Darien's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/darien Mon, 21 Jan 2019 03:32:50 -0500 HamletHub.com Can You Dance, Darien? Showcase Your Talent on February 2 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/46760-can-you-dance-darien-showcase-your-talent-on-february-246760-can-you-dance-darien-showcase-your-talent-on-february-2 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/46760-can-you-dance-darien-showcase-your-talent-on-february-246760-can-you-dance-darien-showcase-your-talent-on-february-2

Darien Arts Center's popular showcase of talent, So We Think We Can Dance is back for its eighth year!
This student-run production has sold-out audiences for the past seven years. Totally produced by DAC dance student volunteers, ages 10 to 18, the show returns to the DAC Weatherstone Studio with performances on Saturday, February 2nd at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 3rd at 2 p.m. 
Eighteen DAC student choreographers with 40 dancers, manage all stages of creation and execution and choreograph and perform approximately 17 dances that encompass many different styles of dance. 

The DAC dance program provides dedicated students a one of kind opportunity, to produce a show from start to finish. 

So We Think We Can Dance was the brainchild of past DAC students, some who have moved on to pursue careers in dance. They envisioned using the skills they had developed from years of dancing at the DAC, to express their individuality in their very own dances, while having a chance to shine. It has proven to be a great success, beyond selling out audiences. According to Amy Allen, DAC executive director, “So We Think We Can Dance truly fills us with pride. Our students utilize years of practice, to create, choreograph and produce an entertaining show. It empowers creative thinking and builds confidence that we watch our students take with these students and their talent every year. They really put their hearts into this, as well as a lot of time and effort. I can’t wait to see this year’s performances.” 

DAC dance students, Meghan Wood, Mackenzie Swift and Eva Larino are producing the 2019 show. 

Tickets for So We Think We Can Dance 2018 are $10 and the show runs for approximately 2 hours. 

Purchase tickets ($10) at the door or email DAC Dance Director Bonnie Gombos at bonnie@darienarts.org. 

For questions call the DAC at (203) 655-8683.

kerry@ducey.org (DAC) Life Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:00:24 -0500
This is SNOW Important: Let’s Make Darien Accessible for ALL https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46759-this-is-snow-important-let-s-make-darien-accessible-for-all-154783862046759-this-is-snow-important-let-s-make-darien-accessible-for-all-1547838620 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46759-this-is-snow-important-let-s-make-darien-accessible-for-all-154783862046759-this-is-snow-important-let-s-make-darien-accessible-for-all-1547838620

With the first significant snowstorm of the season predicted to hit Darien this weekend, we would like to remind local businesses of ADA regulations in regard to parking and store access. Please remember to maintain the accessible parking spaces and pathways on PRIVATE and TOWN-OWNED business properties. 

All accessible parking spaces should be cleared and made available when the rest of the lots are being cleared and ideally, as soon as possible. Accessible parking spaces should not be used to collect snow for later removal! This is worth repeating. Accessible parking spaces should not be used to collect snow for later removal!

Please note that snow-covered spaces STILL do not mean that you can park in available accessible parking spots if you do not have an Accessible Parking Permit.

A single wheelchair requires at least a 36" path, therefore please ensure a path that is at least this wide. Clear passages should include curb cuts.

Please help by sharing this information with business owners and the public so Darien is accessible for all during the winter months.

Any facility offering parking for employees or visitors must provide accessible parking for people with disabilities. An accessible parking space consists of vehicle space and a diagonally striped access aisle. The entire space must be kept clear of obstructions— including ice, snow, shopping cart corrals, trash cans, seasonal garden displays, and bicycle racks—at all times - ADA

For more information, please click here.


cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Sharol Signorelli) Places Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:04:29 -0500
Large Nor’easter to Impact Darien Saturday Night and Sunday Followed by Flash Freeze Sunday Night https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/46758-large-nor-easter-to-impact-darien-saturday-night-and-sunday-followed-by-flash-freeze-sunday-night-154783442346758-large-nor-easter-to-impact-darien-saturday-night-and-sunday-followed-by-flash-freeze-sunday-night-1547834423 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/46758-large-nor-easter-to-impact-darien-saturday-night-and-sunday-followed-by-flash-freeze-sunday-night-154783442346758-large-nor-easter-to-impact-darien-saturday-night-and-sunday-followed-by-flash-freeze-sunday-night-1547834423

Winter Storm Warning Issued for Litchfield County, Watches Issued by NWS for Rest of State

The GFS and NAM models are in fair to good agreement that a large northeaster will impact all of New England Saturday night and Sunday followed by an arctic cold outbreak Sunday night lasting into the middle of next week.  Some differences still exist between the models and any change in the storm track could still significantly change snowfall amounts.  The following forecast is based on a blend of the GFS and NAM models:

Saturday Evening: Snow is forecast to spread into the state from southwest to northeast between 5:00 – 8:00 PM.  Towns should expect snow to become heavy at times by midnight.  Temperatures are forecast to hold in the 20’s.

Saturday Night: Moderate to heavy snow is forecast to change over to a mix from south to north overnight.  A mix line is expected to reach the coast by 1:00 AM and then move north to the Hartford area by 4:00 AM.  Total accumulations before the change to sleet and freezing rain are forecast to range from 2” – 4” near the coast, 6” – 10” in the Hartford area, up to 10” – 14” in the NW hills.  A moderate to major impact on overnight driving is expected in northern and central CT and a moderate impact is expected along the coast with several inches of snow cover on most roads. 

Sunday Morning: A mix of sleet and some freezing rain is expected in central and northern CT with plain rain in southern CT.  Temperatures are forecast to rise into the mid 30’s at the coast.  However temperatures inland are forecast to hold in the 20’s.  Freezing rain may cause some icing on power lines and trees.  The icing combined with NE winds gusting to 30 – 35 MPH and the weight of the overnight snow on trees may cause a moderate impact on power outages across the state.  Minor to isolated pockets of moderate coastal flooding are also possible during high tide at 10:00 AM in Western Long Island Sound.  A moderate impact on driving is expected. 

Sunday Afternoon: The mixed precipitation is forecast to change back to a few hours of light snow and end by mid-afternoon.  Temperatures are forecast to begin rapidly falling late in the afternoon which is expected to flash freeze any standing water on roads. 

Sunday Night: Bitterly cold air is forecast to rush into the state Sunday night with temperatures falling to near 0 F by daybreak on Monday with wind chills between -10 and -25 F.  A minor to moderate impact on driving is expected overnight. 

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will continue to closely monitor this approaching storm.

Learn more and receive updates on NWS website here.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (National Weather Service) Life Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:54:12 -0500
Peter R. Cordeau, MBA, BSN, RN Named President of Norwalk Hospital https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46756-peter-r-cordeau-mba-bsn-rn-named-president-of-norwalk-hospital46756-peter-r-cordeau-mba-bsn-rn-named-president-of-norwalk-hospital https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46756-peter-r-cordeau-mba-bsn-rn-named-president-of-norwalk-hospital46756-peter-r-cordeau-mba-bsn-rn-named-president-of-norwalk-hospital

DANBURY, Connecticut, January 17, 2019 — Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) President and CEO John M. Murphy, MD, announced the appointment of Peter R. Cordeau, MBA, BSN, RN, to the role of President of Norwalk Hospital. Norwalk Hospital is part of the growing WCHN, which currently also includes Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital. In his new role, Mr. Cordeau will oversee all administrative and clinical functions at Norwalk Hospital.

Mr. Cordeau brings a wealth of clinical and administrative experience to Norwalk Hospital. His 30-year career includes hospital administration, operations, nursing leadership, and service line management. Mr. Cordeau’s initial areas of focus at Norwalk Hospital will be building a strong and unified leadership team, overseeing hospital operations, and strengthening employee and physician engagement and the patient experience.

Mr. Cordeau comes to Norwalk Hospital from Sharon Hospital. He joined Sharon Hospital in 2013 as Chief Nursing Officer. He was quickly promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2014 and then Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Mr. Cordeau successfully led the merger of Sharon Hospital with Health Quest in 2017. WCHN is awaiting approval from the Connecticut Office of Health Strategy to affiliate with all the Health Quest hospitals including Sharon Hospital, making this particular appointment foundational to the pending relationship.

“Mr. Cordeau’s broad experience and expertise in healthcare, especially in administration, operations, and nursing, make him uniquely qualified to be president of Norwalk Hospital. Mr. Cordeau will help to facilitate the smoothest possible transition as Health Quest and WCHN come together to form a new organization, so that we can continue to provide the best care to our patients,” said Dr. Murphy.

As Health Quest and WCHN come together, Mr. Cordeau will implement strategies that align operational and clinical services and integrate safe, high quality, and efficient care processes for our patients.

“I am very excited to join Norwalk Hospital. I am looking forward to collaborating with clinical, administrative, and community leaders to further the good health of greater Norwalk,” said Mr. Cordeau.

In 2017, under Mr. Cordeau’s leadership, Sharon Hospital was recognized with an “A” patient safety grade by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the United States healthcare system. Sharon Hospital was also named a Joint Commission Top Hospital in 2015 and was positively incentivized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under its value-based purchasing program for three years in a row (2014, 2015, and 2016).

About Peter R. Cordeau
As President of Sharon Hospital, Mr. Cordeau is a highly visible leader in the community. He sponsors, volunteers, and speaks at community events. He also serves on the Northwest Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Mr. Cordeau received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Catch up on the latest news at WCHN. Visit wchn.org/news today!


kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:57:00 -0500
Connecticut Among Top 10 States for Outbound Moves https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46757-connecticut-among-top-10-states-for-outbound-moves-154775642046757-connecticut-among-top-10-states-for-outbound-moves-1547756420 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46757-connecticut-among-top-10-states-for-outbound-moves-154775642046757-connecticut-among-top-10-states-for-outbound-moves-1547756420

Connecticut Residents Are on the Move

Connecticut residents are on the move, according to a recent study conducted by United Van Lines. Results show that for the fourth consecutive year, Connecticut is among the top ten states for outbound moves. 

Out of the four areas tracked, one area bucked the trend and had more people moving in than out.  The New London-Norwich area had a total of 245 shipments, 54.3% of those were folks moving into the area.

The area with the highest percentage of people moving out was the New Haven-Waterbury-Meriden area that had 282 shipments from a total of 385 in or out of that area.


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United Van Lines reports, “New Jersey (66.8 percent), Connecticut (62 percent) and New York (61.5 percent) were included among the top 10 outbound states for the fourth consecutive year. 

The top outbound states for 2018 were:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Illinois
  3. Connecticut
  4. New York
  5. Kansas
  6. Ohio
  7. Massachusetts
  8. Iowa
  9. Montana
  10. Michigan

Since 1977, United Van Lines has annually tracked migration patterns on a state-by-state basis. “The 2018 study is based on household moves handled by United within the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. and ranks states based off the inbound and outbound percentages of total moves in each state,” United Van Lines says.

Learn more about United Van Lines 2018 study here.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Neighbors Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:15:27 -0500
Parent Talk at Darien Depot on January 24 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46755-parent-talk-at-darien-depot-on-january-2446755-parent-talk-at-darien-depot-on-january-24 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46755-parent-talk-at-darien-depot-on-january-2446755-parent-talk-at-darien-depot-on-january-24

Parent Talk: Juvenile Review Board on Thursday, January 24 beginning at 7:15 pm at Darien Depot

The Juvenile Review Board in Darien is an alternative Diversion Program for juveniles who are Darien residents and first-time offenders that have come into contact with the Darien Police Dept. Darien Police Detectives Mark Cappelli and James Palmieri will be discussing Darien’s JRB and answering your questions in an informal group discussion. Please be sure to sign up as registration will be limited due to the nature of the topic.

Parent Talk is an informal discussion held each month at The Depot. Coffee and great snacks provided!

The Depot is located at 25 Heights Road. Learn more and register here.

kerry@ducey.org (Darien Depot) Events Thu, 17 Jan 2019 03:06:42 -0500
Seven Connecticut Dogs Selected for 2019 Puppy Bowl https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/46754-seven-connecticut-dogs-selected-for-2019-puppy-bowl-154768142546754-seven-connecticut-dogs-selected-for-2019-puppy-bowl-1547681425 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/46754-seven-connecticut-dogs-selected-for-2019-puppy-bowl-154768142546754-seven-connecticut-dogs-selected-for-2019-puppy-bowl-1547681425

Bloomfield’s Brady from Dog Star Rescue to be part of the starting Lineup

Brady, a 17 week old Chihuahua/Russell Terrier from Dog Star Rescue in Connecticut will be part of Animal Planet’s 15th annual "Puppy Bowl", two hours of nonstop cuteness, on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3, 3 EST/12 PST).

Animal Planet says, “Don't miss the ultimate "Tailgating experience with the Puppy Bowl Pregame Show, featuring aww-analysis and cuddly commentary from sports correspondents including the infamous Rodt Weiler. Puppy Bowl XIV will kick off at GEICO Stadium.”

According to Animal Planet, the 7 year-running America's favorite "Rufferee," Dan Schachner, will return to call the puppy penalties, furry fumbles and terrier touchdowns. 

Six other dogs from Connecticut will be “Back Up Pups”.

Four puppies are from Danbury Animal Welfare Society:

  • Cole, an 18 week old Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd/Rottweiler/Weimaraner
  • Panda, a 19 week old American Bulldog/Labrador Retriever/Rottweiler/Weimaraner
  • Scout a 15 week old Pomeranian/Chihuahua
  • Walnut, a 19 week old Boston Terrier/Miniature Poodle/Chihuahua/Dachshund.

Two puppies are from Pack Leaders Rescue of CT:

  • Smokey Blue a 13 week old Lab/Shepherd/American Staffordshire Terrier/Golden Retriever
  • Tuff a 16 week old Toy Fox Terrier/American Staffordshire Terrier.

All dogs are available for adoption! View the Puppy Bowl starting lineup here.

*Fun Fact, Brady is a 2019 Howl of Fame inductee


cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Animal Planet) Life Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:27:24 -0500
Stamford Marriott turns up the LOVE Valentine's Day weekend https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46753-stamford-marriott-turns-up-the-love-valentine-s-day-weekend46753-stamford-marriott-turns-up-the-love-valentine-s-day-weekend https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46753-stamford-marriott-turns-up-the-love-valentine-s-day-weekend46753-stamford-marriott-turns-up-the-love-valentine-s-day-weekend

Stamford Marriott is turning up the Valentine’s Day LOVE with an awesome Weekend Package!

In addition to a Special Rate February 14-17, your stay includes a bottle of bubbly and strawberries with chocolate dipping sauce! 

To redeem this special offer click here.

Love the weekend even more by indulging in a spa treatment at Agora Spa, a full-service spa that offers body treatments, facials, massages and an invigorating steam room. Learn more about the spa

Book your hotel reservation here

View the spa packages here.

The hotel is located at 243 Tresser Boulevard, in the heart of downtown Stamford, combining New York City energy with New England charm.

Special rate available February 14, 2019 - February 17, 2019. Subject to availability. Cannot be combined with other offers.

We are proud to welcome Stamford Marriott to our family of HamletHub sponsors!

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:32:36 -0500
Gov. Lamont Announces Public-Private Partnership to Assist Essential Federal Workers During Shutdown https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/46752-gov-lamont-announces-public-private-partnership-to-assist-essential-federal-workers-during-shutdown-154765261946752-gov-lamont-announces-public-private-partnership-to-assist-essential-federal-workers-during-shutdown-1547652619 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/politics/46752-gov-lamont-announces-public-private-partnership-to-assist-essential-federal-workers-during-shutdown-154765261946752-gov-lamont-announces-public-private-partnership-to-assist-essential-federal-workers-during-shutdown-1547652619

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that a public-private partnership between the State of Connecticut and private banks, led by Webster Bank and supported by the Connecticut Bankers Association, will enable essential federal workers who are required to report to work without pay to receive unemployment assistance.

In addition, he is working with legislative leadership to emergency certify a bill that would ensure Connecticut is able to take advantage of any decision by the federal government to permit essential workers to collect earned unemployment insurance benefits. Lastly, Governor Lamont urged non-essential employees, who are not required to report to work, to access state unemployment benefits by contacting the Connecticut Department of Labor or their local American Job Center.

Read More: Gov. Lamont Announces Public-Private Partnership to Assist Essential Federal Workers During Shutdown.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Gov) Politics Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:21:44 -0500
Google Tech Training Tour Brings Seminars to 500+ Connecticut Job Seekers, Small Businesses and Nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46751-google-tech-training-tour-brings-seminars-to-500-connecticut-job-seekers-small-businesses-and-nonprofits-154764181546751-google-tech-training-tour-brings-seminars-to-500-connecticut-job-seekers-small-businesses-and-nonprofits-1547641815 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46751-google-tech-training-tour-brings-seminars-to-500-connecticut-job-seekers-small-businesses-and-nonprofits-154764181546751-google-tech-training-tour-brings-seminars-to-500-connecticut-job-seekers-small-businesses-and-nonprofits-1547641815


February Trip Will Make Stops in Hartford, New Haven, and New London, open to all residents of Darien

Google announced today that it will host three day long digital skills training sessions in Connecticut during the week of February 11, making stops in Hartford, New Haven and New London. The effort put on by Grow with Google (the company’s economic opportunity initiative) is part of a national tour of libraries in all 50 U.S. states to equip people with requisite skills to thrive in the digital economy. Each stop will consist of free hands-on courses in an array of tech topics, aimed at job seekers, small business owners, students, educators and entrepreneurs to improve their digital skills.

“Connecticut is one of our country’s most historic centers of innovation, entrepreneurship and manufacturing. By bringing the ‘Grow with Google’ tour to the state, we are making a commitment to help develop a skilled workforce that can meet the needs of the Constitution State’s growing economy,” said Erica Swanson, Google’s Head of Community Engagement.

Each event will include Google staff leading interactive workshops about issues ranging from search engine optimization and online marketing to coding and email basics. Attendees can also sign up for one-on-one training with Google staff, and tour demo booths to learn more about Google’s free products for learners and small businesses. Google is officially partnering with Hartford Chamber of Commerce, Hartford Public Library, New Haven Free Public Library, and Public Library of New London as well as the American Library Association for the trip, and will explore partnership opportunities with area organizations to help with job training and developing digital skills.

To learn more about the free event and to register, visit g.co/growconnecticut. Space will be limited; so please register in advance.

In its 2017 Economic Impact Report, Google found that 14,000 Connecticut businesses generated $4.13 billion in economic activity by using Google’s search and advertising tools.


February 11th: Hartford

  • 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Hartford Public Library -- Albany Library
  • 1250 Albany Avenue,  Hartford, CT 06112

February 13th: New Haven

  • 9am to 4:30pm
  • New Haven Free Public Library
  • 133 Elm Street,  New Haven, CT 06510

February 15th: New London

  • 9am to 4:30pm
  • Public Library of New London
  • 63 Huntington Street, New London, CT 06320

For more information, click here.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Google) Neighbors Wed, 16 Jan 2019 02:17:43 -0500
Snow predicted for Darien by week’s end, stronger storm Saturday night into Sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46750-snow-predicted-for-darien-by-week-s-end-stronger-storm-saturday-night-into-sunday-154759862046750-snow-predicted-for-darien-by-week-s-end-stronger-storm-saturday-night-into-sunday-1547598620 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46750-snow-predicted-for-darien-by-week-s-end-stronger-storm-saturday-night-into-sunday-154759862046750-snow-predicted-for-darien-by-week-s-end-stronger-storm-saturday-night-into-sunday-1547598620

A quick moving but weak low pressure system will bring a light accumulating snowfall to Darien Thursday night, January 17 into Friday morning, January 18, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

A more significant storm system will impact the region over the weekend, bringing the potential for snow and heavy rain Saturday night, January 19  into Sunday evening, January 20. Strong winds will bring an arctic blast Sunday afternoon into Monday.

The National Weather Service is predicting 2 to 4 inches for interior portions of northeastern New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley, and Southwest Connecticut and one inch for NYC/NJ metro and surroundings before a changeover to rain. Less than one inch is predicted for Southeastern LI and CT before a changeover to rain.

Travel is expected to be hazardous due to poor visibility and snow covered roads, particularly across the Interior, for the Friday morning commute.

In the wake of this system, a blast of arctic air is expected to rush into the region Sunday afternoon into Sunday Night, with the coldest air of the winter season expected into early next week.

Learn more on NWS website: NWS New York Website: https://www.weather.gov/okx/

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (NWS) Events Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:28:13 -0500
Gas Prices in Connecticut Inch Down https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46747-gas-prices-in-connecticut-inch-down-154755727146747-gas-prices-in-connecticut-inch-down-1547557271 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/places/46747-gas-prices-in-connecticut-inch-down-154755727146747-gas-prices-in-connecticut-inch-down-1547557271

Connecticut gas prices continued to decline this week, according to AAA Northeast. Today, a gallon of self-serve, regular gas in Connecticut averages $2.55, 3 cents lower than this time last week. Compared to last year, prices are 12 cents lower.

On the national level, a gallon averages $2.25, 1 cent higher than last week – the first increase since October. Compared to last year, prices are 28 cents lower.

“The price of crude oil has been slowly increasing this year, but unlike some parts of the country, the impact has yet to be felt locally by motorists at the pump,” said Adelle Zocher, Outreach Specialist for AAA Northeast.

AAA’s weekly survey of prices in Connecticut’s six regions are:

  • Greater Bridgeport $2.66
  • Lower Fairfield County: $2.62
  • New Haven/Meriden: $2.57
  • Greater Hartford $2.45    
  • New London/Norwich $2.58
  • Windham/Middlesex $2.52

Statewide Average:$2.55

Today, Missouri and Arkansas both register the lowest average per-gallon prices in the nation at $1.89 and $1.90, respectively. California and Hawaii continue to lead the pack with the highest prices at $3.28 and 3.26, respectively. Connecticut holds the 9th spot on the list of states with the highest prices in the nation.

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Places Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:27:43 -0500
Why Self Care is (finally!) Becoming a Thing https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/46749-why-self-care-is-finally-becoming-a-thing46749-why-self-care-is-finally-becoming-a-thing https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/life/46749-why-self-care-is-finally-becoming-a-thing46749-why-self-care-is-finally-becoming-a-thing

Raise your hand if you grew up hearing “As a female today, you can do anything you want!” or “Women SHOULD have a career, raise a family and make as much money as a man!” No pressure there, right? 

Females of the millennial generation and younger however, are changing this narrative. They are going into careers that allow them to have the flexibility to work remotely, be their own boss and take sabbaticals. Traveling, going to festivals and fun conferences (like comic con). Less emphasis on owning things and more on experiencing things. Waiting to start a family, if at all. Concern for the planet and most importantly, practicing self-care. 

Why? In my admittedly semi-biased opinion, I think they listened to their moms! I believe they observed their mom’s struggles and decided to go another way. Just as we observed our moms and decided we wanted more. All parents wish more for their kids than they themselves had. I think this generation took it to heart in a selfishly good way. 

Of course “more” is a subjective thing. As women with wisdom and experience, we helped our daughters change the mindset. We realize that you can’t pour from an empty pitcher. You owe yourself the best version of you. “More” starts with self-care as its foundation. 

Even though it took us longer to get here, we know we must take care of ourselves, mind, body and soul. A holistic approach to self-care is becoming accepted as the standard in the West. It is now understood how great a toll stress takes on us. We can’t escape it, but by caring for ourselves, we can greatly minimize the effects. 

I’m not going to tell you to go live like a millennial, or leave the societal rat race behind and live off the grid in a lotus garden in Tibet. I will tell you, however, that we can learn lessons from both. 

No matter what your life goals, you must build them upon that foundation of self-care. Here’s a couple of building blocks everyone can use.

Know the power of your mind. Life doesn’t happen to us. Our choices determine our experience. By deciding how you will react to things, you are in charge of how your life unfolds. You have the power. Use it.

Decide what your priorities are. WRITE THEM DOWN. This makes them tangible and makes you accountable. Start with a priority or goal for the day. Just one thing. Start small. Maybe it’s just to smile more, or to go into a dreaded conference call with a positive attitude. You got this! Then make a goal for the week, month, year. As you go through time, base your decisions on “Will this put me nearer or further from my goal? Does this fit with my priorities?”

Lastly, think about what activities you loved as a child. How can you get that feeling back? Maybe you can’t play soccer or run cross-country anymore, but you can put sneakers on and repeatedly kick a ball into the net, (GOOOOOOAALLL!!), or hike in the woods and observe nature. Physical activity is crucial to holistic wellness. Make it your own. 

Taking the little bit of time out to do these things will nourish your soul. Holistic wellness a/k/a self-care leads to happiness. See how easy that was? 

Kat Symington Muendell, RYT200, AFAA-CGFI, Certified 3X3Fit Instructor and card-carrying Tibetan Buddhist is the owner of Balance Wellness Studio located at 1851 E Main St Route 6 in Mohegan Lake, NY. Email Kat at balanceon6@gmail.com or visit the Balance website at www.balanceon6.com

Photo credit: David Silver, Hanoi

keytocomputing@gmail.com (Kat Symington Muendell ) Life Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:55:54 -0500
Norwalk Mentor Program Celebrates National Mentoring Month at Stepping Stones https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46748-norwalk-mentor-program-celebrates-national-mentoring-month-at-stepping-stones46748-norwalk-mentor-program-celebrates-national-mentoring-month-at-stepping-stones https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/neighbors/46748-norwalk-mentor-program-celebrates-national-mentoring-month-at-stepping-stones46748-norwalk-mentor-program-celebrates-national-mentoring-month-at-stepping-stones

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, the Norwalk Mentor Program will host a celebration at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk from 5:30-7:30 pm to celebrate National Mentoring Month.  

The mission of the Norwalk Mentor Program is to encourage the social, academic and mental growth of Norwalk’s youth through a one-on-one mentoring relationship, where a caring adult serves as a role model to a student as he or she goes through a difficult period or faces new challenges.  Mentors meet their student mentees one hour per week, every week, at their school during the school year.  More than 600 people will be invited to attend this fun evening to celebrate!  The event is by invitation only and allows mentors and their student mentees to see each other outside of school, and for parents and mentors to meet as well.

In addition to our amazing mentors who volunteer their time all year long to make a difference in the lives of these students, the event could not be made possible without these sponsors.  We are fortunate to have two “A Friend for Life Sponsors”– Spinnaker Real Estate Partners and Sequel International;  two “A Trusting Bond Sponsors”– Iridian Asset Management and Marsh USA; six “A New Outlook  Sponsors” – Fairfield County Bank, PDC International, Reed Exhibitions and three anonymous donors and, finally, we have one “A Friendly Face Sponsor“ – King Industries.  Thank you for making this evening possible.  Our program thrives and reaches more young people because of their dedication.

A special thanks to True North Team Building in Bethel, for providing the “Lip Sync Battle” for the students and Winfield Italian Deli in Westport, for providing the delicious food and finally, to Stepping Stones Museum for Children, for being our gracious host and opening the museum after hours, to hold the celebration and let our students use all of their interactive exhibits, year after year.  We are proud to partner with all of you.

If you would like to become a mentor or learn more about the Norwalk Mentor Program, please contact Nancy Pratt at 203.849.1111 x3042 or npratt@hscct.org  If you have any other questions, please contact Kim Killoy, 203.849.1111 x3023 or kkilloy@hscct.org

kerry@ducey.org (Kimberly Killoy) Neighbors Mon, 14 Jan 2019 11:06:14 -0500
Red Cross Issue Urgent Need for Blood, Donate in Darien on Feb. 2 & Feb. 12 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46746-red-cross-issue-urgent-need-for-blood-darien-donation-times-listed-below-154749133646746-red-cross-issue-urgent-need-for-blood-darien-donation-times-listed-below-1547491336 https://news.hamlethub.com/darien/events/46746-red-cross-issue-urgent-need-for-blood-darien-donation-times-listed-below-154749133646746-red-cross-issue-urgent-need-for-blood-darien-donation-times-listed-below-1547491336

Red Cross issues an emergency call for blood donors

A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.

The Red Cross collected some 27,000 fewer blood and platelet donations the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s than needed to sustain a sufficient blood supply. During this period, about 1,350 fewer blood drives were hosted by volunteer sponsor groups than required to meet patient needs as busy holiday schedules kept many donors away.

Darien residents can donate blood at these times:

Date Place Address
2/7/2019: 1 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Darien Library 1441 Post Road, Darien
2/12/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. First Congregational Church of Darien 14 Brookside Road, Darien
1/28/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. YMCA of Greenwich 50 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich
1/30/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Greenwich Hospital 5 Perryridge Road, Greenwich
1/30/2019: 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Greenwich Country Day School Old Church Road, Greenwich
2/4/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Temple Sholom 300 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich
2/13/2019: 11:15 a.m. - 5 p.m. Greenwich Town Hall 101 Field Point Road, Greenwich
2/8/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. New Canaan Library 151 Main Street, New Canaan
2/7/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Avalon - East Norwalk 8 Norden Place, Norwalk
2/8/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Norwalk Hospital 34 Maple Street, Norwalk
2/3/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Jewish Community Center 1035 Newfield Avenue, Ridgeway
1/18/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. St. Catherine's Church 4 Riverside Avenue, Riverside
2/12/2019: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Norwalk Community College 188 Richards Avenue, South Norwalk
1/26/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tully Health Center 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford
1/27/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Agudath Sholom synagogue 301 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford
2/9/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tully Health Center 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford
2/15/2019: 9:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. YMCA 404 Danbury Road, Wilton
2/15/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church 1 West Putnam Ave, Greenwich

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types on hand, well below the ideal five-day supply needed to respond to emergencies and daily hospital needs. Blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.

All eligible donors, especially platelet donors and blood donors with type O blood, are urged to make an appointment to give in the coming days to help restock the shelves for hospital patients.

Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Volunteer blood drive hosts are also critically needed to prevent the shortage from worsening this winter.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT Red Cross) Events Mon, 14 Jan 2019 08:33:56 -0500