Westport's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/westport Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:46:41 -0400 HamletHub.com Illuminating the Past: Cemetery Lantern Tour with WHS on October 21 http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/44675-illuminating-the-past-cemetery-lantern-tour-with-whs44675-illuminating-the-past-cemetery-lantern-tour-with-whs http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/44675-illuminating-the-past-cemetery-lantern-tour-with-whs44675-illuminating-the-past-cemetery-lantern-tour-with-whs

The annual autumn lantern tour has woken from a long slumber! Creep through the Willowbrook Cemetery with your lantern and a guide in period costume to explore the final resting places of notable Westporters. Hear stories from the ghosts of a town founder, a theater lover, and an artist. The tour takes place on Sat., Oct. 21, from 5 to 6 pm.

Meet at Willowbrook Cemetery, 395 Main St. Westport, near the entrance. Peter Jenning’s book, Buried in Our Past: A Historical Presentation of Westport’s Burial Grounds will be available for purchase for $5.

Stay for Halloween refreshments after the tour.

Please register by calling 203-222-1424

$10/person; $20/family of 4 or more; $5/child or student

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bpeck@westporthistory.org (Barbara Peck) Events Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:42:52 -0400
Outdoor screening of Disneynature’s Earth on Friday http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/44720-epndc-1505920137-150592013844720-epndc-1505920137-1505920138 http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/44720-epndc-1505920137-150592013844720-epndc-1505920137-1505920138

 

Outdoor screening of Disneynature’s Earth on Friday, September 22 6:30PM at Earthplace

Bring the whole family to Earthplace for a FREE outdoor screening of Disneynature’s Earth in our beautiful amphitheater nestled amongst the trees. An epic story of adventure, starring some of the most magnificent and courageous creatures alive, awaits you in this beautiful and engaging film. Join us as we live one year in the life of three animal families on a journey across our planet.  

For Additional Information:  Visit www.earthplace.org or call 203-557-4400

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kerry@ducey.org (EPNDC) Events Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:27:40 -0400
Earthplace Festival on Sunday, October 8 http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/44719-epndc-1505921447-150592144744719-epndc-1505921447-1505921447 http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/44719-epndc-1505921447-150592144744719-epndc-1505921447-1505921447

Earthplace Festival on Sunday, October 8 from 10AM-3PM

Join us for an entire day of outdoor family fun! There will be nature crafts, games, animal encounters, seasonal activities, food trucks and more!
Tickets: $10 Kids | $5 Adults | Kids Under 2 FREE

For Addition Information:  Visit www.earthplace.org or call 203-557-4400

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kerry@ducey.org (EPNDC) Places Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:26:42 -0400
Rothbard's 2nd Annual Oktoberfest on Saturday http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/44718-rothbard-s-2nd-annual-oktoberfest-on-saturday44718-rothbard-s-2nd-annual-oktoberfest-on-saturday http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/44718-rothbard-s-2nd-annual-oktoberfest-on-saturday44718-rothbard-s-2nd-annual-oktoberfest-on-saturday

Oktoberfest Returns to Westport!

You are invited to Rothbard's second annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 23rd from 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The popular German eatery will be serving authentic German beers, dishes, games, and live music all day long.

Musical lineup:

2pm from 3CPO
5pm from Grit Rhythm
8pm from Hitch & The Giddyup

Visit Rothbard's online here.

Rain date is Sunday the 24th.

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kerry@ducey.org (Rothbard's ) Events Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:04:08 -0400
Experts report heavy population of the lone star tick in South Norwalk http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/44716-experts-report-heavy-population-of-the-lone-star-tick-in-south-norwalk44716-experts-report-heavy-population-of-the-lone-star-tick-in-south-norwalk http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/44716-experts-report-heavy-population-of-the-lone-star-tick-in-south-norwalk44716-experts-report-heavy-population-of-the-lone-star-tick-in-south-norwalk

DEEP and CAES Discover an Established Population of Lone Star Ticks Along Coastal Connecticut

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) report that a heavy population of the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum, has been detected at Manresa Island (former Norwalk Harbor Station) in South Norwalk, Connecticut, marking the first known established reproducing population in the State.

The geographic range of this southeastern tick species has been slowly moving northward, becoming established on eastern Long Island, NY in the 1990s. There has been a steady increase in submissions of lone star ticks to the CAES Tick Testing Laboratory, but the numbers have remained small, around 70-90 in recent years and only 2-3% of all tick submissions. The majority of lone star tick submissions are from lower Fairfield County. The tick has been very rarely collected by CAES in various tick research activities.

The presence of the lone star tick population in South Norwalk first came to light as a result of a June, 2017, report from a South Norwalk resident about a deer that was acting strange.  When DEEP Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Officer Jesse Nivolo arrived on scene at Manresa Island, the animal was deceased. But, Officer Nivolo found the animal had suffered from a severe infestation of ticks, which still completely covered its eyes, ears, head, and neck.

Photos from Officer Nivolo made their way to the CAES, which led State Entomologist and tick researcher Dr. Kirby Stafford to examine the animal and determine that it was covered by lone star ticks.

“The number of ticks on and around the animal was incredible” noted Dr. Stafford, “a population of this size has been established, unreported for many years”. Subsequent sampling of the area by CAES researchers in July confirmed that the lone star tick was incredibly abundant at the site, but did not appear to be established elsewhere on the mainland. High tick densities appear confined to the Manresa Island site. The site is not open to the public and poses little direct threat to residents. However, the Norwalk Health Department has noted that lone star ticks were increasingly being submitted from local residents suggesting that ticks were being introduced to other areas in the town. The tick can be acquired by people beyond its established range as migrating birds can carry larvae and nymphs northward, where they drop off, molt to the next stage, and then seek a host. Other residents may pick up lone star ticks while visiting or vacationing on Long Island or areas further south.

Background on the Lone Star Tick

The lone star tick is the most common human biting tick in the southeastern United States with roughly 90-95% or more of the ticks either collected from vegetation or reported attached to humans being A. americanum. This tick is widely distributed through the southeastern United States as far west as mid-Texas and north to southern parts of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Along the Atlantic coast, its northern range extends to the middle and southern half of New Jersey and Long Island, New York. It is also abundant on Prudence Island, RI and recently appears to have become established on parts of Cape Cod, MA. Their northern range may be increasing due, in part, to the milder winters the northeast has been experiencing over the past few years. Drs. Stafford and Scott Williams at CAES have found that the lone star tick can overwinter in Connecticut. 

Lone star ticks are reddish brown in color. The tick gets its name from a conspicuous spot on the back of female ticks. Male ticks have faint white markings at the edge of the body. All stages are active during the summer months, but adult tick activity peaks in the spring and early summer, while nymphs are active from April throughout the summer. Larval ticks are most abundant in the late summer and early fall. Female ticks can lay 1,000 to 8,000 eggs with an average of around 3,000 eggs, so populations can build to tremendous numbers under suitable conditions. In some areas in the southeast where this tick has long been established, 80-100% of white-tailed deer can be infested with tick burdens exceeding 300 ticks per deer. Heavy infestations have been known to kill fawns and young animals.

Long considered primarily a noxious pest, the lone star tick is associated with a number of human and animal diseases such as ehrlichiosis, Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), spotted fever rickettsiosis, tularemia, Heartland virus, theileriosis in deer (related to human babesiosis), and more recently, red meat allergy. Bites from lone star ticks may produce or generate a hypersensitivity allergic response that causes a food allergy to a red meat protein called alpha-gal that is found in most mammals, but not humans or other primates. Lone star ticks do NOT transmit the pathogens that cause Lyme disease, babesiosis or anaplasmosis, which are transmitted by the blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis.
 
Protective Measures for People
 
Personal protection measures against the lone star tick are the same as that for the blacklegged tick. The use of a repellent or pesticide, correctly applied to clothing and on gear following specific product label instructions, is considered the best tick bite prevention measure (see CAES fact sheet The Prevention of Tick Bite and Tick-Borne Disease: Tick Checks and the Use of Insect Repellents; www.ct.gov/caes). Wearing light colored clothing, inspecting clothing, gear, and pets, conducting a full body tick check, and showering after being outdoors are all suggested steps toward preventing tick bites. The primary disease associated with the lone star tick will be ehrlichiosis. Previous studies have indicated about 8-13% of these ticks are infected with Ehrlichia chaffeensis and cases may occur after tick bite. Symptoms are similar to anaplasmosis and antibiotic treatment is the same. An article on the discovery by DEEP wildlife biologist Andrew LaBonte will appear in the September/October issue of Connecticut Wildlife. Questions can be directed to Dr. Kirby Stafford at CAES (203-974-8485 or Kirby.Stafford@ct.gov).
 

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (CT DEEP) Public safety Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:53:19 -0400
HamletHub Survey: Complete It & Support The Women's Center http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/44712-hamlethub-survey-complete-it-support-the-women-s-center44712-hamlethub-survey-complete-it-support-the-women-s-center http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/44712-hamlethub-survey-complete-it-support-the-women-s-center44712-hamlethub-survey-complete-it-support-the-women-s-center

More surveys completed = more donations to The Women's Center

First of all, thank you for being readers and community advocates! HamletHub exists for you and because of you.

Today, HamletHub asks for your help, and in turn, you will be helping families, children, and fellow residents in need. Please complete a 2 minute survey about brands of water.  Click here to visit survey.

Here’s where you help those in need: for each survey completed, HamletHub will donate $1.00 to The Women’s Center,  a nonprofit organization headquartered in Danbury, that serves the needs of individuals, families and the community with prevention, crisis intervention and support services with regard to domestic violence, sexual assault and other major life crises. The Center offers these services 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and they are free of charge.

The Women’s Center will hold their premier event, Safe Walk, on October 1 at the Danbury Fair Mall. All are invited to attend Safe Walk and support the Center’s mission to end domestic violence while raising essential funds to support our free programs and services. Click here to learn about Safe Walk and to sign up to attend the fundraising event.

Please take the survey here.

Learn more about The Women’s Center here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:09:12 -0400
Fall weekend guests will enjoy colorful perks at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/44711-fall-weekend-guests-will-enjoy-colorful-perks-at-the-stamford-marriott-hotel-spa44711-fall-weekend-guests-will-enjoy-colorful-perks-at-the-stamford-marriott-hotel-spa http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/44711-fall-weekend-guests-will-enjoy-colorful-perks-at-the-stamford-marriott-hotel-spa44711-fall-weekend-guests-will-enjoy-colorful-perks-at-the-stamford-marriott-hotel-spa

Kick off fall with a weekend at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa!

How does this sound? First, park your car for free. Next, enjoy complimentary breakfast for two at Sam’s American Bistro, featuring culinary delights by renowned Chef Michael Trimarchi (read more about the Hotel’s new chef here.)

Get your fall ON with some of the area attractions:

Stamford Museum & Nature Center (Harvest Festival Weekend is Oct. 14-15)

Maritime Aquarium (Oktoberfest Cruises are October 7, 14, 21 & 28)

Palace Theater Stamford (click here for upcoming shows)

Take in the foliage with a tour at Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens

Enjoy a hike or picturesque run at Mianus Park River Park

Finally, enjoy a leisurely Sunday morning with a 2:00 pm late check out. Workout, head to Sam’s for lunch, and enjoy a service in the hotel’s Agora Spa.  

Located in the heart of downtown Stamford, The Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa combines the pizzazz of New York City with the appeal of picturesque Connecticut.  

Learn more about the Hotel and Sam’s American Bistro here.

Book your Fall Package HERE.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:22:48 -0400
Unitarian Church in Westport Rededicate Black Lives Matter Banner http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/44706-unitarian-church-in-westport-rededicate-black-lives-matter-banner44706-unitarian-church-in-westport-rededicate-black-lives-matter-banner http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/44706-unitarian-church-in-westport-rededicate-black-lives-matter-banner44706-unitarian-church-in-westport-rededicate-black-lives-matter-banner

 

Black Lives Matter Banner Rededicated on September 17

 

On Sunday, September 17, The Unitarian Church in Westport dedicated a Black Lives Matter banner to replace the one that was ripped down and stolen during the night of August 23.

In opening the program the Rev. Dr. John Morehouse, Senior Minister at The Unitarian Church in Westport, described the outpouring of support from the community for the message of inclusion and love behind the banner as being “absolutely incredible.”

Talking about the banner’s message, Rev. Morehouse said: “When we say black lives matter we’re not saying that they matter more than other lives, we’re just saying black lives matter.  There’s a reality in America today that black lives really don’t matter as much as other lives.”

Westport’s First Selectman Jim Marpe and Reverend Cass Shaw, President and CEO of The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, who both participated in the dedication of the first banner on October 9, 2016, were present.

Rev. Shaw spoke about the conversations that the Council of Churches is facilitating between The Unitarian Church and Messiah Baptist Church in Bridgeport and the importance of building relationships where we listen to each other’s stories with openness and respect. 

She concluded by saying: “I believe that every time this banner gets taken down consciousness gets raised, people pay more attention and understand how silent we’ve been and how much more ground we have to cover before we can really say that we are honestly partnering with brothers and sisters of color.”

First Selectman Marpe’s comments focused on a Westport community that stands for the free and open exchange of ideas.  He said, “You may differ in your opinion but you have no business doing the kind of vandalism and extreme activity that resulted in us having to have this re-dedication.”

Also speaking were Catherine Onyemelukwe representing TEAM Westport, the towns diversity committee, and Lynda Bluestein, President of the church’s Board of Trustees.

Rev. Morehouse ended the program saying: “This banner is hereby dedicated to the cause of tolerance and understanding in our community so that we may find our way forward in these dark times.”

 

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kerry@ducey.org (David Vita) Neighbors Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:01:35 -0400
William Pitt Sotheby’s Agents Host Art Show to benefit Tiny Miracles http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/44701-william-pitt-sotheby-s-agents-host-art-show-to-benefit-tiny-miracles44701-william-pitt-sotheby-s-agents-host-art-show-to-benefit-tiny-miracles http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/44701-william-pitt-sotheby-s-agents-host-art-show-to-benefit-tiny-miracles44701-william-pitt-sotheby-s-agents-host-art-show-to-benefit-tiny-miracles


William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Westport Agents Host Artist Reception to Benefit Local Non-Profit Charity

Westport, Conn. (September 18, 2017) — William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty announced today that the firm’s Westport brokerage will be hosting an art show featuring the work of local artists curated by Trace Burroughs to benefit Tiny Miracles, a local charity dedicated to helping families with premature babies.

The reception will take place on September 30th from 3-5 PM at 5 Ridgewood Lane, Westport, a property listed by agents Susan Vanech, which is offered at $1,699,000.

Burroughs started his artistic career when he was 10 years old as an abstract impressionist, selling over 300 works and exhibiting at dozens of galleries, including many one man shows. He will team up with 11 other award-winning artists to showcase their art for two weeks in the 4,800 square-foot home. The artists will also donate 30 percent of their sales to Tiny Miracles.

Artists included in the show are Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Amy Bock, Binnie Birstein, Diane Pollack, Eileen Panepinto, Emily Hamilton Laux, Jay Pertrow, Kathy Ross, Mary Harold, Michael Brennecke, and Steve Parton. Trace will also exhibit  a 37 minute video installation entitled Love & Fury.

The reception will also feature light appetizers from Lisa Clarke, owner of Soiree Catering, and music from classical guitarist Glen Roth.

Rebuilt from the foundation up, this three-level home features modern industrial details that counter balance the sensibility of its layout and flow, making it perfect for gathering and entertaining. Secluded at the end of a cul-de-sac in the Old Hill section of town, the house resides on nearly two-thirds of an acre of land with custom finishes including modern light fixtures and reclaimed and re-purposed materials.

“The whole idea is to connect Westport,” said William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty agent Imke Lohs, who is organizing the event. “Westport is an artsy town and everybody cultivates this image by supporting the arts wherever possible. Another strong aspect of Westport is the beautiful architecture, top of the line landscaping, interior design and last but not least, the young mothers who gave up their career to start something new for the community. My goal is to connect these aspects of Westport while supporting local artists and a great cause.”

Parking will be up the hill from Ridgewood Lane around the rotary at the entrance to Old Hill Road and in front of the Holy Trinity Cemetery which is across the street from the rotary. Here is link to a map: www.burroughsmedia.com/MAP-OF-PARKING.html

For more information on the property, located at 5 Ridgewood Lane, please visit the firm’s website.

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burroughsmedia@gmail.com (Trace Burroughs) Charities Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:58:28 -0400
Westport Historical Society Celebrates Tomorrow’s History with a Gala http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/44703-westport-historical-society-celebrates-tomorrow-s-history-with-a-gala44703-westport-historical-society-celebrates-tomorrow-s-history-with-a-gala http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/44703-westport-historical-society-celebrates-tomorrow-s-history-with-a-gala44703-westport-historical-society-celebrates-tomorrow-s-history-with-a-gala

Party like it’s 2067! Westport Historical Society transforms Design Within Reach, 154 Post Road East, Westport, into the hottest venue in town for one night only, on Friday, Oct. 13 at 6 pm.

“We are throwing a bash for the Westport community, with a creative view toward our future,” says Bob Mitchell, WHS Board president. “This first annual gala celebrates where we’ve been and envisions where we want to go.”

The forward-looking event coincides with 06880+50, a new exhibit of local architects’ creative imaginings of Westport 50 years in the future, opening at WHS on Friday, Sept. 22.

WHS has created a vibrant plan to launch a new and improved organization that will continue to be an integral part of the Westport community by making history come alive in contemporary ways.

At Tomorrow’s History Gala, enjoy offerings from local chefs and mixologists – including a Prosecco bar and specialty drinks past, present, and future – as well as live music and “future-tellers” like Tarot- and palm-readers. Bid on treasures ranging from local gourmet restaurant feasts to exclusive private tours and experiences such as Philip Johnson’s Glass House, a catered sunset yacht cruise, a long weekend on Cape Cod, and a wine tasting. Own an original Larry Silver (Gala honoree) photograph or a unique Westport lenticular artwork by Miggs Burroughs.

Meet special celebrity guest, Westporter Melissa Joan Hart, best known as a multi-award-winning actress and film director. Be entertained by the rock stars of our future from Fairfield School of Rock.

To date, generous supporters include lead sponsor BNY Mellon Wealth Management; gala sponsors Leifer Properties, First County Bank, Catamount Wealth Management, Raymond James, TD Bank and Resnick Advisors; annual sponsors Schnurmacher Foundation; Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C.; Sachs Walsh Insurance, Maplewood Senior Living, and Brown’s Monument Works; and WHS Board and Advisory Council members Ed Gerber, Chris and Jim Corgel, Cheryl Bliss, Alicia D’Anna, Joni and Nigel Andrews, Jay Dirnberger and Robert Mitchell.

Tickets: $125

For information and tickets visit our website or phone us at 203-222-1424

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bpeck@westporthistory.org (Barbara Peck) Events Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:58:03 -0400
HR Consulting Firm Adds Westport Resident Emily Ziegler to Growing Team http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/44705-hr-consulting-firm-adds-westport-resident-emily-ziegler-to-growing-team44705-hr-consulting-firm-adds-westport-resident-emily-ziegler-to-growing-team http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/44705-hr-consulting-firm-adds-westport-resident-emily-ziegler-to-growing-team44705-hr-consulting-firm-adds-westport-resident-emily-ziegler-to-growing-team

Human Resources Consulting and Outsourcing firm OperationsInc (www.OperationsInc.com) announces the newest addition to their growing team. Westport, CT resident Emily Ziegler joins the Norwalk-based firm as a Talent Acquisition Specialist, and will provide full life-cycle recruiting support to clients in a variety of industries. 

“Emily comes to us with a diverse background and depth of experience,” said OperationsInc CEO, David Lewis. “She will be an excellent new member of our Talent Acquisition team as we see an increase in demand for our hourly recruiting model.”

Ziegler earned a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA.

About OperationsInc

Founded by CEO David Lewis in 2001, OperationsInc specializes in HR solutions for businesses of all sizes and across all industries. OperationsInc's portfolio of offerings includes Human Resources Outsourcing, HR Consulting, Talent Acquisition Services, PEO Exit Services, Compensation Consulting Services, Organizational Development Services, Affordable Care Act Reporting & Consulting Services, Benefits Administration, Exit Interview Services, Payroll Administration, and Management and Staff Training.

OperationsInc is located at 535 Connecticut Avenue, Second Floor, Norwalk, CT 06854 and can be reached at (203) 322-0538 or info@OperationsInc.com.

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kerry@ducey.org (David Lewis) Neighbors Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:57:10 -0400
Seas the Day at the Norwalk Boat Show September 21-24: Free Boat Rides & Fun for All! http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/44700-seas-the-day-at-the-norwalk-boat-show-september-21-24-free-boat-rides-fun-for-all44700-seas-the-day-at-the-norwalk-boat-show-september-21-24-free-boat-rides-fun-for-all http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/44700-seas-the-day-at-the-norwalk-boat-show-september-21-24-free-boat-rides-fun-for-all44700-seas-the-day-at-the-norwalk-boat-show-september-21-24-free-boat-rides-fun-for-all

Seas the Day at Progressive® Insurance Norwalk Boat Show®, September 21-24, 2017 

New Touch-a-Boat Event and Free Boat Rides Offer Fun for Kids,

Chart-a-Career Fair Boosts Job Opportunities and Invites the Next Generation to Take the Helm

The 2017 Progressive® Insurance Norwalk Boat Show®, the Northeast’s premier in-water boating event, docks at Norwalk Cove Marina September 21-24, 2017, offering water lovers an all-access pass to discover why life is better with a boat. Thousands of boating novices and lifelong enthusiasts can check out the newest introductions and best deals of the season with exclusive show specials and competitive bargains on hundreds of boats, plus thousands of the latest marine accessories.

From luxury yachts and center console sportfishers to affordable family cruisers, the Norwalk Boat Show is the ultimate destination to shop and compare 300 boats side by side in a beautiful waterfront setting. In addition to boats and accessories, attendees can enjoy the last days of summer on Long Island Sound with kayaking at Try it Cove, boating lessons with seasoned captains and fun for the whole family at the new Touch-a-Boat event for kids, plus free boat rides, live music and much more.

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS:

  •        NEW! The Touch-a-Boat event offers kids of all ages to have the opportunity to talk with to captains, snap a pic at the helm and learn the ropes of life on the high seas. Little skippers have the opportunity to:
    •    Climb aboard a real Police and Fire boat.
    •    Tour a Sea Tow rescue boat.
    •    Explore a working Oyster Boat.
    •    Hop aboard a variety of recreational boats from pontoons to cruisers!
    •    Wear a life jacket, courtesy of Sea Tow Foundation. Loaner life jackets will be available on a first come, first served basis at the head of the docks.
    •    Build a toy boat, take a free boat ride & much more!
  •        NEW! Chart-a-Career Fair invites the next generation to explore a career in the boating industry with access to experts across Marine Engineering, Vessel Operations, Sales & Marketing, Finance and Management and more. As marine businesses continue to see growth across all areas, the recreational boating industry supports 650,000 marine industry jobs and nearly 35,000 small businesses throughout the country, with a significant number of each thriving in the tri-state area.
  •        Boat hop and shop magnificent motor yachts, tricked out runabouts, serious center consoles and watersports boats galore with nearly 300 different vessels to inspire unforgettable weekends on the water. With a full selection of boats for every budget and lifestyle, including boats that can be financed for less than $250 a month, there is no better place to shop and compare boats side by side.
  •        Upgrade tech and water toys with a tents full of the latest marine electronics, accessories and gear. Shop thousands of the latest and greatest GPS and radar systems, fishing equipment, design finishes, all-weather apparel, water sports gear and more from top outfitters and brands.
    •        Boat Confident with boating lessons from the Annapolis School of Seamanship for all experience levels, and head to Fred’s Shed for educational DIY seminars on maintaining, repairing and upgrading your boat.
    •        Catch Nature Nick’s Animal Adventure, an awe-inspiring show that delights kids of all ages as they get up close and personal with exotic rescue animals including owl monkeys, wallabies, Amazon parrots and more!
    •        Plus enjoy Free Boat Rides, Live Music in the Water Club Lounge and nautical fun for the whole family.

 

Tickets are $15 for adults; children 15 and under get in FREE when accompanied by a paid adult. Save $2 per ticket when you purchase online by September 20 at boatshownorwalk.com

For more information, visit BoatShowNorwalk.com. Plus follow the latest and join in the excitement of the Show on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. #NorwalkBoatShow

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kerry@ducey.org (Amanda) Events Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:07:00 -0400
Digital-Age Romantic Drama “Sex with Strangers” Runs Sept. 26-Oct 14 at Westport Country Playhouse http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/44696-digital-age-romantic-drama-sex-with-strangers-runs-sept-26-oct-14-at-westport-country-playhouse44696-digital-age-romantic-drama-sex-with-strangers-runs-sept-26-oct-14-at-westport-country-playhouse http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/44696-digital-age-romantic-drama-sex-with-strangers-runs-sept-26-oct-14-at-westport-country-playhouse44696-digital-age-romantic-drama-sex-with-strangers-runs-sept-26-oct-14-at-westport-country-playhouse

Westport Country Playhouse will stage “Sex with Strangers,” a romantic drama about ambition and fame in the digital age, from Sept. 26 through Oct. 14. The play is written by Laura Eason, who is best known for four seasons as a writer/producer on the Netflix drama “House of Cards.” “Sex with Strangers” is one of the most-produced plays in the U.S. in ’15-’16 and’16-’17 seasons with more than 50 separate productions. The director is Katherine M. Carter. The play includes adult themes and language.

“’Sex with Strangers’ is about the ways modern relationships are influenced by the internet,” said Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director. “It also entertainingly deals with the generational differences between a woman who falls for a younger man. She's a 30-something author struggling with her second novel. He's a 20-something blogger whose book about casual sex has rocketed to the top of the bestseller lists. Their mutual exploration of each other's needs and points of view makes for a funny, rueful, and up-to-date look at love, sex, and how different we find ourselves as we seek togetherness in a world that keeps changing every time we press 'send'.”

Playwright Laura Eason is a Brooklyn-based screenwriter, playwright, and writer/producer on the Netflix drama “House of Cards,” which received a WGA nomination for outstanding writing in a drama series, and three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for drama series. She has more than 20 produced plays and adaptations, including “Around the World in 80 Days.”

The performance schedule is Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Special series feature Taste of Tuesday (Sept. 26), LGBT Night OUT (Sept. 28), Opening Night (Sept. 30), Sunday Symposium (Oct. 1), Together at the Table Family Dinner (Oct. 3), Open Captions (Oct. 8), Backstage Pass (Oct. 11), Playhouse Happy Hour (Oct. 12), and Thursday TalkBack (Oct. 12). 

Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1 in Westport. For more information and to buy tickets, visit westportplayhouse.org, or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529.

Photo by Cynthia Astmann

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William Pitt Sotheby’s Agents Host Art Show to benefit Tiny Miracles http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/44702-william-pitt-sotheby-s-agents-host-art-show-to-benefit-tiny-miracles-150574478144702-william-pitt-sotheby-s-agents-host-art-show-to-benefit-tiny-miracles-1505744781 http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/44702-william-pitt-sotheby-s-agents-host-art-show-to-benefit-tiny-miracles-150574478144702-william-pitt-sotheby-s-agents-host-art-show-to-benefit-tiny-miracles-1505744781


William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Westport Agents Host Artist Reception to Benefit Local Non-Profit Charity

Westport, Conn. (September 18, 2017) — William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty announced today that the firm’s Westport brokerage will be hosting an art show featuring the work of local artists curated by Trace Burroughs to benefit Tiny Miracles, a local charity dedicated to helping families with premature babies.

The reception will take place on September 30th from 3-5 PM at 5 Ridgewood Lane, Westport, a property listed by agents Susan Vanech, which is offered at $1,699,000.

Burroughs started his artistic career when he was 10 years old as an abstract impressionist, selling over 300 works and exhibiting at dozens of galleries, including many one man shows. He will team up with 11 other award-winning artists to showcase their art for two weeks in the 4,800 square-foot home. The artists will also donate 30 percent of their sales to Tiny Miracles.

Artists included in the show are Miggs Burroughs, Trace Burroughs, Amy Bock, Binnie Birstein, Diane Pollack, Eileen Panepinto, Emily Hamilton Laux, Jay Pertrow, Kathy Ross, Mary Harold, Michael Brennecke, and Steve Parton. Trace will also exhibit  a 37 minute video installation entitled Love & Fury.

The reception will also feature light appetizers from Lisa Clarke, owner of Soiree Catering, and music from classical guitarist Glen Roth.

Rebuilt from the foundation up, this three-level home features modern industrial details that counter balance the sensibility of its layout and flow, making it perfect for gathering and entertaining. Secluded at the end of a cul-de-sac in the Old Hill section of town, the house resides on nearly two-thirds of an acre of land with custom finishes including modern light fixtures and reclaimed and re-purposed materials.

“The whole idea is to connect Westport,” said William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty agent Imke Lohs, who is organizing the event. “Westport is an artsy town and everybody cultivates this image by supporting the arts wherever possible. Another strong aspect of Westport is the beautiful architecture, top of the line landscaping, interior design and last but not least, the young mothers who gave up their career to start something new for the community. My goal is to connect these aspects of Westport while supporting local artists and a great cause.”

Parking will be up the hill from Ridgewood Lane around the rotary at the entrance to Old Hill Road and in front of the Holy Trinity Cemetery which is across the street from the rotary. Here is link to a map: www.burroughsmedia.com/MAP-OF-PARKING.html

For more information on the property, located at 5 Ridgewood Lane, please visit the firm’s website.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:08:46 -0400
Connecticut Child Restraint Law Effective October 1 http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/44698-connecticut-child-restraint-law-effective-october-144698-connecticut-child-restraint-law-effective-october-1 http://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/44698-connecticut-child-restraint-law-effective-october-144698-connecticut-child-restraint-law-effective-october-1

Connecticut Child Restraint Law Effective October 1, 2017

Children under 2 years old or weighing less than 30 lbs. must ride in a rear facing car seat. Children 2 years of age to 5 years of age or weighing less than 40 lbs. must use a child restraint that has a 5-point harness. Children 8 years of age and weighing less than 60 lbs. must use a booster seat or a five point harness. Children older than 8 years of age and weighing 60 lbs. can use a safety belt or a booster seat.

Do not place a rear facing car seat in the front seat with an active air bag! 

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kerry@ducey.org (Milford Police) Public safety Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:35:00 -0400