Wilton's HamletHub http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:39:08 -0500 HamletHub.com Finance Fundamentals for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs in Wilton on Thursday http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/46586-finance-fundamentals-for-freelancers-and-entrepreneurs46586-finance-fundamentals-for-freelancers-and-entrepreneurs http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/46586-finance-fundamentals-for-freelancers-and-entrepreneurs46586-finance-fundamentals-for-freelancers-and-entrepreneurs

Thursday, March 2 Finance Fundamentals for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs, 8 – 10 a.m.

This is the first session of a three-part series aimed at the freelancers and entrepreneurs in the business community featuring independent personal finance expert Galia Gichon.

This workshop is geared towards people with variable income, work for themselves or own their own businesses. Attendees will learn business models that turn ideas into revenue, scale current resources, learn how to project realistic assumptions and which ratios or key numbers to regularly track. Galia Gichon is an independent personal financial expert with more than 20 years in financial services, including nearly 10 years on Wall Street and an MBA in Finance. She runs her own company, Down-to-Earth Finance. Galia is also the author of 'My Money Matters” featured on TODAY SHOW. See library’s registration link for more details.

The program is part of Wilton Library’s Business Outreach initiative. Co-sponsored by the Wilton Chamber of Commerce, Wilton Library, and Catamount Wealth Management.

No charge. Registration highly recommended. Register online or call 203-762-6334.  Additional dates and topics:  March 16 Financial Modeling and Monetization for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs; March 30 Finance and Marketing for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs. 

Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

publicity@wiltonlibrary.org (Wilton Library) Events Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:26:22 -0500
Law Offices of Elizabeth A. Edwards, LLC Moves to New Wilton Location http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/46585-law-offices-of-elizabeth-a-edwards-llc-moves-to-new-wilton-location46585-law-offices-of-elizabeth-a-edwards-llc-moves-to-new-wilton-location http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/46585-law-offices-of-elizabeth-a-edwards-llc-moves-to-new-wilton-location46585-law-offices-of-elizabeth-a-edwards-llc-moves-to-new-wilton-location

The Law Offices of Elizabeth A. Edwards, LLC, most recognized for divorce and family law, real estate law, and probate and estates, recently announced its move to 462 Danbury Road, Wilton CT. The new office is located on Rt. 7 in a beautiful, historic building in the Cannondale area and is only three miles south from its previous location.

The Law Offices of Elizabeth A. Edwards have been providing caring and effective legal services to Fairfield County for over 25 years. “We continue to offer our full range of services to assist our clients in all their family needs,” Edwards says. “The new location provides us with more room to comfortably meet with our clients, and the proximity to our previous location means our current clients won’t feel an impact on their travel time.”

The mailing address and phone number remain the same: P.O. Box 936 Georgetown, CT 06829.
(203) 544-9945

About Law Offices of Elizabeth A. Edwards, LLC

For more than 25 years, the Law Offices of Elizabeth A. Edwards, LLC have specialized in divorce and family law, real estate law and probate and estate planning services. 

Tarad@hamlethub.com (b stone) Places Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:10:53 -0500
Mapping Your Road to College: A Free Workshop for Students and Parents http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/46582-mapping-your-road-to-college-a-free-workshop-for-students-and-parents46582-mapping-your-road-to-college-a-free-workshop-for-students-and-parents http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/46582-mapping-your-road-to-college-a-free-workshop-for-students-and-parents46582-mapping-your-road-to-college-a-free-workshop-for-students-and-parents

Mary Spiegel of Spiegel College Planning is returning to Trackside Teen Center, to talk to Wilton teens and parents about the college planning, search, and admissions application process.  Joining Mary will be Lynn Carnegie of Carnegie Pollak. 

This information-packed program is perfect for parents and all college-bound teens in grades 8 through 11. The workshop will take place on Thursday March 30th from 7pm to 9pm at Trackside Teen Center located at 15 Station Rd in Wilton.

The evening begins with Mary’s overview of the college planning process. Younger students will gain a “big picture” view of their road to college, with specific tips for mapping out a four-year high school plan.  Students will learn about making the most of the high school years, how to develop an appropriate college list, and how to research colleges.   Mary will then specifically address the college application process, which will be of particular interest for current juniors. 

As a former director of admissions and a 20- year veteran of the college admissions world, Mary’s “peek inside the college admissions office” will include: how colleges evaluate the transcript and test scores; the role of the interview; the importance of the essays; tips regarding the various admissions plans; scholarships and financial aid; and recent developments in college admissions.

The final segment of the program will be devoted to the changing standardized testing landscape. Both the SAT and the ACT have undergone major overhauls in the past year. Founder of local test prep company Carnegie Pollak, Lynn Carnegie will clarify these changes, as well as help parents and students create individualized testing plans. In addition, Carnegie will answer questions about when to begin test preparation, how to choose between the SAT and ACT, and when to take SAT Subject Tests. There will also be time for questions at the end of the session. 

The workshop is free to attend, but registration is requested. Register online at www.trackside.org/college

Mary Spiegel, MA, CEP, has twenty years of experience in college admissions, first as Director of Admission at Fairfield University, and subsequently as an Independent Educational Consultant (IEC).  Since 2000, Mary has been offeringpersonalized college search and admissions coaching for families, helping students to find the right match for their college choices, and supporting them throughout the process. 

Mary has been a Certified Educational Planner since 2006; this is the highest credential in this field.  She is a frequent presenter on college admissions in libraries and community centers; students and parents who attend these programs praise her personable style and her deep knowledge of the college admissions world.

Contact information for Mary Spiegelspiegelcollege@gmail.com or call: 203 261 3299


Lynn Carnegie is the co-founder of Carnegie Pollak Test Prep. She has been preparing students for optimum performance on college entrance exams since 1984. With over three decades of teaching experience, Lynn has also brought her expertise in math education to the SAT Prep classroom, helping students to excel on the math section of the SAT.

Carnegie Pollak’s individualized approach to test prep, award-winning teachers, and combination of both classroom preparation and private tutoring has helped thousands of students reach their full potential. They have been recipients of Moffly Media’s Best of the Gold Coast award for college prep services for seven years.

Contact information for Lynn Carnegie: lynn@carnegiepollak.com 203.352.3500 or go online: www.carnegiepollak.com


amy@trackside.org (Trackside Teen Center) Events Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:02:55 -0500
Kids invited to have the summer of their dreams at Harvey Cavalier Camp: Open House on March 4 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/46580-kids-invited-to-have-the-summer-of-their-dreams-at-harvey-cavalier-camp-open-house-on-march-446580-kids-invited-to-have-the-summer-of-their-dreams-at-harvey-cavalier-camp-open-house-on-march-4 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/46580-kids-invited-to-have-the-summer-of-their-dreams-at-harvey-cavalier-camp-open-house-on-march-446580-kids-invited-to-have-the-summer-of-their-dreams-at-harvey-cavalier-camp-open-house-on-march-4

Harvey Cavalier Camp Winter Open House March 4, 2017, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Harvey Cavalier Summer Camp offers campers ages 4-15 a fun and exciting summer. One of Northern Westchester's premier summer camps, Cavalier Camp takes place on a beautiful 125-acre campus from July 5 through August 11. At Cavalier Camp, kids are given the opportunitiy to design their own camp day, selecting from more than 50 engaging options within technology, dance, crafts, athletics, swimming, ice skating, and fine and performing arts. If kids can imagine it, we probably offer it!

The Winter Open House will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fill out the form to receive information about Cavalier Camp and our Winter Open House event.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Harvey Cavalier Camp) Places Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:15:51 -0500
Trackside Glow Party for Teens March 10 & March 24 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/46579-trackside-glow-party-for-teens-march-10-march-2446579-trackside-glow-party-for-teens-march-10-march-24 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/46579-trackside-glow-party-for-teens-march-10-march-2446579-trackside-glow-party-for-teens-march-10-march-24

Trackside Teen Center announces "Glow Party" on March 10 (6th grade) and March 24 (7th & 8th graders). Both events will take place from 7-9pm. 

Dancing, free candy, Snackside Cafe, and lots of games will make this a fun and very entertaining evening for teens! 

Admission is $10 at the door or $8 in advance (puchase online here.)

For more information, contact Amy at 203-834-2888 orAmy@trackside.org

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Events Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:03:48 -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/wilton/charities/46574-shop-til-you-drop-at-whole-foods-market-on-march-2nd-5-day-to-benefit-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-1487975231-148797523146574-shop-til-you-drop-at-whole-foods-market-on-march-2nd-5-day-to-benefit-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-1487975231-1487975231 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/46574-shop-til-you-drop-at-whole-foods-market-on-march-2nd-5-day-to-benefit-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-1487975231-148797523146574-shop-til-you-drop-at-whole-foods-market-on-march-2nd-5-day-to-benefit-fairfield-county-s-giving-day-1487975231-1487975231

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 revenueson 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.


hlkoven@aol.com (Fairfield County’s Community Foundation) Charities Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:54:49 -0500
Wilton Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance to identify suspect who robbed bank on Friday http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/46578-wilton-police-department-is-asking-for-the-public-s-assistance-to-identify-suspect-who-robbed-bank-on-friday46578-wilton-police-department-is-asking-for-the-public-s-assistance-to-identify-suspect-who-robbed-bank-on-friday http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/46578-wilton-police-department-is-asking-for-the-public-s-assistance-to-identify-suspect-who-robbed-bank-on-friday46578-wilton-police-department-is-asking-for-the-public-s-assistance-to-identify-suspect-who-robbed-bank-on-friday

On 2/24/17 at approximately 3:00 pm Wilton Dispatch received a report of a bank robbery in progress at the Fairfield County Bank located at 941 Danbury Road in the Georgetown section of Wilton. Officers responded and discovered that a lone male entered the bank and demanded cash. There was no weapon visible or threatened and the suspect left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The Wilton Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in attempting to identify the pictured suspect who is believed to be white male approximately 5’8” – 5’10” tall, that was operating the pictured 1997 Honda Accord color green. Wilton Police Officers were assisted by Weston, Redding and Ridgefield Police Officers. There were no injuries sustained in this incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wilton Police Department Detective Bureau at (203) 834-6254 or the Department’s Tips Line at (203) 563-0256 or e-mail at crime.watch@wiltonct.org.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Wilton Police) Public safety Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:50:52 -0500
Wilton Police ask Thunder Lake Road and Pipers Hill Road area to monitor their credit reports after Identity Theft arrest http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/46577-wilton-police-ask-thunder-lake-road-and-pipers-hill-road-area-to-monitor-their-credit-reports-after-identity-theft-arrest46577-wilton-police-ask-thunder-lake-road-and-pipers-hill-road-area-to-monitor-their-credit-reports-after-identity-theft-arrest http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/46577-wilton-police-ask-thunder-lake-road-and-pipers-hill-road-area-to-monitor-their-credit-reports-after-identity-theft-arrest46577-wilton-police-ask-thunder-lake-road-and-pipers-hill-road-area-to-monitor-their-credit-reports-after-identity-theft-arrest

On 2/21/17 the Wilton Police Department was made aware of three (3) separate incidents of identity and/or mail theft from residents that reside on Thunder Lake Road.

The following day on 2/22/17 the department received a suspicious vehicle complaint from a resident on Pipers Hill Road who reported seeing a vehicle in the area of Pipers Hill Road on 2/21/17 and 2/22/17 wherein the operator of the vehicle appeared to be removing mail from neighbor’s mailboxes. The complainant provided a detailed description of the vehicle and operator.

With the information received, on 2/23/17 the department set-up surveillance in the north end of Wilton. On 2/23/17 at approximately noon, detectives observed a vehicle and operator in the area of Whipstick Road and Nod Hill Road matching the description of the suspicious vehicle complaint from the day prior. Upon stopping the vehicle the operator, identified as 26 year old Elijah Jamel Chin of Gardena, CA was found to have mail and a credit card in the name of a Pipers Hill Road resident in his lap. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed further evidence that Chin was engaged in the crime of Identity Theft.

Chin was taken into custody and charged with Larceny 6th, Identity Theft 3rd, Attempt at Trafficking in Personal Identifying Information, and Possession of less than ½ ounce of marijuana. He has been released on bond and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on 3/6/17.

This remains an ongoing investigation. The department is asking for residents, specifically in the Thunder Lake Road and Pipers Hill Road area of Wilton, to monitor their credit reports for any suspicious inquiries or accounts that they did not authorize. If a resident finds they are victim of identity theft, they should report the crime to their local police department. The department is also offering the following guidance to victims of identity theft:

 Keep a log of all conversations related to the crime and keep all correspondences related to the crime.

 Cancel any fraudulent or compromised accounts.

 Place a fraud alert on your credit report by contacting one of the three credit bureaus to report the crime:

Equifax (800) 525-6285, www.equifax.com; Experian (888) 397-3742, www.experian.com; or TransUnion (800) 680-7289, www.transunion.com.

Once a fraud alert is in place, you are entitled to free copies of your credit report.

 Visit the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website IdentityTheft.gov, the federal government’s one-stop resource to help you report and recover from identity theft.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Wilton Police) Public safety Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:44:37 -0500
The State of Voting: CT Debates a New Way to Elect the President on Thursday http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/46584-the-state-of-voting-ct-debates-a-new-way-to-elect-the-president46584-the-state-of-voting-ct-debates-a-new-way-to-elect-the-president http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/46584-the-state-of-voting-ct-debates-a-new-way-to-elect-the-president46584-the-state-of-voting-ct-debates-a-new-way-to-elect-the-president

League of Women Voters of Westport and National Popular Vote Connecticut to host panel discussion at Westport Country Playhouse

Leading experts, academics, and historians to debate the merits of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

With accusations of voter fraud and “rigged” elections still fresh in the minds of Connecticut residents, a divisive presidential election only months past, and a current contentious national political landscape, the debate between voter integrity and voter suppression rages. To understand what underlies these competing concerns, the League of Women Voters and National Popular Vote Connecticut present The State of Voting: CT Debates a New Way to Elect the President, a moderated panel of four experts discussing the merits of the National Popular Vote. The debate and discussion on Thursday, March 2, at 7:00pm at the Westport Country Playhouse features four experts and will include an opportunity for questions from the public.


Mark Albertson, historian

Hendrik Hertzberg, essayist

Luther Weeks, CT Voters Count


Victoria Bassetti, Brennan Center for Justice

This is a nonpartisan event, free and open to the public.  Due to limited seating, please reserve your seat in advance by calling the Playhouse box office at (203) 227-4177 or reserving online at www.westportplayhouse.org.


About the Co-Sponsors

The League of Women Voters of Westport is a nonpartisan political organization, encouraging informed and active participation in government, working to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influencing public policy through education and advocacy.  www.lwvwestportct.org

NPV-CT is a bipartisan grassroots group advocating for the application of a “one person one vote” philosophy to presidential elections, specifically through the adoption in Connecticut of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

About the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC)

The National Popular Vote Compact is an agreement between states to allocate all of their state’s electors to the Presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.  The NPV Compact has been enacted into law by 11 states already, and NPV bills are before the Connecticut legislature now.


Participating Speakers

Victoria Bassetti, moderator

Victoria Bassetti is a fellow at NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice and the author of Electoral Dysfunction, the companion book to the documentary. She worked on Capitol Hill for almost a decade, where she served as chief counsel to Senator Dick Durbin as well as chief counsel and staff director of a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago and Harper’s.

Rick Hertzberg

Rick Hertzberg is an American journalist, best known as the principal political commentator for The New Yorker magazine. He has also been a speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter and editor of The New Republic, and is the author of ¡Obámanos! The Rise of a New Political Era and Politics: Observations & Arguments. In 2003, Harvard Magazine termed him "the most stylish liberal political essayist in America," and in 2009, Forbes named Hertzberg one of the "25 Most Influential Liberals in the U.S. Media," placing him at number seventeen.

Luther Weeks, CTVotersCount

Luther Weeks is a retired software engineer and computer scientist. He was active for several years in voting integrity issues and citizen-lobbying the Connecticut Legislature and the U.S. Congress. Mr. Weeks' efforts in Connecticut contributed to the passage of the paper record law in 2005 and the selection of optical-scan over DRE (touch screen) voting equipment in 2006. Since 2007, he has organized citizen volunteers to observe Connecticut's post-election audits, independently report on those audits, and perform citizen audits of other aspects of the election system.

Mark Albertson
Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine in Monroe; and, is the historian for the Army Aviation Association of America.  He has authored several book, teaches history as an adjunct at Norwalk Community College, and is an instructor at the Lifetime Learners Institute. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his efforts in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.


tfiffer@gmail.com (Thomas Fiffer) Events Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:42:22 -0500
United Airlines to Debut Nonstop Service Between Bradley Airport & San Francisco http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/46581-united-airlines-to-debut-nonstop-service-between-bradley-airport-san-francisco46581-united-airlines-to-debut-nonstop-service-between-bradley-airport-san-francisco http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/life/46581-united-airlines-to-debut-nonstop-service-between-bradley-airport-san-francisco46581-united-airlines-to-debut-nonstop-service-between-bradley-airport-san-francisco

CT Airport Authority Announce Launch of Nonstop Service Between Bradley & San Francisco with United Airlines

Governor Dannel P. Malloy, the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) and United Airlines today announced the debut of new, seasonal nonstop United Airlines service between Bradley International Airport (BDL) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).  Beginning June 8, 2017 and running through September 5, the flight offers business commuters and tourists another option when traveling to the Greater Hartford area.

“It is undeniable that we are witnessing a period of significant growth at Bradley International Airport with the addition of yet another nonstop route to another major hub,” Governor Malloy said.  “What I hope everyone understands with these ongoing developments is that adding more airlines and more routes opens the door for increased economic opportunities for business travelers who see Hartford as a destination where their companies can do business with even more convenience.  This is exactly why I pushed for the creation of the Connecticut Airport Authority several years ago, because we see Bradley as a key economic driver in our region.  We will continue utilizing the airport as yet another resource to grow jobs and increase business activity in Connecticut.”

“This is more good news for Connecticut residents, our business community, and our economy,”  Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said.  “Direct service to San Francisco will bring more business and innovation, increase tourism opportunity, and is another indicator that Bradley is a global competitor in the travel sector.”

“United is proud to offer our Connecticut customers a convenient and comfortable travel experience between Hartford and our premier Pacific gateway hub in San Francisco,” Aileen Moriarty, United’s manager of Connecticut Sales, said.  “This new route will provide multiple connections to destinations along the U.S. West Coast and to United’s international routes to China and business centers throughout Asia.”

“Bradley International Airport already connects passengers to more than thirty popular destinations with nonstop flights, and one of the Airport Authority’s key strategic goals is to continue growing the airport’s menu of flights, with a particular emphasis on additional West Coast service,” CAA Board Chair Charles R. Gray said.  “We are very pleased to be expanding the airport’s route structure with the introduction of this new service, offering our passengers added connectivity to the West Coast and beyond.”

The service will utilize an Airbus 319 with a 128-seat configuration.  The outbound flight will leave BDL at 6:30 AM (ET), with an arrival at SFO at 9:46 AM (PT).  The inbound flight will depart SFO at 10:30 PM (PT), with an arrival at BDL at 6:53 AM (ET).

“United has been part of Bradley’s network for more than 50 years.  We are pleased to strengthen this ongoing partnership with the introduction of the new route to San Francisco, and pleased that United will be expanding their footprint at Bradley,” CAA Executive Director Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E, said.  “This new route is an important addition to our growing roster of flights, and it is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to provide our travel community with an exceptional travel experience to and from Bradley.”

In 2016, Bradley marked its fourth consecutive year of year-over-year passenger growth.  This was heightened by a number of service launches, including Aer Lingus service to Dublin, Ireland; American Airlines service to Los Angeles; United Airlines service to Denver; and OneJet service to Pittsburgh.

Over the past year, Bradley has also diversified its menu of amenities.  Recent openings include an Escape Lounge, Phillips Seafood restaurant, a duty-free shop, a Customs and Border Protection Global Entry enrollment center, and a mothers’ nursing room.  In the coming months, a Two Roads Brewery Tap Room is also scheduled to open at the airport.

The CAA was established in 2011 with the goal of transforming BDL and five of the state’s general aviation airports (Danielson, Groton/New London, Hartford-Brainard, Waterbury-Oxford, and Windham Airports) into vibrant economic drivers.  It is a quasi-public agency and has the flexibility and autonomy to streamline processes and maintain responsiveness to economic opportunities for the airports.  The CAA Board of Directors consists of 11 members with a broad spectrum of experience in aviation-related and various other industries.

BDL is the second largest airport in New England, with a customer base that covers the entire Northeast.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Gov. Malloy's Office) Life Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:44:55 -0500
Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident on 1-95 in Fairfield http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/46576-fatal-motor-vehicle-accident-on-1-95-in-fairfield46576-fatal-motor-vehicle-accident-on-1-95-in-fairfield http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/46576-fatal-motor-vehicle-accident-on-1-95-in-fairfield46576-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.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Public safety Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:35:11 -0500
Events at the Rowayton Art Center http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/46566-events-at-the-rowayton-art-center-148793847446566-events-at-the-rowayton-art-center-1487938474 http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/46566-events-at-the-rowayton-art-center-148793847446566-events-at-the-rowayton-art-center-1487938474

Sunday is opening day for the “Inspiration” exhibit at the Rowayton Arts Center. There were almost 200 entries; it is one of RAC's largest and most popular shows. Dean Fisher, faculty member of the Silvermine Arts Center,  judged the art. The opening reception is Sunday, February 26 (4-6pm). The reception is free and open to the public.

Also on Sunday, February 26 (2-4pm) is an Art Demonstration with art instructor, Lenny Moscowitz. This is a free 2-hour demonstration with a focus on abstract art.

“Inspiration” exhibition chairs were Chris Perry and Sandy Mills. Artists from the exhibit will hold an Artists Talk on Wednesday, March 15 (6:30-8:00pm). Artists Talks are held at RAC and are wonderfully informative.

For almost 60 years, the Rowayton Arts Center has been a cultural gem in the community. It is an exceptional gallery where regional artists may exhibit and sell their art as well as a wonderful venue for art workshops and classes. The Art School offers classes to children and adults at all levels. The RAC Gallery and Art School are located on the bank of the scenic Five Mile River in Rowayton, CT at 145 Rowayton Avenue.

For more information: www.rowaytonarts.org     (Painting: 2016 Best in Show by Yuko Ike)

jeannehard@gmail.com (Jeanne Taylor Hard) Neighbors Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:41:37 -0500
Senator Toni Boucher Submits Testimony to Promote Tuition Transparency & Encourage College Grads to Stay in CT http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/politics/46571-senator-toni-boucher-submits-testimony-to-promote-tuition-transparency-encourage-college-grads-to-stay-in-ct46571-senator-toni-boucher-submits-testimony-to-promote-tuition-transparency-encourage-college-grads-to-stay-in-ct http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/politics/46571-senator-toni-boucher-submits-testimony-to-promote-tuition-transparency-encourage-college-grads-to-stay-in-ct46571-senator-toni-boucher-submits-testimony-to-promote-tuition-transparency-encourage-college-grads-to-stay-in-ct


State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) today submitted testimony to the legislature’s Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee on behalf of two bills she proposed.

SB 572, An Act Concerning Transparency Regarding Tuition, and SB 571, An Act Concerning the Implementation of the Learn Here, Live Here Program, were before the committee for a public hearing.

Sen. Boucher said she proposed SB572 so that college students, and those paying college tuition in Connecticut, would know how the school spends their tuition dollars.

“When you pay for a service, I believe it is important to know exactly how your money is being used, Sen. Boucher said.

While legislators involved with the education committees know that state tuition waivers and various financial aid grants are funded by tuition fee, she said, students and their families may not know that. They also don’t know how much of their tuition pays for those programs.”

Sen. Boucher said, “SB572 would require institutions of higher education to disclose what financial aid programs are funded through tuition payments and how much of those payments contribute to these programs.”

SB 517 would address two problems by providing recent college graduates an incentive to stay in Connecticut, she said.

“Businesses regularly tell us about the difficulty they have finding skilled workers to fill positions,” Sen. Boucher said. “At the same time, Connecticut is suffering from a “brain drain” as our college graduates leave the state citing the high cost of living as one of the forces driving them out. SB 517 would address both of these concerns.”

Sen. Boucher said the Learn Here, Live Here program would allow graduates of public or independent institutions of higher education to segregate a portion of their Connecticut income tax payments as a way to save for the down payment on a home in our state. This activity can take place for up to ten years after graduation

“As a benefit of keeping more of our higher education graduates in state, employers would have a larger pool of educated, skilled workers to fill open positions,” she said. “This will make our state more attractive to businesses – those here and ones that are considering relocating to Connecticut.”

Keeping our young people here also gives the state the benefit of their participation in the community, Sen. Boucher said, which will further enrich the quality of life for all state residents.

Sen. Boucher represents the communities of Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. 

kerry@ducey.org (Senator Toni Boucher) Politics Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:39:05 -0500
Amber Alert Canceled: 6 Year Old Found Located in Pennsylvania http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/46569-amber-alert-canceled-6-year-old-found-located-in-pennsylvania46569-amber-alert-canceled-6-year-old-found-located-in-pennsylvania http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/publicsafety/46569-amber-alert-canceled-6-year-old-found-located-in-pennsylvania46569-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. 


kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Public safety Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:59:06 -0500
Moms at Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport Receive Special Gift Thanks to Lauralton Hall Students http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/46568-moms-at-mercy-learning-center-in-bridgeport-receive-special-gift-thanks-to-lauralton-hall-students46568-moms-at-mercy-learning-center-in-bridgeport-receive-special-gift-thanks-to-lauralton-hall-students http://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/46568-moms-at-mercy-learning-center-in-bridgeport-receive-special-gift-thanks-to-lauralton-hall-students46568-moms-at-mercy-learning-center-in-bridgeport-receive-special-gift-thanks-to-lauralton-hall-students

Luvs and Hugs from Lauralton Hall to Mercy Learning Center

Members of the National Honor Society at Lauralton Hall engaged in "Luvs and Hugs" collecting nearly 100 packages of diapers and more than 140 packages of disposable wipes which were delivered to mothers at the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport.

Mercy Learning Center’s mission is to provide basic literacy and life skills training to low-income women using a holistic approach within a compassionate, supportive environment. All women are welcome without regard for race, religion, color, creed, sexual orientation or national origin.

Service to others is part of the core of a Lauralton Hall education. “At Lauralton, service is a path we walk each day. This path leads us to commit meaningful amounts of time helping others during all four years at Lauralton,” says Lauralton Hall President and Head of School, Dr. Toni Iadarola.

Click HERE to learn more about Mercy Learning Center.

Click HERE to learn more about Lauralton Hall's academic philosophy.

Learn about applying to Lauralton Hall here.

Located on 30 beautiful acres on High Street in Milford, CT sits Lauralton Hall. This college prep school for girls, rooted in the Catholic faith, is about empowerment—empowering women to gain confidence to succeed in college; to become strong global leaders; to succeed in whatever career they pursue. Lauralton graduates possess the skills and knowledge they need to fulfill their dreams.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Charities Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:27:47 -0500