Coscob's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob Tue, 07 Jul 2020 19:00:33 -0400 HamletHub.com Strawberry Fields Forever: Your Guide to Berry Picking in CT, Summer 2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5653-strawberry-fields-forever-your-guide-to-berry-picking-in-ct-summer-20205653-strawberry-fields-forever-your-guide-to-berry-picking-in-ct-summer-2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5653-strawberry-fields-forever-your-guide-to-berry-picking-in-ct-summer-20205653-strawberry-fields-forever-your-guide-to-berry-picking-in-ct-summer-2020

Are you looking for a fun summer activity that is also safe for your family during the pandemic? Try berry picking! It is a great outdoor activity where families can remain socially distanced from one another while also getting to pick their very own sweet treats. Connecticut has many farms open and ready to welcome your family for a fun day of berry picking. See below for descriptions of some farms in the area including their hours of operation, products, COVID-19 protocols, and additional information. 

Recently, the van der Beek family enjoyed a fun-filled day of berry picking at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT (see below). Mirelle van der Beek shared that her children ate most of the berries before the days end! She also shared that the farm was extremely well-equipped to safely serve the numerous families that visited that day. The farm enforced social distancing and mask-wearing while waiting in line but allowed masks to be taken in the fields while families were completely separated from one another in the fields. The van der Beek children picked three full baskets of strawberries and shared that “it was fantastic!” 

Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm located in Sharon, CT and is open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. For the Summer 2020 season, you can expect …

  • Strawberries from mid-June to early July

  • Cherries, weather permitting, from late June to mid-July

  • Raspberries from early July to mid-August

  • Plums for the entire month of July

  • Blueberries from early July to early September 

  • Peaches from mid-July to mid-August

Please visit Ellsworth’s website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, schedule updates, recipes, directions, and a brief history of the property. 

Evergreen Berry Farm located in Watertown, CT expects its Summer 2020 Harvest to begin July 7th (today!). Masks will be required at the Weigh Station and social distancing is required in the fields. The season is starting off with blueberries from July to August. Black raspberries will be available from early to mid-July and red raspberries in early July and early September. The farm will be open from 8 AM to 8 PM every day starting July 7th to early August, however, please check their website as hours are subject to change. Visit Evergreen Berry Farm’s website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, directions, recipes, the history of the farm, and much more!

Jones Family Farm in Shelton, CT is home to berry fields, a winery, and The Harvest Kitchen studio. The farm offers strawberries and blueberries during the summer months, pumpkins in the fall, and Christmas trees come winter. In concern with COVID-19, the farm requires masks while waiting in lines, social distancing, and also requires online reservations. Visit the Jone’s Family Farm website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, recipes, directions, schedule updates, and the history of the farm.

Litchfield Hill Blueberry Farm located in Plymouth, CT opens tomorrow, July 8th, at 8:00 AM for the 2020 Season. Masks will be mandatory under the Pavilion. Their weekly hours are as follows: Tuesday - Friday: 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 9 am to 4 pm, and they are closed on Mondays. The farm is open rain or shine with the exception of thunderstorms. Please visit the Litchfield Farm website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, COVID-19 protocols, directions, recipes, and more!

Silverman’s Farm located in Easton, CT is open for the blueberry and raspberry season. Peaches are expected to be ready mid-July. This farm also is home to some furry friends whom you can visit at their animal farm (following their updated guidelines in concern with COVID-19). The farm is open 7 days a week. The market is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Animal Farm is 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (restrictions apply please visit our Animal Farm page for more information). Raspberry picking is available from 9 AM - 4 PM. Blueberry picking is open from 9 AM-5 PM. As always, please call ahead of time for updates and visit the website for additional information, recipes, rules, and much more.

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zuzuhecht23@gmail.com (Sara Hecht) Neighbors Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:47:18 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Greenwich (Reimagined): The Perfect Provenance https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5646-why-small-businesses-matter-in-greenwich-reimagined-the-perfect-provenance5646-why-small-businesses-matter-in-greenwich-reimagined-the-perfect-provenance https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5646-why-small-businesses-matter-in-greenwich-reimagined-the-perfect-provenance5646-why-small-businesses-matter-in-greenwich-reimagined-the-perfect-provenance

Why Small Businesses Matter Reimagined

Small businesses matter - now more than ever. They are answering the call with innovation and determination like never before.

We hope you join us in supporting them by sharing their story far and wide and shopping local! We are thankful to Fairfield County Bank for their continued support and making this series possible.

Step inside The Perfect Provenance

Four questions with Lisa Lori, founder of The Perfect Provenance. 

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What do you want the community to know? Are there ways for the community to help you and other local businesses to prosper?

The biggest way you are can support local business is simply to shop or eat, every dollar counts and helps to employ members of the community and continue to sell our goods and services. It sounds simple but doing so consistently is what will keep people in the business.

Are you offering any new products or ways for customers to purchase your products or services that are popular during this crisis?

For our Cafe 47 -- we are now open for our outdoor dining breakfast and lunch, offer curbside pick up and delivery on Grubhub, Doordash, or Ubereats. We also offer a great Take Home Catering Menu so you can enjoy our restaurant at home. For our store, we also offer curbside, online shopping and delivery within 5 miles -- you can call ahead and also book a private time to shop if that makes you more comfortable. We are offering promotions weekly, great sales, and offers. If clients sign up for our weekly Curator's Club email or follow us on social media, they can find lots of great options!

Are there certain individuals or organizations that supported you and your business through this trying time?

Yes!! So many people -- some clients supported us through weekly restaurant orders for first responders, others supported us by shopping for all their gifts for birthdays, graduations at a time when they really didn't need to shop but wanted to help us. It has been amazing!

Please share the ways your business is adapting to keep your customers and employees safe in addition to the standard guidelines

At present, we are not doing indoor dining because we are just not comfortable yet, but we have expanded our outdoor dining and our catering options which have been really popular. We also launched a personal shopping service and can help clients shop from home, try things on, and select what they would like. We are so grateful for all the support we have received!

We are open in Greenwich for shopping and outdoor dining, curbside and take out. Our parking lot on Grigg Street is available through Arch Street. Please call us with any questions. We are opening at 30 Main Street in Tiburon, California on June 23rd.

The Perfect Provenance is located at 47 Arch Street in Greenwich. Visit The Perfect Provenance online here or give them a call at (203) 900-1131

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

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kerry@ducey.org (Dan) Places Tue, 07 Jul 2020 12:47:30 -0400
GPC and Ethan Allen Prep Athletes Complete Week 1 of Summer Achieve Program, Play at Salem Country Club, GPC National https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5652-gpc-and-ethan-allen-prep-athletes-complete-week-1-of-summer-achieve-program-play-at-salem-country-club-gpc-national5652-gpc-and-ethan-allen-prep-athletes-complete-week-1-of-summer-achieve-program-play-at-salem-country-club-gpc-national https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5652-gpc-and-ethan-allen-prep-athletes-complete-week-1-of-summer-achieve-program-play-at-salem-country-club-gpc-national5652-gpc-and-ethan-allen-prep-athletes-complete-week-1-of-summer-achieve-program-play-at-salem-country-club-gpc-national

The Golf Performance Center and Ethan Allen Prep Kick off Summer Session #1

The first week of The Golf Performance Center’s Summer Achieve program is now complete!  The athletes have been training at GPC, playing GPC National, playing rounds at Salem Country Club and enjoying meals, recreational time and enrichment at Ethan Allen Prep (EAP) and Main Campus.  This year, new guidelines have been put in place to strictly adhere to the CT State guidelines relative to COVID-19 safety protocols.

The Ethan Allen Prep team has led dynamic enrichment exercises designed to get the athletes thinking about who they are as humans and their goals as student-athletes.  The collective mood of each of the groups is very positive as they are fully engaged in golf, enrichment, and recreational activities.  The food, provided by Raffaelle Gallo of the renowned Gallo Restaurant in Ridgefield, has been excellent and the athletes cannot get enough of it. The program is off to a great start illustrating that if you provide a balance of hard work and fun in a positive environment, kids will thrive. 

Next week, athletes ages 14+ will have the opportunity to participate in SAT prep, college essay and resume writing workshops led by Ethan Allen Prep faculty.

Session 1 is full but limited space is still available in session 2 of GPC’s Summer Achieve program, beginning on July 27.

For more information, visit www.thegolfperformancecenter.com/summerachieve

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kerry@ducey.org (GPC) Neighbors Mon, 06 Jul 2020 11:28:32 -0400
Connecticut DMV resumes select testing and registration services https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/component/content/article/2-uncategorised/5651-connecticut-dmv-resumes-select-testing-and-registration-services5651-connecticut-dmv-resumes-select-testing-and-registration-services https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/component/content/article/2-uncategorised/5651-connecticut-dmv-resumes-select-testing-and-registration-services5651-connecticut-dmv-resumes-select-testing-and-registration-services

DMV resumes select testing and registration services

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has resumed road testing services for driver’s licenses, as well as new vehicle registrations at select DMV locations. Knowledge testing for motorcycle learner’s permits is slated to resume on July 7, 2020 on DMV’s Bridgeport and Waterbury locations.

The DMV began collaborating with driving schools on June 23, in an effort to reduce its backlog created by the COVID-19 pandemic, and was able to schedule nearly 1,000 road tests through June 30. Customers whose appointments were canceled due to the pandemic are encouraged to reschedule their appointments.

The expansion of DMV services comes on the heels of the department’s reopening on June 23. The DMV now requires appointments for all services. To schedule an appointment, utilize the following links:

For more information, read the press release issued today by the DMV.

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Uncategorised Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:41:56 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Greenwich (Reimagined): Yoga By Danit https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5645-why-small-businesses-matter-in-greenwich-reimagined-yoga-by-danit5645-why-small-businesses-matter-in-greenwich-reimagined-yoga-by-danit https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5645-why-small-businesses-matter-in-greenwich-reimagined-yoga-by-danit5645-why-small-businesses-matter-in-greenwich-reimagined-yoga-by-danit

Why Small Businesses Matter Reimagined

Small businesses matter - now more than ever. They are answering the call with innovation and determination like never before.

We hope you join us in supporting them by sharing their story far and wide and shopping local! We are thankful to Fairfield County Bank for their continued support and making this series possible.

Step inside Yoga By Danit

Four questions with Danit Schreiber, founder of Yoga By Danit. 

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What do you want the community to know? Are there ways for the community to help you and other local businesses to prosper?

We want the community to know that we are continuously working to find ways to keep our students safe while offering both in-person and virtual options. We can offer new services immediately as regulations change without sacrificing safety. We wrote down some of our ideas on how to manage a small business in the time of Covid-19 in our blog here.

Are you offering any new products or ways for customers to purchase your products or services that are popular during this crisis?

We created a virtual studio that enabled students to view classes basically on demand. As we entered Phase I, we were able to move our studio outdoors into a private garden where people can practice safely in a beautiful and private environment.

Are there certain individuals or organizations that supported you and your business through this trying time?

We have to thank our students for their support and flexibility. We also wanted to thank the Stanton House Inn for hosting us and Fred Astaire Dance studios for their support and flexibility.

Please share the ways your business is adapting to keep your customers and employees safe in addition to the standard guidelines

The best way to keep people safe is to keep them outdoors in the fresh air while maintaining social distancing, which is why we offer our entire schedule outdoors. We also continue to offer classes on a video-on-demand basis for people who are at risk or for other reasons cannot join us outdoors to practice.

Visit Yoga By Danit online here.

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

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kerry@ducey.org (Dan) Places Thu, 02 Jul 2020 06:46:18 -0400
Food donation to feed hundreds of Connecticut and New York families https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5650-food-donation-to-feed-hundreds-of-connecticut-and-new-york-families5650-food-donation-to-feed-hundreds-of-connecticut-and-new-york-families https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5650-food-donation-to-feed-hundreds-of-connecticut-and-new-york-families5650-food-donation-to-feed-hundreds-of-connecticut-and-new-york-families

During the height of Connecticut’s coronavirus pandemic, a generous community supported Greenwich Hospital as residents and business owners came together to deliver 17,000 meals to healthcare workers. 

Now it’s Greenwich Hospital’s turn to give back.

On Wednesday, Greenwich Hospital donated thousands of pounds of food to two community food banks: Neighbor to Neighbor in Greenwich and Caritas of Port Chester in New York. The food drive was organized by the Greenwich Hospital Diversity and Inclusion Council and all the food was donated by thankful hospital employees.

“The community response to the public health crisis has been incredible and heartwarming,” said Norman Roth, Greenwich Hospital’s chief executive officer. “This food donation is our way of thanking the community for supporting our healthcare workers during this unprecedented time. We will never forget their acts of kindness and generosity.”

“We are fortunate to be a part of an amazingly thoughtful community,” said Margaret Goldberg, Neighbor to Neighbor executive director. “We continue our good work knowing we are a catalyst for neighbors to help one another. The record number of unemployed and underemployed, those working but barely able to make ends meet, and families facing financial crisis for the first time – all need Neighbor to Neighbor to help feed their families and maintain a basic quality of life that assures their dignity and respect. Greenwich Hospital is a vital partner to the health and well-being of the Greenwich community and we are grateful.”

Demand for food has grown ten-fold since the start of the pandemic, said Patricia Hart, treasurer of the Caritas board of directors. “The number of unemployed, underemployed and those sheltering in place have swelled the ranks of those who were already experiencing food insecurity,” she said. Caritas typically provides 4,000 meals a month at its community dining room and supplies groceries, meat and fresh produce to nearly 400 families through its pantry. In contrast, Caritas distributed 12,000 meals in June.

“This food drive donation will be used immediately to fill the hundreds of grocery bags and prepared meals we deliver to homes every week,” Hart said. “Community support is always essential. But during these difficult times, this donation from Greenwich Hospital employees is a visible and tangible sign of concern and care for our neighbors in need.”

Caption: Greenwich Hospital donated thousands of pounds of food to Neighbor to Neighbor in Greenwich and Caritas of Port Chester in New York. Pictured here with the food donation (l-r): Marc Kosak, SVP, Operations, Greenwich Hospital; Margaret Goldberg, executive director, Neighbor to Neighbor; Norman Roth, CEO, Greenwich Hospital; Patricia Hart, treasurer, Caritas of Port Chester; Duncan Lawson, operations coordinator, Neighbor to Neighbor; Diane Kelly, President, Greenwich Hospital; and Anna Cerra, SVP, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer, Greenwich Hospital.

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kerry@ducey.org (Magaly Olivero) Charities Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:01:37 -0400
Swim Across America Fairfield County Pivots Annual Open Water Swim to A Virtual Personal Challenge https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5649-saa-fc-personal-challenge-20205649-saa-fc-personal-challenge-2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5649-saa-fc-personal-challenge-20205649-saa-fc-personal-challenge-2020

In recognition of these challenging times and the need to keep swimmers, volunteers, boaters and supporters safe due to COVID-19, Swim Across America Fairfield County has pivoted to a virtual fundraising event — a Swim Across America Fairfield County Personal Challenge 2020.

While these times are filled with uncertainty, one thing remains true: groundbreaking cancer research still needs funding to save lives. That’s where Swim Across America Fairfield County comes in to help #makewaves to #fightcancer by raising crucial funds to supports its local Fairfield County beneficiary, the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT). Registration is only $25 per person and can be made at swimacrossamerica.org/fc.

The Swim Across America “Personal Challenge” can include walking, running, playing golf, kayaking, biking, dancing, climbing, volunteering, and of course, swimming. Any activity counts! Every age can participate — as an individual, team or family. The Swim Across America Fairfield County Personal Challenge 2020 event starts immediately and runs all summer. Each participant will receive a 2020 commemorative T-shirt, which will be available for pick-up later in the summer at a “socially-distanced” event. Progress of each participant’s Personal Challenge will be tracked and miles or hours logged online which will take participants “Coast to Coast” across the United States on a virtual map, showing how much progress is being made.

Every 15 minutes, 50 Americans are diagnosed with cancer. In 2020 alone, it is estimated that 1.8 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed and there will be 606,520 cancer deaths in the U.S. These staggering statistics offer compelling proof of the need to continue devising new approaches to treatment. Whether it is through swimming, volunteering, donating or cheering on loved ones, Swim Across America Fairfield County welcomes anyone and everyone who wants to be a part of the fight against cancer. 

Established in 2008, the Swim Across America Fairfield County event has donated $4.165 million in its 13 previous years for its local Fairfield County-based beneficiary, Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. One hundred percent of funds contributed by Swim Across America to ACGT go directly to crucial cancer gene therapy research. This year’s ACGT Swim Across America grant recipient is Noriyuki Kasahara, MD, PhD, at the Brain Tumor Center at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Kasahara is conducting a clinical trial using virotherapy for brain cancer.

“I am extremely grateful to ACGT and Swim Across America for funding this next phase of our work,” says Dr. Kasahara. “At a time when federal funding has become scarce, it’s wonderful and inspiring to see organizations like ACGT and Swim Across America step up to support the potential of innovative science. Together, we will continue our fight to find better ways to help cancer patients.”

Event co-chair Michele Graham, is a parent of a young adult cancer survivor. Her daughter Nicole was diagnosed with leukemia in 2013 at the age of 16. After a relapse in 2018, she underwent a successful bone marrow transplant to treat the disease. “We all have a personal connection to cancer. We all know and love someone who will be impacted by it. Swim Across America Fairfield County is a way that everyone can join together to make a difference. It is more than a cause, it is a movement. Everyone can help make waves in the fight against cancer.”

Nancy Carr, co-chair of the open water event, was planning on swimming for the first time for her team “Bonnie’s Buddies,” in honor of her friend Bonnie Bancroft of Old Greenwich, Connecticut, who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in February of this year. “Bonnie embodied everything good and right in the world and made each of us want to be a better person,” noted Nancy. "In the words of some of her friends, Bonnie was ‘class, elegance, sunshine, kindness and fun personified.’ We are all richer for having known her.” In lieu of swimming, Nancy and her team have challenged themselves to walk 20 Fairfield County towns in Bonnie’s memory. 

Swim Across America is a national organization and offers 21 open water swims from Boston Harbor to under the Golden Gate Bridge, and more than 100 pool swim fundraisers across the country. Its roots are firmly anchored in Connecticut and along the shores of Long Island Sound, with Darien, Connecticut, resident Matt Vossler and his lifelong friend and college roommate Jeff Keith, who founded Swim Across America in 1987. Throughout its years, Swim Across America has raised more than $85 million in the fight against cancer. More than 100 Olympians support Swim Across America, including Michael Phelps, Craig Beardsley, Donna De Varona (a Greenwich resident and honorary Fairfield County co-chair), Rowdy Gaines, Janel Jorgensen McArdle (who grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut), Bobby Hackett, Ryan Lochte, Glenn Mills, Christina Teuscher (who participates in the Fairfield County event) and many more.

To learn more about Swim Across America Fairfield County and to register for the Swim Across America Personal Challenge 2020, visit swimacrossamerica.org/fc.

About Swim Across America

Swim Across America, Inc. (SAA) is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events. With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, Swim Across America is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service. To learn more visit swimacrossamerica.org/fairfieldcounty or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @SAAFairfieldCo or email michele@swimacrossamerica.org or nancycarr@swimacrossamerica.org.

Photo Caption: 

Swim Across America Fairfield County is holding a virtual Personal Challenge fundraiser event in lieu of its open water swim this summer. Individuals and families can create their own “personal challenge” and fundraise around it. Swim Across America Fairfield County co-chair Michele Graham and her family have created the “Graham Fam Olympics” where they will be competing against each other in all 33 sports of the Olympics.  Pictured are: Marissa Graham (front row); Nicole Graham, Michele Graham and Bruce Graham (2nd row); and Clayton Graham, Liz Karnes and Chris Kostoglou (3rd row).

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kerry@ducey.org (Swim Across America Fairfield County) Charities Tue, 30 Jun 2020 08:39:29 -0400
Greenwich Art Society proudly presents The Art of Carol Dixon https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5648-the-art-of-carol-dixon5648-the-art-of-carol-dixon https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5648-the-art-of-carol-dixon5648-the-art-of-carol-dixon

The Greenwich Art Society proudly presents The Art of Carol Dixon”, an exhibition comprised of paintings and mixed media collages from the artist’s personal collection.  From June 15 to October 2, 2020 at the Garden Café at Greenwich Hospital.  On view weekdays 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.  Located at 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich, CT

Carol Dixon was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY where she lived until 1972 when she moved to Old Greenwich, CT. She is a graduate of Vassar College, from which she received her B.A. Phi Beta Kappa. A major interest there were her courses in Art History. She received an M.A. in history from Columbia University. As a young girl., she took Saturday art courses at Pratt Institute, and during her high school and graduate study years, she took courses in painting at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. Reuben Tam was her most influential teacher there.

Upon moving to Greenwich, she took a Critique Course at the Greenwich Art Society taught by Leo Manso. She has been drawing, painting, making collages,photographing, and embroidering since childhood.  It was her Russia-Born grandmother who taught her to embroider and her grandfather who gave her fabric scraps from his tailor shop to use in collages. She taught courses in AP Art History and Architecture at Greenwich Academy from 1976-2005, where she chaired the Visual Arts Department and the History Department. Since 2005, she has been teaching the Collage Mixed Media Course at the Greenwich Art Society Studio School and co-teaching the Critique and Collaboration Course there with Anna Patalano. She also has been teaching a Drawing Course through Stamford’s adult Education Program. Past President and currently Board member of the Greenwich Art Society, she is also on the Board of the Art Society of Old Greenwich. She is an active member of the Stamford Art Association, a Lifetime Member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists where she served as an artist member  on its Board of Trustees, the National Association of Women Artists where she served on its Operating Board, and the Connecticut Women Artists. She also is a member of the Exhibition and Education Committees of the Greenwich Historical Society and served on the Bruce Museum’s Education Committee.

She has had over forty solo exhibitions, and recently had one-artist shows at the Byram Shubert Library, Nathaniel Witherell Gallery, People’s Bank in Old Greenwich, and the Medical Building at 49 Lake Avenue in Greenwich. Her work was featured at Richard’s in Greenwich during the last Art to the Avenue event sponsored by the Greenwich Arts Council.Her works appear in galleries, museums, corporate headquarters and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. She is the recipient of numerous local, regional, and national awards. Most recently she gained the Dowling Purchase Award at the 2019 Art Society of Old Greenwich Sidewalk Show; the Jerry’s Artarama Award at the Greenwich Art Society’s Summer 2019 Juried Show; a top award at the Greenwich Art Society’s 101st Juried Exhibition from the juror Randall R. Griffey, the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Joyce and Bob Jones Award at the 37th Annual Juried Faber Birren National Color Award Show.

In discussing her art work, Carol says  "I create art because I love to do it, even when struggles are involved. I have been creating art since I was a child, and I like to think that the child in me still appears in the work I do, along with more mature "soul", feeling, intelligence, and often wit, expressed in large part through color, texture, shape, and composition. For me, art needs to convey a personal, original point of view, along with its strong visual elements and well-executed techniques. The pieces I create attempt to capture the essence of my reaction to the world around me. My inspiration comes from my own experiences and emotions, nature, varied cultures, historical eras, and art over the ages -- ranging from Ming Dynasty squares to paintings by Klimt, Kandinsky, and Krasner and collages by Schwitters. My most distinctive works are my small-scaled embroidered collages, which often incorporate contemporary papers, original photos, and found objects into traditional stitchery.

All works can be purchased by contacting the Greenwich Art Society at 203-629-1533 between 9:30 am and 12:30 PM Monday through Friday.

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kerry@ducey.org (Mary Newcomb) Places Mon, 29 Jun 2020 13:26:56 -0400
Fairfield County Financial Services Advisors Receive Certified Social Security Claiming Strategist Designation https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5647-fairfield-county-financial-services-advisors-receive-certified-social-security-claiming-strategist-designation5647-fairfield-county-financial-services-advisors-receive-certified-social-security-claiming-strategist-designation https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5647-fairfield-county-financial-services-advisors-receive-certified-social-security-claiming-strategist-designation5647-fairfield-county-financial-services-advisors-receive-certified-social-security-claiming-strategist-designation

Wilton, CT – June 29 2020: Fairfield County Financial Services is pleased to announce that Stephen Nitz, CFP®, CRC®, Nelson Ehinger, CFP®, RICP®, and Jamie Hunter, are now Certified Social Security Claiming Strategists (CSSCS). Stephen, Nelson, and Jamie successfully passed a rigorous examination after completing the course to earn the CSSCS designation.

The Corporation for Social Security Claiming Strategies is the creator and provider of the training course for the CSSCS designation. The organization is the only comprehensive retirement income training organization in the financial services industry dedicated exclusively to educating professionals on the nuances of Social Security retirement planning.

With corporations eliminating more than 84,000 pension plans since 1985, over a decade of unprecedented and ongoing market volatility, a Social Security system that has over 2,000 filing rules and a government workforce prohibited from dispensing advice, the ability to offer true expertise on the topic of when and how to develop a Social Security filing strategy is paramount to helping retirees remain financially viable throughout retirement.

We congratulate Stephen, Nelson, and Jamie on their accomplishment and welcome anyone at or near retirement to contact them to discuss their planning needs. Learn more about that by clicking here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Neighbors Mon, 29 Jun 2020 06:59:32 -0400
Cos Cob Resident Jack Tulloch Completes Intensive Research Project https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5643-cos-cob-resident-jack-tulloch-completes-intensive-research-project5643-cos-cob-resident-jack-tulloch-completes-intensive-research-project https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5643-cos-cob-resident-jack-tulloch-completes-intensive-research-project5643-cos-cob-resident-jack-tulloch-completes-intensive-research-project

Jack Tulloch of Cos Cob, a member of the class of 2021 majoring in aerospace engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), was a member of a student team that recently completed an intense research project titled Preserving Perspectives. 

At WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to addresses an important societal need or issue. Nearly 90% of students typically complete a project in collaboration with partners in communities across the country and around the world, through the university's 50-plus project centers. Students usually travel to the project center for seven-week terms; this spring, however, due to the global coronavirus pandemic, they worked remotely, using video conferencing and other technology to complete their projects. A signature element of the innovative undergraduate experience at WPI, the project-based curriculum offers students the opportunity to apply their scientific and technical knowledge to develop thoughtful solutions to real problems that affect the quality of people's lives and make a difference before they graduate.

"The WPI project-based curriculum's focus on global studies brings students out of their comfort zones to apply their knowledge to solve real problems for people in communities around the globe," said Professor Kent Rissmiller, interim dean of the WPI Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division. "Students have the opportunity to learn about a different culture, from the way people live and work to the values they hold to the foods they eat - all valuable perspectives for surviving and thriving in today's global marketplace. They also learn the meaning and magic of teamwork; make a real and meaningful difference, and gain a competitive edge for any resume, or graduate or professional school application.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

WPI, a global leader in project-based learning, is a distinctive, top-tier technological university founded in 1865 on the principle that students learn most effectively by applying the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of solving real-world problems. Recognized by the National Academy of Engineering with the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, WPI's pioneering project-based curriculum engages undergraduates in solving important scientific, technological, and societal problems throughout their education and at more than 50 project centers around the world. WPI offers more than 50 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs across 14 academic departments in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Its faculty and students pursue groundbreaking research to meet ongoing challenges in health and biotechnology; robotics and the internet of things; advanced materials and manufacturing; cyber, data, and security systems; learning science; and more. www.wpi.edu

 

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zuzuhecht23@gmail.com (Worcester Polytechnic Institute ) Neighbors Fri, 26 Jun 2020 12:35:54 -0400
Bruce Museum: iCreate H.S. Art Exhibit, June 27-Aug. 2 https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5644-bruce-museum-icreate-h-s-art-exhibit-june-27-aug-25644-bruce-museum-icreate-h-s-art-exhibit-june-27-aug-2 https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5644-bruce-museum-icreate-h-s-art-exhibit-june-27-aug-25644-bruce-museum-icreate-h-s-art-exhibit-june-27-aug-2

GREENWICH, CT — Beginning Saturday, June 27, the Bruce Museum will display the art of high school students from throughout Connecticut, New Jersey and New York in the iCreate 2020 exhibition. This annual juried competition is in its 11th consecutive year and will feature 55 works of fine art selected from 850 submissions, collected from 123 high schools across the region. 

This exhibition highlights an array of works infused with the creative spirit and impactful voices of budding young artists. iCreate serves as an outlet for these emerging artists, amplifying the scope of their pieces’ influence and providing the community a glimpse into local artistic potential. The works are of diverse mediums and explore different themes ranging from critiques of traditional social constructs and playful portraits, to statements regarding race, identity and animal welfare.

On Saturday, June 27, the Bruce celebrates the reopening of its venue after three months of COVID-19 closure, present the 11th year of iCreate and reveal the eight honorees who will be awarded prizes, ranging from $100 to $500, and two Berkley One Awards.

People’s Choice Award will also be determined, with public input, and announced on August 2, 2020. In order to have a voice in the voting process, please make sure to view the video overview of artists participating in the online exhibition, at www.brucemuseum.org. After reviewing, please vote for your favorite artist by sending an email to youthatbruce@gmail.com by 5:00 pm, July 31, 2020.

The Bruce Museum is grateful for exhibition support from the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Berkley One, a W.R. Berkley Company, the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, Susan and Bill Mahoney, and Heidi Brake Smith and Scott M. Smith.

Admission to the Bruce Museum beginning June 27 will be by advance reservation, with timed ticketing to ensure the comfort and safety of visitors and staff. Admission will be free to all visitors upon the Museum’s reopening to the public.

The following hours of operation and admission policy will be in effect starting June 27 until further notice:

9:30 – 10:30 am, Tuesday through Sunday: The Museum is open only to self-selected individuals over the age of 65 or who are immunocompromised.

10:30 – 11:30 am, Tuesday through Sunday: The Bruce is pleased to welcome Museum members only for one hour of special access.

All remaining Museum hours are unchanged. To reserve a timed ticket to visit the Bruce Museum, visit www.brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376.

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kerry@ducey.org (Scott Smith ) Places Fri, 26 Jun 2020 08:00:32 -0400
Bruce Museum Opens iCreate Exhibition of High School Artists https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/5642-bruce-museum-opens-icreate-exhibition-of-high-school-artists5642-bruce-museum-opens-icreate-exhibition-of-high-school-artists https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/5642-bruce-museum-opens-icreate-exhibition-of-high-school-artists5642-bruce-museum-opens-icreate-exhibition-of-high-school-artists

Beginning Saturday, June 27, the Bruce Museum will display the art of high school students throughout Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York in the iCreate 2020 exhibition. This annual juried competition is in its 11th consecutive year and will feature 55 works of fine art selected from 850 submissions, collected from 123 high schools across the region. 

This exhibition highlights an array of works infused with the creative spirit and impactful voices of budding young artists. iCreate serves as an outlet for these emerging artists, amplifying the scope of their pieces’ influence and providing the community a glimpse into local artistic potential. The works are of diverse mediums and explore different themes ranging from critiques of traditional social constructs, to playful portraits, to statements regarding race, identity, and animal welfare.

On Saturday, June 27, we will welcome the reopening of the Bruce Museum after three months of COVID-19 isolation, present the 11th year of iCreate, and reveal the eight honorees who will be awarded prizes, ranging from $100 to $500, and two Berkley One Awards.

A People’s Choice Award will be determined with public input and will be announced on August 2, 2020. In order to have a voice in the voting process, make sure to view the participating artists’ video in the online exhibition at brucemuseum.org. Please cast your vote by email to youthatbruce@gmail.com by 5:00 pm, July 31, 2020.

The Bruce Museum is grateful for exhibition support from the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Berkley One, a W.R. Berkley Company, the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, Susan and Bill Mahoney, and Heidi Brake Smith and Scott M. Smith.

Admission to the Bruce Museum beginning June 27 will be by advance reservation, with timed ticketing to ensure the comfort and safety of visitors and staff. Admission will be free to all visitors upon the Museum’s reopening to the public.

The following hours of operation and admission policy will be in effect starting June 27 until further notice:

9:30 – 10:30 am, Tuesday through Sunday: The Museum is open only to self-selected individuals over the age of 65 or who are immunocompromised.

10:30 – 11:30 am, Tuesday through Sunday: The Bruce is pleased to welcome Museum members only for one hour of special access.

All remaining Museum hours are unchanged. To reserve a timed ticket to visit the Bruce Museum, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376. 

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cynthiae@brucemuseum.org (Bruce Museum) Events Fri, 26 Jun 2020 07:49:07 -0400
Bruce Presents on July 9: A Virtual Conversation with Contemporary Street Artists https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/5640-bruce-presents-on-july-9-a-virtual-conversation-with-contemporary-street-artists5640-bruce-presents-on-july-9-a-virtual-conversation-with-contemporary-street-artists https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/5640-bruce-presents-on-july-9-a-virtual-conversation-with-contemporary-street-artists5640-bruce-presents-on-july-9-a-virtual-conversation-with-contemporary-street-artists

On Thursday, July 9, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Bruce Presents, the Bruce Museum’s monthly series featuring thought leaders in art and science, hosts a Zoom webinar: Taking It to the Streets: A Conversation with Contemporary Street Artists.

Five panelists, representing a diverse, radically inclusive cross-section of this evolving visual art form, will discuss their work and assess its impact:

  • Holly Danger (experiential designer and video artist)
  • Ana De Orbegoso (multimedia, including public projections)
  • Yedi Fresh (illustration, painting, digital art, mural work)
  • Jahmane (graffiti, large-scale murals, canvas, photography, fashion design)
  • Epic Uno (graffiti, package design, illustration, corporate identity)

Taking It to the Streets will also spotlight Tatiana Mori, Executive Director of the Greenwich Arts Council, which named Epic Uno and Yedi Fresh, respectively, the first two members of its visionary Artists-in-Residence program. Greenwich-based artist-curator Ben Quesnel will co-moderate the Zoom event, along with Leonard Jacobs, producer of the Bruce Presents series.

Participation in the virtual Bruce Presents on Zoom, for the benefit of the Bruce Museum, is $10 for Museum members, $15 non-members. To reserve a place, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376; a link to join the online conversation will be sent to registered attendees one hour prior to the program.

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cynthiae@brucemuseum.org (Bruce Museum) Events Fri, 26 Jun 2020 07:47:25 -0400
Lamont Announces Plans for the 2020-21 School Year Amid the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/politics/5641-lamont-announces-plans-for-the-2020-21-school-year-amid-the-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic5641-lamont-announces-plans-for-the-2020-21-school-year-amid-the-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/politics/5641-lamont-announces-plans-for-the-2020-21-school-year-amid-the-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic5641-lamont-announces-plans-for-the-2020-21-school-year-amid-the-ongoing-covid-19-pandemic

Governor Ned Lamont and Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona today announced details of the framework to allow all students – in all school districts statewide – the opportunity to have access to in-school, full-time instruction at the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year, as long as public health data continues to support this model.

While Connecticut has determined reopening schools for in-person instruction can be achieved based upon the state’s successful COVID-19 containment efforts, this model will be supported with more intensive mitigation strategies and specific monitoring, containment, and class cancellation plans.

“While we’ve made good strides to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in Connecticut, the virus hasn’t gone away and we need to do what we can to keep students and staff safe while also doing our best to provide our young people with access to an education that prepares them for the future,” Governor Lamont said. “Working with public health and medical experts, and with the support of our educators, we are preparing a number of steps that protect the health and safety of everyone who makes contact with our school system.”

In assessing the approach to a required operating model, the Connecticut State Department of Education (SDE) considered input from school representatives, educators, families, students, educational stakeholders, advocacy organizations, and union representatives. The department conducted a review of nationally and globally published school reopening plans. The importance of access to in-person schooling rose as a priority related to educational opportunities, safety, wellbeing, and social-emotional learning.

“This pandemic represents more than a virus, it represents an historic disruption to our school communities and created barriers to how we best deliver academic and non-academic supports in a way that is accessible, equitable, and meaningful,” Commissioner Cardona said. “Addressing the educational setbacks and the social-emotional toll caused by COVID-19 is best addressed by maximizing in-person instructional time. In developing this plan, we worked in close consultation with public health officials to prioritize the safety of our school communities and, just as intensively, engaged students, parents, and educators for their critical input. We stand with our districts, educators and families as we commit to making 2020-21 a year devoted to creativity, innovation, courage, and reimagining education together.”

In addition to the framework released today, SDE plans to release a more detailed guidance document next week that will provide more comprehensive information for school districts.

**DownloadExecutive summary of Connecticut’s 2020-21 school planning
**DownloadPresentation on Connecticut’s 2020-21 school planning

Framework for Connecticut Schools During the 2020-21 Academic Year

Guiding Principles

As Connecticut schools plan to reopen, the guidance and considerations outlined in this framework are grounded in six guiding principles:

  1. Safeguarding the health and safety of students and staff;
  2. Allowing all students the opportunity to return into the classrooms full time starting in the fall;
  3. Monitoring the school populations and, when necessary, potentially cancelling classes in the future to appropriately contain COVID-19 spread;
  4. Emphasizing equity, access, and support to the students and communities who are emerging from this historic disruption;
  5. Developing strong two-way communication with partners such as families, educators and staff; and
  6. Factoring into decisions about reopening the challenges to the physical safety and social-emotional well-being of our students when they are not in school.

These guiding principles require all districts to develop their plans with a certain level of consistency, however they retain wide discretion in implementing approaches to reopening given unique local considerations. School districts must balance their planning with contingency plans to provide robust, blended learning or remote learning for all grades in the event that a school, district, or region has to cancel or limit in-person classes due to health precautions.

Main Operational Considerations

Cohorting

  • Districts should emphasize grouping students by the same class/group of students and teacher (into a cohort) so each team functions independently as much as possible. Consider this methodology by grade levels.
  • Placing students in cohorts is strongly encouraged for grades K-8, and encouraged where feasible for grades 9-12.

Social Distancing and Facilities

  • Review building space and reconfigure available classroom space, such as gymnasiums and auditoriums, to maximize social distancing, consistent with public health guidelines in place at that time.

Transportation

  • Districts should plan for buses to operate close to capacity with heightened health and safety protocols, including requiring all students and operators wear face coverings.
  • Transportation operators will need to activate increased social distancing protocols based upon community spread.

Face Coverings

  • All staff and students will be expected to wear a protective face covering or face mask that completely covers the nose and mouth when inside the school building, except for certain exceptions including when teachers are providing instruction.

Ensuring Equity and Access

  • Equitable access to education is a top priority that supports a full-time in-school model by mitigating any barriers to education or opportunity gaps that increased during the pandemic. Efforts to support equity, close the opportunity gap, and provide a wide range of support for students in the state is best achieved with in-person schooling opportunities for all ages.
  • Districts should identify gaps and develop action plans for reopening that specifically address inclusion, equity, and access for all learners with strategies and clearly defined action steps.

Monitoring, Containment, and Class Cancellations Plan

  • Develop robust monitoring and containment protocols, and class cancellation plans, in the event there are public health indicators that may require temporary closure of the building, such as evidence of community transmission in the school.
  • If public health data requires partial reopening, or if schools containment efforts require partial closure, LEAS must prioritize the return of vulnerable learner groups, with specific protocols to increase the in-school population over time until full in person instruction is achieved.
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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Thu, 25 Jun 2020 12:41:43 -0400
Governor Lamont Announces ConnectiCorps Service Opportunity https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5639-governor-lamont-announces-connecticorps-service-opportunity5639-governor-lamont-announces-connecticorps-service-opportunity https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5639-governor-lamont-announces-connecticorps-service-opportunity5639-governor-lamont-announces-connecticorps-service-opportunity

Governor Ned Lamont, in partnership with the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, today announced the launch of ConnectiCorps, a new community service program set to launch in August that will help address the growing demand on essential services provided by Connecticut’s nonprofits in the areas of food security, housing, and antipoverty assistance.

An AmeriCorps program, it will offer an opportunity for high-impact service in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency and will provide a modest income and a stipend for higher-education costs for young adults in Connecticut. ConnectiCorps is funded by a significant grant from the Hartford Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund and an AmeriCorps state and federal grant approved by Serve Connecticut (the Connecticut Commission on Community Service, which is part of the Connecticut Office of Higher Education).

ConnectiCorps members will serve at nonprofits across the state with a focus on the greater Hartford region. In particular, the program will seek to recruit members who live in the community they wish to serve. This approach will strengthen the bond between the community and its residents, while helping to address one of the most catastrophic public health events in history.

Governor Lamont said, “I’m grateful to the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for their leadership and creativity in developing and launching this critical program. Nonprofits across the state are on the frontlines of the COVID emergency, providing critically needed services to vulnerable people across Connecticut. The ConnectiCorps program is a great way to provide support to those nonprofits and to offer to our young people the opportunity for public service in these times of great challenge to our communities.”

ConnectiCorps quick facts:

  • ConnectiCorps will place 60 to 80 part-time members, who will provide between 70,000 and 90,000 total hours of service at up to 20 nonprofit sites.
  • Members will receive a modest stipend and mileage reimbursement, and will be eligible for a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of their service year, which can be used to repay qualified student loans or offset current tuition costs at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.
  • Members will be provided with uniforms, hand sanitizer, COVID-safety training and PPE to ensure safe and consistent service.
  • Duties of members will include: reviewing/updating host-site COVID-19 safety protocols, deploying creative approaches to safely recruit and retain volunteers, and providing temporary direct service relief for operations at host site.

The governor welcomes the participation of additional philanthropic organizations in the ConnectiCorps program to increase the reach of this critical program, as more funding would mean additional service hours and more communities served.

For more information about ConnectiCorps, please visit the Alliance's website at ctnonprofitalliance.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Charities Thu, 25 Jun 2020 11:01:05 -0400