Coscob's HamletHub Mon, 21 Sep 2020 05:07:45 -0400 Today is National Constitution Day

On September 17, 1787, members of the Constitutional Convention signed the final draft of the Constitution. Two days earlier, when a final vote was called, Edmund Randolph called for another convention to carefully review the Constitution as it stood. This motion, supported by George Mason and Elbridge Gerry, was voted down and the Constitution was adopted.

James Madison, later known as the “Father of our Constitution,” was among the most influential delegates at the Constitutional Convention. His notes form the largest single source of materials for Farrand’s Records, one of several collections in A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875.

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America 

The product of four months of secret debate, the Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation and proposed an entirely new form of government.

Adopted by the Continental Congress in 1777, but not ratified by the states until 1781, the Articles of Confederation created a loose confederation of sovereign states and a weak central government. With the passage of time, the defects in the Articles of Confederation became apparent. The Continental Congress commanded little respect and no support from state governments anxious to maintain their power. Congress could not raise funds, regulate trade, or conduct foreign policy without the voluntary agreement of the states.

Events such as Shays’ Rebellion, an armed uprising by debt-ridden farmers in western Massachusetts in 1786 and early 1787, exposed the weaknesses of the federal government and galvanized calls for revising the Articles of Confederation.

In an effort to deal with problems of interstate commerce, a convention in Annapolis was held in September 1786.  Led by James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, the delegates at the Annapolis Convention issued a proposal for a new convention to revise the Articles of Confederation.

On February 21, 1787, the Continental Congress called for a national convention to meet in Philadelphia to revise the Articles of Confederation. By May 25, the state delegates had reached a quorum and the Constitutional Convention officially began. George Washington was selected unanimously as president of the Convention.

From the outset, delegates clashed over issues of state sovereignty while small and large states battled over the distribution of power. Fears of creating a too powerful central authority ran high. The Convention tackled basic issues including the essential structure of the government, the basis of representation, and the regulation of interstate trade. As he submitted the Constitution to the Continental Congress, George Washington acknowledged the difficult task the Convention faced:

"It is at all times difficult to draw with precision the line between those rights which must be surrendered, and those which may be preserved; and, on the present occasion, the difficulty was increased by a difference among the several States as to their situation, extent, habits, and particular interests…thus, the Constitution which we now present is the result of a spirit of amity, and of that mutual deference and concession, which the peculiarity of our political situation rendered indispensable."

Letter from George Washington to the Confederation Congress, accompanying the Constitution, September 17, 1787. Annals of CongressA Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875


Although the Constitutional Convention met for the last time on September 17, 1787, public debate over the Constitution was just beginning. The Constitution specified that at least nine states ratify the new form of government, but everyone hoped for nearly unanimous approval. As the states called their own ratifying conventions, arguments for and against the document resurfaced. Writing under the pseudonym Publius, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay defended the proposed plan in a series of newspaper articles, later collected as the Federalist Papers.

The Constitution was officially adopted by the United States when it was ratified by New Hampshire on June 21, 1788, the ninth state to do so. The first Congress under the new Constitution convened in New York City on March 4, 1789, although a quorum was not achieved until early April. On April 30, 1789, President George Washington delivered the first inaugural address, and within his initial term the first ten amendments—known as the Bill of Rights—were adopted, establishing the fundamental rights of U.S. citizens and assuaging many fears associated with the relatively strong central government the Constitution provides.

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CIAC Announces Full Contact Football Canceled for 2020-2021 School Year

CIAC Football Board of Control Update

At its September 16, 2020, meeting, the CIAC Board of Control reaffirmed its September 3 decision to cancel full-contact football for the 2020-2021 school year. This decision was made in alignment with the Connecticut Department of Health’s recommendation that football is a high-risk sport and should not be played this fall. The board did, however, agree it would consider allowing competition at a later time for a sport that cannot hold its regularly scheduled season, such as football, provided it does not negatively impact spring sports.

DPH continues to recommend substituting “higher risk” athletic activities with “moderate risk” or “lower risk” options and /or postponing those activities to a later time. In alignment with those recommendations, by the end of this week, through its football committee, the CIAC will recommend low and moderate-risk football activities in which schools may continue to engage their football athletes.

“CIAC made every effort to weigh all factors in this decision, including the passionate voices of students, parents, and school personnel, and ultimately made the determination to align its decision with the recommendations of the Governor’s office and DPH to not hold high-risk sports at this time,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini stated. “In conversation with other state associations across the country, it was clear that a key factor in playing interscholastic football was alignment with the opinion of their state’s governor and state health agency.”

After consulting with DPH and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), it was apparent that CIAC’s football plan, though endorsed by the CSMS Sports Medicine Committee, will not sufficiently mitigate the risk to lower the categorization of the sport from “high risk” to “moderate risk.” DPH encouraged CIAC to seek affirmation from the NFHS that its proposed mitigating strategies would meet the standards required to recategorize football from its classification as high risk. CIAC immediately consulted with the NFHS which responded by stating that, “As each state association has its own SMAC and state department of health/health agency, the NFHS SMAC will not exercise approval or disapproval of individual state guidelines.” Furthermore, in discussions with the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), it was made clear to the CIAC that its members are not public health experts and, as such, on the matter of playing football, CAPSS would defer to the appropriate state and local public health authorities.

The CIAC is concerned that DPH’s recommendation to postpone higher risk sports to a later time is reserved for CIAC sanctioned interscholastic athletics. In fact, as the CIAC is not sanctioning a football season at this time, schools, with approval from their local DPH, may opt to play full contact football as a “club” sport, similar to girls ice hockey, without adherence to CIAC COVID mitigating plans. The CIAC has previously tried to make DPH and the governor’s office aware of the inconsistency that permits our same student population to engage in non-interscholastic high risk sports with less oversight and fewer COVID mitigating strategies. Furthermore, the CIAC has expressed its concern that this inconsistency promotes an inequity in sport opportunities.

In consideration of playing football at a later time, the board seeks to better understand factors such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • How many sports are impacted to the extent where it cannot compete during its regularly scheduled season?

  • What other public health strategies have become available and are supported with better research?

  • How will facility scheduling be impacted?

  • The impact to field maintenance and playability.

  • The viability of synthetic surface fields passing the G-max test during winter months.

  • How has the COVID climate in Connecticut improved to support interscholastic high-risk athletics at a later time?

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Bruce Experiences Webinar: How CT Imaging is Revolutionizing Natural History Museums

In a Zoom webinar on Tuesday, September 22, at 7:00 pm, Dr. Ed Stanley, Associate Scientist and Director of the Digital Discovery and Dissemination Lab at the Florida Museum of Natural History, discusses the CT scans of reptiles, mammals, and fossils currently on display in the Bruce Museum science exhibition Under the Skin. The virtual program is free for Museum members; $10 non-members. To participate, or to join the Museum as a member, visit this page at or call 203-869-0376.

“Natural history collections serve a critical role for scientists wanting to study patterns and changes of biodiversity, though access to these important resources has, historically, been limited,” says Dr. Stanley. “New digitization efforts are providing novel opportunities for researchers and democratizing access to specimens for scientists, educators, and the general public.”

“This virtual talk will use examples from cretaceous amphibians, armored lizards, and burrowing frogs, showcased so wonderfully in the Bruce Museum’s Under the Skin exhibition, to discuss how scanning museum specimens with computerized tomography (CT) to create cross-sectional images is facilitating exciting new research and educational initiatives,” Stanley says.

On view at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, through November 29, 2020, Under the Skin samples images made possible by a remarkable array of technologies—CT scanning, infrared cameras, scanning electron microscopes, and more—that allow scientists to visualize the marvels of evolution that lie below the surface. All of the images presented in the exhibition were captured in the past five years, thus representing the cutting edge of modern imaging. Many showcase amazing discoveries that were undreamt of just a decade ago. Natural history specimens from the Bruce Museum and on loan from other collections complement each image and reinforce the role of museums as stewards of natural history. 

Visitors will learn how we can peer into the inner ear of a frog smaller than a pistachio, count the unborn babies inside a pregnant tiger shark, and reveal the age of a 10-ton dinosaur from microscopic structures in its bones. Exploring the relationship between light and nature, visitors will discover that flying squirrels can glow a fluorescent pink, pelican pouches burst into color in infrared, and macaroni penguins have invented their own special brand of the color yellow. 

“Nature is full of beauty, at scales great and small,” says Curator of Science Dr. Daniel Ksepka, organizer of the exhibition. “Under the Skin highlights a dozen recent discoveries through a combination of remarkable imagery and real biological specimens. While each represents a research breakthrough, these striking and in many cases prize-winning images can rightfully be considered art in their own right.” 

The Bruce Museum is grateful for exhibition support from a Committee of Honor Co-Chaired by Sue Baker, Ingrid Delson, Lisette Henrey, Gale and Bob Lawrence, and Dr. Kim Nichols. Additional support for Bruce Museum exhibitions is generously provided by the 2019-20 Bruce Museum Council, Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, and Sylvia and Leonard Marx, Jr.

View the objects and visualizations displayed in the physical exhibition, along with bonus content and links to help explore more deeply, by taking a virtual tour of the exhibition:

More reasons to join the Bruce Museum or renew your membership include: 

  • Two months free membership with the promo code EXTEND2020 
  • Shopping Concierge Service for Members from the Bruce Museum Store. Free Delivery in Greenwich or curbside pickup, Tuesday-Sunday. Email
  • Free Bruce Experiences programs and discounted Bruce Presents programs.
  • Reciprocal admission to many other museums through FWMA and ASTC, and more.

For more information about Bruce Experiences programs, exclusive exhibition previews, and other Museum member benefits, contact Laura Freeman, Membership Manager, at or 203-413-6764.

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The Ridgefield Playhouse Celebrates 20 Years!

Although they had to close their doors to inside shows on March 13th, move/cancel more than 120 shows so far (equaling a loss of more than $3 million in ticket income), and cancel their Summer Gala, the other big fundraiser that they depend on, The Ridgefield Playhouse, a nonprofit theater in Ridgefield CT,  is not going to let the hard times of COVID-19 get in the way of celebrating a giant milestone. 

For 20 years, The Ridgefield Playhouse has been the heart and soul of the community, culture and economy in Ridgefield, CT. “We were hoping to have a BIG Gala celebration for our 20th Anniversary Season,” says Executive Director Allison Stockel. “But I think we have turned lemons into lemonade and have come up with a great way to have a really fun 20th Anniversary Gala!” 

On Saturday, October 3rd, the Playhouse will indeed mark its 20th Anniversary season by having performers from the past 20 years make special virtual guest appearances- everyone from Graham Nash, Stephen Schwartz, Todd Rundgren and more- as well as a full LIVE performance on the stage inside the Playhouse with Bruce Hornsby

“We are really excited to have someone perform on our stage again!” Says Stockel.  The Playhouse is offering a variety of ways to participate depending on your comfort level.  There will be a limited number of Sponsor tickets inside the theater, as well as outdoor tented seating for Gala ticket holders (both include open bar and a sit-down dinner with food from Bernard’s and Gallo), and virtual streaming tickets for those who want to stay at home.   

“We want everyone to be able to be able to celebrate with us,” says Stockel.  “For those who feel comfortable coming out, the evening kicks off at 6:30pm - with a red-carpet arrival hosted by Christine O’Leary in the tent on the field next to The Playhouse.  There will be restaurant-style seating, where you only sit with your party and will get served dinner with food from Bernard’s and Gallo at your table.  Gala ticket holders will watch the performance in the tent via a live feed from the Playhouse stage, and Sponsor ticket holders will have a socially distanced seat inside the theater.”

 The Playhouse is also selling streaming tickets for those who want to watch from the comfort of their own home. If you buy a Gala ticket or Sponsor ticket and would like to pick up your dinner and watch via streaming from home- that is also an option.

“I think when the Playhouse opened its doors 20 years ago no one ever thought that we would have gotten to the point where we would be presenting more than 200 shows annually,” says Stockel. “And in addition to that, doing 33 Arts in Education performances, giving away more than $90,000 in free tickets to Title 1 schools and people from low-income areas, and have some of the most iconic performers from all genres like Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Blondie, Stephen Sondheim, Jay Leno and so many more.”  

Those numbers are of course pre-Covid.  There is no doubt that The Ridgefield Playhouse has grown in size and scope over the past 20 years.  Just ask any restaurant owner and they will tell you that when the Playhouse has a show, their restaurant is full. “In addition to being such an important part of this town’s culture, The Playhouse has been a huge economic generator for the town,” says First Selectman Rudy Marconi, “We know times are tough right now and look forward to getting The Playhouse and the Town of Ridgefield back to where it was.”

And times have been tough indeed.  “The entire Arts and Culture sector is hurting right now,” says Stockel. “So, we really need to do this Gala. We do not yet know what we will be able to do inside the Theater this winter, we are hoping to know soon. Right now, we can do a few outdoor shows, which is good, but not what we would normally do.” In fact, The Ridgefield Playhouse did only four outdoor shows in the month of August, when they originally had 18 shows booked.

  This September they were planning to do 20 live performances and will only be able to do five outdoor shows.  “At least it’s something,” Stockel says, “but it’s not enough to keep us going if we aren’t able to, at some point, start doing regular indoor shows again soon.” Even so, Stockel and her team are proud of what they have accomplished and feel positive about where the Playhouse is going.  “We have wonderful and loyal sponsors, members and donors. 

This Gala is as much for them as it is for us,” says Stockel. “And even though we’re doing it a little differently during these unprecedented times, we’re here and we’re not going anywhere.  We have been through a lot over the past 20 years, and we’ve stood the test of time.  I know we will be okay and come out on the other end, it’ll just be a bit of a journey to get there.” 

The Ridgefield Playhouse Gala is sponsored by  PLATINUM SPONSORS: Berisford, Rabinowitz, Ross & Stockel Families, Missy & Andy Williams; GOLD SPONSORS: Eric Diefenbach & JK Brown; SILVER SPONSORS:  Deb and Howard Bubb; BRONZE SPONSORS: Caroline & Rommin Adl, Amy & Eric Freidenrich, Kathleen & Dave Lyons, Jill & Larry Mango, Dr. Margaret A. Reed & Patricia Fernandes, The Sawtelle Family, Linsey Tully & Joe Racioppo, Mercedes-Benz of Danbury.

For more information about The Playhouse Gala go online to or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.


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Connecticut Charm Alert: Office of Tourism Boasts Towns to Visit to Fall in Love with Fall

The Connecticut Office of Tourism recently rated Connecticut towns for their charm-appeal saying, "Connecticut still does “charming” very well, especially in the autumn."

The Office of Tourism highlights eight towns that exude charm due to their local shops, restaurants, galleries, and inns. 

The eight towns bursting with charm include:


Stonington Borough

New Preston






Read the article in its entirety and find out what towns win the category of "charm" here.

*Before venturing out, make sure to check the hours, they may have changed due to COVID-19.

*Image courtesy CT Visit Facebook Page.

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Junior Golf Hub’s College Prep Series

Junior Golf Hub’s College Prep Series, hosted by The Golf Performance Center, is the Northeast’s premier event for college-bound golfers and their parents.

The College Prep Series features top PGA professionals and elite college golf coaches in a multi-day, immersive session designed with one purpose in mind: helping aspiring junior golfers achieve their dreams of playing at the next level.

Hosted by The Golf Performance Center in Ridgefield, CT, the College Prep Series will provide answers to pressing questions including:

  • Is my game ready for college golf?
  • What are the weak links that are holding me back from realizing my potential?
  • What are college coaches looking for?
  • How can I get recognized?
  • How does the recruiting process work?
  • What is life like as a college golfer?

Junior players at the College Prep Series will have the opportunity to undergo a Player Development Index (PDI) Assessment conducted by elite PGA and TPI-certified performance coaches. The PDI Assessment takes a deep, objective look at key skill areas including putting, chipping, bunker play, shot-making, mental proficiency and physical skills, and precisely identifies areas that need improvement.

The assessment will result in an Index (PDI), giving players a number to quantify the state of their game and the ability to track progress toward their goals.

Hard data only, no guesswork!

Players and parents will also participate in detailed, guided sessions explaining the college golf recruiting process and featuring head coaches at top college golf programs including Princeton University (Will Green, Men’s Golf), Quinnipiac University (John O’Connor, Women’s Golf), Post University (Steve Sokol, Men’s and Women’s Golf) and Rochester (Dan Wesley, Men’s Golf).

Players and parents will leave with a detailed report covering the weaknesses that may be holding them back from college golf and with a thorough understanding of the recruiting process.

Get ready for the Northeast’s premier golf event!

Register HERE.

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Ridgefield, Bethel and New Milford Visiting Nurse Associations (VNAs) Announce Plan to Join Forces

Ridgefield, Bethel and New Milford Visiting Nurse Associations (VNAs) Announce Plan to Join Forces and Expand Home Health and Hospice Services in Western Connecticut

Driven by a common commitment to deliver the highest quality health care to their patients and communities, Bethel Visiting Nurse Association, New Milford Visiting Nurse & Hospice, and RVNAhealth, announced plans today to merge their three organizations. The tri-union will result in a single not-for-profit, mission-driven organization, best able to meet the needs of the 36 communities they collectively serve in Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven counties, and highly sustainable for the long term. The agencies anticipate a close date by the end of 2020 and the unified organization will operate as RVNAhealth as approved by their respective Boards of Directors. This merger will make RVNAhealth one of the two largest home health and hospice organizations in Fairfield County and the seventh-largest in the state of Connecticut.  

The collective organization will be headquartered at the RVNAhealth building in Ridgefield, CT. The New Milford Visiting Nurse & Hospice location will serve as a fully operational branch office. Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA, current President & Chief Executive Officer of RVNAhealth, will assume the role of President & CEO of the new organization.  

The announcement reflects the mutual acceptance of a “Definitive Agreement,” the final step in a process which included extensive research, analysis, and review by the Boards of Directors of the three VNAs. “Our driving force is the health and well-being of our patients and communities — today, tomorrow, and 50 years from now,” says Santoro. “As we worked through the details of the union, and as the COVID-19 pandemic made abundantly clear, pooling our collective talent and resources will allow us to invest deeply in the technologies and services that our communities need to thrive, and that we as agencies need to effectively respond to future health challenges.”

The unified agency will offer:

  • Improved access to exceptional home-based and community-based care for individuals and communities across western Connecticut, to address the increasing needs of the state’s rapidly growing aging population as well as the needs of younger families for access to quality preventative care.
  • Expanded offerings of preventative and wellness care and educational programs across populations and communities.
  • An enhanced continuum of care to address all ages, stages, and levels of health, including: community wellness services, home health, rehabilitation, palliative and hospice care; personal caregiving and nursing; and a range of educational and preventative programs — nutrition services; immunizations; annual flu and pneumonia vaccines; health fairs. 
  • Organizational and operational benefits — including a comprehensive and coordinated service model; a significant depth of clinical leadership and talent; ability to support the needs of all healthcare partners; flexibility to compete among payors; and long-term viability in the communities served.
  • Organizational and operational benefits — including a comprehensive and coordinated service model; a significant depth of clinical leadership and talent; ability to support the needs of all healthcare partners; flexibility to compete among payors; and long-term viability in the communities served.


Kerri Ann Brinckerhoff, MSN, RN, Chief Executive Officer, New Milford Visiting Nurse and Hospice, agrees, “Partnerships are essential to navigate the changing regulatory environment and competitive forces in home and community-based care. We have a unique opportunity to strengthen our investments to better meet the needs of referral sources — hospitals, physician practices and families. Our focus is clinical quality and long-term financial health.”


Another key aspect of the plan is supporting the organizations’ collective commitment to providing access to care in communities across western Connecticut. “The healthcare landscape is evolving to meet the needs of our aging population, and home care will remain an essential component of high-quality care,” says Margaret Burke, MS, Executive Director, Bethel Visiting Nurse Association. “The longstanding relationships we’ve developed in our communities will be upheld through this merger — sustained by bringing greater efficiency and financial strength to our collective operations. The union will help preserve our ability to serve our current communities—and embrace new ones — for the long term.”

About the Merging Entities

For over a hundred years, the three agencies have been neighbors and collaborators — each founded on, and serving, a parallel mission in their respective communities. Over the decades, each grew — expanding their range of services, extending their territorial reach, and deepening their impact and loyalty to the patients and families they serve.

Founded in 1927, Bethel Visiting Nurse Association provides home health, rehabilitation, personal support, specialty services, and community health programs, presently serving eight towns in Fairfield and New Haven counties.  New Milford Visiting Nurse and Hospice opened as the New Milford Visiting Nurse Association in 1918, during the Spanish Influenza pandemic, and now serves 18 towns in Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven counties. Services include home health, rehabilitation, palliative care, hospice, and community wellness programs.  Founded in 1914 as the District Nursing Association and later becoming Ridgefield VNA, the organization evolved to RVNAhealth in 2019 to convey the breadth and depth of its home health, rehabilitation, hospice, and extensive community health and wellness programs focused on lifelong care. RVNAhealth currently serves 28 communities in Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven counties. When united, the new RVNAhealth will serve 36 towns across Connecticut, offering a full integrated spectrum of care and wellness services to serve individuals and communities across a lifetime.

In joining forces, the three organizations are confident they can be stronger and more valuable to all those they serve – without surrendering their personal approaches or altering the deep-rooted foundations they have built-in their present communities. 


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ACE Endico says “thank you” to all educators by offering $25 off orders, lunch box essentials and next day delivery!

ACE Endico says “thank you” to all educators by offering $25 off orders. Use promo code SCHOOL25.

School is in session and it’s a challenging year for both students and teachers. ACE Endico To Go can ease the back to school stress by delivering lunch box essentials (single-serve snacks and drinks) directly to your door! 

When COVID-19 hit, ACE Endico sprung into action and began delivering its top quality products to homes throughout Westchester and Connecticut.  Choose from over 2,000 items on newly launched Ace Endico To Go and your groceries will be delivered the next day (and it’s free if you spend $200 or more!) 

ACE ENDICO wants to assure you that their drivers are wearing gloves, and using sanitizing wipes and disinfectant sprays between deliveries. 

Ace Endico, a family-owned business that began with humble roots in a small garage in Mt. Vernon, New York in 1982  is now the leading regional food purveyor and foodservice distributor in the Northeast, employing over 400 employees!

To place your order, click HERE (and if you're a teacher, use promo code SCHOOL25 for $25 off!)

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ACT of Connecticut Reopens this Fall with "The Last Five Years"

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is thrilled to reopen this fall with The Last Five Years, a spellbinding, emotionally powerful and intimate musical. After being granted special permission to livestream this production, ACT patrons will have the option to either attend this production in person or from the comfort of their own home.

Purchase tickets HERE.

Like most other not-for-profit regional theatres, ACT closed its doors in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ACT’s leadership has worked closely and tirelessly with all agencies responsible for reopening in order to implement a comprehensive safety, health and return plan. We can’t wait to invite our patrons safely back to ACT after seven months of an “extended intermission”!

The Last Five Years is a modern 90-minute musical that has enraptured audiences around the world with its spellbinding and emotional score. This musical ingeniously chronicles the five-year relationship between two New Yorkers: Cathy, a struggling actress, played by Katie Diamond (Jersey Boys, The Pirate Queen), and Jamie, a budding novelist, played by Daniel C. Levine (Les Miz, The Rocky Horror Show, Jesus Christ Superstar). The Last Five Years is told through an unconventional structure in which Cathy tells her story in reverse-chronological order (beginning the show at the end of their marriage), while Jamie's is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple has met for the first time).

With book, music and lyrics by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County, Honeymoon in Vegas, 13), the musical was adapted into a film in 2014, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. The Last Five Yearswill be music directed and conducted by ACT’s Resident Music Supervisor, Bryan Perri (Jagged Little Pill, Wicked and the upcoming Almost Famous). TIME Magazine named The Last Five Years one of the ten best shows of 2001.

“We could not be more excited to reopen ACT with this gem of a musical”, says Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine. “The Last Five Years is a show that I have loved since it’s premiere Off-Broadway in the early 2000’s. This is the perfect two-character musical for us to produce at this moment in time. The Last Five Years has one of the most poignant and exciting scores written in this century, and I cannot wait to share this show with our audiences.”

Katie Diamond, Executive Director adds, “We are so excited to welcome our patrons back to ACT this fall. We understand that some of our audience members may prefer to watch this production from their living room, and so we are thrilled to be able to offer this unique livestream opportunity. As we enter our 3rd season, we are so grateful to all who have supported us and look forward to welcoming new audiences to Ridgefield.”

The Last Five Years will be performed at ACT of Connecticut from October 28th through November 15th, with both limited in-person seating and livestream tickets available. Click HERE to purchase.

Performance dates and times: Wednesdays at 7pm, Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 7pm. All ticketing for The Last Five Years will be handled by the ACT box office. Please call or email the box office: 475-215-5497 /

ACT’s comprehensive re-opening protocols include (but are not limited to) daily sanitization and cleaning of the building, virtual purchasing and e-ticketing procedures, limited seating capacity in the theatre and e-commerce concession ordering with in-seat delivery. For the safety of our guests, employees and community, ACT will provide hand sanitizer stations throughout and require that face masks be worn by all staff and audience members. Please visit our website for more information (

About ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded in 2018, and led by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known musicals, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers in the newly renovated Diamond Properties Performing Arts Center and Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium. In addition to fully produced mainstage productions, ACT of CT hosts an annual new works series, a “Broadway Unplugged” series, and an extensive education program including individual training, masterclasses, summer camp, professional workshops, and a year round conservatory program for high school students. ACT of Connecticut is dedicated to inspiring, creating and nurturing a diverse and equitable environment for its staff, creative teams, cast, musicians, crew members and audiences. For more information about ACT of CT to purchase tickets and to learn more about ACT’s programs, please visit

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Greenwich COVID-19 Community Relief Fund Issues Grants to Children’s Day School, Filling in the Blanks, Jewish Family Services, Liberation Programs and YWCA

The Greenwich United Way fund has provided nearly $500,000 of aid to 20 organizations.
GREENWICH, Conn., September 3, 2020 – The Greenwich United Way’s Greenwich COVID-19 Community Relief Fund issued new grants to Children’s Day School and Liberation Programs and second grants to Filling in the Blanks, Jewish Family Services and YWCA. The fund has now provided nearly $500,000 of aid across 20 organizations helping Greenwich residents in need.
“The early childhood industry has faced unprecedented financial strain as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and CDS is no exception,” said Carly Adames, Executive Director of Children’s Day School. “Our goal is to provide the safest possible environment for young children. Clean air quality and ventilation is essential as children in our early learning program are too young to wear masks and are within close proximity of each other. With this grant we can enhance our health and safety protocols by providing KN95 masks for our educators and air purification for classrooms at our Riverside and Glenville campuses. We are grateful for the United Way's support during these extraordinary times.”
Earlier grants were issued to Abilis, Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Building One Community, Caritas of Port Chester, Community Centers, Inc. of Greenwich (CCI), Family Centers, Filling in the Blanks, Food Rescue US, the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell, the Jewish Family Services, Kids In Crisis, Meals On Wheels, Neighbor to Neighbor, Pathways, PTAC, River House, Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG), and YWCA of Greenwich.
“When we started this fund, none of us could have imagined that six months later we would still be in the thick of the pandemic, with no more certainty and stability than we had at the onset,” said David Rabin, CEO of Greenwich United Way. “At challenging times like this when everyone is impacted at some level, we are the sole organization that has the capabilities to help the most residents of Greenwich. We remain steadfast in our dedication to our neighbors and will continue to do all we can to help those in town who need it most.”
The Greenwich COVID-19 Community Relief Fund provides disaster relief and recovery efforts for Greenwich residents experiencing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The GUW Board of Directors and Grants Committee volunteers continue to review proposals from local agencies, conducting a deep dive into each organization’s financials, and assessing the specific recovery-related needs. Grant applications are still being accepted for non-profit local agencies supporting relevant relief efforts and can be submitted to GUW’s Director of Community Impact, Robert Moore at Donations can be made to the fund here.
About Greenwich United Way
The Greenwich United Way (GUW) shares a name with approximately 1,200 other similar organizations across the nation, although the Greenwich, Connecticut division is a privately incorporated, locally governed, nonprofit agency. As a volunteer-driven organization, the Greenwich United Way exists to help identify and address the health, educational and self-sufficiency needs specific to its local community and to create and affect meaningful, lasting solutions. Through various fundraising efforts and on-going research, the organization is able to directly grant the funds necessary to accomplish this goal. The Greenwich United Way also invests in and conducts collaborative efforts to address broad-based community needs with partnering nonprofit agencies. For more information, visit, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
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Virtual Bruce Presents: Curator, Collector, Critic, Creator: What is ‘Contemporary Art’ Today?

To understand the world of contemporary art, think of the artist as the hub, with an array of stakeholders—among them, curators, collectors, critics—as the spokes. Each has a stake in the other; together, they’re a symbiotic ecosystem in which artistic insight, social prestige, and great wealth hang in the balance. 

Join a fascinating conversation between a major contemporary artist and the professionals whose livelihoods are linked to their work on Thursday, September 10, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, when the Bruce Museum hosts a Zoom webinar: Curator, Collector, Critic, Creator: What Is 'Contemporary Art' Today?

Participation in the Bruce Presents virtual program, for the benefit of the Bruce Museum, is $25 for Museum members, $35 non-members. Reservation link is provided below or call 203-869-0376; a link to join the conversation on Zoom will be sent to registered attendees one hour prior to the program. Support for Bruce Presents, the Bruce Museum’s monthly series featuring thought leaders in the fields of art and science, is generously provided by Northern Trust and Berkley One, a Berkley Company.

Artist and author Joe Fig.

Central to the September 10 discussion about contemporary art today is Joe Fig, an artist and author known for work that explores the artistic creative process and the spaces where art is made. His paintings, sculptures, and photographs have been exhibited at the Bass Museum of Art, the Bruce Museum, Chazen Museum of Art, Fleming Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Orlando Museum of Art, Parrish Art Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Toledo Museum of Art. His work can be found in numerous private and museum collections, including the Bruce Museum. Author of the critically acclaimed Inside the Painter's Studio and Inside the Artist's Studio, Fig is currently the Chair of Fine Arts and Visual Studies at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota. 

Fig’s exhibition of new paintings, entitled Contemplation, opens at the Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York Cityon September 1, and continues through October 17.

Chronicling the artist’s travels across the country, the paintings in Contemplation present versions of a similar scene: people looking at art. Some are in galleries, others in museums. Settings run the gamut from crowded blockbuster shows where the visitors take prominence, to quiet and intimate portraits of an individual completely absorbed in an artwork. 

This series of works began in 2016 as an exploration of an ongoing, routine activity for members of the art-loving public. In the era of COVID-19, it has taken on a sense of melancholy and nostalgia, pitted against the backdrop of a pandemic. Images that once communicated open-ended moments of rumination are now charged with a sense of loss. In Fig's words, “It will never be the same again.”

With her deep familiarity with Fig’s body of work and global perspective on the contemporary art market, Cristin Tierney lends expert insight to this conversation. Tierney has owned a contemporary art gallery in New York City since 2010 and has served as an advisor to a number of private collectors and institutions since 2000. Prior to founding her advisory firm, she was a consultant for many years at Christie's Auction House. Tierney has also served on the boards and committees of numerous non-profit organizations, including Reynolda House Museum of American Art and the Lower East Side Printshop. She has a Master's Degree from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and has taught graduate-level seminars at NYU on the history of the art market as well as undergraduate art history. 

For more about the panelists, click here.

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Greenwich Historical Society’s Popular Music on the Great Lawn Concert Series Continues September 3 with Jazz

Kick off the long Labor Day weekend with the Vinny Nobile Jazz Alliance concert on Thursday, September 3, featuring some of the best jazz musicians in the area.

Bring a picnic and lawn chairs for an enjoyable evening of traditional to modern jazz, perfect for easy listening at dusk. The jazz alliance is led by Greenwich residents Vinny Nobile, Trombone and Vocals, and Neal Spitzer, Tenor Sax. For more than 20 years, they have kept jazz music thriving in the tri-state area, performing at clubs and restaurants to enthusiastic crowds. They are joined by Old Greenwich native Tod Hedrick on Bass, Amed Kharem on Drums and Dave Childs on Piano.

Grounds open at 5:30 pm, the concert starts at 6:30 pm. Registration is required. Free for members; $20 for non-members or $25 to include a full year membership discounted at 50% or $50 for a full year family membership for four discounted at 50%. For more information and to register:, or call 203/869-6899.

Location: Greenwich Historical Society campus
47 Strickland Rd. Cos Cob, CT

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Bruce Museum Science Solvers: Pine Cone Lab

Science Solvers: Pine Cone Lab at Bruce Museum November 9 & 10, 1-3 pm

Stop by the Bruce and learn about our science exhibitions with this drop-in, hands-on program. Every other weekend families will be able to get interactive with science from hands-on activities to different challenges that vary in science topics. This activity is for children ages 4 and up as well as their caregivers.

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OrthoConnecticut and RVNAhealth present “When to Say When” — a panel discussion on joint replacement surgery

Hosted virtually by the Ridgefield Library on Thursday, September 10, the presentation helps potential surgery patients understand if they are ready and what to expect. 

The decision to have elective surgery is never an easy one and joint replacement surgeries are no exception. Many factors — including pain level, range of motion, strength, stability, age, lifestyle, alternative therapeutic options, comfort with surgery — contribute to the decision and the timing.

In “When to Say When: Am I Ready for a Joint Replacement?,” John Dunleavy, M.D., Total Joint Specialist, and Hip and Knee surgeon with OrthoConnecticut, and Gigi Weiss, MSPT, Director of Rehabilitation Services at RVNAhealth, highlight the decision-making process as well as discuss the before, during and after of joint replacement surgeries.

The panel discussion is being hosted virtually by the Ridgefield Library on Thursday, September 10 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Attendees may register at the Ridgefield Library website. To learn more, please contact RVNAhealth at 203-438-5555 x1033 or

About the Presenters

RVNAhealth and OrthoConnecticut are frequent partners in the treatment and care of joint replacement patients, with OrthoConnecticut performing life-changing surgeries to restore mobility and strength, and RVNAhealth working with patients before and after surgery to optimize their treatment and help ensure a successful recovery.

John Dunleavy, M.D, Total Joint Specialist, Hip & Knee Surgeon, OrthoConnecticut

Specialty Areas: joint replacement surgery, total hip replacement, total and partial knee replacement, complex hip and knee reconstruction or revision, minimally invasive hip and knee replacement techniques, customized knee replacement, geriatric, and general trauma.

Dr. Dunleavy is an educator in the field and speaks regularly on joint replacement topics, including state-of-the-art technique and treatment. He is board-certified and fellowship-trained through the Harvard Adult Reconstructive Surgery program and is a member of the AAHKS (American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons)., 203.797.1500

Gigi Weiss, MSPT, Director of Rehabilitation Services, RVNAhealth

As director of rehabilitation services, Georgette Gugliotta Weiss, MSPT, CDP, CKTP, —otherwise known as Gigi —oversees both RVNAhealth’s in-home care and outpatient rehabilitation therapists. In this role, she supports clinicians in the field, and manages the RVNAhealth Rehabilitation & Wellness Center.

Gigi has extensive experience working in acute care, acute rehabilitation, and outpatient services at Norwalk Hospital. After seven years at a local outpatient physical therapy center, she joined RVNAhealth as a per diem home care therapist, and in 2010 was promoted to her current position., 203-438-5555

]]> (Nancy Rowe) Events Mon, 31 Aug 2020 12:21:19 -0400
Drunk on the pursuit of perfection: how golfers poison their minds and stunt their growth as players

Last week, I was working on the range at GPC National with one of our Elite Academy players and Dennis Hillman, the Director of Instruction at GPC. The player, who was growing increasingly frustrated by the results of the shots he was hitting, shared with Dennis and I that he was getting upset because he wasn’t hitting the ball perfectly every time. Now, the easy response would have been to say, “no one hits it perfectly every time,” to try and immediately soothe the discomfort of the player, However, Dennis said something different that struck me as profound. He said to the student, “I get it. That feeling that comes from hitting the perfect golf shot is intoxicating. I know, I’ve chased it many times myself.”

Dennis’ response struck me as profound for two reasons: The first reason was his ability to join with the student. As great coaches so often do, Dennis was able to empathize with the student, meeting them where they were at rather than try and fix something. Empathy from a coach is a wonderful way to create a clearing for learning and Dennis is masterful at it. The second reason was Dennis’ use of the word “intoxicating”. As a firm believer in the power of words, I looked up its definition. Although we often associate the word “intoxicating” with the euphoric effects of alcohol, or some other drug or ethereal experience, the original meaning of the word actually means “to poison”. Unbeknownst to the student, it was this meaning of the word that Dennis intended with his comment. 

In theory, the pursuit of perfection in itself is not a problem. One could argue it is necessary to achieve greatness. In fact, the sports science literature refers to elite athletes as having “productive perfectionism” in that they have very high standards, but importantly, they know they will make mistakes, and with a growth mindset, view those mistakes as opportunities to learn. The problem comes, as with our Elite Academy player discussed above, when the pursuit of perfection becomes counterproductive. In this case, the athlete fears and resents mistakes and doesn’t see them as opportunities to learn, rather, they see them as indicators of failure. When we pursue perfection in this way, we poison our minds with the limiting thoughts like “unless I’m perfect, I’m not good enough”. This type of fixed mindset will no doubt stunt your growth as a player and set you up for a life-time of disappointment and frustration. 

Remember, the object of the game of golf is to get the ball in the hole in as few strokes as possible. It doesn’t say it needs to be pretty. As Ben Hogan famously said, “This is a game of misses. The guy who misses the best is going to win.” 

Learn more about the Golf Performance Center by visiting their website here.

]]> ( Dr. Josh Brant, GPC's Clinical Psychologist ) Neighbors Sat, 29 Aug 2020 04:38:37 -0400