Bridgeport's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport Thu, 19 May 2022 23:55:03 -0400 HamletHub.com CT's Beardsley Zoo Teen Corps Removes River Shore Trash, Plants Marsh Grass https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/life/555-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-teen-corps-removes-river-shore-trash-plants-marsh-grass555-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-teen-corps-removes-river-shore-trash-plants-marsh-grass https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/life/555-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-teen-corps-removes-river-shore-trash-plants-marsh-grass555-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-teen-corps-removes-river-shore-trash-plants-marsh-grass

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s teen Conservation Discovery Corps (CDC) students, in combination with the teen Zoo Career Explorers, as well as volunteers and staff, have cleaned up more than one-half ton of trash from the shores of the Pequonnock River.  

Over the past several weeks, the group of volunteers met several times to walk the shores of the river and remove trash and debris from the waterway. 

The first Saturday cleanup, with 13 guests from outside the Zoo, including a seven-person group from Shelton High School, resulted in 600 pounds of trash removed from the river and Beardsley Park grounds. Additionally, large metal pieces and wood pallets added another 200 pounds.  A second cleanup resulted in nearly 500 more pounds of trash. Students worked with gloves, waders, and trash pickers to remove waste as part of the Zoo’s “Party for the Planet,” in honor of Earth Day.

On Saturday, April 30, the cleanup crew became a planting crew, setting 2,000 plugs of marsh grass into the Great Salt Marsh in Stratford (an endangered coastal habitat within Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge) with volunteers from CT Coastal Audubonunder the direction of The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The three-hour planting was followed by an interpretive talk on salt marsh ecology. Follow up plantings by zoo staff and volunteers have yielded more than 1,800 additional salt marsh grass plugs planted. The CDC, whose motto could easily be “we never hesitate to get our hands dirty,” has now begun planting milkweed seeds to feed Monarch butterflies that make their homes at the Zoo in the summer.

The Zoo’s Curator of Education Jim Knox said, “When it comes to embodying Earth Day's spirit of stewardship and care for our planet, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo's volunteers and staff lead the way. Whether they are cleaning up a riverbank, restoring endangered salt marsh habitat, or teaching Zoo guests how they can protect endangered species, the Zoo team is always out in front." 

The CDC is an award-winning science-based youth education program that introduces young adults to the fields of conservation biology and environmental education and prepares them for science-based careers. The Explorers program investigates Zoo and non-profit careers through workshops and staff shadow days, covering eight different departments at the Zoo. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Lisa Clair) Life Thu, 19 May 2022 12:27:37 -0400
Patriot Bank Scholarship Luncheon Celebrates Commitment to Housatonic Community College Students https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/events/554-patriot-bank-scholarship-luncheon-celebrates-commitment-to-housatonic-community-college-students554-patriot-bank-scholarship-luncheon-celebrates-commitment-to-housatonic-community-college-students https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/events/554-patriot-bank-scholarship-luncheon-celebrates-commitment-to-housatonic-community-college-students554-patriot-bank-scholarship-luncheon-celebrates-commitment-to-housatonic-community-college-students

On Tuesday, May 3, leaders from Patriot Bank visited Housatonic Community College (HCC) for a scholarship luncheon with HCC leadership and Patriot Bank scholarship recipients. For the past five years, Patriot Bank has supported high-achieving, low-income HCC students with scholarship grants.

At the luncheon, students shared personal stories of how the scholarships made a meaningful difference in their lives.

“In the past year I've been able to complete 32 credits thanks to the Patriot Bank scholarship. Originally, I was only able to afford three to six credits a semester. Thanks to the scholarship, I've been able to move forward at a faster pace,” said HCC student Corina. “For me, time is of the essence as I approach middle adulthood. The scholarship gave me the opportunity to learn subjects I only dreamed of learning, and I’ve added other skills to my list. I dream of one day earning my Ph.D. in psychology after attaining a master's degree in counseling, I want to help people cope with stress and the many emotional problems we face today.” 

Patriot Bank leaders conveyed the firm’s dedication to social responsibility, especially its values of supporting the community and their commitment to Housatonic Community College scholars.

“Patriot Bank recognizes the great achievement and needs of these scholarship awardees. We believe our contributions as a partner to Housatonic Community College evidence our commitment to this community and belief in a new generation of scholars,” said Judith Corprew, Patriot Bank EVP, Chief Compliance, Risk and CRA Officer, as well as Housatonic Community College Foundation (HCCF) Board Vice President.

In 2020, Patriot Bank forged a financial literacy partnership with HCC through the creation of a co-branded financial literacy website, workshops and educational panels. The innovative financial literacy website-Housatonic.edu/finlit- offers tools to help students gain control of their financial lives, including articles and videos on budgeting, paying down debt, savings, credit and investing. Patriot Bank also offers a convenient Automatic Teller Machine on the HCC campus.

“We are deeply grateful for Patriot Bank’s ongoing support of Housatonic students,” said Kristy Jelenik, Housatonic Community College Foundation Executive Director. “Their scholarship grants and financial literacy program support helps to create brighter futures for Housatonic scholars, their families and the greater community.”

HCCF assists Housatonic Community College and its students by expanding access to quality, affordable higher education and workforce development training. They do this through a robust scholarship program, equity programs that support marginalized students, emergency assistance, book funds, and more.

Visit www.housatonic.edu to learn more about Housatonic Community College, and www.housatonic.edu/foundation to learn about the HCC Foundation. 

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Events Wed, 18 May 2022 08:15:53 -0400
Huge Turnout at Careers In Manufacturing Expo https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/events/553-huge-turnout-at-careers-in-manufacturing-expo553-huge-turnout-at-careers-in-manufacturing-expo https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/events/553-huge-turnout-at-careers-in-manufacturing-expo553-huge-turnout-at-careers-in-manufacturing-expo

Housatonic Community College (HCC) hosted a Careers in Manufacturing Expo 2022 on May 4, connecting 28 manufacturing firms from Connecticut with those interested in the field and prospective employees.

A whopping 300 job seekers and students attended the free event to discover in-demand manufacturing positions, learn about the industry, meet employers, attend panel discussions, and explore the HCC Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC).

Recently the college was awarded $1 million in federal funding to support its AMTC program. The project was selected by Congressman Himes from more than 80 applicants for inclusion in the omnibus appropriations bill.

“People forget that advanced manufacturing is not something where you walk into the plant and just start doing it the way our grandparents did. You really need a lot of training in computers, computer-assisted design and that sort of thing. It’s really exciting that right here we’re putting young people together with the skills they need to get great jobs,” said Congressman Himes.

Connecticut has a long history of manufacturing innovation, including the well-known submarine, Wiffle ball and frisbee, but there is currently a large shortage of skilled workers for positions that are waiting to be filled.

“We are happy to host today’s important event that brings together scholars, the community and employers. It is exciting to see so many people here interested in the manufacturing field,” said Dwayne Smith, Housatonic Community College CEO.

The Careers In Manufacturing Expo 2022 was presented by the City of Bridgeport, Entrepreneurship Foundation, Housatonic Community College, the Southwest CT Manufacturing Partnership and Bridgeport Regional Business Council.

Employers in attendance included ASML,Bausch Group, Bigelow Tea, Biomerics NLE, Cadcom, Inc., Connecticut Stone Supplies, CT Anodizing, Excello Tool, FuelCell Energy, Holo-Krome, ITW StampTech Fasteners, JV Precision, Lex Products, Lockheed/ Sikorsky, M.A. Selmon Company, Magnolia Chocolatier, McMellon Brothers, Microboard, Moore Tool Company, PTA Plastics, RAF Electronic Hardware, RBC Bearings, Rotair Aerospace Corporation, Schwerdtle Technologies, Seidel Group, Straton Industries, Xcel Tool, Yankee Metals, and Zehnder Clean Air Solutions.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Events Tue, 17 May 2022 12:03:06 -0400
Inspiration Awards Recognize Bridgeport’s Best Teachers https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/neighbors/551-inspiration-awards-recognize-bridgeport-s-best-teachers551-inspiration-awards-recognize-bridgeport-s-best-teachers https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/neighbors/551-inspiration-awards-recognize-bridgeport-s-best-teachers551-inspiration-awards-recognize-bridgeport-s-best-teachers

‘Inspiration Awards’ Recognize Bridgeport’s Best Teachers, Ceremony includes Beard Award, one of the nation’s largest teaching awards

Twenty inspiring teachers, administrators and community leaders were honored for making a difference in the lives of Bridgeport students and families during the 28th-annual Inspiration Awards. 

The packed ceremony – a highlight of the school year -- brought together more than 200 supporters from throughout the region at the Trumbull Marriott Hotel to recognize and honor Bridgeport teachers, administrators and institutions who have dedicated their time and passion to helping Bridgeport students succeed.

Hosted by the Bridgeport Public Education Fund (BPEF) and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF), the Inspiration Awards honor the good work being done in Bridgeport’s public schools.

“I look forward to this event each year, and am thrilled we are back to doing it in person in 2022!, remarked Juanita T. James, President/CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. “It is so appropriate we are holding the Inspiration Awards, in partnership with The Bridgeport Public Education Fund, during Educator Appreciation Week. We are so pleased to be able to acknowledge the extraordinary talents of four Bridgeport teachers with the Beard Excellence in Teaching Award. These teachers have persevered during the most challenging past two years and are especially deserving of our recognition.”

Beard Awards

A highlight of the ceremony is the awarding of The Theodore and Margaret Beard Excellence in Teaching Awards. Known as The Beard Teaching Awards, it’s among the largest education awards in the country. 

Recipients of this prestigious fund receive a $20,000 award for their ability to bring innovation, excitement and a love of learning to the classroom. The Beard Award prize is payable over three years as an incentive for recipients to remain in the district and provide  resources to new Bridgeport teachers.

In 2020, the Beard Award winners are Alexandra Lage, a sixth grade teacher at Watersville School, and Nicole Lynk, a sixth grade history teacher at Wilbur Cross School. The 2020 Inspiration Awards were postponed to 2021 due to the COVID pandemic. Both the 2020 and 2022 Beard awardees were celebrated on May 4th. In 2022, the Beard Award winners are Cynthia Crudale, a Science at Fairchild Wheeler High Interdistrict Magnet School, and Careen Derise, a Social Studies teacher at Discovery Magnet School.

BPEF Outstanding Teacher Awards

In addition to the four Beard Awards, for 2021 and 2022, the Inspiration Award ceremony also recognized sixteen (16) educators with the Bridgeport Public Education Fund’s Outstanding Teacher Recognition Awards. 

This award was established in 1993 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Bridgeport Public Education Fund. These teachers demonstrate leadership in the field of education and encourage other Bridgeport teachers to excel. 

Teachers are nominated by a colleague who has been inspired by their candidate. Each recipient received a Tiffany crystal apple and a $1,000 certificate entitling them to professional development enhancements for themselves or for the enrichment of their classroom and students.

The 2021* BPEF Outstanding Teachers are:

Cynthia Crudale, Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet School 

Susan DePascale, Beardsley School 

Kimberly Doran, High Horizons Magnet School

Kathleen Fuchs, Beardsley School

Carrie Hasenbein, John Winthrop School

Patrick O’Rourke, Bassick High Schools

Carli Rocha-Reaes, Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet School

Georgeann Stewart, Classical Studies School

The 2022 BPEF Outstanding Teachers are:

Jessica Baldizon, Cesar Batalla School

Laura Ellwanger, Read School 

Rebecca Feola, Discovery Magnet School

Teresa Oliveira, Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet School

Michael Paolucci, Jettie S. Tisdale School

Christina Shanahan, Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet School

Mikeya Stovall, Read School

Jennifer Wehmann, Multicultural Magnet School 

Bellinger Leadership Award

Recognizing that teachers aren’t the only ones making a difference in education, the Bridgeport Public Education Fund also honors school and community leaders who work to improve Bridgeport’s schools. The George Bellinger Leadership Award was established in 2004 to honor the memory of Bridgeport Public Education Fund board member and community leader, George Bellinger. This annual award is presented to a principal in the Bridgeport Public Schools who best replicates the ability of George Bellinger to foster and recognize good leadership. 

The 2021 Bellinger Leadership recipient, Dr. Eric Graf, has been an administrator and leader in the Bridgeport Public School district in various capacities for more than 20 years. Under Dr. Graf’s leadership, Central earned national and state rankings in the US News & World Report for academic and post-secondary improvements. Dr. Graf has fashioned and designed a culture of continuous improvement for all stakeholders.

The 2022 Bellinger Leadership recipient, Brett Gustafson, has been an administrator and leader for 12 years. Mr. Gustafson has been the Principal of James J. Curiale School since 2010. In his tenure, Brett has built a close-knit community where staff, students, and community feel valued and safe. Brett is the coach of the girls’ basketball team and avid cheerleader for all of his students. His support for his students and families goes beyond school hours and borders. He is a “world class leader” as exemplified in his ability to find resources to rescue efforts of two of his students who were stuck in war-torn Afghanistan.

Elizabeth M.Pfriem Civic Leadership Award

Named in honor of the late Elizabeth M. Pfriem, Bridgeport philanthropist, The Elizabeth M. Pfriem Civic Award recognizes community leaders who have made a long-term commitment to child advocacy and public education.

The 2021*Elizabeth M. Pfriem Civic Leadership Award recipient is The Tauck Family Foundation, a local family foundation established by Arthur C. Tauck in 1994. The Foundation’s mission is to invest in a small number of organizations and initiatives that equip the children of Bridgeport, CT with the necessary social and emotional skills to thrive academically and in life. The Foundation has partnered with the Bridgeport Public Schools since 2013 to support the Social-Emotional Learning initiative.

The 2022 Elizabeth M. Pfriem Civic Leadership Award recipient is Douglas H. Wade, Jr., President of Wade’s Dairy, Inc. Doug is a fifth generation operator and purveyor of quality products at Wade’s Dairy. Founded in Easton, the dairy was located in Fairfield before being relocated to Bridgeport in 1995. As a community business, Mr. Wade and his brigade offered his space and products to distribute to families in need. With the support of the United States Department of Agriculture, Wade’s facilitated weekly drive-thru events to distribute over a ton of lean meats, fresh fruits, vegetables and milk to families.  

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Lauren Stewart) Neighbors Fri, 13 May 2022 09:47:44 -0400
FC Buzz Weekend: Open Mic Night, Blues 101, KEYS Trio, Sixties, and More! https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/events/552-fc-buzz-weekend-open-mic-night-blues-101-keys-trio-sixties-and-more552-fc-buzz-weekend-open-mic-night-blues-101-keys-trio-sixties-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/events/552-fc-buzz-weekend-open-mic-night-blues-101-keys-trio-sixties-and-more552-fc-buzz-weekend-open-mic-night-blues-101-keys-trio-sixties-and-more

FC Buzz Weekend Beginning May 13 – May 15, 2022

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.

Open Mic Night at Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan

Friday, May 13, 6:30 pm

Calling all singers, songwriters and performers to New Canaan! Sign up for a slot to perform up to two songs on stage. Hosted by guitarist and bandleader Michael Lewis-Smith, this Open Mic event is open to all ages and experience levels.

Whose Barn Is It Anyway? at Ridgefield Theater Barn

Friday, May 13, 8:00 pm

The Role in the Hay Players bring their unique brand of improv stylings back to Ridgefield with Matt Austin, Jody Bayer, David Fritsch, Rick Hodder, Pamme Jones, Melissa Power, and Lisa Tancredi. This spontaneous evening of skits and games, based on suggestions from the audience, has no script and no plot - which is exactly what should make it a night to remember! Doors open at 7pm.

Blues 101: A History of Blues Music in America at Fairfield Public Library

Saturday, May 14, 2:00 pm

Enjoy an entertaining afternoon with Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and his educational, multi-media program on the history of the blues in America. Dan will perform on his homemade, primitive guitars just like the ones used by early bluesmen and played with a “bottleneck” slide. 

India Cultural Center’s HoliFest 2022 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich

Saturday, May 14, 3:00 pm

Celebrate Holi at a community-wide event featuring music and dancing, kids’ activities, food vendors, and a huge color throw. Participants will receive several bags of color and the first 1,000 people to register will receive a white t-shirt to wear for the color throw.

Thomas/Ortiz Dance at Darien Arts Center

Saturday, May 14, 7:30 pm

Performing repertoire that explores a multitude of thought-provoking and socially-relevant themes, this company has been creating contemporary dance for over 20 years with fresh and emotionally engaging vision. The company of ten dancers from culturally diverse backgrounds will perform choreography by Ted Thomas and Frances Ortiz, including two new work along with fan favorites spanning the last two decades.

The Sixties Show at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Saturday, May 14, 8:00 pm

If you love music from The Doors, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and other bands from the sixties, then don’t miss this note-for-note re-creation of iconic. Former band members of The Who, Bob Dylan, and NBC TV’s Saturday Night Live band bring you a multi-media event that will include archival audio and newsreel footage with an all-new set list, new staging and special effects.

Pete Wikul Band Show at Ridgefield Theater Barn

Saturday, May 14, 8:00 pm

An all-star lineup, a feel-good concert, an intimate atmosphere. What more could you ask for? Pete Wikul, on drums, will be joined onstage by the incredibly talented band of Ralph Lalama on tenor sax, Max Darche on trumpet, Don Falzone on bass, and Rob Aries on keyboard. Expect an eclectic mix of jazz, bossa nova, rock, blues, and R&B. Doors open 7pm. Bring food & drink!

“Inaugural Journey” Artist Talk at The Norwalk Art Space

Sunday, May 15, 1:00 pm

As part of the “Inaugural Journey” exhibition, enjoy a lively conversation featuring Resident Artists Francisco Mandujano, Lorena Sferlazza, Remy Sosa, and Emily Teall, as well as TNAS Educational Co-Directors Darcy Hicks and Duvian Montoya. Moderated by David Green, Executive Director of The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County.

INTEMPO’s Cultural Crossover Concert: Afro-Latinx Diaspora at Norwalk Concert Hall

Sunday, May 15, 3:00 pm

Showcasing Afro-Latinx and classical symphonic music in celebration of INTEMPO's diverse students and community, this annual show is not to be missed! Young INTEMPO musicians will take center stage with members of the Norwalk Youth Symphony and guest artists Bomba Ashe: Roberto & Gloria Cepedam from La Familia Cepeda. 

KEYS Trio at Talmadge Hill Community Church, Darien

Sunday, May 15, 5:00 pm 

Kids Empowered by Your Support (KEYS) proudly presents the KEYS Trio in their first live performance since the pandemic. Featuring three of KEYS finest music faculty members, Jenny Ong, Corinne Metter, and Madeleine Corliss playing piano, violin, and cello. The concert is a fundraiser for KEYS, and proceeds will continue KEYS' mission to provide free music lessons and performance opportunities to under-resourced students in Bridgeport CT. 

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, 12 May 2022 05:54:41 -0400
Grace Community Church and Wilton Kiwanis Foundation Partners to support Bridgeport Rescue Mission https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/charities/549-grace-community-church-and-wilton-kiwanis-foundation-partners-to-support-bridgeport-rescue-mission549-grace-community-church-and-wilton-kiwanis-foundation-partners-to-support-bridgeport-rescue-mission https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/charities/549-grace-community-church-and-wilton-kiwanis-foundation-partners-to-support-bridgeport-rescue-mission549-grace-community-church-and-wilton-kiwanis-foundation-partners-to-support-bridgeport-rescue-mission

During the month of May, generous supporters of Bridgeport Rescue is running a "matching challenge".  Grace Community Church and Wilton Kiwanis Foundation have partnered with Bridgeport Rescue Mission for the past 10 years by hosting an annual to support Bridgeport Rescue Mission.  Their support has steadily increased over the past 9 years and this year they will present a check on Friday, May 13th at 1:00 PM at 725 Park Ave. Fred Sindel and representatives from Grace Community Church and the Wilton Kiwanis Foundation will be in attendance. 

Other supporters have donated match contributions to the mission totaling $100,000 which means the mission could receive up to $200,000 this month. When you donate $50 dollars it becomes $100 dollars, $100 dollars becomes $200 dollars and $150 dollars becomes $300 dollars until May 31st.  Through your donations, Bridgeport Rescue Mission helps our neighbors who are experiencing hunger, homelessness, and addiction recovery programs.

Anyone who would like to make a gift and have it doubled through the matching challenge can donate by Text BRM725 to 50155, online at www.BridgeportRescueMission.org or send a contribution to PO Box 9057, Bridgeport, CT, 06601. All gifts must be received online or postmarked by May 31 to meet the challenge. For more details on the mission, visit www.BridgeportRescueMission.org or call the mission at 203-333-4087.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered 501(c)(3) private organization providing transformational services to men, women, children, families since 1993. The Mission receives no government funding and offers its services to anyone in need regardless of race, religion, lifestyle, or creed. For more information, visit www.BridgeportRescueMission.org

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Lisa Chester) Charities Wed, 11 May 2022 13:55:10 -0400
Governor Lamont Signs Legislation Making It Easier for Student-Athletes To Obtain Endorsement Deals https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/politics/550-governor-lamont-signs-legislation-making-it-easier-for-student-athletes-to-obtain-endorsement-deals550-governor-lamont-signs-legislation-making-it-easier-for-student-athletes-to-obtain-endorsement-deals https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/politics/550-governor-lamont-signs-legislation-making-it-easier-for-student-athletes-to-obtain-endorsement-deals550-governor-lamont-signs-legislation-making-it-easier-for-student-athletes-to-obtain-endorsement-deals

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has signed into law Public Act 22-11, which permits student-athletes in Connecticut to use their school’s names, logos, trademarks, mascots, unique colors, copyrights, and other defining insignia in endorsement contracts.

The measure is an update to a groundbreaking law the governor enacted last year that permitted student-athletes to receive money from the use of their name, image, and likeness – commonly known as NIL. That law, however, prohibited student-athletes from using their school’s logos and other insignia as part of these deals, which many argued was prohibitive in their efforts to obtain endorsements.

The modification was requested by the University of Connecticut, which argued that it would align Connecticut’s policies with other states and help them recruit students. Prior to the passage of this updated law, Connecticut was one of only two states that blocked student-athletes from using their schools’ logos.

The use of any logo or insignia will still need to be approved by the student-athlete’s school. Schools will also be required to enact a policy on use of their logo as part of any endorsement deal.

“Updating this law brings our policies in line with those enacted in the rest of the country, ensuring that student-athletes who choose to attend schools in Connecticut have the same benefit as their contemporaries in other states,” Governor Lamont said. “None of us want to inhibit the ability of our outstanding coaches to recruit talented student-athletes to Connecticut. We appreciate our athletes and our schools, and I am pleased to sign this into law.”

Governor Lamont specifically thanked the bill’s legislative sponsor, State Senator Derek Slap (D-West Hartford), for leading its passage through the General Assembly.

“For far too long, student-athletes have been denied the ability to benefit from use of their name, image, and likeness,” Senator Slap said. “The NCAA makes billions while our student-athletes, most of whom never go on to play professional sports, are left out. Last year’s bill changed that paradigm in Connecticut and I’m pleased we were able to build on that this year – ensuring we remain competitive with other states.”

The law takes effect July 1, 2022.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor) Politics Wed, 11 May 2022 05:30:36 -0400
Bridgeport Wins Big in 2022 ACE Awards https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/neighbors/548-bridgeport-wins-big-in-2022-ace-awards548-bridgeport-wins-big-in-2022-ace-awards https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/neighbors/548-bridgeport-wins-big-in-2022-ace-awards548-bridgeport-wins-big-in-2022-ace-awards

Three of the six award recipients of the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County's Sixth Annual Daniel E. Offutt III Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards are based in Bridgeport. 
 
The purpose of the ACE awards is to celebrate the passion for, and impact of, arts and culture across coastal Fairfield County, and to raise awareness of the quality and diversity of our region's arts and cultural offerings. These awards recognize the energy and commitment to arts and culture in the region's largest and most diverse city.
 
Bridgeport Awardees are:
 
ACE Artist Award: Alicia Cobb
 
ACE Educator Award: Pam Lewis
 
ACE Nonprofit Award: City Lights & Co.
A celebratory awards breakfast will be held at the Shore and Country Club, Norwalk, June 15, 2022, 7:30-9am. Tickets are now available at bit.ly/cafcACE22.
 
The keynote speaker will be David Lehman, Commissioner for Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). 
 
Also speaking will be Elizabeth Shapiro, Director of Arts, Preservation and Museums (DECD), and Jason Mancini, Executive Director, CT Humanities. All three speakers collaborated in an unprecedented manner over the last two years of the pandemic to discover and fulfill the financial needs of cultural organizations devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and its social, mental health, and economic ramifications.
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kerry@ducey.org (David Green) Neighbors Mon, 09 May 2022 06:22:38 -0400
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Calendar May - September 2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/places/547-connecticut-s-beardsley-zoo-calendar-may-september-2022547-connecticut-s-beardsley-zoo-calendar-may-september-2022 https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/places/547-connecticut-s-beardsley-zoo-calendar-may-september-2022547-connecticut-s-beardsley-zoo-calendar-may-september-2022

Spring is a wonderful time to visit the Zoo with our multiple gardens in full bloom, so make plans to get outside with the family!

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. Calendar subject to change without notice. Please check BeardsleyZoo.org for up to date information. 

May 2022

May 7, Photography Walkabout with Jack Bradley, 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Zoo Volunteer Jack Bradley will lead a group of 12 intermediate photographers in a hands-on morning session at the Zoo. You must have a basic working knowledge of cameras to join the group. Join Jack for tips on photographing animals from birds to bison, and tigers to trout. Class size is limited; sign up is required.  $50 fee, payable in advance, plus $17 Zoo admission. Members pay only the $50 fee. Register here

May 8, Mother’s Day

Enjoy this special day by visiting animals and then having lunch together in the Peacock Pavilion. 

May 14, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

What’s better than a day with the family at the Zoo? A day at the Zoo with a performance by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet! There will be five brass musicians: two trumpets, a trombone, a horn, and a tuba, performing from 2 to 3 p.m. The Quintet will perform Flight of the Bumblebee, by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, excerpts from Camille Saint-Saens’ The Carnival of the Animals, and The Race by Gwyneth Walker. The concert is free, but Zoo admission is required. 

May 17, Birding at the Zoo, Gina Nichol of Sunrise Birding, 7:30 a.m.

Join Gina Nichol of Sunrise Birding LLC to discover the variety of wild birds that enjoy the habitats around Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo!  We'll start at Beardsley Park, check Bunnell's 

Pond, and scan the landscapes and exhibits of the Zoo to look for some of the 130 species of wild birds of prey, warblers, thrushes, and other species that have been recorded in this area (eBird, April 2022). This program, timed for the middle of spring migration, offers the chance to see the wild birds that are taking advantage of the zoo's environment and perhaps some surprises.  Participants should bring binoculars for their personal use, dress for the weather and plan to be outdoors for about two hours. Though not particularly strenuous, this program is intended for persons in reasonably good health and physical condition. Participants must be capable of walking over uneven terrain. Terrain may be muddy or wet and footwear should be sturdy and appropriate for such conditions. Be sure to bring any personal necessities such as sunscreen, insect repellent, and drinking water. Space is limited to 15 people. Register here

May 18, Evening Lecture Series, Anteaters and Highways, Dr. Arnaud Desbiez

The giant anteater is an iconic South American mammal listed as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  The scrub forests and grasslands of the 

Brazilian Cerrado biome have been traditional strongholds for giant anteaters. However, during the last 35 years, more than half of the Cerrado has been converted into pasture or agricultural lands.  Worse still, remaining habitat is becoming fragmented and dissected by an ever-increasing network of roads and highways—and these roadways are inflicting significant damage 

on local animal populations, including the giant anteater. The giant anteater is now among the species most killed on roadways in the Cerrado. Dr. Arnaud Desbiez has launched Anteaters & Highways, a four-year effort to collect anteater road interaction data and help 

protect the species in the wild. Research findings will be used to develop landscape and road management guidelines and mitigate the impact of road mortality on anteater populations in the Cerrado. 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. Click here

May 20, Endangered Species Day

Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions they can take to help protect them. Visit the Zoo on May 20 and hear talks from animal experts. Tables with confiscated items from U.S. Fish and Wildlife will be on display, demonstrating the threat to wild animals, and Species Survival Plan (SSP) presentations will be held at the habitats of some of the Zoo’s most endangered animals. 

May 22, Birding at the Zoo, Gina Nichol of Sunrise Birding, 8:00 a.m.

Join Gina Nichol of Sunrise Birding LLC to discover the variety of wild birds that enjoy the habitats around Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo!  We'll start at Beardsley Park, check Bunnell's Pond, and scan the landscapes and exhibits of the Zoo to look for some of the 130 species of wild birds of prey, warblers, thrushes, and other species that have been recorded in this area (eBird, April 2022). This program, timed for the middle of spring migration, offers the chance to see the wild birds that are taking advantage of the zoo's environment and perhaps some surprises.  Participants should bring binoculars for their personal use, dress for the weather and plan to be outdoors for about two hours. Though not particularly strenuous, this program is intended for persons in reasonably good health and physical condition. Participants must be capable of walking over uneven terrain. Terrain may be muddy or wet and footwear should be sturdy and appropriate for such conditions. Be sure to bring any personal necessities such as sunscreen, insect repellent, and drinking water. Space is limited to 15 people. Register here

May 28, 29, 30, Family Favorite Chris Rowlands LIVE; 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm

Chris Rowlands is famous for getting everyone involved through singing and dancing—even bringing kids up on stage with him! Chris brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets, and colorful props. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along on stage as he shares his self-penned songs about animals and their environment. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Shown at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm daily. Each performance is 30-35 minutes long. 

June 2022

Sunday Serenades at the Zoo, every Sunday from 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Music on the Peacock Pavilion stage every Sunday from June 26 through September 4.

Centennial Summer Animal Shows, Thursdays and Fridays, Adventure Amphitheater

This summer, special education programs will be held on Thursdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For every one of every age, these learning opportunities are designed to spark a connection with wildlife and encourage everyone to care about conservation. Meet select Zoo animal ambassadors and their expert caregivers, along with other engaging animal experiences. Times may be subject to change; ask at the Front Gate for the day’s schedule. 

June 4, Wild Wine, Beer, and Food Safari

Wild Wine, Beer, and Food Safari returns in person!  Zoo closes at 2:00 p.m. Join us for a fabulous night of great fare from local vendors and tastings of 100 different wines and more than 60 different beers from around the world and close to home. More information here: https://www.beardsleyzoo.org/wild-wine-beer--food-safari.html

June 6, Photography Goes Wild Photo Contest Begins

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is proud to announce its fourth annual photography contest is open for submissions, an opportunity for the Zoo’s many dedicated amateur and professional photographers to submit their best work for public viewing. The contest, sponsored by Milford Photo, will combine digital submissions with an in-person exhibition. Photographers selected for the in-person exhibit will be asked to print and mat their photo (size 8 x 10).  Submissions must be in by July 5. An in-person exhibition will be held on Thursday, July 28 in the Zoo’s Hanson Building. 

June 15, Evening Lecture Series, Red Panda Network, Terrance Fleming, 7 p.m. 

Learn about how the Red Panda Network is saving this adorable, charismatic endangered animal. Terrance will explain their integrated, landscape-level approach to conservation that is built on the support and participation of local communities. Their conservation programs extend to over one million acres of forest and 50% of Nepal’s red panda range! The Red Panda Network involves community partners in 10 districts in Nepal with over 75 Community Forest User Groups in adopting sustainable forest management practices. 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. To purchase tickets: https://www.beardsleyzoo.org/evening-lectures.html

June 18, Photography Walkabout with Jack Bradley, 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Zoo Volunteer Jack Bradley will lead a group of 12 intermediate photographers in a hands-on morning session at the Zoo. You must have a basic working knowledge of cameras to join the group. Join Jack for tips on photographing animals from birds to bison, and tigers to trout. Class size is limited; sign up is required.  $50 fee, payable in advance, plus $17 Zoo admission. Members pay only the $50 fee.

June 18, Wild About Reading, at Area Libraries

On Saturday, June 18, children and their families are invited to selected area libraries to search through books on bears, both fiction and non-fiction, in the children’s book departments.  Five hundred “pots of honey” tickets will be hidden in books, offering Zoo prizes from free admissions, memberships, carousel rides, discounts, and two grand prizes: a free child’s birthday party, and a Zoomobile visit to a child’s classroom. Participating libraries include MilfordNew Canaan, MonroeStratfordEaston, two branches in FairfieldDanburyCheshireSeymour, both branches in SheltonHamden, and all branches in Bridgeport

June 19, Father’s Day

Come spend a wonderful day with dad or granddad at the Zoo!

June 25, 100th Birthday Celebration

We’re having a party to celebrate our 100th Birthday! Join us for:

  • A birthday cake bake-off
  • A Sneak Peek at this summer’s Education Animal Shows
  • Proclamations from the city of Bridgeport and the state
  • Visits from area dignitaries
  • “Win a Free Birthday Party” Contest
  • Entertainment on the Peacock Pavilion stage: Lost Rebel, a four-piece classic rock band
  • Time capsule/Tree Planting

June 25, Lost Rebel (Fun Classic Rock), Peacock Pavilion, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Lost Rebel is a CT-based classic rock band consisting of Greg Johnston (Lead Vocals/Percussion), Laura Webb (Lead and Background Vocals/Guitar), Tom Taggart (Lead Guitar/Background Vocals), Mark Gradoia (Lead/Rhythm Guitar/Background Vocals/Harmonica) and Mike Mastrianno (Bass Guitar/Background Vocals). Lost Rebels plays 70s favorites from bands including Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Tom Petty, Credence Clearwater Revival and more. 

July 2022

Sunday Serenades at the Zoo, every Sunday from 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Music on the Peacock Pavilion stage every Sunday from June 26 through September 4.

Centennial Summer Animal Shows, Thursdays and Fridays, Adventure Amphitheater

This summer, special education programs will be held on Thursdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For every one of every age, these learning opportunities are designed to spark a connection with wildlife and encourage everyone to care about conservation. Meet select Zoo animal ambassadors and their expert caregivers, along with other engaging animal experiences. Times may be subject to change; ask at the Front Gate for the day’s schedule. 

July 1, Evening Lecture, “Under the Stars,” with Gina Nichol, 7:00 p.m.

Join us on Friday, July 1st at 7:00pm in the Zoo's Adventure Amphitheater for an evening of exploration and wonder "Under the Stars" as you meet world-renown birder and adventurer, Gina Nichol of Sunrise Birding. Learn about Gina's global adventures firsthand as she inspires us with tales of her travels in search of the world's "Feathered Gems.”  With more than 330 species known in the world, hummingbirds are the second largest family of birds after flycatchers. These tiny aeronautic marvels can hover, fly backward, and migrate long distances. The physiological capacity of hummingbirds to raise and lower their heart rate and body temperature to survive cold nights is unmatched in the animal world. This program illustrates the amazing adaptations of these glittering gems and describes their fascinating life histories. Vivid photographs of hummingbirds in the United States, Costa Rica, and Ecuador tell the story of how these birds survive in habitats that range from tropical forests to the forests of the Andes Mountains. Register here

July 3, Lara Herscovitch (Folk/Americana) Peacock Pavilion, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A singer/songwriter/poet/performer/author and policy social worker, Lara writes masterful modern folk-americana music, sings, and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, and delivers performances that inspire, uplift and entertain. Lara’s songs are soulful, poetic treasure maps that point to the wisdom, grit and joy of underdogs and misfits, connection and courage, love and loss, hardship and hope, and resilience and transformation. Lara served as the CT State Troubadour from 2009-2010.  

July 4-8, Zoo Patrol, Week 1, Ages 8-10

This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 8-10 the opportunity to explore a different area of the Zoo each day and have a custom guided experience. They’ll explore how the animals are cared for through presentations and projects on enrichment, training, diet, habitat care, and more. Sessions run on Zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $220/child for Zoo members and $250/child for non-members. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

July 5, Last Day to Submit Photos for Photography Goes Wild

July 10, Liz McNicholl (Celtic/Folk/Americana) Peacock Pavilion, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Liz McNicholl performs as a soloist and with the Liz McNicholl Band throughout Connecticut. Liz immigrated from Ireland at 18 and continues her musical journey in the States in the Folk/Irish scene with strong influences by the likes of Mary Black, Maura O’Connell, Christy Moore, Nanci Griffith, Gillian Welsh, Allison Krauss, Eva Cassidy, Bob Dylan and more. Liz has released three CDs: “Grand Central Station,” “Tiny Lights,” and a self-titled album by her band (formerly called “The Crickstones.)”

July 11-15, Zoo Patrol, Week 2, Ages 11-13

This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 11-13 the opportunity to explore a different area of the Zoo each day and have a custom guided experience. They’ll explore how the animals are cared for through presentations and projects on enrichment, training, diet, habitat care, and more. Sessions run on Zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $220/child for Zoo members and $250/child for non-members. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

July 18-22, Zoo Patrol, Week 3, Ages 8-10

This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 8-10 the opportunity to explore a different area of the Zoo each day and have a custom guided experience. They’ll explore how the animals are cared for through presentations and projects on enrichment, training, diet, habitat care, and more. 

Sessions run on Zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $220/child for Zoo members and $250/child for non-members. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

July 20, Evening Lecture Series, No Where is a Place –Travels in Chilean Patagonia7 p.m.

Take a virtual trip to the Chilean Patagonia with Gerrie Griswold as she shares breathtaking images from this ethereal travel destination tucked along the tail of the Andes near the bottom of the world. Meet the people, animals and numerous microclimates that define this mythical place. 

The cost is $10 for each lecture, with a discounted cost of $50 if you register for all seven lectures. To purchase tickets, click here.

July 24, Vick & Barre (Piano/Vocal Duo), Peacock Pavilion, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Vick & Barre is comprised of vocalist Suzanne Vick and pianist Chris Barre. This duo takes songs you know and love from artists including The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morrisette, The Kings of Leon, and The Rolling Stones…and adds a twist to make the songs their own. Both accomplished performers, Vick & Barre bring a little extra sparkle to beloved favorites in this musical labor of love.

July 25-29, Zoo Patrol, Week 4, Ages 11-13

This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 11-13 the opportunity to explore a different area of the Zoo each day and have a custom guided experience. They’ll explore how the animals are cared for through presentations and projects on enrichment, training, diet, habitat care, and more. Sessions run on Zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $220/child for Zoo members and $250/child for non-members. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

July 28, Photography Goes Wild Photo Exhibition, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Come to the Hanson Building to see hundreds of photos taken by the Zoo’s many amateur and professional photographers. This is the fourth year for the non-juried photography competition, 

sponsored by Milford Photo. The exhibition is a festive evening for the public to view the photos and for the photographers to meet and mingle with each other. Prizes awarded. Free admission. 

July 29, 30, 31, Family Favorite Chris Rowlands LIVE; 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm

Chris Rowlands is famous for getting everyone involved through singing and dancing—even bringing kids up on stage with him! Chris brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets, and colorful props. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along on stage as he shares his self-penned songs about animals and their environment. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Shown at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm daily. Each performance is 30-35 minutes long. 

August 2022

Sunday Serenades at the Zoo, every Sunday from 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Music on the Peacock Pavilion stage every Sunday from June 26 through September 4.

Centennial Summer Animal Shows, Thursdays and Fridays, Adventure Amphitheater

This summer, special education programs will be held on Thursdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For everyone of every age, these learning opportunities are designed to spark a connection with wildlife and encourage everyone to care about conservation. Meet select Zoo animal ambassadors and their expert caregivers, along with other engaging animal experiences. Times may be subject to change; ask at the Front Gate for the day’s schedule. 

Aug 1-5, Zoo Patrol, Week 5, Ages 8-10

This session of Zoo Patrol offers children ages 8-10 the opportunity to explore a different area of the Zoo each day and have a custom guided experience. They’ll explore how the animals are cared for through presentations and projects on enrichment, training, diet, habitat care, and more. Sessions run on Zoo grounds Monday through Friday. Each week is $220/child for Zoo members and $250/child for non-members. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, please call 203-394-6563.

Aug 1-12, Family Favorite Chris Rowlands LIVE; 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm

Chris Rowlands is famous for getting everyone involved through singing and dancing—even bringing kids up on stage with him! Chris brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets, and colorful props. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along on stage as he shares his self-penned songs about animals and their environment. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Shown at 11 am, 1 and 3 pm daily. Each performance is 30-35 minutes long. 

Aug 7, Stephen Peter Rodgers (Americana/Original Folk) Peacock Pavilion, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Stephen Peter /Rodgers is a nationally recognized singer, songwriter and visual artist who has spent more than a quarter of a century engrossed in the New /England music community. He has performed across the United States and overseas. Stephen is most well-known for his nearly 20-year stretch as leader and co-songwriter of the 90s/2000s alternative rock/folk band Mighty Purple, as well as for his 15-year adventure as the Founder/Director of The Space (an all-ages music venue) and of The Outer Space. Stephen released his most recent solo album, “Count It All Joy” in 2019. His new album, “Speck on a Clover,” will be released on May 13, 2022. 

Aug 14, Dust Devil Heart (Harmony-driven Female Duo) Peacock Pavilion, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Dust Devil Heart is an indie folk singer-songwriter duo based in Branford, CT. At the core of DDH are two women--Holley Anderson and Elise Morrison—who both write songs, sing tight beautiful vocal harmonies, and play acoustic guitar and electric bass. They just recorded their first original album titled “Dwell Time,” which was produced by Steve Rodgers in Hamden, CT, and will be released this winter. 

Aug 17, Evening Lecture Series, Right Under Our Noses, Working Dogs for Conservation, 7 p.m. 

Obtaining crucial data on wild species can be extremely challenging, and a variety of problems may prevent finding cryptic animals in diverse environments. The unparalleled ability of canine olfaction offers a way to increase proficiency in non-invasively collecting information on endangered, rare, and hard to find species and detect and remove threats to wildlife. At the forefront of the conservation dog field, Working Dogs for Conservation (WDC) has been 

selecting, training, and deploying dogs that ‘live to work’ for projects worldwideLectures 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. To purchase tickets, click here.

Aug 21, The George Lesiw Trio (Jazz/Blues/Guitar), Peacock Pavilion, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Recognized as one of the most prolific and versatile performers on the Connecticut music scene, guitarist George Lesiw has made his surge a topic of conversation and interest among the Northeast audience. Lewis combines the true improvisational essence and language of jazz, the daring electricity of rock-fusion, and the gritty fire of blues. 

September 2022

Sept 4, National Wildlife Day

This National Day is an opportunity to learn more about endangered species, preservation, and conservation efforts around the world.  Zoos, aviaries, and marine sanctuaries provide a variety of ways to get involved.  Information on conservation efforts will be offered at the Frog Plaza in front of the Rainforest Building. 

Sept 10, 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 10th, 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, bubbles, and animal presentations! Seven different costumed storybook characters will be on Zoo grounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Pediatric Care Alliance, a partnership between Connecticut Children’s and Hartford HealthCare. 

Sept 12, 16th Annual Golf Tournament\

Gather three coworkers, friends or family members and join us at the exclusive Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield for fun and fundraising! One of the oldest country clubs in America, this course will challenge and exhilarate even a seasoned golfer with a rating of 72.5 and a slope of 135.  Enjoy an open bar, exciting silent auction, and raffle. Can’t attend? There are unique sponsorship opportunities including Tee Sponsors, Contest Sponsors, and more. 

Register here or contact the Zoo at (203) 394-5522.

Sept 15, “Glow Wild” Asian Lantern Festival begins

Thursday through Sunday evenings at the Zoo, through November 27.  For our 100th Birthday celebration, the Zoo is pulling out all the stops and hosting, for the first time in Connecticut, a larger-than-life Lantern Festival inspired by our wild world. This incredible evening festival will showcase more than 35 large scale illuminated displays that will amaze guests of all ages. Spanning the width and breadth of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s 30 acres, guests are invited to walk through glowing corridors. Displays of flora and fauna will light up the night sky, dazzling guests of all ages! The Glow Wild Lantern Festival is designed for everyone to enjoy –whether a family outing, romantic date, or coworker get-together. 

Sept 18-20, Get Wild with the Zoo at the Big E! 

Join Connecticut’s only zoo at New England’s biggest celebration! Visit us in the Connecticut building. Location: Agawam, Mass.

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.   

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. Link: to come.  

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 $17.00; children (ages 3 -11) is $14.00, senior admission (62 and older) is $14.00 and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members also are admitted free. 

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

HOURS

The Zoo is open seven days a week from 9-4, year-round. 

Peacock Café: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; grill closes at 3:30 p.m. 

Carousel: Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Mask Requirements

Because our animals remain susceptible to Covid-19 transmission, we require masks in our indoor animal habitats: the Research Station and the Rainforest Building. Elsewhere in the Zoo, indoors or out, we respect masking as a personal choice. Everyone over the age of two, except for those with a medical exemption, should have a mask to enter the animal buildings. 

 

 

Spring is a wonderful time to visit the Zoo with our multiple gardens in full bloom, so make plans to get outside with the family!

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. Calendar subject to change without notice. Please check BeardsleyZoo.org for up to date information. 

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FC Buzz Mother's Day Weekend Lineup May 6 – May 8 https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/events/546-fc-buzz-mother-s-day-weekend-lineup546-fc-buzz-mother-s-day-weekend-lineup https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/events/546-fc-buzz-mother-s-day-weekend-lineup546-fc-buzz-mother-s-day-weekend-lineup

FCBuzz Weekend May 6 – May 8, 2022

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.

There are lots of ways to celebrate Moms with an arts experience. Exhibits, concerts, theatre, comedy, and even a night of piano bar fun – take your pick and make some memories with Mom.

Aldrich After-Hours: Karla Knight at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield

Friday, May 6, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Kick off the weekend by waking up all your senses with Karla Knight and the release of her first Museum publication, Karla Knight: Navigator. The evening features beer tasting with Broken Symmetry Brewery, DJ JVH, crafting an atmospheric audio landscape to transport guests to other realms, and a Karla Knight-inspired photo station documenting the evening. Knight will also be signing books in her own pictographic language.

The Spring Cabaret Piano Bar at The Ridgefield Theater Barn

Friday, May 6 and and Saturday, May 7, 7:00 pm

Looking for an evening filled with live music, talented performers, and good company? With Tom Morris on piano, invited singers will offer up their favorites, while encouraging the audience to sing songs almost everyone knows by heart. Co-hosts Pamela Jones & Jeffery Albanesi will guide you through an evening of music and unpredictable laughter. The show starts at 8pm & doors open at 7pm. Bring food & drink to enjoy.

Supper & Soul with Cris Jacobs at Westport Library

Friday, May 6, 8:00 pm

Date night alert! Spanning rock, folk, soul and funk, this show is a portrait of Cris Jacobs as a songwriter, musician and bandleader. His music is a reminder that there's beauty to be found everywhere. Ticket price includes a three-course dinner at a downtown restaurant and the concert. 

“The Lobby” at Curtain Call, Stamford

Friday, May 6 & Saturday May 7, 8:00 pm and Sunday May 8, 2:00 pm

It's the World Premiere of a charming farce written by Irish author, actor and director, Don Creedon about Jimmy Burgess, an unassuming night doorman of a posh loft-space, and his old friend Miles O'Riordan. Running through May 22nd.

Art in the Barn: “Crowdsourcing the Collective” at Browngrotta Arts, Wilton

Saturday, May 7 and Sunday May 15, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

A survey of textile and mixed media art, this exhibition of forty artists from a dozen countries illustrates the vitality of the newly prominent art textiles, ceramics and mixed media. The exhibition reflects the astonishing range of materials and techniques that make this work so attractive for collectors, including tapestries of silk and agave, sculptures of seaweed, seagrass and willow, wall works made of sandpaper, hemp and horsehair, and ceramics of Shigaraki clay.

Welcome Spring with Judy Pancoast at The Ridgefield Library

Saturday, May 7, 1:00 pm

Fabulous Family Fun! As a Grammy-nominated children's musician, Judy brings her all-original, ruckus-causing songs to spread her special joy with songs like "Ladybug," "The Jump Rope Queen," and "Try, Try." Celebrate the joys of Spring through music.

Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory Spring Performance at The Wall Street Theater, Norwalk

Saturday, May 7,  7:00 pm 

Don’t miss this beautiful dance performance, including pieces from VKDC’s Classical and Contemporary repertoire with a revival of Ruslan & Ludmila, and variations from timeless pieces like Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, and more. The Classical section will be followed by a new work by Contemporary choreographer Nina Buisson. 

Aminah Imani Live at Fairfield Comedy Club

Saturday, May 7, 7:00 pm

Add a little laughter to your weekend with a stand-up comedian, host, and actor who can be seen nightly at reputable comedy clubs and venues in New York City. Her notable performance at her alma mater, Howard University's Homecoming Comedy Show, paved the way for career highlights including; 2018 Carolines on Broadway March Madness Comedy competition, the DC Comedy Festival, Skankfest Comedy Festival, online content with Buzzfeed and television appearance on Viceland.

The Stamford Symphony’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” at Stamford Palace Theatre

Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3:00 pm

The Stamford Symphony season concludes with a first ever performance by the orchestra of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures from an Exhibition.” The concert also includes Florence Price’s Piano Concerto played by Michelle Cann. 

South for Winter at Voices Cafe, Westport

Saturday, May 7 at 8:00 pm

Multi-instrumentalists and songwriters Nick and Dani Stone and Alex Stradal bring their eclectic “Nashville” Blues vibe to CT. A blend of dreamy acoustic duets, foot-stomping folk, and bluesy ballads create an original mix of sound - combining cello, guitar, mandolin, and three-part harmonies. Chosen as a "top DJ pick" by John Platt of New York City’s WFUV Radio. This is a hybrid event that can be seen live and live streamed.

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

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HCC Foundation Announces New Board Members https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/charities/544-hcc-foundation-announces-new-board-members544-hcc-foundation-announces-new-board-members https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/charities/544-hcc-foundation-announces-new-board-members544-hcc-foundation-announces-new-board-members

The Housatonic Community College Foundation (HCCF) announces the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors: Willie McBride, Jr. and Ramon Peralta. These appointments bring the total number of current HCCF Board members to eighteen.

HCCF assists Housatonic Community College and its students by expanding access to quality, affordable higher education and workforce development training. They do this through a robust scholarship program, equity programs that support marginalized students, emergency assistance, book funds, and more.

“The Housatonic Community College Foundation is thrilled to welcome these two accomplished and talented individuals to our dedicated Board. Their experience, stature in the community and unique perspectives will help the Foundation to continue finding new and innovative strategies to move students forward,” said Bruce Murray, HCCF Board President.

Willie McBride Jr. is the founder of WC McBride Electrical Contractors, LLC. A Bridgeport native, McBride focuses on hiring and improving the lives of the underrepresented. Prior to starting his own firm, he worked for the City of Bridgeport as a licensed electrician, and attended the Minority Business Enterprise Program at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University. He focuses his philanthropy on the local community and victims of natural disasters. McBride is the current Chairman of Juneteenth of Fairfield County and served as the 2020-2021 Juneteenth Grand Marshal. He supports numerous local organizations and serves on several boards. He is an active member of the NAACP and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 488, a member of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus and the recipient of the NAACP Greater Bridgeport Economic Development Award.

Ramon Peralta is the Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Peralta Design. With over 25 years of experience in creative design, branding and marketing - including serving as Senior Art Director on the team behind Priceline.com, Peralta has launched hundreds of startup companies in the digital space.  Ramon holds a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Bridgeport and is a two-time Tuck MBE executive program alumnus. He holds a Doctor of Humane Letters, the University of Bridgeport’s highest honor. Ramon is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and currently serves as Chairman of National Publications and Chief Creative Advisor. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee (MBEIC) for the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, is an active volunteer and is affiliated with several professional organizations. He splits his time between Shelton, CT and Palm Coast, FL with his wife of 29 years, Nancy.

A complete list of Board Members and more information about the organization can be found on the HCCF website, https://www.housatonic.edu/foundation/about-the-foundation.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Charities Wed, 04 May 2022 07:18:48 -0400
City of Bridgeport Call for Public Art Proposals! https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/neighbors/545-city-of-bridgeport-call-for-public-art-proposals545-city-of-bridgeport-call-for-public-art-proposals https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/neighbors/545-city-of-bridgeport-call-for-public-art-proposals545-city-of-bridgeport-call-for-public-art-proposals

There is an unusually large number of Calls for Public Art proposals from Bridgeport currently. We trust you will take advantage of them!

Color It In Public ART deadline is May 12

The City of Bridgeport and the Bridgeport Downtown Special Services District (DSSD) have twelve building walls ready to go.

We’re open to all ideas and to all formats and media that you might propose: paintings, drawings, prints, panels, photographs, projected images, lighted, interactive, immersive, three-dimensional, animated, sculpted, electronic, web-based, even performance-based.

Interested parties may download the complete Call for Artists from our website here. 

DEADLINE: Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 2:00pm.


RAILROAD UNDERPASSES
DEADLINE: MAY 26

The City of Bridgeport’s Office of Planning & Economic Development (OPED) is making a call out to all artists. OPED seeks proposals from entities capable of artistically reinventing our railroad underpasses as places of art through any variety of media, between South Avenue and Broad Street along the railroad pathways of Bridgeport. These pieces of artwork will continue a series of place-making landmarks for pedestrians within their respective neighborhoods.

For more information, see Call to Artists found here.


ART ON BROAD STREET
DEADLINE: MAY 15

The Bridgeport Public Art Fund’s initial focus — ART on Broad Street — intends to support projects on the Broad Street corridor from the Painted Steps to the University of Bridgeport and Seaside Park in the South End. The goal of creating this mile-long arts corridor is to enliven the built-form, catalyze community engagement, celebrate Bridgeport’s rich history and culture, strengthen place-making, and support an artful pathway connecting the South End to the Downtown area.

As part of ART on Broad Street, The Bridgeport Public Art Fund is partnering with the Read’s Artspace Building to host the inaugural commissioned artwork to beautify the Broad Street corridor. There are two opportunities:


MURAL INSTALLATION

The fund will commission a painted wall mural on the corner of Broad St and Cannon of the Read’s Building not to exceed 8 ft by 10ft in size. For RFP, click here.

CANOPY INSTALLATION

The former main entry canopy steel framework will be a focal point on Broad Street for this project. Illuminated artworks, artistic lighting, or other creative ideas may be proposed as outlined in the specifications below. For RFP, click here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County/David Green) Neighbors Tue, 03 May 2022 13:45:38 -0400
Careers In Manufacturing Expo on May 4 https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/events/543-may-4-careers-in-manufacturing-expo543-may-4-careers-in-manufacturing-expo https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/events/543-may-4-careers-in-manufacturing-expo543-may-4-careers-in-manufacturing-expo

On Wednesday, May 4, Housatonic Community College (HCC) invites job seekers to Careers In Manufacturing Expo 2022. The free event is an opportunity to discover in-demand manufacturing positions, learn about the industry, meet employers, and explore the HCC advanced manufacturing technology center. Refreshments provided, including catering from Taco Loco’s taco truck.

The Careers In Manufacturing Expo takes place from 11am – 4pm at HCC, and will kick-off with a panel discussion entitled ‘What It’s Really Like; Career Paths’. Tours of HCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, exhibits by 28 manufacturing firms and a CEO Panel entitled “The Future of Manufacturing” will also be showcased.

“With hourly compensation 17% higher than in other industries, manufacturing careers are rewarding and well-paid,” said HCC Professor Adam Scobie. “Graduates of HCC’s 9-month program work with CNCs, lasers, semi-conductors and more. It’s very exciting.”

Today there is a shortage of skilled labor in the manufacturing industry. By 2025 it is estimated that U.S. manufacturers will have 2 million jobs open due to a skills gap.

Visit www.CTexpo.Eventbrite.com to register for the free event and be entered into a drawing to win a 3-D printer. The Expo will be held in the Housatonic Community College Courtyard, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport, CT. Free parking is available. 

Careers In Manufacturing Expo 2022 is presented by the City of Bridgeport, Entrepreneurship Foundation, Housatonic Community College, the Southwest CT Manufacturing Partnership and Bridgeport Regional Business Council.

Employers in attendance will include ASML,Bausch Group, Bigelow Tea, Biomerics NLE,  Cadcom, Inc., Connecticut Stone Supplies, CT Anodizing, Excello Tool, FuelCell Energy, Holo-Krome, ITW StampTech Fasteners, JV Precision, Lex Products, Lockheed/ Sikorsky, M.A. Selmon Company, Magnolia Chocolatier, McMellon Brothers, Microboard, Moore Tool Company, PTA Plastics, RAF Electronic Hardware, RBC Bearings, Rotair Aerospace Corporation, Schwerdtle Technologies, Seidel Group, Straton Industries, Xcel Tool, Yankee Metals, and Zehnder Clean Air Solutions.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Events Tue, 03 May 2022 07:10:22 -0400
SHU Students Mentor Bridgeport Middle Schoolers https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/neighbors/542-shu-students-mentor-bridgeport-middle-schoolers542-shu-students-mentor-bridgeport-middle-schoolers https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/neighbors/542-shu-students-mentor-bridgeport-middle-schoolers542-shu-students-mentor-bridgeport-middle-schoolers

For more than two decades, Sacred Heart University students have mentored middle school students from Bridgeport’s John Winthrop School as part of SHU’s Jones-Zimmermann Academic Mentoring Program (AMP).

This after-school program was established in 2001 and encourages sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students to maintain academic success with their mentors’ encouragement and support. 

The John Winthrop students are accepted into AMP as sixth graders and participate in the program until they graduate from eighth grade. Funded by the Jones-Zimmermann Foundation, the program provides youth with the resources they need to complete high school with a strong academic base. 

This year, 19 SHU students spend four days a week working with 31 middle schoolers after school. The middle school students are not only getting help with homework and an older friend to confide in, but they are also exposed to college and the possibilities that come with pursuing higher education. 

Mahailia Tulloch is the AMP coordinator this year. The 23-year-old Stratford resident said that both mentees and mentors are pleased to see each other in person this year, as the program ran virtually last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“The SHU mentors are making a difference in the middle schoolers’ lives by encouraging the students and telling them they are capable of anything they put their minds to,” said Tulloch, a graduate student studying finance and investment management. “Sometimes the kids get discouraged when they don’t understand a homework problem, but the mentors are patient and work with them until they figure it out.”

Senior Victoria Acca, 21, of Rocky Hill, got involved with AMP her freshman year and enjoys tutoring students. The health science major had not seen her mentees in person for more than a year. When they reunited this year, the students were taller than Acca, a fact they laughed about together. 

“Seeing the progress my mentees made in their self-confidence from one year to the next was 

really cool,” Acca said. “It is also super rewarding to be able to sit with them two days a week and work on things that may be difficult for them and then see how the next time they do it, it's not as hard.”

Acca continues to learn from her time in AMP. “I’m able to create relationships with students, be a friend to them, help them get their grades up and give them tools they can use in high school.” 

Some of the middle schoolers just want someone to talk to about their day, Acca added, and she is there to do just that. 

The middle school students appreciate and welcome the homework and academic advising from the college students and enjoy the field trips and enrichment speakers. The group visited the Xtreme Play Adrenaline Park (an amusement park), Rockin’ Jump (a trampoline park) and a corn maze at nearby Plasko’s Farms in Trumbull this year. They also heard from members of the SHU’s football, soccer and basketball teams, who provided motivational and inspiring words of wisdom. They even participated in a soccer clinic with the student-athletes. 

Plans are in place for an end-of-the-year celebration for everyone involved in the program. The graduating eighth graders get special attention and will enjoy a send-off dinner and a trip to Six Flags New England, an amusement park in Agawam, MA.

To learn more, visit the AMP webpage

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kerry@ducey.org ( Kim Swartz) Neighbors Mon, 02 May 2022 10:06:23 -0400
Sidewalk Art Festival on May 4 at Housatonic Community College https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/events/541-sidewalk-art-festival-on-may-4-at-housatonic-community-college541-sidewalk-art-festival-on-may-4-at-housatonic-community-college https://news.hamlethub.com/bridgeport/events/541-sidewalk-art-festival-on-may-4-at-housatonic-community-college541-sidewalk-art-festival-on-may-4-at-housatonic-community-college

On Wednesday, May 4 Housatonic Community College (HCC) invites the community to the 22nd annual Sidewalk Art Festival. The free event is an area favorite, taking place from 11am – 2pm in the college’s courtyard.

A variety of artists will display their unique talents using only chalk media. Graffiti artists, performances by Live World Band, spin art, food and refreshments add to the festive atmosphere.

Housatonic Community College is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport. Free parking is available.

Serving southern Connecticut for over 50 years, Housatonic Community College offers a student-centered, high quality and accessible education through over 75 associate degree programs to prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. The college also offers occupational associate degrees and certificate programs, and the non-credit division partners with local business and industry to offer workforce training and customized professional development.  HCC is distinguished as an Achieving the Dream Leader Institution, is a Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway provider, and is ranked by the Aspen Institute among the nation’s top 150 community colleges. Visit www.Housatonic.edu for more information.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Events Mon, 02 May 2022 10:04:11 -0400