Fairfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:39:02 -0500 HamletHub.com CT Theater Dance to Present "Drosselmayer, The Toymaker's Story" on Nov. 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/47639-ct-theater-dance-to-present-drosselmayer-the-toymaker-s-story-on-nov-1747639-ct-theater-dance-to-present-drosselmayer-the-toymaker-s-story-on-nov-17 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/47639-ct-theater-dance-to-present-drosselmayer-the-toymaker-s-story-on-nov-1747639-ct-theater-dance-to-present-drosselmayer-the-toymaker-s-story-on-nov-17

Fairfield, CT - Connecticut Theater Dance (CTD) has an exciting day of dance planned for our community, including a classic nutcracker with a cast of more than 50 amateur and professional dancers, and the world premiere of Drosselmeyer, The Toymaker’s Story. Both performances are on Saturday, November 17 at The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts in Fairfield; with the Nutcracker taking the stage at 12:30pm and Drosselmeyer at 7pm.

CTD’s Nutcracker is a timeless, classical holiday ballet and features all the beloved characters and then some! Inspired by her own tenure with the Boston Ballet, CTD’s Director, Michelle Sperry, has added delightful new toy sequences to this year’s show including a petit dancing bear; and a porcelain doll, performed by Lucia Figueroa, CT Theater Dance Company’s newest principal dancer. As well as principal dancer Tavon Dudley as the Nutcracker.   

“Our Nutcracker has been crafted for kids and adults of all ages to enjoy!  It’s magical, and inspiring - the perfect start to the holiday season,” said Ms. Sperry.

Following that evening will be a very special opportunity for audiences to witness the world premiere of the original ballet, Drosselmeyer, The Toy Maker’s Story

Ever wonder who Drosselmeyer is and why he made the Nutcracker for Clara? Artistic Director Michelle Sperry had always wondered and ultimately was inspired to write this fictional story of how the legendary toymaker came to create a magical nutcracker. Under Ms. Sperry’s direction, renowned choreographer Rodney Rivera and company resident choreographer Alejandro Ulloa bring this ballet to life, set to classical composers and performed by a cast of 13 professional dancers with supporting roles from CT Theater Dance School.

The first act takes audiences on a journey through the young memories of Drosselmeyer’s childhood including ice-skating, holiday preparations, and playing with treasured toys. Dancers are costumed in dream like tones of slate, taupe and white, with one toy haunting his memories in vivid color.  After conquering his childhood fears, the second act showcases his imagination and creations including the Nutcracker and various life-size toys, reminiscent of those in his toy chest. This colorful and vibrant act showcases incredible solos by various artists as well as lively ensemble dances outside Drosselmeyer’s toyshop. The production ends with Drosselmeyer’s introduction to Clara.

Celebrating her second year as Director of the newest contemporary ballet company in New England, Director Michelle Sperry says, “Drosselmeyer is a story sure to inspire audiences of all ages, with a production full of elegant costuming, classical technique and creative energy, making this a new holiday classic.”

The Quick Center is located at Fairfield University, 1073 N Benson Rd, Fairfield, CT. Tickets are $10 with code dancer10. Contact the Quick Center box office at http://quickcenter.fairfield.edu or by calling 203-254-4010. 


CT Theater Dance, is a 501(c)3 that inspires New England audiences with accessible contemporary dance, incorporating the finest artistic ballet traditions, while also providing scholarships to local families for fine arts education, Learn more about their professional company at www.ctdanceco.org, and their school at www.enrolldance.com.

bornies@optonline.net (Pamela Long) Events Thu, 15 Nov 2018 07:37:38 -0500
First Selectman Tetreau and Fairfield Business Community Kick Off New ‘Buy Local’ Campaign https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/47638-first-selectman-tetreau-and-fairfield-business-community-kick-off-new-buy-local-campaign47638-first-selectman-tetreau-and-fairfield-business-community-kick-off-new-buy-local-campaign https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/47638-first-selectman-tetreau-and-fairfield-business-community-kick-off-new-buy-local-campaign47638-first-selectman-tetreau-and-fairfield-business-community-kick-off-new-buy-local-campaign

Fairfield, CT - As part of the Town’s ongoing efforts to support local businesses, First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Director of Community and Economic Development Mark Barnhart, Fairfield Chamber of Commerce President Beverly Balaz and over a dozen members of the Fairfield business community gathered yesterday at Independence Hall to kick off a new town-wide initiative, ‘Buy Local.”

The campaign, which is aimed at building more public awareness about the importance of buying local, will extend through this holiday season and into next year. The campaign will feature informational displays, outreach to community groups and other promotional activities to underscore the important role that small businesses play in creating economic opportunity and preserving community character.

First Selectman Tetreau stated, “Our small businesses help define our community and create a unique sense of place. They pay taxes, create jobs, and contribute to local non-profits, charitable causes and youth programs. We need to invest in our small businesses if we are to see them not only survive, but prosper and grow.”

Fairfield Director of Community and Economic Development Mark Barnhart agreed, noting “We are fortunate to have a strong and diverse local economy with relatively low vacancy rates and new businesses that are opening virtually every week, but we want to keep it that way. Small, independent businesses—particularly those in the retail sector—face many challenges, from rising costs to increased competition from on-line shopping, which threaten their very survival. That is why we are launching this campaign, and asking people to choose local whenever possible.

First Selectman Tetreau noted that small businesses continue to be the backbone of the local economy, and are responsible for the vast majority of new job creation. “We know that dollars spent at local businesses are reinvested largely within the local community, helping to grow our local economy and build our tax base.” He continued, “Studies show that each dollar spent at a small independent business returns 50 times more money to the local economy than buying from a non-local, on-line retailer.”

Fairfield Chamber of Commerce President Beverly Balaz said, “The Chamber recognizes the challenges that local businesses face daily which is why the Chamber is excited about this new initiative, and strongly supports this ‘Buy Local’ Campaign. In partnership with the Town, the Chamber will continue to echo and reinforce this theme throughout the year with a variety of events, including its Monday Money Saver and Street Banner programs, to not only benefit its membership, but the business community as a whole.”

Mr. Barnhart noted that the Town will again serve as a Neighborhood Champion for 'Small Business Saturday' on November 24th. On that day, the Town and Fairfield Chamber will have a “welcome station” on the Old Town Hall Green as part of the Santa Arrival event, where all passersby will receive complimentary shopping bags and be encouraged to ‘Shop Small’ and ‘Buy Local’ this holiday season and beyond. Additionally, Mr. Barnhart reminded everyone that the Town’s website, www.experiencefairfieldct.org, provides a platform through which local restaurants and stores may obtain a complimentary listing to enhance their visibility and connect with customers.

Lee Ganim, co-owner of Ganim’s Garden Center & Florist, LLC, one of the oldest businesses in town run by three generations, stated, “Fairfield is a great town to do business in. I have always been a big advocate of shopping local because local businesses are the heart of our community.”

Maureen Abrahamson, owner of Mo’s Wine & Spirits, said, “Mo’s Wine & Spirits celebrated its 15th Anniversary this year, and we thank all of you that shop local and encourage you to continue doing so at all of our locally owned stores. With the competitive environment from big box and on-line entities getting more aggressive every year, we rely on our fellow citizens to support us. Our CEO’s live right here in Fairfield, and we are your neighbors and friends. BUY LOCAL!!!”

Local business owners who attended the press conference included Sharon Risley, Capri Clothing; Marc Rosenblum, Hobbytown; Deborah Coba and April Clyne, Senior Property Managers for Kleban Properties, LLC; Harry French, Henry C. Reid & Son Jewelers; Scott Pesavento, Hemlock Hardware; Lee Ganim, Ganim’s Garden Center & Florist, LLC; Ed Bocchino, Lexington Home & Garden; George Szondy, Abbey Tent & Party Rental; Maureen Abrahamson, Mo’s Wine & Spirits; Chris Collins, Collins Medical Equipment; and Greg and Lori Peck, Spic & Span Market.

Also attending were residents Bob Wall and Kiersten Chou, members of the Town’s volunteer Sustainable Fairfield Task Force, which recently launched a “Local Food for All" - Offering a Taste of the Benefits of “Buying Locally, Eating Locally” program.

For more information about the “Buy Local” campaign, please contact Fairfield Director of Community and Economic Development Mark Barnhart at 203-256-3120 or mbarnhart@fairfieldct.org.

Unveiling the new ‘Fairfield Buy Local’ logo to increase public awareness around the importance of supporting the local Fairfield business community are left to right: April Clyne, Harry French, Deborah Coba, Mark Barnhart, First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Sharon Risley, Marc Rosenblum, Ed Bocchino, Beverly Balaz, Maureen Abrahamson, George Szondy, Scott Pesavento, Lee Ganim and Chris Collins (Not pictured: Greg and Lori Peck)

Photo Credit: Mike Lauterborn, Fairfield HamletHub 

bornies@optonline.net (Town of Fairfield ) Places Thu, 15 Nov 2018 02:20:19 -0500
Pequot Library Appoints New Board of Trustees Officers https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/47637-pequot-library-appoints-new-board-of-trustees-officers47637-pequot-library-appoints-new-board-of-trustees-officers https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/47637-pequot-library-appoints-new-board-of-trustees-officers47637-pequot-library-appoints-new-board-of-trustees-officers

Southport, CT – The Friends of Pequot Library designated three new board of trustees officers at its annual meeting on October 28, 2018. Sean Kelly was voted in as president, Nelson North as vice president, and Andrea Shantz as assistant treasurer. 

Kelly is an award-winning art director and illustrator whose clients include The New York Times, The Washington Post, Businessweek, IBM, and Simon & Schuster. He has received honors from the Society of Illustrators and the National Cartoonists Society. Kelly leads creativity seminars that teach corporate groups how to be more innovative, and he has lectured at Columbia University, the University of Southern California, and Fairfield University, among other schools. As a creative consultant, he has helped foundations, nonprofits, and charitable trusts develop communication strategies. Featured on CBS’ Face the Nation and profiled in publications including the Connecticut Post, he was named by Fairfield Magazine as one of Fairfield’s “25 Most Intriguing People.” A graduate of Brown University, Kelly was a Getty Fellow at USC’s Annenberg School. He and his wife, Megan, live in Southport.

“I’m passionate about Pequot Library, so it’s an honor for me to help it to continue to thrive,” Kelly says. “Collaborating with the talented staff, dedicated board, committed volunteers, and generous donors will be a thrill, and I’m eager to continue to build close relationships and strategic partnerships with town leaders and our community throughout the region. Pequot is not merely a local library, but a world-class cultural institution which enriches the lives of countless people young and old, and which is constantly innovating. It's a really inspiring historic place and, to me, it’s all about the future. This brilliant treasure needs to be protected and supported so it can be shared for generations.”

North had careers in both domestic and international sales management and was with the Connecticut Audubon Society, from which he retired in 2017 as executive director. During his tenure, the organization’s deficit was significantly reduced and grant-supported, science-based education programs were delivered to over 30,000 inner-city children.

Shantz, a marketing professional, has over 15 years of experience helping clients make more insightful decisions that deliver improved business metrics. In 2010, the strategic marketing analytics firm that Shantz co-founded was acquired. She is now consulting. She joined the board of trustees in 2012 and has been on the Development Committee since 2012.

Pequot Library’s public programs are supported in part by the Town of Fairfield.

Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 115. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

bornies@optonline.net (Pequot Library) Places Thu, 15 Nov 2018 02:16:52 -0500
SHU to Offer Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/47636-shu-to-offer-masters-in-industrial-organizational-psychology47636-shu-to-offer-masters-in-industrial-organizational-psychology https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/47636-shu-to-offer-masters-in-industrial-organizational-psychology47636-shu-to-offer-masters-in-industrial-organizational-psychology

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University is set to launch a new master’s program in industrial-organizational (I/O) psychology next fall. 

Students will learn how to help workplaces across all industries increase efficiency and employee satisfaction using psychological principles. Program director and assistant lecturer Mary E. Ignagni said interest in the field is growing and the program—once offered as a track—will now be a full-fledged degree taught by experienced faculty.

Ignagni said there are misconceptions about I/O psychology, including the thought that it’s only for big businesses. That’s not the case. “Any type of organization that has employees can benefit, from a nonprofit to a for-profit business,” Ignagni said. “The psychologists are there to make the organization function better for its people.”

Industrial-organizational psychologists can help a business in a number of ways, such as ensuring employee satisfaction. For example, they determine if an employee’s skills match up to the job and, if that’s not the case, they find the right position for that employee within the workplace or ensure the employee receives training to do the job effectively. 

“Industrial-organizational psychologists bring a lot to the table,” Ignagni said. “We work with human resources to ensure processes are done fairly, and we use research and statistics to show how things should be done.”

The program’s primary goals are to apply a broad range of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge and skills to prepare students for working in a multicultural and global society, as well as integrate and apply the knowledge, skills and ethics of the I/O psychology profession. Students also will have opportunities to engage in evidence-based research studies. The program is designed for those who recently graduated and working professionals and will take one year to complete.

There is a growing need for these professionals, because if people aren’t satisfied at their job they’re going to leave, Ignagni said. Employers would rather retrain existing employees than hire new ones. “It’s cheaper to keep than to hire,” Ignagni said. “Plus, it looks good. People will tell others about their organization and how they are satisfied there.”

“The master's in I/O will be a mix of the scientist/practitioner paradigm, which is fundamental to the field,” Ignagni said “This will prepare our students to either enter or move forward within in the field, the occupational outlook of which is looking good. Projected growth is expected to be 5 to 9 percent through 2026, based on U.S. Bureau Labor Statistics.” 

To learn more about the program, visit: https://www.sacredheart.edu/academics/collegeofartssciences/academicprograms/psychology/mastersinindustrialorganizationaliopsychology/


About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus, which is located about an hour from Manhattan and 2.5 hours from Boston. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. More than 8,500 students attend the University’s eight colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business; Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, yet at the same time develops students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives and professions and in their communities. A spirit of service, entrepreneurship and social justice is the essence of who we are and can be seen inside and outside the classroom as students learn how to make a difference far beyond Fairfield. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 384 Colleges–2019 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 267 Business Schools–2018 Edition. It also placed SHU on its lists for “Happiest Students” and “Most Engaged in Community Service,” each of which comprises only 20 U.S. schools. Sacred Heart has a Division I athletics program. www.sacredheart.edu

View SHU’s Faculty Experts Here

bornies@optonline.net (Kim Swartz) Places Wed, 14 Nov 2018 07:25:03 -0500
Sasco Hill Beach Clean-up A Success https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/47635-sasco-hill-beach-clean-up-a-success47635-sasco-hill-beach-clean-up-a-success https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/47635-sasco-hill-beach-clean-up-a-success47635-sasco-hill-beach-clean-up-a-success

Fairfield, CT - The Fairfield Garden Club Conservation Chairs, Jennifer Bargas and Penny Ross, recognize that one of the, if not THE, greatest perks of living in Fairfield is being close to Long Island Sound and its beaches. In an effort to honor this natural gift, a beach clean-up was held on Tuesday, November 13th, from 12 to 1:30PM.

Almost 18 pounds of trash was collected and cleaned. Using the “Clean Swell’’ app, members were able to record every item of trash picked up. The data is uploaded instantaneously to Ocean Conservancy’s global trash database. This allows researchers to gather and analyze data and then offer informed solutions to make our oceans cleaner and healthier ecosystems.

As a member club of the Garden Club of America as well as a member of Federated Garden Clubs of CT, The Fairfield Garden Club actively promotes initiatives that support responsible waste management practices, including those aimed at reducing growing ocean garbage patches.

PHOTO: Left to Right: Sally Smith, Barbara Geddes Wooten, Jennifer Bargas, Penelope Ross, Candace Wagner, Whitney Vose and Lorraine Indiveri (Marty Fleischmann and Annie Svensk not pictured)  

PHOTO CREDIT: Kendra Wingate

bornies@optonline.net (Ellen Gould) Places Wed, 14 Nov 2018 07:20:18 -0500
CT BBB Offers Tips to Avoid Utility Imposter Scams https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/47634-ct-bbb-offers-tips-to-avoid-utility-imposter-scams47634-ct-bbb-offers-tips-to-avoid-utility-imposter-scams https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/47634-ct-bbb-offers-tips-to-avoid-utility-imposter-scams47634-ct-bbb-offers-tips-to-avoid-utility-imposter-scams

CROMWELL, CT — As temperatures drop utility scams begin heating up. Consumers rely more on their utilities during the winter months and scammers aim to take advantage. Utility imposters call, email or knock on your door and claim to be a representative from the local water, electric or gas company.
Nov. 14 is Utility Scam Awareness Day, and Better Business Bureau wants to make sure Connecticut residents have the tools they need to not get scammed.
In most scenarios, consumers are informed that a payment is overdue, and their utilities will be shut off unless an immediate payment is made. In September, one Connecticut resident reported that they received a phone call claiming their power would be turned off in thirty minutes unless they dialed a 1-800 number and paid immediately. This particular scam was impersonating New England's largest energy company, Eversource.
Scammers also use other tactics to get into people's wallets. It's important to be cautious of anyone claiming to be able to switch energy providers while offering extreme discounts. This could be a scam or another third-party provider using deceptive business practices. There are legitimate energy providers out there. Verify that a business is legitimate or search for energy providers on bbb.org.
BBB offers the following red flags if consumers are contacted by someone claiming to be their utility company.
  • Pressure for immediate payment - Scammers often demand immediate payment for an alleged overdue bill. A sense of urgency is always a red flag in any scam situation. 
  • A threat to disconnect service - Consumers are almost always threatened with being cut off from their utility unless an immediate payment is made. Eversource says they will always give a consumer written notice via mail first.
  • A request for payment via prepaid debit cards or wire transfer - Scammers request these types of payments since they are virtually untraceable. It is extremely difficult to retrieve funds that are lost via these methods. 
  • Showing up to your home without an appointment - A legitimate utility company will never show up to your door unannounced or without an appointment. If they do, the representative should be carrying proper identification. 
These tips will help you stay scam free.
  • If it doesn’t seem right, call customer service - If someone emails, calls or shows up to your door and you are unsure about their legitimacy, you can always call your utility company to verify.
  • Never allow a stranger into your home without a scheduled appointment - Be suspicious of anyone who unexpectedly arrives at your home or business demanding immediate payment or requesting access to your dwelling to check water pipes, wiring, natural gas pipes, appliances, or other utility related issues. Don't let them in without verifying their credentials with the company first. 
  • Delete emails that you are unsure about - If you receive an email from your utility company that seems suspicious, delete it. Do not click the links, open attachments or respond. It could be a phishing scam
To see if any utility scams have been reported in your area you can check BBB Scam Tracker.






bornies@optonline.net (CT BBB) Public safety Wed, 14 Nov 2018 07:14:12 -0500
Fairfield Chamber's Santa Visit to Take Place at Old Town Hall Green This Year, on Nov. 24 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/47633-fairfield-chamber-s-santa-visit-to-take-place-at-old-town-hall-green-this-year-on-nov-2447633-fairfield-chamber-s-santa-visit-to-take-place-at-old-town-hall-green-this-year-on-nov-24 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/47633-fairfield-chamber-s-santa-visit-to-take-place-at-old-town-hall-green-this-year-on-nov-2447633-fairfield-chamber-s-santa-visit-to-take-place-at-old-town-hall-green-this-year-on-nov-24

Fairfield, Conn. – Santa is arriving and visiting Fairfield on November 24, but because of the recent construction on Sherman Green, the Chamber's event will be held on the Old Town Hall Green (corner of Old Post Road and Beach Road) instead this year.

Played by Joe Skarupa, a perennial Santa-About-Town, Santa will arrive by hook-and-ladder down Old Post Road at 10 AM, welcomed by First Selectman Mike Tetreau. He will sit in a beautifully decorated tent, until approximately 2:00PM to listen to the wide-eyed wishes of children.  Santa’s elves will give each child an adorable, small holiday gift item sponsored by Senior Helpers.

This free event, in its 18th year, is made available to the community through the generous support of the Chamber’s membership, expressly: ACBI Insurance as the Event Sponsor, Maplewood at Southport plus AFC Urgent Care, F45 Training and AMR (American Medical Response, Inc).

As in the past, the ever-popular children’s petting zoo will return, from 10:15 AM to 1:15 PM weather permitting, sponsored by Choice Pet… as well as the much anticipated horse and wagon rides (10am-2pm), sponsored by Bigelow Tea, Fairfield University, Westy Self Storage, Delamar Southport, Dental Associates, Golf Lounge 18, Splash Car Wash and Threading and Wax Spa.  A food truck, (Snappy Dawgs) will sell breakfast sandwiches/coffee and hamburgers and hot dogs to the public, plus a variety drinks.   DJ Scott Nickel will provide classic and traditional holiday music, creating an even more festive feeling, as children walk up to visit see Santa.

Also back by popular demand this year, Chamber member FTC will be a hosting, and showing, a Special Family Film: Frozen - The Sing-Along Edition over the weekendOne on Saturday, Nov. 24, and one on Sunday, Nov. 25. Doors open at 1:30pm and the film starts at 2pm. Held at the Fairfield Theatre Company in The Warehouse (70 Sanford Street, Fairfield, CT). Admission is $5 per ticket, while they last.

The Chamber has also invited non-profit organizations to distribute information about their charitable community outreach efforts and/or sell holiday items to benefit and support their programs. In addition, holiday face painting and hot chocolate and cider will be offered as well.  In addition, the Fairfield Rotary Club will be selling fresh green holiday Wreaths, and Fairfield Kiwanis will be selling Poinsettia plants, as fundraisers for their respective organizations.  

November 24th is also “Small Business Saturday”, a national campaign started by American Express to promote, and remind our area town residents, to “shop local” and support local businesses.  The Chamber will give out “I Love Fairfield” button pins, along with a “Shop Local” items from the Town of Fairfield, including canvas shopping bags. 

In the case of very heavy snow or rain, the event will be cancelled.  For current information, please check the Chamber’s website: FairfieldCTChamber.com … or call the office: 203-255-1011.  

Event Name:  Santa Visits Fairfield

Time:  10am – 2:00pm

Location:  Old Town Hall Green

                   611 Old Post Road (corner of Old Post Road and Beach Road)

                   Fairfield, CT  06824

Rain or Shine

Open and free to the public

bornies@optonline.net (Fairfield Chamber of Commerce) Events Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:00:07 -0500
Fairfield Christmas Tree Fest Seeking 2019 Beneficiaries https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/47632-fairfield-christmas-tree-fest-seeking-2019-beneficiaries47632-fairfield-christmas-tree-fest-seeking-2019-beneficiaries https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/47632-fairfield-christmas-tree-fest-seeking-2019-beneficiaries47632-fairfield-christmas-tree-fest-seeking-2019-beneficiaries

Fairfield, CT - The Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival (FCTF), founded in 1981, announces it is currently accepting applications seeking its 2019 Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival Beneficiary and also its 2019 Quilt Raffle Beneficiary.

The Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to raise funds and awareness for area nonprofit agencies and their worthwhile and effective services. Agencies with a 501(c)(3) status who are in need and are interested in collaborating with the FCTF Board as its beneficiary, in an effort to present the December 2019 Fundraising Festival are encouraged to apply in a timely manner. 

Applications should be received no later than January 5, 2019 (deadline) and should be mailed to: Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival, Inc., c/o:  Toni Zeleny, P.O.Box 844, Southport. CT 06890 or emailed: TLZeleny@gmail.com.  For an application form, information and guidelines please visit www.FairfieldChristmasTreeFestival.org or email contact@FairfieldChristmasTreeFestival.or

bornies@optonline.net (Kendra Wingate) Life Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:38:08 -0500
Santa to Visit the Weston Historical Society, Dec. 9 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/47631-santa-to-visit-the-weston-historical-society-dec-947631-santa-to-visit-the-weston-historical-society-dec-9 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/47631-santa-to-visit-the-weston-historical-society-dec-947631-santa-to-visit-the-weston-historical-society-dec-9

Weston, CT - Enjoy an old-fashioned Rustic Christmas when Santa Claus visits the Coley Barn at the Weston Historical Society on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Santa and his helper will be at the Historical Society’s 1841 Big Red Barn from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. located at 104 Weston Road. The barn has been specially decorated by the Weston Garden Club to reflect a Rustic Christmas. A photographer will be on hand to take pictures of children with Santa and his helper.  Cookies and cocoa will be served. Photos with Santa are free. Donations to the Historical Society are always welcomed.

The Weston Historical Society would like to thank our sponsors: Fairfield County Bank, Cohen and Wolf P.C., and KMS Partners at Coldwell Banker. 

For further information, please call 203-226-1804 and/or visit our website at www.westonhistoricalsociety.org.

bornies@optonline.net (Susan Moran ) Events Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:31:57 -0500
Weston Historical Society Receives Major Grants From Trust https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/47630-weston-historical-society-receives-major-grants-from-trust47630-weston-historical-society-receives-major-grants-from-trust https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/47630-weston-historical-society-receives-major-grants-from-trust47630-weston-historical-society-receives-major-grants-from-trust

WESTON, CT. — The Weston Historical Society recently received two major grants totaling $600,000 from the Daniel E. Offutt Charitable Trust. The grants will enable the historical society to launch a major restoration of the Coley Homestead farmhouse, carriage barn, and barn, located at 104 Weston Road. 

“The realization of our vision thanks to the generosity of the Daniel E. Offutt III, Charitable Trust will bring more people, from Weston and beyond, to the Coley Homestead for a unique experience of Weston, Connecticut’s history,” said Pam Kersey, president of the Weston Historical Society. “This exciting new initiative will enable us to provide the community with a historic campus that includes the recently built museum and archive, in addition to the Coley farmhouse, barn, and its outbuildings.” 

The historical society’s 1841 farmhouse, the David Dimon Coley house, is an architecturally significant historic structure that holds an important role in Weston.  A classical Greek-revival house, the Coley House is unique in comparison to other Greek-revival homes due to its five-bay gable front. In fact, the Society has learned through the Architectural Preservation Studio, its consultant on the restoration project, that this appears to be the only 

example of a Greek-revival five-bay gable front facade in the region. “We are anxious to preserve this house, which is a cornerstone of the Coley Homestead that also includes an English-style barn, also unique to the area, a carriage barn, workers’ bunkhouse, and a new museum/archives building,” said Mrs. Kersey.

Plans are underway to provide major structural restoration of the farmhouse and barn. In the past, the Society has worked with the Weston Schools to host student groups to the Coley House, but those tours have been put on hold until the project is completed and the Coley House reopens to visitors.  

The Coley House was the home of five generations of the Coley family over 130 years. The house will be reinterpreted in the 1941-45 period when three generations of the family lived there. The stories of the five generations will be woven into the tour. In addition, there will be a thematic exhibit on the first floor that will make comparisons between 1841, the year the house was built, with 1941, the year the last owners of the house took up residency.

The exhibition will also look to the future and will ask visitors to speculate on what might happen in 2041. Two bedrooms on the second floor will be installed with exhibits from the historical society’s collections. The goal of the exhibition is to focus on the compelling story of this family and their house in Weston.

Since the Coley House is part of a larger campus, signage will be installed throughout the property directing visitors. Visitors may come for a tour, take part in learning more about the period through discussions and hands-on activities, explore the exhibition in both the Coley House and barn, visit the museum/archives, walk the site, and attend the many diverse and interesting programs and events the historical society sponsors. 

“We are indebted to the Daniel E. Offutt, III Charitable Trust,” said Mrs. Kersey.  “The restoration and subsequent reopening of these historically and architecturally significant buildings will uphold the legacy of Daniel E. Offutt III’s love for Weston.”   

Born in Oakland, Maryland on August 4, 1931, Mr. Offutt made his home on Kettle Creek Road in Weston for more than 30 years in a house he built himself.  Mr. Offutt has been described as “metal sculptor, wood worker, farmer, fixer of anything, collector of everything and a good friend.”  His interests were many, and one resulted in his moving a Connecticut tobacco barn to his property.  To the delight of the community, he displayed his whimsical sculptures on his front lawn. Mr. Offutt served in the U.S. Army and graduated from the University of Maryland and then Columbia University, where he received his MBA.  He made his career in New York City as a stock trader and then retired to Weston. Mr. Offutt died on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016.

“We want to thank Dick Orenstein, trustee of the Daniel E. Offutt, III Charitable Trust, who has spent considerable time at the Weston Historical Society as we developed the scope of the project,” said Mrs. Kersey. 

The Weston Historical Society was founded in 1961 and is a non-profit that depends on contributions and its volunteers, whose assistance is invaluable in helping the Board of Trustees achieve the Society’s mission of collecting and preserving Weston’s history.  The Society welcomes residents to its many programs and events which provide financial support for its mission.  Volunteers are always needed to help with the variety of projects the Society undertakes, including exhibits, events, lectures, archival research, and educating the community on local, regional and national history.  To learn more about the Weston Historical Society, please visit www.westonhistoricalsociety.org.

bornies@optonline.net (Kathy Failla) Places Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:23:18 -0500
Pressed for Time: Botanical Collecting Exhibit to Open at Bruce Museum, Dec. 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/47629-pressed-for-time-botanical-collecting-exhibit-to-open-at-bruce-museum-dec-147629-pressed-for-time-botanical-collecting-exhibit-to-open-at-bruce-museum-dec-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/47629-pressed-for-time-botanical-collecting-exhibit-to-open-at-bruce-museum-dec-147629-pressed-for-time-botanical-collecting-exhibit-to-open-at-bruce-museum-dec-1

Greenwich, CT - On December 1, a new exhibition opens at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, that will introduce visitors to the hobby and profession of plant collecting around the turn of the nineteenth century. Presented in the Bantle Lecture Gallery, Pressed for Time: Botanical Collecting as Genteel Pastime or Scientific Pursuit? will be on view through March 3, 2019.

Starting in the 1820s, botanical collecting became a hugely popular outdoor activity for both amateurs and professionals. Plant collecting was an acceptable activity for women, children, and gentlemen alike. For decades, amateurs and academics respected each other as colleagues, publishing articles in the same journals, exchanging specimens, and considered one another peers.

But by 1900, a divide developed between the two camps that fractured the former collaborative spirit. As botanists moved toward academic and scholarly work, local clubs of amateur enthusiasts carried on the tradition of collecting and pressing plants as a hobby.

Highlighting amateur collectors in Connecticut from 1885 – 1944, this exhibition presents beautiful and fragile historical herbarium specimens. These pressed and dried plants were carefully mounted on paper sheets for both study and pleasure. The process preserved valuable biological information, making these artful arrangements useful for decades after collection. 

Examples of specimens from seven different collectors help to illustrate the diverse personalities who collected and preserved the local flora. Some collected for purely scientific reasons; others to enjoy like-minded company and relaxing walks in nature.

Today, these striking specimens are often admired for their aesthetics. While framed antique herbarium sheets are now popular home décor, this trend disassociates them from scientific use. Many of these antique pressings are still beneficial to science by providing information such as distribution through time and the effects of climate change, habitat destruction, and invasive species. Historical and modern botanical specimens can also provide genetic material for taxonomic research, allow for investigation of past chemical usage, and aid in teaching plant identifications.

“What we hope visitors will learn from this exhibition is that the era during which these botanical specimens were collected was a moment in time that can never be recreated,” says Timothy Walsh, Collections Manager and the Curator of the exhibition. “Leisure time abounded, distractions were fewer, and people had a closer relationship with the natural world. Fortunately, we have these marvelous records from days past to learn from and to enjoy.”

Pressed for Time draws primarily from the museum’s own collections, but also includes specimens generously on loan from the Wilton Garden Club and Greenwich Historical Society. The Bruce Museum is grateful for support of this exhibition from The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

bornies@optonline.net (Scott Smith ) Events Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:10:50 -0500
Beardsley Zoo's Endangered Species Gala A Wild Time https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/47628-beardsley-zoo-s-endangered-species-gala-a-wild-time47628-beardsley-zoo-s-endangered-species-gala-a-wild-time https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/47628-beardsley-zoo-s-endangered-species-gala-a-wild-time47628-beardsley-zoo-s-endangered-species-gala-a-wild-time

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – When a passionate group of animal lovers, board members, Zoo supporters and staff get together to raise funds for Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, the outcome is success beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. The Endangered Species Gala, which took place Saturday, November 3 at the Patterson Club in Fairfield, raised more than $100,000 for the Zoo. A portion of those funds is earmarked for the development and construction of a new tiger habitat.

Two hundred guests attended the Gala, emceed by Science and Technology writer David Pogue, an American technology and TV science presenter. Pogue has written or co-written seven books in the For Dummies series (including Macintosh computers, magic, opera and classical music.) Pogue is a resident of Westport, Conn. The Guest Speaker was Richard Wiese, Emmy-award winning producer, author of the book, Born to Explore: How to be a Backyard Adventurer, and president of the prestigious Explorers’ Club. Wiese is a resident of Weston, Conn. 

The event included cocktails, musical entertainment, a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, and visits by animal ambassadors from the Zoo, including Xena the Barred owl, Max the Flemish Giant-mix rabbit, and Gloria the Boa Constrictor. 

“This was the first annual gala, with a second to follow in 2019,” said Committee Co-chair Kathy MacGhee. “Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is home to important species protection work. I’m delighted that so many members of the community recognized that the Zoo is truly a jewel in Fairfield County, and came out to support their work.”

“We were so fortunate to be able to draw on two talented Connecticut residents to conduct the event and speak to our guests,” said Committee Co-chair Cathy Fell. “David Pogue was an entertaining emcee as he shared his wit throughout the program, and the audience was enthralled by the experiences shared by Richard Wiese. We owe both of these gentlemen our gratitude for making the evening a success.”

The birth of two Amur tiger cubs a year ago this month and three Maned wolf pups last December has helped to focus attention on the Zoo’s participation in the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a species management program administered by the association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for its member zoos. 

“We’re proud to be home to a number of endangered species,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “In addition to critically endangered Amur tigers, the Zoo is home to two of the world’s rarest big cat, the Amur leopard. Our conservation mission is fulfilled by participating in the Species Survival Plan, contributing to worldwide conservation efforts, and providing a sanctuary for many species who may be protected in theory, but no longer have a safe home in the wild.” He added that that included Red wolves, Chacoan peccaries, Golden-lion tamarins, and Red pandas. A number of other Zoo residents, he said, are considered vulnerable or threatened. 

“Our mission is helped in a very large way by the many sponsors who stepped forward to help support this event, including Amur Tiger Level People’s United Bank, our Committee members and Committee Co-chairs Kathy MacGhee and Cathy Fell, Board members, our guests, staff, and volunteers,” Dancho concluded. 

The Zoo would like to thank its very generous sponsors: Amur Tiger Level: People’s United Bank;

Red Wolf Level: Dave & Kathy MacGhee, Craig Elkind & Christina Lai, Bob & Helen Natt, Bernadette Baldino, Ganim Financial, The Giving Collaborative, Aquarion Water Company, Connecticut Community Bank, Day Pitney LLP, as well as the more than 100 local businesses, restaurants and corporations who contributed items to our live and silent auctions. 

 Photo credit: Shannon Calvert

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About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Spend the Day a World Away! Connecticut's only zoo features more than 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Guests won't want to miss our Red Pandas, Giant Anteaters, Amur (Siberian) tigers and tiger yearlings, Amur leopards, Maned Wolf family, and Brazilian ocelot. Other highlights include our new Natt Family Red Panda Habitat, South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas, the New England Farmyard with goats, pigs, and other barnyard critters, plus the hoofstock trail featuring bison, deer, and more. Guests can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful, indoor carousel. For more information, visit beardsleyzoo.org.

bornies@optonline.net (Lisa Clair) Places Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:54:46 -0500
Fairfield First Selectman Welcomes New Chief of Staff https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/47627-fairfield-first-selectman-welcomes-new-chief-of-staff47627-fairfield-first-selectman-welcomes-new-chief-of-staff https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/47627-fairfield-first-selectman-welcomes-new-chief-of-staff47627-fairfield-first-selectman-welcomes-new-chief-of-staff

Fairfield, CT - First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced the appointment of Nancy Carberry as the new Chief of Staff in the First Selectman's Office.

On October 23, 2018, Ms. Carberry, a recent member of the Town’s Economic Development Commission, assumed the position previously held by Tom Dubrosky who retired last August.

Ms. Carberry brings over 20 years of executive corporate experience for multiple, industry-leading companies spanning pharmaceutical, entertainment, and media. She has expertise in strategic planning, risk and opportunity assessment, and in uncovering innovative insights that identify business opportunities for market share, economic growth and new revenue streams. A results-driven manager and consensus builder, Ms. Carberry has built and led successful, high-performance corporate teams and departments with responsibility for large-scale project management, operational efficiency, contracting, forecasting and budgeting.

Ms. Carberry was Vice President of Global Insights and Analytics at WWE in Stamford. As a key advisor to Executive Management, she led all functions of the research department, assisted in early commercial development of the subscription-based Network, and worked with key partners NBC, Mattel, and Walmart to create cross-functional value for WWE.

Prior to coming to Connecticut, Ms. Carberry worked at Warner Bros. Studios in Los Angeles as Vice President of Global Research and Analytics. She was responsible for identifying consumer entertainment trends, pinpointing studio market opportunities and threats, evaluating content release windows, and advocating and quantifying the ROI of her departmental spend and investment. She worked on several iconic WB brands including Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and DC Comics, and on WB content release on DVD/Blu-ray, TV, Gaming/Apps, and Digital platforms.

Ms. Carberry has also served as Director of Market Research at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in Pennsylvania, aiding in the forecasting and commercial viability assessment of early stage in-line and pipeline product opportunities, and the global commercial launch – including branding, targeting and campaign development – of several therapeutic blockbuster products.

Ms. Carberry has a BSBA, and earned an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University at the Haub School of Business in Philadelphia. She has participated in the Yale School of Management Executive Education Program with a special interest in Behavioral Economics, studying the effect of psychological, social, cognitive and emotional factors on the economic decisions of individual and institutions, and the consequences for market prices, returns, and resource allocation.

Outside of work, Ms. Carberry lives in Fairfield with her husband, Dr. Loren Laine, and their four dogs and two cats. She is an avid animal lover and animal welfare advocate. She is also actively involved in the Fairfield community volunteering for a variety of local causes.

Ms. Carberry stated, “I’m very excited to join the First Selectman’s Office in the Chief of Staff role. I look forward to serving the Town of Fairfield and its citizens in this new opportunity.”

First Selectman Tetreau said, “The Chief of Staff plays an instrumental role in the First 
Selectman’s Office and contributes to the success of our Town. I look forward to Ms. Carberry helping us continue to provide quality service to our residents. Her impressive background in strategic planning, budgeting, and best practices will serve our town well.” 

bornies@optonline.net (Town of Fairfield) Politics Tue, 13 Nov 2018 08:37:02 -0500
SHU Partners with Code.Org to Bring Computer Science to K-12 Students https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/47626-shu-partners-with-code-org-to-bring-computer-science-to-k-12-students47626-shu-partners-with-code-org-to-bring-computer-science-to-k-12-students https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/47626-shu-partners-with-code-org-to-bring-computer-science-to-k-12-students47626-shu-partners-with-code-org-to-bring-computer-science-to-k-12-students

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University has become the official partner of Code.org in Connecticut, joining a nationwide network that supports efforts to expand access to computer science in K-12 schools. 

Code.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding computer science access to younger students and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Its vision is to ensure that every student has the chance to learn computer science, just like they do biology, chemistry or algebra, according to its website. The organization provides curriculum for K-12 computer science in school districts across the nation.

"Computer science is the curriculum of the 21st century," said Hadi Partovi, Code.org founder and CEO. "These skills not only provide a pathway to the careers of the future, but a foundation for basic understanding of the technological world around us. We're proud to welcome Sacred Heart University as a partner and look forward to supporting their critical work to prepare more teachers to teach computer science.”  

Through the partnership, SHU will provide professional development to educators throughout Connecticut and become the state’s hub for computer science K-12 education. Professors Cenk Erdil with SHU’s School of Computer Science & Engineering and Darcy Ronan of the Isabelle Farrington College of Education will lead the partnership as co-directors. Code.org will provide scholarships for eligible teachers through 2020, a funding commitment of over $200,000. More than 100 teachers each year will participate in workshops led by Code.org-trained facilitators, many of whom who are local educators. 

Code.org wants to change the state of computer science education in Connecticut from something available to a few, interested students to something accessible and normalized for all students,” Ronan said. “Because Code.org understands that teachers are critical to achieving this vision, they generously support professional learning. We are excited to partner with them in this important work. 

“This educational movement, promoting computer science for all, mirrors the fast pace and transformative power of the digital revolution. Students are not only using technology, but creating technology. That’s a key difference. This represents a generational challenge for educators who, by and large, did not have these experiences in our own schooling. Code.org’s professional learning programs are designed for novice coders. Computer science for all includes teachers, too,” she said.

According to Code.org, Computer science teaches students 21st-century skills such as coding, algorithms, analysis of big data, creating an app and the ways of the internet. It also allows students to learn about logic, problem-solving, collaboration and creativity. Nine in 10 parents want their children to study computer science, but fewer than half of schools in Connecticut teach it. Through Code.org’s programs, students learn skills to create technology that can solve problems in their communities and in the world.

Erdil believes that if educators want to target the next generation of students for advanced subjects, they must do it now because, by the time those students get to college, it might be too late. Curriculum providers like Code.org enable students to study computer science in middle school and high school, Erdil said, adding, “They can also use computer science as a gateway to get introduced to other STEM areas.”

Through the partnership with Code.org, Erdil said SHU also has been working with Connecticut’s Department of Education and the Connecticut Computer Science Teachers Association to define formal pathways for teachers. “As SHU is becoming Connecticut’s hub for computer science education, we are also working with other stakeholders in the state to accelerate a recent bipartisan grassroots movement to highlight the importance of computer science for all students,” Erdil said. 


For information about upcoming workshops or to sign up for updates, visit www.sacredheart.edu/code.


About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus, which is located about an hour from Manhattan and 2.5 hours from Boston. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. More than 8,500 students attend the University’s eight colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business; Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, yet at the same time develops students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives and professions and in their communities. A spirit of service, entrepreneurship and social justice is the essence of who we are and can be seen inside and outside the classroom as students learn how to make a difference far beyond Fairfield. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 384 Colleges–2019 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 267 Business Schools–2018 Edition. It also placed SHU on its lists for “Happiest Students” and “Most Engaged in Community Service,” each of which comprises only 20 U.S. schools. Sacred Heart has a Division I athletics program. www.sacredheart.edu

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bornies@optonline.net (Kim Swartz) Places Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:38:57 -0500
Kershner Gallery Issues Call for Art thru 12/28 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/47625-kershner-gallery-issues-call-for-art-thru-12-2847625-kershner-gallery-issues-call-for-art-thru-12-28 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/47625-kershner-gallery-issues-call-for-art-thru-12-2847625-kershner-gallery-issues-call-for-art-thru-12-28

Fairfield, CT - Artists are invited to submit one piece of art to the Kershner Gallery in the Fairfield Library for a Community Art Show. The theme is Exploring Nature. All mediums of original art are eligible if they meet the show standards. Wall pieces must not exceed 36 inches in any direction and must be wired for hanging. Sculptures must not exceed 30”w x 30”d x 72”h including a pedestal. Video works must have all equipment supplied by the artist. All work must be appropriate for a public venue.

Entry forms will be available at the gallery and at http://fairfieldpubliclibrary.org/our-community/bruce-s-kershner-gallery/ The fee is $25 and the form, which includes the title, media, size, and price, must be mailed with a check by December 28. Sending an image of the work is optional. See the form for mailing address. 

It is advisable to mail the entry form early since there is a limit to the amount of work the gallery can display and once that capacity is reached, later entries may be rejected. After 12/28, every artist who applied will be notified as to acceptance or not. 

Work must be hand delivered to the gallery on Monday, January 7 at 9-11 am or 5-7 pm. The show will run from January 9 to March 3 with a reception on Saturday, January 12 at 4:30 to 6;30 pm.

The Friends of the Fairfield Public Library will retain 20% of the sales price of works sold. Insurance coverage for each piece shown is up to $1000. Sold works will remain in the gallery until the show ends.

For questions, email bskgallery@gmail.com  


bornies@optonline.net (Alice Katz) Places Tue, 13 Nov 2018 02:51:50 -0500