Bridgeport's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:58:10 -0400 HamletHub.com Why Small Businesses Matter in Bridgeport: Be Royale Cosmetics https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/places/610-why-small-businesses-matter-flawless-makeup-by-evee-be-royale-cosmetics610-why-small-businesses-matter-flawless-makeup-by-evee-be-royale-cosmetics https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/places/610-why-small-businesses-matter-flawless-makeup-by-evee-be-royale-cosmetics610-why-small-businesses-matter-flawless-makeup-by-evee-be-royale-cosmetics

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Be Royale Cosmetics!

Four questions with E'von'ne Roy, founder of Be Royale Cosmetics.

Why did you start your business?

I started my business because I wanted to refer clients to trusted products that they could pronounce more than have of the ingredients. As a Licensed Esthetician and Makeup Artist, it is necessary to refer products that clients can use at home for upkeep.

What is your best-selling product/service?

We actually have two all-star products that are our best sellers... "Hi Glass Lip gloss" and All the Hype-rpigmentation Body Bar.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

One of my favorite local businesses to support while meeting the needs of my business would have to be Black Rock Print Shop. They print all of our promotional flyers and posters.

Have you reimagined your small business?

I reimagine my small business branching out into a large warehouse, being able to offer jobs to the people of the community. Providing opportunities for those that work hard.

Be Royale Cosmetics is located at 1229 Main Street in Bridgeport. Visit Be Royale Cosmetics online here, and check out their Facebook page as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Fri, 23 Sep 2022 06:48:39 -0400
Boys & Girls Village 80th Anniversary Celebration on September 28 https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/charities/622-boys-girls-village-80th-anniversary-celebration-on-september-28622-boys-girls-village-80th-anniversary-celebration-on-september-28 https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/charities/622-boys-girls-village-80th-anniversary-celebration-on-september-28622-boys-girls-village-80th-anniversary-celebration-on-september-28

Boys & Girls Village (BGV), a leading provider of behavioral health, special education, vocational training, permanency planning services, and juvenile justice initiatives for Connecticut’s most vulnerable youth and their families, is planning an 80th-anniversary celebration.

The Milford-based nonprofit agency began as a "boys’ village" in 1942 where troubled boys could live, work, and learn as a way to redirect their energies. Today the organization is a frontrunner in developing pathways of care for children and families to succeed in life with additional campuses in Norwalk, Waterbury, and Bridgeport.

Boys & Girls Village invites the community to plan to attend an 80th-anniversary celebration event on Wednesday, September 28 from 3:00-5:00pm at their main campus, located at 528 Wheelers Farms Road in Milford, CT.

Enjoy an afternoon of live music, refreshments, networking and learning about the agency where thousands of Connecticut children and families are now excelling because of BGV services. Special guests Connecticut Department of Children and Families Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes and radio personalities Chaz & A.J. from 99.1 WPLR will also be in attendance.

A variety of high-profile sponsorship opportunities for the celebration event are now being offered. Additionally, The Village Foundation will match every donation up to $100,000 dollar for dollar to double the impact. To learn more, please visit  https://www.bgvillage.org/support/corporate-sponsor/ or call 203-877-0300.

“It is through eight decades of innovative care that Boys & Girls Village has consistently met the challenges facing youth and families in our community. This event kicks off a year-long celebration of our advances and the impact we continue to make on Connecticut’s most vulnerable children and families,” said Kim Shaunesey, Ph.D., President & CEO.

To learn more about Boys & Girls Village, please visit www.bgvillage.org

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Charities Fri, 23 Sep 2022 05:22:00 -0400
Greater Bridgeport Symphony Begins Selection Process for New Conductor https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/neighbors/635-greater-bridgeport-symphony-begins-selection-process-for-new-conductor635-greater-bridgeport-symphony-begins-selection-process-for-new-conductor https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/neighbors/635-greater-bridgeport-symphony-begins-selection-process-for-new-conductor635-greater-bridgeport-symphony-begins-selection-process-for-new-conductor

Bridgeport, CT - After a spectacular season premiere concert on September 10, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony (GBS) begins the process of auditioning a successor to replace beloved Music Director Eric Jacobsen, who will be stepping down from his role with GBS at the end of this, his ninth season, on April 8, 2023.

Between now and the season closer, three concerts will showcase conductors hand-picked by Jacobsen to be his successor.   The genesis of GBS’ season theme Turn, Turn, Turn will become apparent when Benjamin Hochman takes the helm but also solos on November 12, 2022 at The Klein in Bridgeport with the First Turn.  He will conduct Schumann’s lush “Symphony #2,” often cited as a testimonial of triumph over difficult times.  Hochman is also a gifted pianist, and will himself solo, while conducting Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” which he calls  “a work that combines virtuosity, lyricism, charm, and humor.”  A very special addition to the program is a modern piece, Sinfonietta No. 2, "Generations": II. Alla sarabande by an African American composer, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, written in 1996.

The New York Times, which has been writing about Hochman for years, says he plays with “…stylistic insight, elegance and sparkle…” while theBoston Globe says he has a “…fluid style and disarming natural grace.”  Hochman is a musician of exceptional versatility who regularly appears in multiple guises as orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. In recent years he has ventured into the orchestral repertoire as a conductor. His wide range of partners and projects is matched by his curiosity, focus, and ability to communicate deeply with audiences.  Since his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Pinchas Zukerman, Hochman has enjoyed a large international performing career.  Currently based in Berlin, Germany, Hochman is “thrilled to make music this November with the musicians of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. I’ve heard wonderful things about the orchestra, including from Eric Jacobsen. It’s always meaningful to work with an orchestra for the first time, especially with a program of such inspired music.  I am excited to bring to Bridgeport my passion for music, along with curiosity and openness for fresh and inspired collaboration.”

Turn, Turn, Turn continues December 17 when Chelsea Gallo conducts an evening of Tchaikovsky.  Then on March 18, Chelsea Tipton II will return to GBS after two summer concerts to conduct Beethoven’s Symphony #7 and the Dvořák Cello Concerto with soloist Sterling Elliott.  Also in the running is conductor Eduardo Leandro, who performed Beethoven’s Symphony #5 with GBS in November 2021.

“It’s a bittersweet year for GBS, saying goodbye to Eric and hello to a new conductor, but we are all excited at the choices and possibilities before us,” says Executive Director Mark Halstead.  “Eric leaves big shoes to fill, but we are confident that one of these four candidates will be able to take up where Eric leaves off.”  A committee has been formed, and surveys of musicians and concertgoers will be taken.  “Musicianship is the key,” says Committee Chair Dr. Gary Hermalyn.  Whatever the result, the season will be filled with variety and style.

Tickets are available now ($65-$54-$43-$32-$18) while partial subscriptions are still available at 20% off full admission price  ($208-$173-$138-$102-$58 for four concerts).  For those who purchased single tickets for the opening concert, their purchase can be credited to a full-year Gold Subscription, which entitles the subscriber to one free ticket (per seat purchased) which can be used at any concert this season. Tickets are on sale at www.GBS.org or by calling (203)576-0263.

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kerry@ducey.org (Julie Lichtenstein ) Neighbors Thu, 22 Sep 2022 09:30:41 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Bridgeport: Natural Pet Outlet https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/places/609-why-small-businesses-matter-natural-pet-outlet609-why-small-businesses-matter-natural-pet-outlet https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/places/609-why-small-businesses-matter-natural-pet-outlet609-why-small-businesses-matter-natural-pet-outlet

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Natural Pet Outlet!

Four questions with Ray Arabia, founder of Natural Pet Outlet.

Why did you start your business?

We started our business because we saw a need for quality pet foods, treats and products at an affordable price.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our best-selling products are our raw dog and cat foods. People want to feed quality food and we make it affordable to do so.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

We use Earth Animal Omas Bravo, Raised Right, and Benebone. All are located in CT.

Have you reimagined your small business?

We haven't reimagined but we have expanded. Our overstock/closeout section has grown exponentially in these difficult times and we work hard to keep the supply going.

Natural Pet Outlet is located at 3380 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. Visit Natural Pet Outlet online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook and Twitter pages as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Fri, 16 Sep 2022 06:44:13 -0400
Homes for the Brave Raises Over $86,000 To Help Veterans Experiencing Homelessness https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/charities/630-homes-for-the-brave-raises-over-86-000-to-help-veterans-experiencing-homelessness630-homes-for-the-brave-raises-over-86-000-to-help-veterans-experiencing-homelessness https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/charities/630-homes-for-the-brave-raises-over-86-000-to-help-veterans-experiencing-homelessness630-homes-for-the-brave-raises-over-86-000-to-help-veterans-experiencing-homelessness

Last month, Homes for the Brave (HFTB) held the 8th Annual Step OUT for the Brave 40,000 Step Challenge and raised more than $86,000 to help Veterans experiencing homelessness.

The organization’s signature fundraiser included nearly 650 participants from 59 towns in Connecticut and 18 states across the country. Collectively, participants took over 23.5 million steps over a nine-day period from Saturday, August 6 through Sunday, August 14, and donations were accepted throughout the month. The challenge was named for the 40,000 Veterans experiencing homelessness across the United States on any given night. 

The fundraiser supports the six facilities Homes for the Brave operates in Bridgeport and West Haven. HFTB helps men and women find safe and affordable housing, secure income, and make meaningful contributions to the community. To date, the organization has served over 1,500 individuals, almost all of whom are Veterans.

“We are grateful for the many participants who helped to make this fundraiser a success. As we approach our 20th anniversary and celebrate our extraordinary growth, this support will allow us to help even more Veterans and their families than ever before,” said CEO and Executive Director, Vince Santilli.

Homes for the Brave would like to thank its sponsors, including Platinum sponsors University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport Islanders, Total Mortgage Arena, Haynes Construction, Haynes Group, Friend of HFTB and Sterling Investment Partners; Gold sponsors Bob & Amy Stefanowski and Teamsters Local 1150; Red White & Blue sponsors Knights of Columbus Park City Council #16, Microboard Processing and Petit Family Foundation; Silver sponsors Liberty Print, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Advantage America Paperboard, Albertus Magnus College, People's United Bank, T. Arduini Co., Inc., CT Veterans Day Patriot Race, Vazzano's Four Seasons, Turner Construction Company, King Industries, and Connecticut Community Bank; Winner’s Circle sponsors Kiwanis Club of Bridgeport, AT&T, Mutual Security Credit Union, AVANGRID, County Electric Construction, Bernadette Baldino, Connecticare, Encon, Newtown Savings Bank, Prudential, and Cushman & Wakefield; Salute Our Veterans Sponsors Gerard Musto, Mary V. White, Randy Abrams, Sabino Rodriguez, Walt Benson, Yma Sherry, Debra Greenwood, A. John Walker, Paul Mayer, Jim Allison, Michael Yannotti, and Paula Fox.

To learn more about Homes for the Brave, or to make a donation, please visit www.HomesForTheBrave.org or call 203.338.0669.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Charities Thu, 15 Sep 2022 15:04:31 -0400
FC Buzz Weekend September 16-18: Festivals, Theatre Openings, Comedy, Concerts, and More in Fairfield County! https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/events/633-fc-buzz-weekend-september-16-18-festivals-theatre-openings-comedy-concerts-and-more-in-fairfield-county633-fc-buzz-weekend-september-16-18-festivals-theatre-openings-comedy-concerts-and-more-in-fairfield-county https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/events/633-fc-buzz-weekend-september-16-18-festivals-theatre-openings-comedy-concerts-and-more-in-fairfield-county633-fc-buzz-weekend-september-16-18-festivals-theatre-openings-comedy-concerts-and-more-in-fairfield-county

FC Buzz Weekend September 16 - 18

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members. September is the perfect month to celebrate arts and culture in community.

This weekend, there are festivals springing up from Norwalk to Newtown, theatre openings, comedy acts, concerts, and other community offerings that will stream light into your weekend!

Sean Ardoin at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, Westport

Fri, Sept 16, 7:30 pm

Pack a picnic and grab a lawn chair or blanket to see one of the most revered names in Creole and zydeco music for FREE. This three-time Grammy nominee Sean has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Tickets can be claimed in advance online and may also be available at Box Office Window.

Lez Zeppelin at Wall Street Theater, Norwalk

Fri, Sept 16, 8:00 pm

Do not miss one of the most exciting live acts around - the first female rock act to pay homage to Led Zeppelin! Founded in 2004 by New York guitarist, Steph Paynes, this all-girl quartet has gained unanimous critical acclaim, garnering rave reviews across the board.

La Gringa at The Klein Auditorium, Bridgeport

Fri, Sept 16, 8:00 pm 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders as they present the longest running off-Broadway Spanish play by Carmen Rivera and directed by Rene Buch. This show is about a Puerto Rican New Yorker who travels to Puerto Rico to meet her family to discover her roots. Her misconceptions are transformed and she learns that being Puerto Rican is a matter of heart and spirit. The New York Times proclaims, “La Gringa unfolds in comic dialogue that arouses constant shouts of laughter and bursts of applause." 

Sunset Boulevard at Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk

Fri, Sept 16, 8:00 pm

Opening its 36th MainStage Season, MTC presents a Tony Award winning musical, featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton. This beloved musical introduces audiences to silent movie star Norma Desmond who longs for a return to the big screen when she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances. Includes the songs “With One Look,” “As If We Never Said Goodbye” & “Perfect Year.” Sunset Boulevard will run three weekends through October 2nd. 

Glow Wild Lantern Festival at Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport

Fri, Sept 16 - Sun, Sept 18, 5:30-9:30 pm

Journey through a wonderland of illuminated larger-than-life lanterns, inspired by the wild world at Bridgeport’s. This event culminates a year of festivities celebrating the Zoo’s 100th birthday. More than 35 large-scale illuminated displays, featuring hundreds of interactive lanterns, span the Zoo’s 30 acres as guests are invited to walk through glowing corridors. On view every Thursday - Sunday through November 27th. 

Newtown Arts Festival at Fairfield Hills Campus, Newtown

Fri, Sept 16, 7:00 - 10:00 pm; Sat, Sept 17 and Sun, Sept 18 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of a unique multi-day Arts Festival! Singer, songwriter Amy Helm opens the festival on Friday at Newtown’s Edmond Town Hall along with a cocktail reception with cash bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. The festival continues on Saturday with dance performances, all day music, the FREE WAY of artistic activities and demonstrations, beer and wine garden and 10 food trucks. Over 60 area artists will be displaying their work for two days.

RENT at Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport

Fri, Sept 16, 7:30 pm, Sat, Sept 17 5:00 & 8:00 pm, Sun, Sept 18, 5:00 pm

 

It’s opening night for Jonathan Larson’s iconic musical! Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rent has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Running through October 16th.

Aldrich Artists at the Table at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield

Sat, Sept 17, 6:30 - 9:30 pm 

Dine al fresco style amongst Museum supporters and Aldrich exhibiting artists at the Museum's annual farm-to-museum dinner. Set in the beautiful Sculpture Garden, guests receive dinner plus a menu card with a specially-conceived work by exhibiting artist LaKela Brown and chocolates by Bridgewater Chocolate.

Comedian, Michael Ian Black at FTC Stage One, Fairfield

Sat, Sept 17, 8:00 pm 

Enjoy an evening of ribald, one-man comedy with this Wet Hot American Summer actor and stand-up sensation who most recently starred in TVLand’s “The Jim Gaffigan Show” and Comedy Central’s “Another Period.” Black has also reprised one of his iconic film roles in Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.”

Old-fashioned Flea Market at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk

Sun, Sept 18, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Stroll the grounds of Norwalk’s Mathews Park while it is adorned with tables of treasures including a White Elephant Table with items generously donated by supporters that run the gamut from gently-used to up-cycled.

Honey Harvest Festival at Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford

 

Sun, Sept 18, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Buzz on over to a festival of family-friendly activities, honey and gin tasting & presentations, live music, food trucks, a marketplace with local vendors & artisans, a beekeeping Q&A panel, and the opportunity to explore the Bartlett’s trails & gardens. Dedicated to celebrating honey and learning about the important role bees play in our ecosystem, this free festival is not to be missed. 

Ann Hampton Callaway in The Linda Ronstadt Songbook at Ridgefield Playhouse

Sun, Sept 18, 4:30 pm

Enjoy an exhilarating night of songs and stories in celebration of Linda Ronstadt. One of the leading pop/jazz singers of our time, Callaway has created a show that honors the many faces of love in Ronstadt’s iconic songs from her early days like “Different Drum” to pop and folk rock classics like “You’re No Good,” to unforgettable classics from her three Nelson Riddle albums like “What’s New” and “Am I Blue,” to her iconic duets. 

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page at https://culturalalliancefc.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Lorie Lewis) Events Thu, 15 Sep 2022 09:09:09 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Bridgeport: Sacred Hands Wellness Center https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/places/599-why-small-businesses-matter-sacred-hands-wellness-center599-why-small-businesses-matter-sacred-hands-wellness-center https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/places/599-why-small-businesses-matter-sacred-hands-wellness-center599-why-small-businesses-matter-sacred-hands-wellness-center

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Sacred Hands Wellness Center!

Three questions with Christina Vazquez, founder of Sacred Hands Wellness Center.

Why did you start your business?

I started my business after discovering and using Reiki to help me battle depression and anxiety. The benefits were so great, I couldn't just keep them to myself! I had to let my community know about Reiki.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our best-selling service is our Womb Reiki session. It is aimed at helping clients release and heal from emotional trauma/emotions.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

The local Staples and the UPS Store provide my company with all of my marketing and training materials.

Sacred Hands Wellness Center is located at East Main Street in Bridgeport. Visit Sacred Hands Wellness Center online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook and Instagram pages as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Wed, 14 Sep 2022 06:47:34 -0400
Fall at CT's Beardsley Zoo: Glow Wild, Bat Week, BOO at the Zoo, and MORE! https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/places/632-fall-at-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-glow-wild-bat-week-boo-at-the-zoo-and-more632-fall-at-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-glow-wild-bat-week-boo-at-the-zoo-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/places/632-fall-at-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-glow-wild-bat-week-boo-at-the-zoo-and-more632-fall-at-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-glow-wild-bat-week-boo-at-the-zoo-and-more

Fall is a wonderful time to visit the Zoo, as many of the animals are more active in cooler weather, so make plans to get outside with the family for fresh air! The Zoo plans fun and educational special events and seasonal programs for the entire family, most of which are free with the cost of admission.

September 2022

September 15, Glow Wild Lantern Festival begins, through November 27

Beginning September 15 and continuing through November 27, “Glow Wild,” a brilliant, illuminated Lantern Festival will be held at the Zoo Thursday through Sunday evenings. This incredible evening festival will showcase more than 40 large scale illuminated sculptures. The festival will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Timed tickets should be purchased online at beardsleyzoo.org in advance. A small number of tickets may be available at the door, depending on capacity. Adult tickets (12+) are $22., and children (11 and under) are $20. Children under three and adults over 75 are free. Wheelchairs and strollers will be available to rent. 

September 17, Fairy Tales Day: A Magical Day with Storybook Characters

Once upon a time in a zoo not so far away, there was a day for all children to dress up like their favorite storybook characters! On Saturday, September 11th, the Zoo will turn into a magical land, with a day full of fun activities, including princesses, story time at multiple locations on grounds, face painting, glitter tattoos, and animal presentations! Brian Bradley’s Sky Hunters in Flight will be presented at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Pediatric Care Alliance between Connecticut Children’s and Hartford HealthCare.

September 18, 12-1:30, Sunday Serenades, Sun Kings-- A Beatles Tribute

Enjoy the music created by one of the most influential bands of our time. You’ll hear many of the Fab Four’s #1 hits, B sides, and deep tracks—all performed with attention to detail duplicating their tight harmonies, fancy guitar work and solid backbeat. In short, that signature Beatles sound! 

Sept 18, International Red Panda Day

Come see our adorable red panda Berry in her home, the Natt Family Red Panda Habitat. The Zoo’s Education staff will be giving talks on this adorable member of the Zoo family. Learn about red pandas and help us create as many Red Panda Rangers as possible in a single day. What is a Red Panda Ranger? A Red Panda Ranger is a special title given to children who help spread the word about red pandas. Red pandas have been identified as a flagship species and an indicator of ecological health. Join us! 

Sept 21, Evening Lecture Series, Loons Are Telling Us About a Changing Arctic, 7 p.m. 

Join Tamara Zeller from the US Fish and Wildlife Service for a series of short youth-produced films about loon research in Alaska and the collaborative efforts of scientists to learn more about these iconic species. Films will touch upon loon migration, habitat changes, and challenges facing loons in an evolving arctic climate. We will also show a film about the loons of Connors Lake in Anchorage, and the story behind efforts to conserve them. Lectures will be presented via Zoom. The cost is $10 for each lecture, with a discounted cost of $50 if you register for all seven lectures. 

October 2022

Glow Wild Lantern Festival continues through November 27

Continuing through November 27, “Glow Wild,” a brilliant, illuminated Lantern Festival will be held at the Zoo Thursday through Sunday evenings. This incredible evening festival will showcase more than 40 large scale illuminated sculptures. The festival will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Timed tickets should be purchased online at beardsleyzoo.org in advance. A small number of tickets may be available at the door, depending on capacity. Adult tickets (12+) are $22., and children (11 and under) are $20. Children under three and adults over 75 are free. Wheelchairs and strollers will be available to rent. 

October 19Evening Lecture SeriesThe Endangered Orchids of Fakahatchee7 p.m.

With Mike Owen: The Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park located in the Western Everglades is home to many endangered orchids. Mike Owen, the Park biologist, will speak about the many beautiful, endangered orchids, including the Ghost which lives in the park. Mr. Owen has studied and researched these orchids for over 28 years. Lectures will be presented via Zoom. The cost is $10 for each lecture, with a discounted cost of $50 if you register for all seven lectures. Sponsored by AARP. 

October 20: International Sloth Day

This holiday raises awareness about the life cycle and natural habitat of sloths, native South and Central American animals. Come find our two Two-toed sloths, Rhubarb and Hope, hiding in our Rainforest exhibit. The Two-toed sloth is a mid-size animal with brownish-greenish fur that provides excellent camouflage. Hint: look up! Look for our special Educational programming at the Zoo. 

October 21: National Reptile Awareness Day

Each year on October 21, people across the nation observe National Reptile Awareness Day.  Created not only for reptile lovers to celebrate, but National Reptile Awareness Day also promotes education, conservation, and appreciation for reptiles. It is a day to learn about their natural habitats and the ecological threats that they are facing. Look for our special Educational programing at the Zoo. 

October 24-31: Bat Week

Each year Bat Week is an annual, international celebration of the role of bats in nature. Bat Week is organized by conservation organizations from across the United States and Canada. Learning opportunities and fun crafts and activities will be available on our website.  Come visit our Vampire bats!

October 29: Centennial Gala at the Inn at Longshore, Westport 

An elegant evening affair will be held at the Inn at Longshore, Westport. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo will celebrate 100 years of educating guests about the importance of wild animals and wild places while providing the community with a wonderful place for families to enjoy time together. Join us for dinner, cocktails, musical entertainment, animal encounters, and silent & live auctions at a spectacular venue. With emcee Melissa Sheketoff, host of WICC’s Melissa in the Morning, and special guest speaker Jim Breheny, director of the Bronx Zoo, this is one wild night out you don’t want to miss. Interested supporters can contact Ashley Volkens, event fundraising manager, at 203-394-6569, or at  avolkens@beardsleyzoo.org.

October 29: Boo at the Zoo, 11 a.m.- 3:00 pm (Raindate: October 30, 11-3) 

A spooktacular afternoon of seasonal delights! Enjoy spooky animal talks and a DJ! Guaranteed to delight and fright all those who pass through. Dress up in your Halloween costume and join the party!  “Boo at the Zoo is a longstanding Zoo tradition that many families look forward to,” said Gregg Dancho, Zoo director.  “It’s a fun afternoon of cool critters, and, of course, family memories.”

November 2022

Glow Wild Lantern Festival continues through November 27

Continuing through November 27, “Glow Wild,” a brilliant, illuminated Lantern Festival will be held at the Zoo Thursday through Sunday evenings. This incredible evening festival will showcase more than 40 large scale illuminated sculptures. The festival will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Timed tickets should be purchased online at beardsleyzoo.org in advance. A small number of tickets may be available at the door, depending on capacity. Adult tickets (12+) are $22., and children (11 and under) are $20. Children under three and adults over 75 are free. Wheelchairs and strollers will be available to rent.  

November 5: National Bison Day

Join us at the Research Station and learn more about America’s largest mammal as we raise awareness at educational tables highlighting the bison and its conservation story. These giants weigh between 1,000 and 3,000 pounds and eat up to 50 pounds of grasses a day. Vast herds once roamed our prairies and open woodlands but were driven to near extinction by early settlers and bison hunters. The last few animals kept in zoos formed the basis for the entire new (and protected) population. 

November 11: Veteran’s Day

Veterans get in free, with a 20% discount for their families. 

November 23Zoo Closes Early

Last ticket sold at noon; Zoo closes at 1:00 p.m.

November 24: Thanksgiving/Zoo Closed

December 2022

December 24/Christmas Eve: Zoo closes early

Last ticket sold at noon; Zoo closes at 1:00 p.m. 

December 25/Christmas: Zoo closed

December 31/New Year’s Eve: Zoo closes early

Last ticket sold at noon; Zoo closes at 1:00 p.m. 

January 1, 2023/New Year’s Day: Zoo closed.

Visit our Tropical Winter Greenhouse

Enjoy a visit to a tropical paradise at our Victorian Greenhouse. As you stroll through, you can see several species flowering, and feed our colorful Koi fish in their pond. It’s a short walk through another world.  Free with Zoo admission. 


Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is closer than you think and open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $19.00; children (ages 3 -11) is $15.00, senior admission (62 and older) is $15.00 and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members also are admitted free.

Calendar subject to change without notice. Please check BeardsleyZoo.org or Facebook for the most up to date information.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is located at 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut, and parking at the zoo is free of charge.

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kerry@ducey.org (Lisa Clair) Places Mon, 12 Sep 2022 12:26:10 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Bridgeport: Somethingwolfy https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/places/601-why-small-businesses-matter-somethingwolfy601-why-small-businesses-matter-somethingwolfy https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/places/601-why-small-businesses-matter-somethingwolfy601-why-small-businesses-matter-somethingwolfy

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Somethingwolfy!

Three questions with the founder of Somethingwolfy.

Why did you start your business?

I started Somethingwolfy based on the needs of different towns and cities communities while with thoughts of Connecticut as a whole.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our best services are helping build businesses and customize products for people. We also throw fairs and festivals to fundraise for different community needs including Operation Hope and Bridgeport Food Pantry.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

It's more of a symbiotic partnership. I help make farms sustainable for seasons to come while building product lines across the state.

Have you reimagined your small business?

Yes. We have a larger committee to push more growth and development with CT. We also have a focus on hemp development across the state and encouraging innovations to challenge the markets to create new outlets of sustainable products including plastics made from hemp plants, and fibers for rope and clothes. We are doing events on an even larger level to help fund the needs of different missions across the state.

Visit Somethingwolfy online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook and Instagram pages as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Fri, 09 Sep 2022 06:37:12 -0400
Governor Lamont Directs Flags To Remain Lowered Sunday in Observance of 9/11 Anniversary https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/politics/628-governor-lamont-directs-flags-to-remain-lowered-sunday-in-observance-of-9-11-anniversary628-governor-lamont-directs-flags-to-remain-lowered-sunday-in-observance-of-9-11-anniversary https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/politics/628-governor-lamont-directs-flags-to-remain-lowered-sunday-in-observance-of-9-11-anniversary628-governor-lamont-directs-flags-to-remain-lowered-sunday-in-observance-of-9-11-anniversary

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to remain lowered to half-staff on Sunday, September 11, 2022, in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Flags are also currently at half-staff throughout the United States as a mark of solemn respect for the memory of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday. Flags should continue flying at half-staff for this purpose through sunset on the date of her internment.

Additionally, Governor Lamont today announced that the state will illuminate the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven – informally known by many residents as the Q Bridge – in red, white, and blue lights beginning at dusk on the evenings of Saturday, September 10, and Sunday, September 11, in recognition of the anniversary. Beacons capable of projecting light nearly six miles into the clear night sky will be lit until the early morning hours.

“One of the greatest tragedies in American history hit close to home on this day 21 years ago, and we will forever pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 innocent lives that were taken all too soon,” Governor Lamont said. “We honor the heroes who lost their lives while attempting to save others, many of whom were first responders who answered the call of duty in the protection of complete strangers. We also continue to pray for the brave men and women of the U.S. military who serve our nation and protect our freedoms, including the many military heroes whose lives were lost in the ongoing battle to keep us safe since 2001. On this anniversary, let’s remember that our many differences are what make our country great, and despite those differences, we can unite as Americans and stand together in support of our common values and our respect for one another.”

“September 11, 2001 is a day that will forever live in infamy in our collective American history,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “Today, we honor the memories of all those we lost on September 11th, and all of the brave souls who risked their lives to help their fellow Americans. We thank our first responders and military personnel for protecting and defending our country. Our gratitude for their service is knows no bounds. May this day continue to serve as a reminder that we must remain committed to each other as people, and as Americans.”

The State of Connecticut’s official 9/11 memorial honoring the victims of the attacks is located on a peninsula at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, where on a clear day the Manhattan skyline can be viewed across the Long Island Sound. It features a stone engraved with the names of the 161 people with ties to Connecticut who were killed in the attacks. The state park was chosen as the site for the memorial because it is the location where many people in the immediate aftermath of the attacks gathered to observe the devastation on Lower Manhattan across the sound. The site was also used by the Connecticut National Guard in the following days and weeks as a staging area for Connecticut’s relief efforts to New York City.

Connecticut Remembers

Names of the 161 people with ties to Connecticut who were killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks:

  • Laurence Abel
  • Bryan C. Bennett
  • Jeffrey D. Bittner
  • Christopher J. Blackwell, FDNY
  • Allen Patrick Boyle
  • Alexander Braginsky
  • Francis Henry (Frank) Brennan
  • Thomas M. Brennan
  • Joseph M. Calandrillo
  • Edward Calderon
  • Sandra Campbell
  • Alejandro Castano
  • Juan Ceballos
  • Stephen P. Cherry
  • Kevin F. Cleary, Esq.
  • Geoffrey W. Cloud
  • Keith Eugene Coleman
  • Scott Thomas Coleman
  • Margaret Conner
  • Kevin P. Connors
  • Joseph John Coppo
  • Dolores Costa
  • Brian Thomas Cummins
  • Paul Curioli
  • Patrick Danahy
  • Anthony Demas
  • Lt. Kevin Donnelly, FDNY
  • John Bruce Eagleson
  • Michael Egan
  • Ulf Ramm Ericson
  • Eric B. Evans
  • Wendy R. Faulkner
  • Edward T. Fergus, Jr.
  • Bradley Fetchet
  • Paul M. Fiori
  • John Fiorito
  • Bennett Lawson Fisher
  • Peter C. Fry
  • Richard Peter Gabriel, Sr.
  • Richard S. Gabrielle
  • James A. Gadiel
  • Thomas E. Galvin
  • Osseni Mama Garba
  • Christopher Samuel Gardner
  • Peter Alan Gay
  • Peter Gerard Gelinas
  • Robert Gerlich
  • Lawrence Getzfred
  • Evan Hunter Gillette
  • Ronald Gilligan
  • Steven Lawrence Glick
  • Wilder A. Gomez
  • Kiran Kumar Reddy Gopu
  • Edwin J. Graf, III
  • Donald F. Greene
  • James A. Greenleaf, Jr.
  • Pedro Grehan
  • James D. Halvorson
  • Sean S. Hanley
  • Christine Lee Hanson
  • Peter Burton Hanson
  • Sue Kim Hanson
  • Timothy John Hargrave
  • Michele Heidenberger
  • H. Joseph Heller
  • John Henwood
  • Robert Higley, II
  • James J. Hobin
  • Judith Florence Hofmiller
  • Paul R. Hughes
  • William Christopher Hunt
  • Thomas Edward Hynes
  • John F. Iskyan
  • Ariel Louis Jacobs
  • Michael Grady Jacobs
  • Mark Steven Jardim
  • Robert Thomas Jordan
  • Richard M. Keane
  • Peter R. Kellerman
  • Maurice Patrick Kelly
  • William Hill Kelly, Jr.
  • Amy King
  • Glenn Davis Kirwin
  • Stephen LaMantia
  • Gary E. Lasko
  • Robert A. Lawrence, Jr.
  • Joseph A. Lenihan
  • Adam J. Lewis
  • Steven B. Lillianthal
  • Garry W. Lozier
  • Michael J. Lyons
  • Edward "Teddy" F. Maloney
  • Ada Mason
  • Kevin Michael McCarthy
  • Juliana McCourt
  • Ruth McCourt
  • Eamon McEneaney
  • Michael G. McGinty
  • Francis McGuinn
  • William J. Meehan, Jr.
  • Eskedar Melaku
  • Raymond Joseph Metz, III
  • Joel Miller
  • Michael M. Miller
  • Cheryl Ann Monyak
  • Lindsay S. Morehouse
  • Jude Moussa
  • Cesar A. Murillo
  • Christopher William White Murphy
  • Daniel Robert Nolan
  • Robert W. Noonan
  • Timothy M. O'Brien
  • Scott J. O'Brien
  • James Andrew O'Grady
  • Christopher Orgielewicz
  • Margaret Quinn Orloske
  • Thomas Anthony Palazzo
  • James Matthew Patrick
  • Mike A. Pelletier
  • Joshua Piver
  • Roger Mark Rasweiler
  • Jean Destrehan Roger
  • Sean P. Rooney
  • Michael C. Rothberg
  • Jason E. Sabbag
  • Jesus Sanchez
  • Stacey Leigh Sanders
  • Sean Schielke
  • John B. Schwartz
  • Randy Scott
  • Barbara A. Shaw
  • Michael John Simon
  • Heather Lee Smith
  • Dianne Bullis Snyder
  • Gregory T. Spagnoletti
  • George E. Spencer, III
  • Derek J. Statkevicus
  • Craig William Staub
  • Andrew Stergiopoulos
  • Madeline Sweeney
  • Michael C. Tarrou
  • Thomas F. Theurkauf, Jr.
  • Eric Raymond Thorpe
  • Amy E. Toyen
  • Tyler Ugolyn
  • Jonathan J. Uman
  • Allen V. Upton
  • Bradley H. Vadas
  • Edward Raymond Vanacore
  • Frederick Varacchi
  • James Thomas Waters, Jr.
  • Jeffrey David Wiener
  • Candace Lee Williams
  • John P. Williamson
  • William Eben Wilson
  • David H. Winton
  • Christopher W. Wodenshek
  • Martin Phillips Wohlforth
  • John Works
  • Edward P. York
  • Charles A. Zion
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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Fri, 09 Sep 2022 05:12:19 -0400
FC Buzz Weekend of Arts and Culture September 9-11 https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/events/629-fc-buzz-weekend-of-arts-and-culture-includes-the-exonerated-at-theater-barn-and-big-bad-voodoo-daddy-at-ridgefield-playhouse629-fc-buzz-weekend-of-arts-and-culture-includes-the-exonerated-at-theater-barn-and-big-bad-voodoo-daddy-at-ridgefield-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/events/629-fc-buzz-weekend-of-arts-and-culture-includes-the-exonerated-at-theater-barn-and-big-bad-voodoo-daddy-at-ridgefield-playhouse629-fc-buzz-weekend-of-arts-and-culture-includes-the-exonerated-at-theater-barn-and-big-bad-voodoo-daddy-at-ridgefield-playhouse

FC Buzz Weekend: September 9 - 11

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members.

STORYFEST at Westport Library

Fri, Sept 9, 6:00 - 9:00 pm and Sat, Sept 10, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Celebrate and enjoy a multi-day, genre-spanning literary festival and the largest literary festival in the state of Connecticut. StoryFest is a celebration of the story in all its forms, and storytellers from across all media. StoryFest is where you can hear award-winning and debut authors talk about their work and books they have coming out this fall. 

Music at MoCA with Roman Rabinovich at MoCA Westport

Fri, Sept 9, 7:00 pm

This eloquent pianist has been highly lauded by The New York Times, BBC Music Magazine, the San Francisco Classical Voice and others. He has performed throughout Europe and the United States in venues such as Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, and the Terrace Theater of Kennedy Center in Washington DC. This concert is presented in the context of the current exhibit, “Women Pulling at the Threads of Social Discourse.” Arrive early to experience the exhibition with complimentary access and to purchase delicious food and drinks. The program includes: César Franck (1822-1890): The Complete Piano Music, In honor of his Bicentennial, Prelude, Aria et Final, Prelude, Chorale et Fugue, Prelude, Fugue et Variation, and Sonata for Violin and Piano (arranged by Alfred Cortot). 

The Exonerated at The Ridgefield Theater Barn

Fri, Sept 9, 8:00 pm

RTB open its 58th season with a play written by Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen. The play interweaves the true-life stories of people who were wrongfully convicted & sentenced to death, emphasizing what happened in their lives after their convictions. Told with humor, anger, faith, frustration, and hope, this powerful piece amassed awards when it debuted Off-Broadway. Elizabeth Young directs actors Chris Cooney, George Croom, Kendall Driffin, David Fritsch, Timothy Huber, Kevin Knight, Paulette Layton, Matt Pagliaro, Priscilla Squiers, & David Tate. Running through Sept 25th.

“SUN KINGS – A BEATLES TRIBUTE” at Palace Theatre, Stamford

Fri, Sept 9, 8:00 pm

Relive a magical time in music history and enjoy the music created by one of the most influential bands of our time. You’ll hear many of their No. 1 hits as well as some of their lesser known tunes – all performed with an attention to detail duplicating their tight harmonies, fancy guitar work, and solid backbeat. In other words, that signature Beatles sound!

Arts & Crafts on Bedford on Bedford Street, Stamford

Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:30 pm

Head over to Bedford Street and shop for one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods made by local and regional artists. Bedford Street restaurants will be offering extended outdoor patio cafés. Fun for kids too! Check out the Imagination Station in Latham Park featuring fun activities for kids including: Kids Draw Free,Obstacle Course and crafts with Life Cycle and First United Methodist Nursery School, Painting with Amrita, UConn Kids, Cookie Decorating with Bella’s Sweet Treats and Open Chess Play more!

Artists Collective of Westport Pop Up Exhibit Artist Talk at Westport Country Playhouse

Sat, Sept 10, 4:00 pm

Gather in the WCP barn for a lively artist talk of the latest PopUp show that includes CAFC artists: Miggs Burroughs, Julie Leff, Duvian Montoya, Cynthia Mullins, Barbara Ringer, and Sherri Wolfgang.

2022 Annual Member Exhibit at Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan

Saturday  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 

Come to an opening reception for the longest-running Carriage Barn art exhibition that celebrates the range, interests, and talents of artist members working across all subjects, styles, and media. Come meet the artists and be the first to see the exhibit of almost 200 original works. A portion of all sales benefits the Carriage Barn Arts Center. On view through October 9th.

The 72nd A•ONE Exhibition at Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan 

Saturday, 5:30-7:30pm

Soak up a dynamic array of contemporary art across all visual art mediums in this exhibition juried by Sharon Butler; painter, art writer, and founder of "Two Coats of Paint." International in scope, A•ONE shows a wide spectrum of forms and ideas as well as innovation in composition and materials. Gallery hours are 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. On view through October 20th. 

OH WHAT A NIGHT! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation Art Gala at Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield

Saturday, 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

A bit of Las Vegas comes to Connecticut with a dynamic show thrills its audiences with great choreography, boundless energy, humor and instantly recognizable classic hits such as Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Who Loves You, and many more. The opening act features performers from Broadway Method Academy, Square Foot Theatre, Amity Creative Theatre & Center Stage Theatre. The pre-show reception includes complimentary beverages, dessert bar & raffle preview. 

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Saturday, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm 

With hits like “Go Daddy O,” “Mr. Pinstripe Suit” and “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby),” the swing revival legends of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy rock the house with their high energy show. From their first phase of stardom in the 1996 indie film Swingers to their Super Bowl XXXIII Halftime Show, this band reminds the world that it’s still cool to swing.

Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience at FTC’s The Warehouse

Saturday at 8:00 pm

If you’re an MJ fan, this one’s for you! Dedicated to recreating authentic live experiences, this show was originally founded by Vamsi Tadepalli in 2003 as a tribute to Michael Jackson's musical legacy. Each individual show is designed and constructed through unparalleled study of the artists' original performances, and infused with new energy.

Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock-N-Roll at The Palace Theatre, Stamford

Saturday, 8:00 pm at Stamford’s 

Get ready to dance, sing, and relive the glory years of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, and early '80s. This show uses fascinating stories and groundbreaking music, with tributes to iconic rock stars. Some of these tributes include Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Frankie Valli, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, The Who, Janis Joplin, Elton John, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, and so much more.

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page at https://culturalalliancefc.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Lorie Lewis ) Events Thu, 08 Sep 2022 05:18:23 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Bridgeport: UniCole ARTistry https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/neighbors/597-why-small-businesses-matter-in-bridgeport-unicole-artistry597-why-small-businesses-matter-in-bridgeport-unicole-artistry https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/neighbors/597-why-small-businesses-matter-in-bridgeport-unicole-artistry597-why-small-businesses-matter-in-bridgeport-unicole-artistry

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local bu

Step inside UniCole ARTistry!

Four questions with Nicole Paul, founder of UniCole ARTistry

Why did you start your business?

Motherhood... Once I had my children I did not want to return to work. I wanted to remain home to raise my children. Motherhood awakened my entrepreneurial spirit and motivated me to start a business so that I could live off my talent/gift.

Best selling product or service?

My best-selling product/service is my Sip & Paint Parties, children's Art/Paint parties, private/group art lessons, and the selling of my artwork.

 How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them? 

I use the [Bridgeport] Lbrary, the Church, After School Programs, OIC, Captain's Cove, and word of mouth.

Have you reimagined your small business?

Yes... I imagine myself expanding and possibly having another shop so I can service more people.

Visit UniCole ARTistry online unicoleartistry.com and be sure to follow Facebook here .

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Wed, 07 Sep 2022 06:44:21 -0400
Celebrate Fairy Tails Day at CT’s Beardsley Zoo on September 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/places/627-celebrate-fairy-tails-day-at-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-on-september-17627-celebrate-fairy-tails-day-at-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-on-september-17 https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/places/627-celebrate-fairy-tails-day-at-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-on-september-17627-celebrate-fairy-tails-day-at-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-on-september-17

Once upon a time in a zoo not so far away, there was a day for all children to dress up like their favorite storybook characters! On Saturday, September 17, the Zoo will turn into a magical land, with a day full of fun activities, including princesses, story time at multiple locations on grounds, face painting, glitter tattoos, and animal presentations.

Seven different costumed storybook characters will be on Zoo grounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Master Falconer Brian Bradley will return with his popular birds of prey show, Sky Hunters in Flight.

The day of fun and fantasy is sponsored by the Pediatric Care Alliance between Connecticut Children’s and Hartford HealthCare. 

“We’re so happy to host Connecticut Children’s and Hartford HealthCare’s healthcare heroes and families at the Zoo and provide a fun and magical day for all children for the second year in a row,” said Gregg Dancho, Zoo director. “In addition to underwriting a fabulous family event, they’re also sponsoring our Zoomobiles this year, which travel to educate children in schools, camps, and other facilities about popular Zoo animals and other impactful STREAM activities.”

“Learning is so important to a child’s healthy development. We are proud to partner with the Zoo to offer an engaging day of learning in a safe and family friendly environment,” said Jim Shmerling, DHA, FACHE, President and CEO of Connecticut Children’s. “The Connecticut Children’s Pediatric Care Alliance with Hartford HealthCare is also excited to gift a book to every child who attends this year’s event. Literacy is a key driver for academic success, and we want to help every child to succeed this school year.”  

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $19.00, children (ages 3 -11) is $15.00, senior admission (62 and older) is just $15.00, and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members also are admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge. 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Lisa Clair) Places Tue, 06 Sep 2022 09:46:26 -0400
Housatonic Museum of Art Appoints New Director Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/neighbors/626-housatonic-museum-of-art-appoints-new-director-jennifer-reynolds-kaye626-housatonic-museum-of-art-appoints-new-director-jennifer-reynolds-kaye https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/neighbors/626-housatonic-museum-of-art-appoints-new-director-jennifer-reynolds-kaye626-housatonic-museum-of-art-appoints-new-director-jennifer-reynolds-kaye

The Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA), located on the Housatonic Community College campus in downtown Bridgeport, has named Jennifer Reynolds-Kaye, Ph. D. as the new director.

Reynolds-Kaye’s museum and community college background, combined with a deep passion for student-focused arts programs, will help to further advance HMA, which boasts one of the most important community college art collections in the country.

“We are thrilled to announce Jennifer as our new HMA Director. Her knowledge and enthusiasm will help to raise national awareness of our collection of over 7,000 artworks and the museum’s wide array of invigorating programming,” said Dr. Dwayne Smith, CEO of Housatonic Community College.

Reynolds-Kaye most recently served as a consultant at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and as an Art History lecturer at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut. She held previous positions at a variety of museums and organizations, including the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Southern California, and participated in the Getty Leadership Institute NextGen program, among others.

“Academic art museums are my passion. Making the collection accessible online, and creating opportunities for students and the community to connect with the museum on a deep level are top priorities, as well as raising the profile of HMA and its incredible collection,” said Reynolds-Kaye.

The community is invited to come to meet Reynolds-Kaye at the opening reception for HMA’s newest exhibition, “June Ahrens: Reflecting Time” on Thursday, September 8 from 5:30 to 7pm. The event is free and the exciting exhibition exploring fragility and loss, as well as hope and renewal, will be on view through October 22, 2022.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Neighbors Thu, 01 Sep 2022 07:00:42 -0400
Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut Awarded More Than $900,000 to Support Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Vocational Program https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/charities/625-goodwill-of-western-northern-connecticut-awarded-more-than-900-000-to-support-department-of-mental-health-and-addiction-services-dmhas-vocational-program625-goodwill-of-western-northern-connecticut-awarded-more-than-900-000-to-support-department-of-mental-health-and-addiction-services-dmhas-vocational-program https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/charities/625-goodwill-of-western-northern-connecticut-awarded-more-than-900-000-to-support-department-of-mental-health-and-addiction-services-dmhas-vocational-program625-goodwill-of-western-northern-connecticut-awarded-more-than-900-000-to-support-department-of-mental-health-and-addiction-services-dmhas-vocational-program

Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut (GWNC) today announced it has received a grant of more than $900,000 to expand its Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Vocational Services.

These funds will allow GWNC to replicate the services it has been delivering in Greater Bridgeport to the Hartford area. The Hartford program, which will operate out of Capital Region Mental Health Center in Hartford, includes seven staff who will be embedded into teams of clinicians, psychiatrists, therapists, and other state employees who serve as support staff.

“Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut started its Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Vocational Program in 2010 and is proud to have supported more than 1,300 individuals during this time,” Heather Marquis, Vice President of Human Services, said. “We are thankful to DMHAS for engaging us to deliver these critical services to individuals in Greater Hartford and look forward to increasing our impact.”

“Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut has a history of excellence in delivering vocational services throughout its region. The funding we have received from DMHAS to support these services will allow us to serve three times as many individuals each year while expanding our geographic reach,” Rocco Tricarico, President & CEO, Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut, said. “We look forward to working with the team at the Capital Regional Mental Health Center and providing vocational training to empower individuals looking for employment.”

GWNC’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Vocational Services are currently available to residents in the following communities: Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, Trumbull (Greater Bridgeport) and, Avon, Canton, Farmington, Hartford, Simsbury, West Hartford (Greater Hartford).

To learn more about GWNC’s employment services, including community employment services and vocational programs, visit: www.gwct.org.

 

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subscriptions@cocommunications.com (Michelle Lauricella) Charities Wed, 31 Aug 2022 09:26:59 -0400