Fairfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Sat, 04 Apr 2020 12:10:30 -0400 HamletHub.com Westport Playhouse Announces Livestream Event, April 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49218-westport-playhouse-announces-livestream-event-april-1749218-westport-playhouse-announces-livestream-event-april-17 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49218-westport-playhouse-announces-livestream-event-april-1749218-westport-playhouse-announces-livestream-event-april-17

Westport, CT - Tony Award®-winning Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, in partnership with Westport Country Playhouse’s education and community outreach department, will host “Getting to Know You: A Celebration of Young Artists,” on Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m., on the Playhouse YouTube channel and Facebook Live.

The virtual showcase will feature 10 randomly selected Fairfield County high school students. They will get the opportunity to share their experiences with O’Hara and perform a musical theater selection. 

“I am very proud to partner with Westport Country Playhouse as we celebrate the highly anticipated (but sadly unseen) performances of our community’s young performers this year,” said O’Hara. “We can still gather together as one community, virtually, in the spirit of true live performance, and give these kids a platform. I think it will be an uplifting way to support the magnificent arts programs we have in Fairfield County and ensure that all the passion and hard work doesn’t go to waste.”  

To register, Fairfield County high school students may visit westportplayhouse.org/livestream and upload a video of a musical theater song during a 72-hour period between Sunday, April 5, at 10 a.m. and Wednesday, April 8, at 10 a.m. 

The 10 students selected for the livestream event will be notified by Friday, April 10.  Additionally, 10 understudies will be chosen to submit a question for O’Hara to answer during the show. 

“I am also a firm believer in the healing magic of the arts, and I know we could all use some of that right now,” said O’Hara.

Kelli O’Hara’s portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of “The King and I” garnered her the 2015 Tony Award ® for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Drama League and Outer Critics nominations. Her most recent role leading the Broadway revival of “Kiss Me, Kate” earned O’Hara glowing reviews and a 2019 Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. She has countless other Broadway, regional/Off-Broadway, film, and television credits, showcasing her versatility and unequivocal talent.

All videos submitted as a part of the entry process will be featured in a compilation video produced and released on Playhouse social media channels.

During the event, tax-deductible donations to the 501(c)(3) non-for-profit Playhouse will be accepted.  "If you are in a position to give a special gift to help the Playhouse continue developing programs like this, we would be so grateful,” said Gretchen Wright, Playhouse director of development. “We will get through this together."

Support for the event is from Bankwell, 2019-2020 Family Programming Sponsor.

For more information on the livestream showcase with Kelli O’Hara, contact Jenny Nelson, Playhouse director of education and community outreach, via email at education@westportplayhouse.org.

For Westport Country Playhouse information, visit westportplayhouse.org, leave a message on the box office voicemail at (203) 227-4177, or email atboxoffice@westportplayhouse.org. The Playhouse’s physical box office is closed during the pandemic, but staff is working from home, returning phone messages and answering emails. Please understand with the high volume of inquiries, it may take up to 72 hours to respond. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

ABOUT WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE

The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater of the highest caliber 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.

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bornies@optonline.net (Pat Blaufuss) Events Fri, 03 Apr 2020 14:26:36 -0400
Housatonic Museum of Art Receives $70K Donation From Werth Family Foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49217-housatonic-museum-of-art-receives-70-000-donation-from-werth-family-foundation49217-housatonic-museum-of-art-receives-70-000-donation-from-werth-family-foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49217-housatonic-museum-of-art-receives-70-000-donation-from-werth-family-foundation49217-housatonic-museum-of-art-receives-70-000-donation-from-werth-family-foundation

The Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport–home to treasures by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Alex Katz and more–has received a $70,000 donation from the Werth Family Foundation.

A long-time benefactor of the museum, the Werth Family Foundation currently sponsors the Werth Family Foundation Student Docent Program, which introduces Bridgeport students to art, architecture and art history, teaches them to look at art critically, and provides them with an opportunity to develop visual, analytical and leadership skills. To date, the program has served over 4,000 students in 17 Bridgeport schools.

With this gift, the Foundation supports the museum’s programming, exhibitions and the preservation of its collection. It also provides essential funding for marketing efforts and new projects such as video interviews of the artists and donors that have contributed to the collection since its inception in 1967.

“This award is an important investment in sharing and exploring our arts and cultural heritage with those that live in and visit our region,” said Museum Director, Robbin Zella. “With this support, we can continue to provide engaging programming and educational opportunities, while also expanding our presence as a great learning resource.” The museum is planning for its grand re-opening on Thursday, September 5th with an exciting new exhibit entitled, Close to the Line: Mari Rantanen and Kirsten Reynolds. The museum has been closed for renovations since last summer.

To learn more about the Housatonic Museum of Art, please visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org or call (203) 332-5052. The museum is located on the Housatonic Community College campus at 900 Lafayette Boulevard in Bridgeport, CT.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Places Fri, 03 Apr 2020 14:23:08 -0400
Meet RVNAhealth Men and Women on the Front Line https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/49216-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line49216-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/49216-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line49216-meet-the-rvnahealth-front-line

RVNAhealth has a team of amazing clinicians and caregivers on the front line battling COVID. They are heroes - though they don't view it that way. 

They are the clinicians and caregivers who step forward when others step back. They are also the leaders who don’t just coach from the sidelines but find their way into the field. The RVNAhealth Front Line is driven by commitment and conviction, and their unwavering belief that the difference they make in their patients’ lives is an important one. 

And never are they more correct than now.  RVNAhealth is proud to introduce you. 

Throughout the month, RVNAhealth be sharing glimpses of as many team members as possible. They will also be featuring our front line on a special web page.

Please visit the page often (we'll be updating it frequently), to meet the team. And -- if you can -- please help RVNAhealth keep them safe by Protecting a Caregiver.

Meet the RVNAhealth Front Line

Jessica Velasco, RN
Jessica has an interesting story.  In times of 'normalcy,' she is our Home Health Aide Supervisor and Chronic Care Manager.  But when COVID-19 began to take hold, Jessica elected to return to the field to help care for patients she had served in days gone by -- this time as a hospice nurse. Meet Jessica 

Joe Naber, OTR
It's funny, the course of one's life. In school, Joe studied Construction Management. But when post-graduate opportunities were limited, he took a detour to Rehabilitation. Joe is now an Occupational Therapist serving COVID-19 patients in their residences and facilities. Joe may not be managing construction, but he is building trust and hope wherever he goes. Meet Joe

Annecia Young, HHA
Annecia Young is young, but she's also wise, and a wonderful and compassionate caregiver. She learned at the hands of her mother -- a nurse -- and cares for her patients as she hopes to be cared for herself one day, with honesty and love.  The challenges of COVID-19 don't stop Annecia. Her energy runs strong. Meet Annecia

Marlene Alba, EHR Specialist
Behind every successful Front Line is a team of experts quietly keeping the wheels turning. Marlene Alba is part of that team. An Electronic Health Record expert and educator, Marlene is focused now on keeping our system in sync with the evolving COVID-19 needs so our Front Line team can focus on the patients they see. Meet Marlene


 

Throughout the month, RVNAhealth be sharing glimpses of as many team members as possible. They will also be featuring our front line on a special web page.

 

Please visit the page often (RVNAhealth be updating it frequently), to meet the team. And -- if you can -- please help RVNAhealth keep them safe by Protecting a Caregiver.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Nancy Rowe) Neighbors Fri, 03 Apr 2020 08:49:47 -0400
CT's Beardsley Zoo Lifts Spirits During Crisis https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49215-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-lifts-spirits-during-crisis49215-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-lifts-spirits-during-crisis https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49215-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-lifts-spirits-during-crisis49215-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-lifts-spirits-during-crisis

There are many inspirational stories of individuals and companies coping with the restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus crisis, but Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has a few of its own. Although Zoo gates are closed to the public, staff members continue to care for the Zoo’s animals, carefully following CDC and State of Connecticut safety guidelines. The Zoo has more than 300 animals on grounds, many of them endangered species. The animal care staff must feed, clean, offer training and provide enrichment each day to a diverse group of animals, from tigers and alligators to monkeys and owls, along with dozens more. 

On Friday, April 3, the Zoo is launching a new interactive opportunity for children and families. “Do You Have a Zoo at Your House?” asks children to draw pictures and write letters for their favorite Zoo animals or take photos of how they’ve created a zoo of their own at home, using plush animals, blocks, Legos or costumes. The Zoo’s website (www.beardsleyzoo.org) will include a page where the children’s art, letters and photos will be posted for all to enjoy, as well as featured on the Zoo’s social media accounts. 

The Education staff has pivoted from on-grounds education programming to internet-based, Distance Learning initiatives for students of all ages. Zoo educators have filmed a variety of Next Generation Science Standards-compliant videos, making them available on the Zoo website, via social media, to broadcasting partners, and as resources for the state’s outreach to teachers. The Zoo offers Facebook Live sessions every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2:00 p.m., with a different focus each day: Science-based learning from the Education staff, a Zookeeper Chat, or a visit with Zoo Director Gregg Dancho and an animal of his choice. 

Staff members are rising to the need of their friends and co-workers. One of the Farmyard’s Animal Care Specialists sewed colorful masks to help protect her colleagues. The Zoo’s Education Curator, in addition to overseeing on-grounds STREAM videos, is filming backyard wildlife for schoolchildren. The Peacock Café’s chef has locked the doors to the restaurant but is serving staff free meals through a side window.  Photographer volunteers have turned photos taken earlier into coloring sheets for kids, available on the Zoo website.

As a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, the Zoo relies on ticket sales, school visits, memberships, education program fees, donations and meeting and rental revenue to operate. Being closed is resulting in a significant impact on the operating budget. Any size donation to our emergency operating fund will assist in the care of our animals and team members. Donations can be sent to: https://www.beardsleyzoo.org/emergency-fund.html

About Connecticut’s Beardsley ZooLet your curiosity run wild! Connecticut's only zoo, celebrating its 98th year, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Guests won't want to miss our Amur tigers and leopards, maned wolf family, Brazilian ocelot, Mexican and Red wolves, and Golden lion tamarins. Other highlights include our new Spider Monkey Habitat, Natt Family Red Panda Habitat, South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas, and the Pampas Plain with Giant anteaters and Chacoan peccaries. 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, and updates on the Zoo’s closed status, visit beardsleyzoo.org.

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bornies@optonline.net (Lisa Clair) Places Fri, 03 Apr 2020 06:25:06 -0400
FBRA Offers Guidance & Resources to Fairfielders https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/49214-fbra-offers-guidance-resources-to-fairfielders49214-fbra-offers-guidance-resources-to-fairfielders https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/49214-fbra-offers-guidance-resources-to-fairfielders49214-fbra-offers-guidance-resources-to-fairfielders

Fairfield, CT - Fairfield Beach Residents Association (FBRA) offers some ways Fairfielders can help their community during this Covid -19 time. 
 
First and Foremost, take care of yourselves:
- Shelter in place when possible, if you must go out, stay 6 ft apart from other people. Take walks around your neighborhood and try to stay active. 
- Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds or use Purell when out (or other alcohol based hand sanitizer) and DO NOT touch your face.  
- Use gloves, or a disposable tissue when bringing new items into your home and wipe them down 
- The new guidance is for Seniors to wear a face mask if you need to go out. N95 type masks should still be sent to first responders and Health personnel but wearing a mask can help you keep from touching your face , which is one of the main ways you can get Covid -19
 Here is a good video on how to make one:
 
Here are some ways we can help others in our community:
 
1. Operation Hope- 
Operation Hope food drive today, Friday April 3, 10 am to noon, 963 Old Post Road. 
Hands free drop off; Shelf stable goods, toilet paper. 
 
We'll have options for every grade level and in English and Spanish. We'll make sure the books are culturally relevant. And we're going to buy the books in bulk. We estimate that it'll cost us about $3 per book. So whatever you can afford to give would go a long way.
 
You can give here
 
3. From Julia De Marco, Fairfield Director of Human services:
Social distancing is critical, but dropping a note in a mailbox to let a neighbor know you're there if needed, and how you might be willing to help, may just mean the world to them at this challenging time.
Social Services is delivering lunches each weekday to vulnerable seniors who cannot get to the market. We are operating a mobile food pantry with Operation Hope to bring groceries to those, of all ages, experiencing financial difficulty and can't get to the Food Pantry. If you know of a neighbor who might benefit from either, send them out way.  The town also has a Friendly Caller program to reach out to all seniors 70+. At-home town employees are currently making these calls. As the virus spreads, we will expand to volunteer callers.
 
We are trying to identify the best way to help seniors who can afford groceries but are afraid to shop. If you are afraid to shop for yourselves, RSVP to this e mail and we will find someone to help you.  IF you are willing to shop for Seniors, also reply to this e mail and we will connect you to someone who needs your help. 
Other options are to use Instacart. 
Instacart shops at ShopRite, BJ's, Costco and has delivery slots available within 3-4 days.
Also Pantry is doing pick ups. Call your order in and pick it up. 
4. Make a face mask; either for yourself or sign up for the Million mask challenge and make a bunch to donate to local health care providers and other essential workers
 
here is a short video on how to make one; please note that this is not a N95 mask and not capable of full viral protection but still worth making and wearing when you go out, mostly as a way to keep you from touching your face.
 
here is a link to the Million mask site 
  
 
5. Sustainable Fairfield Task Force Offers Tips
On Eating Well, Responsibly & Safely Through the Crisis
 
With Covid-19 generating anxiety, few features of daily life today offer more comfort than a meal of fresh, healthful, tasty food, especially if you can share it with loved ones.  It can be disturbing to see bare shelves in local food stores, but overall the nation's food supply system is stable, says the US Food and Drug Administration.  And even in these uncertain days, you can access good food in ways that will help our local economy and environment, as well as both protect and nurture your health.
 
From the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force (SFTF), here are some ideas - including, most importantly, a suggestion on how we can help meet the food needs of our neighbors:
 
Fight Food Insecurity in Fairfield
Economic disruption worsens food insecurity and, for too many people, the current disruption's impact has been devastating.  In Fairfield, the volunteer-run and -operated Operation Hope Food Pantry, 636 Old Post Rd., is assisting families in meeting their basic food needs and also connecting them with other resources to help sustain their food supply.  Find information on how to help here.
 
Support Local Growers
The crisis has underscored the appeal and value of food from secure, local sources.  Local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs allow consumers to buy a weekly share of a local or regional farmer's fresh, seasonal produce directly from the farmer ahead of the growing season, helping the grower generate income and plan ahead as well as guaranteeing the buyer part of the harvest throughout the season.  Below are some Fairfield-area programs; note, Covid-19 related issues might change usual delivery or pickup procedures:
 
·       The Fairfield/Southport CSA is managed by Trinity Church/Southport and partners with Stoneledge Farm in New York's Catskills Mountains.  Visit here to purchase shares for the 2020 summer season (24 weekly deliveries, June-November).
·       Gazy Brothers Farm, a 4th-generation, family-run farm in Oxford, Conn., offers spring, summer and fall shares, for pickup at the Greenfield Hill Farmers Market (when open) or delivery for an additional fee.  The sign-up deadlines for spring and summer have passed, but fall shares are still available; visit here to purchase.
 
Sport Hill Farm in Easton, which grows a wide selection of non-GMO, sustainable produce, offers shoppers the opportunity to set up a "Market Money" line of credit for use at the farm's store, 596 Sport Hill Road.  The SFTF provides a list of other local farm stands and farmer's markets here; check back often for any Covid-19 related changes in openings, hours and procedures.   
 
Support Local Restaurants
Throughout the current shutdown, you can help sustain Fairfield's economy by patronizing the many local restaurants that are offering takeout and delivery in lieu of table service.  The Town maintains a list here.  And when you're perusing local menus, remember that reducing our meat consumption makes good environmental sense - so don't forget to check out all the appealing non-meat options.
 
Look for Locally Produced Food While Shopping Safe
The Town has posted current hours and Covid-19 related pickup/delivery options for Fairfield food retailers here.  Many of Fairfield's food retailers offer locally sourced food choices; the SFTF provides a list here.  And you can find a healthcare provider's instructional video on how to shop and bring food back into your home safely here as well as other food-related guidance here from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 
 
Buy in Bulk, Responsibly
We all need to avoid hoarding, to help maintain supplies of critical items for everyone, but it's possible to buy many food items in bulk responsibly and with concern for the environment.  In downtown Fairfield, BD Provisions, 1215 Post Road, offers a broad selection of fresh, bulk foods sold by the pound in sustainable containers, including nuts and snacks, coffee and teas, dried fruit, oatmeal and oats, cereals, pasta, rice and other grains, beans (everyone's new favorite food), and much more.  Curbside pickup is available.
 
Grow Your Own
Once warmer weather really kicks in, establishing a backyard garden (if you have the space) with fruits and vegetables in the mix will be a great way to capture the appealing health and nutrition benefits of fresh food -- and also a safe way to enjoy the outdoors after a long stretch of home confinement.  The SFTF offers some guidance on growing food at home here.  In Fairfield, Ganim's Garden Center, 320 King's Highway Cutoff, currently offers curbside pickup and home delivery of gardening supplies.
 
Lets all pull together and together we will get through this crisis.  Keep a watch on your elderly neighbors, take walks with others, but keep six feet apart,  share with your neighbors in need. If you are able, try to order more take-out to keep our local restaurants in business, give if you can to local aid organizations and above all stay safe!
 
 
 Stay safe!
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bornies@optonline.net (Fairfield Beach Residents Assn (FBRA)) Life Fri, 03 Apr 2020 06:21:56 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter: Dojo Fairfield https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49085-why-small-businesses-matter-dojo-fairfield49085-why-small-businesses-matter-dojo-fairfield https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49085-why-small-businesses-matter-dojo-fairfield49085-why-small-businesses-matter-dojo-fairfield

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Dojo Fairfield!

Four questions with Karina Gramesty, founder of Dojo Fairfield.

Why did you start your business?

When we (Kailen Pirro and Karina Gramesty) took on Dojo Fairfield over 5 years ago with the intent to further educate our Fairfield neighbors in both the martial arts and their personal safety. We approach training in the martial arts as a way to empower students, enhance self-confidence, and build a better understanding of our own unique strengths and weaknesses.

Finish this sentence in regard to your business. "I wish I could…"

I wish I could help people realize that martial arts training is SO MUCH MORE than what they’ve seen in The Karate Kid movies. Training includes dedication and perseverance, for sure, but training also includes humor and fun. These ideas are not mutually exclusive, and when combined they serve to enhance the overall learning and student experience on our mat.

What is your best selling product/service?

We are a martial arts school at heart (karate for kids and kickboxing for adults), but also have fitness training in our Dojo Fitness program (30-minute Hight Intensive Interval training classes), and self-defense training with our C.O.B.R.A. Self-Defense classes. While our best selling service is youth karate, we have a lot of private C.O.B.R.A. Self-Defense events on the near horizon for various clubs and organizations.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

Being a home-grown business ourselves, we take every opportunity we can to help support other small local establishments. While our business may not allow us to directly use one of our local business neighbors, we are always quick to recommend the wealth of services around us on Black Rock Turnpike. For our gear, we use Puddle Bear Clothing on Post Road in Fairfield. We also run various fundraising events for our local PTA’s and run special self-defense events for Cultural Care Au Pair.

We'd like to tag BonnaH Co Fiber Arts!

Dojo Fairfield is located at 2317 Black Rock Tpke in Fairfield. Visit Dojo Fairfield online here.

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Fri, 03 Apr 2020 06:10:12 -0400
SHU Prof. Elizabeth Johnson-Tyson to Receive Honor https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49213-shu-prof-elizabeth-johnson-tyson-to-receive-honor49213-shu-prof-elizabeth-johnson-tyson-to-receive-honor https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49213-shu-prof-elizabeth-johnson-tyson-to-receive-honor49213-shu-prof-elizabeth-johnson-tyson-to-receive-honor

FAIRFIELD, Conn.— Elizabeth Johnson-Tysonmaster of social work on-ground program coordinator and chair of the social work student success program at Sacred Heart University’s School of Social Work, will be honored at the 100 Women of Color Gala & Awards 2020. The black-tie event will take place Friday, June 19, at The Bushnell Theater in Hartford.

The recognition “feels a bit surreal,” said Johnson-Tyson. “I had been given the heads up that I was nominated, but I didn’t think for a moment I would win.”

After her tenure as state director of foster and adoption services at Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF), Johnson-Tyson was called to develop a program, the DCF/MSW program, in which she worked with staff and universities to help them pursue their master’s degrees in social work. After leaving DCF as state director, Johnson-Tyson came back as a consultant and trainer to serve as a mentor, counseling approximately 60 people over the years in the DCF/MSW program. Though no longer with the DCF/MSW program, she continues to mentor working professionals on her own time.

“It keeps people coming back,” she said of the mentorship. “What the public doesn’t realize is the toll that the tragedies we see every day take on the people who work for DCF. It’s called secondary, or vicarious, traumatization.” This effect can lead to burnout and a higher rate of turnover within the department. Johnson-Tyson’s program and the time she spends mentoring helps reduce the rate of burnout and guides others along their career path.

Johnson-Tyson relates her desire to pursue social service to her father’s upbringing. Rufus Johnson’s mother died when he was only 5 or 6 years old. As the youngest of 10 children, he was left alone with his father in Jim Crow-era Alabama after his older siblings moved away. “I was challenged by the hurt and lack of opportunities my father experienced growing up,” Johnson-Tyson said.  

Ultimately, things turned out well for Johnson—he moved to Ohio, became a marine, met his wife Myrtle, had four children and lived a good life. And his experience cultivated a deep compassion and drive in his daughter, who asked herself: Why can’t everyone have a happy ending? “People struggle. Kids struggle. Someone needs to help them,” she said.

As a student at Ohio State University, the closest degree she found to the service she wanted to perform was psychology. It was not until Johnson-Tyson moved to Connecticut she even heard the term “social work.” Once she discovered the profession, she knew she it was her calling. It was exactly the career she dreamed of for herself.

“We at Sacred Heart are so proud that Elizabeth is being honored this way,” said Robin Cautin, dean of SHU’s College of Arts and Sciences. “Her work as an educator, both inside and outside the classroom, is shaping the next generation of social work professionals.”

“Elizabeth Johnson-Tyson is being recognized for her advocacy and her efforts to effect change, not just for people of color, but for everyone in her current position,” said June Archer, president and CEO of Eleven28Entertainment, the gala’s producer.

The 100 Women of Color Gala & Awards acknowledges the contributions that women of color in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts make in business, education, entrepreneurship, entertainment, government and public service. The event’s stated goal is “to provide financial support for programs that support the advancement of young women of color.” Honorees are nominated by people in the community, peers and past honorees.

A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be contributed to scholarships for high school graduates attending college or pursuing leadership and mentorship programs. Johnson-Tyson has advice for these young women: “Pursue and live your life from a place of gratitude and selflessness. If you do that, you’ll win. In fact, that would be a win for everyone.”

Photo credit: Tracy Deer-Mirek 

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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. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 385 Colleges–2020 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 252 Business Schools–2019 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theater. www.sacredheart.edu

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bornies@optonline.net (Kim Swartz) Places Fri, 03 Apr 2020 05:37:58 -0400
CT BBB: Beware of Scams Targeting At-Home Workers https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/49212-ct-bbb-beware-of-scams-targeting-at-home-workers49212-ct-bbb-beware-of-scams-targeting-at-home-workers https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/49212-ct-bbb-beware-of-scams-targeting-at-home-workers49212-ct-bbb-beware-of-scams-targeting-at-home-workers

 

   
   
CROMWELL, Conn.—Many companies are quickly making arrangements for employees to work from home and these actions are creating an even higher risk for people to be targeted by scammers, especially through phishing emails or through an unsecured network connection. 
 
Scammers are taking advantage of the fact that many employees are now working from home and no longer have the luxury of walking over to their boss's desk or calling them on their office phone to confirm a request or ask questions. 
 
Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams impersonate emails that appear to come directly from the boss or human resources. While this is a common scheme, scammers constantly change their approach and use current events as a way to convince the recipient to take action. Compromised business emails may be used to request payments for things such as reimbursements, bogus invoice payments, or office equipment. They may also target HR employees by requesting they send direct deposit information or tax details for all employees to the CEO for a "stimulus bonus" or some other phony reason. 
 
BBB urges businesses and at-home workers to consider the following suggestions to avoid being victimized:
  • Be aware of unusual procedures. If you receive an email from your boss requesting you complete an unusual procedure, verify via phone or an instant message (IM) first. Also confirm that the email address is accurate and isn't spoofed. Spelling errors or general greetings are also red flags of many phishing scams. 
  • Maintain office billing policies at home. One of the best ways to combat BEC scams is to set a policy requiring employees to confirm payment requests in person or over the phone, rather than over email. If the employees that handle billing are working from home, have them maintain these policies by calling to confirm any payment requests made by email. 
  • Avoid opening attachments or clicking links in emails unless you are 100 percent certain that the source is legitimate and that the communication was expected. This is the number one way that business email accounts are hacked. 
  • Don't allow remote IT support without verifying the source. Your IT department will communicate with you first before connecting to your computer. If anyone you don’t recognize calls you and claims to be with your IT department and asks you for your password or other sensitive information, hang up and call your IT department to see if the request was legitimate.
  • Log off. When you are finished for the day, log off your remote PC. Don’t just lock it or disconnect from it without logging off. 
If you believe your business has been compromised, don’t wait. Take quick action to ensure that further exposure is limited and do not be afraid to ask for help.
 
For more consumer and business tips on COVID-19, go to BBB.org/CoronavirusBBB.org/smallbusiness and follow on social media using #BBBDelivers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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bornies@optonline.net (CT BBB) Public safety Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:22:37 -0400
Ethan Allen Prep School Tees Up for Fall, Applications Now Accepted https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49211-ethan-allen-prep-school-tees-up-for-fall-applications-now-accepted49211-ethan-allen-prep-school-tees-up-for-fall-applications-now-accepted https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49211-ethan-allen-prep-school-tees-up-for-fall-applications-now-accepted49211-ethan-allen-prep-school-tees-up-for-fall-applications-now-accepted

Ethan Allen Prep: Achieve Your Greatness On the Golf Course, In the Classroom and In Life

The Golf Performance Center’s (GPC) Ethan Allen Preparatory School is teeing up for fall and offering an innovative and unique educational experience for scholar-athletes.

Visit Ethan Allen Prep online HERE for additional information and to fill out an application.


Ethan Allen Prepartorpatory School, a brand new residential campus for scholar-athletes and summer campers, offers a state of the art residence hall, classrooms, a dining hall, lounge and beautiful walking paths.

The Achieve Program at Ethan Allen Prep promotes curiosity and empowers the scholar-athletes to embrace their individual areas of interest. Ethan Allen Prep designs individualized curriculums for each and every student, removing barriers that keep them from reaching their true potential.

The Achieve Program offers an expansive list of 150+ courses delivered by K12 International Academy, providing students the ability to delve into areas of interest and take charge of their own education.

A private alternative to traditional high school, Ethan Allen Prep is open to a select few high-achieving student-athletes and integrates state of the art training facilities and expert coaching to help athletes reach their goals. 

Learn more about Ethan Allen Prep fall program HERE.

Ethan Allen Prep: Achieve Your Greatness On the Go...

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:04:09 -0400
CT Gov's Executive Order Provides New Protective Retail Guidelines https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/49210-ct-gov-s-executive-order-provides-new-protective-retail-guidelines49210-ct-gov-s-executive-order-provides-new-protective-retail-guidelines https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/49210-ct-gov-s-executive-order-provides-new-protective-retail-guidelines49210-ct-gov-s-executive-order-provides-new-protective-retail-guidelines

Connecticut - The following summarizes CT Governor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 7S (20th COVID-19 Order): 

Safe stores mandatory statewide rules: Effective upon the opening of each retail establishment for the first time on April 3, 2020, every retail establishment in the state will be required to take additional protective measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 between and among customers, employees, and other persons such as delivery drivers and maintenance people. The order requires the commissioner of the Economic and Community Development to issue mandatory statewide rules prescribing such additional protective measures. Such rules will be mandatory throughout the state and supersede and preempt any current or contemplated municipal order.
 
Immediately following Governor Lamont’s signing of this executive order, the Department of Economic and Community Development published the Safe Stores Rules on its website, outlining guidance for retail establishments. All stores must follow these rules beginning April 3.
 
60-day grace period for premium payments, policy cancellations, and non-renewals of insurance policies: Beginning on April 1, 2020 for a period of 60 days, no insurer in Connecticut – including life, health, auto property, casualty, and other types – may lapse or terminate a covered insurance policy because a policyholder does not pay a premium or interest during this time. This grace period is not automatic. To be eligible, affected policyholders must provide additional information acceptable to their insurance carriers.
 
Extension of 30-day period of credit for liquor permittees: Modifies state law to permit the maximum period of credit for liquor permittees from certain creditors, including wholesalers and manufacturers, to be 90 days after the date of delivery for all permittees prohibited from engaging in on-premise sales per Executive Order No. 7D.
 
Daily payment of certain taxes changed to weekly: Modifies the tax payment requirements for Sportech, the licensee authorized to operate off-track betting in Connecticut, from daily to weekly so that its employees aren’t required to appear in person daily.
 
Flexibility to amend Medicaid waivers and state plan: In order to allow continued access to critical services for Medicaid beneficiaries, the order waives public notice and legislative hearing requirements for the duration of the declared public health and civil preparedness emergencies to allow the Department of Social Services to seek expedited approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to submit Medicaid waivers; amend existing Medicaid waivers; submit Medicaid State Plan Amendments that would have required a waiver but for the Affordable Care Act; and obtain relief from various other federal requirements on an emergency basis.
 
Relief from certain municipal tax deadlines and collection efforts: Requires municipalities to enact one or both of two options for providing temporary tax forbearance of property tax collection and reduced interest on delinquent tax payments to property owners under certain conditions, including that landlords agree extend commensurate forbearance to commercial, residential, or institutional tenants for the duration of the deferment.
 
Allow suspension of in-person voting requirements for critical and time sensitive municipal fiscal deadlines: Allows suspension of certain in-person votes of residents or taxpayers on certain fiscal decisions, in addition to the provisions in Executive Order No. 7I, for fiscal decisions needed to prevent property damage, protect public health and safety, or prevent significant financial loss, provided they comply with all open meeting requirements of Executive Order No. 7B.
 
Suspension of reapplication filing requirement for the homeowners’ elderly/disabled circuit breaker tax relief program and for the homeowners’ elderly/disabled freeze tax relief program: Allows recipients of this benefit to receive the benefit for the coming year without recertifying their eligibility.
 
Substitution of full inspection requirements pertaining to October 1, 2020 grand list revaluations: Allows 34 municipalities to continue with their scheduled 2020 revaluations, which are started up to a year in advance. The statute allows for Data Mailer Questionnaire to be mailed to the property owner when access is unobtainable; this eliminates having to request access, and allows for the revaluation to be completed via questionnaire.
 
Extension of deadline to file income and expense statement to August 15: Allows taxpayers additional time to complete their income and expense statements.
 
Suspension of non-judicial tax sales: Suspends foreclosures through non-judicial tax sales until 30 days after the end of the COVID-19 emergency.
 
Bob Kenny
 
Robert F. Kenny, Jr. 
Regional Emergency Management Coordinator
Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Region 1 Office
149 Prospect Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Office: 203-696-2640
24-hour Cell: 860-250-2478 
24-hour Pager: 860-708-0726

 

 

 

 

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bornies@optonline.net (Mike Lauterborn) Politics Thu, 02 Apr 2020 07:57:52 -0400
Fairfield Museum Takes History Online https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49209-fairfield-museum-takes-history-online49209-fairfield-museum-takes-history-online https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49209-fairfield-museum-takes-history-online49209-fairfield-museum-takes-history-online

Fairfield, CT – During this extraordinary time, the Fairfield Museum is hosting live events along with its award-winning exhibits and content online to bring people of all ages together, figuratively, and provide the Museum’s great offerings to the community sheltering at home. 

Over the past several weeks, the Fairfield Museum staff has been busy developing a full schedule of weekly live streaming events to engage, entertain and educate including:

Where's Walt? Tuesdays, 3:30pm – JoinFairfield Museum's Program and Volunteer Coordinator, Walt Matis, as he live streams from a different Fairfield location on the Museum's Facebook page. Learn about Fairfield's unique and historic places on this lively adventure with Walt!

Storytime Live! Wednesdays, 9:30am - Parents with little ones, tune in on Wednesday mornings with a Fairfield Museum staff member as they live stream a great story for all to enjoy on the museum’s Facebook page!

History Bites! Wednesdays, 12:30pm - Join Laurie Pasteryak, the Fairfield Museum's Director of Interpretation, as she brings our award-winning History Bites Lunchtime Chat to you, live and online on Facebook!

This Old Thing! Thursdays, 3:30pm – Tune in as Laurie sharesthe stories behind objects from the Fairfield Museum's historical collection, live on Facebook!  

In addition to the live-streaming events, the Fairfield Museum is offering unique content on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter including: “Weekly Art Challenge”, Mondays at 9:30am, “Who’s this/What’s this?, Mondays at 12:30pm, asking viewers to help us identify people and objects; “Union Coffee Break, Fun Fairfield FAQs”, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30am; “Way Back When”, Thursdays at 9:30am and; “Flashback Friday”, Fridays at 9:30am, highlighting events from the town’s and the Fairfield Museum’s history. Exhibits and other great programming are also available on the museum’s website at fairfieldhistory.org

“The Fairfield Museum believes in the power of history, art and humanities to inspire the imagination, stimulate thought and transform society,” said Michael Jehle, Fairfield Museum Executive Director. “Although we cannot gather together in person, our goal of connecting people through history to shape a more informed future, has not changed. We have simply adapted to our new collective reality by bringing our programs, exhibitions and ultimately our conversation online. We invite all to join us on this new journey and we welcome feedback and new ideas as we evolve our online offerings.” 

The non-profit Fairfield Museum offers community educational programming, historical and artistic exhibitions, a research library and cultural events. It was founded in 1903 and provides families in Fairfield County with the opportunity to celebrate a shared heritage and encourages them to become active participants in their community. Grants and donations to the Museum help support the Museum’s educational programming for the community.

To become a member of the Fairfield Museum, please click here. Your support helps us to further our vision to use history to strengthen community and to shape its future for generations.

Stay connected with the Fairfield Museum on our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

 

About the Fairfield Museum and History Center:

Fairfield Museum and History Center is a vibrant nexus of community life that welcomes more than 35,000 visitors annually.  Through dynamic family programs and exhibitions, the Fairfield Museum sparks dialogue and deliberates the challenges of the future. Central to our community-focused mission is a desire to provide important historical context to pressing issues of our time, and to offer a safe, trustworthy environment where multiple perspectives can be heard and collective solutions explored.

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bornies@optonline.net (Liz Benyon ) Places Thu, 02 Apr 2020 06:50:22 -0400
SHU Hosting Weekly Online Chats About Homeschooling https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49208-shu-hosting-weekly-online-chats-about-homeschooling49208-shu-hosting-weekly-online-chats-about-homeschooling https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49208-shu-hosting-weekly-online-chats-about-homeschooling49208-shu-hosting-weekly-online-chats-about-homeschooling

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University’s Alumni Association is hosting weekly discussions on Facebook Live for parents, educators and administrators about successfully homeschooling children during this time of self-isolation. 

Michael Alfano, dean of SHU’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education, moderates the talks with education professionals every Thursday at 11 a.m. on alumni’s Facebook page. Discussions will provide guidance and reassurance, as well as tips and strategies for educating children. This week’s chat features Albert Sackey, principal of Nathan Hale Middle School in Norwalk and Maureen Ruby, assistant superintendent in the Brookfield public schools. 

Last week, Alfano hosted the first Facebook Live discussion, “We Are All Homeschooling Now,” with Fran Rabinowitz ’72, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, and Evelyn Russo, director of curriculum for Orange public schools. Both administrators answered questions from parents and educators who were looking for guidance about effectively teaching children at home. 

Key takeaways from the talk: 

  • Develop a schedule and routine for children. Russo recommended setting up a place in the home that’s designated specifically for learning.  
  • Implement a buddy system. If there are older children in the household, let them help younger siblings with work, Russo said. 
  • Allow children to be independent learners and work on assignments on their own, Rabinowitz advised. “It’s important to let them struggle to find the answer,” she said.
  • Have fun. Both administrators counseled parents to have the children use toys, watch educational TV shows and read books, saying these are all ways they can learn.
  • Remember: “Perfect is the enemy of good,” Rabinowitz said throughout the chat. Teachers, students and parents are all in this together and learning as they go. 

 

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. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 385 Colleges–2020 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 252 Business Schools–2019 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theater. www.sacredheart.edu

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bornies@optonline.net (Kim Swartz) Places Thu, 02 Apr 2020 06:46:54 -0400
Stop & Shop to Donate $1M to Support Regional Food Bank Partners https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49206-stop-shop-to-donate-1m-to-support-regional-food-bank-partners49206-stop-shop-to-donate-1m-to-support-regional-food-bank-partners https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49206-stop-shop-to-donate-1m-to-support-regional-food-bank-partners49206-stop-shop-to-donate-1m-to-support-regional-food-bank-partners

New England - As food banks face increased demand due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, Stop & Shop has announced it will be donating one million dollars to be divided among its 13 regional food bank partners. The money will support the food banks in their efforts to fight food insecurity amid the current pandemic.

Stop & Shop’s long-time regional food bank partners are:
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Rhode Island Community Food Bank
  • Worcester County Food Bank
  • Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
  • Food Bank of CT
  • Foodshare
  • Food Bank for Westchester County
  • Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
  • Fulfill
  • Food Bank for NYC
  • Community FoodBank of NJ
  • Long Island Cares
  • Island Harvest

“The effect of coronavirus is far more than physical; it’s having an economic impact on families and their ability to put food and other necessities on the table,” said Stop & Shop President Gordon Reid. “This donation will help our food bank partners across the Northeast who let us know they’re in need of cash to support the vital work they are doing in our communities to ensure access to food.”

The one-million-dollar donation will support the food banks as they assist small business workers who may not be compensated during temporary closures, children without access to meals at school, older Americans who are most vulnerable right now, and existing clients who currently face food insecurity daily. Stop & Shop is committed to eradicating hunger in the communities it serves. For more information about Stop & Shop’s charitable endeavors, visit https://stopandshop.com/community/.

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bornies@optonline.net (Stop & Shop) Places Thu, 02 Apr 2020 02:41:50 -0400
Westport Playhouse Reschedules Playreadings https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49205-westport-playhouse-reschedules-playreadings49205-westport-playhouse-reschedules-playreadings https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49205-westport-playhouse-reschedules-playreadings49205-westport-playhouse-reschedules-playreadings

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse announces scheduling changes in its 2020 Script in Hand Playreading Series, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The series of four remaining playreadings is now scheduled to resume in late June and run through mid-December.

For current Script in Hand ticket holders, the Playhouse box office will reissue and mail new tickets prior to the adjusted performance date(s).  Others may purchase tickets, at $20 each, online at westportplayhouse.org, by leaving a message on the box office voicemail at (203) 227-4177, or by email atboxoffice@westportplayhouse.org. The Playhouse’s physical box office is closed during the pandemic, but staff is working from home, returning phone messages and answering emails. Please understand with the high volume of inquiries, it may take up to 72 hours to respond.

Co-curators and co-directors of the Playhouse’s Script in Hand Series are Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist, and Mark Shanahan, director, actor, and playwright.

Keefe said, “Mark and I want to thank you all for your patience as we do our best to navigate these strange waters. Having a healthy audience is our primary aim. The best part of isolation has been the chance to actually look at scripts and get a jump on the entire year of choices. We’re pretty excited about the upcoming readings and cannot wait to have you all back at the theater!”

Shanahan added, “During our most recent Script in Hand event, Annie and I stood in back of the theater, thrilled to hear you, the audience, filling the Playhouse with laughter. On nights like that, there’s nowhere I’d rather be. We look forward to meeting with you all again as soon as we are able. And please know we have some truly great nights planned for you to look forward to as we wait out this difficult time. Consider that a promise! In the meantime, we wish you and yours health, comfort, and safety.”

Rescheduled for Monday, June 22, at 7 p.m., from its original March date, is “Mrs. Mannerly” by Jeffrey Hatcher, a comedy about a young boy and his manners teacher. A heartwarming, nostalgic, and hilarious tale about an unlikely friendship, Hatcher’s autobiographical play recounts his adventures as a 10-year-old student attending a manners class in Steubenville, Ohio, in the fall of 1967. Under the tutelage of his demanding teacher, Mrs. Mannerly, Jeffrey learns important life lessons beyond which fork to use at dinner, reminding us all that good manners never go out of style.

“Rounding Third” by Richard Dresser, the funny, touching, and tumultuous journey of two Little League coaches, will play on Monday, July 27, at 7 p.m.  From their first tentative meeting to the climactic championship game, coaches Michael and Don, despite their differences, form an uneasy alliance for the benefit of the team. Don is the tough, blue-collar, win-at-all-costs veteran coach whose son is the star pitcher. Michael, a newcomer both to the town and to baseball, is a corporate executive who agrees to be Don’s assistant because he wants a special activity with his son, who’s never played baseball before. Over the course of exhilarating victories, heartbreaking defeats, and interminable rain-outs, the two men battle over how to lead the team. Out of their conflicting philosophies, the real issues of the play emerge: how should we raise our children.

“The Bat,” a comedy/thriller by Mary Roberts Rinehart, known by fans as “The American Agatha Christie,” and Avery Hopwood, is set for Monday, November 16, at 7 p.m., postponed from an April date.  On a dark and stormy night, a masked criminal, known only as "The Bat," is on the loose, preying upon the wealthy members of Long Island’s East End. But the master thief may have met his match in society matron Cordelia Van Gorder. Gathered in her rented summer home on the very night The Bat will strike again, Cordelia and her guests are in for an evening of murder, mayhem, and madness in a race to unmask The Bat and solve “whodunnit!”

 

“A Sherlock Carol” by Mark Shanahan will be performed for the holiday season on Monday, December 14, at 7 p.m. When a grown up Tiny Tim asks Sherlock Holmes to investigate the death of Ebenezer Scrooge, the Great Detective must use his gifts to solve a Dickens of a Christmas mystery! Six actors take on the beloved characters of Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens in this heartwarming and highly theatrical holiday treat for all ages.

The Script in Hand Playreading Series is sponsored by Marc and Michele Flaster with support from the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

 

All dates, titles, and artists subject to change. 

Tickets may be purchased online at westportplayhouse.org, by leaving a message on the box office voicemail at (203) 227-4177, or by email atboxoffice@westportplayhouse.org. The Playhouse’s physical box office is closed during the pandemic, but staff is working from home, returning phone messages and answering emails. Please understand with the high volume of inquiries, it may take up to 72 hours to respond. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

ABOUT WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE
The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater of the highest caliber 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.

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bornies@optonline.net (Pat Blaufuss) Places Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:58:07 -0400
Brenda Kupchick's Fairfield CT Crisis Update, April 1 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/49204-brenda-kupchick-s-fairfield-ct-crisis-update-april-149204-brenda-kupchick-s-fairfield-ct-crisis-update-april-1 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/49204-brenda-kupchick-s-fairfield-ct-crisis-update-april-149204-brenda-kupchick-s-fairfield-ct-crisis-update-april-1

Good Afternoon Fairfielders,As I said in my last newsletter, we are now in the acceleration phase of the pandemic in our community. The next two weeks are critical for all of us.As of today, we have 3,557 cases in Connecticut with 85 associated deaths.  The state has conducted just over 16,600 tests with about 20% coming back positive.I am saddened to report that I was just notified of Fairfield's second death, an 87-year-old female with underlying medical conditions. My prayers are with her family during this very difficult time. There are 48 confirmed cases in the town of Fairfield including two deaths.   I have posted the number of positive cases daily to my Facebook page, to keep you informed but due to changes in testing prioritization, it does not present the full picture. At this time, testing remains limited and priority is given to those who are at high risk, first responders, and medical providers. As such, we must assume that the number of cases in our community is actually much higher.
 
 
The CT Department of Public Health has said if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19 which include fever, cough, or shortness of breath to assume that you have the virus and contact your provider. While a test would confirm the virus, it would not change treatment which includes hydration, rest, and over the counter medications to help alleviate symptoms if necessary.The state is working with the federal government to try and increase the capacity of our hospital system through the construction of temporary hospital facilities and through the acquisition of additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). However, despite these efforts, there is still a chance that the healthcare system will become overwhelmed in the coming weeks. So, I am asking that you please continue to practice safe physical distancing and follow CDC recommendations to keep you, your family, and our community safe and do our part to not overwhelm local hospitals. It is going to get worse before it gets better.Connecticut is now in the top five states for the highest number of cases per capita. I know nicer weather is approaching and spring break will leave kids wanting to go play with their friends. We have been in this together from the beginning and we have to keep working to stay apart for a little while longer. People's lives depend on our efforts to stay home and restrict contact to your immediate household. Fairfield's Health Department participated in an informative interview with News 12 Connecticut on how to properly handle your mail. I hope you will take a moment to watch it here. The Governor lifted the tax on disposable bags and I have now suspended the Town's plastic bag ordinance. This will allow retailers the ability to issue customers plastic bags, which would otherwise be prohibited. This measure is a safety precaution taken at the advice of health professionals.Our emergency mobile food pantry started today in partnership with Operation Hope. I thank our social services department who worked so hard to put this together and to Operation Hope for helping to make this happen. This program is available for vulnerable populations who are advised to shelter-in-place or those who are quarantined due to COVID-19. The Mobile Pantry bus will deliver basic staples and groceries twice a month to your home. Please call Social Services for additional information at 203-256-3170. For more information on state and federal support for businesses, click here. There is a Small Business Owner’s Guide to the Federal CARES Act here. The state has provided a FAQ which is a resource to help answer many of your questions about unemployment, mortgage relief and more. Please read it here. The Governor announced yesterday mortgage payment relief with over 50 credit unions and banks to help residents and businesses impacted by COVID-19. Participating financial institutions are now offering mortgage-payment forbearances of up to 90 days. The Fairfield Police also wanted me to warn our residents of COVID-19 related scams that you can read more from our police department here. We will get through this together if we stay apart. Please stay home. Sincerely,

Brenda L. Kupchick
First Selectwoman
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bornies@optonline.net (Brenda Kupchick, Town of Fairfield, CT) Public safety Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:49:18 -0400