Coscob's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob Fri, 18 Jun 2021 04:22:25 -0400 HamletHub.com One of Greenwich’s Favorite Beach Concessions will also Provide Meaningful Jobs to Adults with Special Needs https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/life/6012-one-of-greenwich-s-favorite-beach-concessions-will-also-provide-meaningful-jobs-to-adults-with-special-needs6012-one-of-greenwich-s-favorite-beach-concessions-will-also-provide-meaningful-jobs-to-adults-with-special-needs https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/life/6012-one-of-greenwich-s-favorite-beach-concessions-will-also-provide-meaningful-jobs-to-adults-with-special-needs6012-one-of-greenwich-s-favorite-beach-concessions-will-also-provide-meaningful-jobs-to-adults-with-special-needs

Summer in Greenwich isn’t complete without a trip or many to Greenwich’s iconic Island Beach - and the food at the beach is just as important as the sun, water and sand. This summer, Abilis Inc., the nonprofit that serves more than 800 individuals with special needs and their families from birth throughout their lives, will be operating and staffing the Island Beach Concession
 
Abilis is currently awaiting the arrival of equipment, refrigeration and permits to open the Island Beach Concession stand. As soon as the equipment arrives and they get the all-clear, Abilis staff and program participants will be on the ferry out to the island to start preparing food for beach-goers. Abilis plans on offering a delicious array of cold and hot drinks, fresh baked goods, salads, hot dogs, sandwiches, Nachos, hot pretzels, snacks, candy, ice cream and popsicles.
 
The concession stand will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Abilis will also partner with well-know and beloved food purveyors in town, similar to what it does at The Café at Greenwich Library, and bring some of those items to Island Beach from restauranteurs such as Upper Crust Bagel Company, Happiness Is Back Country Market & Café and Arcuri’s Pizza & Salad. Coffee will be provided by Shearwater Coffee Roasters, which makes delicious organic coffee and is based in Fairfield County.
 
“Building on the successful Abilis businesses, such as The Café at Greenwich Library, Abilis Gardens & Gifts and the Abilis Café, the Town of Greenwich is excited to have Abilis onboard as a partner to run the Island Beach Concession this summer,” said First Selectman Fred Camillo. “Abilis’ inclusiveness and ability to provide meaningful job training and employment to individuals with special needs is a wonderful aspect to what they do. We are excited to have them serve our Greenwich residents.”
 
Heather Brown, a Greenwich native with more than 30 years of experience working in restaurant and catering businesses, is managing the Island Beach Concession. She also manages The Café at Greenwich Library, Abilis Gardens & Gifts, and oversees employees and these new expansions of Abilis’ businesses.
 
“We are thrilled to be running the Island Beach Concession and extend Abilis’ competitive employment program to other parts of Greenwich” noted Amy Montimurro, CEO and president of Abilis. “Abilis is committed to our mission ensuring individuals with disabilities have meaningful employment. These skills are developed in conjunction with our business ventures and this new venture servicing the Island Beach Concession will allow us to continue our goal of community integration and creating employment opportunities of which Abilis is so well known.”
 
Montimurro asks for the public’s patience as the Island Beach Concession finalizes equipment, staffing and menu items in the coming weeks before it opens. “We can’t wait to serve you, but as you can imagine, running a concession stand on a Town-owned island in the middle of Long Island Sound has its challenges. We are navigating all of this with the help of the Town and hope to be serving customers shortly.” 
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kerry@ducey.org (Jenifer Howard) Life Thu, 17 Jun 2021 12:51:32 -0400
Mike's Organic Expands with Launch of Made by Mike's Prepared Food https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/6009-mike-s-organic-expands-with-the-launch-of-made-by-mike-s6009-mike-s-organic-expands-with-the-launch-of-made-by-mike-s https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/6009-mike-s-organic-expands-with-the-launch-of-made-by-mike-s6009-mike-s-organic-expands-with-the-launch-of-made-by-mike-s

CT’s premier farm-to-home delivery service debuts prepared foods

Mike’s Organic has announced the debut of Made by Mike’s, marking the brand’s expansion into the category of prepared foods. The new line features a signature menu of prepared food offerings made in-house utilizing the finest local and organic products sourced from small farms. 

The announcement follows on the heels of Mike’s Organic rapid growth over the last few years. After opening a retail market in 2019, 2020 saw the brand add over 250 new products to its inventory and expand its delivery service to additional towns in both Fairfield and Westchester Counties. 

Made by Mike’s features a wide range of selections to suit a variety of tastes, from Glazed Ora King Salmon and Pastured Roasted Chickens to Mac & Cheese and Quinoa Primavera. In keeping with the brand’s commitment to sustainability, all the packaging for the prepared foods line is 100% compostable.

“What sets our prepared foods apart is the quality of the ingredients,” said Mike Geller, founder of Mike’s Organic. “Every day we drive to farms in the region to hand pick the finest food to offer to our customers, and now we are taking that a step further by transforming those ingredients into ready-to-eat meals.” 

Geller continued, “We know cooking fatigue is at an all-time high following this tumultuous year, and we are excited to present a program to help make life easier and more delicious. And this launch helps us expand our reach to support even more small farmers -- many of whom have said they would have lost their farms in the pandemic without Mike’s Organic given most of their business came from restaurants and schools.” 

Made by Mike’s offerings include:

Glazed Ora King Salmon

Whole Roasted Chicken

Chicken Ricotta Meatballs

Mike's Mac & Cheese

Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes

Steamed Broccoli

Quinoa Primavera

Roasted Mixed Vegetables

Customers can order Made by Mike’s offerings on the Mike’s Organic website from Friday at 6pm through Sunday at midnight for delivery the coming week. A selection of prepared foods is also available daily at the market.

Learn more Mikesorganicdelivery.com / @mikesorganic 

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kerry@ducey.org (Hamlet Hub) Places Thu, 17 Jun 2021 11:55:54 -0400
Swim Across America Fairfield County Presents Cancer Conversations: Brain and Bone - Finding New & Better Treatments https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/6008-cancer-conversations6008-cancer-conversations https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/6008-cancer-conversations6008-cancer-conversations

A unique Zoom conversation with two of the nation’s leading scientists working on new treatments for brain and bone cancer is being presented by Swim Across America Fairfield County at 7:00 p.m. (ET), Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

This free event is being offered to provide supporters, volunteers and swimmers participating in the annual Swim Across America Fairfield County open water swim an opportunity to meet and hear from the scientists they are helping to support. Since this event is being offered via Zoom, Swim Across America Fairfield County is making the evening available to anyone who has an interest in learning more about new potential treatments for treating brain and bone cancers. To register and obtain the link for the conversation, visit Swim Across America Fairfield County’s Facebook page at facebook.com/saafairfieldco or the event link at https://bit.ly/3cmggXZ.

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

Dr. Stephen Gottschalk is researching better treatments for pediatric sarcoma or bone cancer. With a grant from Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy and Swim Across America Fairfield County, Dr. Gottschalk is conducting preclinical studies with the ultimate goal of developing a clinical trial. His novel strategy leverages an approach to CAR T-cell therapy that yielded promising results in other preclinical models. Using not one, but two different protein targets, Dr. Gottschalk expects to fortify a patient’s immune system to successfully attack and destroy sarcomas along with the blood vessels that support their growth.

"Pediatric sarcoma, which comes back after initial therapy or is present at multiple sites, is difficult to treat even with the most aggressive, currently available therapies. Because sarcomas are a relatively uncommon group of cancers, accounting for about 15 percent of childhood cancers, improving outcomes has been challenging. This grant enables me to further investigate how we can leverage different proteins to attack not only abnormal sarcoma cells, but also the blood vessels that provide nutrients to tumors. We’ve seen this approach work in mice. Given the resources from this grant, we can move ahead much faster to complete all the preclinical studies that are need to evaluate our approach in the clinic.”

Dr. Gottschalk's success using gene therapy to successfully treat and save young people afflicted by the rare but deadly diagnosis often called "bubble boy syndrome" is another example of how gene therapy is revolutionizing how doctors approach and treat life-threatening diseases.

Why brain and bone cancer? We all have a loved one or a friend who has been impacted by cancer — and a diagnosis of brain or bone cancer (including pediatric sarcoma) can be devastating. In 2021, it is estimated that 1.9 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed and there will be 608,570 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 and friends, Swim Across America Fairfield County welcomes anyone and everyone who wants to be a part of the fight against cancer. 

Funds raised by Swim Across America Fairfield County go directly to support scientific cancer gene therapy grants to research fellows chosen and awarded by Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. Swim Across America Fairfield County has raised $4.3 million over the past 15 years helping to fund 11 research fellows at Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy.

 To learn more visit swimacrossamerica.org/fc or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @SAAFairfieldCo or email nancycarr@swimacrossamerica.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Swim Across America Fairfield County) Events Thu, 17 Jun 2021 11:52:00 -0400
Greenwich United Way Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors at Annual Meeting https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/6007-greenwich-united-way-welcomes-new-members-to-board-of-directors-at-annual-meeting6007-greenwich-united-way-welcomes-new-members-to-board-of-directors-at-annual-meeting https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/6007-greenwich-united-way-welcomes-new-members-to-board-of-directors-at-annual-meeting6007-greenwich-united-way-welcomes-new-members-to-board-of-directors-at-annual-meeting

The Greenwich United Way (GUW) Board of Directors Annual Meeting was held on June 16 at Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, CT.
 
Members of the organization's staff and Board welcomed seven new Board members: Jeffrey Coviello, Kristina Gabelli, Carey Wunsch Giannetti, Alyssa Keleshian, Patrick Kerney, Cory Anne Logan and Karin McShane. Mario Forlini was named Board Chair and former Board Chair Eileen Kim transitioned to the GUW Advisory Board.
 
“In many ways, the GUW has been training its whole life for a year like the one we just finished,” said Kim. “In the face of COVID, the organization stayed focused on its long-standing mission… we just operated at a slightly faster pace than in the past and accomplished so much.”
 
"Even before joining the board, I have always been impressed with the way the Greenwich United Way is there for the community. I am especially excited with how much progress ECAGS has made in three short years,” said Forlini. “I look forward to serving in my new role as the organization expands its focus on the unmet needs highlighted by the recent Needs Assessment and develops lasting solutions to serve our town.”
 
GUW CEO David Rabin provided highlights of the work conducted in the past year.
 
“Our dollars into the community totaled more than $2 million this year through grants and our own programming, positively impacting the lives of 28,254 town residents,” said Rabin. “We raised and granted more than $900,000 with our COVID Relief Fund, which was a true testament to why the Greenwich United Way is here – to step in in times of crisis and help as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.”
 
Rabin delivered an overview of the organization’s efforts to close the achievement gap in town that exists among at-risk children entering kindergarten. The Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions (ECAGS) program began three years ago and has since proven uniquely effective in addressing its mission. 
 
“The return on the investment we make in ECAGS is a more vibrant, productive group of people who are able to lift themselves up and break the cycle of poverty, helping everyone in the community,” said Rabin.
 
Rabin provided details on the 2020 Needs Assessment unveiled in February and how the data on human services needs in Greenwich will help in creating a blueprint for the GUW’s future programming.
 
In addressing the high costs of childcare, Rabin reported on the new childcare provider now operating in the space vacated by the YMCA at St. Roch’s. Grace Day Care and Learning Center is now up and running and accepting GUW scholarships for qualifying families.
 
Visit Greenwich United Way online for more information greenwichunitedway.org) and engage on Facebook here.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (kh) Neighbors Thu, 17 Jun 2021 11:46:44 -0400
Town of Greenwich Firework Picnic Fundraiser July 3 and July 5 Benefits Parks and Recreation Foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/6006-town-of-greenwich-firework-picnic-fundraiser-july-3-and-july-5-benefits-parks-and-recreation-foundation6006-town-of-greenwich-firework-picnic-fundraiser-july-3-and-july-5-benefits-parks-and-recreation-foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/6006-town-of-greenwich-firework-picnic-fundraiser-july-3-and-july-5-benefits-parks-and-recreation-foundation6006-town-of-greenwich-firework-picnic-fundraiser-july-3-and-july-5-benefits-parks-and-recreation-foundation

The Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Foundation announces its first-ever Firework Picnic Fundraiser in conjunction with the planned Town fireworks on the evenings of July 3 and July 5.

Supporters will be able to pre-order picnic boxes for curbside pick-up from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center on the day of the fireworks, rain, or shine. The separate fireworks displays are scheduled for both evenings at Greenwich Point Park, starting at about 9:10 pm. If either show is canceled due to inclement weather, the catered meals will still be available for pick-up. Greenwich Magazine/Moffly Media is also sponsoring the Firework Picnic Fundraiser.

Partnering with award-winning Marcia Selden Catering, $20 from each order will be donated to the Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Foundation. The number of meals available will be limited, so ordering early is advised no later than June 30. There are five meal options available, with each box serving two people. Among the choices of meals will be lobster rolls, sliced beef sandwiches, chicken caesar wraps, and tequila shrimp, all with specially curated accompaniments. Orders can be placed at https://www.towngreenwichprfoundation.org.

"The Parks and Recreation Department is looking forward to the return of this longstanding summer tradition in Greenwich. People gathering at Greenwich Point under the stars for an Independence Day celebration is certainly a step toward normalcy," said Director of Parks and Recreation Joseph Siciliano. "I am very pleased to see the Parks and Recreation Foundation support the Department through strategic philanthropic partnerships and revenue development such as the Firework Picnic fundraiser. This unique and creative food offering is sure to please everyone who purchases them while contributing to the Foundation's mission of serving the entire community."

On July 3 and July 5, Greenwich Point will be closed to vehicles as of 8 pm or when the parking reaches capacity, whichever comes first. Either a seasonal park pass or a single-entry guest pass will be required for entry to Greenwich Point. Nonresidents must purchase single entry tickets as well as parking passes.

The Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Foundation is a private non-profit organization to support and enhance our Town's heritage of parks and open spaces. This tax-exempt entity is designed to supplement public funding with the private donations and volunteer efforts of our community.

The Foundation is dedicated to the transformative experiences our beautiful outdoors affords us in Greenwich, including capital improvements, park development and maintenance, landscape improvements, playground, and picnic area upgrades, beautification projects, special community events, and youth scholarships for recreational programs as well as underfunded activities like camp scholarships.

For more information about this event, contact Foundation Board Member Sue Bodson at sembodson@gmail.com or 203-249-7233.

For more information about the Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Foundation, visit https://www.towngreenwichprfoundation.org.

 
 
 
 
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Sue Bodson) Events Thu, 17 Jun 2021 06:37:16 -0400
Supporting Arts Grant Program Helps Connecticut’s Arts Organizations, Apply Through July 11 https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/6005-supporting-arts-grant-program-helps-connecticut-s-arts-organizations-apply-through-july-116005-supporting-arts-grant-program-helps-connecticut-s-arts-organizations-apply-through-july-11 https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/6005-supporting-arts-grant-program-helps-connecticut-s-arts-organizations-apply-through-july-116005-supporting-arts-grant-program-helps-connecticut-s-arts-organizations-apply-through-july-11

The FY22 Supporting Arts grant program is open and accepting applications. The Supporting Arts grant program provides unrestricted funding to help support Connecticut’s arts organizations and municipal arts departments as they pursue their missions. This type of grant is flexible and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most needed.

Grants range from $1,000 to $15,000 depending upon the size of the organization.


Deadline: Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 11:59pm. Questions? Contact Rhonda Olisky via email at rhonda.olisky@ct.gov.

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have touched every aspect of our way of life. No one could have foreseen the effect the COVID-19 pandemic would have on the creative sector in 2020 and 2021, and we believe that the effects will be felt for many years to come. Many of you have made and continue to make significant changes to your operations.

If your organization has struggled to meet the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will do our best to help. If you need assistance completing the Supporting Arts FY22 application or have other questions or concerns, please contact a COA staff member for guidance. Know that we are dedicated to supporting all Connecticut arts organizations to the best of our ability.

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kerry@ducey.org (FCBuzz) Charities Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:34:35 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter: The Gift Shop at the Greenwich Historical Society https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5984-why-small-businesses-matter-gift-shop-at-the-greenwich-historical-society5984-why-small-businesses-matter-gift-shop-at-the-greenwich-historical-society https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/places/5984-why-small-businesses-matter-gift-shop-at-the-greenwich-historical-society5984-why-small-businesses-matter-gift-shop-at-the-greenwich-historical-society

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 Gift shop at the Greenwich Historical Society!

Four questions with Barbara Johann, Museum Store Manager of the Gift shop at the Greenwich Historical Society.

Why did you start your business?

The Greenwich Historical Society is celebrating its 90th year, and we have had a small retail operation for 25 years here on the Bush-Holley House site in Cos Cob. The new expanded Museum Store opened October 2018, upon completion of our new award-winning reimagined campus, in the building of the former Toby’s Tavern in what was known as the Cos Cob “Hub”, a busy area in Cos Cob harbor and home to the Cos Cob art colony. Our store reflects our local history in many ways!

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our merchandise includes gifts and many items related to Greenwich, our site, and history. We also sell special items related to current Exhibitions (now a lot on Impressionism, Landscape, Garden). Our gifts, books, mugs, cards from local artists, and children’s sections are particularly popular.

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

We are about celebrating all things local! Currently, we feature 12 local vendors: Beelightful, Julie Dibase, Onion Hill, Isle Gordon, Visit Greenwich, CT (Liz Norfleet), Sugar Maple Farm, author Missy Wolfe (among others!), Pomeline Jewelry. Between contemporary local artisans and our focus on Greenwich history, we really cover all things “local”! In addition, our Tavern Garden Markets, held in our lobby and gardens, expands our reach to many other local producers and artisans every other Wednesday. We like to keep new, seasonal products featured all throughout the year, and highlighting local vendors is always a top priority.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

Like our town history, our business is constantly growing and evolving. We know people in Greenwich like to support small businesses, and we appreciate their support of cultural institutions and non-profits, especially. We aim to offer unique items not found in other stores at an accessible price point, and with perks such as easy parking, beautiful gift wrapping at no additional charge. We especially believe that offering shoppers the experience of coming to a peaceful museum setting, with our gardens and grounds is an added benefit to making shopping here particularly rewarding.

Barbara Johann and the Gift shop at the Greenwich Historical Society are nominating Habitat Greenwich in Cos Cob!

the gift shop at the Greenwich Historical Society is located at 47 Strickland Road in Cos Cob. Visit the gift shop at the Greenwich Historical Society online here, or give them a call at 203-869-6899!

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

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Wed, 16 Jun 2021 08:05:00 -0400
Two Greenwich food drives continue to collect much needed food https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/6004-two-greenwich-food-drives-continue-to-collect-much-needed-food6004-two-greenwich-food-drives-continue-to-collect-much-needed-food https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/6004-two-greenwich-food-drives-continue-to-collect-much-needed-food6004-two-greenwich-food-drives-continue-to-collect-much-needed-food

As we optimistically re-open businesses and moments of normalcy return to our daily routines, it is still a difficult time for many of our  residents, including children who won’t get meals from  schools during the summer months.  Neighbor to Neighbor continues to witness high numbers of people in Greenwich who are food insecure and depend on Neighbor for weekly food assistance.

While the new Neighbor to Neighbor food pantry is being built, dedicated   community volunteers continue to provide support. In the Spring of 2020, Lori Jackson and Jaye Richey, leaders of the Faith in Action Committee at St. Paul’s Church in Riverside, noted the dramatic increase in food insecurity as thousands lost their jobs. “We knew we had to quickly organize a substantial food drive to supplement Neighbor to Neighbor’s inventory,” Lori said. “We put the word out and mobilized a weekly food drive at St. Paul’s every Thursday morning.”

Recognizing St. Paul’s plea for help, the Social Justice Committee of the Parish of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Agnes, chaired by Betsy Parker, also launched a weekly contactless food drive in Riverside on Tuesday mornings. Through drenching rains and blistering heat, the committee continues to collect shelf stable foods (cereal, rice, beans, pb&j, pasta) and personal care products for Neighbor to Neighbor every Tuesday morning. This weekly food drive has served as an outpost for Neighbor to Neighbor since they have temporarily relocated to North Greenwich Community Church, while awaiting construction to be completed at their new facility.

“The need still exists and we are going to continue on.” remarked Pam Sloane, Social Justice committee member and lead communicator of the Tuesday food drive. “Pam has been a pivotal volunteer and largely responsible for the drive’s success”, Rhonda Morley, Social Justice Committee member, remarked. “Pam is responsible for the amazing outreach to the larger community as well as to our parish. She is fearless in her advocacy for our neighbors in need. And the need continues - 500 households still receive groceries each week. We are a small but essential piece of this support system,”

Both churches have seen extraordinary acts of generosity from the community “We have a donor who comes weekly with a large box full of groceries purchases while he shops. He thoroughly enjoys shopping for others.” Rhonda says appreciatively. “There’s also a high school student who places flyers in his neighborhood mailboxes, asking for neighbors to donate to Neighbor’s food pantry. He recently dropped off his collection to the Tuesday food drive”

“Volunteers have always provided valuable contributions to this community and COVID brought out the best in them. So many people were brave during a very scary time,” Lori Jackson says, “This also offered a way for people to feel connected to their church, even when they weren’t able to attend services.  They wanted to do good things during COVID, but we cannot relax yet. Grocery prices are going up, shipping food and supplies is more expensive, and these increases impact the people who can least afford it.”

For more info or to make a donation: www.ntngreenwich.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Bobbi Eggers) Charities Wed, 16 Jun 2021 07:14:37 -0400
Greenwich golfers tee off to support The Maritime Aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/6003-greenwich-golfers-tee-off-to-support-the-maritime-aquarium6003-greenwich-golfers-tee-off-to-support-the-maritime-aquarium https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/6003-greenwich-golfers-tee-off-to-support-the-maritime-aquarium6003-greenwich-golfers-tee-off-to-support-the-maritime-aquarium

Greenwich residents were out in force among the foursomes to help support The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk on May 24 as more than $185,000 was raised during the 10th annual Golf Classic at Wee Burn Country Club in Darien.

“This event is always a fun and memorable outing, but more so this year as it was the first large-scale fundraiser hosted by the Aquarium since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out last year, and of course since protocols have eased this spring,” said Danielle Tranzillo, the Aquarium’s director of Development. “We thank the 96 golfers who turned out and contributed so much, and also the Wee Burn Country Club for again hosting us on their beautiful course and fabulous facilities.”

The event included a delectable lunch to start the day, followed by 18 holes of golf, animal encounters, live music by members of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, and a relaxed sunset dinner.

Funds raised from the Golf Classic support the Aquarium’s living exhibits, marine science and environmental education.

Fairfield County Bank was presenting sponsor, with co-presenting sponsors New Canaan Funding and Spinnaker Real Estate Partners LLC.

Learn more about the Aquarium’s special events, exhibits, programs and more this summer at www.maritimeaquarium.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Dave Sigworth) Neighbors Tue, 15 Jun 2021 13:17:05 -0400
Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives in Stamford https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/6002-red-cross-blood-drive-at-jesse-lee-church-on-saturday6002-red-cross-blood-drive-at-jesse-lee-church-on-saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/6002-red-cross-blood-drive-at-jesse-lee-church-on-saturday6002-red-cross-blood-drive-at-jesse-lee-church-on-saturday

Severe blood shortage: Donors needed now to address delays in patient care

There are several Red Cross Blood Drives in Stamford durin the month of June:

6/16/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Stamford Church of Christ, 1264 High Ridge Road

6/20/2021: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Temple Beth El Stamford, 350 Roxbury Road

6/21/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church Stamford, 1101 Bedford St

6/26/2021: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 800 Long Ridge Road, 800 Long Ridge Road

6/26/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Holy Spirit Church, 403 Scofieldtown Road

The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise – and deplete the nation’s blood inventory. Donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment to give as soon as possible to prevent further impact to patients.

Right now, hospitals are responding to an atypically high number of traumas and emergency room visits, as well as overdoses and resulting transplants. In comparison to 2019, the Red Cross has seen demand from trauma centers climb by 10% in 2021− more than five times the growth of other facilities that provide blood transfusions.  

Additional opportunities to donate blood in Fairfield County during the month of June

Bethel

6/17/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Municipal Center, 1 School Street

Bridgeport

6/19/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Andrews Church, 435 Anton Street

6/23/2021: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Burroughs Community Center, 2470 Fairfield Avenue

6/30/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bridgeport Hospital, 200 Mill Hill Avenue

6/30/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Bridgeport Hospital, 200 Mill Hill Avenue

Brookfield

6/16/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, 138 Candlewood Lake Rd.

6/16/2021: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, 138 Candlewood Lake Rd.

6/30/2021: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, 138 Candlewood Lake Rd.

Cos Cob

6/24/2021: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Greenwich Water Club, 49 River Road

Danbury

6/15/2021: 1:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m., Gethsemane Baptist Church International, Gethsemane Baptist Church International, 8 Delay Street

6/22/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Danbury Fair Mall, 7 Backus Avenue

6/23/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Portuguese Cultural Center, 65 Sand Pit Rd.

6/24/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Holiday Inn, 80 Newtown Rd.

Easton

6/16/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road

Fairfield

6/16/2021: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Scandinavian Club, 1351 South Pine Creek Road

6/28/2021: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Black Rock Church, 3685 Black Rock Turnpike

6/28/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Black Rock Church, 3685 Black Rock Turnpike

Monroe

6/19/2021: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Beacon Hill Evangelical Free Church, 371 Old Zoar Road

New Fairfield

6/18/2021: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., New Fairfield Company A Volunteer Fire Department, 302 Ball Pond Road

Newtown

6/25/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St.

6/25/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West St.

Norwalk

6/17/2021: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Philip's Church, 25 France Street

6/17/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Philip's Church, 25 France Street

6/18/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., United Church of Rowayton, 210 Rowayton Ave

6/30/2021: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. Philip's Church, 25 France Street

6/30/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Philip's Church, 25 France Street

Riverside

6/18/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 200 Riverside Ave

Shelton

6/18/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street

6/18/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street

6/25/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street

 

Trumbull

6/22/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 406 White Plains Road

6/29/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 406 White Plains Road

Westport

6/22/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., VFW, 465 Riverside Avenue


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kerry@ducey.org (Jocelyn Hillard) Charities Tue, 15 Jun 2021 08:31:36 -0400
Cos Cob Resident Anthony Ferraro Jr. Named to St. Lawrence University's Dean's List https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/6000-cos-cob-resident-anthony-ferraro-jr-named-to-st-lawrence-university-s-dean-s-list6000-cos-cob-resident-anthony-ferraro-jr-named-to-st-lawrence-university-s-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/6000-cos-cob-resident-anthony-ferraro-jr-named-to-st-lawrence-university-s-dean-s-list6000-cos-cob-resident-anthony-ferraro-jr-named-to-st-lawrence-university-s-dean-s-list

Anthony Ferraro Jr. from Cos Cob has been named to St. Lawrence University's Dean's List for achieving academic excellence during the Spring 2021 semester.

Ferraro attended Greenwich High School. Ferraro Jr. is a member of St. Lawrence's Class of 2021.

To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must have completed at least four courses and have an academic average of 3.6 based on a 4.0 scale for the semester.

Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students located in Canton, New York. 

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kerry@ducey.org (St. Lawrence University) Neighbors Mon, 14 Jun 2021 06:45:48 -0400
FCBuzz Weekend Events: Summer Pop Ups in Milford, American Chamber Orchestra in Norwalk, Stamford’s Curtain Call Theatre and MORE! https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/6001-fcbuzz-weekend-events-summer-pop-ups-in-milford-american-chamber-orchestra-in-norwalk-stamford-s-curtain-call-theatre-and-more6001-fcbuzz-weekend-events-summer-pop-ups-in-milford-american-chamber-orchestra-in-norwalk-stamford-s-curtain-call-theatre-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/6001-fcbuzz-weekend-events-summer-pop-ups-in-milford-american-chamber-orchestra-in-norwalk-stamford-s-curtain-call-theatre-and-more6001-fcbuzz-weekend-events-summer-pop-ups-in-milford-american-chamber-orchestra-in-norwalk-stamford-s-curtain-call-theatre-and-more

Editor's note: HamletHub is thrilled to partner with Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FC Buzz to bring out readers events and activities that will put spring in your step and heat up summer! Unleash your inner creativity and get out there and enjoy all that Fairfield County has to offer!

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Tuesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members.

Live music and theatre is making its way back to our stages (and other venues) slowly but surely. Saturday morning at 11am, the Milford Arts Council presents one in its series of “Summer Pop-Ups” - this week at Walnut Beach - with New York dancer Maria Cherniske and friends, while at 2pm, the locally renowned Madera Winds Quintet performs 20th-century dance music at the spacious Hollis Taggart Gallery in Southport. Later on Saturday, you can hear a classical concert in a classic venue: the American Chamber Orchestra performs Mozart, Telemann and Beethoven in the Norwalk Concert Hall. And then Sunday, ready for some outdoor jazz? At 5pm, BackCountry Jazz kicks off its Summer Jazz series that takes place in some of the most bucolic of Greenwich gardens. This week: Bennie Wallace and friends - you only find out which garden after you buy your ticket.

Theatre is also back. Ready for a night of hilarity? Stamford’s Curtain Call Theatre is presenting the award-winning musical comedy Nunsense this Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm (and again next weekend). A quintet of nuns from Hoboken is putting on a fund-raising talent show in a high school gym. The result? Hands down hilarious! And if you’re in Fairfield at noon next Tuesday, Play With Your Food presents its signature mix of a gourmet lunch with Broadway actors giving readings of three one-act plays about the trials and tribulations of romance. Noon, outside the Fairfield Theater Company

Let’s not forget the visual arts. An opening that many have been long awaiting is the Pop-Up Exhibition of 13 artists from the Artists Collective of Westport, that was to have been shown last March but was cancelled because of COVID. Head for the Gallery in the Westport Country Playhouse Barn for one of the best opening receptions around, from 2pm to 6pm - with some very lively art on display.

And on Sunday, especially if you have a lot of pent-up energy and are seeking an artistic outlet, go to the Silvermine Arts Center and “Draw Until You Drop.” Join Silvermine Guild artists and Silvermine teachers who will help you you as you draw from livem models, still-life set-ups, or explore landscape drawing outside on the campus.

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page here

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kerry@ducey.org (David Green) Events Fri, 11 Jun 2021 15:17:30 -0400
Eastern student Margaret Montague of Cos Cob makes Dean's List https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5999-eastern-student-margaret-montague-of-cos-cob-makes-dean-s-list5999-eastern-student-margaret-montague-of-cos-cob-makes-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/neighbors/5999-eastern-student-margaret-montague-of-cos-cob-makes-dean-s-list5999-eastern-student-margaret-montague-of-cos-cob-makes-dean-s-list

Eastern Connecticut State University recently released its Dean's List for the spring 2021 semester, in which nearly 1,300 students were recognized for maintaining high GPAs.

Among them is full-time student Margaret Montague of Cos Cob, who majors in Sociology and Criminology.

To qualify for Dean's List, full-time students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in letter-graded courses with an average GPA of 3.5 or higher in the semester. Part-time students are eligible if they've accumulated 15 or more credits of letter-graded course work with an average GPA of 3.5 or higher.

For more information, visit www.easternct.edu.

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kerry@ducey.org (ECSU) Neighbors Wed, 09 Jun 2021 12:14:35 -0400
The Greenwich Art Society presents: Plein Air Plus + Take Two with James McElhinney https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/5998-the-greenwich-art-society-presents-plein-air-plus-take-two-with-james-mcelhinney5998-the-greenwich-art-society-presents-plein-air-plus-take-two-with-james-mcelhinney https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/events/5998-the-greenwich-art-society-presents-plein-air-plus-take-two-with-james-mcelhinney5998-the-greenwich-art-society-presents-plein-air-plus-take-two-with-james-mcelhinney

The Greenwich Art Society presents Plein Air Plus + Take-Two with James McElhinney on Saturday, June 12 from 1 to 2pm. 

Adult and Teens | Available 

Presented live, outdoors, and online. Learn the expeditionary art of drawing and painting outdoors, while carrying as little equipment as possible. How to prepare, what to do when you arrive, and how to leave no trace. Brief PowerPoint slide lecture followed by follow-along technical demo, discussion and Q&A. Open to: all ages 16 and up. In order to prepare, students receive in advance a list of supplies and daily lesson-plan. Destination TBA. 90 minute. Zoom session.

registration on our website www.greenwichartsociety.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Mary Newcomb) Events Wed, 09 Jun 2021 11:56:50 -0400
Greenwich United Way Finance Champions Celebrates Three Years https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5997-greenwich-united-way-finance-champions-celebrates-three-years5997-greenwich-united-way-finance-champions-celebrates-three-years https://news.hamlethub.com/coscob/charities/5997-greenwich-united-way-finance-champions-celebrates-three-years5997-greenwich-united-way-finance-champions-celebrates-three-years

Greenwich United Way Finance Champions Celebrates Three Years
 
May 25th Finance Champions Showcase and Bazaar highlighted the good financial habits of eight Greenwich middle school students.
 
GREENWICH, Conn., June 9, 2021 – The third year of Greenwich United Way’s Finance Champions program at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich was celebrated on May 25th with the program’s annual Finance Champions Showcase and Bazaar. Eight Greenwich middle school students and eight dedicated volunteers worked together over the course of five weeks this spring to develop lifelong skills of earning, saving, and spending wisely.  
 
“The student presentations were impressive and demonstrated meaningful lessons. Students highlighted what they learned to reach financial goals and their plans to divide individual shares of money to save for long-term goals, give gifts, treat themselves, and donate to community organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich and the Greenwich United Way,” said Cecile Meunier, program coordinator for the Greenwich United Way. “In creating and successfully managing their own Bazaar, students learned about pricing and engaging with customers to reach goals. These important skills will stay with them forever and pay off dividends as Finance Champions weave these early lessons into their financial decisions for years to come.”
 
Finance Champions is grateful to the support of COBS Breads and Trader Joe's, which donated baked goods and plants for the event.
 
Modeled on the town-wide revered Reading Champions reading fluency program, Finance Champions was piloted in 2018 and pairs volunteers and students to help establish and practice good money habits, including goal setting, earning, smart spending, saving, banking and budgeting. Prospective volunteers interested in participating in next semester’s program can contact Cecile Meunier at cmeunier@greenwichunitedway.org or 203-869-2256 or Deelia Wadsworth, BGCG Education & Volunteer Coordinator at dwadsworth@bgcg.org or 203-869-3224.
 
About Greenwich United Way
The Greenwich United Way (GUW) shares a name with approximately 1,200 other similar organizations across the nation, although the Greenwich, Connecticut division is a privately incorporated, locally governed, nonprofit agency. As a volunteer-driven organization, the Greenwich United Way exists to help identify and address the health, educational and self-sufficiency needs specific to its local community and to create and affect meaningful, lasting solutions. Through various fundraising efforts and on-going research, the organization is able to directly grant the funds necessary to accomplish this goal. The Greenwich United Way also invests in and conducts collaborative efforts to address broad-based community needs with partnering nonprofit agencies. For more information, visit https://greenwichunitedway.org, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
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kerry@ducey.org (kh) Charities Tue, 08 Jun 2021 13:37:56 -0400