Fairfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Fri, 25 Sep 2020 16:43:24 -0400 HamletHub.com HMA's Friday Night Flick: "Actually Iconic: Richard Estes", Sept. 25, 7pm https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/15-todays-events/49610-friday-night-flick-actually-iconic-richard-estes49610-friday-night-flick-actually-iconic-richard-estes https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/15-todays-events/49610-friday-night-flick-actually-iconic-richard-estes49610-friday-night-flick-actually-iconic-richard-estes

Bridgeport, CT - On Friday, September 25, marvel at stunning paintings created by photorealist icon Richard Estes. With unmatched access to the artist and his most important works, the film “Actually Iconic: Richard Estes”, presented online by the Housatonic Museum of Art at 7pm, invites viewers into the world of this celebrated, premier painter of American cityscapes.

Considered one of the founders of the international photorealist movement of the late 1960s, Estes, alongside greats such as John Baeder, Ralph Goings and Chuck Close, replicated the appearance of a photograph onto canvas through layering and merging multiple viewpoints with painstaking precision to create rich, complex urban scenes.

Estes avoided media attention throughout his long career, until this film, at age 87, he revealed the techniques and the inspiration behind his art. Director Olympia Stone creates a sensitive portrait of this innovative artist that will have you giving his work a second, or third, worthwhile look.

The film is part of an exceptional online, art-inspired film series presented by Housatonic Museum of Art and curated by the Connecticut Film Festival, and will go online at 7pm on Friday, September 25th. A question and answer session with Olympia Stone will follow the film. Visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org for the film link.

Mark your calendar for the entire ‘Friday Night Flicks’ series, with all films going online from the Housatonic Museum’s website at 7pm.

Upcoming films in the series include:

October 2: “Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King” followed by Q&A with director: Olympia Stone. Enter the world of sculptor and stop-action filmmaker Elizabeth King, who embarks on each new project by posing a single question to herself: “Can this be physically done?” This documentary explores King’s passion about the mind/body riddle, the science of emotion, the human/machine interface, and those things a robot will never be able to do.  From studio to exhibition, and in conversations with fellow artists, curators and critics, the film asks what looking at and seeing one another means in an increasingly mediated world.

October 9: “Nothing Changes: Art For Hank’s Sake.”  How far would you go to pursue your passion? At 87 years old, Hank Virgona commutes to his Union Square studio six days a week and makes art. Despite poor health, cancer, lack of revenue and obscurity as an artist, Hank is unrelenting in his quest to understand how life and art are the same. 

October 16: “Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck.”  This film pulls back the curtain on artist David Beck: a master sculptor, carver, and miniature architect who works in a fantastical genre all his own, creating intricate worlds that are alive with magical and brilliant observations. His pieces have been shown at the MET, the Guggenheim, and some of the world’s most prominent galleries.  His work, "MVSEVM" was commissioned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where it is on permanent display.  To the larger public, though, he is virtually unknown.

October 23: “The Original” followed by Q&A with director and artist, Richard McMahan, and “Little Fiel,” followed by Q&A with director Irina Patkanian and A Day With  Barkley Hendricks.” Outsider artist Richard McMahan is on a quest to painstakingly re-create thousands of famous and not-so-famous paintings and artifacts in miniature. From well-loved Picasso and Frida Kahlo paintings to the more obscure, McMahan has mastered dozens of genres over 30 years. “Little Fiel” is a stop motion animation/documentary loosely based on the life story of Mozambican artist Fiel dos Santos who grew up during the 16-year civil war. Fiel created eight figures representing his family from dismantled civil war guns. Three New York artists turned them into puppets and created immersive stop-motion animation, inspired by Fiel’s memories. Barkley Hendricks is considered one of the great painters of the mid-to-late 20th century, hear this great artist discuss his work, life and creativity.

October 30: “The Light of Fire” and “8000 Paperclips.” In “The Light of Fire,” a fire destroys American-Israeli artist Yoram Raanan’s studio and forty years of his work. But when he begins painting again, startling images he's never painted before emerge, and he and his family begin to realize how different everything has become. 8000 Paperclips “8000 Paper Clips” explores the value of art, Israeli artist and TED Fellow, Raffael Lomas’s own history with depression and struggle, and what humans need – no matter their national status. It follows a group of extraordinary young people as they overcome adversity and build hope for their future – with the support of a team of people whose hearts they have touched.

November 6: ‘With Dad” followed by Q&A with director & photographer Stephen DiRado and the film, “Summer Spent.” The short nonfiction film “With Dad” documents the work of photographer Stephen DiRado, specifically during the period of his father’s mental decline and eventual death from Alzheimer’s Disease in 2009. The film includes interview footage of DiRado, high-resolution digital scans of DiRado's work and contemporaneous digital video footage. “Summer Spent” is a 40-minute documentary depicting DiRado's obsessive, work discipline and life connected to people on Martha's Vineyard for over 25 years.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts ) Todays events Fri, 25 Sep 2020 09:20:44 -0400
HCC/Patriot Bank Partnership Helps Students Build Money Mgmt. Skills https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49606-partnership-helps-students-build-money-management-skills49606-partnership-helps-students-build-money-management-skills https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49606-partnership-helps-students-build-money-management-skills49606-partnership-helps-students-build-money-management-skills

Bridgeport, CT - For college students on tight budgets, money management is a priority. That’s why Patriot Bank, N.A. has extended its partnership with Housatonic Community College (HCC) and its Foundation to help students become as smart about their money as they are about their studies, through the creation of a new financial literacy website, workshops and educational panels.

The innovative financial literacy website-Housatonic.edu/finlit- offers tools to help students gain control of their financial lives. Through articles and videos students can get educated on budgeting, paying down debt, savings, credit and investing, so they can improve their relationship with money, and align their fiscal behaviors with their financial goals. There is even a section for students to ask questions about personal finance or financial resources offered by the college itself.

“We are thrilled to partner with Patriot Bank in creating this incredible new resource that will provide students, and our community, guidance on their financial life journey,” said Mary Ann Vlahac, HCC’s Assistant Professor of Business Administration, and Chairperson of HCC’s Business Department.

In addition to the new website, a series of financial literacy workshops and educational panels will also be held. A Facebook Live event will take place on September 29th at 10 a.m. on HCC’s Facebook page (@HCCBridgeport) to officially launch the website and introduce the initiative.

“Patriot Bank’s commitment to providing financial literacy tools is about empowering individuals to make better personal and business decisions,” said Judith Corprew, Patriot Bank’s Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer. “This collaborative effort with Housatonic Community College allows us to tailor our message to the student audience they serve, with the goal of helping them develop healthy money habits.”

These financial literacy offerings are just the latest initiative in Patriot Bank’s long partnership with Housatonic. Patriot Bank Scholarships are generously awarded to high-achieving, low-income HCC students who demonstrate a dedication to community service and student leadership. The scholarship grant was recently increased for the 2020-21 academic year, providing even more students with educational opportunities they had considered beyond their reach. The financial institution also offers a convenient Automatic Teller Machine on the HCC campus.

“Patriot Bank has a proven commitment to giving our economically challenged students a leg up, and is dedicated to helping them understand that financial decisions they make today can affect their lives for decades to come. This new resource will serve Housatonic students, and in turn, the broader Fairfield County community,” said Kristy Jelenik, Executive Director of Housatonic Community College Foundation.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts ) Places Fri, 25 Sep 2020 09:14:29 -0400
SHU Appoints New Dir. of Residential Life https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/49614-shu-appoints-new-dir-of-residential-life-160089211549614-shu-appoints-new-dir-of-residential-life-1600892115 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/49614-shu-appoints-new-dir-of-residential-life-160089211549614-shu-appoints-new-dir-of-residential-life-1600892115

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Greg Madrid, of Branford, has been promoted to Sacred Heart University’s director of residential life. Madrid has been employed at SHU for nine years and served as assistant director of residential life for seven. With the additions of on-campus residence halls Bergoglio, Toussaint, Frassati and Wiesel, Madrid has proven himself to be flexible and capable. This semester, he is working with more than 3,150 students in 15 residential areas.

As assistant director, Madrid’s focus was mainly on residential operations and facilities. He also had a major role in the first-year experience (FYE) program, which assists freshmen as they transition to campus life at SHU. Additionally, he was the liaison between the residential life office and the PIOConnect Student Tracking and Information system.

Madrid had 14 years of experience in residential life before coming into Sacred Heart, having worked at University of Massachusetts Lowell, Western New England University and Quinnipiac University. He graduated from Western New England University with a degree in business administration and earned his master’s in organizational leadership from Quinnipiac.

To download an image, visit SHU’s PhotoShelter archive.

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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) Life Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:15:15 -0400
SHU Appoints New Dir. of Residential Life https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/49613-shu-appoints-new-dir-of-residential-life49613-shu-appoints-new-dir-of-residential-life https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/49613-shu-appoints-new-dir-of-residential-life49613-shu-appoints-new-dir-of-residential-life

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Greg Madrid, of Branford, has been promoted to Sacred Heart University’s director of residential life. Madrid has been employed at SHU for nine years and served as assistant director of residential life for seven. With the additions of on-campus residence halls Bergoglio, Toussaint, Frassati and Wiesel, Madrid has proven himself to be flexible and capable. This semester, he is working with more than 3,150 students in 15 residential areas.

As assistant director, Madrid’s focus was mainly on residential operations and facilities. He also had a major role in the first-year experience (FYE) program, which assists freshmen as they transition to campus life at SHU. Additionally, he was the liaison between the residential life office and the PIOConnect Student Tracking and Information system.

Madrid had 14 years of experience in residential life before coming into Sacred Heart, having worked at University of Massachusetts Lowell, Western New England University and Quinnipiac University. He graduated from Western New England University with a degree in business administration and earned his master’s in organizational leadership from Quinnipiac.

To download an image, visit SHU’s PhotoShelter archive.

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) Life Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:14:59 -0400
CT's Beardsley Zoo Tagging Monarch Butterflies https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49612-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-tagging-monarch-butterflies49612-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-tagging-monarch-butterflies https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49612-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-tagging-monarch-butterflies49612-ct-s-beardsley-zoo-tagging-monarch-butterflies

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – In its first collaboration with the Citizen Science program Monarch Watch, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo trained volunteers to tag Monarch butterflies to learn more about the migration of the threatened butterfly. The Monarch Watch Tagging Program, based at the University of Kansas since 1992, is a large-scale citizen science project focusing on the dynamics of the monarch’s spectacular fall migration. 

Zoo Educator Jen Farrell taught three online Zoom classes in Monarch tagging, then invited volunteers who wanted hands-on assistance to join her in the Zoo’s Pollinator Gardens. Twenty-five people attended the online classes, and tagged butterflies in their own backyards, or local parks and open spaces. 

“Tagging answers questions about the monarchs that reach Mexico,” said Farrell. “Similar to the classes we offer in FrogWatch each year, Monarch Watch encourages individuals to engage with nature, while it provides critical information to the monarch database and is used for further research. This program demonstrates how we can all play a part in protecting wildlife.”

At least ten monarchs have been tagged so far. Farrell explained that weather fluctuations have shortened the migration window this year. Monarchs prefer to migrate when temperatures are in the 60s and 70s.

Each fall Monarch Watch distributes more than a quarter of a million tags to volunteers across North America who tag monarchs as they migrate through their area. Lightweight, circular tags were designed specifically for tagging monarchs, and when applied as directed, do not interfere with flight or otherwise harm the butterflies. A geographic mark on the tag tells researchers where the monarch was captured and tagged, along with the tag date and butterfly gender. 

In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was petitioned to protect Monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act, based on its dwindling numbers. A listing decision is due in December 2020. 

Why Monarchs? Monarch butterflies contribute to the health of their eco-systems by providing an important pollination role for wildflowers in the area. They are also an important food source for birds, small animals, and other insects. Their survival is threatened by the loss of milkweed plants, where they lay their eggs. In addition, their winter habitat in Mexico and California is shrinking due to deforestation, harsh weather, climate change, and development. Because monarchs gather in only a few locations, the entire population is at risk. Learn more at monarchwatch.org.

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s Pollinator Gardens

The Zoo has seven butterfly/pollinator gardens, and several other planting areas that use native plants to attract butterflies. Native plantings are also used in and around animal habitats to provide colorful flowers for guests and nectar sources for pollinators. Plants that help pollinators in more than one way are extremely helpful, such as Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed). Butterfly Weed is a native plant used throughout the life cycle of monarchs, from chrysalis through adulthood. It is also a nectar source for a wide range of other butterflies and beneficial pollinators. 

 

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating its 98th year, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species. Guests won’t want to miss our Amur tigers and leopards, maned wolf family, and Mexican grey and Red wolves. Other highlights include our new Spider Monkey Habitat, the prairie dog exhibit, and the Pampas Plain with Giant anteaters and Chacoan peccaries. Guests can grab a bite from the Peacock Café and eat in the Picnic Grove. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a non-profit organization approaching its 100th year at a time when the mission of helping fragile wildlife populations and eco-systems is more important than ever. 

The Zoo reopened on June 1 at 50% capacity. Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at beardsleyzoo.org. Face masks are required for everyone over the age of two, with the exception of those with medical conditions that preclude wearing them. 

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bornies@optonline.net (Lisa Clair ) Places Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:12:10 -0400
SHU Granted Nearly $250K for Commty College Cybertraining Program https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49611-shu-granted-nearly-250k-for-commty-college-cybertraining-program49611-shu-granted-nearly-250k-for-commty-college-cybertraining-program https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49611-shu-granted-nearly-250k-for-commty-college-cybertraining-program49611-shu-granted-nearly-250k-for-commty-college-cybertraining-program

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University has received nearly $250,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project that aims to teach advanced skills in cyberinfrastructure security to community-college students.

The NSF is an independent federal agency that funds around 25% of all federally supported, basic research conducted by national, higher-education institutions. Its grant will contribute to a nearly three-year, $500,000 collaborative project with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA. It is led by Sajal Bhatia, assistant professor of cybersecurity at SHU, and Irfan Ahmed, assistant professor of computer science at VCU. Two community colleges will benefit from the new curriculum: Capital Community College in Hartford and Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, VA.

Cyberinfrastructure, a term coined by the NSF, refers to information technology systems in industry and government with heavy-duty capacities. Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand, but the supply of potential candidates is not enough to fill the positions. This project targets the shortage.

“Community colleges have students with the potential for enabling a new stream of cybersecurity professionals. These colleges, however, face significant challenges to teaching advanced cybersecurity skills for cyberinfrastructure,” said Bhatia, who also is director of cybersecurity programs at SHU’s School of Computer Science & Engineering in the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology.

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, of the 12 million undergraduates enrolled in more than 1,100 two-year colleges, the breakdown of student demographics is: 47% white, 24% Hispanic, 13% Black, and 6% Asian. Moreover, 36% are first-generation college students, 17% are single parents, and the National Center for Education Statistics identified a significant portion of these students as low-income.

One challenge is that students from many first-generation and low-income families could be less academically prepared than their peers. Additionally, these schools offer no effective cybersecurity curricula, there are limited resources to support any related classwork, and two-year community colleges have fewer required credit hours than four-year colleges. To combat this, Bhatia and Ahmed will develop hands-on modules that can be completed in four to 10 hours, and micromodules that can be completed within one to four hours, according to the National Security Agency’s National Cybersecurity Curriculum Program. These modules will be developed at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels with problem-based learning, through which students solve real world, open-ended problems.

“This project uses problem-based learning, an innovative approach to teaching cybersecurity, to bring community college students into the high rewarding cybersecurity field,” Bhatia said.

To address the scarcity of computing infrastructure at community colleges and support problem-based learning, Bhatia and Ahmed will develop CRICE (Cyber Range Infrastructure for Cybersecurity Education) on NSFCloud, an NSF-funded, free cloud service created for research and training purposes. The educational methods and products developed through the project will be broadly applicable, beyond community colleges, and will contribute to a better trained and more diverse cybersecurity and research workforce. Ultimately, the project will contribute to the health, safety and economic well-being of society by protecting the nation's cyberinfrastructure.

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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, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 386 Colleges–2021 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best Business Schools–2020 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 Wed, 23 Sep 2020 12:05:36 -0400
Wilton's Rising Starr Rescues Horses From Slaughter & Abuse https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49609-wilton-s-rising-starr-rescues-horses-from-slaughter-abuse49609-wilton-s-rising-starr-rescues-horses-from-slaughter-abuse https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49609-wilton-s-rising-starr-rescues-horses-from-slaughter-abuse49609-wilton-s-rising-starr-rescues-horses-from-slaughter-abuse

Wilton, CT - Fairfield HamletHub's attention has been steered to Rising Starr Horse Rescue, a remarkable non-profit organization that works to rescue America’s horses from slaughter and abuse.

The group moved to Wilton from Redding in December 2019. Due to the pandemic, all of its big fundraising events were canceled. Not to be discouraged, the group took things in a virtual direction, teaming up with Savannah Giammarco (former Miss CT Teen) and Sweeney Photography in CT to create a video of “Who we are @ Rising Starr”. The video will be launched on Rising Starr's social media platforms and website on September 23 after its premiere party that same evening.

Learn more about this compassionate group at www.risingstarrhorserescue.org, which offers riding lessons, trail rides, special programs for Veterans and education on responsible horse ownership. 

 

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bornies@optonline.net (Kat Palmer ) Places Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:09:28 -0400
Westport Continuing Education ONLINE Programs for Kids & Teens https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/49600-westport-continuing-education-online-programs-for-kids-teens49600-westport-continuing-education-online-programs-for-kids-teens https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/49600-westport-continuing-education-online-programs-for-kids-teens49600-westport-continuing-education-online-programs-for-kids-teens

Click here to view the interactive K-5 Backpack Flyer!

Please make sure that you are on our email list to get the most recent information! You can join the Westport Continuing Education mailing list here >>

Online | Live Remote Programs

  • Online / Live Remote programs are open to any student, not just Westport students!
  • Please note: the email that you use to register is the email that we use to send you instructions. 

Online / Live Remote classes will use Google Meet or Zoom. Students should have a dedicated computer with a webcam and sound (you can wear ear buds) and an internet connection for the class. The registration deadline for online courses is 2 business days before the class starts. Participants will receive an email with the information to join the course online the day before (or the Friday before for classes beginning on a Monday). 

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cjewell@westportps.org (Christine Jewell) Life Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:58:52 -0400
Don't Let Your Child Miss Key Academic Milestones this Year! RA Holds Virtual Admission Event Tomorrow! https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49608-don-t-let-your-child-miss-key-academic-milestones-this-year-ra-holds-virtual-admission-events49608-don-t-let-your-child-miss-key-academic-milestones-this-year-ra-holds-virtual-admission-events https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49608-don-t-let-your-child-miss-key-academic-milestones-this-year-ra-holds-virtual-admission-events49608-don-t-let-your-child-miss-key-academic-milestones-this-year-ra-holds-virtual-admission-events

Don't Let Your Child Miss Key Academic Milestones this Year! 

Are you concerned that your child will fall behind academically this year due to remote or hybrid learning? At Ridgefield Academy, rest assured, they WILL learn! Register now for Ridgefield Academy's September 22 virtual admission event to learn how your child will benefit from teachers and curriculum that are positioned to deliver in any learning scenario.

This is the first of 3 virtual events to help parents learn about the unique offerings of Ridgefield Academy (September 22, October 6, and October 20).

Basil Kolani, Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, will answer your questions about the school’s innovative Parallel Remote Learning platform, and the opportunity it can offer your child. Parallel Remote Learning provides parents the flexibility to choose remote learning and the confidence that their children will not miss important educational milestones. Kolani worked with faculty members over the summer to create lessons that engage in-person and remote learners.

As a prospective parent, you will have an opportunity to chat with our Admissions Director, Dave Suter, and enjoy an informal online visit where you can learn more about our program, community, and culture in an innovative and engaging way.

Ridgefield Academy is a Preschool-Grade 8 program by design. The school offers challenging academics that foster joyful learning within a supportive and vibrant learning community. Each RA student benefits from small class sizes, individual attention, and a culture that encourages them to take risks and find their voice. An intellectually inspiring curriculum ensures that students engage in learning that is both comprehensive and meaningful to their lives.

At RA, your child will benefit from teachers and curriculum that are positioned to deliver in any learning scenario. For more information, call David Suter, Associate Head and Director of Enrollment at 203-894-1800 x112 or visit www.ridgefieldacademy.org.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (RA) Places Mon, 21 Sep 2020 08:19:00 -0400
RVNAhealth StayWELL Services Wins ‘Provider of Choice’ Award https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49607-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award49607-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49607-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award49607-rvnahealth-staywell-services-wins-provider-of-choice-award

RVNAhealth is pleased to announce that its StayWELL service line has received a 2020 Best of Home Care® - Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. This award recognizes the top performing non-medical home care agencies in the nation, based upon unfiltered client satisfaction feedback. The recognition is a testament to RVNAhealth’s outstanding service and high-quality caregiving teams, each dedicated to the health and well-being of their clients.

Committed to being the best in our field, RVNAhealth partnered with Home Care Pulse at the beginning of 2020 as part of an ongoing improvement initiative, to better understand the client and caregiver experience. As an independent third-party provider, Home Care Pulse collects candid and direct phone-interview feedback monthly from StayWELL clients and caregivers in areas such as impact on daily life, communication, caregiver ability, and client/caregiver compatibility.

“As one of only 16 home care agencies in Connecticut to receive this award, and with many hundreds of agency options in our state, we are honored to be recognized for our outstanding service. I am extremely proud of our skilled and compassionate caregivers who provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I also extend appreciation to our incredible clients for their feedback and trust in having RVNAhealth care for them or their loved ones,” says Melissa Woodhouse, RRT, MOT, OTR/L, CDP, Director of RVNAhealth StayWELL Services.

To learn more about StayWELL services, please visit rvnahealth.org/services/stay-well/ or call 203-438-5555. To meet some of our exceptional caregivers, please visit our Meet the Caregivers webpage.

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kerry@ducey.org (Nancy Rowe) Places Mon, 21 Sep 2020 07:35:24 -0400
SHU to Host Event with Bobby Valentine & Joe Torre https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49604-shu-to-host-event-with-bobby-valentine-joe-torre49604-shu-to-host-event-with-bobby-valentine-joe-torre https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49604-shu-to-host-event-with-bobby-valentine-joe-torre49604-shu-to-host-event-with-bobby-valentine-joe-torre

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Sacred Heart University will present two Major League Baseball legends, Joe Torre and Bobby Valentine, in a virtual event on Oct. 22, “SHUand42: A Subway Series Celebration,” to support SHU’s new Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship. Robinson’s uniform number was 42.

Torre, a former baseball player and manager who is now a MLB executive, will join Valentine, SHU’s executive director of athletics, to revisit the iconic 2000 World Series matchup between the New York Yankees and New York Mets, teams managed by Torre and Valentine, respectively. They also will discuss baseball’s past, present and future with moderator Harold Reynolds, sports analyst and former MLB second baseman. All proceeds from the event will benefit the scholarship.

The University’s Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship was developed in partnership with The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF). This scholarship is in line with SHU’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, staying true to the core values of its mission.

Founded in 1973, JRF has advanced higher education by providing four-year scholarship grants, coupled with a comprehensive set of support services, to highly motivated scholars attending college throughout the country. JRF has continued Robinson’s commitment to equal opportunity for the past 47 years by addressing the achievement gap in higher education.

“We have two great organizations collaborating—Sacred Heart University and the Jackie Robinson Foundation,” said Valentine. “Both organizations are dedicated to helping young people succeed. This is a great partnership in a time when we want to bring people together.”

Robinson is renowned as the first African-American to play in the major league. He went on to break barriers not only in sports, but in media and business and his impact on society helped set the stage for the civil rights movement. For these reasons, and for his lifetime of leadership both on and off the field, SHU bestowed Robinson with an honorary degree in 1972. He was, in every sense, a Pioneer.

Valentine said Robinson was not only a role model, but also an inspiration. In overcoming the many obstacles that stood in his way, he set a great example for many to follow in his footsteps, Valentine said.

JRF follows a selective application process to identify students across the country to receive four-year scholarships in Robinson’s name. The SHU student who receives the scholarship also will participate in JRF programs that promote the values and character traits Robinson embodied.

“We are very excited about this collaboration and scholarship,” said SHU President John J. Petillo. “Sacred Heart’s mission, the JRF’s mission and the late, great Jackie Robinson’s mission all align, as we all want to promote the common good of society. I look forward to meeting our scholarship recipient and to our continued work with the JRF.”

JRF President Della Britton added, “This event brings together true friends of the Jackie Robinson Foundation – Joe Torre, a longtime, generous patron of JRF, and Bobby Valentine, whose father-in-law was a treasured friend of Jackie Robinson and a JRF supporter. And now Bobby Valentine has picked up the mantle. We are thrilled and grateful for the naming of a Jackie Robinson Scholar at SHU.”

All proceeds donated through “SHUand42” will benefit the scholarship and help continue Robinson’s mission to create a more fair and just society. Valentine said while he and Torre will discuss the 20th anniversary of their iconic Subway Series, they also will talk about the 1947 Subway Series. Robinson played on the New York Dodgers when they faced off with the Yankees that year. The duo will reflect on Robinson’s career and on the social unrest currently facing the nation. Valentine teased that viewers can expect to hear from surprise guests, too. 

“It should be a great conversation; a fun and informative night,” Valentine said. 

For more information, visit the “SHUand42: A Subway Series Celebration” webpage.

To download an image, visit’s SHU’s Photoshelter archive.

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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, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 386 Colleges–2021 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best Business Schools–2020 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) Events Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:25:58 -0400
33rd Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge Goes Fully Virtual https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49603-33rd-annual-bigelow-tea-community-challenge-goes-fully-virtual49603-33rd-annual-bigelow-tea-community-challenge-goes-fully-virtual https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49603-33rd-annual-bigelow-tea-community-challenge-goes-fully-virtual49603-33rd-annual-bigelow-tea-community-challenge-goes-fully-virtual

Fairfield, CT – The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge is hosting its 33rd annual charitable fundraising run with its first ever fully virtual event on Sunday, September 27. This year, the run will be completely virtual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in consideration of current event guidelines. Participants are encouraged to register online for the virtual 5k run, virtual 3k walk, or virtual kids’ fun run.  This year’s event will feature a live virtual kick-off at 10:00am on race day on the Bigelow Tea Facebook page. Participants are encouraged to stay connected to the BTCC community by posting to social media using the hashtag #BigTeaCC. All participants who register will receive a complimentary goodie bag as well as a BTCC race t-shirt and automatic entry into a virtual raffle. 

The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge has been a major source of support for twenty-three local non-profit organizations since its inception in 1987. These local charities depend on the funds raised by this event to enable them to provide much needed shelter, food, educational services, counseling, crisis management services, after-school tutoring and recreational programs to underserved members of our community. More than $1.8 million dollars have been raised by this event since it began, with 100% of the proceeds each year going directly to the charities it supports. Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the needs this year are even greater.

“This year more than ever, our local non-profits need our support. We know that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so many of our local charities have been struggling.  That’s why everyone here at Bigelow Tea has been dedicated to making this year’s event happen, one way or another,” says third-generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow. “Of course, we’re disappointed that this year’s event must be fully virtual and we will not be together on run day, but we’re looking forward to putting on a great virtual event. I would encourage everyone to participate in any way that they can.”

One of the local non-profits served by the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge is the Norma Pfreim Breast Care Center at Bridgeport Hospital.  The Norma Pfriem Breast Center has experienced a dramatic loss in funding this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while the needs of patients have increased. “Our spring fundraisers were cancelled and while some were rescheduled as virtual events, the amount raised for charity care is significantly less,” says Executive Director Donna Twist. “Funds raised by our events directly impact our ability to provide medical care, patient navigation and support services at the level of excellence our patients have come to expect from our program.”  Twist notes that many of their clients are facing added financial burdens due to the pandemic, “forcing them to choose between paying for healthcare and buying food and other living expenses.”

The Connecticut Food Bank also relies on the funds raised by the BTCC to meet the needs of the community. “Each year, the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge brings people together for good causes,” said Connecticut Food Bank Senior Director of Development Bev Catchpole. “Connecticut Food Bank is grateful once again to be part of this event that has done so much to support our work for more than a decade. This year’s event is different in response to challenging times, and support for hungry neighbors is more important than ever.”

If you would like to participate in this year’s first ever fully virtual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, you can click here to register for the event, and visit our website for more information. 

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bornies@optonline.net (Bigelow Tea) Events Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:52:08 -0400
Fairfield U. Bennett Center to Host Lecture on The Printing Press and Jewish Literacy Culture, Sept. 29 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49596-fairfield-university-bennett-center-for-judaic-studies-to-host-lecture-on-the-printing-press-and-jewish-literacy-culture-sept-2949596-fairfield-university-bennett-center-for-judaic-studies-to-host-lecture-on-the-printing-press-and-jewish-literacy-culture-sept-29 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49596-fairfield-university-bennett-center-for-judaic-studies-to-host-lecture-on-the-printing-press-and-jewish-literacy-culture-sept-2949596-fairfield-university-bennett-center-for-judaic-studies-to-host-lecture-on-the-printing-press-and-jewish-literacy-culture-sept-29

Fairfield, CT - On Tuesday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m., the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies will present the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Scholar-in-Residence Lecture titled “People of the (Printed/Digital) Book: Printing and the Birth of the Jewish Bookshelf”, by Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot, PhD. This is the first of the Center’s online series of fall events. 

The invention of the printing press is one of the major events in the course of human history. But how did printing — and with it, the sudden availability of the printed word — change pre-modern Jewish texts and readers’ experiences of them? Rabbi Skloot, this year’s Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Scholar-in-Residence, will explore these questions as well as the implications of digitization for Jewish books and their readers. 

Rabbi Skloot teaches at Hebrew Union College in New York, where he is the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual History. He received his PhD in Jewish history at Columbia University (2017), where his dissertation was entitled, “Printing, Hebrew Book Culture and Sefer Hasidim.” His research explores the effects of printing on Hebrew texts during the sixteenth century, and his teaching encompasses courses in early modern and modern Jewish history, and Jewish religious thought.

Rabbi Skloot is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Jacob K. Javits Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education; the Weinrib Fellowship at the Center for Jewish Studies at Columbia University; the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization Graduate Fellowship at Cardozo Law School; and the Kenneth Christopher Harris Award for Service to the Moral and Ethical Life of Princeton University. 

The Schnurmacher Scholar-in-Residence Program is made possible by the generosity of the Adolf and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation. In addition to this lecture, Rabbi Skloot will teach in two classes of Ellen Umansky, PhD, professor of Judaic Studies at Fairfield University, and director of the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies. He will also facilitate a discussion with University faculty, administrators, and staff on, “The Sabbath Upon Which Our Lives Depend: The Theology of COVID and Religious Liberty.” 

The September 29 lecture will be held online and is free and open to the public. Register at fairfield.edu/bennettprograms for a program link.

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scipollaro@fairfield.edu (Fairfield University) Events Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:46:45 -0400
Westport Continuing Education - Fall Adult Online Classes https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49599-westport-continuing-education-fall-adult-online-classes49599-westport-continuing-education-fall-adult-online-classes https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49599-westport-continuing-education-fall-adult-online-classes49599-westport-continuing-education-fall-adult-online-classes

Fall into #Learning Online! 

For the safety of our adult lifelong learners, all classes will be held online. View the Adult Catalog here >>

Online / Live Remote classes will use Google Meet or Zoom. Students should have a dedicated computer with a webcam and sound (you can wear ear buds) and an internet connection for the class.
 
The registration deadline for online courses is 2 business days before the class starts. Participants will receive an email with the information to join the course online the day before (or the Friday before for classes beginning on a Monday). 
 
Online class sizes are limited to provide a personalized experience and time for Q&A.
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cjewell@westportps.org (Christine Jewell) Places Fri, 18 Sep 2020 08:24:17 -0400
11th Annual Jamie’s Run for CT's Children Goes Virtual https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49598-11th-annual-jamie-s-run-for-ct-s-children-goes-virtual49598-11th-annual-jamie-s-run-for-ct-s-children-goes-virtual https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49598-11th-annual-jamie-s-run-for-ct-s-children-goes-virtual49598-11th-annual-jamie-s-run-for-ct-s-children-goes-virtual

Old Wethersfield, CT: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty around the coming months, Jamie’s Run for Connecticut's Children has gone virtual. The race virtual event will run from November 1 through November 8. Participants can register online for the virtual 5K run, charity walk, or kids fun run, and run or walk at a time and place of their choosing. All registered participants will be mailed a commemorative race t-shirt and bib.

The race is held in honor of Jamie Knotts. Jamie passed away in January 2010 at the age of 5 ½ months from a rare type of liver tumor. The proceeds from the event benefit the Pediatric Clinical Trials and Family Assistance programs at Connecticut Children’s. Jamie’s parents, Kurt and Kelly Knotts, continue to make a direct impact on families that are currently fighting these diseases and canceling this year’s event was not an option for them. “Cancer wasn’t cancelled, so we knew Jamie’s Run wouldn’t be either.” said Kurt Knotts.  “When we began Jamie’s run, we wanted to put on an event that not only honors Jamie, but supports patients and families at Connecticut Children’s who are in the fight of their lives, at the worst possible time. With everything going on, we wanted to do whatever we could to continue this honor and tradition, so we decided to go virtual this year” states Knotts.

Jamie’s short life changed the lives of many. The Knotts family turned the tragedy into an inspiration by starting Jamie’s Run for Connecticut Children’s, giving hope to families all over. Jamie’s Run has had nearly 10,000 runners and walkers that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Connecticut Children’s. The care that Connecticut Children’s offered to Jamie inspired Kurt to change careers. Knotts now works full time for Connecticut Children’s, changing the lives of children and families. 

Race participants are encouraged to donate or fundraise for Connecticut Children’s.  Your support aids the search for a cure while easing the financial and emotional burden of children and their families as they fight these diseases. Visit www.jamiesrun.org for fundraising details or email jody@jbsports.com.

This year’s race sponsors include US Environmental Rental Corp., OPTUM, Fuss & O’Neill, Gottier Fuel, Burstein Dental, David Wesley Real Estate, Salewa North America, Connecticut Valley Orthodontics, Olde Liberty Insurance and Sunshine Entertainment DJ Services.

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bornies@optonline.net (John Bysiewicz) Events Fri, 18 Sep 2020 06:34:12 -0400