Coscob's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:14:16 -0400 HamletHub.com Greenwich golfers help raise $170,000 during Maritime Aquarium 2019 Golf & Tennis Classic https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5357-greenwich-golfers-help-raise-170-000-during-maritime-aquarium-2019-golf-tennis-classic5357-greenwich-golfers-help-raise-170-000-during-maritime-aquarium-2019-golf-tennis-classic https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5357-greenwich-golfers-help-raise-170-000-during-maritime-aquarium-2019-golf-tennis-classic5357-greenwich-golfers-help-raise-170-000-during-maritime-aquarium-2019-golf-tennis-classic

Greenwich Golfers Participate in Maritime's 9th Golf & Tennis Classic 

Photo #1 (From left) Michael Jedlicka of Greenwich, Lance Gillett of Tampa, FL, and Michael Chambers and Martin Cass, both of Greenwich, were among the foursomes during The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s 9th annual Maritime Golf & Tennis Classic on Sept. 9 at Wee Burn Country Club. More than $170,000 was raised by 114 area business professionals to support the Aquarium’s education and conservation efforts. 

Photo #2 (From left) Dave Radulski, Neil DeFeo and Steve Green, all of Norwalk, and Tom Cholnoky of Greenwich were among the foursomes during The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s 9th annual Maritime Golf & Tennis Classic on Sept. 9 at Wee Burn Country Club. More than $170,000 was raised by 114 area business professionals to support the Aquarium’s education and conservation efforts. 

Photo #3 (From left) Richard Jacoby of Cos Cob, Jeff Kelly of Darien, David Donovan of Chappaqua and Kevin Edwards of Greenwich were among the foursomes during The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s 9th annual Maritime Golf & Tennis Classic on Sept. 9 at Wee Burn Country Club. More than $170,000 was raised by 114 area business professionals to support the Aquarium’s education and conservation efforts. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Dave Sigworth) Neighbors Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:24:41 -0400
Greenwich Resident Dies After Falling Off Horse https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5356-greenwich-resident-dies-after-falling-off-horse5356-greenwich-resident-dies-after-falling-off-horse https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5356-greenwich-resident-dies-after-falling-off-horse5356-greenwich-resident-dies-after-falling-off-horse

Dover, New York – On September 16, 2019, the New York State Police from the Dover Plains barracks investigated a horsing accident on Byrds Hill Road in the town of Dover.
 
The State Police responded to a family farm on Byrds Hill Road at approximately 10:45 a.m. for a report of a female fallen off a horse.  Investigation determined the horse reared for an unknown reason, and fell on top of the rider, Samantha Calzone, age 23, of Greenwich, CT.  Samantha was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
Northern Dutchess Paramedics and the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office also responded to the scene.


Arrangements in the care of Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, Stamford, CT

 

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kerry@ducey.org (NYS Police) Neighbors Wed, 18 Sep 2019 10:01:54 -0400
The Lawrenceville School Graduate Kenneth Citron Earns Dean's Award with Distinction at Colgate University https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5355-the-lawrenceville-school-graduate-kenneth-citron-earns-dean-s-award-with-distinction-at-colgate-university5355-the-lawrenceville-school-graduate-kenneth-citron-earns-dean-s-award-with-distinction-at-colgate-university https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5355-the-lawrenceville-school-graduate-kenneth-citron-earns-dean-s-award-with-distinction-at-colgate-university5355-the-lawrenceville-school-graduate-kenneth-citron-earns-dean-s-award-with-distinction-at-colgate-university

 Kenneth Citron, a member of the Colgate University Class of 2019, has earned the spring 2019 Dean's Award with Distinction.

Citron is a graduate of The Lawrenceville School and is from Cos Cob.

Students who receive a term grade point average of 3.6 or higher while completing at least three courses during the spring 2019 semester earn the Dean's Award with Distinction.

Colgate is a leading American university for students who want classes with rigor, faculty with passion, and confidence in knowing they will learn how to thrive in work and life. Colgate offers 56 majors and supports 25 Division I athletic teams on a campus of about 2,900 students in central New York.

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kerry@ducey.org (Colgate University) Neighbors Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:35:42 -0400
Stamford Health Announces 2019 Paint the Town Pink Calendar of Events https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5354-sh5354-sh https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5354-sh5354-sh

This October, Stamford Health is kicking off its 15th annual Paint the Town Pink (PTTP) campaign to mark National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The month-long initiative, spearheaded by Stamford Health’s Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center and Breast Center, stresses the importance of screening and early detection of breast cancer and raises awareness about the comprehensive breast care services available in our community. Throughout the month, the Bennett Cancer Center is joining a number of community partners to offer an exciting line-up of educational and social fundraising events to take place in Stamford and beyond.  

Since its inception in 2005, Paint the Town Pink has raised more than $1 million and reached more than 20,000 women in Stamford and surrounding communities. As part of Hope in Motion, Stamford Health’s ongoing fundraising campaign to support the programs and services at the Bennett Cancer Center, all proceeds from Paint the Town Pink events provide services for uninsured, underinsured and low income women who otherwise could not afford breast care.

For information, visit www.PaintTheTownPinkStamford.org or call (203) 276-5900. To schedule a mammogram, patients can call 203-276-PINK (7465). The campaign’s calendar events for this year is included below.

Oct 1 – Oct 15: Stew Leonard’s Wishing Well

Stew Leonard’s

100 Westport Ave, Norwalk

All donations to the Wishing Well go to Paint the Town Pink.

 

Oct 2: Pink Fest “Cocktails for a Cure”

$40 – All proceeds to Paint the Town Pink.

5 – 7:30 p.m.

Stamford Ford Lincoln

212 Magee Ave, Stamford

Register at stamfordchamber@stamfordchamber.com

Sip Sparkling Rose with hors d’oeuvres from David’s Soundview Catering while supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Helen Pass, MD, Co-Director of Breast Center & Chief of Breast Surgery will be the guest speaker.

Oct. 2: Say Pink at Luigi’s Restaurant

11 a.m. – 11 pm

968 High Ridge Rd, Stamford

Say “pink” at Luigi’s and they will donate 15% of sales to Paint the Town Pink.

 

Oct 3: Golf for a Cure

12 p.m. lunch; 1:30 p.m. shotgun; 6 p.m. dinner

Sterling Farms Golf Course
1349 Newfield Ave, Stamford

203-329-7429 or dpimpinella@stamhealth.org

Oct 5: Pink Out at Westhill High School

Boys Soccer vs. Stamford High School

2:30 p.m. junior varsity, 4 p.m. varsity

125 Roxbury Rd, Stamford

Pink items for sale. Proceeds will go to Paint the Town Pink.

 

Oct. 5: Bootcamp for Boobies

$25 suggested donation

8 a.m.

Inspire Fitness

1051 Long Ridge Rd, Stamford

Bootcamp for Boobies strength and cardio circuit. Open to all fitness levels.

Oct. 6: Bootcamp for Boobies

$25 suggested donation

9 a.m.

Inspire Fitness

1051 Long Ridge Rd, Stamford

Bootcamp for Boobies strength and cardio circuit. Open to all fitness levels.

Oct 7: Medical Mondays Series: Why should you get a mammogram?

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Ferguson Library Auditorium

Free admission

1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford – 3rd floor

Moira O’Riordan, MD, Stamford Health, will be the guest speaker.

Oct 11: Girlfriends Luncheon

$60 – All proceeds go to Paint the Town Pink

12 – 2 p.m.
Italian Center of Stamford
1620 Newfield Ave, Stamford

Call 203-276-2554 or visit www.paintthetownpinkstamford.org

Oct 12: A Candid Conversation about Breast Cancer in the Black Community from 12– 3 p.m.
Union Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
805 Newfield Ave, Stamford
Valerie Brutus, MD, & Eileen Kruger, LMSO will be the guest speakers and lunch will be served.

Oct 14– Oct 18: Go Pink Week at Catholic Academy of Stamford

1186 Newfield Ave, Stamford

Various “Go Pink” activities. All proceeds go to Paint the Town Pink.

Oct 15: TT’s for TaTas

5 – 10:00 p.m. - Dine-in or Take-out

Tomāto Tomäto
401 Shippan Ave, Stamford

203-658-8900

Raffle, donations and percentage of sales to benefit Paint the Town Pink.

October 16: BINGO Night

$25 entrance fee includes 10 games

7 p.m.

Trinity Catholic High School

926 Newfield Ave, Stamford

Enjoy a fun evening of playing Bingo – bring your own wine and snacks. All proceeds go to Paint the Town Pink.

Oct. 16: Say “Pink” at Luigi’s Restaurant from11 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

968 High Ridge Rd, Stamford

Say “pink” at Luigi’s and they will donate 15% of sale to Paint the Town Pink.

Oct 17: Sip & Shop in Pink

$20 Donation at door

6 – 9p.m.

Madonia Restaurant

1297 Long Ridge Rd, Stamford

Drinks, jewelry and fun! All proceeds to Paint the Town Pink.

Oct 17: Pink Party – Breast Cancer Fundraiser

$5 donation at door – All proceeds go to Paint the Town Pink

Sign of the Whale

6 Harbor Point Rd, Stamford

Door donation gets you specials all night.

Oct 17: Stamford Health Employees – Schedule a Mammogram, Get a Rose from 12 – 2 p.m.

Outside of the main Stamford Hospital cafeteria and in lobby of the Stamford Health Tully Health Center.

October 18: Pink Out Sporting Game Day

Stamford High School

55 Strawberry Hill Ave

Several events during the day. All proceeds go to Paint the Town Pink.

Oct 18: Pink Pool Party

$25 suggested donation – all proceeds go to Paint the Town Pink from 6 – 7:15 p.m. at Sarner Health & Fitness Institute at the Stamford Health Tully Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Ct, Stamford. Call 203-276-4567 to register. Join the aquatic team as they lead an invigorating workout!

Oct. 19 – Mixed Movement/Yoga Nidra

$25 suggested donation – All proceeds go to Paint the Town Pink

1 – 2:15 p.m at Sarner Health & Fitness Institute at the Stamford Health Tully Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Ct, Stamford. Call 203-276-4567 to register. Begin with T’Chai, & Qi Gong movement & end with restorative yoga.

Oct.19 – Orangetheory Fitness Stamford Goes Pink

Class price becomes a donation. Call at 1:30 p.m. (1101 High Ridge Rd, Stamford). Call 203-883-9518 to register. Wear pink and enjoy a small gathering after class. All proceeds go to Paint the Town Pink.

Oct. 20: Battle of the Belles 10th Year 

$5 donation

10 a.m. at Punch Gym, Cranbury Park Pavilion, Norwalk. Call 203-354-9370 or email stef@punchgymnorwalk.com. All proceeds go to Paint the Town Pink.

Oct 20: Pedaling for a Purpose

$25 suggested donation (per hour)

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sarner Health & Fitness Institute at the Stamford Health Tully Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Ct, Stamford. Call 203-276-4567 to register.

Three 45-minute cycle classes mixed with raffles and cancer survivor stories will inspire you to log miles in the fight against breast cancer. All proceeds go to Paint the Town Pink.

Oct 20: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, American Cancer Society

8:30 a.m. registration; 10:00 a.m. walk

Sherwood Island State Park, Westport
203-563-1515 or westportctstrides@cancer.org

Oct 21: Men, Moobs and Monday Night Football

$50 includes buffet

7 p.m.

Zody’s 19th Hole

451 Stillwater Road, Stamford

Men’s event – Monday Night Football – Jets vs Patriots – score box raffle, 50/50 and other prizes. All proceeds go to Paint the Town Pink.

Oct 22 – Survivorship Symposium – “An Integrative Approach to Cancer Treatment”

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Stamford Health Tully Health Center Auditorium

32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford

Reservations required, please call 203-276-7841

Katherine Takayasu, MD, Stamford Health, will be the featured speaker.

Oct. 22 – Riko’s Pizza Goes Pink

10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

At their Stamford locations: 170 Selleck St & 868 Hope Street

10% of sales go to Paint the Town Pink.

Oct 23: Lord & Taylor Fashion Show

Free admission

5:30 p.m. refreshments

6 p.m. fashion show

110 High Ridge Road, Stamford

Survivors and Stamford Health physicians walk the runway!

October 23: Mario the Baker Goes Pink

11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

864 High Ridge Rd, Stamford

203-329-0440

10% of sales from the day will go to Paint the Town Pink.

Oct 25: Pink Out Westhill

Girls’ Soccer vs. Ridgefield 4 p.m.

Girls’ Volleyball vs. Staples 6 p.m.

125 Roxbury Rd, Stamford

Pink items for sale. Proceeds will go to Paint the Town Pink.

 

Oct 26: Pink Out Westhill

Field Hockey vs. Stamford High School 10:30 a.m.

Football vs. Central 2 p.m.

125 Roxbury Rd, Stamford

Pink items for sale. Proceeds will go to Paint the Town Pink.

Oct. 27: Go Pink at JoyRide Cycling & Fitness Wilton

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

3 Godfrey Place, Wilton

Please register in advance at 203-247-0271
All proceeds will go to Paint the Town Pink.

October 30: Mario the Baker Goes Pink

11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

864 High Ridge Rd, Stamford

203-329-0440

10% of sales from the day will go to Paint the Town Pink.

The following events take place all month:

Beau Nails Goes Pink
889 High Ridge Rd, Stamford
203-322-2070

Donate and be entered in a raffle to win a manicure & spa pedicure.

Beldotti Bakeries

605 Newfield Ave., Stamford

Donate an additional dollar for PTTP when you purchase a pastry or coffee.

Bennett Cancer Center Paint the Town Pink T-shirt Sale
$20 per shirt, available all month
Bennett Cancer Center Ground Floor
203-276-4059

Get Pretty in Pink at Salon 1026

1026 High Ridge Rd, Stamford

203-658-8299

Taking donations all month to support PTTP.

La Rocca’s Goes Local for Pink

105 Old Long Ridge Rd, Stamford

203-322-2202

A portion of all purchases of pies, breads and baked goods from local vendors will go to PTTP.

Sarner Health & Fitness Institute Paint the Town Pink T-shirt Sale
$20 per shirt, available all month
Sarner Health & Fitness Institute at the Stamford Health Tully Health Center

Stamford High School Pink T-shirt Sale

55 Strawberry Hill Ave, Stamford
Proceeds will go to PTTP.

Wagner’s Luggage & Gifts Thinks Pink
1111 High Ridge Rd, Stamford
203-329-1234
Donate and be entered in a raffle to win a fabulous prize.

Westhill High School “Think Pink” T-shirt Sale

125 Roxbury Rd, Stamford

Proceeds will go to PTTP.

Stamford Health is a non-profit independent healthcare system with more than 3,500 employees committed to compassionately caring for the community and offering a wide-range of high-quality health and wellness services. Patients and their families can rely on comprehensive person-centered care through the system’s 305-bed Stamford Hospital; Stamford Health Medical Group, with more than 30 offices in lower Fairfield County offering primary and specialty care; a growing number of ambulatory locations across the region; and support through the Stamford Hospital Foundation. Stamford Health is also a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dedicated to being the community’s most trusted healthcare partner, Stamford Health puts patients first to build long-lasting relationships. For more information, visit StamfordHealth.org. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

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kerry@ducey.org (SH) Neighbors Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:17:45 -0400
Greenwich United Way workshop: How to Craft a Proposal and What to Do When You Get a Grant https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5353-greenwich-united-way-workshop-how-to-craft-a-proposal-and-what-to-do-when-you-get-a-grant5353-greenwich-united-way-workshop-how-to-craft-a-proposal-and-what-to-do-when-you-get-a-grant https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5353-greenwich-united-way-workshop-how-to-craft-a-proposal-and-what-to-do-when-you-get-a-grant5353-greenwich-united-way-workshop-how-to-craft-a-proposal-and-what-to-do-when-you-get-a-grant

On Thursday, Sept. 19, the Greenwich United Way will host a grant-writing/execution workshop at the Boys & Girls Club.
 
Presented by grant expert Judith Margolin (bio below*), "How to Craft a Proposal and What to Do When You Get a Grant” will run 9:30am-12:30pm and cover the basic components of grant writing and submissions, how to effectively and efficiently put grants to work, and grant reporting. 
 
The workshop is open to all. Please contact GUW’s Director of Community Impact Rob Moore at rmoore@greenwichunitedway.org to sign up.
 
*Stamford-based Judith Margolin is an independent consultant on foundations and grants. She formerly served as Vice President for Planning and Evaluation at the Foundation Center and has devoted her career to philanthropy, focusing on helping nonprofit organizations secure the funding they require to fulfill their valuable missions. She is the author of several books, including "The Individual's Guide to Grants" and "Financing a College Education," and has served as editor of multiple editions of the Foundation Center's how-to books.
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kerry@ducey.org (KH) Charities Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:10:58 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Greenwich: Rented Truck Driver https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5352-why-small-businesses-matter-in-greenwich-rented-truck-driver5352-why-small-businesses-matter-in-greenwich-rented-truck-driver https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5352-why-small-businesses-matter-in-greenwich-rented-truck-driver5352-why-small-businesses-matter-in-greenwich-rented-truck-driver

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

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

You're IT Rented Truck Driver!

Three questions with Frank A. Futie, Jr. founder of Rented Truck Driver.

Why did you start your business? 
 
There is a need in the moving industry for a hybrid type move for clients who want a truly boutique-style service at a cost-effective price.  
 
Finish this sentence in regard to your business. “I wish I could…” 
 
I wish I could show potential clients the many scams that are related to the moving industry to save them from nightmares prior to using my service.
 
How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them? 

I utilize Greenwich Hardware for rental moving trucks.

Rented Truck Driver tags Greenwich Hardware!

Rented Truck Driver is located at 903 King Street in Greenwich. Call (866) 637-3456 or visit Rented Truck Driver online here.

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

 
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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:26:54 -0400
Joan Lunden To Speak About Caregiving At SilverSource Luncheon https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5351-joan-lunden-to-speak-about-caregiving-at-silversource-luncheon5351-joan-lunden-to-speak-about-caregiving-at-silversource-luncheon https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5351-joan-lunden-to-speak-about-caregiving-at-silversource-luncheon5351-joan-lunden-to-speak-about-caregiving-at-silversource-luncheon

A trusted voice in our homes for more than 30 years, award-winning journalist and author Joan Lunden will serve as guest speaker at the SilverSource Inspiring Lives Benefit Luncheon on Wednesday, October 16th, at Woodway Country Club (540 Hoyt Street, Darien CT 06820).

Lunden, co-host of Good Morning America on ABC from 1980 through 1997, and has written 12 books, including co-authoring Chicken Soup for the Caregiver’s Soul: Family Caregivers, and hosted a four-part series on Retirement Living TV focused on family caregiving.

The mother of seven, Lunden will discuss her role as a Sandwich Generation caregiver – caring for her children and her aging mother simultaneously. Attendees will find support, encouragement and inspiration in Lunden’s insights into the experience of caregiving for a loved one.

According to the latest report by the National Alliance for Caregiving, nearly 40 million Americans provide unpaid care to an adult. While we champion the benefits of providing care at home, little attention is paid to the needs of family caregivers who are often overwhelmed.

“Caregiving is a uniquely rewarding yet daunting role,” said Kathleen Bordelon, SilverSource Executive Director. “SilverSource prioritizes support to caregivers as part of the many services we provide to older adults and their families.”

The event will honor the Cingari Family for their active involvement in making Stamford a better place to live and work. Proceeds will benefit seniors in need and SilverSource programs that ensure older neighbors keep a roof over their heads, with the heat and lights on, food on the table and the medical care they need.

Tickets begin at $150. The event is expected to sell out, visit https://silversource.org/events/ to register. A variety of high-profile sponsorship opportunities are also available.

SilverSource is grateful to event co-chairs Louse and Jerry Berkman, Maureen and Michael Cacace and Day and Gene Rubino for their leadership and dedication, and would like to thank generous sponsors Cacace, Tusch & Santagata, Day Pitney LLP, Sharon and Jack Feighery, Pitney Bowes, Stamford Health and media sponsor Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Charities Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:14:06 -0400
Tickets on Sale: The Pacific House 18th Annual Gala https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5350-tickets-on-sale-the-pacific-house-18th-annual-gala5350-tickets-on-sale-the-pacific-house-18th-annual-gala https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5350-tickets-on-sale-the-pacific-house-18th-annual-gala5350-tickets-on-sale-the-pacific-house-18th-annual-gala

Pacific House, a leader in ending homelessness in Fairfield County, is proud to announce their largest fundraiser of the year, the 18th Annual Pacific House Gala. On Friday, October 25th the region’s most socially-minded residents and community leaders will gather together to celebrate the work Pacific House does to transform lives and make a difference in our area.

This distinguished signature event is an elegant evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing. Guests will enjoy an exciting live and silent auction, competing for outstanding items and experiences. Plus, each attendee will have an opportunity to ‘tour’ the Pacific House shelter and properties via virtual reality to see the impact of their support.

“The Pacific House Gala is one of the region’s biggest philanthropic nights of the season,” said Rafael Pagan Jr., Executive Director of Pacific House. “Supporting those who have nowhere to turn is a profound experience because you are truly changing the path of someone’s life. We welcome everyone to participate in this important evening that does so much for so many.”

The event will honor Round Hill Community Church for the organization’s longtime support of Pacific House and their work in creating a unique community of faith where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to pursue spiritual growth in a welcoming environment.

This inspirational evening begins at 6pm at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich, CT and tickets are now on sale, beginning at $250. Visit pacifichousegala.org to purchase tickets and explore a variety of high exposure sponsorship opportunities.

Pacific House would like to thank its generous corporate sponsors: Carlton Fields, BMW of Darien, Building and Land Technology, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, First County Bank, Greenwich Hospital, Nielsen Florist and Garden Shop, Pitney Bowes, Rimrock Capital Management, Stamford Hospital Foundation, Tradition Energy, and Webster Bank for their generous sponsorship, and media partner Stamford Magazine / Moffly Media.

About Pacific House

Pacific House is the only regional shelter for homeless men and young adults serving Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan and the rest of Fairfield County. The organization is a leader in developing deeply affordable housing for formerly homeless individuals. For over 35 years, Pacific House has been serving our community by providing food, temporary shelter, affordable housing and an array of support services to homeless men and young adults. Pacific House helps clients get back on their feet by obtaining employment and finding permanent supportive housing so they may lead more independent and fulfilling lives.

Images to accompany release:    Photo credit: Elaine Ubina, Fairfield County Look

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Fri, 13 Sep 2019 11:15:29 -0400
Eleven Specialists Join Stamford Health Network https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5349-eleven-specialists-join-stamford-health-network5349-eleven-specialists-join-stamford-health-network https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5349-eleven-specialists-join-stamford-health-network5349-eleven-specialists-join-stamford-health-network

William Hines, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Stamford Health Medical Group, announced the addition of eleven specialists, joining between July and September 2019, to Stamford Health’s network of physicians employed by the health system.

“Stamford Health Medical Group is pleased to welcome eleven new physicians on board, who are partnering with Stamford Health to care for patients in Stamford and surrounding communities,” said Dr. Hines.

The Stamford Health Medical Group offers access to more than 130 physicians at locations around lower Fairfield County. Recently joining the Medical Group are:

Cardiology

Anna Koulova, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of the heart and cardiovascular system. Dr. Koulova practices at 29 Hospital Plaza, Suite 502 in Stamford. After studying biology at Duke University, she earned her medical degree from New York Medical College. Dr. Koulova completed an internal medicine residency at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s West Program. She was a cardiovascular disease fellow at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Koulova is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the National Board of Echocardiography, and the American Board of Radiology, Nuclear Cardiology. Learn more about Dr. Koulova, or call (203) 348-7410.

Nikhil Sikand, MD, specializes in cardiovascular disease and offers innovative care to heart patients of all ages. After earning his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Sikand completed an internal medicine internship and residency at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Sikand completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at New York University School of Medicine, where he was Chief Clinic Fellow. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and in Adult Comprehensive Echocardiography by the National Board of Echocardiography. Dr. Sikand practices at 29 Hospital Plaza, Suite 502 in Stamford. Learn more about Dr. Sikand, or call (203) 348-7410.

Family Medicine

Ashley Rountree, MD, specializes in family medicine and treats a wide array of illnesses and injuries. Her special interests include preventive medicine, adolescent medicine and mental health. Dr. Rountree earned a Bachelor of Health Science degree at the University of Florida. She received her medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at Stamford Hospital/Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Rountree practices at 32 Strawberry Hill Court, 4th Floor, Suite 6 in Stamford. Learn more about Dr. Rountree, or call (203) 276-2566.

Lyuba Polinkovsky, MD, is a board-certified, family medicine physician with special interests in preventive and behavioral medicine. Dr. Polinkovsky approaches medicine holistically by addressing the physical, psychological and social aspects of health and wellness. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in biology, she earned a Doctor of Medicine at Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Polinkovsky pursued her interest in family medicine during her residency at Stamford Hospital/Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Polinkovksy is located at 75 Holly Hill Lane in Greenwich. Learn more about Dr. Polinkovsky or call (203) 869-6960.

Geriatric Medicine

Alison McElhone, MD, specializes in geriatric medicine and practices at the Geriatric Assessment Center, 435 Danbury Road in Wilton. Dr. McElhone understands the impact of social factors, mood and cognitive disorders, chronic pain and functional impairment on quality of life. Her individualized approach that addresses these issues, together with treatment of the patient’s chronic medical conditions, results in improved outcomes and quality of life. Dr. McElhone earned her medical degree from State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine. Dr. McElhone completed an internal medicine residency at Stony Brook Hospital where she completed a geriatric medicine fellowship. She is board certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, hospice and palliative care medicine. Learn more about Dr. McElhone, or call (203) 276-2516.

Internal Medicine

Andrea Shahum, MD, PhD, specializes in both internal medicine and infectious diseases, and is located at Stamford Health’s Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, 4th Floor, Suite 6 in Stamford. She earned her medical degree at Comenius University in Bratislava and post-doctoral degree at University of Trnava, Faculty of Health Sciences and Social Work, both in Slovakia. Before relocating to the United States, she became a faculty member and acting vice dean while coordinating humanitarian projects in resource-poor settings supported by Trnava University. At that time, she was instrumental in creating integrated medical training programs and experiential learning opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa and Cambodia. After Trnava University, Dr. Shahum completed her internal medicine residency at Norwalk Hospital, where she served as chief resident. She later completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina, where she worked as a clinical assistant professor and continued to work on her research in HIV and sexually transmitted diseases both nationally and internationally. Dr. Shahum is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases. Learn more about Dr. Shahum, or call (203) 276-2566.

Anastasia Slobodnick, MD, will see rheumatology and internal medicine patients at 75 Holly Hill Lane, 2nd Floor in Greenwich and 292 Long Ridge Rd., Suite 103, Stamford. She sees patients who have medical conditions that affect their joints, tendons, ligaments, bones and muscles. Dr. Slobodnick completed her medical education, residency in internal medicine and fellowship in rheumatology at New York University School of Medicine. To best address the individual needs of each patient and ensure optimal outcomes, Dr. Slobodnick develops personalized plans to help diagnose and treat a patient’s condition. She is board certified by American Board of Internal Medicine. Learn more about Dr. Slobodnick, or call (203) 869-6960.

Neurology

Mark Landreneau, MD, is a neurologist practicing at 29 Hospital Plaza, 6th floor, Suite 602 in Stamford. He provides expert care for patients who have medical conditions or injuries involving the brain, spinal cord and nervous system. Dr. Landreneau’s special interests include treating patients with acute and severe neurological injury including stroke, aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations, acute traumatic brain injury and seizures. After earning his medical degree from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, Dr. Landreneau continued his medical studies at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he completed an internship in internal medicine, a residency in neurology and a fellowship in neurocritical care. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Neurology Certification). Learn more about Dr. Landreneau, or call (203) 276-4464.

Podiatry

Rachel Albright, DPM, MPH, is a podiatric surgeon practicing at 800 Post Road, Suite 302 in Darien. Dr. Albright earned her doctor of podiatric medicine from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in North Chicago. She completed residencies at the John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, IL. In Hanover, New Hampshire, she earned a Master of Public Health from the Dartmouth Institute, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, specializing in clinical practice, health policy, and epidemiology. Dr. Albright is board certified by both the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Learn more about Dr. Albright, or call (203) 656-1696.

Pulmonology 

Frantz C. Hastrup, MD, specializes in pulmonology, and provides expert care for patients with breathing issues and other conditions that affect the lungs and respiratory system. He also helps patients find solutions to sleep issues such as sleep apnea, severe snoring, narcolepsy and restless leg syndrome. Dr. Hastrup earned his medical degree from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia, now Drexel University College of Medicine. He completed his residency at Boston Medical Center and a fellowship at Harvard Medical School, where he focused on pulmonary and critical care medicine. Dr. Hastrup is board certified in internal medicine as well as pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. Learn more about Dr. Hastrup, or call (203) 348-2437.

Urology

Matthew Goland-Van Ryn, MD, ­specializes in Urology at 29 Hospital Plaza in Stamford. He cares for people with conditions affecting the genitourinary tract, kidneys, bladder and prostate, as well as abnormalities with the male reproductive system. After attending Cornell University, Dr. Goland-Van Ryn earned his medical degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery internship and urology residency at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a fellowship in endourology and minimally invasive surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Goland-Van Ryn is board certified in urology. Learn more about Dr. Goland-Van Ryn, or call (203) 276-8545.

Stamford Health is a non-profit independent healthcare system with more than 3,500 employees committed to compassionately caring for the community and offering a wide-range of high-quality health and wellness services. Patients and their families can rely on comprehensive person-centered care through the system’s 305-bed Stamford Hospital; Stamford Health Medical Group, with more than 30 offices in lower Fairfield County offering primary and specialty care; a growing number of ambulatory locations across the region; and support through the Stamford Hospital Foundation.  

Stamford Health is also a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dedicated to being the community’s most trusted healthcare partner, Stamford Health puts patients first to build long-lasting relationships. For more information, visit StamfordHealth.org. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Linked In.

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kerry@ducey.org (Stamford Health) Neighbors Thu, 12 Sep 2019 09:12:41 -0400
Stamford Mayor Visits 1st Graders at King School, Talks About How Stamford Works https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5348-stamford-mayor-visits-1st-graders-at-king-school-talks-about-how-stamford-works5348-stamford-mayor-visits-1st-graders-at-king-school-talks-about-how-stamford-works https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5348-stamford-mayor-visits-1st-graders-at-king-school-talks-about-how-stamford-works5348-stamford-mayor-visits-1st-graders-at-king-school-talks-about-how-stamford-works

Every morning, Grade 1 students are aware that though they come from several different cities, they come together at King School in Stamford to share a day full of discovery and creativity with their teacher Julia Rachinsky-Wood. This fall, as students are exploring 'How Stamford Works,' Ms. Rachinsky-Wood encourages her students to ask questions and make their own discoveries, building critical thinking skills and experience as problem-solvers. 

Grade 1 students began the exploration of Stamford by studying maps of the city; they were especially excited to locate King School on the map! Students brainstormed a list of places in Stamford; including Stamford Hospital, the library, restaurants, parks, and beaches. They added people significant in keeping us safe to their list including police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians.

Who makes all of this work? The Grade 1 students learned about the role of a city mayor and are curious to learn who he is and how helps to make our city run and be safe for its citizens.  What better way to answer these questions than to ask the mayor directly? We welcomed the Honorable Mayor David Martin to the Grade 1 classroom.  Mayor Martin introduced himself and proudly shared the King tie he had chosen to wear, given to him on a previous visit to campus. 

The excitement today was palpable when students, equipped with note cards complete with thoughtful questions, met Mayor Martin.   Grade 2 students, with their teacher Mrs. Emily Decker, are exploring 'Communities' and they joined this unique opportunity to meet the mayor. Students and Mayor Martin discussed questions ranging from "How did you get enough money to build such a huge hospital?" and "How do police know someone crossed a red light?," to "Why isn't there an ice cream shop in my neighborhood?" and many more.  

In the Mayor's honor, students built a model of the city of Stamford out of Lincoln Logs. Mayor Martin graciously accepted hand written and illustrated notes of appreciation. He also received a King mug as well as a decorated flower pot with sprouts from the class spider plant as a reminder of the students' appreciation for his visit. Mayor Martin is the first of many visitors who will help the students discover and understand all they can about "The City that Works."

Learn more about our Grades 1-5 program. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Lakeya Graves) Places Wed, 11 Sep 2019 08:20:13 -0400
Greenwich Historical Society Explores the Immigrant Experience in Fairfield County in Exhibition https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5347-greenwich-historical-society-explores-the-immigrant-experience-in-fairfield-county-in-exhibition5347-greenwich-historical-society-explores-the-immigrant-experience-in-fairfield-county-in-exhibition https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5347-greenwich-historical-society-explores-the-immigrant-experience-in-fairfield-county-in-exhibition5347-greenwich-historical-society-explores-the-immigrant-experience-in-fairfield-county-in-exhibition

A diverse cross-section of immigrants and refugees from five continents who came to Fairfield County seeking safety and opportunity is the focus of a dynamic exhibition that shines a spotlight on the human capacity for hope and perseverance. Organized originally by the Fairfield Museum and History Center and Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI), and expanded by the Greenwich Historical Society, the exhibition opens October 2 and runs through January 6, 2020. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon - 4:00 pm.

Touching accounts of 10 immigrants' often perilous journeys from Cambodia, Chile, Congo, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Hungary, India, Rwanda, Syria, and Venezuela are featured on dramatic banners suspended from the Historical Society's museum gallery ceiling. A dynamic wall of historic and contemporary photos illustrates how many other individuals, including 12 immigrants to Greenwich from Chile, Italy, India, Mexico, Moldavia and the Soviet Union, have sought opportunity and added to the fabric of Fairfield County's communities.

"An American Story: Finding Home in Fairfield County" is a beautiful portrayal of the experiences of refugees and immigrants who have built new lives in Fairfield County," said Claudia Connor, President and CEO of the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI). "We premiered the exhibit at Fairfield Museum and History Center in 2018 in celebration of our 100th anniversary. Highlighting the story of so many immigrants and refugees was an extraordinary way to showcase the work CIRI has done since its founding in 1918 - and the importance of the work going forward."

"The exhibition recently won an Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History for its achievement in civic engagement, as well as its preservation and interpretation of state and local history," continued Connor. "This is so validating for the many immigrants and refugees who have rebuilt their lives and created a sense of home in Connecticut. We are thrilled to bring An American Story to Greenwich in partnership with the Greenwich Historical Society and are excited to share new stories from the Greenwich community."

"I am inspired by this poignant and visually stunning exhibition of immigrants and refugees who risked everything to achieve a better life and, in the process, have enriched our lives here in Fairfield County," says Debra Mecky, Executive Director and CEO of the Greenwich Historical Society. "We are extremely grateful to the Fairfield Museum and History Center and CIRI for their partnership in enabling us to present and expand these stories to include more of our Greenwich neighbors. The theme is timely and aligns perfectly with our mission for strengthening the community's connection to our past, to each other and to our future."

Learn more at greenwichhistory.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Greenwich Historical Society) Places Tue, 10 Sep 2019 09:18:24 -0400
Greenwich Land Trust Hosts 20th Annual Go Wild! https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/5346-glt-hosts-20th-annual-go-wild5346-glt-hosts-20th-annual-go-wild https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/5346-glt-hosts-20th-annual-go-wild5346-glt-hosts-20th-annual-go-wild

Greenwich Land Trust Hosts 20th Annual Go Wild! Family Field Day

Tickets for the September 22 event include all rides, activities, food and drinks 

The community is invited to join Greenwich Land Trust (GLT) for the special 20th anniversary celebration of Go Wild!, its annual family field day on Sunday, September 22 at the Greenwich Polo Club.

Hot air balloons will soar above Conyers Farm, providing guests with a spectacular view of GLT’s expansive 62-acre preserve below. The grounds will be chock-a-block with games, activities, and entertainment for all ages, including Soccer with Aldwin, a rock-climbing wall, bungee trampolines, pony rides, an inflatable corn maze, autumn crafts, close encounters with fire trucks, sports cars, and much more.

The Go Wild! ticket price includes all rides and activities, as well as delicious food truck fare from Caffè Bon, Loco BBQ, Mister Softee, New Haven Pizza Truck, Super Duper Weenie, and Taco Loco, plus snacks, drinks and adult beverages, served throughout the day. DJs from WEBE 108 will be broadcasting live from the event and playing the latest tunes.

Patron ticket holders will be given early access to the event, one hour before the general public, to be the first to enjoy all the Go Wild! activities. They will also have special admittance to the Patron Tent, sponsored by Sotheby’s International Realty, featuring an upgraded bar, passed hors d'oeuvres, and special children’s activities.

According to 2019 co-chairs Briana Hart and Sarah Pribyl, the 20th anniversary event offers a wonderful opportunity to help raise awareness about the importance of open space. The polo grounds are on land that comprises one of the largest conservation easements overseen and cared for by the Land Trust.

Greenwich Land Trust was incorporated in 1976 and began operations that year with 30 properties totaling about 80 acres. Today, GLT conserves and stewards 776 acres throughout Greenwich.

Co-chairs of the inaugural Go Wild! and this year’s honorary co-chairs, Jane Dunn and Leslie Lee, reminisce about the first family field day: “Board members flipped hamburgers, volunteers in orange t-shirts helped smaller children with the rope wall and the maze made from hay bales while the Ragtime Evolution Jazz Band played toe-tapping country music.”

“For twenty years, Go Wild! has been wildly successful, helping Greenwich Land Trust raise money to preserve the open space that contributes to the natural resources, historical character, and scenic beauty of Greenwich,” notes Lee.

Greenwich Land Trust is thankful for the generosity of the 2019 Go Wild! sponsors: Title Sponsor: Dibico; Platinum Sponsor: Sotheby’s International Realty; Gold Sponsors: Betteridge, Emerald Tree & Shrub Care, Horseneck Wine & Spirits, Juicy Juice Juicy Waters, Miller Motorcars, Orvis, and Whitby School; Green Sponsors: The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Brighton Cleaners, Finocchio Brothers, Inc., Fjallraven, Historic Floors & Finishes by Stephen Gamble, Hoffman Landscapes, Passerelli Landscapes, Signature Pools, Troy’s Garden Nurseries, Vineyard Vines, and Wadia Associates. Media Sponsors: Greenwich Sentinel, Moffly Media, and Connoisseur Media.

Adult tickets are $70 in advance ($75 at the gate); tickets for children and youth under 18 years of age are $30; and children 2 and under are free. All tickets are available now at https://gltrust.org/go-wild/.

Greenwich Land Trust conserves open space, connects our community with the natural world, and inspires the next generation of conservationists.

Learn more at https://gltrust.org.

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meri@gltrust.org (M. Erickson) Events Tue, 10 Sep 2019 09:06:55 -0400
Broadway Classics, Pop Hits When Kristin Chenoweth Headlines at Ridgefield Playhouse Gala https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/5345-broadway-classics-pop-hits-when-kristin-chenoweth-headlines-at-ridgefield-playhouse-gala5345-broadway-classics-pop-hits-when-kristin-chenoweth-headlines-at-ridgefield-playhouse-gala https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/5345-broadway-classics-pop-hits-when-kristin-chenoweth-headlines-at-ridgefield-playhouse-gala5345-broadway-classics-pop-hits-when-kristin-chenoweth-headlines-at-ridgefield-playhouse-gala

The Ridgefield Playhouse welcomes Kristin Chenoweth to Fall Gala on Saturday, September 28

Don’t miss this night of Broadway classics, standards and pop hits! 

Purchase tickets here.

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth’s career spans film, television, voiceover and stage. In 2015, Chenoweth received a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, she received an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in “Pushing Daisies.” In 1999, she won a Tony Award for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” and she was also nominated for her original role of Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked” in 2004. Chenoweth has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and for a People’s Choice Award for her role on “Glee.”

In 2009, she wrote an upliftingly candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, “A Little Bit Wicked,” which debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction Best Seller List. Chenoweth will star alongside Scott Wolf in the holiday film “The Christmas Song,” which is slated to debut on Hallmark Channel in November 2019 and the film “Holidate” which will premiere on Netflix in 2020. Chenoweth will star as “Madeline” in the upcoming musical comedy “Death Becomes Her,” an adaptation of the 1992 film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Chenoweth has released multiple albums, most recently The Art of Elegance, and has performed to sold-out audiences across the world.

5:30pm Gala: Dinner, open bar & silent auction (Gala ticket holders only)

8:00pm Performance: Live auction and show

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Northern Trust Broadway & Cabaret Series

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kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:45:01 -0400
Dancing Stars of Greenwich Set for September 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5344-abilis-dancing-stars-of-greenwich-20195344-abilis-dancing-stars-of-greenwich-2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5344-abilis-dancing-stars-of-greenwich-20195344-abilis-dancing-stars-of-greenwich-2019

The second annual Dancing Stars of Greenwich charity dance-off Gala for Abilis will be held in conjunction with The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Greenwich, Saturday, September 14, 2019, at the Tamarack Country Club in Greenwich. Abilis is a nonprofit organization that provides services and support for individuals with special needs and their families. Last year’s inaugural Dancing Stars of Greenwich raised $45,000 for Abilis and its programs.

This fun event features local celebrities and community leaders performing a choreographed dance routine, mirroring the hit TV show. Dancing pairs are sponsored by donations to Abilis, with the top fundraising team awarded the “People’s Choice Award.” A panel of celebrity judges and the audience decides who will win the coveted mirror ball trophy. Dancing Stars of Greenwich will be hosted by actor and actress Brendon and Afton Fraser and guests will enjoy an evening of live entertainment, music, dancing, a champagne reception, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. 

Celebrity judges include: Brendan Fraser, eight-time award winning actor; Lara Spencer, American television presenter and anchor with ABC’s Good Morning America, Nightline, ABC News, PBS Antiques Roadshow, Flea Market Flip on HGTV and the Great American Country Channel; and Tony Dovolani, Dancing with the Stars: All-Star Season, season 15 champion. 

Dancers include: Stephanie Webster, editor-in-chief and founder of CTBites.com and Westport, Connecticut, resident; Elaine Madonna, Greenwich, Connecticut, resident; Melissa Zoldan-Leite, the sister of Amy Montimurro, CEO and president of Abilis - Melissa is an attorney licensed in New York and New Jersey. She lives in New York City; Dr. Bina Park, an orthodontist from Greenwich, Connecticut; Alonso Martinez, Board Chairperson of Abilis and a Stamford, Connecticut, resident; Dana Cifone, director of Gabriele’s of Greenwich; Dr. Stacy Zarakiotis-Alexandrou, a pediatric dentist in Greenwich and with Greenwich Hospital; Linda Colucci, on the board of Abilis, president of Connecticut Playmakers, and a Stamford, Connecticut, resident; Billy Blanks Jr., famed choreographer of performers such as Paula Abdul, Madonna, Celine Dion, Quincy Jones and Babyface — he is known for his revolutionary fitness dance program, Dance It Out! and is the son of Tae Bo® creator Billy Blanks; Lillian Sibrizzi of Westchester County with Sprague Energy; Rita Laurito, Greenwich resident and former Abilis board member; and Afton Fraser, actress, author and Greenwich, Connecticut, resident. The dancers will be paired with Fred Astaire of Greenwich dance instructors Elmar Schmidt, Clemens Lengenfelder, Matthew Ames, and Joanna Lee.

“Last year’s Dancing Stars of Greenwich was so much fun for everyone involved,” said Amy Montimurro, president and CEO of Abilis. “We are so excited for this year’s event, which promises to be even bigger and better!”

“Dancing Stars of Greenwich is full of all the fun, glitz and glamour of the hit TV show Dancing with the Stars!” noted Elmar Schmidt, owner and ballroom dance instructor of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Greenwich. “Local stars and leaders in the community have been training to compete just like on television. And, just like on the hit TV show, a panel of celebrity judges along with the audience, selects the winner who will win the coveted Mirrorball trophy.”

The event is sold out, however, donations are still being accepted. To date to one of the Dancing Stars please visit dancingstarsofgreenwich.net. Dancing Stars of Greenwich is the sister event of Brookfield’s Dancing Stars, now in its fourth year. In the past several years, the event has raised close to $150,000 for participating charities.

Abilis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports more than 700 individuals with special needs and their families from birth throughout their lives. Abilis has been a leader in serving the special needs community in Fairfield County in towns including, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport, Weston and Wilton, and has a long-standing reputation for individualized, high quality care. For more information, visit www.abilis.us, or facebook.com/Abilisinc, twitter.com/Abilis, or instagram.com/abilis_us.

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kerry@ducey.org (Abilis) Charities Mon, 09 Sep 2019 13:39:14 -0400
Bruce Museum Receives $5 Million Donation from Cohen Foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5343-bruce-museum-receives-5-million-donation-from-cohen-foundation5343-bruce-museum-receives-5-million-donation-from-cohen-foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5343-bruce-museum-receives-5-million-donation-from-cohen-foundation5343-bruce-museum-receives-5-million-donation-from-cohen-foundation

The Bruce Museum's Campaign for the New Bruce has received a $5 million gift from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. The donation, first announced to the public at a community-wide celebration held at the Museum on Sunday, September 8, will fund the Education Wing planned for the Museum's transformative expansion and construction project currently under way.

"Steven and Alexandra Cohen, through their charitable foundation, are already invaluable supporters of the Museum's youth and family programs, helping us provide arts education to over 25,000 K-12 students a year from schools across our region," says Robert Wolterstorff, The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director. "With this incredibly generous capital donation from the Cohens, the Museum will be able to deliver on its promise to double the number of schoolchildren we serve each year, and dramatically expand our arts education programs for students, families, and visitors of all ages and abilities. This is a game-changer for the New Bruce, and we can't thank the Cohens enough for their vision and commitment to the Museum."

The new Education Wing of the reimagined Museum will be located in the current Museum building and will include new classrooms, with space dedicated to interactive, hands-on learning quadrupling in size. The Education Wing, which will be named in honor of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, will have its own dedicated entrance, enabling the Museum to accommodate over 200 students per day in grades K-12. For a number of these students, a school trip to the Bruce will be their first encounter with a museum.

With the Cohen Foundation's gift, the Campaign for the New Bruce is now more than 80 percent of the way toward the construction goal of $45 million. The overall $60 million campaign includes an additional $15 million for the Museum's Endowment, to ensure sustainability and to support new programs. More than $6 million has been raised for the New Bruce Endowment.

The September 8 celebration, Bruce ConsTRUCKS, served as the launch of the public phase of the Campaign, an occasion to thank supporters of the New Bruce and to invite the entire community to join these benefactors in reimagining the Bruce Museum.

The day also marked the beginning of the next phase of the expansion project: a top-to-bottom renovation of the Museum's current changing gallery spaces. These galleries will re-open on February 1, 2020 with the installation of major new art and science exhibitions. The enhancements to the art galleries will be followed, in February 2020, by a complete renovation and reinvention of the permanent science galleries.

The centerpiece of the New Bruce is a three-story, 40,000 square-foot addition that will more than double the size of the current Museum. Designed by the New Orleans firm of EskewDumezRipple, the building will open directly onto Bruce Park and feature a delicate striated façade of cast stone and glass inspired by the surfaces of Connecticut's rock quarries. Groundbreaking for the art wing will take place summer 2020.

When complete, this unprecedented initiative will expand the Museum from 30,000 square feet to over 70,000 square feet, adding state-of-the-art exhibition galleries for art and science, new education spaces, and a restaurant, auditorium, and meeting spaces that will make the Museum a vibrant center for the Greenwich community.

Bruce Museum Managing Director, Suzanne Lio, applauded the Cohens for their past support, as well as the ways in which this major new gift will impact the Museum's future, stating, "The Bruce is delivering art instruction to more children and young adults, and touching the lives of greater numbers of visitors of all ages and abilities than ever before because of the annual support we receive from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. This incredibly impactful gift – and the generosity that this gift will undoubtedly inspire in other supporters – will transform the way we reach audiences."

The Campaign for the New Bruce Committee is Co-Chaired by John Ippolito, Susan V. Mahoney, and Heidi Brake Smith and includes Frederic H. Brooks, Patricia W. Chadwick, Maryann Keller Chai, William Deutsch, Nancy A. Duffy, Kathy Epstein, Becky Gillan, Robert B. Goergen, Sachiko Goodman, Tracy Holton, Karen Keegan, Jan Rogers Kniffen, Arianne F. Kolb, Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., Cricket Lockhart, James B. Lockhart III, and Deborah Simon.

To join these and other supporters of the Bruce Museum, please contact Whitney Lucas Rosenberg, Director of Development and Institutional Advancement, at 203-413-6765 or wrosenberg@brucemuseum.org or Barbara Tavrow, Campaign Director, at 203-249-8225 or btavrow@brucemuseum.org.

To learn more about the Campaign for the New Bruce, including a schedule of exhibitions and programs during the renovation phase and details about the Museum's new and expanded galleries for art and science exhibitions and enhanced spaces for hosting schoolchildren, families, and community groups, visit brucemuseum.org.

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cynthiae@brucemuseum.org (Cynthia Ehlinger) Charities Mon, 09 Sep 2019 07:32:09 -0400