Fairfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Wed, 17 Jul 2019 21:26:32 -0400 HamletHub.com ACT of Connecticut’s FREE Summer Camp Performances on July 26 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/48465-act-of-connecticut-s-free-summer-camp-performances-on-july-2648465-act-of-connecticut-s-free-summer-camp-performances-on-july-26 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/48465-act-of-connecticut-s-free-summer-camp-performances-on-july-2648465-act-of-connecticut-s-free-summer-camp-performances-on-july-26

ACT of Connecticut’s FREE Summer Camp Performances on Friday, July 26th at 6 PM and 8 PM

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut invites theatre-lovers of all ages to attend its FREE performances of “Giants in the Sky” and “13” (the musical) on Friday, July 26th at 6PM and 8PM. These family-friendly performances mark the culmination of ACT of CT’s two-week summer camp program, during which aspiring local young actors are paired with highly skilled and engaged artists to explore the art of musical theatre.

Summer camps are split by age into two sessions, with students ages 7-12 performing “Giants in the Sky” directed by Ann Evans Watson, and students ages 13-18 performing “13” directed by ACT’s Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine.

“It is so exciting to watch our students and campers grow as actors, singers, and dancers,” says Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine. “The opportunity to work with Broadway professionals is a unique experience that will prove invaluable for these kids.”

General admission is free, no tickets are required.

About ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded and led by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known Broadway musicals and plays, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers. ACT of CT was honored with 11 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards in 2018-2019, its inaugural season. The theatre company produces four shows per season, including one show in the “Presenting Stephen Schwartz!” Series (honoring ACT Artistic Advisor, Stephen Schwartz). All shows feature both Broadway stars and local Fairfield and Westchester County talent. In addition to fully produced main stage productions, ACT of CT hosts a New Works Series, The Broadway Unplugged Series, youth education classes, masterclasses, camps, workshops, and a conservatory program for high school students. ACT of CT is located at 36 Old Quarry Road, in the beautiful village of Ridgefield, CT.  Visit actofct.org for further information.

kerry@ducey.org (Amanda Duff) Neighbors Tue, 16 Jul 2019 09:31:07 -0400
Select Openings at Ridgefield Academy for the 2019-2020 Academic Year https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48461-select-openings-at-ridgefield-academy-for-the-2019-2020-academic-year48461-select-openings-at-ridgefield-academy-for-the-2019-2020-academic-year https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48461-select-openings-at-ridgefield-academy-for-the-2019-2020-academic-year48461-select-openings-at-ridgefield-academy-for-the-2019-2020-academic-year

Select Openings Available at Ridgefield Academy

There are select openings in kindergarten and Grades 5 and 6 at Ridgefield Academy for the 2019-2020 academic year. Enrollment is rolling, and summer is a great time to tour and learn why Ridgefield Academy focuses on K-8 by design. 

The preschool through middle school years provide the best opportunity for students to build a strong foundation for future academic success. Here, childhood is celebrated as our experienced faculty support and guide your child to build skills, confidence and self-advocacy. Our curriculum is guided by our Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning to be forward-thinking and child-centric. RA students learn with joy and are intellectually inspired and challenged in a safe environment without the influence and distractions of high school. Comprehensive programs in public speaking, service learning, the arts, and athletics support the development of the whole child. We empower each student to rise to his or her authentic self, preparing confident graduates who are highly successful in the most demanding high school programs. 

Westchester and Fairfield County families enjoy easy access to our beautiful 42-acre campus. Busing of New York students is free within 15 miles of campus. Launch a lifetime of learning for your child! Call Director of Enrollment David Suter at 203.894.1800 x112.

Learn more about Ridgefield Academy HERE.

kerry@ducey.org (Andrea Grady) Places Mon, 15 Jul 2019 03:41:36 -0400
CT Audubon Strongly Supports the Recovering America's Wildlife Act https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/48463-ct-audubon-strongly-supports-the-recovering-america-s-wildlife-act48463-ct-audubon-strongly-supports-the-recovering-america-s-wildlife-act https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/48463-ct-audubon-strongly-supports-the-recovering-america-s-wildlife-act48463-ct-audubon-strongly-supports-the-recovering-america-s-wildlife-act

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, introduced in the House of Representatives today, would be a game-changer for wildlife in Connecticut, bringing an estimated $12.6 million a year to be used to help at-risk birds and other animals.

Nationwide, it would send $1.3 billion in existing federal revenues to the states to implement their Wildlife Action Plans.

The bill has bi-partisan support and was introduced by Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE).

Wildlife protection in Connecticut has improved in many ways in recent years but bird populations are declining in general and many species are vulnerable.

Federally-threatened Piping Plovers, for example, increased from 26 nests in 1977 to 36 in 2007 to 66 in 2017. Purple Martins have been removed in recent years from the state’s list of threatened species. Both populations however are still small enough to be highly vulnerable to any number of risks. And other species are not faring nearly as well.

As Prof. Chris Elphick of the University of Connecticut has documented, Saltmarsh Sparrows seem to be on a trajectory to extinction in the next 50 years because of sea level rise.

Prof. Robert Askins of Connecticut College has documented that Blue-winged Warblers have declined by nearly 80 percent over 50 years because of loss of habitat. The frosted elfin butterfly, spotted turtles, grassland birds such as Bobolinks, and beach-nesting birds such as Least Terns are all vulnerable for similar reasons.

Most wildlife conservation money now comes from license fees and taxes paid by hunters and anglers. That money is spent on game programs. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would provide money that originates in federal resource extraction leases to protect non-game wildlife, including Connecticut’s birds.

State Wildlife Action Plans are mandated by Congress. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection developed the current plan in 2015 during a long public process that involved local conservationists from around the state – the very people who know the most about the state’s animals and plants.

Connecticut Audubon strongly supports the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act and we urge all Connecticut residents to do the same. As the legislative process moves along over the next several months, we’ll be reaching out to you at the appropriate time to contact your representatives in Washington.

bornies@optonline.net (CT Audubon ) Politics Sat, 13 Jul 2019 07:04:33 -0400
Shelton Resident will SWIM Across the Sound to Support Those Battling with Cancer https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/charities/48462-shelton-resident-will-swim-across-the-sound-to-support-those-battling-with-cancer48462-shelton-resident-will-swim-across-the-sound-to-support-those-battling-with-cancer https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/charities/48462-shelton-resident-will-swim-across-the-sound-to-support-those-battling-with-cancer48462-shelton-resident-will-swim-across-the-sound-to-support-those-battling-with-cancer

Bridgeport, Connecticut – On Saturday, August 3, Shelton resident Teresa Gagnon will SWIM Across the Sound with the Survivors – a six-person relay team that will take turns swimming 15.5 miles from Port Jefferson, New York, across Long Island Sound to Captain’s Cove Seaport in Bridgeport. Teresa and her team will be crossing the sound along with approximately 100 other swimmers, accompanied by a fleet of 65 escort boats and 20 law enforcement boats. All are participating in St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound marathon to raise money for cancer patients. Net proceeds are used to help individuals and families who are battling the multi-faceted challenges of cancer.

A veteran of the SWIM Across the Sound Marathon, Teresa is happy to be back for her sixteenth consecutive year. She and the Survivors will be swimming this year in honor of her mother, who passed away from colon cancer last December. “Although I lost my sweet mom, I am so grateful for having her in my life for so long,” said Teresa. “I still miss her every day.”

Driven by her love for swimming, Teresa is excited not only for the Marathon, but also for the great cause that it supports. “Participating in the Marathon is my reward for getting into a healthy exercise routine, doing something I love, and raising money for a great cause.” said Gagnon. 

Teresa’s team, The Survivors, is comprised of both cancer survivors and supporters. “We use the team name ‘Survivors’ because I wanted to put forth the message that while we will always swim in memory of the many loved ones we have lost, we are also swimming for Survivors in hopes that their numbers will continue to increase.”

As a matter of fact, Teresa is one of those survivors herself. “In May of 2017, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thanks to early detection – one of the many services the SWIM provides – my treatment involved surgery and radiation,” Teresa explained. “I didn’t need chemotherapy and the impact on my daily activities was minimal. I swam that August.”

There are several ways you can support Teresa and her team. Donate online at https://give.stvincents.org/ and join the excitement live, on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Captain’s Cove in Bridgeport as the swimmers cross the finish line.


About St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound

St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound is a charitable not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization run by the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation of Bridgeport, CT. Since 1987, the SWIM has had a unique niche helping individuals and families struggling through the difficult changes that cancer brings with it.  The SWIM serves approximately 30,000 people annually by providing over 45 programs, including cancer education, screening, prevention and support programs at low- or no-cost for the uninsured and underinsured. In addition, the SWIM helps individual cancer patients on a case-by-case basis with specific financial assistance, funding of wigs and prostheses, medication assistance, free transportation to treatments and appointments, day-care scholarships, support groups and more. For more information, contact the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation at (203) 576-5451 or visitwww.SwimAcrossTheSound.org.

bornies@optonline.net (Edna Borchetta ) Charities Sat, 13 Jul 2019 06:54:31 -0400
Two-Time TONY Award® Nominee Kate Baldwin to Join Bryan Perri for ACT's Broadway Unplugged on July 20 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48460-two-time-tony-award-nominee-kate-baldwin-to-join-bryan-perri-for-act-s-broadway-unplugged-on-july-2048460-two-time-tony-award-nominee-kate-baldwin-to-join-bryan-perri-for-act-s-broadway-unplugged-on-july-20 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48460-two-time-tony-award-nominee-kate-baldwin-to-join-bryan-perri-for-act-s-broadway-unplugged-on-july-2048460-two-time-tony-award-nominee-kate-baldwin-to-join-bryan-perri-for-act-s-broadway-unplugged-on-july-20

ACT of Connecticut is excited to announce that TONY Award nominee Kate Baldwin, recent star of the Broadway revival of HELLO, DOLLY!, will join ACT’s Bryan Perri on July 20 for the Broadway Unplugged Series!

Purchase tickets HERE.

Hailed as “the redheaded firecracker” (New York Times), Ms. Baldwin was nominated for the 2017 TONY, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as “Irene Molloy” in the Broadway revival of HELLO, DOLLY!, where she played opposite both Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters.  She received TONY, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for her starring role in FINIAN’S RAINBOW. Ms. Baldwin also received a Drama Desk Award nomination for her role as Jen in JOHN & JEN, starred as Sandra Bloom in BIG FISH (Broadway), and earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work as Leslie Lyntonn Benedict in GIANT (The Public Theater). Other Broadway credits include THE FULL MONTY, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, and WONDERFUL TOWN.  

Ms. Baldwin has an intimate history with the founders of ACT:  She recently worked with Bryan Perri in the world-premiere Off-Broadway production of SUPERHERO, and ACT’s Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine, in BABES IN ARMS at City Center Encores Series. "I can’t wait for the ACT audience to meet Kate Baldwin! Kate is truly one of the most gifted Broadway stars that I have had the pleasure of working with. Her voice is stunning and this will be a night to remember. Our Broadway Unplugged Series has become an ACT favorite, and Kate is very excited to be a part of it!" says Perri.

The Broadway Unplugged Series is the brainchild of the accomplished Bryan Perri, who recently finished a five-year run as Music Director and Conductor of the Broadway production of WICKED. Bryan also recently served as Music Director for SUPERHERO, having its world premiere Off-Broadway at Second Stage Theater, and is the Music Director for the Broadway-bound JAGGED LITTLE PILL which opens in New York this Fall. Each show in the Broadway Unplugged Series presents an intimate evening where Mr. Perri sits down at the piano with amazing Broadway performers for an exceptional evening of never before heard stories, great conversation, and incredible vocals.

Purchase tickets for the July 20, 2019 show HERE. For more information about ACT of CT, ticket and annual subscription sales, education programs, sponsor/donor opportunities, and other theater-related news and announcements, visit www.actofct.org.

Photo credit: Heather Gershonowitz

kerry@ducey.org (Page Bowler) Events Fri, 12 Jul 2019 10:51:26 -0400
Swimmer Rescued From Fairfield's Ash Creek Waters https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/48459-swimmer-rescued-from-fairfield-s-ash-creek-waters48459-swimmer-rescued-from-fairfield-s-ash-creek-waters https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/48459-swimmer-rescued-from-fairfield-s-ash-creek-waters48459-swimmer-rescued-from-fairfield-s-ash-creek-waters

FAIRFIELD, CT: On Thursday July 11 at 6:08pm, the Fairfield Emergency Communications Center received a call reporting a swimmer in distress in the South Benson/Ash Creek area. Fairfield Fire Department Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 4, Rescue 1, Fire Boat Marine 228, Fire Boat Marine 217 and Car 3 responded and arrived on scene at approximately 6:12PM. Marine 228, under the command of Lt. Eric McKeon, quickly deployed and began searching for the missing victim. Assistant Scott Bisson in Car 3 arrived on scene and assumed command of water rescue operations. 

Fairfield Police units spotted the victim underwater from shore and were able to direct Fire Units to the victim in the water. Firefighters entered the water and successfully removed the victim. at approx. 6:24pm. He was quickly transported to the South Benson Marina while fire personnel performed advanced lifesaving procedures. Once at the dock patient care was taken over by American Medical Response and advanced procedures were continued while transporting to the hospital. 

The name and age of the victim are unknown at this time.

The scene was turned over to the Fairfield Police Department who will be working in conjunction with the Bridgeport Police Department conducting further investigation into the incident.

bornies@optonline.net (Lt. Bob Smith, FFD) Public safety Fri, 12 Jul 2019 07:07:48 -0400
Eli's Restaurant Group to Open Elicit Brewing Co. Sept. 2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48458-eli-s-restaurant-group-to-open-elicit-brewing-co-sept-201948458-eli-s-restaurant-group-to-open-elicit-brewing-co-sept-2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48458-eli-s-restaurant-group-to-open-elicit-brewing-co-sept-201948458-eli-s-restaurant-group-to-open-elicit-brewing-co-sept-2019

Manchester, CT - Do you love craft beer? In that case, there's a new kid in town that we just have to introduce you to. Meet Elicit Brewing Co, the younger, laid back, and ever so slightly edgier sister restaurant of the Eli's Restaurant Group family (with existing locations in Hamden, Milford, Orange and Branford and another new sister restaurant, Roost, also located in Hamden). Launching in Manchester, CT, in September of this year, Elicit promises all of the fun and none of the fuss: quick service style food with the same commitment to taste, quality, and customer experience as a fine dining restaurant, an on-site brewery, a staggering list of local and semi-local craft beer heavy hitters, a wine and cocktail bar, a retro arcade, a beer garden - and last but not least - a game selection ranging from giant jenga to ping pong. Come as you are and roam around the converted historic 19th century brick building which used to house a paper mill and was, up until recently, the site of the Adams Mill Restaurant.

“We are putting together a concept focused on bringing the community together in an events driven space and thought that centering it around beer, something we have enjoyed for years, which has become so prevalent now in CT, would be a great way to tie it all together,” said Ellis Reilly, Director of Operations for Eli’s Restaurant Group. “Opening in Manchester was a fairly easy decision because we like the community that the town has already managed to build; and throughout our building process they have already proven to be terrific.”

Elicit Brewing Co. will be an American-style beer garden featuring a range of food from pizzas and sandwiches to smaller style plates including wings and pretzels. The brewery is expected to be open Monday through Friday late afternoon through late night, with more hours on the weekends.

To learn more about Elicit Brewing Co., follow us on Instagram (@ElicitBrewing), visit their website: elicitbrewing.com , and email kat@birdsocialmedia.com for updates and passes to press events.

About: Eli’s Restaurant Group was founded in 1994 with the opening of its flagship restaurant, Eli’s on Whitney in Hamden. All five locations are American fair themed and feature our signature Horseshoe Bar, which allows for easy access to sports games on the big screen televisions framing the bar. Along with a variety of other items, we serve a combination of specialty cocktails, craft beers, and burgers. Straying slightly from the other locations, Eli’s Brick Oven Pizza location serves authentic Italian cuisine. Eli’s catering division offers the option for weddings, corporate events, etc. Eli’s restaurants also have private rooms and conference rooms available to be rented out for events. Other locations include Branford, Milford, and Orange. For more information about Eli’s Restaurant Group, please visit us at https://elisrg.com.

bornies@optonline.net (Katharine Ortiz ) Places Fri, 12 Jul 2019 06:47:43 -0400
Westport Playhouse Offers Symposium on Irving Berlin, July 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48457-westport-playhouse-offers-symposium-on-irving-berlin-july-2148457-westport-playhouse-offers-symposium-on-irving-berlin-july-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48457-westport-playhouse-offers-symposium-on-irving-berlin-july-2148457-westport-playhouse-offers-symposium-on-irving-berlin-july-21

Westport, CT - James Kaplan, noted biographer and author of the upcoming book, “Irving Berlin: New York Genius,” will be guest speaker at Westport Country Playhouse’s Sunday Symposium on July 21, following a 3 p.m. performance of “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin,” a musical tribute to the legendary songwriter.    

The Playhouse Sunday Symposium program is free and open to the public. Kaplan will engage in conversation with David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director, about the life, music, and influence of Irving Berlin. 

James Kaplan has been writing noted biography, journalism, and fiction for more than four decades. “Irving Berlin:  New York Genius” is scheduled for release in November 2019.  Exploring the intertwining of Berlin’s life with the life of New York City, the biography offers a visceral narrative of Berlin as self-made man and Jewish immigrant, and uncovers Berlin’s unique brilliance as a composer of music and lyrics. Kaplan’s book underscores Berlin’s continued relevance in American popular culture. 

Kaplan is also the author of “Frank: The Voice” and “Sinatra:  The Chairman,” the definitive two-volume biography of Frank Sinatra. Kaplan has written more than 100 major profiles of figures ranging from Madonna to Helen Gurley Brown, Calvin Klein to John Updike, Miles Davis to Meryl Streep, and Arthur Miller to Larry David, for many national magazines.  He also co-wrote with Jerry Lewis “Dean and Me: A Love Story.” 

For Sunday Symposium attendees, 25% off discount flyers will be available to pre-order Kaplan’s book, “Irving Berlin:  New York Genius,” through yalebooks.com.

“Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin” runs from July 16 – August 3. The show celebrates one of the most successful songwriters of the 20th Century and reveals the inspiration for Berlin’s countless hit songs, including “Blue Skies,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “White Christmas,” and more. Irving Berlin’s uplifting immigrant story, from Czarist Russia to New York’s Lower East Side to Broadway, epitomizes the American Dream.  The production’s music and lyrics are by Irving Berlin, book by Hershey Felder, and direction by Trevor Hay.

The Sunday Symposium Series is supported, in part, by the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

“Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin” Production Sponsors are Barbara and John Streicker.  Production Partners are Johnna G. Torsone and John McKeon. Corporate Production Partner is Cohen and Wolf, P.C.  2019 Media Sponsors are Moffley Media and WSHU Public Radio. 

Single tickets start at $30 and are subject to change based upon availability.  Buy early for best prices.  Special offers are available for seniors, students, educators, and playwrights.  For details, visit westportplayhouse.org/special-offers

All play titles, artists, and dates are subject to change.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.westportplayhouse.org, or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; the New Works Initiative, a program dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new live theatrical works; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; youth performance training through Broadway Method Academy, Westport Country Playhouse’s resident conservatory program; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round.  Charity Navigator has recently awarded its top 4-star charity rating to the Playhouse in recognition of its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

bornies@optonline.net (Pat Blaufuss) Events Fri, 12 Jul 2019 06:44:22 -0400
Lt. Governor Bysiewicz and First Selectman Tetreau Launch Fairfield 2020 Census Efforts https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/48456-lt-governor-bysiewicz-and-first-selectman-tetreau-launch-fairfield-2020-census-efforts48456-lt-governor-bysiewicz-and-first-selectman-tetreau-launch-fairfield-2020-census-efforts https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/48456-lt-governor-bysiewicz-and-first-selectman-tetreau-launch-fairfield-2020-census-efforts48456-lt-governor-bysiewicz-and-first-selectman-tetreau-launch-fairfield-2020-census-efforts

Hartford/Fairfield, CT - Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau, and other state and local elected officials met this week at the Fairfield Public Library to launch the Town’s Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census. An accurate census count is critically important to Connecticut as it is the foundation to determine federal funding allocations.

“The data collected by the 2020 Census will affect funding allocations for many years to come,” Lt. Gov. Bysiewicz said. “When I launched our state-wide census committee in February, I was committed to ensuring that Connecticut would be the best counted state in the nation—but we can’t achieve a complete count without leaders at the local level doing their part too. It’s great to add Fairfield to the growing list of list of communities launching their Local Complete Count Committees to plan for the 2020 Census.” 

In February, Lt. Gov. Bysiewicz launched the Connecticut Complete Count Committee to inform and help direct the State's efforts in the upcoming 2020 Census and to assist municipal governments with forming Local Complete Count Committees. Similar to the statewide committee, Fairfield’s Complete Count Committee will analyze previous census undercounts and recommend strategies to achieve a full count in Fairfield for the upcoming census. 

First Selectman Mike Tetreau said, “I encourage all Fairfield residents to participate in the 2020 Census. It is very important that every person in our town be accounted for accurately and that we ensure Fairfield and Connecticut are adequately allotted federal funding.” 

Roughly 22 percent of Connecticut is considered “hard to reach” communities. Although undercounts have been a persistent problem, the 2020 Census will be the first census residents can fill out online. Fairfield’s Public Library will provide all the resources necessary for residents to complete their census even if they do not have access to a computer or translation services at home. 

For more information, please contact: Juliemar Ortiz at Juliemar.ortiz@ct.gov or 860-524-7346. 

The photo shows Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Kevin Brady, State Senator Tony Hwang, First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, US Census rep Keith Goralski, and State Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey. Photo Credit: Chris Walsh 

bornies@optonline.net (Town of Fairfield) Politics Fri, 12 Jul 2019 06:41:24 -0400
Sea Chantey Tavern Night at Pequot Library, Aug. 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48453-pequot-library-156278131648453-pequot-library-1562781316 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48453-pequot-library-156278131648453-pequot-library-1562781316

Southport, CT - Join Pequot Library Thursday, August 1, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m., for an evening of fun, song and libations in the Library’s Auditorium with The Jovial Crew sea chantey band. Party like a 19th-century Southport ship captain as the Crew shares a selection of sea chanteys, old and new.

$10 suggested donation at the door; drinks provided.

For more information go to www.pequotlibrary.org.

heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Fri, 12 Jul 2019 06:37:18 -0400
New VP of Educational & Vocational Services at Boys & Girls Village https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48455-new-vice-president-of-educational-and-vocational-services-at-boys-girls-village48455-new-vice-president-of-educational-and-vocational-services-at-boys-girls-village https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48455-new-vice-president-of-educational-and-vocational-services-at-boys-girls-village48455-new-vice-president-of-educational-and-vocational-services-at-boys-girls-village

Connecticut - Boys & Girls Village Inc., a statewide leader in providing mental health treatment, permanency planning and educational services to Connecticut’s most vulnerable youth and their families, is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel French, Ph.D. as Vice President of Educational and Vocational Services. In his new role, Dr. French will lead a multi-disciplinary education team of professionals with a common goal of student success.

Dr. French joins Boys & Girls Village Inc. following an almost 30 year career with Cooperative Education Services in Trumbull, Ct., and as the Director of the Emotional Disabilities Unit for 20 of those years. There, he was the chief architect of the school program for students with emotional disabilities which serves approximately 200 students a year.

Dr. French is an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University and has mental health experience in both in-patient and out-patient settings. He has published several journal articles pertaining to the education and treatment of adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders and has been on the editorial review boards of several psychology journals.

“Daniel’s strong professional background will continue the growth of our Charles F. Hayden School, and our robust vocational programming” said Dr. Stephen Kant, CEO of Boys & Girls Village. “His leadership will enable our students to realize their fullest intellectual and personal potential. We look forward to seeing his impact both on campus and as our students interact with the community in vocational and volunteer opportunities.”

Dr. French received his M.A. from Boston College and his Ph. D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University. In addition, he is certified by the State of Connecticut Department of Education as a school psychologist and a school administrator. He is a Milford resident, married with 2 children, and is an avid UCONN basketball fan.      

“Having spent the past 30 years working in southwestern Connecticut, I am well aware of the outstanding services provided by Boys and Girls Village for children and adolescents in our state,” said French. “I am delighted to be joining the team and very much looking forward to the work that lies ahead.”

Boys & Girls Village Charles F Hayden School is a K-12 state-approved, special education school that helps children to grow academically while also learning how to handle their own emotional and behavioral challenges. The school uses the most up-to-date technology and curriculum, a comprehensive treatment team for each child, and diverse experiential activities to ensure individual success. Vocational programming is offered to young adults to provide knowledge and training to develop the life skills, job skills, and financial literacy they will need to secure gainful employment and obtain self-sufficiency as they begin their adult life.

LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Boys & Girls Village ) Places Fri, 12 Jul 2019 06:34:25 -0400
Pequot Library "Life Between the Tides" Program, Aug. 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48452-pequot-library-156277808848452-pequot-library-1562778088 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48452-pequot-library-156277808848452-pequot-library-1562778088

Southport, CT - Imagine living in a place that gets flooded every day! That’s the challenge faced by the amazing and resilient animals of Long Island Sound’s intertidal zone.

Join educators from the Maritime Aquarium on Thursday, August 1, 1-2pm, as you read tide charts and learn how the moon influences the rise and fall of the tides. Meet and touch different kinds of crabs, mollusks, and gastropods, use an age-appropriate field guide to identify them, and employ observation skills to explain how these animals have adapted to the daily and seasonal changes in their environment.

For ages 7+. Registration recommended at www.pequotlibrary.org.

heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Fri, 12 Jul 2019 06:31:55 -0400
Open Call Auditions for Fairfield Center Stage's "Matilda" https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48454-open-call-auditions-for-matilda48454-open-call-auditions-for-matilda https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48454-open-call-auditions-for-matilda48454-open-call-auditions-for-matilda

Fairfield, CT - Fairfield Center Stage (Christy McIntosh-Newsom, Artistic Director; Eli Newsom, Executive Producer) is holding OPEN AUDITIONS for its upcoming production of MATILDA on Sunday July 28th from 12pm-3pm and Monday July 29th from 6-9pm, at The Fairfield Museum and History Center (see below for address info). Seeking actors and singers of all ages, types, ethnicities, etc. FCS is a community theater group, non-equity, no pay.  

The staff for MATILDA includes Director: Christy McIntosh-Newsom, Choreographer: Jessica Rahrig, and Music Director: Brian Crook. The show will run Oct 11-20. In the theme of our environmental theatre season, the show will run at Roger Ludlowe Middle School. Rehearsals are generally Sun-Thurs evenings and children will not be needed every day until we get closer to opening, except for the child playing the title role. Rehearsals will start in late August/early September. 

When: Sunday July 28th from 12pm-2pm for younger actors (ages 15 and under); and 2-3pm for adult actors (ages 16+)  (open call sign-up begins at 10:30am, sign-up ends at 2:30pm)

Monday July 29th from 6-7:30pm for younger actors (ages 15 and under); and 7:30-9pm for adult actors (ages 16+)  (open call sign-up begins at 5:30pm, sign-up ends at 8pm)

Actors will be seen in order of arrival, with the exception of the actors who have secured appointments (see below for info on how to reserve a timeslot).  

Where: Fairfield Museum and History Center370 Beach Road, Fairfield CT 06824

What to prepare:
All actors should bring a current headshot (or recent photo) and 1-page acting resume or list of theater/performing experience.

Please prepare a selection/short song (around 1 min.) from a musical or pop song in the style of the show (singing from the show is ok). Bring sheet music in the appropriate key. Acapella singing is highly discouraged, please bring sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. If you would like to be considered for multiple shows you may prepare two songs (you may only be asked for one).   

Appointments:  For convenience we are offering limited appointment time slots.  Appointments are not necessary, however they are recommended.

CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment.

Please make a note of your appointment time and date as you may not receive a reminder. Audition slots are limited, first-come, first-served.  Actors without appointments will be seen as time allows between appointment slots. Those without appointments should allow for 1-2 hours of wait time.


Fairfield Center Stage is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization launching its inaugural season. For more info about FCS or our upcoming 2019/20 season visit www.FairfieldCenterStage.org


MATILDA: The title character of the story. Though she is SMALL, she is MIGHTY. Enigmatic, serious, intense, VERY STRONG acting ability, clear voice with strong pitch and clarity. She carries the entire show. May double cast. Any ethnicity.


MISS HONEY: Matilda's kind-hearted teacher. Soft spoken and kind. She befriends Matilda. While she is tired of living in fear under Miss Trunchbull, she struggles to find the courage to stand up to her. Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: F3. Any ethnicity.

MR. WORMWOOD: Matilda's uncaring father. A slimy, greedy used-car salesman. Strong comedic acting needed. Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: D3. Any ethnicity.

MRS. WORMWOOD: Matilda's self-absorbed, negligent mother and an amateur ballroom dancer. Strong singer & dancer needed. Vocal range top: F5 Vocal range bottom: A3. Any ethnicity.

MRS. PHELPS: The kind Librarian who takes a liking to Matilda. Strong actress. Lovable and warm. Any ethnicity.

MICHAEL WORMWOOD: Matilda's older brother. He is not very bright and favored by their parents. Comedic actor. Any ethnicity.

BRUCE: Essential Vocal ability for “Revolting Children”. Acting ability. Comic. As part of the action on stage this role is required to eat chocolate cake, cream & icing. Must not be allergic to cake/icing ingredients. Any ethnicity.

LAVENDER: Essential Good dance. Strong singing and acting. Loud and kooky - likes to have fun - big personality. Any ethnicity.

AMANDA: Strong dance and vocal ability. Any ethnicity.

ALICE: Strong and Bold. Strong dance and vocal ability. Any ethnicity.

HORTENSIA: Feisty. Strong dance and vocal ability. Any ethnicity.

ERIC: Small as possible. Strong dance and vocal ability. Any ethnicity.

NIGEL: Requires vocal stamina for spoken dialogue. Strong dance ability. Strong vocal ability. Any ethnicity.

TOMMY: Strong dance and vocal ability. Any ethnicity.

Older Middle School and High School students who are excellent singers, dancers and actors.

ENSEMBLE: A very STRONG group of dancers and singers. Featured roles include THE ESCAPOLOGIST & THE ACROBAT (They are characters in Matilda’s story. Both must be strong singers and dancers. They are in several numbers),  RUDOLPHO (Mrs. Wormwoods Latin dance partner. Strong singer & dancer), DOCTOR, PARENTS, CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINER, PARENTS, COOK, HENCHMAN, SCHOOL CHILDREN and Other featured parts with solos & lines. These characters will play numerous roles in the show. Acting, singing AND dance needed for these roles. Adults and Children.

brian@fairfieldcenterstage.org (Fairfield Center Stage ) Events Thu, 11 Jul 2019 05:16:40 -0400
Pequot Library 59th Annual Summer Book Sale, Friday, July 26 thru Tuesday, July 30 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48451-pequot-library-156277781448451-pequot-library-1562777814 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48451-pequot-library-156277781448451-pequot-library-1562777814

Southport, CT - Pequot Library hosts its 59th Annual Summer Book Sale, Friday, July 26 thru Tuesday, July 30. This is one of the largest book sales in New England. Over 100,000 books, plus CDs, DVDs, records, and unique Specials. All items gently used and donated to Pequot Library.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Over 60 categories, including your favorites: Biography, Children/Young Adult, Cookbooks, Fiction, Signed Books, Specials, and so much more!

Catalog of “Specials” for pre-sale will be available in July 2019 at www.pequotlibrary.org. Buyers have an opportunity to purchase Specials in advance of the sale, at a premium of 25% above the catalog price. 

Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted. Scanners and other wireless devices welcome in sales areas; stockpiling and “clearing” not permitted.


Friday, July 26*, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., DOUBLE the marked price
Saturday, July 27, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Priced as marked
Sunday, July 28, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Priced as marked
Monday, July 29, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., HALF the marked price
Tuesday, July 30, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., $5 PER BAG!
*Spend $250 on Friday and receive a 20% discount on all purchases (special items excluded)
Proceeds directly fund Pequot Library’s annual educational programs, events, and services.

For more information go to www.pequotlibrary.org.

heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Thu, 11 Jul 2019 05:14:02 -0400
Fairfield Chamber Announces 2019 Award Recipients https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48450-fairfield-chamber-announces-2019-award-recipients48450-fairfield-chamber-announces-2019-award-recipients https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48450-fairfield-chamber-announces-2019-award-recipients48450-fairfield-chamber-announces-2019-award-recipients

Fairfield, Conn. – The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce recognized the recipients of their 2019 award honorees on June 27th , at the Brooklawn Country Club, where they held their annual awards dinner.

2019 Award Honorees included:

  • Company of the Year:  

First County Bank 

Accepted by Robert J. Granata, President and Chief Operating Officer


  • Non-Profit Organization of the Year:

Wakeman Boys and Girls Club

Accepted by David W. Blagys, Executive Director


  • President’s Award/Economic Impact

Workforce Partners (Circle Hotel and Hotel Hi-Ho)

Accepted by Ed Gormbley, Managing Partner

The dining room was filled with friends, family and colleagues, all of whom attended to congratulate and celebrate the honorees, to recognize their standards of excellence within their company or organization, but also acknowledge their generous and selfless giveback and contributions to the community as a whole.  

Adding to the festivities for the honorees, First Selectman Michael Tetreau presented proclamations, Fairfield’s State Legislators read State Citations, and from the office of Congressman Jim Himes, the award recipients received Special Recognition Certificates.

Additional Chamber Appreciation Awards were given to Joe Rog/Fairfield Theatre Company for 6 years of service on the Chamber Board of Directors; to John Rosenau/Moneco Advisors for completing 3 years of service as Chairman of the Board of Directors; to Lindsay Smith/Abbey Tent and Party Rentals for 1 year of service as Chair of FELO (Fairfield Emerging Leaders Organization; and to Krista McCormack/Chamber Administrative Manager in appreciation for outstanding dedication, loyalty and individual contribution to the Chamber’s success. 

“This annual event is always held in June, and it is the perfect way to end our fiscal year (June 30th), by celebrating our Chamber members for their outstanding contributions.  Professional recognition is very important in life, as people are conscientious and work hard in their respective organizations and businesses, to make a positive impact, both internally and externally.  The Chamber is proud to recognize their achievements and success," states Beverly Balaz, President.


  •          Kevin Brady/MJP Wealth Advisors (July 2019-June 2020 Chairman of Chamber BOD)
  •          John Rosenau/Moneco Advisors (Immediate Past Chairman of Chamber BOD)
  •          Cristin McCarthy-Vahey/State Legislator
  •          Bob Eydt/Advisor and Investor in Workforce Partners.  He accepted the “Company of the Year” Award on behalf of Ed Gormbley, Managing Partner of Workforce Partners.  (Ed was away overseas)
  •          David Blagys/Executive Director for Wakeman Boys and Girls Club.
  •          Robert Granata/President and COO for First County Bank
  •          Laura Devlin/State Legislator
  •          Beverly Balaz/President Fairfield Chamber of Commerce
  •          First Selectman Michael Tetreau



bornies@optonline.net (Fairfield Chamber of Commerce ) Events Tue, 09 Jul 2019 13:57:40 -0400