Fairfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Tue, 29 Nov 2022 14:03:10 -0500 HamletHub.com Holiday Tree Lighting at Bridgeport's McLevy Green, Tues. Nov. 29 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/51362-holiday-tree-lighting-at-bridgeport-s-mclevy-green-tues-nov-2951362-holiday-tree-lighting-at-bridgeport-s-mclevy-green-tues-nov-29 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/51362-holiday-tree-lighting-at-bridgeport-s-mclevy-green-tues-nov-2951362-holiday-tree-lighting-at-bridgeport-s-mclevy-green-tues-nov-29

Bridgeport, CT - Mayor Ganim and the City of Bridgeport present the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at McLevy Green, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 4:00 - 6:30pm.

Master of Ceremonies Star 99.9's Anna Zap from the Anna & Raven Show will be joined by the Bridgeport Islanders Mascot Storm and wonderful local vendors Cinnabomb Mini-Donut Factory, Catamount Food Truck, The Original Vazzy’s, Blissful Awakening Urban Farm, Natural Juices, Twelve Twelve 1981 accessories, TMM Marketing giving out free cell phones, the National Writers Union handing out tambourines, and Recovery Network of Programs sharing great info and resources.
Special holiday performances by the Downtown Cabaret “The Santa Story” cast members, Harding High School's FAME Program Modern Band and Drumline, and The Graham Spratley Gospel Lighthouse Choir Bridgeport Board of Education Students will follow special remarks by Mayor Joseph P. Ganim and honorary guests. 

The ceremonial tree lighting closes out the night after a special surprise arrival of Santa and the Elves on a Bridgeport Fire Department fire truck!

bornies@optonline.net (Bridgeport DSSD) Events Mon, 28 Nov 2022 11:51:02 -0500
HamletHub salutes small businesses and Fairfield County Bank for supporting Why Small Businesses Matter https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/51361-lifeneighborseventsplacespoliticscharitiespublic-safetyabout-us-search-hamlethub-salutes-small-businesses-and-fairfield-county-bank-for-supporting-why-small-businesses-matter51361-lifeneighborseventsplacespoliticscharitiespublic-safetyabout-us-search-hamlethub-salutes-small-businesses-and-fairfield-county-bank-for-supporting-why-small-businesses-matter https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/51361-lifeneighborseventsplacespoliticscharitiespublic-safetyabout-us-search-hamlethub-salutes-small-businesses-and-fairfield-county-bank-for-supporting-why-small-businesses-matter51361-lifeneighborseventsplacespoliticscharitiespublic-safetyabout-us-search-hamlethub-salutes-small-businesses-and-fairfield-county-bank-for-supporting-why-small-businesses-matter

In 2010, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, American Express launched Small Business Saturday to encourage people to "Shop Small" during the holiday season. Here at HamletHub, we applaud this shop local movement and remind the community to shop small - 365 days a year!

Many small businesses lack the recognition they deserve for the vital role they play in communities. Following discussions with Jeff Konchalski, owner of Nature's Temptations, about the importance of shopping small, on January 1, 2018, we launched "Why Small Businesses Matter".  This is our signature "Shop Local" campaign which features a series of stories designed to educate the community while providing local businesses the opportunity to showcase their goods and services.

This is our signature "Shop Local" campaign which features a series of stories designed to educate the community while providing local businesses the opportunity to showcase their goods and services.

When the pandemic hit, we "reimagined" our Why Small Businesses Matter series so small businesses could connect with their customers and share their new and innovative ways of operation.  To adhere to CDC guidelines and make shopping safe and convenient in this new "now", local shops revamped their websites to offer online shopping, offered curbside pickup and delivery. They met our needs in creative ways. 

Thanks to the support of Fairfield County Bank, HamletHub is able to provide free exposure for small businesses. Our Why Small Businesses Matter series is a way to virtually open the door to Main Street in Connecticut.

Here's how it works: local business owners are asked a few simple, thought-provoking questions, and their answers are published on HamletHub.com, social media channels, and in our daily e-newsletter. Since January 2020, more than three hundred businesses have had an opportunity to share their stories. In total, we have featured more than 2,000 small businesses.

On Small Business Saturday, we thank the many local business owners who work tirelessly to make our community the special place that it is. We are grateful to Fairfield County Bank for supporting our Why Small Businesses Matter series and joining us on our mission to make communities better.

Small businesses can click here to be featured in Why Small Businesses Matter. 

To learn more about Why Small Businesses Matter or to inquire about how your business can be featured, email localmatters@hamlethub.com

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Sat, 26 Nov 2022 04:46:28 -0500
SHU Fundraisers Bring in Nearly $19K for Thanksgiving Turkey Donations https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/51360-shu-fundraisers-bring-in-nearly-19k-for-thanksgiving-turkey-donations51360-shu-fundraisers-bring-in-nearly-19k-for-thanksgiving-turkey-donations https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/51360-shu-fundraisers-bring-in-nearly-19k-for-thanksgiving-turkey-donations51360-shu-fundraisers-bring-in-nearly-19k-for-thanksgiving-turkey-donations

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University’s community―students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends―have raised nearly $19,000 to date to purchase the first 600 Thanksgiving turkeys for Bridgeport families. Fundraising continues to feed an additional 600 families in December. 

The student government sponsored the drive, with the generous partnership of alum Harry Garafalo ’80, his nephew James Garafalo and ShopRite of Milford. 

This is one of student government’s major community outreach initiatives. The long-standing, 11-year tradition unites members of SHU’s community by giving to others.

In addition to the turkey drive, the volunteer programs & service learning (VPSL) office and SHU athletics conducted a food drive to collect nonperishable goods throughout November. Thanks to the help of Arlete Perez Paez, assistant director of VPSL, by the start of Thanksgiving break, participants brought in more than 1,000 items, which were then blessed at the University’s annual interfaith service. 

Keeping with tradition, the turkeys and nonperishable goods were portioned off for donations to St. Charles Borromeo Church, Golden Hill United Methodist Church and Southwest Health Community Center, all in Bridgeport. 

On the chilly Tuesday morning before Thanksgiving, student life groups and SHU student-athletes gathered at St. Charles. Dressed in heavy parkas, snow boots and SHU-branded hats and scarfs, the volunteers distributed the goods, placing turkeys and a reusable shopping bag filled with other food items into community members’ cars. 

“Times are tough for everyone, and it’s really nice that we’re all able to come together, raise money and help out the community,” said Connie Cuccurese, assistant director of student engagement & involvement. Cuccurese helped oversee the drive and said she’s proud of what the students accomplished as they went to local businesses for donations, collected goods at a Sunday Mass, set up a booth for contributions at football games and encouraged staff to donate. 

Bella Scarmack, a senior accounting major and the turkey drive’s lead organizer, said plans for this year’s collections began in the summer. “I can’t believe the day is here,” she said while holding a turkey that was going out for distribution. “It’s been an exciting semester, and it’s nice our hard work has paid off. The community has been so kind and grateful.”

Alejandro Ramos, senior and student government president, participated in the turkey drive for the first time this year. He knew it would be a great event, but on the morning of distribution, he said he was overwhelmed with joy. 

“It’s just been incredible,” Ramos said. “Everyone talks about how wonderful this event is, but I never thought it would be like this. I’m just so happy that we’re able to give these families a memorable Thanksgiving." 

The community can continue to donate to the turkey drive and help families throughout the holiday season by visiting the drive’s fundraising page. Student government, with the help of alum Doug Wade ’77, plan to distribute turkeys and other essential food items to community members in time for the holidays at Wade’s Dairy in Bridgeport on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9 a.m. 

During the University’s annual interfaith service the week before Thanksgiving, students, staff and faculty gave thanks for their many blessings. The SHU choir sang, and community members read psalms and prayers.

Venerable Shim Bo, the University’s Buddhist chaplain, said there is so much to be thankful and grateful for at SHU. He was pleased so many people donated food items but hoped that, in in the coming weeks, the community would donate things like smiles, fist pumps, high fives, a sense of humor and kindness. 

“We can be as generous with these things as with the food items,” Shim Bo said.

Toward the end of the service, Imam Gazi Aga, the University’s Muslim chaplain, blessed the food items and told those sitting in the pews that recognizing the bounties around them was important. “The spirit of the universe has been generous to us. Oh God, we thank you,” he said. 


About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing private doctoral institutions in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers nearly 90 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has a campus in Dingle, Ireland, and offers online programs. More than 10,000 students attend the University’s nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education & Human Development; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 388 Colleges–2023 Edition, and Best Business Schools–2022 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theatre. www.sacredheart.edu

bornies@optonline.net (Kim Swartz) Life Wed, 23 Nov 2022 08:14:44 -0500
HCC Celebrated 10th Anniversary of its AMTC Program https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/51358-housatonic-community-college-celebrates-10th-anniversary-of-amtc-new-director-announced-during-festivities51358-housatonic-community-college-celebrates-10th-anniversary-of-amtc-new-director-announced-during-festivities https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/51358-housatonic-community-college-celebrates-10th-anniversary-of-amtc-new-director-announced-during-festivities51358-housatonic-community-college-celebrates-10th-anniversary-of-amtc-new-director-announced-during-festivities

Bridgeport, CT - Housatonic Community College (HCC) honored the 10th anniversary of its state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMTC) program with a celebratory event and fundraiser. The AMTC began in 2012 with a cohort of 20 students and since has had more than 400 students graduate from the program. Nearly 100 percent of the program’s graduates have obtained a career in the industry.

Approximately 200 people gathered for the event, including U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut’s chief manufacturing officer Paul Lavoie, CT State Community College leadership, Housatonic Community College staff, and faculty, in addition to HCC alumni and current students.

During the evening HCC CEO Dwayne Smith, Ph.D. announced that Adam Scobie, after five years of supporting manufacturing students as an instructor, mentor, and leader, has been promoted to director of the AMTC program. “Our current and future cohorts are in amazing hands with Adam leading the way, along with our talented team of instructors and staff,” said Smith, who reminded those gathered, “HCC’s AMTC program is a pipeline for the state’s manufacturing industry, Connecticut’s third largest sector. With training designed to respond to specific employer-driven manufacturing needs, the program has already prepared over 400 students to join Connecticut's manufacturing growing community of over 4,700 companies.”

Smith also recognized exceptional individuals who contributed to HCC’s AMTC including Bill Griffin for his efforts in launching the program 10 years ago, and Kathy Saint, president of Schwerdtle Technologies who has been a leader on the AMTC Advisory Board since its founding. Lastly, Chris Lorch, who passed away in April 2022, was remembered for her tireless commitment to HCC students and the state’s manufacturing sector.

“The forward momentum of these successes is thanks to the strong advocates that have long supported this program,” said Scobie. “The industry partners that have taken the time to guide our team, hire from our student pool, and even scrutinize us, have helped us to develop this program into a force to be reckoned with.”

Sponsors for the event included Bannow Larson Foundation, ASML, FuelCell Energy, PMT Group/Moore Tool, Alliance for Community Empowerment, Bank of America, Entrepreneurship Foundation, The Workplace, Bead Industry, Holo-Krome, McMellon Bros. Inc, and Xcel Tool.

Funds raised at the anniversary event support Housatonic Community College Foundation’s new Equity in Manufacturing Initiative, dedicated to ensuring underprivileged females and students of color have access to and support from this valuable training program.

“With a recent $1 million grant from Congressman Himes, in addition to steady scholarship support from the HCC Foundation, the program is set to expand and increase enrollment, creating an even bigger impact in our state’s manufacturing sector,” said Kristy Jelenik, executive director of Housatonic Community College’s Foundation.

For more information on the AMTC program contact Felisha Guirand-Fleurimond, recruitment and retention coordinator- at 203-332-5975 or visit www.housatonic.edu.

Located in Bridgeport, Housatonic serves more than 3,000 credit students each semester, offering 80+ associate degrees and certificates that prepare students for transfer to four-year degrees and workforce training in areas with industry needs.

Housatonic is among 12 community colleges in Connecticut merging in 2023 to become CT State Community College, one of the largest community colleges in the country and largest in New England, dedicated to quality, access, and affordability. CT State students will be able to apply once and take classes at any campus. In addition to Housatonic, other locations include Asnuntuck (Enfield), Capital (Hartford), Gateway (New Haven & North Haven), Manchester, Middlesex (Middletown & Meriden), Naugatuck Valley (Waterbury & Danbury), Northwestern (Winsted), Norwalk, Quinebaug Valley (Danielson & Willimantic), Three Rivers (Norwich), and Tunxis (Farmington) Community Colleges.  

jcotnoir@cc.commnet.edu (Julie Cotnoir ) Places Tue, 22 Nov 2022 06:02:10 -0500
Lauralton Hall Presents Christmas in the Mansion https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/51357-lauralton-hall-presents-christmas-in-the-mansion51357-lauralton-hall-presents-christmas-in-the-mansion https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/51357-lauralton-hall-presents-christmas-in-the-mansion51357-lauralton-hall-presents-christmas-in-the-mansion

At Christmas in the Mansion, you can stroll Lauralton's decorated halls, tour its historic 1864 Victorian Gothic mansion, shop for holiday gifts from 55+ pop-up boutiques, view special collections (including an antique rolling pin assortment as seen on the Martha Stewart Show) and visit Santa's Workshop for photos and goodies. Marvel at the “12 Trees of Christmas” raffle display, beautifully decorated by constituents of Lauralton. Visitors are also welcome to visit the creche in Lauralton's century-old chapel in Mercy Hall. A longstanding Lauralton tradition, Christmas in the Mansion transforms its historic campus into a spectacular showcase of the season.

Join Laurelton for its reservation-only Preview Party, Saturday, December 3, 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Wear your festive attire and shop specialty vendors before they open to the community on Sunday. This adults-only (21+ over) event features hors d'oeuvres, a light buffet, desserts, libations, Christmas music performed by our Lauralton vocal ensembles, and more. Visit www.lauraltonhall.org/christmas to purchase your tickets!

The festivities continue as Laurelton's doors open to the community on Sunday, December 4, noon - 4:30 pm. Admission is $10 at the door; children aged 12 and younger are free of charge.

nbenson@lauraltonhall.org (LH Marketing) Events Mon, 21 Nov 2022 09:03:38 -0500
Chelsea Gallo Conducts "Second Turn" at The Klein, Dec. 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/51356-chelsea-gallo-conducts-second-turn-at-the-klein-dec-1751356-chelsea-gallo-conducts-second-turn-at-the-klein-dec-17 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/51356-chelsea-gallo-conducts-second-turn-at-the-klein-dec-1751356-chelsea-gallo-conducts-second-turn-at-the-klein-dec-17

Bridgeport, CT – After a smashing “First Turn” performance by conductor-candidate Benjamin Hochman on November 12, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony will present the third of four candidates to succeed the renowned Eric Jacobsen, who has led GBS with great artistry since 2013.  Conductor Chelsea Gallo will take the podium for the “Second Turn” on Saturday, December 17 at 8:00pm at The Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport with a joyous evening of music sure to warm the heart.

The December 17 concert will be filled with holiday spirit, both Classical and popular.  The major pieces on the bill are both by the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky, excerpts from “The Nutcracker,” a Christmas classic, and his “Symphony #5.”  In addition, GBS will play Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival” and the music of the Tom Hanks Christmas movie, The Polar Express.  Other surprises are also in store, including some singalong music.  And GBS will be continuing their food drive to benefit their neighbors at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.  Please bring canned or non-perishable food items to the December 17 concert.  

“The search for a new Music Director is daunting, on two fronts,” says Executive Director Mark Halstead.  “First, finding anyone to fill Eric Jacobsen’s shoes is a tall order.  Add to that, four fantastic candidates, each of whom brings something very special for GBS.  It’s an ‘embarrassment of riches,” for sure!”  Indeed, with two candidates having masterfully conducted GBS season concerts (Hochman in November, and Brazilian conductor Eduardo Leandro in November 2021) and another (Chelsea Tipton II, scheduled for the March 18 concert), GBS will face a difficult choice in selecting the new Music Director/Principal Conductor.

Like the other Conductor-candidates, Ms. Gallo was hand-picked by outgoing Music Director Eric Jacobsen; in fact, she is the Principal Guest Conductor at Jacobsen’s Orlando Philharmonic and will be guest conducting for the Virginia Symphony, also directed by Jacobsen.  This Jacobsen-connection has impressed longtime GBS fans who want the excitement and progress GBS has made under Jacobsen’s baton to continue. 

Tickets are $18.00 to $65.00, and 3-concert Silver Subscriptions are still available at deep discounts.  GBS also offers 20% discounts for groups of 10 or more, special Family Pack Deals (a family of five can attend for as little as $63.20), and $10.00 seats for students under 19.  Said one trustee, “This concert is just made for a family night out.  We hope people will come out and beat the Pandemic blues!”  Tickets are on sale at www.GBS.org or by calling (203)576-0263.

bornies@optonline.net (Julie Lichtenstein) Events Mon, 21 Nov 2022 06:04:56 -0500
Fairfield Chamber Announces "Santa Visits Fairfield" Event, Nov. 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/51355-fairfield-chamber-announces-santa-visits-fairfield-event-nov-2751355-fairfield-chamber-announces-santa-visits-fairfield-event-nov-27 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/51355-fairfield-chamber-announces-santa-visits-fairfield-event-nov-2751355-fairfield-chamber-announces-santa-visits-fairfield-event-nov-27

Fairfield, Conn. – The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce that Santa will once again, be visiting Fairfield on Sunday, November 27! Santa Claus will arrive by hook-and-ladder down Reef Road at 10:00am. He will sit in the beautifully decorated gazebo on Sherman Green until approximately 2:00PM, as he listens to the wide-eyed holiday wishes of all the children who visit him. Santa’s elves will give each child an adorable, small plush holiday toy, sponsored by Massage Envy.

This free event, celebrating its 20th year, is made available to the community through the generous support of the Chamber’s member sponsors (AFC Urgent Care, The Learning Experience, TVEyes, Massage Envy/Fairfield, Bigelow, Westy Self-Storage, SHU Community Theatre), and expressly Cross Insurance, as the lead Corporate Event Sponsor.

As in the past, the ever-popular horse and wagon rides will return andwill run approximately from 10am-2pm … the cost of each ticket is $1. For music, DJ Scott Nickel will provide classic and traditional holiday music, creating an even more festive feeling, as children walk up to visit and see Santa.

The Chamber has also invited local non-profit organizations to set-up tables on the Green, to distribute information about their charitable organization. In addition, holiday face painting will be offered by the local Girl Scouts troop!

In the case of very heavy snow or rain which would create a safety issue for attendees, the event will be cancelled. For current information, please check the Chamber’s website: www.FairfieldCTChamber.com/events… or call the office: 203-255-1011. 

Rain or Shine.   

bornies@optonline.net (Beverly Balaz ) Events Sun, 20 Nov 2022 10:47:20 -0500
Fairfield Fire Dept: Thanksgiving Safety https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/51354-fairfield-fire-dept-thanksgiving-safety51354-fairfield-fire-dept-thanksgiving-safety https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/51354-fairfield-fire-dept-thanksgiving-safety51354-fairfield-fire-dept-thanksgiving-safety

FAIRFIELD, CT - A cooking fire is three times more likely on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. Most of those Thanksgiving Day fires occur between noon and 4:00 p.m. – the peak cooking hours. Thanksgiving is also one of the busiest travel times of the year with more than 50 million people traveling away from home.   

With that in mind, The Fairfield Fire Department is reaching out to make sure everyone enjoys their turkey dinner without a visit from Fairfield’s Bravest. 

Just a few extra moments of precaution can result in a safer holiday. When it comes to preparing your Thanksgiving dinner, fire fighters remind you that many of those fires can be easily avoided by staying alert and in the kitchen while cooking.Many home cooking fires are caused by unattended equipment, abandoned material, a heat source left too close to flammable materials, product misuse and cooking equipment that is not properly turned off. Please pay attention to everything you have in the oven and on the stove at all times. 

Turkey fryers – which use a large amount of cooking oil at high temperatures – also pose a significant danger and can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property. Watch the video below


If you have a cooking fire, go outside and call 9-1-1 for the help of your local fire fighters. Do not try to fight the fire yourself.

Thanksgiving is also when cooking-related burns increase. To prevent scalds and burns, cook on back burners and make sure all pot handles are turned inward so children don’t come into contact with them. Appliances that get hot, such as toaster ovens, should also be well out of a child’s reach. Have a kid-free zone of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are prepared or carried. 

When traveling, fire fighters encourage you to focus on driving. We understand that there are many distractions when taking a family trip, but paying extra attention to the road is important to ensure you travel safely.  

This includes filling your windshield washer fluid and checking your tire pressure. Fire fighters check their fire truck before each shift, and we encourage you to do the same with your vehicle before your trip.

Most importantly, anytime you travel, always wear your seat belt and remain sober and drug-free.

If you are involved in an accident, stay calm and first make sure that no one in the car is injured.  Following that, stay in your car and call 9-1-1. Leaving your car can add extra danger, especially on the interstate. 

If you approach an accident scene please remember to SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER. In Connecticut, State law requires all motorists must slow down and move over one travel lane when approaching and emergency scene. Help keep our emergency responders safe and avoid secondary accidents by following this simple rule.

Your fire fighters urge you to cook and drive with caution, but rest assured, if you need us, we are a phone call away. 

Happy Thanksgiving from the Fairfield Fire Department.

bornies@optonline.net (Lt. Bob Smith ) Public safety Sat, 19 Nov 2022 10:43:26 -0500
Sen. Hwang Calls For Accountability on Massive Electric Rate Hikes https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/51353-sen-hwang-calls-for-accountability-on-massive-electric-rate-hikes51353-sen-hwang-calls-for-accountability-on-massive-electric-rate-hikes https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/51353-sen-hwang-calls-for-accountability-on-massive-electric-rate-hikes51353-sen-hwang-calls-for-accountability-on-massive-electric-rate-hikes

Hartford, CT - Sen. Tony Hwang released the following statement in response to Eversource and United Illuminating filing their proposed new Standard Service Rates with PURA. Starting January 1, 2023 the Standard Service Rate for residential Eversource customers will go from 12.1 cents a kWh to 24.2 cents a kWh. An average customer using 700kWh per month will see an increase of 48% or about $85 a month increase. This rate will run from 1/1/23 until 6/30/23. United Illuminating’s Standard Service Rate will increase from 10.62 cents per kWh to 21.94 cents per kWh. This will be a bill increase of 43% or an average monthly increase of $79.

“Outrageous. There is no other word to describe these massive, crushing rate hikes, and I oppose them in the strongest terms. We need accountability and we need transparency. The utilities must answer questions about these unaffordable hikes in a public forum. Their data and reasoning must be thoroughly examined. Their Wall Street financial reporting must be closely analyzed. These are our ‘public’ utilities. We, the public, must be able to have trust in their numbers. These rate hikes will inflict pain on families across Connecticut, and the utilities need to unequivocally justify these requests.”

As a state lawmaker, Sen. Hwang has consistently turned up the heat on public utilities and has fought for years to limit rate increases. 

At the same time, Sen. Hwang has repeatedly pushed for renewable energy solutions.

For example:

  • Hwang has supported shared solar programs for low-income families and supported net-metering for residential renewables to foster energy independence.
  • Hwang has led the successful bipartisan push to enact cost-saving municipal virtual net-metering.
  • Hwang has been a champion for the ConnectSun program, which offers significant cost savings for ratepayers to install solar and battery storage in an effort to increase the reliability of the electric grid. 
  • Hwang continues to focus on how distributed energy resources like solar and storage can provide value, reliability, and resiliency for homeowners and the electric grid.

Citing his long standing bipartisan leadership and his vote in helping to pass legislation to promote clean air, climate change and protect our state’s natural resources, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters again named State Senator Hwang an “Environmental Champion” in its 2022 Environmental Scorecard.

To speak out about the requested rate hikes, Sen. Hwang urged the public to send an email to:  

ExecutiveSecretary@ct.gov and copy Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov

On the web: www.SenatorHwang.com

bornies@optonline.net (Adam Liegeot) Politics Fri, 18 Nov 2022 07:45:06 -0500
Westport Farmers' Market to Host Special Holiday Market, Tues. Nov. 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/51352-wfm-to-host-special-holiday-market-tues-nov-2251352-wfm-to-host-special-holiday-market-tues-nov-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/51352-wfm-to-host-special-holiday-market-tues-nov-2251352-wfm-to-host-special-holiday-market-tues-nov-22

WESTPORT, CT - The Westport Farmers’ Market finished up its summer season with a tremendous bang! As the seasons change so does the WFM! Now it announces that a special Holiday Market will be held on Tuesday, November 22 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at WFM's winter home on 7 Sylvan Lane, Westport.     

Avoid the crowds, the chaos and the hectic, overcrowded grocery stores and head to the Westport Farmers’ Market to find the best selection of the most local, freshest and best ingredients around. Dazzle your family and friends with the most delicious Thanksgiving meal yet!  

At the Westport Farmers’ Market, you will find convenient one-stop-shopping to make shopping for your holiday meal less frenetic and more enjoyable. WFM will host 30 vendors throughout three greenhouses. You will find everything you’ll need. Participating vendors have your turkeys, veggies, breads, appetizers, and desserts. Pick up some fresh pasta for a quick and easy pre- or post Thanksgiving dinner.

You will find the following vendors ready to help with your holiday dinner needs: 

Fort Hill Farm                                                          Cloudy Lane

Riverbank Farm                                                       Edgewise

Oxhollow Farm                                                        Four Root Farm                                    

Tribus Brewery                                                        Paul’s Custom Pet Food

Wave Hill Breads                                                    Herbaceous Catering

Farmers & Cooks                                                     Boxcar Cantina

Kneads                                                                      Calf & Clover

Seacoast Mushrooms                                              Sprout Juice Bar

Alma Mexican Foods                                              Badass Bagels

Popp’s Farm                                                             Fatto a Mano 

Herbal Deva                                                             Bubble & Brew 

Dani’s Pantry                                                           Muddy Feet Flower Farm 

Jackie’s Empanadas                                                Plantidote

Nit Noi Provisions                                                  Ideal Fish

Stylish Spoon                                                          

Kontoulis Olive Oils 

About the Westport Farmers’ Market

The award-winning Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM) is held every Thursday beginning in May at 50 Imperial Drive, Westport, Connecticut, and Thursdays beginning mid-November at Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center, 7 Sylvan Lane, Westport, Connecticut. WFM is committed to providing fresh, local, healthy, and seasonal food. It aspires to create a fun, safe, and healthy community environment for education and socialization. Its mission is to increase awareness, knowledge, and support for local producers focused on sustainable and healthy growing practices.

WFM receives philanthropic support from: Abramson & Company LLC; Aitoro Appliance; Alma Mexican Food; Boxcar Cantina; Cohen and Wolf; Compass Realty, Riolo Team; Dharma Massage Therapy; Doc’s Maple; Don Memo; The Drew Friedman Community Arts Center; Gault Family Companies; Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center; LeafGuard; Pause + Purpose; Pure Barre; Sugar & Olives; Terrain; Wave Hill Breads; and Wells Hill Farm. 

For more information, visit www.westportfarmersmarket.com, and find WFM on FB, Instagram, and Twitter, too.

Happy Shopping!

Westport Farmers’ Market: Real Food, Real Farmers!

For more information  www.westportfarmersmarket.com or email director@westportfarmersmarket.com.

bornies@optonline.net (Lori Cochran-Dougall) Events Fri, 18 Nov 2022 06:01:20 -0500
Rising CT-Grown Musicians Drew Angus & Will Leet Co-Headline at Park City Music Hall, Dec. 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/51351-rising-ct-grown-musicians-drew-angus-will-leet-co-headline-at-park-city-music-hall-dec-151351-rising-ct-grown-musicians-drew-angus-will-leet-co-headline-at-park-city-music-hall-dec-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/51351-rising-ct-grown-musicians-drew-angus-will-leet-co-headline-at-park-city-music-hall-dec-151351-rising-ct-grown-musicians-drew-angus-will-leet-co-headline-at-park-city-music-hall-dec-1

Black Rock, CT - Both Drew Angus and Will Leet have independently had very exciting 2022’s. 

Angus played the main stage of Sound on Sound Music Festival in September where his dynamic performance was well received by the mass crowds.  Leet is currently on a National Tour as the lead Guitar player for Sammy Rae & The Friends who have made a meteoric rise over the last 12 months. On December 1st, the pair will each bring their own bands to the stage at Park City Music Hall which celebrates its one-year anniversary this month. Park City Music Hall has fast become a staple in the thriving Connecticut music scene. The state-of-the-art sound system, light show, and overall atmosphere make it a dream venue for musicians and concert goers alike. 

Drew Angus is a Bridgeport, CT based singer-songwriter whose music is heartfelt, nostalgic, clever, and catchy, with some vocal fireworks and harmonies that will give you the shivers. He describes it as the intersection of Americana and Rock ‘n Roll with a little bit of Funk and Retro Soul. Angus says, "Park City Music Hall is my home away from home. The community is thriving and I’m excited to share the stage with my friend Will Leet.”

Will Leet  (Sammy Rae & the Friends) is a NYC-based singer-songwriter by way of Madison, CT. He has created a collection of songs over the last 10 years that can be described as "campfire rock with a city groove." Not-too-sentimental lyrics and acoustic guitar soundscapes juxtapose the fast pace of life in New York City and the beckoning call of rural America. 

The co-headliners promise an exciting evening of song, story and entertainment!

Doors: 6pm // Show: 8pm Advanced tickets are $15 Day of show tickets are $17

Get your tickets HERE

bornies@optonline.net (Drew Angus) Events Thu, 17 Nov 2022 13:39:31 -0500
Fairfield County Bank celebrates community, customers with laughter and camaraderie at The Ridgefield Playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/51350-fairfield-county-bank-celebrates-community-customers-with-laughter-and-camaraderie-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse51350-fairfield-county-bank-celebrates-community-customers-with-laughter-and-camaraderie-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/51350-fairfield-county-bank-celebrates-community-customers-with-laughter-and-camaraderie-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse51350-fairfield-county-bank-celebrates-community-customers-with-laughter-and-camaraderie-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse

This week, Fairfield County Bank rolled out the red carpet (literally) for their customers and banking community at a lively Client’s Reception at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

Friends gathered in the newly renovated and expanded Playhouse lobby where they enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres by Gallo Ristorante and a tasting table featuring locally owned, American Metal Whiskey.

After conversation and camaraderie, attendees were treated to a magical performance by Bill Hertz deemed “The Modern Day Merlin” by the Wall Street Journal. Hertz, who performs at 150 corporate events around the country each year, dazzled guests with his wizardry, some of whom found themselves in on the act on the Playhouse stage!

After much laughter and magical awe, the evening’s grand finale found guests back in the beautiful Playhouse lobby where an authentic Italian dinner by Chef Raffaele Gallo awaited.

The evening was immensely enjoyed by all!

Thank you to Fairfield County Bank for being part of the fabric of our community and for supporting nonprofits and small businesses throughout the county!

kerry@ducey.org (KA) Events Thu, 17 Nov 2022 07:32:27 -0500
Cailyn Rogers, Class of 2025 at The Academy at Golf Performance Center Competes in 2022 Notah Begay III Jr. Golf National https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/51349-cailyn-rogers-class-of-2025-at-the-academy-at-golf-performance-center-competes-in-2022-notah-begay-iii-jr-golf-national51349-cailyn-rogers-class-of-2025-at-the-academy-at-golf-performance-center-competes-in-2022-notah-begay-iii-jr-golf-national https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/51349-cailyn-rogers-class-of-2025-at-the-academy-at-golf-performance-center-competes-in-2022-notah-begay-iii-jr-golf-national51349-cailyn-rogers-class-of-2025-at-the-academy-at-golf-performance-center-competes-in-2022-notah-begay-iii-jr-golf-national

Cailyn Rogers, Class of 2025 at The Academy at Golf Performance Center, competed in the 2022 Notah Begay III Jr. Golf National Championship which took place November 3-5 at Koasati Pines at Coushatta in Kinder, LA. Caylin qualified for the prestigious event at the Ohio Regional Qualifier in August.

Cailyn finished T23 in the Girls 14-18 Division shooting 74, 75 and 78 during the three-day National Championship – which hosted 115 of the best female junior golfers from all over the world.

Rogers racked up 7 birdies during the three rounds and 32 pars and fared well on the par 5’s going even during the three-day event. Cailyn responded well to adversity throughout the week highlighted by a 34 on the back nine of the second round after going out in 41. Calm, cool and collected. She reached the 18th green in two in all rounds when nearly all of the field laid up to avoid having to hit a 200-yard shot over water. Very impressive.

Her coach Nick Novak says “Cailyn brings great intention to practice by making sure every shot has a purpose which has carried over to tournaments, especially this incredibly competitive event. Her length and accuracy off the tee is a tremendous advantage and her ability to bounce back after bad holes is a huge part of her success which she demonstrated this week.”
Job well done, Cailyn!

Learn more about The Golf Performance Center here.

kerry@ducey.org (Golf Performance Center) Neighbors Thu, 17 Nov 2022 05:06:37 -0500
Fairfield Social Services Kicks Off 2022 Family Holiday Giving Program https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/51348-fairfield-social-services-kicks-off-2022-family-holiday-giving-program51348-fairfield-social-services-kicks-off-2022-family-holiday-giving-program https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/51348-fairfield-social-services-kicks-off-2022-family-holiday-giving-program51348-fairfield-social-services-kicks-off-2022-family-holiday-giving-program

Fairfield, CT - Fairfield Social Services has kicked off its 2022 Family Holiday Giving Program to help Fairfield families in need during the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas Holiday season. Last year 150 families received gift cards, generously donated by their neighbors, including individuals, businesses, faith-based and community organizations.  

Every year sees more families struggling to pay their utilities and heat their homes. During this special, yet stressful time of year, Fairfield Social Services is again requesting gift cards for supermarkets, gas stations, local stores and businesses, Amazon, Target, and Walmart -- anywhere families may shop for their loved ones for the holidays. The ability to select and purchase gifts provides our clients another level of independence in an otherwise difficult time.   

Donations are accepted during business hours, 9 AM to 4:30 PM, at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield, CT. For more information about making a donation or requesting assistance, please contact Fairfield Social Services at 203-256-3170 or email socialservices@fairfieldct.org.    

On behalf of the families that receive the holiday gifts, the Town of Fairfield Department of Human and Social Services would like to thank the community for keeping all our residents in mind for the upcoming holiday season.

bornies@optonline.net (Julie DeMarco ) Life Wed, 16 Nov 2022 09:40:52 -0500
Golf Performance Center Coach Receives 2022 Player Development Award from PGA https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/51347-golf-performance-center-coach-receives-player-development-award-from-pga51347-golf-performance-center-coach-receives-player-development-award-from-pga https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/51347-golf-performance-center-coach-receives-player-development-award-from-pga51347-golf-performance-center-coach-receives-player-development-award-from-pga

Director of Coaching at The Golf Performance Center (GPC) and seasoned PGA Professional, Nick Novak has received the PGA Player Development Award.

The coveted award recognizes a PGA Professional for extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development.

The GPC team said, “An incredible honor for an invaluable leader of the GPC team and student-athletes!” 

Nick’s passion for helping others in golf and in life has been recognized by Golf Digest who listed him as one of the Best Young Teachers in America, Northeast Golf Magazine ranked him as the #2 Teacher in CT and now, the MET PGA who selected Nick as the 2022 Player Development Award winner. 

In his role as Director of Coaching at GPC, Nick works with athletes to help them reach their goals through our 5 Elements of Success. In addition, Nick oversees golf coaching and programming with a team mindset to ensure all GPC athletes realize their goals by advancing in the Player Development System.

Learn more about the award and view the previous recipients here.


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 15 Nov 2022 01:45:00 -0500