Darien's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/darien Fri, 24 May 2019 18:17:18 -0400 HamletHub.com Connecticut Facebook Fugitive Chooses Fame Over Freedom https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/publicsafety/46999-facebook-fugitive-chooses-fame-over-freedom46999-facebook-fugitive-chooses-fame-over-freedom https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/publicsafety/46999-facebook-fugitive-chooses-fame-over-freedom46999-facebook-fugitive-chooses-fame-over-freedom

The Torrington Police Department recently received an unusual offer from a wanted fugitive.

According to Torrington Police, after negotiating with the police department, wanted fugitive Jose Simms, 29, offered to turn himself in if the Facebook post with his mugshot received 15,000 likes. The post was made early on Wednesday morning and within 24 hours, the post garnered the support of over 22,000 likes. However, Jose Simms has yet to turn himself in.

Lieutenant Johnson remains hopeful, writing, “We will update the post again when he does turn himself in. Thank you to everyone who liked the post and messaged us with info. It's all appreciated”.

This is an ongoing story. We will continue with updates as new information develops.

*Image courtesy Torrington Police Facebook


kerry@ducey.org (Will Bryant) Public safety Thu, 23 May 2019 07:57:05 -0400
Fairfield County Bank Employees Graduate from Connecticut School of Finance and Management https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46998-fairfield-county-bank-employees-graduate-from-connecticut-school-of-finance-and-management46998-fairfield-county-bank-employees-graduate-from-connecticut-school-of-finance-and-management https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46998-fairfield-county-bank-employees-graduate-from-connecticut-school-of-finance-and-management46998-fairfield-county-bank-employees-graduate-from-connecticut-school-of-finance-and-management

Fairfield County Bank announces the graduation of Karen Dauk, Senior Financial Analyst, Sean Hargraves, Sales and Service Quality Associate, Luis Lucero, Senior Accounting Specialist, and Walter Romero, Assistant Branch Manager (Tunxis Hill Office), from the Connecticut School of Finance and Management (CSFM).

CSFM is an intensive two-year bank management training program sponsored by the Connecticut Bankers Association (CBA). The program provides an opportunity for bank management personnel to obtain more comprehensive knowledge and awareness of banking. Topics include banking theory, practice and procedures, management functions and capital markets as it pertains to the bank and their line of work.

“We are extremely proud of our graduates. They worked very diligently over the past two years, and we are excited for them to implement what they learned to help our customers and the Bank as a whole better,” said Dan Berta, President of Fairfield County Bank.

Fairfield County Bank believes in providing its employees with the necessary tools to develop well-trained and experienced professionals to meet the needs of their customers. Jacqueline, Tanya, and Michael were selected by their Bank management to attend CSFM to enhance their understanding of the banking industry as well as Fairfield County Bank.

kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Neighbors Wed, 22 May 2019 10:12:37 -0400
Why Summer is a Great Time to Visit Marblehead Mass https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46997-why-summer-is-a-great-time-to-visit-marblehead-mass46997-why-summer-is-a-great-time-to-visit-marblehead-mass https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46997-why-summer-is-a-great-time-to-visit-marblehead-mass46997-why-summer-is-a-great-time-to-visit-marblehead-mass

When considering a summertime destination, the Salem, Massachusetts area probably does not come to mind. However, just ten minutes from America’s Halloween capital is the gorgeous seaside town of Marblehead.

Marblehead has spectacular ocean views and offers many beloved summertime activities including nightly boat cruises, kayak and standup paddleboard rentals, stunning beaches with turquoise water, and so much more.

For history buffs, a visit to the Marblehead Museum is a must. The museum operates three distinct properties, the J.O.J. Frost Gallery, the Jeremiah Lee Mansion, and the Civil War and G.A.R. Museum, which all detail Marblehead’s storied past.

Dining in the area is top notch, and you don’t have to leave Marblehead’s hamlet in order to enjoy a fine meal. 5 Corners Kitchen is a favorite not only among visitors but locals as well/ Maddie’s Sail Loft has been in business since World War II and serves a seafood-heavy menu in a casual pub atmosphere. For traditional New England clam chowder, you can’t beat the Barnacle.  

When you've had your fill of food and fun in town, there’s no better place to rest your head than the Hotel Marblehead. Formerly known as the Marblehead Inn, this quaint boutique hotel offers just 14 rooms that were recently updated to preserve the old world charm, but incorporate more modern luxuries.

Every morning a breakfast buffet is set out in the charming lobby. You’ll find fresh pastries, coffee, cheeses, and more, as well as several local and national newspapers. When I was a guest at the hotel this was my favorite way to start the morning. There is also outdoor seating behind the historic house turned hotel with a gorgeous fountain and comfortable chairs.

The staff is not only incredibly friendly but highly knowledgable about the area. They suggested several activities and restaurants that really enhanced my trip. I also loved returning to what felt like a home. Hot water and tea is always available, and after a very chilly outing, it was extremely comforting to pour myself a cup of chamomile and relaxing in my room.

In Salem, you’ll be happy to know that the spooky activities aren’t just relegated to fall. Nearly all of the witch-related tours and events go all summer long and the famous Salem Witch Museum, the Witch House, and the House of Seven Gables are all open as well.

Even if you are not an art buff, you’d be remiss not to visit the Peabody Essex Museum, a premier art museum located in downtown Salem. The exhibits are constantly rotating, but the jewel of the museum and a permanent part of the collection is the Yin Yu Tang House. Imported from the Anhui province in China, this 18th-century house was reconstructed by the museum and offers a truly unique peek into what life was like during the Qing Dynasty.  

Several daily tours are included with museum admission, such as the Two Merchants’ Houses tour and a popular architectural walking tour of the town.

The Ropes Mansion, which is owned by the Peabody Essex, was made famous by the Halloween favorite, Hocus Pocus, was just reopened to the public after many years of being shuttered.

Given the diversity of events, historical sites, the grandeur of the beaches, and proximity to Salem, make sure you put Marblehead on your summer agenda.


gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Places Tue, 21 May 2019 12:56:43 -0400
Geary Gallery Presents Artist Judith Carbine in June https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46995-geary-gallery-presents-artist-judith-carbine-in-june46995-geary-gallery-presents-artist-judith-carbine-in-june https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46995-geary-gallery-presents-artist-judith-carbine-in-june46995-geary-gallery-presents-artist-judith-carbine-in-june

Darien, CT - This June, the Geary Gallery of Darien is proud to present “Capturing Moments,” featuring the thoughtful impressionistic paintings of New England painter, Judith Carbine. Her exhibit runs June 1 – 29 at the Geary Gallery located at 576 Boston Post Road in Darien. 

Judith Carbine

The influences of Judith Carbine’s 30 years as a painter can be traced to her childhood and youth. Growing up on a bucolic dairy farm in Vermont, studying piano and organ at an early age and through college, and immersing herself in creative projects for church and school, all greatly impact her art.

“The significance of my experiences living in the Green Mountains, and as a musician, is an integral part of my identity with the subjects I paint,” Carbine explains.

She soon discovered the works of the American and European impressionists. “Their use of color, light, and brushwork, and their need to capture specific moments in time and space is most appealing to me as a painter.”

Carbine studied with many artists; among them are Frank Webb, Milford Zornes, Henry Fukuhara, Harry Dayton, Don Andrews, and Charles Sovek. Carbine agrees with American watercolorist, Ed Whitney, who said that painters are entertainers, shape makers, and symbol collectors. “These artists, and my study of the impressionists, have given me a vocabulary for painting a picture. This allows me a means for personal interpretation of a subject.”

Carbine mostly focuses on brushwork when creating her paintings, but through the years, she has also enjoyed creating with a palette knife. She did a series of Vermont quarries using this technique. Most recently, Carbine has been working on a floral semi-abstract series with the use of a palette knife.

Judith Carbine’s work has been exhibited at the Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, the Academic Artists Association, and is represented in galleries in New England.

I believe what Degas said about painting: “A painting should always be a product of the artist’s imagination. It should never be a copy.”

Carbine’s exhibit runs June 1 - 29 and her paintings are available for acquisition. All are welcome and admission is free. To view some of her work, visit our online galleryhttps://www.gearygallery.com/?artists=judith-carbine

Gallery Location & Hours

Geary Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is located at 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. For more information, call (203) 655-6633 or visit www.gearygallery.com


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About Geary Gallery
Geary Gallery and Accent Picture Framing were founded in 1984, and today are Fairfield County’s preeminent art gallery and frame shop, featuring an extensive collection of original artwork, and custom framing services. With four elaborate display rooms, Geary Gallery maintains an ambitious exhibition schedule to showcase both Connecticut-based artists with national reputations as well as well-known artists from along the Eastern seaboard. The public can enjoy a new show virtually every five weeks. The Gallery also offers a Custom Original Portrait Service, which matches their favorite artists with customers wishing to commission an original portrait of their family, an individual, pet or home. With an extensive inventory of over 2,000 corner samples, Accent Picture Framing and Restoration is a service that is highly regarded for its master framing techniques as well as precision art restoration services for leading museums, auction houses, and historical societies. For more information about Geary Gallery and Accent Picture Framing, call (203) 655-6633 or visit www.gearygallery.com.

kerry@ducey.org (Geary Gallery ) Places Tue, 21 May 2019 07:18:26 -0400
12th Annual Spirit of Hope Benefit in Darien on June 6 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46994-12th-annual-spirit-of-hope-benefit46994-12th-annual-spirit-of-hope-benefit https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46994-12th-annual-spirit-of-hope-benefit46994-12th-annual-spirit-of-hope-benefit

Tickets are on sale now for the 12th Annual Spirit of Hope Benefit – the principal fundraiser for the Liberation Programs organization. The event, which takes place on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Woodway Country Club in Darien, will raise critical funds for the life-saving treatment the organization provides for recoveries, and the outreach work it does to prevent substance use disorders in our community.

Visit https://www.spiritofhope2019.com/ to purchase tickets.

The evening begins at 6pm with festive cocktails and a moving vocal performance by students from Darien High School. Guests will enjoy a delicious dinner, inspiring speakers, a lively auction and hear from some of the nation’s leading experts on addiction as they share their views on how to fight the opioid epidemic.

Awards will be presented to some of the best minds in the field. The first award will go to Gary Mendell, founder and CEO of Shatterproof, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families. Mendell’s leadership in reversing the course of the opioid epidemic led him to testify in front of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, and his opinions are frequently shared in the media.

A second award will be presented to Trey Laird, CEO and founder of The Lighthouse, which offers sober living recovery environments for professionals. Laird, a former Wall Street Trader and recovering addict, created the firm to expand options for transitional living spaces. The organization has multiple locations in lower Fairfield County.

Maggie Young MSW, LADC, Liberation Programs’ Chief Recovery Officer, will be honored for her over 25 years of experience in addiction prevention and treatment. In addition to Young’s local and state work, she spearheads the organization’s Families in Recovery Program (FIRP), manages eighteen supportive housing units, and runs a prevention and education service which supports middle and high school-aged students and their families.

“Funds raised through this event allow us to provide the lifesaving treatment and prevention efforts that restore lives and strengthen our community,” said John Hamilton, President and CEO of Liberation Programs. “Please join us for an exceptional evening that raises addiction awareness, supports recovery and prevention, and celebrates success.”

Liberation Programs is grateful to co-chairs John Bassler, Debra Hertz, PhD and Cynthia J. Shaw, as well as committee members Meg Bradt, Elmerina Brooks, Roberta Cohen, Steve Fogarty, Icy Frantz, Mort Lowenthal, Allison Milne, Sallyan Pelletier, Sara Tucker and Brigitte Van Den Houte.

To purchase tickets visit https://www.spiritofhope2019.com/or call 203-851-2077. Tickets are $250 and a variety of high visibility sponsorship packages are available. Woodway Country Club is located at 40 Hoyt Street in Darien, CT.

Liberation Programs would like to thank its generous corporate sponsors to date: Atlantic Diagnostic Laboratories, KPMG, The Lighthouse / Recovery 365, Mountainside Treatment Center, Pitney Bowes and Stamford Health.

About Liberation Programs:  Liberation Programs is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit behavioral health organization serving the substance use and mental health disorder needs of more than 2,000 individuals annually throughout lower Fairfield County, Connecticut. Founded in 1971, Liberation supports youth, adults, and families at inpatient treatment programs in Stamford and Norwalk; outpatient clinics in Greenwich, Stamford, and Bridgeport; youth and senior education and outreach programs based in Greenwich; and permanent supportive housing for families in Norwalk and Bridgeport.

To learn more, visit http://liberationprograms.org/ or call 203-851-2077.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Tue, 21 May 2019 04:23:22 -0400
Richard A. Silver To Be Honored At SilverSource Charity Golf Outing On June 10 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46963-richard-a-silver-to-be-honored-at-silversource-charity-golf-outing-on-june-1046963-richard-a-silver-to-be-honored-at-silversource-charity-golf-outing-on-june-10 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46963-richard-a-silver-to-be-honored-at-silversource-charity-golf-outing-on-june-1046963-richard-a-silver-to-be-honored-at-silversource-charity-golf-outing-on-june-10


On Monday, June 10, Richard A. Silver, senior partner of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, will be honored at the 19th Annual SilverSource Charity Golf Outing. The tournament, which will be held at Rockrimmon Country Club in Stamford, CT, raises funds for the SilverSource “Ride to Wellness” and “Senior Housing Stability” programs.

Silver, a longtime Stamford resident, has earned the highest respect and admiration from members of the bar, as evidenced by his numerous accolades, including two lifetime achievement awards by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the Connecticut Law Tribune.

Throughout his distinguished career, Silver has tried many high-profile, landmark cases, including in his role as lead counsel in the Mianus River Bridge collapse trial and his pro bono work representing prisoners at Danbury Correctional Institution to eliminate overcrowding. Many of his cases have had far-reaching effects, including changing the way bridges are now built, and impacting medical treatment practices.

“If you’re interested in making changes in life, litigation is a way to do it,” said Silver, who has been trying cases since his very first week as a practicing lawyer. “As a trial lawyer, you can directly help people and accomplish something.”

“This is our annual “Drive for Seniors” supporting our ‘Ride To Wellness’ program, which provides medical transportation that helps seniors maintain good health while removing the cost of transportation as a barrier to care, and our housing stability program which provides critical financial assistance for seniors at risk of institutionalization, homelessness and elder orphans who need community support,” said Kathleen Bordelon, Executive Director of SilverSource.

“I’m impressed with the immediacy of the action SilverSource takes in helping people. Their lives are improved and that is directly attributable to SilverSource’s prompt care,” said Silver.


“We are excited to honor Mr. Silver at this year’s outing,” said Bordelon. “A talented and effective lawyer, Mr. Silver embodies the passion and dedication we appreciate as professionals dedicated to advocating for vulnerable seniors who need a champion.”

Participants who attend the tournament will enjoy a full day of golf and the chance to compete at the beautiful Rockrimmon Country Club, called a ‘hidden gem’ by Golf Magazine. Numerous competitions will take place, such as “Closest to the Pin,” “Longest Drive” and others. Prizes, auction items, brunch, a cocktail reception and dinner round out this magnificent day for a great cause. Registration is going on now; visit https://silversource.org/golf/ or call 203-324-6584 for additional details. Generous sponsorship packages are also available.

SilverSource would like to thank its generous event sponsors, including First County Bank, Silver Golub & Teitell, Building and Land Technology and media sponsor, Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media.


LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Neighbors Mon, 20 May 2019 13:36:00 -0400
Darien Arts Center Saturday Night Fever, 70’s Disco Dance Benefit on June 15 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46967-darien-arts-center-saturday-night-fever-70-s-disco-dance-benefit-on-june-1546967-darien-arts-center-saturday-night-fever-70-s-disco-dance-benefit-on-june-15 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46967-darien-arts-center-saturday-night-fever-70-s-disco-dance-benefit-on-june-1546967-darien-arts-center-saturday-night-fever-70-s-disco-dance-benefit-on-june-15

The board of directors of the Darien Arts Center, along with Amy Allen, executive director, are excited to announce their Saturday Night Fever, 70’s Disco Dance Benefit planned for June 15th at the DAC Weatherstone Studio. The party starts at 7:30pm and will be a fun night of celebration with friends to benefit the Darien Arts Center. 

Dust off your platform shoes and put on your best 70s glam to dance the night away to benefit the Darien Arts Center. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will keep fueled to show off your best dance moves. And who knows – your 70s look might win you a prize!

Tickets are $125 per person. 

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Any questions, please reach out to Amy Allen, Executive Director of the Darien Arts Center, at amyallen@darienarts.org or 203-655-8683.


kerry@ducey.org (DAC) Charities Mon, 20 May 2019 09:37:00 -0400
Champions for Children Gala Returns to Benefit The Child & Family Guidance Center https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46981-champions-for-children-gala-returns-to-benefit-the-child-family-guidance-center46981-champions-for-children-gala-returns-to-benefit-the-child-family-guidance-center https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46981-champions-for-children-gala-returns-to-benefit-the-child-family-guidance-center46981-champions-for-children-gala-returns-to-benefit-the-child-family-guidance-center

The Child and Family Guidance Center will host the return of its Champions for Children Benefit Cocktail Gala on May 30th at The Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk, CT. Tickets and information can be found at www.cfguidance.org or by calling 203-394-6529 ext. 3069.

With offices in Bridgeport, Stratford and Norwalk, The Child and Family Guidance Center provides children’s mental healthcare and complementary support services throughout Fairfield County. The benefit will fund crucial programs and operations that are challenged by stagnating government grant sources and a rise in demand for services.

The event honors retiring Board member Ann Owens who has served on the Center’s Board of Directors since the early 2000s. “We’ve been exceptionally fortunate to have had Ann’s steady leadership through the years, and the Board is excited to have this opportunity to acknowledge her service to the children and families of Greater Bridgeport,” said Board of Directors Chairperson Dana Scinto. Mrs. Owens is s life-long resident of Bridgeport, retired teacher, mother, grandmother, and wife of the late Honorable Howard T. Owens.

Connecticut’s Attorney General William Tong will be in attendance as the Center’s Special Guest Honoree and Speaker.“Our staff and Board of Directors are thrilled that Attorney General Tong will be with us to celebrate our vision that all children in Fairfield County will be emotionally and psychologically healthy so that they can reach their maximum potential at home, at school and in life,” said President/CEO Michael Patota.

Guests will have a chance to learn more about The Child and Family Guidance Center from Board Members, clinicians, staff, and a former participant in one of their parenting programs. The event will feature a silent auction, hearty appetizers, and fun cocktails. General and VIP Tickets and Sponsorships start at $125.00.

The special fundraising gala is made possible thanks to generous sponsoring organizations, event in-kind gift partners, silent auction donors, and a growing number of individual supporters. R.D. Scinto Corporation has generously stepped up once again as a Ring of Champions Sponsor, and Shorehaven Golf Club is providing generous in-kind sponsorship of its facility. “The generosity of local corporate and business neighbors and organizations like R.D. Scinto, The Ann T. D'Addario Foundation, Pullman and Colmey, Mutual of America and Barnum Financial Services goes a long way toward funding the work we do," said Director of Development and Communications Hannah Albee. "And it gives our growing community of donors a chance to come together to support they cause they care so much about,”  Tickets, Sponsorship information, silent auction donation forms, and journal ad forms are available and can be found on the event web page or by contacting Ms. Albee at (203) 394-6529 x3069.

About The Child and Family Guidance Center: Since 1925, The Child and Family Guidance Center has helped children and families who struggle with mental health issues. Our 14 programs are structured around three pillars of service: Child and Youth Counseling Services, Youth in Crisis, and Family Support Services. The mission of The Child & Family Guidance Center is to provide culturally informed mental health services and complementary supports to children, teenagers, and their families, regardless of their ability to pay. In Fiscal Year 2018, the center served more than 4,000 children and families, over 80% of whom were low income, and over 80% had experienced trauma. Our goal is for all Fairfield County children to be emotionally and psychologically healthy so that they can reach their maximum potential at home, at school, and in life.  For more information, visit www.cfguidance.org


kerry@ducey.org (The Child & Family Guidance Center) Charities Mon, 20 May 2019 09:33:00 -0400
Fairfield University Celebrates Class of 2019 Achievements at 69th Commencement Ceremonies https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46992-fairfield-university-celebrates-class-of-2019-achievements-at-69th-commencement-ceremonies46992-fairfield-university-celebrates-class-of-2019-achievements-at-69th-commencement-ceremonies https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46992-fairfield-university-celebrates-class-of-2019-achievements-at-69th-commencement-ceremonies46992-fairfield-university-celebrates-class-of-2019-achievements-at-69th-commencement-ceremonies

Family, friends, faculty, trustees and administrators gathered on Fairfield University’s picturesque Bellarmine lawn overlooking the Long Island Sound, the backdrop for the University’s 2019 Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 19. Fairfield University awarded 952 Bachelor's degrees, 340 Master's degrees, 25 Sixth-Year Certificates, and 33 Doctorates.

Chris Lowney, co-founder of Jesuit Commons, and vice-chair of the board of common spirit Health, was a recipient of a Doctor of Laws honorary degree and the undergraduate speaker. Lowney inspired graduates to model cura personalis, or care of the whole person, a Jesuit value instilled in them at Fairfield, and pointed to how their Jesuit education offers an advantage in navigating a complex world. “Fairfield has equipped you to discern the way forward, both for your own lives, in our companies, and for our confused society.” 

Lowney urged graduates to seize “leadership opportunity” every day and consider how they will influence others—by their example of how they treat the marginalized, whether they strive to use their talents well, and whether they behave with integrity. He challenged the class of 2019 to transform themselves, constantly, in a complex and ambiguous world. “We all have to keep asking ourselves: ‘Who should I be in this world? What should I be doing? And what is worth doing and having?’ You will answer such questions well if you remind yourself every day that life has given you an opportunity to point out the way and have influence in a world that badly needs leadership from principled women and men.”

William Atwell, P’08 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Lawsdegree during the undergraduate commencement ceremony.As a member and chair of Fairfield’s Board of Trustees, Atwell has served the Fairfield University community for more than 12 years. He is currently managing director of Atwell Partners, LLC, a financial consulting firm, following his retirement as president of Cigna International. Marna Borgstrom also received a Doctor of Laws degree.Borgstrom ispresident and CEO of Yale New Haven Health System and Yale New Haven Hospital. In 2017, Modern Healthcare named Borgstrom among the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.” 

Elisa Castelli was awarded the Undergraduate Loyola Medal for her commitment to high academic standards and community service.

Lisa Angell was the class of 2019 undergraduate commencement speaker. Her speech echoed the theme of cura personalisand Fairfield’s mission of educating the whole person, body, mind and spirit in the Jesuit tradition. “We view the world differently now because of the core curriculum.” She added, “By gaining perspective across every subject, we can connect the arts, literature, history, sociology, communication, business, math, science, religion and yes, even philosophy.”

At the graduate ceremony, Bill Shore, founder of Share Our Strength and former Congressional appointee to the National Commission on Hunger, received a Doctor of Laws degree and was the graduate commencement speaker. Shore spoke about sharing one’s strengths, bearing witness, and personal transformation in the context of social change. “Bearing witness makes us complicit. What we’ve seen can’t be unseen—and we are left with a profound choice: do something or do nothing.” Shore cautioned that, “the time we’re allotted to solve problems is limited and precious. Don’t wait until the mortgage is paid, or until you get the promotion, or until it stops raining.” 

Hector M. Sanchez, the principal of Cesar Batalla School in Bridgeport, Conn., also received a Doctor of Laws degree at the graduate commencement exercises. Sanchez has made it a priority to forge a relationship with Fairfield University’s Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, and the Center for Faith and Public Life. The Student Teacher Empowerment Partnership (STEP) has grown from this collaboration, focusing on improving literacy among Bridgeport school children, while providing learning opportunities for aspiring teachers in the University’s graduate teaching program. 

The Graduate Loyola Medal was awarded to Kacper Laska ‘18, M’19, who received his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Laska, who plans to pursue a career in the engineering fields of robotics and prosthetics, designated the $1,000 Loyola Medal monetary award to the school’s 3D Printing Club, which he helped to found.

In concluding remarks, Fairfield University President Mark R. Nemec, PhD asked graduates to “carry forward the Ignatian tradition of the magis, seeking more from yourselves from your colleagues and from the world.” 

kerry@ducey.org (Susan Cipollaro) Neighbors Mon, 20 May 2019 08:58:14 -0400
Special Education Legal Panel Tomorrow at Winston Prep in Norwalk https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46991-special-education-legal-panel-5-21-at-winston-prep46991-special-education-legal-panel-5-21-at-winston-prep https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46991-special-education-legal-panel-5-21-at-winston-prep46991-special-education-legal-panel-5-21-at-winston-prep

Join Special Education Legal Fund and Winston Preparatory School at Winston's Norwalk campus as we present a discussion on special education laws featuring distinguished special education attorneys Piper Paul (Law Offices of Piper Paul) and Michael Gilberg (Michael Gilberg, Attorney-at-Law). 

Piper Paul, Esq. is admitted to practice law in both Connecticut and New York state courts, as well as federal courts and has extensive experience representing students from Birth to Three through post-secondary levels. Areas of practice include special education and 504 advocacy, mediation, due process hearings, medical disabilities, juvenile court matters, disciplinary hearings, and other related matters. She received her undergraduate degree from NYU and law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Michael Gilberg, Esq has years of both Special Education and Disability Rights Law and Advocacy Experience. Attorney Gilberg also speaks from his own personal experience as someone on the Autism Spectrum who practices law as an advocate for children with special needs. He received his J.D. from Pace University School of Law in 2007 after receiving both his B.A. and M.P.A. also from Pace University.

The panel will be moderated by Christine Lai (Special Education Legal Fund).

The panel discussion will take place from 7pm-8pm. Q&A to follow. 

This event is free for participants. Registration required.

Special Education Legal Fund: Year 1 (cut 2)

kerry@ducey.org (Christine Lai) Events Mon, 20 May 2019 08:52:38 -0400
Fairfield County Bank Receives Recognition for Community Support https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46990-fairfield-county-bank-receives-recognition-for-community-support46990-fairfield-county-bank-receives-recognition-for-community-support https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/46990-fairfield-county-bank-receives-recognition-for-community-support46990-fairfield-county-bank-receives-recognition-for-community-support

Fairfield County Bank was recently awarded the Editor’s Choice™ Award for Community Commitment by CardRate.com. The award recognizes organizations with outstanding track record of investing in communities through small business support and charitable giving.

The article highlights how Fairfield County Bank not only supports local communities through investment in local businesses, but also through deep engagement with local charities. In 2018, Fairfield County Bank donated $1 million to nearly 350 organizations chosen by employees. More than 4,000 volunteer hours were also logged in that year demonstrating how important community involvement is to the Bank and Employees.

Debra Verbeke, EVP of Human Resources for Fairfield County Bank, commented “It is a great testament to our impact on Fairfield County when a large organization like CardRates.com, with their 15 million subscribers across the country, selects Fairfield County Bank for this prestigious award. Our Employees understand the impact they make, but it is a great validation to be recognized with such an honor.”

“We are honored to receive CardRates.com’s Editor’s Choice™ Award for Community Commitment,” added Daniel Berta, President of Fairfield County Bank. “All of our Employees are very proud of our 140 year legacy of helping Fairfield County to be one of the best places to live and work. Customers know they can rely on our reinvestment in our communities through direct contributions, extended Employee volunteerism, financial education, and stimulating our local economies with prudent lending here at home. After all, when you put your money in Fairfield County Bank, it stays in Fairfield County, creating jobs and improving lifestyles for the people in our community. Because of our commitment to Fairfield County, we are delighted to receive this award.”

Read the full article at here

kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Charities Mon, 20 May 2019 08:03:56 -0400
Jan Dilenschneider Honored, Mary Cregan Speaks at Center for HOPE Luncheon https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46989-jan-dilenschneider-honored-mary-cregan-speaks-at-center-for-hope-luncheon46989-jan-dilenschneider-honored-mary-cregan-speaks-at-center-for-hope-luncheon https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46989-jan-dilenschneider-honored-mary-cregan-speaks-at-center-for-hope-luncheon46989-jan-dilenschneider-honored-mary-cregan-speaks-at-center-for-hope-luncheon

At its annual Center for HOPE Luncheon at Wee Burn Beach Club on Wednesday, June 8, Family Centers celebrated the philanthropic contributions of longtime Board member Jan Dilenschneider by presenting her with the 2019 Ray of HOPE Award. 

The Ray of HOPE is the Center for HOPE’s highest honor, and recognizes individuals or groups whose efforts assist those coping with a loss, critical illness or life-altering circumstance.  Past recipients include author and healthcare advocate Elizabeth Edwards; world class triathlete and cancer survivor Karen Newman, recording artists The Alternate Routes, as well as several Family Centers volunteers and supporters.      

“For over two decades we have called on Jan to step up on behalf of Family Centers and Center for HOPE,” said Family Centers’ CEO Bob Arnold.  “Jan has always been an outstanding guardian and cheerleader for the Center for HOPE and all that it stands for in the community.”

From 2004-2008, Dilenschneider served as Family Centers’ Board Chairman and was a driving force behind the agency’s merger with the Center for HOPE in 2005.  She also guided the agency through its union with HealthCare Connection in 2008 – making Family Centers’ a bona fide provider of community health services. 

Dilenschneider has co-chaired numerous fundraisers, including Family Centers’ 2000 Circus benefit, several Center for HOPE Annual Luncheon events, two intimate leadership breakfasts with New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman and a Hearts of Hope dinner event featuring renowned physician Dr. Mehmet Oz.  Dilenschneider also helped create Family Centers’ popular Titans speaker series that has hosted luminaries like former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Home Depot Co-Founder Ken Langone and financial news analyst Maria Bartiromo.  

The luncheon also featured a moving keynote address from author Mary Cregan, who detailed her personal struggle with depression and mental illness.  Cregan referred to passages in her new book, The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery, to illustrate how she overcame mental illness and rebuilt her life from the ground up.   

Co-chaired by Darien residents Anne Goodnow and Joy Hoffman, the Center for HOPE Luncheon raised important funds to support the Center for HOPE and The Den for Grieving Kids – Family Centers’ programs offering counseling and support to residents of lower Fairfield County coping with a loss, a critical illness or life-altering circumstance. 

Family Centers is a private, nonprofit organization offering education and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. More than 200 professionals and 4,000 trained volunteers work together to provide a wide range of responsive, innovative programs. A United Way, Community Fund of Darien and New Canaan Community Foundation partner agency, Family Centers is a member of the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies and is accredited by The Joint Commission and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The agency is licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. Visit www.familycenters.org for additional information.

kerry@ducey.org (William Brucker) Neighbors Mon, 20 May 2019 07:34:16 -0400
Darien Library to Celebrate 125th Anniversary with 1894 Day https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46988-darien-library-to-celebrate-125th-anniversary-with-1894-day46988-darien-library-to-celebrate-125th-anniversary-with-1894-day https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46988-darien-library-to-celebrate-125th-anniversary-with-1894-day46988-darien-library-to-celebrate-125th-anniversary-with-1894-day

Darien Library will celebrate its 125th Anniversary on May 29, 2019. To commemorate this historic moment, the library will be holding a special 24-hour giving day called “1894 Day,” which will run from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on May 29th.

For the first time in 10 years, the library will not hold its Annual Gala this spring. Instead, they will ask the entire community for their support on 1894 Day. In honor of the 125th anniversary, their goal is to raise $125,000 on May 29th. All funds raised on 1894 Day will be dedicated directly to library resources, including all of the books, DVDs, technology, learning resources, and programs for children, teens, and adults.

Festivities will take place in the Library throughout the day, including crafts, a family scavenger hunt, and cake and coffee at 4 p.m. There will also be special giveaways for every suggested contribution level, including Darien Library car magnets, baseball hats, and branded Vineyard Vines tote bags.

Donors may give online on May 29 at darienlibrary.org/donate, or visit the Library in person that day. For more information, please contact the Library’s Administrative Office at 203-669-5220.

The Darien Library is located at 1441 Post Rd. in Darien, Conn. For more information, phone (203) 655-1234, or visit darienlibrary.org.

sally.stra@gmail.com (Books, Ink editors) Events Sat, 18 May 2019 06:19:00 -0400
Darien Area High Schools Honored with College Success Award https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46987-darien-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-155812805446987-darien-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-1558128054 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46987-darien-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-155812805446987-darien-area-high-schools-honored-with-college-success-award-1558128054

GreatSchools has just announced the winners of the second-annual 2019 College Success Awards. (See the list below for High Schools in Connecticut honored near Darien).

According to GreatSchools, this award recognizes 1,722 high schools across 25 states that have a successful track record of going beyond simply graduating students to helping them enroll in college and succeed once they get there. Winners represent about 20% of eligible public high schools. Eligibility is determined by data availability and ranges on a state-by-state basis from 13% to 88%.

Avon High School took top honors, and three other CT High Schools received a ten for ten Great Schools Summary Ranking - Weston High School, Connecticut IB Academy, and Marine Science Magnet High School Of Southeastern Connecticut.

The high schools in Connecticut that have won the GreatSchools 2019 College Success Award include:

Rating School Total enrolled % Low-income % College enrollment - State average: 72% Persistence % - State average: 86%
9/10 Darien High School 1356 1% 89% 95%
9/10 Greenwich High School 2656 14% 85% 94%
9/10 New Canaan High School 1310 0% 88% 93%
9/10 Staples High School 1885 4% 85% 96%
9/10 Wilton High School 1336 2% 88% 96%
8/10 The Academy Of Information Technology 686 36% 82% 89%

For a full list of schools please go to https://www.greatschools.org/connecticut/college-success-award/

The College Success Award-winning high schools stand out based on school-level college readiness and postsecondary data collected and shared by their states. “This data tells us whether students enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist to their second year,” GreatSchools states.

Learn more about GreatSchools College Success Awards here.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Places Fri, 17 May 2019 12:00:50 -0400
Darien Home for Sale: Walk to Train, School and Downtown Darien https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46986-have-it-all-walk-to-train-school-downtown-darien-ct46986-have-it-all-walk-to-train-school-downtown-darien-ct https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46986-have-it-all-walk-to-train-school-downtown-darien-ct46986-have-it-all-walk-to-train-school-downtown-darien-ct

OPEN HOUSE this Sunday, May 19th from 2-4pm at 16 Silver Lakes Drive in Darien

Walk to town, train or school from this pristine 5-bedroom home that marries convenience with the serenity of a charming cul-de-sac populated with ponds, and teeming with nature. With over 5500 graciously proportioned square feet of newer construction, this home is move-in ready. 

First floor includes formal dining room with butler's pantry, elegant living room, family room with stunning limestone fireplace and French doors leading to outdoor deck. A spacious kitchen is complete with command station, walk-in pantry and large eat-in area. Upstairs, the master suite with fireplace and large bathroom plus 4 additional bedrms, 3 en suite, complete the perfect package. Find more recreational space on the finished lower level with walk-out to a generous yard and patio. Full walk-up attic can easily be finished. Total turn-key and a must see!

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farrellmarketingandmedia@gmail.com (Diane Farrell) Places Fri, 17 May 2019 10:46:10 -0400