Darien's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/darien Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:01:20 -0500 HamletHub.com Charles Ward Flynn of Darien has been named a Presidential Scholar at Clarkson University https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47348-charles-ward-flynn-of-darien-has-been-named-a-presidential-scholar-at-clarkson-university47348-charles-ward-flynn-of-darien-has-been-named-a-presidential-scholar-at-clarkson-university https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47348-charles-ward-flynn-of-darien-has-been-named-a-presidential-scholar-at-clarkson-university47348-charles-ward-flynn-of-darien-has-been-named-a-presidential-scholar-at-clarkson-university

Charles Ward Flynn of Darien, majoring in engineering and management, was named a Presidential Scholar for the fall 2019 semester at Clarkson University.

Presidential Scholars must achieve a minimum 3.80 grade-point average and carry at least 14 credit hours.

As a private, national research university, Clarkson is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation. We ignite personal connections across academic fields and industries to create the entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge and intellectual curiosity needed to innovate world-relevant solutions and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. 

kerry@ducey.org (Clarkson U) Neighbors Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:10:38 -0500
SHU Grad Creates App for Autistic to Make Friends https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/47347-shu-grad-creates-app-for-autistic-to-make-friends47347-shu-grad-creates-app-for-autistic-to-make-friends https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/47347-shu-grad-creates-app-for-autistic-to-make-friends47347-shu-grad-creates-app-for-autistic-to-make-friends

Fairfield, CT - A recent graduate of Sacred Heart University, Juliana Fetherman, 23, has developed an interactive web application called Making Authentic Friendships. The app's acronym, MAF, is also her 21-year-old brother Michael's initials. Michael has autism and ADHD. Because of his challenges, it has been difficult for him to make friends, according to Fetherman. "He has always been very lonely," she says. "I wanted to change this for him and the millions like him."

User friendly and safe, the app is free and accessible on any device through: http://www.makingauthenticfriendships.com/  It enables children (ages 13+) and adults with special needs to make friends. The app currently serves individuals in 30 states, 12 countries and five continents, with user numbers growing daily.

Fetherman hopes exposure through platforms like Fairfield HamletHub will help the user community grow. "Please help me change the world!" she adds. 

kerry@ducey.org (MAF) Life Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:40:45 -0500
Blue Jeans and Blazers supports Darien Depot on Saturday, February 8 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/47346-blue-jeans-and-blazers-supports-darien-depot-on-saturday-february-847346-blue-jeans-and-blazers-supports-darien-depot-on-saturday-february-8 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/47346-blue-jeans-and-blazers-supports-darien-depot-on-saturday-february-847346-blue-jeans-and-blazers-supports-darien-depot-on-saturday-february-8

Blue Jeans and Blazers supports Darien Depot on Saturday, February 8 from 7 PM – 11 PM

Shake off those Winter blues and speaking of blues...we invite you to slip into your favorite pair of blue jeans and join us for Blue Jeans and Blazers at Country Club of Darien, brought to you by Bankwell and Newport Academy!

Round up your friends and herd them this way in support of our young’ uns and Depot programming!

Wrangle your tickets now - HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Thu, 16 Jan 2020 04:49:26 -0500
Darien Train Station Wait List Renewal Due on Feb. 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47345-darien-train-station-wait-list-renewal-due-on-feb-147345-darien-train-station-wait-list-renewal-due-on-feb-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47345-darien-train-station-wait-list-renewal-due-on-feb-147345-darien-train-station-wait-list-renewal-due-on-feb-1

Train Station Wait List Renewal ends February 1, 2020

Waitlist letters for train station parking have been mailed and a response is required, along with an annual $10.00 processing fee to stay on the list. 

You MUST renew by February 1, 2020 to keep your place on the parking waitlist.

To renew online visit:  https://darienpermits.nsolutions.com/search_wait_list.asp

If you have questions please email: parkingadmin@darienct.gov  or call 203-656-7330. 
kerry@ducey.org (Town of Darien) Neighbors Wed, 15 Jan 2020 14:07:11 -0500
Darien Resident Brendan Vodola Named to Springfield College Dean's List https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47344-darien-resident-brendan-vodola-named-to-springfield-college-dean-s-list47344-darien-resident-brendan-vodola-named-to-springfield-college-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47344-darien-resident-brendan-vodola-named-to-springfield-college-dean-s-list47344-darien-resident-brendan-vodola-named-to-springfield-college-dean-s-list

Springfield College has named Brendan Vodola from Darien to the dean's list for academic excellence for the fall 2019 term. Vodola is studying Exploratory Studies.

Criteria for selection to the dean's list requires that the student must have a minimum semester grade point average of 3.500 for the semester.

Springfield College is an independent, nonprofit, coeducational institution founded in 1885. Approximately 4,100 students, including 2,500 full-time undergraduate students, study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its regional campuses across the country. Springfield College inspires students through the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy - educating in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others.

kerry@ducey.org (Springfield College) Neighbors Wed, 15 Jan 2020 13:57:07 -0500
Darien Chamber Chowder Challenge at DEANE, Inc. Showroom on Feb. 6 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47343-darien-chamber-chowder-challenge-at-deane-inc-showroom-on-feb-647343-darien-chamber-chowder-challenge-at-deane-inc-showroom-on-feb-6 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47343-darien-chamber-chowder-challenge-at-deane-inc-showroom-on-feb-647343-darien-chamber-chowder-challenge-at-deane-inc-showroom-on-feb-6

Darien Chamber Chowder Challenge at DEANE, Inc. Showroom on Feb. 6 from 5:30 to 7pm

Come one, come all to the Chamber’s CHOWDER CHALLENGE! This will be one terrific night of networking and tasting different chowders created by chamber members to share with all that attend! We will have a “People’s Choice Award” with prizes and lots of fun.

If you are interested in entering a chowder, we would love to have you and your secret recipe! Email susan@darienctchamber.com to sign up.

The event will take place at DEANE, Inc showroom in Stamford Ct. Time is 5:30pm to 7:00pm and the cost is $20 pp in advance and $25 pp at the door. Price includes chowder tastings, light hors d’oeuvres, wine-beer-sparling water, and networking enjoyment…ct


kerry@ducey.org (Darien Chamber) Events Tue, 14 Jan 2020 10:46:52 -0500
Darien Resident Named to Fall 2019 Semester Dean's List at Dean College https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47342-darien-resident-named-to-fall-2019-semester-dean-s-list-at-dean-college47342-darien-resident-named-to-fall-2019-semester-dean-s-list-at-dean-college https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/47342-darien-resident-named-to-fall-2019-semester-dean-s-list-at-dean-college47342-darien-resident-named-to-fall-2019-semester-dean-s-list-at-dean-college

Dean College is pleased to announce that Kevin Confident of Darien has earned a place on the Dean's List for the Fall 2019 semester.

Founded in 1865, Dean College is a private, residential college located in Franklin Massachusetts, 45 minutes from Boston, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island. Dean College offers baccalaureate degrees, associate degree programs, as well as a robust schedule of part-time continuing and professional education credit and certificate programs throughout the calendar year.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Tue, 14 Jan 2020 07:43:03 -0500
Darien Seniors May Be Eligible for Tax Credit https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/47341-darien-seniors-may-be-eligible-for-tax-credit47341-darien-seniors-may-be-eligible-for-tax-credit https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/47341-darien-seniors-may-be-eligible-for-tax-credit47341-darien-seniors-may-be-eligible-for-tax-credit

Anthony J. Homicki, Darien Assessor, advises all senior homeowners over the age of 65 may be eligible for tax credits on their Real Estate Property tax under the Circuit Breaker (State Program), Town Program, or Elderly Tax Deferral, that applications are being accepted now and must be filed before Friday, May 15, 2020.  

Any homeowner reaching the age of 65 on or before December 31, 2019 and qualifies within the income limits, should come into the Assessor’s Office and apply by May 15, 2020.  To be eligible for credit, income must not exceed $54,100 for married couples or $46,000 for single persons.  All income, including Social Security must be reported. Documentation of proof such as a copy of your 2019 Social Security 1099 form and a copy of your 2019 Income Tax Return is needed. 

If you have any questions, including questions about the Elderly Tax Deferral option, please call the Assessor’s Office at 203-656-7310, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Darien) Life Mon, 13 Jan 2020 11:49:02 -0500
Beardsley Zoo's Leopard Cubs to Mark 1st Birthday Jan. 25 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47340-beardsley-zoo-s-leopard-cubs-to-mark-1st-birthday-jan-2547340-beardsley-zoo-s-leopard-cubs-to-mark-1st-birthday-jan-25 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47340-beardsley-zoo-s-leopard-cubs-to-mark-1st-birthday-jan-2547340-beardsley-zoo-s-leopard-cubs-to-mark-1st-birthday-jan-25

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Two of the rarest of the big cats on earth will celebrate their first birthday at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo on Saturday, January 25. The Zoo’s two Amur leopard cubs, Orion and Kallisto (Panthera pardus orientalis), were born January 25, 2019, adding to the important species survival work being done at the AZA-accredited facility. The male Amur leopard cub, Orion, and the melanistic (an extremely rare black color variant) female, Kallisto, were hand-reared by Zoo staff. 

The Zoo will celebrate with a number of special activities throughout the day:

  • 9:00 a.m.- First 100 guests through the gate receive free Zoo calendar magnet
  • 10:00 a.m.- Education talks begin at the leopard habitat
  • Noon- Birthday enrichment offered to the cubs, designed to encourage exploration and play. Free cake and hot cocoa served to Zoo guests. 
  • 1:00 p.m.- Encore presentation of Fostering Felines Part II Lecture in the Research Station: talk supported with photos and video by Leopard Cub Care Specialists Bethany Thatcher and Chris Barker. 
  • 20% discount at Zoo Gift Shop offered all day

Amur leopards are critically endangered, which means they face an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild, with approximately 80 animals remaining there. There are approximately 200 in human care worldwide, with slightly more than 100 in Russia and Europe, and slightly fewer than 100 in the U.S.  With such a small population, each Amur leopard born is extremely important to the survival of the species. 

“Amur leopards are on the brink of extinction, so there’s every reason to celebrate Orion and Kallisto reaching their first birthdays as healthy young cubs,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “The birth of these cubs brought two more precious Amur leopards to the population, which helps ensure the survival of these majestic animals for future generations.”

The cubs’ mother, Freya, resides in an adjacent habitat to the cubs. 

About Amur leopards

A rare subspecies of leopard that has adapted to life in the temperate forests from Northeast China to the Korean peninsula and the Russian Far East, Amur leopards are often illegally hunted for their beautiful spotted fur. The Amur leopard is agile and fast, running at speeds up to 37 miles per hour. Males reach weights of 110 pounds and females up to 90 pounds. 

They prey on sika, roe deer, and hare, but the Amur leopard has to compete with humans for these animals. They live for 10-15 years in the wild, and up to 20 years in human care. In the wild, Amur leopards make their home in the Amur-Heilong, a region that contains one of the most biologically diverse temperate forests in the world, vast steppe grasslands, and the unbroken taiga biome. 

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo:

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut's only zoo, celebrating its 98th anniversary this year, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Guests won't want to miss our Amur tigers and leopards, Mexican and red wolves, and South American rainforest with free-flight aviary. Other highlights include the new Spider monkey habitat, the Natt Family Red Panda Habitat, the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas, plus the Pampas Plains featuring maned wolves, Chacoan peccaries and Giant anteaters. Guests can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful, indoor carousel. For more information, visit beardsleyzoo.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Lisa Clair ) Events Mon, 13 Jan 2020 08:19:59 -0500
Fairfield County Bank Announces Coins for a Cause, Helps Local Charities https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/47339-fairfield-county-bank-announces-coins-for-a-cause-helps-local-charities47339-fairfield-county-bank-announces-coins-for-a-cause-helps-local-charities https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/47339-fairfield-county-bank-announces-coins-for-a-cause-helps-local-charities47339-fairfield-county-bank-announces-coins-for-a-cause-helps-local-charities

Ridgefield, CT – January 13, 2020 – Fairfield County Bank is proud to introduce Coins for a Cause, a new program designed to support local Fairfield County charities.

Since its founding in 1871, Fairfield County Bank supports the community in many ways including hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in charitable donations, providing over 4,000 hours a year in employee volunteer hours, and even free checking accounts for non-profits. Coins for a Cause is the latest program the Bank created to help local charities raise awareness and funds.

The Coins for a Cause program enables community members to use Fairfield County Bank coin machines to donate their loose change to local non-profits enrolled in the program. Charities can easily enroll in the program, starting by speaking with a local bank representative. After enrolling, charities simply circulate their branded deposit records to their constituents to encourage donations.

“Local charities know that every penny counts. Coins for a Cause is just another way to help our many non-profits clients raise the critical funding necessary for their mission. Everyone has a jar or bowl where we collect loose change. Coins for a Cause is an easy way for us all to make a difference and feel good at the same time by donating that change to a favorite charity.” said Stephen Wooters, Executive Vice President at Fairfield County Bank.

Community members are encouraged to ask their favorite charities if they are enrolled in the program so they may obtain a Coins for a Cause deposit slip from the charity.

Fairfield County Bank coin machines may be found in each of the Bank’s 16 office locations. After receiving the Coins for a Cause deposit slip from the charity, community members simply use the coin machines to count the coins and bring the coin machine slip and deposit record to any local Fairfield County Bank teller to be deposited into the charity’s account. 100% of the proceeds go to the charity.

Visit www.FairfieldCountyBank.com to find the office location closest to you.

Founded in 1871, Fairfield County Bank is a $1.5 billion community bank with locations throughout Fairfield County. Fairfield County Bank delivers a full range of financial services through superior Client relationships and the knowledge that when you put your money in Fairfield County Bank, it stays in Fairfield County - strengthening our communities. Visit www.fairfieldcountybank.com to find out more about the Bank.


kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Charities Mon, 13 Jan 2020 05:46:22 -0500
Learn about the State of Darien on January 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47336-learn-about-the-state-of-darien-on-january-2347336-learn-about-the-state-of-darien-on-january-23 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47336-learn-about-the-state-of-darien-on-january-2347336-learn-about-the-state-of-darien-on-january-23

Come learn about the "State of Darien” directly from First Selectman, Jayme Stevenson who will be the breakfast speaker to launch the 2020 year for the DCC. 

The date of the event is Thursday, January 23rd from 7:30am to 9:00am with the speaker portion beginning at 8am. The breakfast event will take place at Ten Twenty Post Oyster Bar and Bistro located at 1020 Post Road here in Darien.

The year of 2020 is a very exciting year for Darien with the Bicentennial Celebrations planned throughout this year. In addition to all this excitement, Darien is going through many changes and this is a perfect opportunity to learn more about the upcoming developments and improvements. 

First Selectman Stevenson is also the Chairman of the Western Connecticut Council of Governments and she will share her interesting perspective of the region Darien is a part of.

This event is open to all who have an interest in Darien! The DCC would like to invite members, non-members, friends and neighbors to this event.

The Ten Twenty Post Restaurant is planning a delicious breakfast buffet with plenty of options to start your day! Cost of the breakfast is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Register in advance here.

The Mission of the Darien Chamber of Commerce is to take a leadership role in promoting the business community and quality of life in Darien. The DCC is generously sponsored by Elite Sponsors-Bankwell and DR Bank and Select Sponsor-First County Bank-throughout the year.

kerry@ducey.org (Darien Chamber) Events Mon, 13 Jan 2020 05:16:00 -0500
New Additions to Visual Arts Programs at Darien Arts Center https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47334-new-additions-to-visual-arts-programs-at-darien-arts-center-157868472947334-new-additions-to-visual-arts-programs-at-darien-arts-center-1578684729 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/47334-new-additions-to-visual-arts-programs-at-darien-arts-center-157868472947334-new-additions-to-visual-arts-programs-at-darien-arts-center-1578684729

The Darien Arts Center has added several new offerings to its 2020 Visual Arts program for children and adults. New for children in grades 1-4 is a Paint the Masters; Winter Break Camp that takes place from February 18-20, and an Introduction to Fashion; Spring Break Camp for grades 5-8 from April 6-10.

Returning classes for children begin in January and include Art Studio and Cartooning for grades 1-5, Digital Photography for grades 5-8 and Drawing and Painting for grades 5-9.

New Visual Arts offerings for adults include Glass Jewelry Making (Feb. 6), Sip and Paint Van Gogh Sunflowers (Mar. 12) and Sew It Up (April 23) Ladies Night Out Workshops, in addition to Introduction to Digital Photography (2/26-3/18) and Colored Pencil Drawing (3/4-4/8) classes. Returning classes for adults include Introduction/Intermediate Calligraphy (3/2-4/6) and Adult Watercolor (1/21-3/31)

DAC Visual Arts instructors include Brien Adams, Erika Caputo, Joel Flora, Moki Kokoris, Jane Harris Luongo, Sooo-z Mastropietro and Stephanie Lush Mastriano. Students practice in the spacious DAC Visual Arts Studio, and participate in various exhibits at the DAC and around town.  

It is recommended to register early, as classes and workshops fill quickly. To register, visit darienarts.org or call (203) 655-8683. The DAC is located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall and is sponsored by Baywater Properties, DR Bank and Stamford Ford Lincoln.


Cartooning, Grades 1-5, Monday, 4-5:30pm, Jan. 27-Mar. 9, $195. Work on aspects of character and story development in relation to 3 or 4 panel comics, 1-page story cartoons & graphic novels/comic books.
Art Studio, Grades 1-5, Wednesday, 3:45-4:45pm, Jan. 22-April 22, $250. Create developmentally appropriate art projects using the elements of art. A variety of different media & techniques explored.
Digital Photography, Grades 5-8, Friday, 4:40-5:40pm, Jan. 24-April 24, $250. Students learn to use their digital device to capture amazing photos.
Drawing and Painting, Grades 5-9, Wednesday, 5-6:30pm, Jan. 22-April 22, $380. All levels welcome. The class includes traditional & experimental materials. Students draw figures, landscapes, portraits & still life as well as images from their imaginations.
New Paint the Masters: Winter Break Camp, Grades 1-4, T-Th, 12-2pm, Feb. 18-20, $210. Students learn about artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Da Vinci and more, and take what they learn to create their own masterworks based on the techniques and styles of the masters.
New Introduction to Fashion: Spring Break Camp, Grades 5-8, M-F, 10am-1pm, April 6-10, $350.
Students will be introduced to the art of fashion design and will learn about different materials and styles of clothing, using learned techniques to create their own piece of clothing.
Introduction/Intermediate Calligraphy, Adults, Monday, 7-9pm, Mar. 2-April 6, $295. This 6-week course is geared towards beginners & those who have previous experience with calligraphy. No prior experience or skills necessary.
Adult Watercolor, Adults, Tuesday, 9:30–11:30am, Jan. 21-Mar. 31, $385. All skill levels welcome. Beginning students learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting, while more advanced students work on technique and composition.
Colored Pencil Drawing, Adults, Wednesday, 9:30-11:30am, Mar. 4-April 8, $255. Open to all levels. Fundamental techniques, color basics, layering, blending, surface textures, shading, composition background & creating atmosphere are covered.
Introduction to Digital Photography, Adults, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm, Feb. 26-Mar. 18, $125. Learn the basics of taking beautiful digital photographs using iphones or digital cameras. Point & shoot techniques, photo-editing, uploading to a computer, using Instagram and social media to display photos covered.
Ladies Night Out! Glass Jewelry Making, Adults, Thursday, Feb. 6, 7-9pm, $70. Learn the steps of the glass fusion process including glass cutting with Dorothy Hafner, award winning artist & designer. BYO wine & refreshments!
Ladies Night Out! Sip & Paint Van Gogh Sunflowers
, Adults, Thursday, Mar. 12, 7-9pm, $45. Paint beautiful sunflowers based on the paintings of Van Gogh. A beautiful sunflower still life will be present. All materials provided, all levels welcome. BYO wine & refreshments!
Ladies Night Out! Sew it UpAdults, Thursday, April 23, 6-9pm, $75. Design and create your own pajama pants & leave the workshop with your masterpiece! Materials & sewing machines provided. BYO wine and refreshments!

farrellmarketingandmedia@gmail.com (Diane Farrell) Places Fri, 10 Jan 2020 09:32:09 -0500
Darien Library's Birthday Celebration Kicks off Tomorrow! https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47338-darien-library-s-birthday-celebration-kicks-off-tomorrow47338-darien-library-s-birthday-celebration-kicks-off-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47338-darien-library-s-birthday-celebration-kicks-off-tomorrow47338-darien-library-s-birthday-celebration-kicks-off-tomorrow

Families are invited to celebrate the annual birthday of the Library and our generous donor, Harold W. McGraw, Jr. on Saturday, January 11 through Sunday, January 19.

Tomorrow, January 11, the festivities will begin at 2pm. The party will include face-painting, art activities, and a musical performance by Evan Gottfried's Family Music Extravaganza.

Register here.

kerry@ducey.org (Darien Library) Events Fri, 10 Jan 2020 09:29:58 -0500
Broadway’s Jessica Vosk Joins Bryan Perri in ACT of CT’s Broadway Unplugged Series Feb. 25 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47337-broadway-s-jessica-vosk-joins-bryan-perri-in-act-of-ct-s-broadway-unplugged-series-feb-2547337-broadway-s-jessica-vosk-joins-bryan-perri-in-act-of-ct-s-broadway-unplugged-series-feb-25 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/47337-broadway-s-jessica-vosk-joins-bryan-perri-in-act-of-ct-s-broadway-unplugged-series-feb-2547337-broadway-s-jessica-vosk-joins-bryan-perri-in-act-of-ct-s-broadway-unplugged-series-feb-25

ACT (A Contemporary Theater) of Connecticut is excited to announce that Jessica Vosk will join ACT's Resident Music Supervisor, Bryan Perri, on February 25, 2020 for the Broadway Unplugged Series 

Jessica Vosk played Elphaba in WICKED on Broadway for two years, and recently starred in the NYC Ballet Jerome Robbins tribute SOMETHING TO DANCE ABOUT. Other Broadway credits include FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, FINDING NEVERLAND, and THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Jessica starred as Anita in the Grammy-nominated San Francisco Symphony’s WEST SIDE STORY. This season, she will star in the 50th anniversary of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Lincoln Center. 

The Broadway Unplugged Series is the brainchild of the accomplished Perri, who is currently working as Music Director and Conductor on the critically acclaimed Broadway musical JAGGED LITTLE PILL alongside Alanis Morissette, Tom Kitt and Diane Paulus. Perri recently finished a ten-year run as Music Director and Conductor of the Broadway production of WICKED, and as Music Director for SUPERHERO, having its world premiere Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theater. Each show in the Broadway Unplugged Series presents an intimate evening where Perri sits down at the piano with renowned Broadway performers for an exceptional evening of never before heard stories, great conversation, and incredible vocals.

ACT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine says, “Jessica is one of the most gifted performers that I know. I’ve been hoping to get her to ACT for a Broadway Unplugged for quite some time, and I am thrilled that it is happening! Audiences are going to fall in love with her!”

Tickets for the February 25, 2020 show may be purchased here. For more information about ACT of Connecticut, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theater-related news and announcements, visit www.actofct.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Amanda Duff) Events Fri, 10 Jan 2020 03:45:00 -0500
2019 Marks Banner Year for Make-A-Wish® Connecticut Staff https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/47335-2019-marks-banner-year-for-make-a-wish-connecticut-staff47335-2019-marks-banner-year-for-make-a-wish-connecticut-staff https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/charities/47335-2019-marks-banner-year-for-make-a-wish-connecticut-staff47335-2019-marks-banner-year-for-make-a-wish-connecticut-staff

TRUMBULL, CT – In an effort to grow the Connecticut Chapter and realize the vision of granting wishes to every eligible child in the state, as well as to increase the impact of the wish journey experience and make it even more magical for local children and their families, Make-A-Wish® Connecticut is excited to announce the hiring of five new staff members in 2019.

Allison Goodman is the new Events Manager and is responsible for leading and executing a comprehensive portfolio of priority fundraising events, including four chapter-hosted fundraising initiatives (Wish Night, Evening of Wishes Gala, Walk for Wishes and Trailblaze Challenge), as well as third-party community events. Prior to Make-A-Wish Connecticut, Allison was most recently at Gartner. She managed the team responsible for the overall sponsor experience at more than 20 North America Conferences, ensuring successful execution and delivery on all sponsorships that contributed to year over year renewals and retention. 

Jessica Daniels was hired as the Wish Journey Coordinator. A newly-created position, Jess is responsible for coordinating wish journey experiences and events to create meaningful long-term engagement with wish families before, during, and after the wish. Jessica manages the Wish Alumni Program and will be creating a magical experience for wish families at the organization’s new Wishing Place. Prior to Make-A-Wish Connecticut, Jessica worked at Make-A-Wish New Jersey, where she was responsible for assisting the Mission Delivery team with executing the goals and objectives of Wish Granting, Medical Outreach and Volunteer Program Services. 

Emma Laney is the new Bilingual Wish Coordinator at Make-A-Wish Connecticut. She was previously an intern for the Development team and worked as a temp on the Program team, where she assisted the other Wish Coordinators in planning wishes. Laney is a Westport native and recently graduated from James Madison University, with a double major in Communications and Spanish.

Lisa Brown is the Program Director for Make-A-Wish Connecticut.  In her new role, she is excited to grant wishes to every eligible child in the state and ensure that all children receive their one true wish. She works closely with the wish managers and coordinators to update, maintain and increase the quality and integrity of each wish. Prior to joining Make-A-Wish, Lisa served as a Vice President and Branch Manager in the Retail Banking industry. While she has more than 25 years of management and leadership experience in Banking and Retail, she comes to Make-A-Wish with a valuable and rich perspective, for she is also a proud Make-A-Wish mom.

Stefanie Richardson is Make-A-Wish Connecticut’s Volunteer Coordinator and her main responsibility is the recruitment and management of the more than 250 volunteers who give their time and talents to the organization and the wish families they serve. Before moving to Connecticut, Stefanie was the Development and Community Relations Coordinator for the Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired in Cincinnati, OH. 

“As we are poised to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Connecticut Chapter, it is crucial that we have qualified professionals in place who are not only passionate about, but also dedicated to, furthering our mission to create life-changing wishes for local children with critical illnesses,” shares Make-A-Wish Connecticut President and CEO Pam Keough. “The next decade promises to bring unprecedented growth to the chapter and the number and kinds of wish experiences we hope to create.” 


Make-A-Wish® Connecticut creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and volunteers across the state currently grant nearly 250 wishes a year. Since 1986, Make-A-Wish Connecticut has granted more than 3,300 wishes to local children. For more information about Make-A-Wish Connecticut, visit ct.wish.org.

kerry@ducey.org (Make-A-Wish CT) Charities Thu, 09 Jan 2020 06:24:03 -0500