Stamfordnorth's HamletHub Thu, 29 Jun 2017 03:21:31 -0400 Local Farmers Markets You Won't Want to Miss This Summer!

Our friends at RMACT have compiled a list of not-to-miss local farmers' markets!

Practicing good eating habits can help in your efforts towards reaching your fertile goals. With that in mind, Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), wants to help you forge a successful path to those goals by spreading the word about some of the summer farmers markets in the area!

These markets are a fun alternative to the grocery store and provide you with a wide variety of fresh produce at affordable prices! Take a look at the brochure below to get some tips, resources, and locations of various markets near you!

Download a copy here.

Learn more about RMACT here.

]]> (by Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT Care Team) Life Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:04:17 -0400
Four New Members Join Person-to-Person Board

Person-to-Person has named four new Board members – Bill Bradley of Weston, Kim Dickinson of Stamford, Clare Kretzman of Stamford and Tina Madon of Darien.

Bradley and Dickinson Step-Up Their Volunteer Involvement at P2P

Bill Bradley is the General Counsel of GE Energy Financing Services, the energy investing arm of the General Electric Company, based in Stamford. Prior to joining GE in 2005, he was a partner in the law firm of Hunton & Williams, LLC where he served in the firm’s Richmond, New York and Asian offices. Bradley received his JD from the University of Richmond School of Law and a BA from James Madison University. He has been serving as the liaison coordinating the financial and volunteer support that P2P receives from GE and we are pleased that he is increasing his level of involvement and contribution to the agency.

Kim Dickinson was born and raised in Iowa where she earned her BA with a double major in Business and History at Coe College in Cedar Rapids. She received her JD from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Throughout her career, Dickinson has been an active volunteer, with Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Utah and Michigan as well as Gilda’s Club in the Grand Rapids area. After moving to Stamford in 2009, she began volunteering with P2P. Since selling her business in 2012, Dickinson has increased her level of community involvement while continuing her volunteer commitment to P2P by filling regularly scheduled shifts in Darien reception, serving on event planning committees and acting as a Youth Group Advisor to students in the Darien A Better Chance program who volunteer at P2P. We appreciate her willingness to do even more for the benefit of P2P clients.

Kretzman and Madon Volunteer Their Time and Talent to Advance the P2P Mission

Clare Kretzman recently retired following a 35-year career as a corporate attorney, both in private practice at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City and Shipman & Goodwin in Stamford, and most recently as Deputy General Counsel of Gartner, Inc. in Stamford. She is a graduate of St. John’s University College of Business Administration and St. John’s University School of Law. In addition to managing a demanding career and family life, Kretzman has long been involved in community service, serving as president of the Home School Association of Greenwich Catholic School, a volunteer at The New Covenant House Soup Kitchen in Stamford, a board member of Birthright of Greater Stamford, Inc., and as a pro bono attorney and board member at The Stamford Senior Center, Inc.

Tina Madon is a senior investor relations and corporate communications executive with extensive financial services industry experience, including expertise in the asset management, institutional brokerage and investment banking sectors. Most recently Madon was a Managing Director and Head of Public Markets Investor Relations for Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, one of the largest hedge funds in the world. She was a member of the leadership team that took the company public in 2007 and Head of Corporate Communications, with responsibility for ensuring integrated communications with all Och-Ziff’s key stakeholders. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Madon is president of the Investor Relations Association and a member of the Senior Roundtable of the National Investor Relations Institute. She holds an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from Mount Holyoke College.

The full membership of the Person-to-Person board includes President Avery Whidden, Vice President Marie Radcliff, Treasurer Chris Whitney, Secretary Kaysie Uniacke, Steven Chin, Victoria de Toledo, Jen Forlizzi, Amy Gold, Michael Hyman, Susie Lindenberg, Daniel Lota, Liz Mackie, Valerie McNeil, Rick Nixon and Betsy Wilson.

About Person-to-Person
Person-to-Person, Inc. was established in 1968 to provide low-income individuals and families living in Lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services. A community-supported agency, Person-to-Person is committed to helping clients achieve self-sufficiency through practical help, advocacy, education and problem solving initiatives. Programs include Emergency Assistance, Campership and Scholarship. With offices in Darien and Norwalk, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton. More information may be found on the web at

]]> (Troy Ellen Dixon) Charities Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:00:47 -0400
Mini Summer Camp Series Digital Marketing Trends at the at the Ferguson Library on Thursday

Come join us for summer Social Media Camp on Thursday, June 28th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Ferguson Library, Stamford.

We will be meeting in the computer room on the third floor. The first session is learning how to enhance your marketing strategies with Digital marketing and Twitter. Cheryl Henchar from Cheryl's Creative Services will be presenting Digital Marketing Trends for Your Business.  

A dual presentation from the Guberti Brothers Michael and Marc founders of Business Whiz Kids Social Media Strategist.  They will be presenting How to Grow Your Business with Social Media, and 3 Ways to Monetize Twitter.

Seminar Agenda

  •          Marketing Automation with email marketing
  •          Content Marketing
  •          Video
  •          Mobile
  •          Big Data
  •          Setting goals for your online campaigns
  •          Creating an action plan
  •          Social media best practices
  •          How to Tweet Valuable, Engaging Content
  •          Tools to Interact with your audience
  •          How to Grow Your Twitter followers 

Bring a friend or business colleagues with you! 

Click on the event link to Register Today.

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl at Cheryl’s Creative Services (203) 249-0487 or via email:


]]> (Cheryl Henchar) Events Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:00:14 -0400
Sunday Salon: What to Wear? How the Bride Decides at The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Legendary Textile Conservator and FIT Professor June Burns Bové will present, What to wear? How the Bride Decides, a talk on the fashion and social history of the wedding dress on July 16, 2017 from 2:30-4:30pm at The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum .

“Museum catalogers are usually happy to be assigned a wedding dress; the date is very certain,” Ms. Bové said, “But that is the only certainty, for the very act of saving the dress is proof of its value to the woman who wore it.  It tells about her sense of style, her economic circumstances, and her social environment.”

There may be great differences between the attire of two brides married on the same day; one may wear French couture and the other, her best day dress, but the fashion lines are discernible.   During the times between two great wars, American women looked to a number of sources for fashion news, starting with the colored engraving and then the photograph.  Magazines directed to women were important, but so were newspapers with pictures of actresses and the social elite.  Not all dresses were saved, nor are all dresses saved today.  Brides often wore their dresses as reception dresses after the wedding or made children’s clothing from the fabric.  Nowadays, dresses may be resold on eBay and Craigslist. We have the ones that were kept to tell us about that “one special day” and the world of the woman who wore it.


July 16, 2017


]]> (June Burns Bové) Events Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:43:30 -0400
Over 40 firework events are happening in CT from June 30th to July 4th

July 4th is coming up, which means one thing: fireworks! Being a Connecticut resident, however, means you are not limited to the firework shows in your area. They are happening all across the state, with 41 events going on between Friday, June 30th, and Tuesday, July 4th. Find one (or more) that interests you from the selection below!

Friday, June 30th

  • Danbury - Danbury Fair Mall (6 PM). Rain Date: 7/3/17

  • Hamden - Town Center Park, 2761 Dixwell Ave (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/1/2017

  • Hartford - Dunkin Donuts Park (Hartford Yard Goats Post-Game Show). No Rain Date.

  • Killingly - Owen Bell Park (9:15 PM). Rain Date: 7/7/2017

  • Norwich - Dodd Stadium (CT Tigers Post-Game). No Rain Date.

  • Norwich - Fireworks on the Harbor, 100 Chelsea Harbor Drive (Dusk). Rain Date: 07/02/2017

  • Oxford - 2017 Quaker Farms Fire Co. Annual Carnival, Quaker Farms School, 30 Great Oak Rd. (9:45 PM). No rain date.

  • Simsbury - Celebrate America - Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center (After Concert). Rain Date: 7/1/2017

  • Stafford Spring - Independence Day Celebration with Fireworks, Stafford Motor Speedway, 55 West St. (Fireworks at Conclusion of Feature Events). No Rain Date.

  • Stamford - Cummings Park (Entertainment at 6 PM, Fireworks at 9 PM). Rain Date: 7/1/2017

  • Stratford - Short Beach Park (9:00 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

Saturday, July 1st

  • Bristol - Lake Compounce (9:00 PM). Rain Date: 7/7/2017

  • Darien - Darien High School (Gates Open at 6:30 PM). Rain Date: 7/2/2017

  • Greenwich - Greenwich Point and Binney Park (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/2/2017

  • Hartford - Dunkin' Donuts Park (Hartford Yard Goats Post-Game Show). Rain Date: None

  • Lakeville - Lime Rock Park (9:00 PM). Rain Date: None

  • Manchester - Manchester Band Shell (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/2/2017

  • Middletown - Barge off of Harbor Park (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/2/2017

  • Milford - Milford's Lisman Landing (9:15 PM). Rain Date: 07/08/2017

  • New Britain- New Britain Stadium (New Britain Bees Post-Game Show). Rain Date: None

  • New Milford - Town Green (Full Dusk - Approx. 9:30 PM). Rain Date: 07/28/2017

  • Putnam - Rotary Park, Kennedy Drive (Concert at 7 PM, Fireworks at 9:15 PM). Rain Date: 07/02/2017

  • Redding - Rock'n Roots Revival, Lonetown Farm & Museum, 43 Lonetown Rd (9k Run at 8 AM, Concert at 12 PM, Fireworks After Dusk). Rain Date: 07/02/2017

Sunday, July 2nd

  • Fairfield - Penfield or Jennings Beach (Entertainment at 6 PM, Fireworks at 9:15 PM). Rain Date: 7/3/2017

  • Hartford - Dunkin' Donuts Park (Hartford Yard Goats Post-Game Show). No Rain Date.

  • Orange - Orange Fairgrounds (Concert at 6:30, Fireworks at 9:30 PM). Rain Date: 7/3/2017

  • Waterbury - Brass Mill Center (Festivities at 2 PM, Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.). Rain Date: 7/9/2017

Monday, July 3rd

  • Bridgeport - The Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport Bluefish Post-Game Show). No Rain Date

  • Derby - Downtown Derby/Shelton (Concert beginning at 7 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • Madison - Waterfront area off of West Wharf Beach (9:30 PM). Rain Date: 7/7/2017

  • Naugatuck - Old Firehouse Rd. (Celebration at 6 PM, Fireworks at 9:15 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • Norwalk - Calf Pasture Beach (Performances begin at 5:30 PM, Fireworks at Dusk). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • West Haven - Bradley Point Park (9:00 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • Westport - Compo Beach (9:00 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

Tuesday, July 4th

  • Haddam - Search for Fireworks Cruise, Eagle Landing State Park (Departs at 7:30 PM). No Rain Date.

  • Middlebury - Quassy Amusement Park (10:15 PM). No Rain Date.

  • New Canaan - Waveny Park (Dusk). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • New Haven - East Rock Park (9 PM). No Rain Date.

  • Norwalk - Bayley Beach (9:15 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017

  • Norwich - Dodd Stadium (CT Tigers Post-Game Show). No Rain Date.

Wilton - Wilton High School (9:30 PM). Rain Date: 7/5/2017


Happy Independence Weekend, everyone!

]]> (Tara Daly) Life Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:58:52 -0400
Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County to Celebrate Its 24th Anniversary July 7-9

Bridgeport, CT, June 2017 – The 2017 Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County will celebrate its 24th anniversary with special events on Friday, July 7; Saturday, July 8; and Sunday, July 9, with the Parade as the culminating event. The public is invited to all the events, with reservations required for the Annual Banquet Gala on Friday.   

This three-day celebration of community and tradition honors the rich history, heritage and culture of Puerto Rico. The theme, The Power and Pride of Our Voices, celebrates and recognizes the struggle and sorrow as well as the advancement and contribution of Puerto Ricans.  

The weekend gets started with the Annual Dinner/Dance Banquet Gala on Friday at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn. Advance reservations required.   Son 7 & DJ MB Flo will serenade the guests with tropical and dance music. The Grand Marshall, Sergeant Joseph A. Hernández, Bridgeport Police Department, Godmother/Madrina Anna C. Cruz, Assistant to the Dean of Students at Housatonic Community College, and Godfather/Padrino Carlos Collazo, President of the Greater New Haven Mentoring Collaborative, will be accompanied by the Royal Court, comprised of youth from Fairfield County schools, including: 

- Little Miss Puerto Rico Josany Galarza, Bridgeport/San Sebastián - attends Barnum School 

- Miss Teen Puerto Rico Christina Auguste, Bridgeport/Lares - attends Classical Studies Magnet Academy

- Mr. Teen Puerto Rico Kyle Vega, Stratford/ Bayamón - attends Wooster Middle School 

- Miss Puerto Rico Irene Surapine, Norwalk - attends Brien McMahon High School

Special 2017 honorees include Carlos Nieves, Jr., owner of Ortiz Boxing Gym as well as Carolyn González from Capital for Change. The keynote speaker is Edwin Ramos, local recording artist and Grammy Award winner.     

Bridgeport City Hall will host the annual flag raising event, which this year is honoring Miriam Colón (20 August 1936 – 3 March 2017), on Saturday at 11:30AM. A Puerto Rican actor, Colón was the founder and director of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York City, performed on Broadway and later moved on to television.  She is remembered for visiting Bridgeport on several occasions.  

The celebration continues with the Parade that begins at Central High School and goes down Park Avenue to Seaside Park, which annually attracts thousands of spectators and draws performers and marchers from various backgrounds. The entertainment continues into the evening at the Seaside Park with the music fest welcoming Pepe Rios y la Orchestra La Mancha directly from Puerto Rico. The highly popular Fiesta features top entertainment, a variety of food vendors with fun activities for children and families.  

 The Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that sponsors various events that are free of charge and open to the public.  Benefactors and the work of community volunteers support the PRPFC.  


]]> (Rosa Correa) Events Sat, 24 Jun 2017 03:01:14 -0400
Swim Across America Moves Indoors to Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich

The 11th Annual Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim scheduled for Saturday morning, June 24, is being moved to the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich at 4 Horseneck Lane, Greenwich, Connecticut, due to the forecast of thunderstorms. The annual Swim will take place in the Boys & Girls Club pool instead of Long Island Sound. 

Even with this last minute venue change, close to 300 swimmers are expected to participate - one of the largest groups in the 11 years of the Swim. Every year, more swimmers and volunteers come together and raise money in the fight to defeat cancer. 

At this Saturday's Swim, Swim Across America is seeing more local high school swim teams and their coaches signing up, such as Greenwich High School swim team coaches Terry Lowe and Lorrie Hokayem who are leading Team Julian, as well as Greenwich Academy, Brunswick School, Ridgefield High School, LaGuardia High School and Darien High School swim coach Marjorie Trifone with Team Blue Wave Swim & Dive. Teams are also a big part of the Greenwich-Stamford Swim with more than 20 teams already registered. One of the largest teams is Team Julian, with members swimming in honor of Julian Fraser, a 2014 Greenwich High School graduate and captain of the GHS swim and water polo teams, who sadly passed away earlier this year after an eleven month battle with cancer. Julian’s father Alec Fraser will be the honored speaker at this year’s Swim.


“A very big and very moving part of the Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford Swim is hearing the stories of ‘Why I Swim’ or ‘Why I Volunteer’ from our participants,” noted Michele Graham, one of the co-chairs of the event and the mother of a teenage cancer survivor. Michele’s daughter Nicole, also a 2014 Greenwich High School graduate, is a leukemia survivor.  Lorrie Lorenz, the other co-chair, is also the mother of a teenage cancer survivor with her daughter Brooke, who was diagnosed with lymphoma her senior year of high school. Brooke will be celebrating six years of being cancer-free at this year’s Swim and Nicole will be celebrating five years cancer free.

In this one-year alone, 1,688,780 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed and there will be 600,920 cancer deaths in the U.S. This staggering statistic offers compelling proof of the need to continue devising new approaches to research and treatment. Whether it is through swimming, volunteering, giving or cheering on loved ones, Swim Across America welcomes anyone and everyone who wants to be a part of the fight against cancer.  

Tori Dinkel of Ridgefield, Connecticut, one of the Swim’s top fundraisers and a swimmer that has participated all 11 years of the Greenwich-Stamford Swim Across America event, sums up her “Why I Swim” this way: 

W is for Wetsuits - who doesn’t look cool in a wetsuit!

His for hundred percent! 100% of donations received by ACGT go directly to cancer research!

Y is for Yale University and the innovative lab being used to research new treatments for blood cancers.

I is for immune therapy and RNA that might be the answer and funds are needed to figure that out.

S is for Dr. Samuel Katz at Yale University, an ACGT Swim Across America grant recipient - Sam, you’ve got this!

W is for Wavemakers - my team - and a fabulous group to be a part of.

I is for I want to make a difference!

M is for Mather Hospital, Dr. Vacirca and all of the people who helped my Mom, Catherine Clark.”

For Kate Pollock, a land volunteer this year, the reason she volunteers is even more personal. On September 11, 2015, Kate was diagnosed with breast cancer — only a few months after her twin sister’s same diagnosis. At that time, her son was five months old and her daughter had just turned four years old. Kate states that she is “not just a cancer survivor, but a thriver.” In 2015 and 2016, she underwent four biopsies, a lumpectomy and a month of radiation. For the next five years, she will take medication to help prevent metastasis of the cancer. Kate says that, “while the road hasn’t been filled with roses and confetti, I made it through what will hopefully be the hard part and now I’m doing great.” Kate is volunteering in honor of fellow survivors — her sister Liza Pollock, her Mom Martha Brandt-Pollock, friends Susan Carver, Nicole Magaldi, Alexis El Sayed, Meredith Fein Lichtenberg and cousin Gina Zinn. She is also volunteering in memory of her friend Patty Hewitt’s Mom, Darlene Catherine Nock.

Andy Alisberg of Greenwich is swimming with the team Peter’s Defeaters. Andy has four reasons why he is swimming: “1) Over the past 12 months, cancer has continued to intrude on the universe of people I know and about whom I care, including 26 year old Vietor Evans (a classmate of my daughter Katie since nursery school), my grad school suite mate Paul Stuka, our friend Robin Zorthian, and another friend who prefers to remain anonymous. 2) The memory of those wonderful friends whom we have lost to cancer in recent years burns bright and I again remember Peter Hinrichs, Wendy Landes, Jim Phelan, Holly Pressman, and Katha Diddel Sussman. I think of these people all the time. 3) There is a list that is way too long of friends who continue their battles,- Joe, Bob, Meline, Stacey, Fran, Scott, Linda, Doug, Robin, Ann, Chris, and Ronni. 4) I am inspired by the eloquent and moving words of our friend Meline Dickson, who kicked off the 2016 Swim by addressing the assemblage and recounting her story of how she learned that she was afflicted and how she has faced her challenges. It is important to note that Meline, as well as others I have mentioned, is a beneficiary of the type of immunotherapy research that the Greenwich/Stamford Swim Across America and the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy funds. Last year, my son Will joined me and he is eagerly participating this year. Thanks to the generosity of you, our generous and kind friends, we raised over $25,000 last year.”

 With this being the Greenwich-Stamford Swim Across America’s 11th year, the event has in past years:

  • Raised more than $3.1 million to support the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT) - 100% of all donations to ACGT go directly to support cancer cell and gene therapy research
  • Inspired 1,881 swimmers to swim in Long Island Sound making waves to #defeatcancer
  • Included swimmers ages six to 82!
  • Had the help of 950 land, beach and sea volunteers 
  • Swam 2,500+ total miles

The Greenwich-Stamford Swim Across America event has supported the research of several ACGT-funded scientists. This year’s Swim will support Dr. Samuel Katz, an assistant professor of pathology at Yale University who is studying the use of immunotherapy using RNA to attack cancer cells in blood cancers; and Dr. Crystal Mackall, associate director of Stanford Cancer Institute, the director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at Stanford, and director of the Cancer Immunotherapy Program, Department of Pediatrics at Stanford Cancer Center, who is using the ACGT Swim Across America grant to focus on immunotherapy to treat osteosarcoma.

Nationally, Swim Across America has raised more than $65 million in the fight against cancer with swims throughout the United States since its founding in 1987. In Connecticut, the annual Swim Across America event is an open water swim with ½-mile, 1.5-mile and 3-mile options. Proceeds of the fundraising efforts support cancer research grants administered by ACGT. 

While Swim Across America is a national organization and offers dozens of swims from Boston Harbor to under the Golden Gate Bridge, its roots are firmly anchored in Connecticut and along the shores of Long Island Sound. Darien, Connecticut, resident Matt Vossler and his lifelong friend and college roommate Jeff Keith founded Swim Across America.

About Swim Across America

Swim Across America, Inc. (SAA) is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events.  With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, Swim Across America is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service.  To learn more visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Special thanks to the generous sponsors who have made the Swim Across America Greenwich-Stamford event possible: ACGT, Barbara and Edward Netter Foundation, Geneve Corp., Aquafina, The Lapin Foundation, Cindy and John Sites, Quinnipiac University and Purdue. And national sponsors: NCA SEF, Swim Outlet, Dolfin, Malibu C, Finis, Accenture and Cisco. As well as in-kind donations from Aux Delices, Upper Crust Bagel Company, Donut Delight, COBBS Bread, Dannon, Westy Self Storage, Greenwich Whole Foods and Vineyard Vines. Media sponsors include: Serendipity and Fairfield County Look.


Swim Across America--Greenwich-Stamford

]]> (Swim Across America) Todays events Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:47:34 -0400
Two Events at Stamford Downtown Farmers Market Sat. June 24

STAMFORD CT, June 20, 2017 – This Saturday, June 24, 9am-3pm, at the Stamford Downtown Farmers Market set up at Prospect Street at Latham Park (Bedford Street), there will be two special events: 

- Wellness Under the Sun will lead a Zumba Class at 9:30am, then BOOT Camp at 10:30am. The classes are free and run on the following Saturdays: 

July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5 & August 12. It’s never too late to start a fitness regimen!

Then, at 1pm, the Market is hosting its first CHESS DAY. From 1-3pm, members of The National Educational Chess Association will be on hand to play chess and even help you perfect your moves! 

It’s a great place to play with some experts and get some tips on strategizing.

And, while you are there, you can shop for the freshest fruits, vegetables, plants, baked goods, olives, handmade soaps and more! The Stamford Downtown Farmers Market happens Saturdays on Prospect Street at Latham Park (Bedford Street) from 9am to 3pm from now until October 28, 2017

NEW THIS YEAR: The Stamford Downtown Farmers market will be accepting SNAP/EBT cards for payment, allowing everyone access to healthy food options.

So, shop CT Grown items at the Stamford Downtown Farmers Market, which has some exciting new vendors. Visit or call 203-348-5285 for more details.

Vendors include:

Country Farm: Fresh fruits and vegetables from Northford, CT

Meredith’s Country Bakery: Full line of bakery products and jam

Olive Oil Mediterranean: Kardamas olive oil and oregano, produced on their family-owned farm in Greece

Beldotti BakeryBread, pesto, mozzarella and SANDWICHES!

Vesco Foods: Pickles, olives, olive oil, sun dried tomatoes, tapenade

Waterview Farm: Organic produce and free range eggs

McCants Mini Cheesecake: mini cheesecakes in a jar

Mill Pond Essentials: handmade soap, candles and perfumes

Body and Spirit: handmade lotions, scrubs, clay facial products and more

]]> (Annette Einhorn) Places Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:36:13 -0400
Second Annual NICE Festival in Norwalk on July 8

The NICE Festival at Oyster Shell Park, North Water St. Norwalk on July 8th from 11 am to 8 pm. Rain or Shine.

NICE host dancers, musicians, vendors and local international restaurants; and encourage the community to spend the day together.


The Norwalk International Cultural Exchange (NICE) is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote and increase awareness of the diversity of people from around the world through arts and culture. The mission of NICE is to encourage the various groups that make up our society to learn about each other’s traditions and customs in order to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of what each group brings to our community.

The NICE Festival Series celebrate the rich global heritage and culture so evident in the music, food, art and talent of which we in Norwalk are so proud. The NICE Festival Series host dancers, musicians, food and craft vendors from multiple traditions and customs; and encourage the community to spend the day together. NICE INC supports global and local charitable organizations in their fight against the problems facing the modern world, which as we know, include poverty, hunger, sparse economic and educational opportunities, and slavery.

Click here for additional information.

]]> (NICE Festival) Events Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:05:37 -0400
Meyer Jabara Hotels Celebrates 40 Years in the Boutique Hotel Business

This spring, Ridgefield resident and Chairman of the Board of Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN), Richard Jabara and partner William Meyer, celebrate 40 years of Meyer Jabara Hotels (MJ Hotels).

Jabara, President and Chief Executive Officer, has led MJ Hotels to receive excellence awards from five individual franchisors. He operates the company from their headquarters in Danbury, CT, where they have been located for thirty years. In addition to Connecticut, MJ Hotels has headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The success of 40 years began in 1977 when Jabara, a second generation hotelier, partnered with Meyer, the previous President and Chief Executive Officer for Servico, Inc., to open the Holiday Inn of Danbury. In this original hotel, the owners also started Teddy’s Restaurant and Lounge, which they named after Jabara’s father. Since then, the restaurant has traveled to 10 other MJ Hotels.

Today, the company operates 30 boutique hotels in 10 eastern states under licenses from Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Cambria, Choice Hotels, and Hyatt.

A seasoned hotelier with four decades of hospitality experience, Jabara is past Chairman of Intercontinental Hotels Owners Association, the world’s largest hotel company.

MJ Hotels distinguishes itself from competitors through their proud commitment to “The Journey.” Following this philosophy, each hotel maintains a special community where associates are inspired and encouraged to bring forth their unique skills in order to build the best relationships with partners and customers. Additionally, the company works closely with businesses in the surrounding neighborhood to make sure visitors experience the specific area’s culture.

Jabara shares insight into the secret to success, "I believe our company has enjoyed sustained success because of a strong foundational belief in developing partnerships with people.  We partner with our associates to deliver great places to work. We partner with our guests to create differentiating, memorable, positive experiences. We partner with our owners and franchisors to continually learn and consequently grow the assets. We are not really in the hotel business. We are in the people business. Better the people; better the relationships; better the business."

Committed to giving each guest a unique and memorable taste of the area, MJ Hotel hospitality is certainly one worth celebrating.

Congratulations to Meyer and Jabara for a successful 40 years!


]]> (Grace Heller) Places Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:53:32 -0400
Kids Helping Kids Fun With Science Using Slime in Stamford!

Kids Helping Kids is offering summer science programs for second and third graders in the community, using Slime in their experiments!

Using the innovative new crowdfunding site The Impact Vine, ( are fundraising via a crowdfunding campaign which ends in only 5 days, to raise the funds needed to purchase items for this Science program. 

For more information about their Fun With Science project, or to donate, please click here



]]> (The) Charities Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:27:39 -0400
Family Centers Honors Employees for Customer Service Excellence

Family Centers Honors Employees for Customer Service Excellence

 At its employee-wide Town Hall Meeting on June 9, Family Centers recognized five employees for customer service excellence. 

For consistently embodying Family Centers’ core values and providing exceptional service to both internal and external customers, Lead Preschool Teacher Sharon Alogna, Administrative Assistant Cynthia Alvarez, Stamford CARES Medical Case Manager Sameka Hamilton, Administrative Assistant Angelo Saint-Jean and Care to Care Coordinator Nathalie Tocci were named Family Centers’ 2017 “Customer Service Ambassadors”. 

As part of an agency-wide customer service initiative called CSI:FC (Customer Service Initiative: Family Centers), the annual Customer Service Ambassador Award honors employees who go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure customer needs are met.  Winners were nominated by fellow Family Centers employees. 

“CSI:FC has had a profound impact on our agency culture since it launched last year,” said President Bob Arnold.  “Our Customer Service Ambassadors’ positive approach and consistent use of Family Centers’ standards of excellence inspires us all.”

Established in 2011, CSI:FC celebrates Family Centers’ rich culture of excellent service delivery, while indentifies ways to improve.  The initiative is based on seven Standards of Excellence, which incorporate Family Centers’ organizational value statement and provides employees with guidelines that should be considered when working with customers. 

Family Centers is a private, nonprofit organization offering education and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. Visit or for additional information.

]]> (William Brucker) Charities Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:25:20 -0400
Stamford's Laurel House Works to Bring the Outside In for Those with Mental Health Challenges

Stamford's Laurel House ( is working with The Impact Vine ( to crowdfund an interactive whiteboard for their clients working through mental health challenges. 

However, their project ends in a few days and they need help in making this whiteboard a reality for their clients.

See their project here

With an interactive whiteboard…

• Laurel House workshop participants will experience videos such as TED Talks, music, theater, art, even books, to stimulate their creative juices, expose them to new ideas, and help them to express themselves more effectively through writing and art.

• Thinking Well (cognitive remediation) instructors will combine state-of-the art delivery of our therapeutic program that addresses long-term cognitive impairment with interactive group sessions, to solidify the skills worked on 1:1.

• An interactive white board will introduce participants with limited computer skills to the digital communication needed in today’s world, for further education, employment, and engaging in their local communities as well as the broader world.

]]> (Tara Daly) Places Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:32:14 -0400
Stamford Nonprofit Crowdfunding to Create Student DocuDrama

Stamford nonprofit LiveGirl, created to help middle-school-age girls realize their potential, has partnered with actress Sabrina Thompson's KUU productions and The Impact Vine ( to create a docudrama focused on helping middle-school aged girls overcome the pressures of social media, titled "One Million Likes."

See their crowdfunding project and video here:

LiveGirl and KUU Productions will partner to produce one 90 second video campaign for social media and one 6-8 minute DocuDrama video campaign, to be packaged as a middle school assembly kit with discussion guide and Q&A. LiveGirl will roll-out to Fairfield County middle schools during the 2017-18 school year.

According to Live Girl founder, New Canaan's Sheri West, "Middle school girls today are vulnerable as they face adolescent pressures amplified by social media.  (Only 4% of teen girls are comfortable talking with a parent, teacher, or counselor when they feel anxious or depressed, and teen female depression and suicide rates are increasing at an “alarming” pace, according to the CDC)."

About KUU Productions:

  • KUU Productions ( is a dynamic media production company whose work has been featured on NBC, CBS, Entertainment Tonight, The New York Times, People Magazine, ESSENCE, Ebony. Sabrina Thompson, CEO, is also the founder of WEEN (Women in Entertainment Network), a NYC-based women’s non-profit which currently has over 80,000 members.


]]> (Tara Daly) Charities Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:28:14 -0400
Person-to-Person Receives Grant from The Westport Woman’s Club

The Community Service Committee of The Westport Woman’s Club has awarded a $1,500 grant to Person-to-Person.

The grant will be used for the Emergency Assistance Program, which provides a supplemental safety net to clients who come to P2P with an immediate need plus casework services to help clients work toward stability.

The Westport Woman’s Club has supported the work we do at Person-to-Person for several years and we are grateful for their ongoing generosity.

For more information about Person-to-Person, visit the website.

]]> (Troy Ellen Dixon) Charities Sun, 18 Jun 2017 11:52:10 -0400