Fairfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Wed, 18 Sep 2019 06:11:31 -0400 HamletHub.com SHU's Browning Scholarship Honors Fr. Bill Sangiovanni https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/48664-shu-s-browning-scholarship-honors-fr-bill-sangiovanni48664-shu-s-browning-scholarship-honors-fr-bill-sangiovanni https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/48664-shu-s-browning-scholarship-honors-fr-bill-sangiovanni48664-shu-s-browning-scholarship-honors-fr-bill-sangiovanni

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—The late Father William “Bill” Sangiovanni, who was known for his missionary and volunteer work, inspired Jim Browning to create a scholarship with unique characteristics in memory of his brother Scott. It’s only fitting that this year’s awards will be in memory of Sangiovanni.

Browning started a scholarship foundation in 1987 in memory of his brother, Scott Browning, who had died suddenly. The financial assistance aids local students who experience hardship that suppresses their dreams of a college education. While the scholarship has been assisting students at SHU and the University of Bridgeport for 32 years, Browning explained that the gratification of the scholarship goes farther than a simple memorial of his brother.

“In the first couple years, until I had the chance to meet some of the beneficiaries, I never realized the hardship that so many had in going to school,” said Browning. He noted that, while helping students financially is important, meeting them and sharing their stories is what makes the scholarship special—a life lesson he learned from Sangiovanni many years before.

This year’s scholarships were awarded in memory of Sangiovanni, who died in February at age 77. Sangiovanni—or Father Bill, as he was commonly called—was best known for his service in the Diocese of Bridgeport, where he was director of chaplains at Sacred Heart University and then principal, and later president, of Notre Dame High School of Fairfield. 

The relationship between Sangiovanni and Browning dates back to when Browning attended Central High School in Bridgeport. “Father Bill used to come to our football games. He used to come with a bugle and play it in the stands. He was our number one fan. It was pretty cool,” Browning said. 

Sangiovanni performed the wedding ceremony for Browning and his wife Sue, delivered the mass at Scott Browning’s funeral and led weekly masses at Sacred Heart that Browning and his family often attended. “When I think about my relationship with Sangiovanni, he was an inspiration to me well before my brother Scott passed away,” he said.

Browning said Sangiovanni taught him that, while donating is important, seeing the impact of the donations goes much farther. “Always around Thanksgiving, he was part of a program that delivered food to people who couldn’t afford it. I always made sure I donated, but he said to me, ‘Thank you for writing a check, but just so you know, that’s the easy part. Why don’t you come with us to deliver it sometime?’ I did one year. It was amazing when I met the people—seeing the impact and gratitude. When you’re writing a check, you’re missing a part of the impact. He taught me there is more than just donating money.”

More than $800,000 has been raised for the scholarship, which has been awarded to 47 Sacred Heart University students, not including this year’s recipients, and another 16 at the University of Bridgeport. This year’s recipients are William Mastroni ’20, Olivia Okoroafor ’21, Kadijah Needham ’23 and a fourth who will be announced at a later date. The recipients each have a deep-rooted connection to Sacred Heart University, and this scholarship enables them to pursue the education they wanted, regardless of circumstance.

“For me, it is only right to honor Father Bill’s legacy and tradition with this special award for the students. His inspiration drove me to many of the aspects of the scholarship today.”

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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 eight colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; 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 267 Business Schools–2018 Edition. Sacred Heart has a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theater. www.sacredheart.edu

bornies@optonline.net (Kim Swartz) Life Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:57:34 -0400
Parent and Child Coding Hour at Code Ninjas https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48661-parent-and-child-coding-hour-at-code-ninjas48661-parent-and-child-coding-hour-at-code-ninjas https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48661-parent-and-child-coding-hour-at-code-ninjas48661-parent-and-child-coding-hour-at-code-ninjas

Fairfield, CT - Code Ninjas Fairfield is excited to celebrate National Coding Week this week by offering a free 1 hour workshop where parents and children can come visit the Dojo and get a crash-course in coding! Coding is the language of the future, and one of the most valuable skills kids and adults can learn in our current age of technology! Don't fall behind, get your jump start this Saturday! 

Choose between Noon - 1 PM or 1 PM - 2 PM on Saturday, September 21st! This event is entirely free, all you have to do is RSVP! 

Code Ninjas is a program that teaches kids how to code by helping them build their very own video games. They teach children ages 7-14 in various programs and languages. Kids make real progress learning coding, math, logic, and problem solving while also building friendships and social skills. Code Ninjas believes that every student deserves the opportunity to unlock their full potential. Educating our youth in coding provides them with the problem solving skills and self-esteem to pursue their dreams. 

Code Ninjas Fairfield is located at 665 Commerce Drive, Fairfield, CT 06825

To contact Code Ninjas Fairfield, please call (203) 816-5239 or email at fairfieldct@codeninjas.com

Click here to learn more about Code Ninjas Fairfield!


carson.adair@codeninjas.com (Code Ninjas Fairfield) Events Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:52:54 -0400
Sen. Hwang Comments on New Grocery Tax https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/48663-sen-hwang-comments-on-new-grocery-tax-156872829448663-sen-hwang-comments-on-new-grocery-tax-1568728294 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/48663-sen-hwang-comments-on-new-grocery-tax-156872829448663-sen-hwang-comments-on-new-grocery-tax-1568728294

Hartford, CT – Senator Tony Hwang spoke out opposing the looming and surprise grocery tax based on newly released details on the “meals tax” included in Governor Lamont and the Democrat's biennial state budget set to go into effect October 1, 2019.  

According to a Department of Revenue Services policy statement (attached) issued this week, the Democrat-approved 7.35% tax will be applied to a long list of food items that have never been taxed when sold in grocery stores before. 

The tax will apply to not only prepared meals such as sandwiches, deli salads, pizza and hot buffet items, but also containers of lettuce, small packages of snacks, loose baked goods, wrapped salads, small servings of ice cream, and meal replacement bars. It also applies to fountain drinks including coffee and any beverage sold with a taxable “meal.”

Earlier this year, Democrat lawmakers labeled the new tax as only a 1% tax increase on items already taxed at 6.35%, but the DRS statement clarifies that the new 7.35% tax will also apply to many food items that have never been taxed at all before when sold in grocery stores. The policy also results in a tax increase on food items sold by restaurants and eating establishments. 

The DRS document explains that items sold at restaurants and eateries currently taxed at 6.35% will see a 1% tax increase. It also clarifies that the total 7.35% tax rate will also be effective in grocery stores, “which previously taxed meals in a different manner than other eating establishments.”

Examples of Taxable “Meals” (taxed at 7.35% in eating establishments AND grocery stores):

  • Sandwiches, grinders, and wraps;
  • Popsicles, ice cream cones, cups, sundaes, and other individual servings of frozen desserts unless sold in factory pre-packaged multi-unit packs;
  • Ice cream, frozen yogurt, and other frozen desserts sold in containers of less than one pint;
  • Salads sold at salad bars;
  • Lettuce or greens-based salads sold in containers of 8 ounces or less;
  • Salads that are not greens-based (macaroni, potatoes, pasta, fruit, etc.) sold in containers of 8 ounces or less;
  • Donuts, muffins, rolls, bagels, and pastries (5 or fewer);
  • Cookies sold loose (5 or fewer when cookies are sold by quantity, or less than 8 ounces when cookies are sold by weight);
  • Pies or cakes by the slice;
  • Prepackaged or factory-sealed bags or packages of 5 ounces or less of chips, popcorn, kettle corn, nuts, trail mix, crackers, cookies, snack cakes, or other snack foods, unless sold in factory prepackaged multi-unit packs;
  • Pizza, whole or by the slice;
  • Cooked chicken sold by the piece, including buckets of chicken, and whole cooked chickens;
  • Cooked ribs sold by the piece or portion and whole racks of ribs;
  • Hot dogs served on a bun or heated;
  • Bagels that are individually prepared;
  • Soup sold in containers of 8 ounces or less, unless sold in factory pre-packaged units;
  • Smoothies;
  • Meal replacement bars;
  • All beverages provided with the sale of a taxable meal;
  • Food sold at a hot buffet;
  • Food that is cooked to order;
  • Popcorn, kettle corn, nuts and any other snack foods that are kept warm for purchase; and
  • Items such as salads, side dishes, and rolls, when sold as part of family pack meals typically including, whole chickens or buckets of chicken, when prepared and sold for immediate consumption, even when the items exceed the weight or quantity limits specified above

Examples of Taxable Drinks (taxed at 7.35% in eating establishments AND grocery stores):

  • Beer, including nonalcoholic beer;
  • Fruit juices, sweetened beverages, soft drinks, and soda;
  • Carbonated water;
  • Coffee or tea (ready to consume, hot or iced);
  • Distilled alcohol such as brandy, rum, whiskey, gin, vodka, and tequila;
  • Fountain drinks of any kind;
  • Hard cider;
  • Kombucha tea, and other naturally carbonated beverages;
  • Malt liquor;
  • Milkshakes;
  • Hot chocolate;
  • Syrup-flavored crushed ice drinks;
  • Wine 

Earlier this year, Democrat lawmakers labeled the new tax as only a 1% tax increase on items already taxed at 6.35%, but the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) clarified this week that the new 7.35% tax will also apply to many food items that have never been taxed at all before when sold in grocery stores. The policy also results in a tax increase on food items sold by restaurants and eating establishments.

To see the full policy statement from the Department of Revenue Services visit: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DRS/Publications/pubsps/2019/PS-2019%285%29.pdf?la=en.

To see the full policy statement from CT Dept of Revenue Services visit: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DRS/Publications/pubsps/2019/PS-2019%285%29.pdf?la=en.

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bornies@optonline.net (Tony Hwang ) Politics Tue, 17 Sep 2019 05:51:34 -0400
Vera Quartet Free Concert at Pequot Library, Sept. 28 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48657-pequot-library-156866462848657-pequot-library-1568664628 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48657-pequot-library-156866462848657-pequot-library-1568664628

Southport, CT - Vera Quartet, the string quartet in residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, won the 2018 Astral Artists National Auditions and received the grand prizes at the Chamber Music Yellow Springs and Plowman Chamber Music competitions.

In partnership with Music for Youth, they will perform a Free Young Persons' Concert at Pequot Library on Saturday, September 28 @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.. Free and open to the public. Registration recommended at:


This Young Persons’ Concert is a gift from the Howard Aibel Foundation. 

heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:04:02 -0400
Photographer Bernard Perry at Pequot Library, Sept. 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48656-pequot-library-156866169348656-pequot-library-1568661693 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48656-pequot-library-156866169348656-pequot-library-1568661693

Southport, CT - Award-winning photographer Bernard Perry’s work has been included in 18 art museums in the United States and abroad, and there have been five books based on his photography focusing on Africa, Iceland, China, Israel, and Jordan. Perry’s most recent book, "Iran: Lifting the Veil," offers an intimate and realistic glimpse of the Iranian people and their country based on his recent travel there. Books will be available for purchase and signing with proceeds benefitting Pequot Library.

Pequot Library welcomes Perry on Sunday, September 22, 4:00–6:00 p.m. His visit is part of Pequot Library's "ART Libris" art show programming. For more information on this and other art show programming go to:


heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:01:16 -0400
Norwalk Celebrates Fitness, Sept. 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48660-norwalk-celebrates-fitness-sept-2248660-norwalk-celebrates-fitness-sept-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48660-norwalk-celebrates-fitness-sept-2248660-norwalk-celebrates-fitness-sept-22

Norwalk, CT: Norwalk is a city on the move! Sunday, September 22, Norwalk Now wants everyone to “get moving”. Norwalk Strong is a celebration of fitness, health, and the active lifestyle found throughout the city. This day-long event is an opportunity for everyone to explore Norwalk businesses in the fitness and wellness fields and take advantage of services, products, venues, and activities that fuel our mind, body, and soul.

“The goal of Norwalk Now is to promote Norwalk businesses and drive consumers into these places of business," says Linda Kavanagh, Director of Norwalk Now. “We are excited to feature our many gyms, yoga studios, training floors, martial arts spaces, and wellness facilities that provide residents, of all ages, a variety of options that contribute to a healthy lifestyle.”

Currently, over 25 events are scheduled. Visit: https://norwalknow.org/post/norwalk-now-strong

Participants can look forward to free group fitness classes, introductory workout sessions, complimentary massage therapy, group bike rides, kids’ activities, swim instruction, and more! 

Norwalk Strong comes on the heels of Norwalk Now’s recent reboot and launch of the new real-time, business data powered website. Originally launched in October 2017, Norwalk Now’s enhanced business model focuses on small businesses throughout the city, including restaurants, retailers, attractions, arts and entertainment, and lifestyle businesses. Norwalk Now serves as a marketing tool to ensure that businesses have the City’s support, at no cost. The goal is to promote the City of Norwalk as a whole, and to increase neighborhood vitality and the quality of life for all residents.

bornies@optonline.net (Norwalk Now) Events Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:58:40 -0400
Greater Bridgeport Symphony Announces 74th Season https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48659-greater-bridgeport-symphony-announces-74th-season48659-greater-bridgeport-symphony-announces-74th-season https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48659-greater-bridgeport-symphony-announces-74th-season48659-greater-bridgeport-symphony-announces-74th-season

Bridgeport, CT - The Greater Bridgeport Symphony has scheduled a season of music from all eras, showcasing the evolution of music.  In five concerts this coming season, GBS will explore connections between old and new, East and West, Classical and Broadway, folk tales and melody.  GBS President Orin Grossman is particularly excited about the season saying, “The extraordinary talent of our youthful soloists and the wonderful energy of the Children’s Chorus, as well as the dynamism of conductor Eric Jacobsen inspires me and fills me with hope for the future of great music.  Audiences will be rewarded by some of the best musical experiences between the Hudson and the Housatonic!”

The season premieres on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at The Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, CT as Eric Jacobsen returns for his sixth season and welcomes members of Yo Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble  - Indian tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das, Persian kamancheh (or spiked fiddle) master Kayhan Kalhor, and American cellist Karen Ouzounion for Look To The East – a concert combining an iconic Russian masterpiece, Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto,” with a modern master “Blue as the Turquoise Night of Neyshabur.” 

The Silkroad Ensemble’s mission is to create “music that engages difference, sparkling radical cultural collaboration, and passion-driven learning for a more hopeful and inclusive world.”  “In times like these,” says conductor Jacobsen, “when political tensions are running high, Kayhan’s music is a bridge to one of the most ancient cultures on the planet.  Through music, we can discover that differences between people are not monolithic.” 

GBS’ premiere concert is also notable for the appearance of 17-year-old West Hartford, CT violinist Matthew Hill, one of the winners of GBS’ Youth Instrumentalist Competition earlier this year.  Hill will solo on Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto,” one of the greatest and most recognizable works of the Russian genius.

The second concert of the 20/20 Visions season is Telling Tales on Saturday November 2 at The Klein, anchored by Brahms’ “Fourth Symphony.”  His last and perhaps greatest composition, it was once described as “like a dark well; the longer we look into it, the brighter the stars shine back.”  Brahms was a major influence, and early advocate of Dvorak, whose work “Moravian Duets” will be adapted with storytelling for this concert, to create a blend of folk-inspired Classical music with a modern folktale.  Noted composer Lembit Beecher is arranging the work, which will be sung by Sarah Shafer and Jazimina MacNeil, who returns to GBS after a well-received performance of Mason Bates’ “Passage” last season.  A special guest storyteller will narrate a folk tale for modern times.

On December 21, just in time for Hanukkah (the 22nd) and Christmas, comes Solstice, a concert of holiday music anchored by the Bach “Christmas Oratorio.”  The Fairfield County Children’s Choir and the Connecticut Chamber Choir will join GBS in this concert, which also includes “Midwintersong,” a joyous new composition by Liam Robinson, Kirke Mechem’s “The Seven Joys of Christmas,” and other holiday fare.

March 14, 2020 is a musical expedition.  The great Dvorak symphony “From the New World” will be complemented by “The Brendan Voyage,” a 1980 composition by Irish composer Shaun Davey.  Davey’s piece relates the legend of St. Brendan the Navigator, who wrote of traveling across the ocean from Ireland with 13 other monks to discover the new world.  “The Brendan Voyage” is written for solo on the uilleann pipes, a traditional instrument of Ireland; GBS is pleased to be joined by Jerry O’Sullivan, widely hailed as America’s premier uilleann piper.  “The combination in this concert of Dvorak’s ‘musical postcards’ from America and Davey’s musical journey is quite stunning, especially with St. Patrick’s Day so close at hand,” says GBS Executive Director Mark Halstead.  “The audience is in for a great tour!”  The tour doesn’t end there, though; the concert also includes a special performance of Bartok’s “Viola Concerto,” performed by another winner of the Young Instrumentalists’ Competition, Sofia Gilchenok.

Classical Broadway is the last of the five season concerts, on April 18, 2020.  Chelsea Tipton, conductor of the New Haven Pops series, will be guest conductor of this Broadway extravaganza, that reaches back to George M. Cohan.  The music of George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, the greatest of the Classical-to-popular crossover composers, will light up the stage.

Subscriptions are on sale now through www.GBS.org, or by calling the GBS office at (203)576-0263.  Five concert Gold Subscriptions are range from $70 to $240, and three-concert Silver Subscriptions are from $39 to $150; ticketing charges additional to all sales.  All subscribers get access to discount meal deals at a dozen local restaurants, and Gold Subscribers get one “Bring-a-Friend” voucher for an additional ticket any time during the season.  All concerts are on Saturday evenings at 8 PM at the fabulous Klein Memorial Auditorium, 910 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, with ample free, lighted parking across the street.

bornies@optonline.net (Julie Lichtenstein ) Places Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:51:16 -0400
Meet Author Patricia Chadwick at Pequot Library, Sept. 26 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48655-pequot-library-156865765648655-pequot-library-1568657656 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48655-pequot-library-156865765648655-pequot-library-1568657656

Southport, CT - On Thursday, September 26, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., at Pequot Library, Patricia Chadwick discusses her 2019 memoir, "Little Sister", about growing up in a sequestered Catholic commune that prohibited all contact with the outside world. Raised apart from her parents, Chadwick was expelled at age eighteen and forced to face the world.

Enjoy a 30- to 40-minute author talk, Q & A and book sales and signing.

Patricia Chadwick was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1948. She received her BA in Economics from Boston University and had a thirty-year career in the investment business, culminating as a Global Partner at Invesco. Today she sits on a number of corporate boards, and she blogs on issues social, economic and political. She also mentors middle school girls at Our Lady Queen of Angels School in Harlem. In 2016, she founded and is the CEO of Anchor Health Initiative, a health care company that serves the needs of the LGBTQ community in Connecticut.

For more information go to:


heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:46:14 -0400
Fairfield D.A.R. Celebrate Constitution Week https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48658-fairfield-d-a-r-celebrate-constitution-week48658-fairfield-d-a-r-celebrate-constitution-week https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48658-fairfield-d-a-r-celebrate-constitution-week48658-fairfield-d-a-r-celebrate-constitution-week

Fairfield, CT - The Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has kicked off the start of Constitution Week in the Town of Fairfield today at its headquarters on the historic Town Green.

Constitution Week, which is celebrated every September 17 through September 23, is the commemoration of America's most important document, the Constitution of the United States of America. The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights.

This celebration of the Constitution was started by the national Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into public law on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

To kick off this important week, the DAR’s Fairfield Chapter invited First Selectman Mike Tetreau to its headquarters at the Old Academy today, September 16, 2019, to read and issue a proclamation declaring “September 17 through September 23, 2019 as Constitution Week in the Town of Fairfield.”

The Proclamation states that the goals of the Constitution Week celebration are to emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution; inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

First Selectman Tetreau stated, “Constitution Week gives all of us the opportunity to appreciate the freedoms we have. It is also a wonderful time for our community to honor and celebrate the importance of the Constitution.  Before issuing the Proclamation to the DAR officers, I visited Fairfield Ludlowe High School to watch 60 AP U.S. Government students write out key provisions of the U.S. Constitution in chalk on the school’s sidewalks. I am so proud of our students for learning about this important document as they created a "Chalk Walk" for other students to ‘walk the chalk’ during Constitution Week!”

The Fairfield DAR Chapter will have a display for the public about the Constitution at the Main Library on the Old Post Road during Constitution Week.

About the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the DAR:

The Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the DAR holds its meetings and events in the Old Academy which is located in the heart of Fairfield’s Historic District by the Town Green. The Old Academy was built in 1804 with the help of Fairfield resident Eunice Dennie Burr. The Fairfield Chapter seeks to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence and foster patriotic citizenship. For over a hundred years, the Fairfield Chapter has taken great pride in preserving its heritage through education, preservation and patriotism.

The photo shows First Selectman Mike Tetreau issuing the Town Proclamation to Claire Ervin, DAR’s House Committee Chair and Chaplain, and Judi Rotar, DAR’s Chapter Historian, as they stand in front of Eunice Dennie Burr’s portrait at the Old Academy.

The other photo shows First Selectman Mike Tetreau visiting FLHS’ AP U.S. Government students creating a "Chalk Walk" for their peers to learn more about the Constitution.

bornies@optonline.net (Town of Fairfield) Events Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:40:50 -0400
Pequot Library Talk: Healing the Mother / Adult Daughter Relationship, Sept. 19 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48651-pequot-library-156848701648651-pequot-library-1568487016 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48651-pequot-library-156848701648651-pequot-library-1568487016

Southport, CT - The mother/adult daughter relationship can be difficult even though both may love the other. Laurie Newkirk and her mother Marlou Newkirk had their issues rise to the point that 12 years ago Laurie co-founded a website www.motherrr.com that focuses on healing this dynamic relationship. The site has gained an international following and won many awards. Mothers and daughters have responded from all over the world expressing surprise and gratitude to find out they were not alone in their struggles.

On Thursday, September 19, from 7-8:30pm, at Pequot Library, Laurie & Marlou will share how they healed their relationship and discuss strategies that have helped them and others. Topics will include handling criticism, advise giving, boundaries, humor, and finding forgiveness.

As the co-founder of motherrr.com, Laurie Newkirk has appeared on radio and TV talk shows, taught workshops and received numerous awards for her writing.

Marlou Newkirk has a doctorate in education from Columbia University and recently won two CT Press Club awards.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.

For more information go to:


heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:13:20 -0400
Avison Young Secures 21,500 SF of Leases at Bridgeport’s 1000 Lafayette Blvd. https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48652-avison-young-secures-21-500-sf-of-leases-at-bridgeport-s-1000-lafayette-blvd48652-avison-young-secures-21-500-sf-of-leases-at-bridgeport-s-1000-lafayette-blvd https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48652-avison-young-secures-21-500-sf-of-leases-at-bridgeport-s-1000-lafayette-blvd48652-avison-young-secures-21-500-sf-of-leases-at-bridgeport-s-1000-lafayette-blvd

Norwalk, CT – Sean Cahill, Principal and Managing Director of Avison Young’s Fairfield/Westchester office, announced that Avison Young represented Shelbourne Global, the owner of 1000 Lafayette Boulevard in Bridgeport, on two 5-year lease extensions.

The Avison Young team of Sean Cahill, Christopher Grundy and Lori Baker represented the landlord, Shelbourne Global Solutions in a lease renewal for 14,500 square feet with the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging, Inc. (SWCAA). Randy Vidal of Vidal/Wettenstein, LLC, represented the tenant.

The agency leased 14,500 rentable square feet. Established in 1974, the SWCAA provides leadership and resources to meet the needs of the older population and to maintain and improve the quality of life and independence of older individuals and people with disabilities. The agency serves the towns of Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport and Wilton.

The Avison Young team also successfully negotiated a 6,000 square foot early lease extension with TD Bank for their premier lobby bank branch on the retail level of the building.

TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., with over 27,000 employees and deep roots in the community dating back more than 150 years. The Bank offers a broad array of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services to more than nine million customers through its extensive network of approximately 1,250 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida.

The location at 1000 Lafayette Boulevard is a Class A office building that features an assortment of first-class amenities, including round-the-clock security 365 days a year, a complimentary fitness facility, men’s and women’s locker rooms, conference facilities, covered parking, dry cleaning and a café that offers catering. The centrally-located, 11-story building is convenient to Interstate 95, Route 8, Route 25, Metro-North and the Merritt Parkway. The building is located in the heart of Bridgeport’s downtown district, which includes restaurants, entertainment and new residential buildings.

Shelbourne Global is a privately held company, headquartered in New York City, which invests and manages in over four million square feet of class “A” office & flex space.

“1000 Lafayette Boulevard is one of the premier office locations in the state of Connecticut,’’ Cahill said. “It offers many conveniences for Fairfield County businesses with outstanding amenities and is situated in an area with easy commuting to many towns in Fairfield County and New Haven County via rail or highway.”

Al Lawrence, portfolio manager for Shelbourne, said ”We take great pride in the fact that our tenants wish to remain with us year after year and we strive to keep innovating to meet their changing demands for space utilization, amenities and technology at our properties.”

For more information about Avison Young, contact 203-614-1264 or visit its website at www.avisonyoung.com.

Avison Young is one of the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Avison Young is a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its principals. Founded in 1978, the company comprises 2,600 real estate professionals in 84 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial and multi-family and hospitality properties.


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trenner@catalysmc.com (Thomas Renner) Places Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:10:13 -0400
Kelli O'Hara and Seth Rudetsky Headline at Westport Country Playhouse Gala https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48653-kelli-o-hara-and-seth-rudetsky-headline-wcp-gala48653-kelli-o-hara-and-seth-rudetsky-headline-wcp-gala https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48653-kelli-o-hara-and-seth-rudetsky-headline-wcp-gala48653-kelli-o-hara-and-seth-rudetsky-headline-wcp-gala

Westport, CT - Tony Award-winning Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, accompanied on piano by Sirius/XM® radio personality Seth Rudetsky, headlined Westport Country Playhouse’s 2019 Gala, “Black & White Ball:  A De-Lovely Evening,” on Saturday evening, September 14. The gala performance was a one-of-a-kind event as the pair shared stories and songs from O’Hara’s life and career.

O’Hara’s Broadway musical productions include “Jekyll & Hyde,” “Follies,” “Sweet Smell of Success,” “Dracula,” “The Light in the Piazza,” “The Pajama Game,” “South Pacific,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “The King and I,” for which she won the Tony Award® for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, and “Kiss Me, Kate.”

Rudetsky is currently the afternoon host on Sirius/XM® Satellite Radio’s “On Broadway” as well as the host of “Seth Speaks” on Sirius/XM® Stars. He co-wrote and starred in the musical “Disaster!” which ran Off-Broadway for three years before transferring to Broadway.

Ania Czekaj-Farber of Westport received the Playhouse’s Leadership Award at the event.  She has been an active member of the Playhouse community for many years as secretary of the Playhouse’s board of trustees and Gala co-chair from 2015 through 2017. 

The gala evening included a cocktail party at 5:15 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., gala performance at 7:30 p.m., live and silent auctions, and an after-party from 9:30 to 11 p.m. with dancing and live music by Cutting Edge Dueling Pianos. 

2019 Gala Committee co-chairs:  Athena T. Adamson and Paige Couture. The Committee includes Barbara K. Streicker, board chair; Mary Ellen Marpe, development chair; Kate Bahnemann, Deb Bono, Jessica Caldwell, Ania Czekaj-Farber, Lorah Haskins, Maggie Lehnerd-Reilly, Maria Mendoza-Smith, Terry Nardozzi, Brinton Parson, Judy M. Phares, Dana Rutson Robinson, and Tricia Schwartz.

The Honorary Gala Committee includes Maureen Anderman, Frank Converse, Mia Dillion, Keir Dullea, Jill Eikenberry, Daniel Gerroll, Joanna Gleason, Jonathan Groff, James Earl Jones, Patricia Kalember, James Naughton, Kelli’ O’Hara, Christopher and Elaine Plummer, Chris Sarandon, and Michael Tucker.

Moffly Media is the 2019 Gala Magazine Sponsor.

Westport Country Playhouse is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and contributions are tax-deductible, less the value of goods and services received, as provided by law. All donations receive recognition in the evening’s program and inclusion as a 2019 Gala donor in 2020 Season programs at applicable giving levels.

Gala proceeds will benefit the non-profit, professional producing theater, now in its 89th season - its work on stage, with schools, and throughout the community. 

For more Gala information, contact the Playhouse box office at 203-227-4177 or visit www.westportplayhouse.org/Gala2019.

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) Places Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:04:57 -0400
Pequot Library Screening: The Spirit of the Beehive, Sept. 18 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48650-pequot-library-156848162448650-pequot-library-1568481624 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48650-pequot-library-156848162448650-pequot-library-1568481624

Southport, CT - In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Pequot is proud to showcase several films celebrating Hispanic culture/filmmakers. Bring your own refreshments and enjoy on the Auditorium’s “big screen.”

"The Spirit of the Beehive" will be the first showing, set for Wednesday, September 18, 3-5pm. It has been widely hailed as the greatest Spanish film of the 1970s, and the performance of child actress Ana Torrent is deemed legendary. Visually stunning, the story takes place after Spain’s civil war. In this allegorical tale, 6-year-old Ana, after seeing the movie Frankenstein, becomes fascinated with finding the monster’s spirit. (Not rated. Duration: 1 hour 38 minutes.)

Upcoming series dates and film titles:

Wednesday, September 25: "Embrace of the Serpent"

Wednesday, October 2: "Pan’s Labyrinth"

Wednesday, October 9: "My Masterpiece"

For more information go to:


heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Mon, 16 Sep 2019 07:01:37 -0400
Sen. Hwang Condemns Recent Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/48649-sen-hwang-condemns-recent-anti-semitic-hate-crimes48649-sen-hwang-condemns-recent-anti-semitic-hate-crimes https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/48649-sen-hwang-condemns-recent-anti-semitic-hate-crimes48649-sen-hwang-condemns-recent-anti-semitic-hate-crimes

The following is a Statement by State Senator Tony Hwang on Anti-Semitic Hate Crime in Westport, Connecticut - which he represents within the 28th Senate District... 

“I condemn in the most vociferous terms the hateful, anti-Semitic attacks that occurred yesterday in Westport and throughout Connecticut. When someone becomes the target of a crime because of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability, the very fabric and soul of our community is torn.

I was proud to shepherd a bipartisan passage of Public Act 17-111, An Act Concerning Hate Crimes, in the 2017 CT General Assembly session that created one of the nation’s strongest hate crime laws against such outrageous and cowardly actions. We will catch and punish these criminals.

The only way to combat this sort of racism and hate is education, compassion and zero tolerance.  When the specter of hate rears its ugly head in our communities, all of us will rise up against it. Intolerance and actions of hate can never be tolerated or ignored.  It is my commitment and resolve to loudly say that hate and bigotry is never acceptable under any circumstances.”

bornies@optonline.net (Al Ippolito ) Politics Sat, 14 Sep 2019 06:26:54 -0400
WCP Hosts Conversation with Playwright Lynn Nottage, Sept. 29 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48648-wcp-hosts-conversation-with-playwright-lynn-nottage-sept-2948648-wcp-hosts-conversation-with-playwright-lynn-nottage-sept-29 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48648-wcp-hosts-conversation-with-playwright-lynn-nottage-sept-2948648-wcp-hosts-conversation-with-playwright-lynn-nottage-sept-29

Westport, CT - “A Conversation with Lynn Nottage,” two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, will be hosted by Westport Country Playhouse on Sunday, September 29, at 4 p.m., in the Playhouse’s Jason Robards Theatre. The free-of-charge event is in advance of the Playhouse staging of Nottage’s play, “Mlima’s Tale,” October 1 – 19, directed by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, who will facilitate the conversation.  The Westport production is the first since the play’s world premiere at The Public Theater in 2018.

Nottage and Lamos will discuss “Mlima’s Tale,” the playwright’s career, and her body of work in the hourlong program. “A Conversation with Lynn Nottage” is free-of-charge by reservation and open to the public.  To reserve tickets, contact the Playhouse box office at 203-227-4177 or by email atrsvp@westportplayhouse.org.  Up to four tickets may be reserved with each reservation.

“Mlima’s Tale” is about a magnificent and beloved Kenyan elephant named Mlima hunted for his coveted ivory tusks. As traffickers maneuver the illicit ivory market, from Kenya to Vietnam to China, the animal’s invincible spirit follows their path of desire, greed, crime, and corruption.

“Mlima’s Tale,” according to Lamos, “speaks to us, the human community, about our treatment of sensitive and sentient animal communities torn apart by men. As these animal communities disappear from the face of the earth, the art of live theater can truly connect us to them, to their spirits, and to the people propelled by poverty and capitalism who benefit from their slaughter.”

Playwright Lynn Nottage won the Pulitzer Prize for two of her plays, Ruined” and Sweat.” “Ruined” also received an Obie, Lucille Lortel Award, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play (Manhattan Theatre Club, Goodman Theatre). Sweat” also earned an Obie Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Tony nomination and Drama Desk nomination. Her play, Mlima's Tale,” premiered off-Broadway at the Public Theater in 2018. Other plays include Intimate Apparel” (New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play; Roundabout Theatre, Baltimore Centerstage, South Coast Repertory, Westport Country Playhouse); Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine” (Obie Award; Playwrights Horizons, London’s Tricycle Theatre); Crumbs from the Table of Joy”; “Las Meninas”; “Mud, River, Stone”; “Por’knockers”; and Poof!” Nottage is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant,” the National Black Theatre Festival’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama, and the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting, as well as fellowships from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists, and New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, an alumna of New Dramatists, and a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she is a visiting lecturer. www.lynnnottage.net

For more information and reservations, call the Westport Country Playhouse box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport, or at www.westportplayhouse.org. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), or view Playhouse videos 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 Sat, 14 Sep 2019 06:23:40 -0400