Coscob's HamletHub Mon, 27 Mar 2023 06:01:40 -0400 Why Small Businesses Matter in Cos Cob: Music Beast

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 Music Beast!

Three questions with , Executive Producer at Music Beast.

Why did you start your business?

Music Beast was started in NYC in 2000. We create original music for advertising, TV, and film. No project is too small or too big!

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

Most of our clients work remotely which made it a natural progression.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

We reimagined the business by downsizing and still delivering the same product but with less staff and overhead. During Covid, we closed the Manhattan studio and moved it to Cos Cob.

Visit Music Beast online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook page as well!

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

]]> (Dan) Places Thu, 23 Mar 2023 14:13:00 -0400
RVNAhealth Proudly Introduces the Parkinson’s Center

RVNAhealth proudly announces the opening of the RVNAhealth Parkinson’s Center, located at 27 Governor Street, Ridgefield.

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease, affecting an estimated 10,000 people in CT, with the incidence of newly diagnosed cases rising. With the opening of its Center, RVNAhealth aims to become a premier and integral Parkinson’s resource to those diagnosed, their caregivers, and medical teams.

The Parkinson’s Resource Gap

Gigi Weiss, MSPT, CADDCT, LSVT BIG, AIB-VR, Parkinson’s Center Director, explained the importance of this new RVNAhealth community resource, “People with Parkinson’s and their and families are frustrated! We’ve heard numerous stories from patients who felt somewhat stranded and confused after their PD diagnosis. Truth of the matter is that a playbook for Parkinson’s doesn’t exist and there are very limited local resources available to help. At RVNAhealth, we realized we had the ability to fill this gap and make a difference in the lives of the PD community. Many do not realize that they can effectively slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease with the proper tools, resources, education, and support. We are here to provide that Parkinson’s support to the whole patient – mind, body, spiritual – with these needs met all in one place.”

About the RVNAhealth Parkinson’s Center

The RVNAhealth Parkinson’s Center is a multi-disciplinary team, certified through the Parkinson’s Foundation, that works together to help each center member from all angles of health. The rehabilitation team consists of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, and speech and language pathologists – all LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD certified. Additional resources of the Parkinson’s Center include a dedicated medical doctor, registered nurse, and registered dietitian; a team of mental health professionals, including social work and spiritual care; a resource library comprised of local and national resources; a video library of exercises and support tools; a monthly newsletter; and access to the RVNAhealth Continuum of Services.

Kate Campbell, DPT, SCS, Cert. MDT, CSCS, LSVT BIG, Parkinson’s Center Program Manager, provided more details, “The Parkinson’s Center aims to become a central resource to help develop, coordinate, and support the best possible proactive attack against Parkinson’s disease for our members. Here, people with Parkinson’s will take control of a difficult diagnosis with the help of trained specialists to support them, their caregiver and family. In addition to supporting our members and family, we look forward to partnering with the medical community to develop the most needed programs to support their Parkinson’s patients.”

The Center is comprised of three main components: exercise classes led by physical therapists; monthly programs, including support groups to address mental health, activities to promote social engagement, and education on disease awareness and management; and “PD Bootcamp”. Campbell described RVNAhealth’s unique PD Bootcamp, “PD Bootcamp is an eight-week intensive program that leads the person with Parkinson’s through bi-weekly exercise classes and one-on-one sessions with members of the Parkinson’s Center interdisciplinary clinical team to create an individualized care plan to help them continue living their best life with Parkinson's.”

RVNAhealth’s Parkinson’s Center Kickoff Starts in April!

April officially kicks off the opening of the Parkinson’s Center with a few key community events, including an exercise lecture on April 6th at the Ridgefield Library and a cooking class on April 12th at RVNAhealth--all focused on Parkinson’s disease. All event and registration details can be found online through the RVNAhealth calendar at

On April 20th, RVNAhealth will host a “Welcome to the Parkinson’s Center” event at its offices in Ridgefield. Attendees will meet the entire team, experience short lecture discussions, and learn more about what the RVNAhealth Parkinson’s Center has planned. Vendors with Parkinson’s-related offerings and expertise will also be available. Details and registration can be found on our website calendar or by contacting us at 203.438.5555 x1082. You may also learn more about the Parkinson’s Center at

Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA, President and CEO of RVNAhealth, “I am extremely proud of the work our team has put into creating this much-needed program for those affected by Parkinson’s. The Parkinson’s Center is an excellent example of how we continue to grow and evolve in our mission to serve the lifelong health and wellness needs of our communities. We look forward to sharing our Parkinson’s Center with those affected and giving each person and their family the tools and confidence to live their best life.”

RVNAhealth is a private, non-profit, mission-driven organization founded and focused on care and dedicated to serving the lifelong health and wellness needs of individuals in the 35+ communities we serve across Connecticut. While our name and services have evolved since our founding as a home health care agency in 1914, our guiding principles have remained steadfast: a mission to serve, exceptional patient care, and a commitment to excellence in quality and service.

]]> (Lisa Fleming) Life Thu, 23 Mar 2023 02:33:16 -0400
Influential Women in Ancient Burying Ground Kicks off Greenwich Historical Society’s ‘Shining a Light’ Lecture Series

A large obelisk lists the names of the male founders of Hartford buried in the Ancient Burying Ground, but it excludes the many women who made their efforts possible and kept Hartford running.

On March 30 at 6 pm, Dr. Katherine Hermes, executive director and publisher of Connecticut Explored magazine, will present compelling narratives of several of these women, ranging from the daughters, wives, and widows of the founders to the Native, African, and African-American female servants and enslaved women who managed the households. She will also explore the lives of people like Ruth Moore who was the first woman of color to leave a will in colonial Hartford, and Sarah Onepenny, a leading elder of the Wangunk. For more information and to register for the free Zoom lecture:

The 'Shining a Light' Lecture Series offers captivating stories of people and organizations who have had a profound impact on the history of the Northeast, and whose work provides additional perspective for a more complete history. 

]]> (Laura) Events Wed, 22 Mar 2023 12:01:40 -0400
Lamont Announces Plans to Launch Intensive Mathematics Tutoring Program for Students in Grades 6-9 To Address Learning Loss From Pandemic

Governor Ned Lamont and Education Commissioner Charlene M. Russell Tucker today announced that the Connecticut State Department of Education is preparing to launch the Connecticut High-Dosage Tutoring Program – a new statewide program for students in grades 6 to 9 that will provide intensive tutoring in mathematics to accelerate learning and address learning loss resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

To support the creation of this program, the Connecticut State Department of Education is allocating $10 million from its share of federal COVID-19 recovery funds provided through the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Relief Fund. The dedication of this funding represents a continued commitment by the Lamont administration and the State Department of Education to invest in programs with a demonstrable and time-tested record of impact on student learning.

An analysis of 2022 Smarter Balanced Assessment scores shows “declines in student proficiency of around 6 to 8 percentage points in English language arts and math.” Students in grades 6 to 8 “may be 5 to 7 months behind in English language arts and a year or more behind in math.” Additionally, recent National Assessment for Educational Progress results in Connecticut reveal significant declines in math scores since the assessment was first administered in 1990.

High-dosage tutoring is a nationally recognized education strategy for boosting student academic achievement. It is being implemented in states and districts across the country as they seek ways to address learning loss from the pandemic. When implemented in accordance with rigorous and well-tested design principles, research has found that students can learn as much as one to two years of math beyond what they might typically achieve in the classroom and experience reductions in failure rates by more than 50%. Elements of Connecticut’s model, which will be released in the coming weeks, will adhere closely to these research principles.

The State Department of Education is preparing to make this program available in Connecticut schools during the 2023-2024 academic year. The department will soon launch a competitive grant application for school districts that are interested in participating. In addition to grant funding, a vetted list of approved tutoring providers will be provided to school districts from which they can choose to augment their school’s tutoring capacity.

To prepare for the program’s launch, the State Department of Education is currently soliciting surveys from tutoring providers that are interested in participating. Tutoring providers that want to be considered can fill out the survey that is available online at

Additionally, the State Department of Education will soon release a request for a technical assistance provider to join the department in coaching schools on best practices for building high-dosage tutoring programs.

More information on the Connecticut High-Dosage Tutoring Program and updates on its development are being published online at

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Wed, 22 Mar 2023 11:27:26 -0400
The Greenwich Art Society is offering Intro to Acrylic Painting Classes

The Greenwich Art Society is offering Intro to Acrylic Painting Classes with Joe Fama

April 11 through June 20
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Discover the fundamentals needed to capture form, shading, composition, and study values with the three primary colors. Will be painting from still life and landscapes. You will also be learning how to set up a full palette of color and how to create a strong compositional design. No prerequisites required. On the first day of class, please bring a drawing or painting as a sample of your skill level. Bring only these materials for the first class: a tube of black and a tube of white acrylic paint / Brushes: Filbert-Bristle #2, #6, #9 / Canvas Pad – 14”x17” / Palette: White enamel tray. Class will be held in G.A.S. Studio with physical distance zones and all CDC precautions. Max. 8 students.

​registration and information on our website at

]]> (Mary Newcomb) Events Tue, 21 Mar 2023 09:18:38 -0400
Abilis Celebrates Spring for Abilis on April 29 at the Woodway Country Club in Darien

Abilis, the nonprofit organization providing services and support to more than 800 individuals with special needs and their families, is excited to celebrate its annual Spring for Abilis Gala!

This wonderful, fun-filled night will be held Saturday, April 29, 2023, at the Woodway Country Club in Darien, Connecticut. Billy Blanks Jr. will be the celebrity emcee and music will be provided by ETA Music. Dinner, dancing and a live and silent auction will also be featured. To become a sponsor or purchase tickets, visit and click on the Spring for Abilis banner.

This year’s 2023 Spring for Abilis Gala co-chairs are Barbara Goldsmith of Darien, Connecticut, and Leslie Smith Clarke of Westport, Connecticut. Both Barbara and Leslie are mothers of young adults who are provided with residential and day supports at Abilis. They truly understand the importance of the work that Abilis does throughout lower Fairfield County and are excited to support the organization in such a meaningful way. Funds raised at the 2023 Spring for Abilis event will support new initiatives at Abilis.

“We are so excited to be back in-person for our annual Spring for Abilis Gala,” said Amy Montimurro, CEO and president of Abilis. “The last couple years we have held our Gala online, and while those were fun and featured great entertainers, singing and dancing, it was not the same as being all together in person. This year will be wonderful, and we are so excited to have Billy Blanks Jr. as our emcee. Billy has been a huge supporter of Abilis over the years and he always puts on an amazing show! We hope you can join us!”

Those wishing to support Spring for Abilis can purchase tickets online by visiting and clicking on the Spring for Abilis banner or visiting the GiveSmart Spring for Abilis page. Stay tuned for news on the opening of bidding for the Abilis Giving Garden and Art Gallery that offers wonderful, one-of-a-kind artwork created by the Abilis program participants, as well as fabulous silent auction items. The Abilis Giving Garden is also a place where supporters can purchase much-needed items for Abilis’ programs, such as diapers, educational games and books for Abilis’ Birth to Three program. More information on the opening of the Giving Garden and Art Gallery will be coming soon.

Special thanks to Spring for Abilis sponsors Holland & Knight, DARCARS Automotive Group - Lexus of Greenwich, Infiniti of Greenwich and Lexus of Mt. Kisco, Barbara and Rick Goldsmith, Fran and Mitch Cohen, the Halper family, Cheryl Vitali and James Shapiro, The Leslie Clarke Team, Connecticut Pharmacy, and AmFund and Greenwich Magazine/Moffly Media.

Photos: This year's Spring for Abilis co-chairs Barbara Goldsmith and Leslie Smith Clarke, pictured with their children Jack Goldsmith and Paige Clarke, who receive services and supports from Abilis. Photo credit: Cara Gilbride, Callalily Studios.

]]> (Abilis) Charities Tue, 21 Mar 2023 09:17:07 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter: RZ Connection

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 RZ Connection!

Three questions with Randi Hutton founder of RZ Connection LLC

RZ Connection LLC provides professional organizing, move management, downsizing and estate services.

Why did you start your business?

I have a friend whose basement was full of items inherited from both her and her husband’s families. I offered to help and quickly realized that added breathing space and mental clarity came with decluttering and organizing. The benefits were so apparent, I thought I could create a business of professional organizing.

What are your most popular services?

Organizing for a Move, Selling items of value and Estate Services. My services all tend to be intertwined. Organizing for a Move, for instance, often means also selling items of value.

Have you reimagined your small business?

Yes. I started RZC in Fairfield County. Then our services reached Westchester County, Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York. This past year we expanded into Florida. I will increase our reach further in the coming year.

Visit RZ Connection online and on Facebook here.

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

]]> (HH) Places Mon, 20 Mar 2023 02:29:00 -0400
FC Buzz St. Patrick's Day Weekend of Arts and Culture in Fairfield County


FC Buzz Weekend March 17 - March 19

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 eBuzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website.

Top ‘o the mornin’, evenin’, and afternoon to ya! This St Patrick’s Weekend is pure gold! A full rainbow of arts and cultural events that will delight lucky audiences all over Fairfield County. Enjoy!

St. Patrick’s Day with the Highland Rovers and Green Eyed Lady 21+

StageOne at FTC, Fairfield

Friday, March 17, 5:30 pm

Happy St. Patty’s Day! It’s a treasure trove of all that is fair, lively, and true about the sounds of the Emerald Isle. HRB’s multi-layered, upbeat, and danceable music showcases their universal appeal to both mainstream modern rock lovers and culturally diverse audiences searching for a distinct Celtic flavor.

Jim Royle Drum Studio Steel Pan Fundraising Concert

Saugatuck Congregational Church, Westport

Friday, March 17, 7:00 - 9:00 pm 

This concert features Jim Royle Ensembles D, C, B and A, along with special guests Mystic Bowie and Silver Steel! The proceeds of this concert will go to a student mission trip to the hills of Jamaica to teach and share the love of steel pan with students from the Accompong Maroon Youth Culture Camp, on behalf of the Mystic Bowie Cultural Center. 

DANCE is in the AIR

Darien Arts Center

Friday and Saturday, March 17-18, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Love, passion, and playfulness is at the heart of East Coast Contemporary Ballet’s Winter Season dance performance. Enjoy four neoclassical and contemporary love duets, including excerpts from Manon and Carmen, and an original and fresh world premiere.

The Rocky Horror Show

Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk

Friday & Saturday, March 17-18, 8 pm

Saturday & Sunday, March 18-19, 2 pm

A humorous, naughty, and wildly entertaining cult-classic musical closes out MTC’s 36th MainStage Season. This show takes place on a stormy night when Brad and Janet, a simple engaged couple, get their lives turned upside down by Frank ‘N’ Furter and his household of strange Transylvanians. Running four weekends through April 8th.

Colleens of Comedy

The Palace Theatre, Stamford

Friday, March 17, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Get ready to burst out laughing with Jane Condon and Kendra Cunningham. Greenwich native comedian Jane Condon has been dubbed by the Associated Press as “an upper crust Roseanne.” Boston-bred and Brooklyn-based, Kendra Cunningham has been named as a comic to watch by Time Out New York and has been compared to Groucho Marx and Mae West by the UK’s Chortle.

“Mio Yamato: 呼吸する星 / The Breathing Star”

Heather Gaudio Fine Art Gallery, New Canaan

Saturday, March 18, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Marking the Japanese artist’s first solo gallery exhibition in the United States, this show features newly created works along with a site-specific installation. In Yamato’s works, the ubiquitous dots of paint or ink are delicately deposited on the surface, making for quietly expressive compositions. The dotted arrangements render movement, gradation, and a sense of depth, mutating to create allusions to the natural world that extend beyond the picture plane. On view through April 29th


Loft Artists Association Gallery, Stamford

Saturday, March 18, 4:00-6:00 pm

Out the windows. Inside the windows. This exhibit is all about what the member artists of the Loft see, what they don’t see, and what they hope to see. On view through April 16th.

Spring Exhibition: “Rainbow in the Dark”

MoCA Westport

Saturday, March 18, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Get ready for the opening reception for a solo exhibit by German contemporary artist Anselm Reyle. Reyle’s best-known works include foil-and-strip paintings and sculptures. Remnants of consumer society, discarded materials, symbols of urbanity, and industrial change play a central role in his works. The exhibition includes 20 of his works, including a site-specific neon installation. Curated by Emann Odufu, an art activist, independent filmmaker, producer, screenwriter and digital media specialist. On view through May 28th.

 “When Folklore Meets Choral” 

Norwalk Concert Hall

Saturday, March 18, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

The Fairfield County Chorale, led by David Rosenmeyer, presents Argentine-born Rosenmeyer with music of Latin America and the 80-member Chorale performing Ariel Ramírez’ Misa Criolla, one of the earliest masses to be written in Spanish following the Second Vatican Council. The concert will also explore the music of the Andes and the Pampas of Latin America, through the songs of indigenous people.

Robert Klein

SHU Community Theatre, Fairfield

Saturday, March 18, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

It promises to be an evening you won’t forget. Get ready to laugh, chuckle, giggle, and roar with the comedian that Jerry Seinfeld once exclaimed, “... was The Beatles of comedy to me.” For more than 40 years, Robert Klein has been making audiences laugh and critics cheer on Broadway, television and film. 

An Evening with Dennis Collins

The Palace Theatre, Stamford

Saturday, March 18, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

It has been said that the smooth, soulful voice of singer Dennis Collins goes straight to the heart of all who hear him! A truly gifted artist, Collins is a member of a rare breed of singers, with the ability to interpret many different musical styles. Dennis has recorded and performed with a wide range of artists such as Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Whitney Houston, James Taylor, Carole King, Billy Joel, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Jon Batiste, and many others!

Marvelous Metamorphoses

Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan

Sunday, March 19, 1:00 pm

Bring the family to an engaging Sova Dance & Puppet Theater performance that brings nature's cycles to life through song, dance and the art of puppetry. Celebrate beautiful transformations in our world and the ecological health of our planet! All ages welcome.

“The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas”

Suzuki Music Schools, Westport 

Sunday, March 19, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

The second in a concert series, join award-winning violinist Andrew Smith, director of the Suzuki Music Schools, and Grammy-nominated pianist Joshua Pierce as they continue to explore the genius of Beethoven.

“Women of Abstract Expressionism”

The Ridgefield Library

Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 pm 

Examine the careers of four groundbreaking women artists affiliated with the Abstract Expressionist movement: Perle Fine, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler. Wine and cheese will be served.

See these and discover hundreds more events on the FCBUZZ EVENTS page at Sign up for the Cultural Alliance eBuzz to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.

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Greenwich High School Senior Places in Top 10 in the 2023 Regeneron Science Talent Search

Society for Science announced last evening that Greenwich High School senior Ambika Grover was included in the top 10 of winners in this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

Ambika, 17, received an $80,000 award for her sixth place finish by developing an injectable layered microbubble designed to target and break up blood clots and prevent them from reforming. She believes this can be used to restore the flow of oxygen-carrying blood to the brains of ischemic stroke victims.   

Ambika, along with fellow GHS senior and finalist, Angie Fogarty, participated in a week-long competition in which they underwent a rigorous judging process that goes beyond their own research to encompass other scientific disciplines and compete for more than $1.8 million in awards. They had the opportunity to interact with leading scientists and share their research during a virtual “Public Day” event. Angie received $25,000 for being named one of 40 finalists in January.

The competition, now in its 82nd year, celebrates and rewards young scientists, nation-wide, focused on a wide range of scientific topics. This year, those topics include everything from cancer research to climate change to the space race and more. More than $1.8 million was awarded to the finalists, who were evaluated based on their projects’ scientific rigor, their exceptional problem-solving abilities and their potential to become leaders in STEM. 

Watch last evening’s Regeneron STS 2023 Awards Ceremony in its entirety, or skip to the 1:11:45 mark to see Ambika receive her honor.

Regeneron STS 2023 Awards Ceremony

]]> (Jonathan Supranowitz) Neighbors Wed, 15 Mar 2023 09:44:08 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Greenwich: Ever Vigilant Preparedness

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 Ever Vigilant Preparedness!

Three questions with Ryan Kerwin, founder of Ever Vigilant Preparedness.

Why did you start your business?

Ever Vigilant Preparedness (EVP) was created in early 2021 after I felt compelled to bring my knowledge and passion for emergency and disaster preparedness to life in a way that could positively influence my local community and help others feel confident in their environment before a disaster strikes.

We've all experienced several years of uncertainty in the world coupled with unexpected weather-related emergencies (i.e. tropical storm Isaias), which is why my goal is to educate, equip and prepare a community of self-sufficient citizens with the right tools and information they never knew they needed. My plans are customizable, thorough, and thoughtful, backed by personal and professional experience as a Veteran of the USMC and my current job role as a First Responder.

Most of my life has been spent helping others and being alert - EVP is another extension of that for me.

What is your best-selling product/service?

In my opinion, the best product I can offer you is my service package: The Works. It includes a 15-point in-home assessment that results in a comprehensive all-hazards emergency plan for sheltering in the home; a 5-point vehicle inspection that will ensure your mode of transportation is equipped and ready to safely deliver you to a safe location (if need be) and customized evacuation bags built to meet a variety of emergency scenarios from short to long term.

All of my offerings include the initial assessment and a follow-up consultation visit along with the opportunity for me to continue guiding you through your preparedness journey, if interested.

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

It's very important for me to support local small businesses in any way that I can either through the recommendations I make in my customized assessments (shout out to Greenwich Jiu Jitsu, Montgomery Pinetum, Greenwich Botanical Center, Everybody Water, and others) or creating marketing materials for my business - thank you, Chilly Bear and Signarama!

Kellie would like to nominate Kellie Kerwin PR, The Ice Exchange, Hey Roost, and Greenwich Jiu Jitsu to be featured next!

Visit Ever Vigilant Preparedness online here, and make sure to check out their Instagram page as well!

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

]]> (Dan) Places Fri, 10 Mar 2023 05:06:53 -0500
Girl Scouts of Connecticut Celebrate 111th Birthday!

The number one organization for girls is turning 111 years young this year! Locally, Girls Scouts of Connecticut is marking the momentous milestone on March 12, 2023 with one-derful events, including a proclamation from Governor Ned Lamont, to kick off National Girl Scout Week March 12-18.


“The founding of Girl Scouts played a pivotal part of women’s history in America and across the globe,” said Diana Mahoney, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Connecticut (GSOFCT). “We honor our rich traditions while adapting to the changing needs of girls to keep them engaged, empowered and excited.”

Mahoney explains the annual weeklong observance encourages Girl Scouts, alums, and volunteers to shout their Girl Scout pride from the rooftops and find ways to connect with one another and give back. Individual troops plan their own activities and take part in national events as well.

Mahoney shares a sampling of Connecticut troop special initiatives:

  • Sunday, March 12: Girl Scout Sunday is a special day dedicated to thinking about your beliefs and how they’re reflected in the Girl Scout Law.
  • Sunday, March 12: Happy Birthday Girl Scouts! On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts!
  • Monday, March 13: Girl Scout Traditions! Do a good deed, even if it is small.
  • Tuesday, March 14: Celebrate STEM with Pi! Today is Pi Day (3.14) and a day to celebrate women in science, technology, engineering, and math!
  • Wednesday, March 15: Celebrate Outdoors! Get outdoors today and explore!
  • Thursday, March 16: Show your Girl Scout Spirit! Wear your uniform and pins proudly to show you are a Girl Scout, who lives with courage, confidence, and character, and who makes the world a better place!
  • Friday, March 17: Celebrate our Girl Scout History!
  • Friday, March 17: Girl Scout Jummah is a special day dedicated to thinking about your beliefs and how they’re reflected in the Girl Scout Law.
  • Saturday, March 18: Girl Scout Sabbath Saturday is a special day dedicated to thinking about your beliefs and how they’re reflected in the Girl Scout Law. 

“Girl Scout week also falls during Women’s History Month when we remember resilient women throughout history,” notes Mahoney. “From the trailblazing vision of our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, to the countless Girl Scouts and Girl Scout alums who made or are making strides for women every day, it’s a great time to get inspired and discover just how much of a difference every girl can make by speaking up and showing up.”

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) is the largest leadership organization for girls in the world. Currently, there are about 2.5 million girl and adult members worldwide. Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the world. Girl Scouts sell about 200 million boxes of cookies—nearly $800 million worth—during each cookie season. GSOFCT shares a fun fashion look back at troop uniforms throughout the years.

Discover more about Girl Scouts’ Women's History Month at

PHOTO: Girl Scouts of Connecticut is celebrating its 111th birthday on March 12, 2023 with a host of local events and troop initiatives.

Credit: Girl Scouts of Connecticut

]]> (Alisa Gaudiosi) Neighbors Thu, 09 Mar 2023 10:38:56 -0500
FC Buzz Weekend of Art and Culture in Fairfield County March 10-12

HamletHub FC Buzz Weekend March 10 - March 12

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 eBuzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website.

FOCUS ’23 Photography Exhibit

Wilton Library

Friday, March 10, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Meet local photographers at a reception and awards presentation where photographers of all ages will have their work on display. The photographs are judged by a panel of notable area photographers in three divisions: Adult, High School, and Youth. On view during library hours through March 31st.

“I Thee Wed: Western Bridal Fashion from the Collection” Exhibit

Westport Museum for History and Culture

Friday, March 10, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Explore wedding gowns from the Museum’s collection and discover how these iconic dresses relate to wealth, class, gender, and women’s rights. Create your own wedding dress with fashions from around the world at an interactive magnet wall. Enjoy late hours and light refreshments as part of this exhibit too!

Blue Coupe at VersoFest 2023

Verso Studios at Westport Library

Friday, March 10, 6:30 - 9:30 pm  

Don’t miss Blue Coupe, the supergroup formed of Alice Cooper bassist, Dennis Dunaway, and Blue Öyster Cult founders, Joe and Albert Bouchard, perform along with Sisters Tish and Snooky Bellomo, of Manic Panic. Blue Coupe’s live concerts are a mix of the best-known songs from their respective groups as well as new music. 

Decades In Concert: 1980’s

Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport 

Friday, March 10, 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 11, 5:00 and 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 12, 5:00 pm

It’s the third installment of DCT’s signature series following the huge success of Sounds of the '70's and Spirit of the '60's. You’ll hear songs by Madonna, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, U2, The Police, and many more in a story of the history and culture of America in the “Me First” decade. Weekends through April 8th.

The Kingdom Choir

Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield

Friday, March 10, 7:30 - 9:30 pm 

A must-see! Best known for their show-stopping performance of Stand By Me at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the group was instantly catapulted to worldwide fame. The choir draws from various Christian traditions and is dedicated to creating a sound that reflects the community they serve.

An Evening of One Acts 2023

Ridgefield Theater Barn

Friday March 10 & Saturday March 11, 8:00 pm

Following the first phase of a major renovation, RTB re-opens its door for this ever-popular annual production of one-act plays. Features a talkback with the playwrights after the show.

Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra String Quartet

Edmond Town Hall, Newtown

Saturday, March 11, 7:00 - 8:30 pm 

Come, lean back and enjoy a chamber music concert, featuring RSO principal string players performing a mix of traditional and contemporary classical music.

American Chamber Orchestra’s “A German Requiem”

Norwalk Concert Hall

Saturday, March 11, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

The American Chamber Orchestra presents  Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem, with the Mendelssohn Choir of CT and Connecticut Chamber Choirs. Soloists include Stephanie Gregory and Ricardo Herrera. 

The BackCountry Jazz BeBoppers

Voices Cafe, Westport

Saturday, March 11, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

The best young musicians in our area showcase the rich tradition of Jazz, bringing a unique, contemporary talent vibe to an evening of creative, energetic entertainment!

Christopher Ladd, Classical Guitarist

The MAC – Milford Arts Council, Milford

Saturday, March 11, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Enjoy a concert by a renowned classical guitarist who has been a featured performer at guitar festivals around the world and is recognized as versatile and talented both as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been a semi-finalist twice  in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International competition. 

Red Baraat: Festival Of Colors

SHU Community Theatre, Fairfield

Sunday, March 12, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This pioneering band from Brooklyn, New York has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound - a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz and raw punk energy. Created with a purposeful agenda of manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve.

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Gunner of Greenwich Releases Proprietary Online Platform for Roofing Estimates

Gunner, a Connecticut based company that provides roofing, siding, gutter and window installation services to customers in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, has announced the launch of its proprietary, online platform for roofing estimates.  The new, patent-pending technology will allow customers to easily shop for and fully purchase a new roof and schedule the work online in a matter of hours.

“When we opened our doors five years ago, we made it our goal to provide quality work with fully transparent, exceptional customer service,” said Andrew Prchal, Customer Experience Office and Co-Owner, Gunner.  “Excelling at customer service really begins at the very first point of contact, and we knew there had to be a simpler, faster way for our clients to shop for and purchase a roof, instead of playing email and phone tag with our sales team, scheduling on-site visits and having little control over scheduling the actual work.  We have spent years developing this new platform and are excited to share its ease of use for a chore that no homeowner wants to be bogged down with!”

“From start to finish, our new technology will allow customers to shop for, select a roof and optional add-ons, fully purchase – including opting into financing options, and self-schedule the start of on-site work,” added Eddie Prchal, CEO and Co-Owner, Gunner.  “We are confident that, in today’s world where most consumers prefer the ease of self-directed, online transactions, this new process is going to revolutionize the industry and in years to come, become the industry norm for not only roofs, but windows, siding and more!”

Customers will log on to, creating a log-in for a password protected site with their project address, contact information and high-level details.  Upon receiving an email confirming the quote submission, a link will direct customers back to the site to invite them to customize a number of options related to the project, including shingle color, and options such as adding gutters and skylights.  Using satellite measuring, a VR mock-up of the project home will allow homeowners to see color and style options on their house, as well as view an informational, clickable demo providing an overview of a roofing project and warranty information.  A calendar will allow customers to select a preferred start date for the work (featuring real-time availability of Gunner’s in-house installation crews), and a total estimate for the project with payment and financing options will be calculated. After inputting and processing payment information, an email will confirm the payment and project details and offer an introduction to Gunner’s in-house team of industry experts who will be a part of the project from start to finish.  A live, on-site, pre-install meeting will also be scheduled to go over all details in-person prior to start of work.

For the initial launch, customers with properties located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, Bergen, Morris and Passaic counties, New Jersey, and Rockland and Westchester counties, New York, will be able to utilize the new online platform.  In the coming months, Gunner will deploy updates to the software, which will include the ability to purchase a new or schedule roofing repairs in connection with insurance claims, expand its geographical customer base, as well as offer the option to add-on windows, siding and more.

Gunner partnered with Click Here Labs for the development and launch of this new platform and website.

Gunner is a member of the National Roofing Contractors Association, and amongst other associations, certifications and honors, are part of the elite GAF President’s Club and James Hardie President’s ClubCertainTeed SELECT ShingleMasters and Anderson Certified Contractor.

For more information, visit or the company’s Facebook (@gunnerroofing) or Instagram (@gunnerroofing) channels.

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Greenwich St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 19, 2023 Grand Marshal is Kevin McFadden

Greenwich St. Patrick's Day Parade will be on March 19, 2023

The Greenwich Hibernians have announced that the Greenwich Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2023, at 2:00 PM beginning at the Greenwich Town Hall.

Note to parade participants: There will be shuttle buses taking marchers from the parking area by the finish (Island Beach parking lot) to the start of the parade at Town Hall.

2023 Grand Marshal

Kevin McFadden is a former New York City Police officer, a Greenwich native and the grandson of Irish and Scottish immigrants.  He will be installed as Grand Marshal of the 47th annual parade during Greenwich Hibernian Association's annual St. Patrick's dinner dance on March 4. 

McFadden was born in Greenwich, the son of Francis P.  and Pearl McFadden. His grandparents Michael McFadden of Dunfanaghy, County Donegal, Ireland, and Anne E. O’Neill McFadden of Dumbarton, Scotland, came to America in 1929 and settled in Greenwich where they raised five children.

After attending Greenwich Catholic School and St. Mary High School, McFadden enrolled at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. He began his law enforcement career in 1992 and worked for 28 years in the New York Police Department before retiring in 2020. He now works in security for Morgan Stanley.

Learn more and view Line of March here.

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Stamford Police Sergeant Patrick Loughran To Lead St. Patrick’s Day Parade

STAMFORD—This year, Stamford Police Sergeant Patrick Loughran will be leading the Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade as Grand Marshal. In tribute to Patrick’s service to the community, the Irish American Cultural Society of Stamford (IACSOS) will be donating ten Grand Marshal’s Dinner tickets to Stamford-based first responders.

The Grand Marshal’s Dinner will be held on Friday, March 3 at Serafina at the Italian Center, 1620 Newfield Ave, Stamford, beginning at 6 pm.

Donated ticket recipients will be selected via raffle. Stamford-based first responders will be eligible to receive one donated ticket each. Each ticket is valued at $150. Those who are interested should e-mail with their request to participate, indicating their full name, mailing address and first-responder affiliation (i.e., EMT, firefighter, paramedic, police). Requests should be made by Friday, February 17 at 6pm.

Individuals may submit on behalf of themselves or another person, however only one submission per person will be honored. Winners’ active participation as Stamford-based first responders will be verified. Winners will be notified by Sunday, February 19.

2023 marks the 28th anniversary of the parade, which will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at 2 pm in downtown Stamford. With participation from more than 80 community marching units, pipe bands, dancers and school organizations, the parade is Stamford’s premier spring event and is the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Fairfield County.

The Parade and its associated events are run by the IACSOS which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Those interested in becoming a sponsor, making a donation, purchasing dinner tickets, or getting involved as a volunteer should contact Michael Feighan by e-mail at

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