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CT Senator Hwang Issues a Statement in Celebration of Passover

<p>Hartford, CT - <a href="https://ctsenaterepublicans.com/home-hwang/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(5, 99, 193);">Senator Tony Hwang</a><span style="color: rgb(49, 49, 49);">&nbsp;issued the following statement today in celebration of Passover and denouncing recent college campus protests and the possible intimidation of Jewish students in Connecticut.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(49, 49, 49);">“</span><span style="color: rgb(13, 13, 13);">As Passover commences, let us take a moment to remember and reflect on the history of sacrifice, suffering and the courage that led the journey of exodus from enslavement and religious freedom.&nbsp;Let us stand in solidarity with the Jewish community worldwide, celebrating their rich traditions and enduring spirit. May this Passover be a time of reflection, resilience and renewed unity against violence, bigotry and discrimination.&nbsp; During this sacred time, let us reaffirm our commitment to supporting Jewish individuals, ensuring their safety and dignity are upheld. Recent disruptive protests and possible intimidation of Jewish and other students in Connecticut are reprehensible and intolerable.&nbsp;Our institutions of learning must protect ALL students from threats and intimidation to ensure a fully engaged academic environment balanced with a moral compass to support the respect of each student and protect against dangerous acts of hatred, discrimination and learning disruption.”</span></p>

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MoCA Announces Janice Egan as Sr. Director of Philanthropy

<p>Westport, CT – MoCA is excited to welcome Janice Egan to its team as the Senior Director of Philanthropy. Janice arrives with a wealth of experience, bringing nearly two decades of expertise in philanthropic fundraising from the higher education sector, along with a deep passion for the arts and a commitment to community engagement. Her role signifies an important addition to MoCA, aiming to further our mission of enriching lives through art, education and creative expression.</p><p>Janice has an impressive background in building and nurturing philanthropic relationships, managing significant programs, and identifying strategic opportunities for growth. Her previous positions, including Director of Parent and Family Engagement and Philanthropy as well as Senior Development Officer, have equipped her with the necessary skills to enhance MoCA’s philanthropic efforts and deepen our impact within the community.</p><p>As the Senior Director of Philanthropy, Janice will focus on strengthening MoCA’s engagement with individual donors and exploring new avenues for philanthropic support.</p><p>“Janice’s addition to our team represents a pivotal moment for MoCA. Her rich experience in philanthropy and her passion for the arts will play a crucial role in driving our mission forward,” states Ruth Mannes, Executive Director.</p><p>MoCA believes the arts should be accessible to all. If you need financial assistance with</p><p>admissions, classes, or event registration, please contact the Museum at <a href="mailto:info@mocawestport.org." rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">info@mocawestport.org.</a></p><p>More About MoCA Westport:</p><p>MoCA Westport is a non-profit visual and performing arts organization that has been a cornerstone of the Westport, Connecticut community for over 50 years. In 2019, MoCA Westport underwent a significant expansion in order to bring extensive programming to the local community and greater New York and New England regions.</p><p>In addition to hosting contemporary art exhibitions and performing arts events, The Academy at MoCA Westport provides arts classes for all ages.</p><p>MoCA Westport is able to operate through the generosity of our sponsors and our major supporters:</p><p>The Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; The Bafflin Foundation; Bank of America Museums on Us; The Meredith Cohen Team; Cohen &amp; Wolf; The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation; Kristin Foster; The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development; Connecticut Humanities; Connecticut Office of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts; Diageo; William and Jodi Felton; Expand; Fairfield After Dark; Fairfield County Bank; Derek and Lauren Goodman; The Hofstetter Baron Group of Wells Fargo Advisors; The Dale &amp; Laura Kutnick Foundation; Lance Lundberg and Terry McGuinness; The New England Foundation for the Arts; Joyce M. Pauker; The Russell Insurance Agency; Suzanne and Norman Sorensen; SRI Fine Art Services; John and Cindy Vaccaro; Wealthspire Advisors; Westport Lifestyle; WPKN and WSHU.&nbsp;</p>

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Beardsley Zoo Launches Evening Lecture Series

<p class="ql-align-right"><strong>Bridgeport, CT</strong>&nbsp;– Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo announces the launch of its evening lecture series with Fairfield University’s RIZE program.&nbsp;In a partnership that exemplifies the intersection of academic research and wildlife conservation, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo and Fairfield University’s Research, Internships and Zoo Education (RIZE) program embark on another year of pioneering studies aimed at enhancing our understanding of animal behavior and welfare. The collaboration, now in its eleventh year, showcases the invaluable contributions of Fairfield University students under the guidance of Associate Biology Professor Ashley Byun, Ph.D., to the zoo's conservation and educational efforts.</p><p>The series of lectures begins on Wednesday, April 24, with Fairfield University RIZE students presenting their latest research findings. This year's studies, focusing on diverse species from the zoo’s collection, promise new insights into the natural and social behaviors of these animals, with implications for conservation both in human care and in the wild.</p><p>The public is invited to join the lectures scheduled to start Wednesday, April 24 at 7pm in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library Lecture Hall.&nbsp;This program is free for the public to attend. The topics of the presentations are:</p><ul><li>Monkeying around: Observing group dynamics and behavior in zoo Black Handed Spider Monkeys.</li><li>Chill Out Brook Trout: Effect of Warmer Water Temperatures on Aggression.</li><li>Cat Calling: Advertising Sexual Receptivity in Amur Leopards.</li><li>Tweets, Tech and Tunes: Investigating bird enrichment strategies.</li></ul><p><span style="color: rgb(13, 13, 13);">Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo and Fairfield University's RIZE program exemplify the impactful collaboration between academic research and practical conservation efforts. As this partnership continues to flourish, it highlights the essential role of zoos in the preservation of wildlife and the environment.</span></p><p><strong>About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo</strong>&nbsp;Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating 102 years, features 350 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species. Guests won’t want to miss our Andean bear, maned wolves, Mexican gray wolves, and red wolves. Other highlights include our Spider Monkey Habitat, and a new prairie dog exhibit that we’ll cut the ribbon on soon! As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and participant in its Species Survival Plan (SSP) programs, the non-profit Zoo is committed to the preservation of endangered animals and wild habitats. Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at&nbsp;<a href="http://beardsleyzoo.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">beardsleyzoo.org</a></p>

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Fairfield University Hosts A StartUp Showcase

<p>Fairfield, CT - Join the action as Fairfield University students pitch their business ideas and compete for seed funding at the 12th annual Fairfield StartUp Showcase. Five teams will present their innovative ideas to an investor panel in front of a live audience as they compete for funding to start their businesses. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Showcase starts at 7 p.m.&nbsp;<a href="https://events.fairfield.edu/event/fairfield_startup_showcase_4274" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(2, 177, 151);">Read More</a></p>

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Cinefest to Celebrate Fairfield's Student Filmmakers

<p>Fairfield, CT - Each year, Cinefest celebrates the hard work and creative talents of Fairfield’s student filmmakers by screening an impressive lineup of original short films and videos produced by undergraduates in Fairfield University's Department of Visual and Performing Arts’ film, television and media arts program. The films are selected by a jury of industry professionals and Fairfield faculty who look for submissions with creative story lines and strong character development. </p><p>The public is invited to attend at the Kelley Theatre in the Quick Center for the Arts to view the films, followed by a “Best of” awards ceremony. Admission is free, general admission.&nbsp;<a href="https://events.fairfield.edu/event/cinefest_student_film_festival" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(2, 177, 151);">Read More</a></p>

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The Quick Welcomes Chucho Valdés, Dianne Reeves & Joe Lovano

<p>Fairfield, CT - "In a duet with Valdés, Lovano serves as the voice of reason. The juxtaposition of Valdés’ ornate, extravagant comping and Lovano’s declarative urgency made tunes like Charlie Parker’s ‘Confirmation’ sound both familiar and fresh." —Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times "[Dianne Reeves] has one of the most powerful, purposeful, and accurate voices of this or any time." —Wynton Marsalis </p><p>Calling all jazz lovers to a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear an all-star trio of jazz masters in piano duets with each other! Since 2021, these three legends, with a combined 12 Grammy Awards between them, have been creating rare and magical evenings filled with their original takes on jazz standards. The evening features one of the most influential figures in modern Afro-Cuban jazz, the 82-year-old pianist Chucho Valdés, sharing the stage with preeminent jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves and celebrated saxophonist Joe Lovano. </p><p>Cuban pianist, composer, and arranger Chucho Valdés has won six Grammys and three Latin Grammy Awards, pushing the boundaries of jazz in pursuit of new expressions in Afro-Cuban music throughout his rich 60-year career. Valdés is perhaps best known as the founder, pianist, and main composer and arranger of Irakere, a landmark ensemble in Cuban music. He is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and has been inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame. </p><p>A stunning five-time Grammy Award-winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album, singer Dianne Reeves has virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&amp;B stylings that have garnered her multiple awards, an honorary doctorate of music from Juilliard, and the honor of being named a 2018 National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master. Her multi-octave range and magical, timeless voice captivate audiences around the world. Joe Lovano is a Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer, and arranger. </p><p>DownBeat magazine has twice named him Jazz Artist of the Year. Lovano attended Berklee in the early 1970s and received an honorary doctor of music degree from the college in 1998. Lovano has released nearly 40 albums as leader or co-leader and has collaborated with many legendary musicians, including McCoy Tyner, Hank Jones, Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, Branford Marsalis, Jim Hall, and Paul Motian.&nbsp;<a href="https://events.fairfield.edu/event/duets_chucho_valdes_dianne_reeves_joe_lovano" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(2, 177, 151);">Read More</a></p>

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Groundwork Bridgeport to Celebrate Its 25th Anniversary, May 18

<p>Bridgeport, CT - Join Groundwork Bridgeport as it commemorates a quarter-century of community engagement, environmental stewardship and transformative projects. The celebration honors the contributions of GB's founding board member, long-time Board Chair and supporter Stuart Sachs.</p><p>When: Saturday, May 18, 5:00 - 7:00 PM</p><p>Where: Beardsley Zoo Greenhouse</p><p>Mark your calendars and be part of the festivities as GB reflects on its past achievements and looks forward to future ones. Your presence will make this occasion even more special.</p><p>Tickets:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-gala-to-celebrate-groundwork-bridgeports-25th-anniversary-tickets-867577747397" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-gala-to-celebrate-groundwork-bridgeports-25th-anniversary-tickets-867577747397</a></p><p><span style="color: var(--geeks-body-color); font-weight: var(--geeks-body-font-weight);">Can't make the celebration? You can still donate directly to Groundwork Bridgeport by purchasing a "donation" ticket on here: </span><a href="https://www.groundworkbridgeport.org/donate" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; font-weight: var(--geeks-body-font-weight); color: var(--eds-control,#3659e3);">https://www.groundworkbridgeport.org/donate</a><span style="color: var(--geeks-body-color); font-weight: var(--geeks-body-font-weight);">. Note that "donation" tickets do not grant access to the gala and are solely a method to donate to GWB.</span></p><p><em>Event held at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo with all funds raised going to Groundwork Bridgeport.</em></p>

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