fund for Women & Girls Annual Luncheon http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/856-fund-for-women-girls-annual-luncheon-1487702596856-fund-for-women-girls-annual-luncheon-1487702596 http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/856-fund-for-women-girls-annual-luncheon-1487702596856-fund-for-women-girls-annual-luncheon-1487702596

Fund for Women & Girls Annual Luncheon will be held on April 20 from 11:30AM - 2:00PM at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich (1800 East Putnam Avenue).

When you support a girl to find her voice and claim her strength, you are helping to shape the future for our next generation. When you support a woman to reach her full potential and sustain her family, you are making our community stronger. Join our annual Fund for Women and Girls Annual Luncheon and discover how, together, we thrive.

Tickets: $275

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

A role model and trailblazer for women, Andrea Jung was Avon’s first female CEO. She is credited with defining Avon as more than just a cosmetics company, leading it to become the company for women and enabling economic independence and self-sufficiency for millions of women worldwide. Jung is currently the President & CEO of Grameen America, where she is working to scale the organization to solve economic issues for women and their families across the country through microloans, training, and support.

OUR PROGRAMS

FAMILY ECONOMIC SECURITY PROGRAM (FESP)

In partnership with Housatonic Community College and Housatonic Community College Foundation, the Fund for Women & Girls helps low-income college students to attain degrees, secure living-wage jobs and build brighter futures.

Net proceeds from our Annual Luncheon will benefit FESP.

THE FUND FOR WOMEN & GIRLS

The mission of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls is to engage philanthropists and invest in sustainable solutions that lead to economically secure and healthy women and girls throughout Fairfield County. Since 1998, the Fund has helped thousands of women and girls develop confidence, find their voice and achieve economic security.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

 

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kjohnson@fccfoundation.org (Khalilah Johnson) Charities Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:46:05 -0500
Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Frontier Communications is a Champion for Children http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/859-bedford-resident-is-a-champion-for-children859-bedford-resident-is-a-champion-for-children http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/859-bedford-resident-is-a-champion-for-children859-bedford-resident-is-a-champion-for-children

Child Care Council Announces 2017 Champions for Children

CCCW Board Member Cecilia McKenney, Pediatrician Jennifer Canter, and Ossining Union Free School District to be recognized at May 19th event in Tarrytown, NY

The Child Care Council of Westchester (CCCW) - a nonprofit resource organization that works to ensure every child in Westchester has access to quality early care and education – announces the 2017 recipients of its Champions for Children Awards: Dr. Jennifer Canter, CCCW Board member Cecilia McKenney of Frontier Communications; and the Ossining Union Free School District. Honorees will be recognized at the Annual Awards Breakfast on Friday, May 19th, 2017 from 8:00 to 10:00 am at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY. Tara Rosenblum of News 12 Westchester will be Master of Ceremonies.

Each year since 2003, the Child Care Council presents the Champions for Children Awards to individuals and organizations who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to bright futures for children by creating or funding life-changing programs and initiatives. At the same event, the Council presents Joey Awards to professional care providers and community leaders who make outstanding contributions to child care and quality of life for children and working parents.

Cecilia McKenney of Bedford, NY is the Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR), a Fortune 250 company serving 10M customers in the U.S. She leads the Consumer and Small Office division, a $5B business with full P&L responsibility including leadership for product development and pricing, brand, media and digital marketing, channel sales and distribution, customer care, the customer experience and insights team and leads the Frontier Secure division. McKenney joined Frontier in 2006 from The Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG) where she was Group Vice President, Headquarters Human Resources and played a leading role following PBG’s spinoff from PepsiCo. She has served on the Board of the Child Care Council of Westchester since 2004.

“As a working mother and as a corporate executive, I know the critical importance of high-quality, affordable child care. For many families, a two-income household is the norm, and missing work due to a lack of child care coverage can be disruptive for all concerned,” said McKenney. “The mission of the Council is to give everyone - children, parents, and employers - the best possible child care resources and support. I am proud to be a part of an organization that offers solutions that allow children to thrive.  Every parent knows that if our children are safe, healthy, happy and learning, anything and everything else in our day is manageable.”

Dr. Jennifer Canter is a board-certified pediatrician with sub-specialty training and certification in the field of Child Abuse Pediatrics/Forensic Pediatrics. She has been Director of the Child Abuse Pediatrics programs at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network; the Westchester Institute for Human Development; and New York Medical College since 2002, including the Forensic Acute Care Team (FACT); a regional pediatric and adult collaborative practice SAFE program. She serves on Westchester County’s child fatality review team, is Co-Principal Investigator for Safe Babies New York, an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at New York Medical College and oversees Child Abuse Pediatrics related educational activities for medical, law enforcement, child protective services and community agencies within various Hudson Valley counties and for New York Medical College.

“I am honored to be considered a Champion for Children by the Child Care Council,” said Dr. Canter. As the region’s forensic pediatrician evaluating our county’s most vulnerable children, I’ve witnessed how incredibly important early childhood education is to sustain growth and development. Further, the role of early childhood educators in the recognition and response to potential abuse and neglect is critical to child safety and the Child Care Council plays a pivotal role in this regard.”

The Ossining Union Free School District serves about 5,000 students from Ossining and Briarcliff Manor in six schools. Ossining sets high standards for students, embraces diversity and believes all children can learn and become informed and responsible citizens. The district implemented a full-day pre-kindergarten program in September 2014. It offers Spanish/English dual-language classes from students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The district has strong partnerships with community organizations, including First Steps early literacy program for children from birth to age four.   

“We are grateful to be recognized for this prestigious award,” said Superintendent Raymond Sanchez. ”In the Ossining schools, we believe that learning begins at birth and, as such, we have implemented programs which provide such supports to our families. We are honored to be recognized for our efforts by the Child Care Council of Westchester and will continue to advocate for all of our children.”

Event tickets and sponsorships, as well as journal ads in support of the Champions, are available for purchase online at http://bit.ly/2017cccwawards. For more information about the Annual Awards Breakfast, contact Dana Lawless at (914) 761-3456 x127 or danal@cccwny.org.

About the Child Care Council of Westchester
The Child Care Council of Westchester is a private, nonprofit resource organization that champions the healthy development of children, families and communities by promoting quality early care and education. A unique, “one stop” agency for child care, the Council offers parent referrals, training, information, technical assistance, reports on the industry, and public education for parents, child care programs, governmental organizations and the business community. Since its inception in 1968, the Council has grown to become the premier authority on child care services throughout Westchester County.   The Council recently attained Quality Assurance, establishing it as one of the nation’s leading Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs).  The national recognition was awarded by Child Care Aware® of America. 
                                                                                             

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (In Better Words) Neighbors Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:41:05 -0500
Family Centers Health Care to Visit Local Preschools to Provide Dental Checkups http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/858-family-centers-health-care-to-visit-local-preschools-to-provide-dental-checkups858-family-centers-health-care-to-visit-local-preschools-to-provide-dental-checkups http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/858-family-centers-health-care-to-visit-local-preschools-to-provide-dental-checkups858-family-centers-health-care-to-visit-local-preschools-to-provide-dental-checkups

 In celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, Family Centers’ Health Care’s (FCHC) dental team will visit Family Centers’ preschool sites to offer free screenings and education services to all children. 

Family Centers Health Care’s dental hygienist Steve Rodriguez will be on hand to discuss proper brushing techniques, provide check-ups and administer free fluoride treatments.  Children will also enjoy fun dental-themed giveaways. 

Family Centers Health Care will be onsite at the following Family Centers preschool sites:

  • The Grauer Preschool: 40 Arch St. Greenwich – Wed., Feb. 22, 10 a.m. – noon
  • Armstrong Court Preschools: Armstrong Court Greenwich – Mon., Feb. 27, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • The Gateway Preschool: 2 Chapel St. Greenwich – Wed., March 1, 10 a.m. – noon

While these events are only available to children enrolled in Family Centers’ preschool sites, appointments are available at Family Centers Health Care by calling 203-717-1760.  Family Centers Health Care serves all patients regardless of ability to pay.  Most major insurance plans – including Medicaid (Husky) – are accepted.

Family Centers Health Care is a full-service medical clinic offering primary health care and dental services to children and adults living in Greenwich Public Housing units, Section 8 housing and the surrounding neighborhoods. The clinic features three medical examination rooms and a full dental suite. Family Centers Health Care is located within the Wilbur Peck Court Public Housing Community in Greenwich.  For more information, visit www.familycenters.org/FamilyCentersHealthCare.

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (William Brucker) Charities Tue, 21 Feb 2017 03:30:00 -0500
Fairfield County's 1st Hospice House Team to Discuss Legislative Changes Allowing for New Hospice Residence on February 21 http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/852-fairfield-county-s-1st-hospice-house-team-to-discuss-legislative-changes-allowing-for-new-hospice-residence-on-february-21852-fairfield-county-s-1st-hospice-house-team-to-discuss-legislative-changes-allowing-for-new-hospice-residence-on-february-21 http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/852-fairfield-county-s-1st-hospice-house-team-to-discuss-legislative-changes-allowing-for-new-hospice-residence-on-february-21852-fairfield-county-s-1st-hospice-house-team-to-discuss-legislative-changes-allowing-for-new-hospice-residence-on-february-21

Fairfield County's 1st Hospice House Team to Discuss Legislative Changes Allowing for New Single Home-Like Residence for Hospice Care

 In conjunction with the Westport Library, on Tuesday, February 21 at 7:00 pm, the Fairfield County Hospice House (FCHH) will discuss how the team worked with legislators in Connecticut to enable multiple people to receive home hospice care in a single residence.

Julia Portale, MBA, MPH, LMSW, of Fairfield County Hospice House and Lynda Tucker, RN, of Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County, will discuss the legislative changes as well as considerations when making decisions about hospice and thoughts on the end-of-life transition.

Julia Portale is the Executive Director of Fairfield County Hospice House. She has experience with start-up companies and overseeing the growth and development of home care, hospice, adult day care and geriatric care management services. She supports older adults and their families as they make important decisions about their lives and lifestyles, including expanding options for people near the end of life.

Lynda Tucker has been a hospice nurse since 1981. At Hospice of Cincinnati, she helped create StarShine, the pediatric hospice program at Cincinnati Children’s hospital. After moving to Connecticut, Lynda has cared for adults on hospice and has advocated for a residential hospice house for those who are unable to stay at home. Lynda currently works at Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County and helps people and their families in the end-of-life experience.

"We really have no choice how we come into this world.  I think there is a real sense of empowerment when we have some control in how you leave this world--or--how a loved one is going to leave this world."  Lynda Tucker, Hospice Nurse and Westport resident.

Fairfield County Hospice House

The Fairfield County Hospice House is constructing a residential house designed for people on hospice to receive end of life care and ensure comfort, dignity, privacy, emotional and spiritual support, and encourage involvement of loved ones.  The change in legislation paved the way for the construction of this six-bedroom, 10,000 square foot house located in a residential neighborhood in Stamford, CT just off the Merritt Parkway providing easy access to the lower Fairfield County community. “This is the first residential hospice house in the state of Connecticut and the Board of Directors are working hand-in-hand with the communities we will serve to help build the house,” said Larry Weisman, Board Member and resident of Westport.  All patient rooms will be single occupancy with individual baths and private outdoor spaces overlooking beautiful landscaping.  The house will offer rooms for families to stay overnight, comforting rooms for family gatherings, a playroom for children, a meditation room and outdoor porches and patios. The house will offer 24-hour care, a compassionate team of skilled healthcare professionals, life-enhancing therapies, a soothing spa bathroom, dining, laundry and housekeeping services. Volunteers will be there to help and ongoing bereavement support will be offered to families and friends.

“This is the first residential hospice house in the state of Connecticut and the Board of Directors are working hand-in- hand with the communities we will serve to help build the house,” said Larry Weisman, Board Member and resident of Westport. “The mission of the organization is to provide a home for people and their families at the end of life that offers the highest quality of care and life experience,” said Janet Nevas, Board Member and Westport native. Fairfield County Hospice House, Inc. (FCHH) is a501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2012.

For more info: www.fchospicehouse.org

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Mia Schipani) Places Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:56:13 -0500
Ridgefield High School Hosts FCIAC Playoffs on Saturday http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/849-rhs-hosts-fciac-playoffs-1487267903849-rhs-hosts-fciac-playoffs-1487267903 http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/849-rhs-hosts-fciac-playoffs-1487267903849-rhs-hosts-fciac-playoffs-1487267903

FCIAC Quarterfinal Games at RHS High School Saturday • February 18th

5:00pm • #6 Danbury (10-5) VS. #3 Stamford (14-2)

6:45pm • #7 Greenwich (10-6) vs. #2 Ridgefield (14-2)

Come out and support our girls and see some great games!

ADMISSION AT DOOR •   CONCESSIONS AVAILABLE 

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kerry@ducey.org (RHS Girls Basketball) Neighbors Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:12:53 -0500
Acclaimed TV Journalist and Female Empowerment Advocate Gretchen Carlson to Emcee Greenwich Gala for Lyme Disease Awareness http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/847-acclaimed-tv-journalist-and-female-empowerment-advocate-gretchen-carlson-to-emcee-greenwich-gala-for-lyme-disease-awareness-1487260169847-acclaimed-tv-journalist-and-female-empowerment-advocate-gretchen-carlson-to-emcee-greenwich-gala-for-lyme-disease-awareness-1487260169 http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/847-acclaimed-tv-journalist-and-female-empowerment-advocate-gretchen-carlson-to-emcee-greenwich-gala-for-lyme-disease-awareness-1487260169847-acclaimed-tv-journalist-and-female-empowerment-advocate-gretchen-carlson-to-emcee-greenwich-gala-for-lyme-disease-awareness-1487260169

Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading private nonprofit dedicated to conquering Lyme disease through research and education, announced today that TV journalist and host Gretchen Carlson will serve as the emcee for its annual Greenwich Gala, Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich, CT. 
 
Carlson, one of the nation’s most successful and recognized news anchors, is a tireless advocate for workplace equality and the empowerment of women. She has also been personally affected by Lyme disease, learning first-hand in 2013 the challenges so many people face in getting properly diagnosed with the illness. 
 
“I had a bull’s-eye rash, but was told I didn’t have Lyme disease,” she recalls. “However after I experienced fever, horrendous headaches, night sweats and unbelievable exhaustion I went to another doctor, went through tests, and was successfully treated. But, sadly, each year hundreds of thousands of people go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed and are often told their symptoms are all in their head. I’m looking forward to emceeing GLA’s Gala and learning more about the research being conducted to find answers to this tick-borne disease.” 
 
In making today’s announcement, GLA also released a list of prominent celebrities who have agreed to serve as Honorary Event Chairs for the event. They include Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Alexander; Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen; women’s basketball superstar/Olympian Elena Delle Donne; Olympian Donna deVarona; meteorologist Dr. Bill Evans; actress Marla Maples; best-selling author Jay McInerney; actress Parker Posey; Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver; best-selling author Rebecca Wells, and others still to be named.
 
The evening’s honorees include Dr. Harriet Kotsoris, who has played a major role in changing the paradigm of Lyme disease research in the United States. Dr. Kotsoris  will receive the Lauren F. Brooks Hope Award for her pioneering 10 years as GLA’s Chief Scientific Officer and founder of its Scientific Advisory Board. 
 
“We are thankful for all that Harriet Kotsoris has done over the past decade and are thrilled to honor her at the Gala,” said Scott Santarella, GLA’s CEO. “She put Lyme disease research on a new trajectory which includes promising viable diagnostic tests and treatment protocols, already working to change outcomes for patients.”
 
In addition, singer-songwriter Marina Morgan—featured by national radio host Elvis Duran as his December “Artist of the Month”—will receive GLA’s Star Light Award at the Gala. Morgan’s debut single, “Paralyzed,” which she performed live on NBC’s “TODAY” Show, was inspired by her battle with Lyme disease. 
 
“I am hoping through my music I can shed some light on the seriousness of this disease and also help anyone who might be dealing with a similar situation or personal crisis,” said Morgan, who will perform her song at the Gala. “My wish is that this song empowers people to stay strong and never give up and helps them to see that there is ultimately a light at the end of this tunnel.” 
 
Event Chairs are Robyn Carpenter, Heather Glass, Amy Tambini and Tara Vessels. 
To date, sponsors include Fairfield County Look, Franklin Square Investments, Greenwich Hospital, Luxe Interiors +Design, WIMCO Villas and Withersworldwide.
 
The Greenwich Gala is a major fundraising event for Global Lyme Alliance. The Gala will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. It features a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, and both silent and live auctions. For more information, or to purchase tables or tickets, please visit GLA.org/ctgala or call 203-969-1333.
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ABOUT GLOBAL LYME ALLIANCE
Global Lyme Alliance is the leading private nonprofit dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through research and education. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit is headquartered in Greenwich, CT. For more information go to GLA.org

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Global Lyme Alliance) Charities Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:08:14 -0500
Stamford Restuarant Weeks February 17-March 2 http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/844-stamford-restuarant-weeks-february-17-march-2844-stamford-restuarant-weeks-february-17-march-2 http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/844-stamford-restuarant-weeks-february-17-march-2844-stamford-restuarant-weeks-february-17-march-2

Restaurant Weeks, hosted by Stamford Tables, is back for another winter of fabulous dining.  

From February 17th through March 2nd, participating restaurants will be offering prix fixe lunches and dinners for the public to enjoy.  Come in from the cold and experience what Stamford Downtown has to offer!

Check out the 24 Participating Restaurants, Menus and Special Offers below:

Click Each Price Point to See Menus:

To learn more, visit Stamford-Downtown website here. 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Stamford Downtown) Events Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:13:26 -0500
Comedy Night at The Fez on Monday, February 20 http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/840-comedy-night-at-the-fez-on-monday-february-20840-comedy-night-at-the-fez-on-monday-february-20 http://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/840-comedy-night-at-the-fez-on-monday-february-20840-comedy-night-at-the-fez-on-monday-february-20

Big show with all night long laughs! Close out your 3-day weekend and celebrate President's Day with Comedy Night at The Fez featuring JOHN MOSES, CHRIS CLARKE, PAT OATES, ERICA SPERA, RYAN BRAUTH - no cover & 1/2 price bottles of wine!

You can also enjoy Stamford's Restaurant Week at The Fez with our rich and delicious 3-course prix-fixe menu, dinner for just $35.17 Show starts at 8:00PM Reserve your table today!

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (The Fez) Events Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:28:13 -0500