Fairfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:55:33 -0400 HamletHub.com Sen. Hwang Hosts Ms President US in Hartford https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48054-sen-hwang-hosts-ms-president-org-in-hartford48054-sen-hwang-hosts-ms-president-org-in-hartford https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48054-sen-hwang-hosts-ms-president-org-in-hartford48054-sen-hwang-hosts-ms-president-org-in-hartford

Hartford, CT - Senator Hwang welcomed over 45 middle school girls on Wednesday for a series of tours showcasing Connecticut’s legislative history including the Capitol building, the Supreme Court and History Museum. The day closed with a panel discussion and question and answer period featuring several female legislators and leaders.

At a time where the nation is seeing a rising tide of women running for office, Senator Hwang believe events like these allow young people to see firsthand how their voice makes a difference and that there are leadership opportunities they can strive for.

Ms. President US was founded in Ridgefield, CT in 2016 and is a non-partisan, non- profit, community-based initiative dedicated to inspiring and preparing girls to aim for the highest civic leadership positions with the knowledge that they can achieve them.

"Ms President US is fortunate to have the opportunity to show our 4th-8th grade participants, first hand, how CT government works. In their monthly meetings they have already met with their local leaders, and heard from their state leaders. This is a chance to now see them in action at their workplace,” said Amanda Cordano, Project Manager for Ms President US. “These girls are already passionate about politics, and will no doubt have many questions for the politicians they meet during their day in Hartford. This is the next generation of leaders in the making, and offering this level of personal political exposure affords them the chance to visualize themselves in the heart of the action. These girls are at the unique age of finding their voice, which hopefully leads to a lifetime of civic engagement. Ms President US hopes to instill in them the confidence and knowledge in themselves to follow their passions, right to the steps of the White House."

“It’s wonderful to have these talented and ambitious young women at the Capitol to learn about the possibilities in front of them and to meet their role models in government,” said Senator Hwang. “Hosting Ms. President  members at the historic CT State Capitol was a really fun way to help inspire and empower another generation of political leaders and I am thrilled to be a partner with this great organization and want to thank the advisors and parents who support them.” 

State Senator Tony Hwang represents Connecticut’s 28th Senate District which includes the towns of Fairfield, Westport, Weston, Easton, Newtown & Sandy Hook.

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bornies@optonline.net (Grady Jacobsen) Places Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:58:27 -0400
Pequot Derby Day Set For Sat., May 4, 4-9pm https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48052-pequot-library-155276458948052-pequot-library-1552764589 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48052-pequot-library-155276458948052-pequot-library-1552764589

Southport, CT - Celebrate the running of the 145th Kentucky Derby with an afternoon of big hats, cold drinks, tasty food, and good friends for a great cause, at Pequot Library!

4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Derby Party
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. After Party

HIGHLIGHTS:

- Tailgate party on the Great Lawn
- Open bar and Kentucky fare
- Derby “raffle”, silent auction, and bourbon wall
- “Run for the Roses” on the big screen in the Auditorium

The race fun and viewing will be followed by an After-Party sponsored by SHAKE SHACK and KATE CACCIATORE with signature cocktails, bites to eat, deejay and dancing

Tickets:
$400.00 Tailgate, including after-party and 4 Party Guest tickets
(price increases to $500 after April 26)
$75.00 Party Guest, including after-party
(price increases to $100 after April 26)
$50.00 After-party only

All ticket sales are final. No refunds. Event takes place rain or shine.

Contests:
Best Tailgate
Best Hat
Best Dressed Lady
Best Dressed Gentleman

Pequot Library is proud to be sponsored by:
Shake Shack, Kate Cacciatore, Redline Automotive Restorations, Fairfield Magazine, Shake and Stir Beverage Company, Chanmé Frosé, M Communications, Morgan Stanley, Broken Shed Vodka, Litchfield Distillery, Highland Imports, Oliver Nurseries and Design Associates, The Russell Agency, Maplewood at Southport, Brody Wilkinson Attorneys and Counselors at Law, Asylum Distillery

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heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:55:56 -0400
Art/Place Reception For "Artists Invite Artists II", April 7 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48051-art-place-reception-for-artists-invite-artists-ii-april-748051-art-place-reception-for-artists-invite-artists-ii-april-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48051-art-place-reception-for-artists-invite-artists-ii-april-748051-art-place-reception-for-artists-invite-artists-ii-april-7

Fairfield, CT - The public is invited to a reception at Art/Place Gallery on April 7 from 3 to 5 pm. The show is “Artists Invite Artists, Part II”, the paintings of the second half of the members showing with the work of their chosen artist. The artists will talk about their work throughout the reception. The show runs from April 2 to 28 and can be viewed every afternoon at 70 Sanford Street in Fairfield. See www.artplacegallery.org or call 203-374-9720. 
 
The Art/Place members and their guest artists in the show are: Arthur Gerstein with Mark Schiff, Mary Louise Long with Bevi Bullwinkle, Keith Magner with Puja Patini, Sandra Meagher with Oi Fortin, Toby Michaels with Lynne Arovas, Dave Pressler with Norm Siegel, Anthony Santomauro with Steve Parton, Jeffrey Starkes with Kristin Ambrosi, and Florence Zolan with Matthew Zolan.
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bornies@optonline.net (Alice Katz) Events Fri, 15 Mar 2019 10:32:27 -0400
Fairfield Center Stage Presents VOWS, April 13 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48044-fairfield-center-stage-presents-vows-april-13-201948044-fairfield-center-stage-presents-vows-april-13-2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48044-fairfield-center-stage-presents-vows-april-13-201948044-fairfield-center-stage-presents-vows-april-13-2019

Fairfield, CT - Fairfield Center Stage continues its inaugural season with a workshop of a world premiere musical, VOWS, on Saturday April 13, 2019 at 7pm. The performance will take place at the Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Fairfield Center Stage, under the leadership of Executive Producer Eli Newsom and Artistic Director Christy McIntosh-Newsom, has dedicated its inaugural season to putting Fairfield “center stage” by highlighting several of Fairfield’s prominent venues.

The original musical, with music, book and lyrics by Clay Zambo, is based on a popular New York Times column featuring real-life stories about how couples fall in love. In the musical, the audience will witness the stories of four real-life couples.

The cast of 9 local performers includes Arielle Boutin, Kristin Butler, Lisa Dahlstrom, Sean Davis, Jeramie Gladman, Nicholas Kuell, Lauren Linn, Kevin Pelkey, and Alexis Willoughby.

The production is Directed by Christy McIntosh-Newsom with Music Direction by Clay Zambo.

The one-night-only performance will be Saturday, April 13th at 7pm. General admission seating begins 20 minutes before showtime, restrooms and concessions (wine/beer, soda, water, candy) will be available, and a large, free parking lot is on site.

Tickets are $20 for General Admission. To order tickets, visit  www.fairfieldcenterstage.org

FCS’s 2018/19 season kicked off with the free event on Fairfield Commons outside of Fairfield Museum, THE MUSIC MAN IN CONCERT in June, and then followed with HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Trevi Lounge,  A CHRISTMAS CAROL EXPERIENCE at Burr Mansion, and DREAMGIRLS at Black Rock Church. The season will conclude with THE SECRET GARDEN at Pequot Library.

For additional information about Fairfield Center Stage, visit www.fairfieldcenterstage.org

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brian@fairfieldcenterstage.org (Fairfield Center Stage) Events Fri, 15 Mar 2019 10:02:05 -0400
Quick Center Present Frederick Gravel, March 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48050-quick-center-present-frederick-gravel-march-2248050-quick-center-present-frederick-gravel-march-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48050-quick-center-present-frederick-gravel-march-2248050-quick-center-present-frederick-gravel-march-22

Fairfield, CT - It’s rare that an artist transports you into a night club setting and yet, with Frédérick Gravel’s latest work, Some Hope for the Bastards, audiences will experience just that. Pulsing, leaping, rocking, and grooving all take center stage as these impeccably trained dancers push their bodies to the limit with a live band encouraging them along the way.

The original score is led by Gravel on lead vocals and guitar. Audiences will hear influences from Bach to Otis Redding’s That's How Strong My Love Is and original songs written by Gravel.

SPRING BREAK SPECIAL: Enjoying dance is that much better when you have a friend to chat with on the ride home. Use code FREDBOGO and purchase one ticket for $30 and get the 2nd FREE.

Dance that is rock 'n' roll sexy
Friday, March 22 | 8:00 p.m.

RESERVE SEATS: https://quickcenterforthearts.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0F0H00000d1wY1UAI

 

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bornies@optonline.net (Quick Center for the Arts ) Events Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:53:32 -0400
Birdcraft Center Offering "Healing Through Nature" Programs https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48049-birdcraft-center-offering-healing-through-nature-programs48049-birdcraft-center-offering-healing-through-nature-programs https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48049-birdcraft-center-offering-healing-through-nature-programs48049-birdcraft-center-offering-healing-through-nature-programs

Fairfield, CT - The Connecticut Audubon Society at Birdcraft, 314 Unquowa Road, in downtown Fairfield, is introducing some new healing and meditation programs this spring. Each series starts with a free, introductory class.

These include:

Qigong - Tuesdays, March 26* through May 7 (no class April 16), 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Meditation with Gong - Thursdays, March 28* through May 9 (no April 18), 9:30-10:30 a.m.

CAS Members $25 per class; Non-members, $30 per class

*free introductory class

The Connecticut Audubon Society introduces new classes this spring that explore the powerful, proven health benefits of connecting with nature to release stress, quiet the mind and boost the immune system. Join us at our historic Birdcraft location in downtown Fairfield at 314 Unquowa Road, for one or both of these different, yet complimentary practices.

Qigong, an ancient Chinese healing practice, incorporates movement, breathing and visualization to cultivate balance and cleanse the body of stress and toxins. Classes are Tuesdays, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., beginning with a free introductory class on March. 26. 

The Meditation with Gong class teaches essential breathing techniques to calm the nervous system, cultivate access into a deeper awareness, and increase relaxation responses that allow you to thrive during times of change. Classes meet Thursdays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., starting with a free introductory class on March 28.

Both sets of classes take place in our newly renovated Birdcraft Museum space and will incorporate indoor and outdoor elements. After a free introductory class for each series, the cost per class is: CAS Members $25, Non-members $30. Pre-registration is required for all classes. Sign up or get more information at:www.ctaudubon.org/2019/03/healing-through-nature/, or call 203-259-6305, x109.

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bornies@optonline.net (Liza Hickey) Places Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:47:56 -0400
Bigelow Center for Sr. Activities to Host Spring Public Forum, April 13 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48041-spring-public-forum48041-spring-public-forum https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48041-spring-public-forum48041-spring-public-forum

Fairfield, CT - The Bigelow Center for Senior Activities invites you to join them for an informative session on senior-related issues, Saturday, April 13, 10-Noon.

This event is free of charge and open to all.

Pre-registration is recommended to ensure adequate seating: http://bit.ly/FSASession0413

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rellwanger@gmail.com (Fairfield Senior Advocates) Events Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:42:56 -0400
Westport Playhouse to Read "Tricks of the Trade" March 25 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48048-westport-playhouse-to-read-tricks-of-the-trade-march-2548048-westport-playhouse-to-read-tricks-of-the-trade-march-25 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48048-westport-playhouse-to-read-tricks-of-the-trade-march-2548048-westport-playhouse-to-read-tricks-of-the-trade-march-25

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse will present a Script in Hand playreading of the romantic thriller “Tricks of the Trade” on Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m.  Written by the late Sidney Michaels, who lived in Westport, Connecticut, the reading will be directed by Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist and curator of the playreading series. Tickets are $20 each. 

“When I first moved to this area over 40 years ago, I used to see a man writing on a yellow pad at a local eatery,” said Keefe.  “I was told he was Sydney Michaels, a Westport playwright. His big Broadway hit was ‘Tchin Tchin,’ which was also done at the Playhouse in 1963. In 1977, his play ‘Tricks of the Trade’ was done at the Playhouse with William Shatner and Yvette Mimieux.  I realize now that it’s possible that the man I saw in the local café was writing ‘Tricks of the Trade.’”

“Tricks of the Trade” is a gripping story of a New York psychologist and his female patient.  Something is wrong about the therapy sessions between Dr. August Browning and the beautiful, but possibly very ill, Diana.  During this compelling game of cat and mouse, we learn that neither the doctor nor Diana is necessarily who they seem to be, which leads to a surprising and shocking final twist.

The cast includes Matthew Greer as Dr. Browning (Westport Country Playhouse’s “Bedroom Farce,” “And a Nightingale Sang,”“Things We Do for Love,” and Script in Hand playreading of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure”; Broadway’s “The Real Thing,” “Seminar,” “Cabaret,” “The Judas Kiss”; national tour of “Spamalot”);  and Elise Kibler as Diana (Westport Country Playhouse Script in Hand playreading of “Lobby Hero,” New Works Initiative reading of “The Biggest Valley”; most recently, New York’s “Mies Julie”; Broadway’s “This Is Our Youth” by Kenneth Lonergan,” “The Heidi Chronicles”; Off-Broadway’s “Indian Summer,” “Romeo and Juliet”; television’s “Daredevil,” “The Affair”).  

Playwright Sidney Michaels (1927 –2011) was best known for “Tchin-Tchin,” “Dylan,” and “Ben Franklin in Paris,” for which he was nominated for Tony Awards as author of a Best Play in three consecutive years (1963-1965). For film, he wrote the screenplay for 1968's "The Night They Raided Minsky's." 

Director Anne Keefe is the associate artist at Westport Country Playhouse and curates the Script in Hand playreading series. She has directed nearly 50 Script in Hand readings.  She served as artistic director of Westport Country Playhouse with Joanne Woodward in 2008, and as associate artistic director from 2000-2006, also with Ms. Woodward.

The next Script in Hand playreading is “Murder, Too,” a new comedy-thriller by David Wiltse of Weston, on May 6.  Titles will be announced later for playreadings on November 18 and December 16.

All dates, titles, and artists subject to change. 

The Script in Hand Playreading Series is sponsored by Marc and Michele Flaster in 2019 with support from the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

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

ABOUT WESTPORT COUNTRY PLAYHOUSE

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

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bornies@optonline.net (Pat Blaufuss) Events Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:39:19 -0400
Hotel Hi-Ho Awards Student Scholarships https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48047-hotel-hi-ho-awards-student-scholarships48047-hotel-hi-ho-awards-student-scholarships https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48047-hotel-hi-ho-awards-student-scholarships48047-hotel-hi-ho-awards-student-scholarships

Fairfield, CT - On Wednesday, March 13 at Hotel Hi-Ho, Edward Gormbley awarded three students; Brayam Nunez, Jose Dataram and Arav D'Souza, with the first "Fairfield College Preparatory School Scholarship" on behalf of The Circle Hotel and Hotel Hi-Ho. Also present were Fairfield Prep president Father Simisky; SEED Director Alecia Thomas; the students' parents; the hotel management team; and mentors of the award winners. 

A reflection of The Circle Hotel's and Hotel Hi-Ho's commitment to the Fairfield community, each of the three scholarships provide a $2,500 grant, which will help assist with tuition costs at Fairfield Prep. 

Gormbley, a Fairfield Prep alumnus (class of '95) and a current member of the board, is the managing partner ofWorkforce Partners, a real estate investment firm that owns local properties including The Circle Hotel and Hotel Hi-Ho.

The Circle Hotel Fairfield & Hotel Hi-Ho Scholarship Award was available to students enrolled at Fairfield Prep who are currently employed by The Circle Hotel or Hotel Hi-Ho, or whose parents are currently employed by The Circle Hotel or Hotel Hi-Ho. Applicants were required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, attend all academic hours and submit a 500-word essay on "what Prep means to you." 

Pictured in the photo, left to right, are Brayam Nunez, Jose Dataram, Ed Gormbley, Arav D'Souza. Photo credit: Rick Emery

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bornies@optonline.net (Amanda Duff) Places Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:36:15 -0400
CT BBB: CT-Based Employment Scam Spans Nation https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/48046-ct-bbb-ct-based-employment-scam-spans-nation48046-ct-bbb-ct-based-employment-scam-spans-nation https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/48046-ct-bbb-ct-based-employment-scam-spans-nation48046-ct-bbb-ct-based-employment-scam-spans-nation

CROMWELL, CT — Since December 2018, Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut (BBB) received 13 Scam Trackersmreports about three different businesses (Inspectrum, Inspection Land, LLC. and Dolphin Services, LLC.) offering employment by re-shipping packages. This process is generally linked to illegitimate activities, and is a scam that hurts individuals looking for work. BBB and the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) partnered in investigating the reports and are warning consumers not to fall for the offer.
 
How the scam works
 
Victims claim to see job postings online and elsewhere offering an easy work-from-home opportunity: simply re-shipping packages. After a quick hiring process, victims begin to receive packages. Some victims have even been sent to stores to pick up pre-paid items. Next, victims "inspect" packages, and re-ship them with new shipping labels provided by the company. 
 
When victims inquire about their payment, no one at the “company” they’re working for can be contacted, and they never receive compensation. 
It's believed that items being shipped or picked up in this scam are purchased with stolen credit cards or funds.
 
 
Risk of the scam
 
Consumers who fall victim to employment scams unknowingly put themselves at risk for several other types of fraud. Victims may provide these fraudulent companies with their Social Security numbers, banking information for direct deposit and a copy of their driver's licenses, putting them at risk for identity theft. 
 
In this scam, the victims may find themselves in legal trouble if the items being shipped were purchased with stolen money. 
 
Victims of this employment scam have been from nine states including North Carolina, Kansas, Texas, Missouri and California to name a few. 
 
 
Companies involved
 
While Inspectrum claims to be located at 100 Constitution Plaza in Hartford, it was verified that no such business has offices at that location. Inspectrum’s main website is no longer operational and their social media channels have not seen any recent activity.
 
Inspection Land, LLC. claims to be located at 50 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford and is registered at this location with the Connecticut Secretary of State. The owner of the building at that address confirmed with BBB that Inspection Land, LLC. is not a tenant of the building. Inspection Land’s main website remains active and continues to claim their location is 50 Columbus Blvd., and their social media channels are all either disabled or have no recent activity.
 
Based on the information detailed above, BBB cannot confirm the legitimacy of Inspectrum or Inspection Land, LLC.
 
The investigation has led BBB to find that the name and address of Dolphin Services, LLC. have been compromised and are being used by unauthorized individuals to carry out this re-shipping scheme. BBB contacted the owner of Dolphin Services, LLC. who verified that their information had been stolen. The legitimate Dolphin Services, LLC. continues to operate in Stamford.
 
 
If you’ve been targeted by a scam, help others avoid the same problem by reporting your experience to BBB Scam Trackersm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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bornies@optonline.net (Luke Frey) Public safety Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:33:03 -0400
Darien's Geary Gallery Presents A Peter Max Retrospective https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48040-darien-s-geary-gallery-presents-a-peter-max-retrospective48040-darien-s-geary-gallery-presents-a-peter-max-retrospective https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48040-darien-s-geary-gallery-presents-a-peter-max-retrospective48040-darien-s-geary-gallery-presents-a-peter-max-retrospective

Darien, CT - A newly-curated collection of artist legend Peter Max’s exquisite paintings will be on exhibit and available for acquisition in a limited engagement presentation at Geary Gallery, Darien’s premier fine art gallery. 

The exhibit opens with an uncrating event on Friday, April 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and previews begin Saturday, April 6. The exhibit extends through Sunday, April 14. Two not-to-be-missed complimentary gallery receptions for the public have been announced: Saturday, April 13, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 14, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

All artwork on exhibit is available for acquisition. All events are complimentary and open to the public; however, reservations are required. Please call 866.900.6699 or email darien@roadshowcompany.com

This unique and newly curated exhibit is a never-before-seen collection of the artist’s most iconic works from six decades, and a tribute to the legend that defined the genre of Pop Art.

With his paintings on exhibit in hundreds of museums and galleries worldwide, Peter Max and his vibrant colors have become part of the fabric of contemporary culture. Max has been successively called a Pop Icon, Neo Fauvist, Abstract Expressionist and the United States "Painter Laureate."   

The artist has had the distinct honor of painting the last seven presidents of the United States, and the world's best loved celebrities, among them, Taylor Swift and the amazing talents featured on the popular TV competition, The Voice. He has also had the honor of being named the Official Artist of the Grammys, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, five NFL Super Bowls, the 2006 Olympics, the World Cup USA, the World Series, t U.S. Open, the Indy 500, the NYC Marathon and the Kentucky Derby. 

This exhibit features his iconic and best-known pieces, among them, “Statue of Liberty,” Max’s Famous “Flag” pieces, “Umbrella Man” and the prestigious “Cosmic Runner.”

The in-gallery events feature programming by world-renowned Peter Max expert and curator, Lesley Smith. Don't miss this exciting Peter Max exhibit and special events this April at the Geary Gallery. 

Photo assets click here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/otwb75gzlgikqek/AAC0XKEObvo7cUOmarac0379a?dl=0

To see more the full press release, click here.

Gallery Location & Hours

Geary Gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is located at 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. For more information, call (203) 655-6633 or visit www.gearygallery.com.  

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About Geary Gallery
Geary Gallery and Accent Picture Framing were founded in 1984, and today are Fairfield County’s preeminent art gallery and frame shop, featuring an extensive collection of original artwork, and custom framing services. With four elaborate display rooms, Geary Gallery maintains an ambitious exhibition schedule to showcase both Connecticut-based artists with national reputations as well as well-known artists from along the Eastern seaboard. The public can enjoy a new show virtually every five weeks. The Gallery also offers a Custom Original Portrait Service, which matches their favorite artists with customers wishing to commission an original portrait of their family, an individual, pet or home. With an extensive inventory of over 2,000 corner samples, Accent Picture Framing and Restoration is a service that is highly regarded for its master framing techniques as well as precision art restoration services for leading museums, auction houses, and historical societies. For more information about Geary Gallery and Accent Picture Framing, call (203) 655-6633 or visit www.gearygallery.com.

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bornies@optonline.net (Lynda Falcone) Events Thu, 14 Mar 2019 08:56:20 -0400
Office Evolution Shared Workspace Opens in Westport https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48039-office-evolution-shared-workspace-opens-in-westport48039-office-evolution-shared-workspace-opens-in-westport https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48039-office-evolution-shared-workspace-opens-in-westport48039-office-evolution-shared-workspace-opens-in-westport

Westport, CT - Office Evolution, a rapidly-growing B2B franchise offering shared office space, coworking, private offices, executive suites, virtual offices and business services, has teamed up with Westport entrepreneurs, Laura & John Kaufman, to open a new business center in Westport.
 
The 8,000 square foot space is centrally located on the second floor in a newly renovated building at 500 Post Road East with abundant natural light and modern décor.  Office Evolution offers small businesses and entrepreneurs professional office space with 24/7 access and flexible terms. The Westport location is walkable to many local lunch spots, services and retail, including downtown.  It is easily accessible from I-95 and the Merritt Parkway as well as the Westport and Greens Farms Metro-North train stations.  There are 36 fully furnished private offices, two conference rooms with state-of-the-art, easy-to-use technology, a comfortable coworking space, phone booths for taking private calls, as well as a community kitchen and copy/printing and mail areas.  Members can choose from several plans, including mail and phone services as well as available administrative support.  Members and guests also enjoy abundant free parking, complimentary gourmet coffee & tea and additional beverages and snacks for purchase.

Laura is an educator by training and has also worked in non-profit as well as in her own professional organizing business before becoming a franchisee with Office Evolution.  John’s almost thirty-year career as a revenue management, strategy and operations executive has primarily been with large companies in the travel/hospitality and media industries and he is excited about the idea of building a business from the ground up.  Laura is doing most of the day-to-day operation while John continues in his corporate job, supporting in many ways behind the scenes, thanks to his extensive business experience.  With both of their boys grown and almost flown, they are excited to be pursuing this new endeavor together.

“What really attracted me to Office Evolution was the idea of building community among local small business people,” Laura said. “So many people work alone in their homes or try to get work done or hold meetings at Starbucks, but it can be difficult to focus and conduct business in those settings.  At Office Evolution, there is a range of membership plans at an affordable price point. We want to support our members by providing inviting workspace, networking opportunities and other support to help small business overcome challenges and achieve their goals.”

Another reason the Kaufmans were drawn to Office Evolution was their corporate values.  Headquartered near Boulder, Colorado, the culture at Office Evolution is relaxed, but professional.  “Our focus is on people.  We want our members and guests to enjoy coming to our space, where they feel happy and supported not only by us, but by each other.  It doesn’t cost us anything to just smile and be friendly,” John says.
 
With the Westport opening, that brings the number of Office Evolution locations open across the US to 62, including one that opened last year in Stamford and a handful of others in the northeast.   One of the many perks of being an Office Evolution member is 24/7 access to all locations nationwide. 

Mark Hemmeter, Founder & CEO of Office Evolution says, “It’s great that Laura & John have lived in the community where they have such deep roots and an extensive network.  That really enables them to know their market and meet the local needs.  In addition, they embrace our corporate values and common purpose, which is to support local business owners and their dreams.  Their location is beautiful and it reflects their warm vibe and positive energy.  It’s going to be exciting to watch it fill up with great members!”

“With so many commuters spending hours on the train or highway to get to work in the city or elsewhere, it just makes sense to provide somewhere people can work closer to home.  We are all striving to have good work/life balance and cutting down on commuting time helps with that,” according to Laura.
 
A grand opening with tours of the new business center is slated for April 11, 2019, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce will be on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception at 5:00 p.m.  Please call or email to register to attend at Westport.CT@OfficeEvolution.com or 203-635-8770.
 
More About Office Evolution
Office Evolution is a Colorado-based national B2B franchise and the fourth largest shared office company in the country.  With 62 locations open nationwide and approximate 30 more slated to open this year, Office Evolution has carved out its niche in the industry by focusing on developing in suburban areas and catering to a clientele of entrepreneurs and small businesses. Every Office Evolution franchise is customized to reflect the local community, and offers flexible hourly, daily, month-to-month and long-term membership plans. Mark Hemmeter founded the company in 2003.  It grew to operating seven business centers across the Colorado Front Range before starting to franchise in 2012. To date, they have awarded 125 franchise locations throughout the United States. Please visit www.officeevolution.com for more company information.
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bornies@optonline.net (Jennifer Blankfein) Places Thu, 14 Mar 2019 08:44:28 -0400
SHU to Welcome Two Former Congressman To Campus https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48038-shu-to-welcome-two-former-congressman-to-campus48038-shu-to-welcome-two-former-congressman-to-campus https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48038-shu-to-welcome-two-former-congressman-to-campus48038-shu-to-welcome-two-former-congressman-to-campus

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Students at Sacred Heart University will have the opportunity to meet with two former congressmen March 26-28 through Congress to Campus, a program that aims to increase young people’s civic literacy and participation. 

Run by the Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC), in partnership with the Stennis Center for Public Service, Congress to Campus sends a bipartisan pair of former Congress members to institutions of higher education for two-day visits. There, the former lawmakers conduct classes and interact with students, aiming to promote greater democratic participation.

Voter turnout among people under 30 tends to be much lower than turnout among other age groups. Likewise, trust in members of Congress remains low, according to a 2018 Gallup Poll. Congress to Campus provides an opportunity for young people to meet face-to-face with those who have served—building trust and recognition of the value of public service and civic engagement.

“I want the students to feel a greater sense of respect for what Congress does,” said Gary Rose, chair of SHU’s Department of Government. “Hopefully, they’ll feel more motivated about public service.”

Sacred Heart’s guests will be Robert Weygand, a Democrat from Rhode Island, and Gil Gutknecht, a Republican from Minnesota.

Weygand served in the House of Representatives from 1997 to 2001. Once Rhode Island’s lieutenant governor as well, he is now director of the Master of Public Administration Program at the University of Rhode Island. 

Gutknecht was in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2007. He is now an adviser to several companies including TransparaGov Corporation, a leading developer of software tools designed to bring visual analytic technologies to governmental bodies. 

Several of the forthcoming events involving the two congressmen will be hosted by SHU’s Institute for Public Policy. The Institute is directed by Lesley DeNardis, associate professor of political science.

For more information on Congress to Campus, visit https://www.usafmc.org/congress-to-campus/

 

About Sacred Heart University

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

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bornies@optonline.net (Kim Swartz) Places Thu, 14 Mar 2019 08:41:24 -0400
Facebook and Instagram Suffer Widespread Outages March 13 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/48037-facebook-and-instagram-suffer-widespread-outages-march-1348037-facebook-and-instagram-suffer-widespread-outages-march-13 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/48037-facebook-and-instagram-suffer-widespread-outages-march-1348037-facebook-and-instagram-suffer-widespread-outages-march-13

Several of Facebook’s products suffered and continue to experience partial outages Wednesday, March 13, affecting users globally, multiple news sources reported. (Fairfield HamletHub's FB and IG pages have both been inaccessible for new manual posts all afternoon)

Facebook’s main product, its Messenger service, image-sharing site Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp have all been disrupted.

The cause of the interruption is not yet known, or is yet to be made public, according to one major news service, the BBC. Read its full report here, posted at 5:30pm EST:

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47562281

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bornies@optonline.net (Fairfield HamletHub) Life Wed, 13 Mar 2019 14:32:40 -0400
CT Audubon Fairfield Hosts Boy Scout Badge Day, April 6 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48036-ct-audubon-fairfield-hosts-boy-scout-badge-day-april-648036-ct-audubon-fairfield-hosts-boy-scout-badge-day-april-6 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/48036-ct-audubon-fairfield-hosts-boy-scout-badge-day-april-648036-ct-audubon-fairfield-hosts-boy-scout-badge-day-april-6

Fairfield, CT - The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, will host a Boy Scout Badge Day Bonanza on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (scheduled times vary by badge).

$10 per scout, per badge

Attention all Boy Scouts, Tigers, Bears, Wolves and Webelos! Don’t miss this great opportunity to earn a new badge….or two! Join Connecticut Audubon Society’s teacher/naturalists as they lead scouts through the diverse habitats of the Connecticut Audubon Society’s beautiful Fairfield Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary, all while satisfying badge requirements.

The badges to be worked on are: Boy Scout – “Bird Study;” Webelos – “Into the Wild” and “Into the Woods;” Bear – “Fur, Feathers and Ferns;” Tiger – “Tiger in the Wild;” and Wolf – “Wolf Adventure: Paws on the Path.” Be sure to dress for the weather and bring a water bottle and insect repellent.

Times vary by badge; the cost is $10 per scout, per badge. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. For more information or to secure your spot visit: www.ctaudubon.org/fairfield-programs-events/, or contact Jane Guenther, program coordinator at 203-259-6305, x.109.

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bornies@optonline.net (Liza Hickey) Events Wed, 13 Mar 2019 14:14:09 -0400