Fairfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Sat, 28 Nov 2020 00:46:56 -0500 HamletHub.com HCC Offers Thanksgiving Dinner Drive-Through https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49753-housatonic-community-college-offers-thanksgiving-dinner-drive-through49753-housatonic-community-college-offers-thanksgiving-dinner-drive-through https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49753-housatonic-community-college-offers-thanksgiving-dinner-drive-through49753-housatonic-community-college-offers-thanksgiving-dinner-drive-through

Bridgeport, CT - To show appreciation for its student body, the Housatonic Community College (HCC) Student Senate handed out 200 Thanksgiving meal bags on Friday, Nov. 20. Each thermal bag was filled with holiday dinner staples such as stuffing, potatoes, green beans, cranberries and pumpkin. In addition, the first 50 students received turkeys and another 10 students received donated Stop & Shop gift cards to buy one.

“Thanksgiving is going to be so much different this year and many of us will be spending it alone. These bags bring a little bit of cheer,” said Gina Freddino, a second-year criminal justice student.

Each year, HCC’s Student Senate typically offers a full traditional holiday meal on campus for students, faculty and staff, but this year the group found an alternate, and safe way to express gratitude for their HCC family. Student cars lined up all along Broad Street in Bridgeport to receive the generous donations without contact.

“For the Student Senate to once again feed our students at Housatonic Community College, it certainly is a big deal. Knowing that COVID-19 has affected many people, and being able to provide and put food on their table is something that I’m very happy we’re able to do,” said Jaylen Daniels, Co-President of HCC Student Senate.

With a population of over 6,800 students, HCC serves an eleven-town region spanning Fairfield and New Haven counties. Most students are low-to-moderate income, and some struggle with poverty and food insecurity while working toward earning their degrees.

“We know that some of our students experience food insecurity and take pride in supporting them. For HCC student families who are struggling financially, or are experiencing unemployment due to pandemic shutdowns, this Thanksgiving meal can provide hope and send a message that their community cares,” said Dwayne Smith, Ph.D., HCC Chief Executive Officer.

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SHU Continues Thanksgiving Food-Giving to Bridgeport Residents https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/49762-shu-continues-thanksgiving-food-giving-to-bridgeport-residents49762-shu-continues-thanksgiving-food-giving-to-bridgeport-residents https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/49762-shu-continues-thanksgiving-food-giving-to-bridgeport-residents49762-shu-continues-thanksgiving-food-giving-to-bridgeport-residents

The pandemic prevented Sacred Heart University students from conducting its large-scale turkey drive this season, but they were committed to a decade-old tradition: providing Bridgeport residents with all the ingredients for a delicious Thanksgiving meal.

SHU’s student government, volunteer programs & service learning (VPSL) office, campus ministry and other groups and sports teams donated 450 turkeys and hundreds of non-perishable food items to the Bridgeport community for Thanksgiving and continues to raise funds to feed the hungry in the local area this holiday season.

In past years, the student government conducted numerous campus-based fundraisers and ran a crowdfunding campaign to broaden the support for the turkey drive. An energetic student volunteer dressed in a turkey costume would make stops around campus encouraging staff, faculty and students to donate to the cause. Funds were collected, turkeys were purchased and then members of the student government, as well as many student organizations, would visit St. Charles Borromeo Church in Bridgeport to distribute the goods. The pandemic forced changes for 2020’s drive.

“With the remainder of donated funds from previous years, we were able to donate 450 turkeys to St. Charles this year,” said a written statement from student government. “Delivering the turkeys and fundraising is always a great experience for all student government members involved in assisting and distributing the turkeys to the community. This year, Shop Rite in Milford delivered the turkeys to the church and the church did a drive-by system to hand out the food to the community.”

Shop Rite in Milford is owned by alumnus Harry Garofalo ’80. This is the second year he partnered with SHU’s student government.

“This is an event that everyone on campus loves so much, and it was really hard to come to the understanding that it would not be happening as grand as years prior, but we are grateful to still be able to contribute to this tradition,” the statement continued. “We would like to thank all the generous donors who have contributed over the past few years, as without their donations, we would not be able to continue this student government initiative to help our local community.”

Arlete Perez Paez, VPSL office and program manager, said that without the food and the turkey drives, people would go hungry. “Our community depends on our fundraiser,” she added. “It means a lot to them.”

The community can continue to donate to the turkey drive and help families throughout the holiday season by visiting the drive’s fundraising page.

During the University’s annual interfaith service (which was virtual this year), Annie Wendel, assistant director of VPSL, said that in the midst of an economically challenging year, the food gifts significantly affect SHU’s neighbors. “This year looks really different, but our commitment remains unchanged,” Wendel said. “For those looking to get involved in the community, it’s not too late. Please consider reaching out to local food pantries who may be looking for donations to fulfill a need this holiday season.”

At the service, University chaplains echoed statements that life this year is certainly altered. “Whatever you are doing this Thanksgiving, it will be different,” said Imam Gazmend Aga. “It still remains a unifying and reflective holiday, and it’s a time where we as Americans come together, we reflect, we see each other, we build memories which we hope will last forever.”

Aga said happiness is gratitude. He told viewers watching from their computer screens that, while they may be alone for the holiday, they should feel happy that they have their health during the pandemic. “Absence of COVID will lead to gratitude,” he said. “If you have COVID, you know you have people who love and support you.”


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

bornies@optonline.net (Kim Swartz) Life Fri, 27 Nov 2020 08:40:28 -0500
Dr. Melanie Lynch Joins Norma Pfriem Breast Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49761-dr-melanie-lynch-joins-norma-pfriem-breast-center-smilow-cancer-hospital49761-dr-melanie-lynch-joins-norma-pfriem-breast-center-smilow-cancer-hospital https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49761-dr-melanie-lynch-joins-norma-pfriem-breast-center-smilow-cancer-hospital49761-dr-melanie-lynch-joins-norma-pfriem-breast-center-smilow-cancer-hospital

Norma Pfriem Breast Center, part of Smilow Cancer Hospital, is pleased to welcome Melanie Lynch, MD, a surgical oncologist and breast surgeon, to its staff. An Associate Professor at the Yale School of Medicine Department of Surgery, Dr. Lynch will lead the breast care teams at the Bridgeport, Fairfield and Trumbull offices.

Dr. Lynch comes to us as a leader in breast cancer care from Northeast Ohio. She has served as Medical Director of the Summa Health System Breast Program since 2013, and was Section Chief of General Surgery at Cleveland VA Medical Center. She served as Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Director of General Surgery Residency Program at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Lynch was awarded a Crain’s Cleveland Business Physician Innovator Award 2018 for the implementation of an access program that ensures next day appointments and expedited biopsies for women with a cancer concern.

She implemented a comprehensive breast program at Summa Health earning accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). She was recognized for developing other innovative clinical programs including: multidisciplinary clinics for newly diagnosed women with breast cancer, screening and management of women at increased risk of breast cancer or with genetic susceptibility to breast cancer, survivorship care and use of integrative medicine for management of symptoms associated with breast cancer treatment. 

“Dr. Lynch has demonstrated a commitment to the values of the Norma Pfriem Breast Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital of providing comprehensive and coordinated breast care to all women in our community,” says Donna Twist, PhD, executive director of the Breast Center, and Vice President, Bridgeport Hospital Foundation.

“Dr. Lynch was selected from among a national pool of candidates. We are pleased to welcome a compassionate surgeon to our team,” said Mehra Golshan, MD, MBA, FACS, inaugural Deputy Chief Medical Officer for surgical services at Smilow Cancer Hospital, of which the Breast Center is a part. 

Dr. Lynch will begin seeing patients in late January.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the breast center at 203-254-2381.

Norma Pfriem Breast Center, a part of Smilow Cancer Hospital, provides nearly 1,500 uninsured and underinsured women with financial assistance for patient care annually. One of only 500 sites accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), the Center provides a wide range of diagnostic care and treatment at its Bridgeport Hospital, Fairfield and Trumbull locations. Services provided through Smilow Cancer Hospital include medical oncology, surgical and chemotherapy services, plastic surgery, mammography and radiation therapy, genetic risk assessment, clinical trial participation as well as wellness services like yoga, nutrition counseling and massage.

Bridgeport Hospital, part of Yale New Haven Health, is a non-profit 501-bed acute care hospital with two campuses (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital). Both Bridgeport Hospital and the Milford Campus of Bridgeport Hospital serve patients throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 23,000 patients and provides nearly 350,000 outpatient treatments annually. The Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital is the only burn center in the state and one of only 64 verified burn centers in the United States. Bridgeport Hospital is committed to providing safe, compassionate and cost efficient care to its patients and the community.  www.bridgeporthospital.org

bornies@optonline.net (Jackie Keren) Places Fri, 27 Nov 2020 08:26:09 -0500
Holiday Gift of Broadway from ACT of Connecticut, One Night Only https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49760-holiday-gift-of-broadway-from-act-of-connecticut-one-night-only49760-holiday-gift-of-broadway-from-act-of-connecticut-one-night-only https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49760-holiday-gift-of-broadway-from-act-of-connecticut-one-night-only49760-holiday-gift-of-broadway-from-act-of-connecticut-one-night-only

A One Night Special Livestream Event Airs December 12

Join ACT of CT’s Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, Executive Director Katie Diamond, and Music Supervisor Bryan Perri as they “unwrap” all of ACT of CT's incredible productions to date. In this special livestream event, you’ll be given a backstage pass to see how ACT of CT’s musicals are conceived, designed, rehearsed, and finally put on stage!
And… you'll be amazed at what it takes to produce a musical. Hear from some of the stars, directors, and choreographers from ACT of CT's past productions, and the best part... you’ll get to experience some of your favorite ACT of CT musicals again! With songs and scenes from ACT of CT’s Mamma Mia!, Evita, Working, Austen’s Pride, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, and The Last Five Years – you’ll be overjoyed reliving some of your favorites! And, if you were not able to catch all of ACT of CT’s past shows, you’ll now have an opportunity to see what you missed! A perfect pre-holiday gift to open, you’ll love Broadway Unwrapped!!!!
This special one-hour livestream event airs on December 12th.

While donations are appreciated, this is a gift from all of us to all of you to enjoy!! 
Click HERE to secure your link for this special livestream event! or visit actofct.org.
kerry@ducey.org (ACT of Connecticut) Events Fri, 27 Nov 2020 08:23:50 -0500
Bruce Museum: Children's Book Art Exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49759-bruce-museum-children-s-book-art-exhibit49759-bruce-museum-children-s-book-art-exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49759-bruce-museum-children-s-book-art-exhibit49759-bruce-museum-children-s-book-art-exhibit

GREENWICH, CT – The Bruce Museum is pleased to announce an exhibition of children’s book illustrations from the archives of artist, illustrator, and author James Stevenson (American, 1929-2017). Fun / No Fun: Children’s Book Art by James Stevenson will be on view to the public beginning Sunday, December 13, 2020, through Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Adults know Stevenson as the witty and prolific New Yorker cartoonist—there was hardly a magazine issue in five decades that did not include a Stevenson gag. Kids know him as the author and illustrator of hundreds of children’s books that induce fits of giggles with silliness voiced with a simple honesty. Deftly drawn with an assured line and colored with soft watercolor washes, Stevenson’s whimsical sketches evoke a sense of memory and nostalgia.  

While this exhibition spotlights the books he both wrote and illustrated, Stevenson often collaborated with admired children’s book authors such as Judy Blume, Helen Griffith, Jack Prelutsky, and Dr. Seuss. He not only authored the award-winning storybooks, but also wrote Young Adult novels and poetry. 


Fun / No Fun will explore the seasonal delights to which kids of all ages can relate—building a snowman in winter, tormenting your friends with springtime skunk cabbage, summer camp camaraderie, and leaping into an autumn leaf pile.

James Stevenson’s Connecticut roots run deep. While Jim grew up in Croton-on-Hudson in Westchester County, he was educated at Yale University, raised his family of nine children in Old Black Point on the Connecticut shore, and settled in Cos Cob with his second wife Josie Merck. In a 2019 documentary, Stevenson: Lost and Found, (named after his Op-Ed in The New York Times) his family describes how the self-taught artist was always sketching and that the familial soundtrack was accompanied by the constant scratching sound of his pen on paper.

Throughout the holiday season, Fun / No Fun will bring together generations of Stevenson art lovers—the readers and the read-to—who will be fascinated by the dexterity of his hand, sensitivity of his execution, and marvelous sense of humor. Curators Kathleen Holko and Kathy Reichenbach are especially proud to shine a light on a local art icon. As Josie Merck Stevenson, Honorary Chair of the Fun / No Fun Committee of Honor says, “Jim would be so pleased to have this exhibition here at the Bruce Museum, a place he truly appreciated over many decades.”

Showcased will be original illustrations from a multitude of beloved books authored by Stevenson, who populated his tomes with a cast of characters in settings that he conjured precisely to suit the story. Visitors will recognize their favorite Stevenson characters, from the anthropomorphic denizens of Mud Flat, to the mustachioed Grandpa and his little brother Wainey; from goodhearted witch Emma and her nemeses Lavinia and Dolores, to the perennially grouchy Mr. Worst, and many more.

A 1990 New York Times article articulated how movies, a favorite entertainment, were his inspiration in the development of children’s books: ''You cast, write the script, set design, find the right actors, people you care about, have them say the right things, find locations, the right stove for the kitchen.''

These lively, colored sketches will be shown alongside the softly nostalgic watercolors he employed in his series of autobiographical books, such as Fun / No Fun (1994), from which this exhibition borrows its title.

“In my 50 years of publishing children's books, there was no one like Jim Stevenson,” says Susan Hirschman, Founder of Greenwillow Books, which published many of Stevenson’s works. “He was extraordinarily prolific yet never repeated himself. He was clever, witty, subtle, funny, tender, and smart—and yet he never talked down to children. His black line had an unmistakable personality, and his use of blank white space was a strong fifth color in all his art. You think of Jim's books, and lines and pages and individual pictures crowd your mind. The books are bursting with emotion—awaiting their readers with enthusiasm.”


The Bruce is hosting two special exhibition preview days for Museum members only on Friday and Saturday, December 11-12, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. To reserve a timed ticket to attend the limited-capacity preview days for members, or to join as a member, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376, ext. 311. Members can also enjoy a double discount (20%) in the Museum Store during these preview days (the new official Greenwich Monopoly game not included).


Fun / No Fun: Children’s Book Art by James Stevenson is generously supported by a Committee of Honor co-chaired by Patricia and John Chadwick, Maryann Keller Chai, Anne Hall Elser, Erin Glasebrook, Catherine Ladnier and Mickey Robinson, and Cricket and Jim Lockhart. The Bruce Museum is grateful for exhibition support from Rockefeller Capital Management, Greenwich, and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

bornies@optonline.net (Scott Smith) Places Fri, 27 Nov 2020 08:06:12 -0500
Housatonic Announces New Student Initiative https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49752-housatonic-announces-new-initiative-to-address-student-equity49752-housatonic-announces-new-initiative-to-address-student-equity https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49752-housatonic-announces-new-initiative-to-address-student-equity49752-housatonic-announces-new-initiative-to-address-student-equity

Bridgeport, CT - Housatonic Community College (HCC) is elevating its commitment to under-resourced and underserved students across our region with the creation of a new initiative: The Equity Project. Through financial investments and an array of support services, the initiative seeks to increase access to higher education, retention and academic achievement.

Seeking to address the barriers for low-income students to gain access and persist at HCC, the Equity Project will create a permanent source of support for underserved HCC students. In addition to financial investments, the effort focuses on aiding students’ ability to navigate campus resources, student networks, professional development and personal growth opportunities. HCC’s Center for Male Success and the Women’s Center will provide these students with resources to support their growth, wellness and success both within and outside of the classroom.

The initiative was inspired by compelling data. With 55% of HCC students calling Bridgeport home, and Bridgeport residents earning roughly $23,350 annually (source: US Census), the majority of Housatonic’s student population are low-income scholars. Not surprisingly, 72% of HCC students are enrolled part-time and can take as long as six years to graduate while juggling several jobs and often supporting multiple family members. Too many individuals who could benefit from an HCC educational experience do not pursue higher education; in Bridgeport alone, less than 50% of high school graduates continue on to postsecondary education.

“By providing support that targets low-income, underrepresented scholars striving to climb out of poverty, students can develop to their full promise. As obstacles that delay degree completion are overcome, students are able to increase post-college earnings and contribute to the economic growth of our entire region. I invite our community to participate in supporting this transformational program,” said Housatonic CEO, Dwayne Smith, PhD. who personally committed $10,000 to the initiative.

The invitation is resonating. The Ernest and Joan Trefz Foundation, a supporter of in-need students and a two-decade HCC donor, provided a special, champion gift in support of the program. Generous funding to help launch the effort was also provided by R.C. Bigelow and M&T Bank.

“Our Trefz Family Foundation is committed to helping local students get their chance for higher education. Many students struggle to pay for education in addition to supporting themselves and their families. Now, to make matters more difficult, along comes Covid 19! The proposed Equity Project will certainly be a determining factor to help students be able to continue their studies. We hope others will join in helping the Equity Project succeed,” said Joan Trefz.

“Bigelow Tea is proud to support the Equity Project at Housatonic Community College. Ensuring higher education is accessible to everyone within our community is of paramount importance to the success of our state and country as a whole. We are thrilled to be able to partner with Housatonic to ensure that our next generation is able to achieve their goals through advanced learning opportunities created by this project,” said Cindy Bigelow, President and CEO of Bigelow Tea.

To learn more about the Equity Project visit Housatonic.edu/equity and to learn how to contribute, contact HCC Foundation Executive Director Kristy Jelenik at KJelenik@housatonic.edu or call 203-332-5078.

Additionally, in connection with the launch of the Equity Project initiative, HCC is hosting a series of Black Lives Matter virtual programs. The first was held on November 16th, focusing on protective and risk factors. The next event, entitled ‘Trigger Happy’, will be held on Monday, November 30th at 6 PM to discuss gun violence. The final event in the series, ‘UJIMA’, will be held on Monday, December 14th at 6 PM to discuss our collective work and responsibilities. All are Facebook Live events and can be found by visiting https://www.facebook.com/HCCBridgeport/.

LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Places Fri, 27 Nov 2020 07:50:01 -0500
A Bloc of Writers Offers College Essay Cure-All https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/49758-a-bloc-of-writers-offers-college-essay-cure-all49758-a-bloc-of-writers-offers-college-essay-cure-all https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/49758-a-bloc-of-writers-offers-college-essay-cure-all49758-a-bloc-of-writers-offers-college-essay-cure-all

GREENWICH, Conn. — For many college-bound high school seniors, the holiday season can be challenging, as students wait to hear whether they will be admitted to their first-choice early decision and early action colleges. If a school only accepts 10-20% of applicants who apply ED, it follows that 80-90% need to have a back-up plan and apply elsewhere. This year, some students delayed applying ED and EA because they weren’t able to visit schools due to Covid-19. Either way, instead of sitting around stressing out, it’s crunch time — or it should be.

With six weeks from the regular decision college application deadlines in early January, the pressure’s on for a polished essay. The Common Application personal statement has taken on newfound importance with other factors holding less weight due to the Covid-19 disruption, such as high school classes being graded pass/fail, many colleges adopting “test-optional” policies, and some sports programs and other extracurricular activities on pause. This time of year students procrastinate or tinker with their essay for weeks — akin to driving in circles. The good news is essay writing doesn’t need to be an overwhelming ordeal. Enter A Bloc of Writers — the Greenwich, Connecticut-based writing firm and trio of essay experts — and their affordable tutoring service, Essay Rx. Their team is like a GPS, guiding students toward their destination and ensuring they arrive on time. 

Founder Michele Turk is the mother of both a college freshman and junior. She gets it. In fact, she purposely chose “We take the Stress out of College Admissions!” as her company’s tagline to reassure frazzled families (and a lot of families are frazzled this year!). Michele has worked as a professional writer and editor for the past two decades, having published news articles and features for many consumer magazines and websites before becoming a college consultant (she is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association). She also worked as an adjunct professor of journalism at Quinnipiac University. She knows good writing. Michele and her team, including professional writers and educators Daisy Florin and Jennifer Deinard, coach teens on the nuts and bolts of strong writing, and specifically, storytelling, the essence of a good essay.  

“If you rushed to finish your essays in the waning days and even hours before the mid-night deadline on November 1, Essay Rx can provide reassurance for future applications. After they’ve been deferred or rejected, some students have a wake-up call that their parents or best friend may not know how to write a strong college application essay,” said Turk. “As regular decision application deadlines quickly approach, students need quick, professional advice on their college essays,” she said. “That’s where Essay Rx comes in…we diffuse anxiety, provide spot-on feedback, and help students hone their essays to be on point and on time.” 

Interested students should e-mail a draft to michele@ablocofwriters.com or call (203) 622-2968 to request assistance. Teens then receive extensive feedback regarding topic, theme, tone, and grammar — all within 48 hours. The fee is $200. Students can also schedule 30-minute meetings via Zoom with one of the tutors for an additional $75. Essay Rx is available through December 11, 2020. The service can be used to evaluate the Common Application essay or the all-important supplemental essays.

Though Essay Rx is a timely remedy for unfinished essays, A Bloc of Writers also assists students at any step in the college application process. Should students be stumped on a topic, the tutors work in tandem with the teen, mining their background to distill a compelling story. In January, A Bloc of Writers will offer an affordable online writing class designed to teach underclassmen how to write a winning essay. 

“Our take on what makes a good essay topic is often very different from what students think. The goal is to deliver an authentic essay, strong enough to move their application from the maybe pile to the accepted pile,” continued Turk. 

The tutoring staff also highlights hallmark pitfalls to avoid, like waiting until the last minute to start writing, skipping revisions, writing an autobiography or resume-like list of achievements, tackling the school-specific supplemental essays without enough knowledge of the college or program, asking the wrong person for help, or going it alone. With A Bloc of Writers, there’s no need to. 

A Bloc of Writers is a Greenwich-based writing, editing and tutoring company. They specialize in helping students write impressive college application essays. What sets them apart is that their essay tutors are all experienced, professional writers, editors, and teachers. For more information, visit www.ablocofwriters.com.

PHOTO:(From left) Jennifer Deinard, Michele Turk, and Daisy Florin from the Greenwich-based firm, A Bloc of Writers, offer a speedy service, Essay Rx, for college-bound high schoolers under fast approaching application deadlines. For more information, visit www.ablocofwriters.com.

bornies@optonline.net (Aline Weiller) Life Fri, 27 Nov 2020 07:27:09 -0500
Bruce Museum: Webinar on Endangered Species https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49757-bruce-museum-webinar-on-endangered-species49757-bruce-museum-webinar-on-endangered-species https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49757-bruce-museum-webinar-on-endangered-species49757-bruce-museum-webinar-on-endangered-species

GREENWICH, CT — The Bruce Museum’s series of monthly programs featuring thought leaders in the fields of art and science continues on Thursday, December 3, at 7:00 pm with The Origin of Species...Survival Plans. This Bruce Presents virtual webinar via Zoom brings together a panel of experts who will launch a deep dive into the remarkable programs studying and now saving hundreds of endangered and at-risk species worldwide.

Joining this conversation about the need to develop Species Survival Plans and how they’re being implemented on an international scale are Christopher S. Gentile, Director of the Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville, NC, and three wildlife conservation experts from Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo: Curator of Education Jim Knox, Animal Care Specialist Bethany Thatcher, and Deszani Flemmings, coordinator of the Conservation Discovery Corps team at the zoo in Bridgeport.

Admission to the virtual Bruce Presents program, The Origin of Species...Survival Plans, is $20 for non-members; Museum members receive a 20% discount. To make a reservation to participate in the webinar, visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376. Support for Bruce Presents programs is generously provided by Berkley One, a Berkley Company, Connecticut Office of the Arts, and Northern Trust.

With examples from mammals to reptiles to even often overlooked insects, you will learn not only what resources are required to effectively steward critically endangered species worldwide, but also begin to understand why public education about Species Survival Plans remains ultra-critical to the success of every single effort. 

Chris Gentile began his zoo and aquarium career in 1994 at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. He held management positions at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, SC, prior to being appointed director of Western North Carolina Nature Center in Asheville, NC, in 2009. In February, 2019, the Center opened a new Pre-historic Appalachia exhibit for red panda, making a connection between the fossils of the extinct Bristol’s Panda, found in the tri-cities area of Eastern Tennessee, with their closest living relative.

Gentile received his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Clark University in Worcester, MA in 1992 and his Masters in Secondary Education from the University of Bridgeport, CT in 1993. He recently finished a 4-year term as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (2016-Sept 2020), and served as chair of AZA’s Conservation Education Committee (2004-06) and Chair of the Professional Development Committee (2014 -15).

Jim Knox serves as the Curator of Education for Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, where he directs educational programming and conducts field conservation for this AZA-accredited institution. 

Knox is a graduate of Cornell University where he studied Animal Science and Applied Economics. He has studied Great White Sharks in South Africa, conducted field research on Alaskan Brown Bears, field conservation for Atlantic Salmon, and written nationally for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A member of The Explorers Club, Knox has served as an on-camera wildlife expert for The Today Show and The CBS Early Show and has lectured for The Harvard College Conservation Society. Knox writes a column, Wildly Successful, for The Greenwich Sentinel and is proud to serve as a Science Adviser to The Bruce Museum. 

Bethany Thatcher is an Animal Care Specialist at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo where she performs daily husbandry for a variety of critically endangered species, including birds of prey and large carnivores.  Bethany serves as the Training Coordinator for this AZA facility, overseeing the behavior modification program for the entire zoo.

Thatcher is an honors graduate of Marist College, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has conducted field research on Black Howler monkeys with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Belize and with The National Audubon Society for Project Puffin in Maine. Thatcher has been a leading member in the Connecticut Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers for over 15 years and has served as Chapter President. She has presented at national conservation conferences on hand raising carnivores and animal training.  She prides herself on her success training the animals in her care to accept hand injections, eliminating the need for darting. She has also successfully hand-reared many carnivores over the years, including Amur Tigers and the world’s rarest cat—the Amur Leopard.

Deszani Flemmings began his journey in Kingston, Jamaica, as a volunteer at the Hope Zoo where he quickly realized his passion for conservation and recognized the need for educational programming. Upon immigrating to the U.S.A., he interned at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo where he presented wildlife programs. At the end of 2016, he was hired by Animal Embassy as an Animal Care and Education Specialist.

While at Animal Embassy, he designed interactive educational programs for students of all ages, while still volunteering at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. In 2019, Flemmings joined the Conservation Discovery Corps team at the zoo as a coordinator and has led the team in conservation efforts, including Monarch Watch, invasive plant removal, endangered freshwater mussel identification and population counts, Canada goose banding, Horseshoe crab tagging, as well as a multitude of in-person programs on and off zoo grounds.

The speakers’ presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, moderated by Leonard Jacobs, producer of the Bruce Presents series. Visit brucemuseum.org or call 203-869-0376 to reserve your place in this virtual program on Thursday, December 3, starting at 7:00 pm.

bornies@optonline.net (Scott Smith ) Events Fri, 27 Nov 2020 07:14:44 -0500
Zoom Meet Author Vanessa Price, Thurs., Dec. 3, 6-7pm https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49751-pequot-library-160615435849751-pequot-library-1606154358 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49751-pequot-library-160615435849751-pequot-library-1606154358

Southport, CT - Join Pequot Library for a discussion of food and wine with Vanessa Price, author of "Big Macs & Burgundy: Wine Pairings for the Real World." Vanessa will be interviewed by Scott Green, owner of Fox Pond Catering and Events.

Born and raised in Kentucky, Vanessa first caught the wine bug working in a small winery down south. She followed her passion for wine and moved to New York City in 2007, starting as a sommelier on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. From there she moved on to wine education, PR and events for wine-focused client services, consulting for private wine collectors and wine lists in NYC restaurants, and as a distributor and importer, working with some of the most renowned restaurants and wineries in the world today. Through this years-long diverse education of the wine world, Vanessa decided to dedicate herself to being both a student and teacher of wine.

Today she is the Creative Director and Founder of The Vinum Collective, creating visual content for winery and hospitality entities. She is a wine writer for New York magazine, a certified Level 4 Diploma of Wine and Spirits carrier and an instructor for The Wine&Spirit Education Trust®. Her book "Big Macs & Burgundy," a spinoff of her column, was released with Abrams and Penguin Random House October 2020. Vanessa is currently the managing partner in developing a high-end restaurant concept set to open in Montauk (The Hamptons) Spring 2022. Her mission is to help translate the complexities of wine to wine-lovers the world over. She also teaches a (very popular) wine class at Columbia University. Most of all she has a passion for grape juice and all the people who make it, sell it, and live it.

To join the Zoom discussion on December 3, please register at: https://www.pequotlibrary.org/event/vanessa-price-zoom-meet-the-author/

Registered participants will receive an email with Zoom meeting details on the day of the event. The Zoom link and details will also be posted on the above website link on the day of the event.

heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Fri, 27 Nov 2020 06:39:28 -0500
SHU Graduate Student Excels at Healthcare Hackathon https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49756-shu-graduate-student-excels-at-healthcare-hackathon49756-shu-graduate-student-excels-at-healthcare-hackathon https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/49756-shu-graduate-student-excels-at-healthcare-hackathon49756-shu-graduate-student-excels-at-healthcare-hackathon

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Hacking can have a good result.

Sacred Heart University graduate student Melanie Reyes recently used her work experience and knowledge to address social injustices in health care during the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) weekend-long virtual hackathon event.

To Reyes’ surprise and delight, her team won second place in its category.

“Hacking Racism in Healthcare,” an inaugural event for MIT, brought students and professionals from all over the world together to “dismantle racial injustice in health-care delivery and address the social determinants of health,” according to the event’s website. Participants formed groups, discussed real-world health problems, developed a solution and then presented their scenario to a panel of judges over the course of three days.

Reyes, 27, is enrolled in SHU’s public health master’s program (MPH). The Easton native and Fairfield resident started her first year of the program this fall after working as a fitness and nutrition coach for several years in New York City.

Clinicial assistant professor Sofia Pendley told students in her social determinants of health class about MIT’s hackathon. Reyes thought the event could be a challenging and rewarding opportunity, so she signed up.

“The MIT Hackathon presented a great opportunity for students in the MPH program to work on developing creative solutions to health-equity problems,” Pendley said. “Students in the MPH program take coursework on health-equity issues throughout their graduate study, and the MIT hackathon presented a unique chance for them to put classroom learning into practice.”

Reyes joined the virtual event on a Friday evening with 900 people from 40 countries. After hearing from various presenters and guest speakers, participants divided into seven categories: public health, population health, individualized health, research bias, education, social injustice and intersectionality. Reyes was in the individualized health group.

“The group was really diverse,” Reyes said. She conversed with IT professionals, high school students, health-care workers, business specialists, artists and more. “It was really great to collaborate with all these people,” she said.

On Saturday, the group brainstormed about a health problem they were going to cover and its solution. Ideas were shared, but ultimately, Reyes’ group chose her suggestion.

As a personal trainer in New York City, Reyes visited her clients at their homes. This led to many conversations with doormen, maintenance staff, front desk workers and others. There was one man Reyes chatted with often who frequently asked her about his ankle injury. Reyes provided advice, but asked him if he had ever seen a doctor for his persistent problem. He said, “No.”

“I got the impression that maybe he was an undocumented immigrant,” Reyes said. She thought he might have been fearful to see a doctor, or didn’t have health insurance.

“This was the problem I wanted to address,” Reyes said. “How could we help undocumented immigrants get access to health care?”

Once her pitch was accepted, her group brainstormed solutions. Over the course of several hours, the team came up with an idea: A free smart phone application that undocumented immigrants could use anonymously. The app would connect patients with medical students for care. The students would come from a wide variety of specialties – from physical therapy to general medicine to orthopedics.

Reyes said immigrants are often uncomfortable disclosing their personal information, but this app would protect their identity and provide access to care. Additionally, the app allows students to put their knowledge to good use and get their clinical hours in, she said.

Presentations took place on Sunday, the last day of the hackathon. Reyes said she was nervous; she rehearsed and perfected her notes. The group presented for three minutes and answered judges’ questions for two minutes.

At the end of that day, she learned her team came in second for individualized health.

“It was a really pleasant experience, and it connected me with so many mentors and people I wouldn’t normally connect with,” Reyes said, referring to professionals who opened her eyes to other topics of health care, such as funding and liability.

“I am really proud of Melanie’s accomplishments,” Pendley said. “Her team’s success really shows the value of interprofessional collaboration and innovation. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for their product.”

Reyes said she was glad she participated, even though she initially worried that she got in over her head. On Friday, she expressed her anxiety to her mother, who told her, “You never know what will happen when you challenge yourself.”

“I would recommend this experience to everyone,” Reyes said. “I think it’s something everyone should do. It ended up being a very creative and challenging, but rewarding experience.”


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

bornies@optonline.net (Kim Swartz) Places Fri, 27 Nov 2020 06:34:39 -0500
CT BBB: Shop Safe & Smart This Holiday Season https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/49755-ct-bbb-shop-safe-smart-this-holiday-season49755-ct-bbb-shop-safe-smart-this-holiday-season https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/49755-ct-bbb-shop-safe-smart-this-holiday-season49755-ct-bbb-shop-safe-smart-this-holiday-season


CROMWELL, Conn.—Nov. 23, 2020—People are predicted to spend just under $1,000 this holiday season on friends and loved ones, according to the National Retail Federation. This amount is slightly less than what was spent during the 2019 holiday season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most consumers are expected to do most or all of their holiday shopping online.
Much of the 2020 holiday gift shopping will more than likely involve searching for products online, and as BBB reported recently, the prevalence of online purchase scams will rise. Online purchase scams ranked among the top three riskiest scams for the last three years, according to the 2019 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report published in March 2020, shortly after COVID-19 shut down much of the economy. 
Experts predict at least a 35 percent increase in e-commerce sales allowing retailers to enhance online offerings much earlier than the traditional Black Friday deals and some 42 percent of consumers have started shopping earlier than normal this year. For consumers, this also means more reading, researching, and checking on both the products and the sellers legitimacy before making their purchase. 
BBB recommends the following tips to “Shop Safe, Shop Smart” this holiday season:
  • Research before you buy. Out of the 57 percent who did not research the website or business via an independent source (*like BBB.org) before making a purchase, 81 percent lost money.
  • Don’t shop on price alone. The top motivating factor for people who made a purchase, then lost money was price. If the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Beware of fake websites: Check the URL, watch for bad grammar, research the age of the domain, search for contact information, and read online reviews.
  • Professional photos do not mean it’s a real offer. Respondents reported that website photos motivated them to engage with scammers, especially for pets/pet supplies, clothing/accessories, and vehicles.
  • Make sure the website is secure. Look for the “https” in the URL (the extra s is for “secure”) and a small lock icon on the address bar. Never enter payment or personal information into a website with only “http” – it is NOT secure.
  • Shop small when possible. Visit local boutiques or businesses to find unique gifts for friends and family. You can also purchase gift cards to help local restaurants. If you want to continue to see local businesses in your neighborhood you have to do your part to help them survive.
  • Beware of making quick purchases while scrolling through social media. Scammers have access to tools they need to learn about your buying behaviors, offering exactly what you want at enticingly low prices.
  • Use secure and traceable transactions and payment methods. According to BBB's research, those who paid with a credit card were less likely to lose money. Be cautious when paying by digital wallet apps, prepaid money cards, or other non-traditional payment methods. 
  • Shipment tracking information can be faked. Look closely to make sure it is a legitimate business. Avoid clicking on the tracking link; go to the 'shipper's website and type in the code to see if it is real.
  • Look for the BBB seal. BBB Accredited Businesses pledge to uphold the BBB Standards for Trust and to deal fairly with consumers. If a business displays a BBB seal, verify it by going to BBB.org.
Count on BBB to help you “Shop Safe, Shop Smart.” More tips are available at BBB.org/holiday-tips.
Report unsatisfactory purchase experiences to BBB. If you are unhappy with a purchase, file a complaint at BBB.org/complaints. If you never got what you paid for, consider reporting it to BBB Scam Tracker (BBB.org/ScamTracker) to help other consumers avoid being scammed.







bornies@optonline.net (CT BBB) Public safety Fri, 27 Nov 2020 06:28:10 -0500
Zoom Meet Author Tim Cole, Wed. Dec. 2, 6-7pm https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49750-pequot-library-160581682949750-pequot-library-1605816829 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49750-pequot-library-160581682949750-pequot-library-1605816829

Southport, CT - Join Pequot Library for a Digital Meet the Author event on Zoom with Timothy Cole, author of The Sea Glass Murders.

A headless corpse tossed in a dumpster unites a small-town cop and a formidable retired lady spy to track a heartless killer.

“…an exquisitely written page-turner. Tim Cole is a bright new star in the firmament of mystery and thriller writers.”
~ Richard Armstrong, author, The Don Con

Registration is appreciated by December 1. To register go to: https://www.pequotlibrary.org/event/timothy-cole-zoom-meet-the-author/

Registered participants will receive an email with Zoom meeting details on the day of the event. The Zoom link and details will also be posted on the above website link on the day of the event.

heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Fri, 27 Nov 2020 06:13:28 -0500
Sen. Hwang Offers Pfizer Covid Vaccine Update https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/49754-sen-hwang-offers-pfizer-covid-vaccine-update49754-sen-hwang-offers-pfizer-covid-vaccine-update https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/49754-sen-hwang-offers-pfizer-covid-vaccine-update49754-sen-hwang-offers-pfizer-covid-vaccine-update

Fairfield County, CT - Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) is staying apprised of the state and national happenings regarding the safety and efficient rollout and delivery of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines. 

Sen. Hwang, as co-chair of CT Bioscience Caucus, joined Pfizer medical research officials in their update forum with State of Maine Public Health, Medical Staff and Healthcare providers to better learn about the research and testing methodology and equally important, their process for delivery of vaccines throughout the world.

Hwang was eager to learn what protocols Connecticut may (or may not) want to follow as Connecticut’s Vaccine Distribution Task Force prepares to establish guidelines and priorities for Covid-19 vaccines to be distributed and delivered throughout Connecticut.  

Last week, Pfizer announced that they are making incredible progress developing a vaccine for Covid-19 and pending U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for approved medical vaccination use as early as early December.

“I applaud the research and development teams at Pfizer, BioNTech and other BioCT operations who are leading the nation on establishing a safe, effective vaccine for Covid-19. 

“I want to thank the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for their efforts in expediting the “Emergency Use Authorization” approval process for these very important vaccines while not compromising on the quality of the medicine or testing requirements.

“Seeing the early feedback from hospitals and medical experts has been very enlightening both in the developments and strategies with managing and safely distributing an effective vaccine. This is an exciting but challenging time for the bioscience sector to implement a worldwide vaccine distribution plan. The best thing we can do as state leaders is to be informed and confident in how we communicate medically based facts to the public and ensure information and education are readily available to the public.

“I pledge to follow the conversation on guidance or updates on the Covid-19 vaccine so Connecticut residents will have a clear understanding of the status and effectiveness of this potential protection,” said Sen. Hwang.

bornies@optonline.net (Sarah Clark ) Public safety Fri, 27 Nov 2020 06:10:44 -0500
Fairfield Firefighters Battle Tough Fire on Bloomfield Drive https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/49749-fairfield-firefighters-battle-tough-fire-on-bloomfield-drive49749-fairfield-firefighters-battle-tough-fire-on-bloomfield-drive https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/49749-fairfield-firefighters-battle-tough-fire-on-bloomfield-drive49749-fairfield-firefighters-battle-tough-fire-on-bloomfield-drive

Fairfield, CT - On Wednesday night, November 18 at 9:28 PM, the Fairfield Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a call from a neighbor that smoke was coming out of a two-family home located at 20 Bloomfield Drive. Fairfield Engines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Ladder 2, Rescue 1 and Car 3 responded. Car 3 arrived on scene and reported a working structure fire. Smoke was visible on the first floor and attic eves of the building. The fire apparently started in the basement crawlspace and extended through a large wall void and pipe chase up through the first and second floor and into the attic. The wall void was located in the center of the building and the fire extended into both living units of the two-family home. 

Fairfield Firefighters aggressively attacked the fire, advancing hose lines into the basement crawl space, and first and second floors of both units. Firefighting efforts were complicated by heavy smoke, multiple building renovations, and access challenges. Firefighters from Bridgeport FD and Westport FD were called to the scene to assist Fairfield FD with suppression efforts. 

A “May Day” was called when a Fairfield Firefighter's (assigned to Engine 3) air ran low while fighting the fire and was briefly trapped on the second floor. Fellow firefighters quickly rescued their brother firefighter, who had found his way to an open window, by raising a ladder and helping him down. The firefighter was uninjured and resumed work on the fire at ground level after being examined by AMR paramedics on scene.

All occupants had exited the building prior to FD arrival. The owner and resident of one side of the duplex reported that he had a very large tropical fish tank on the first floor and kept valuable tropical birds in a room on the second floor. Firefighters located and protected the birds in place, closing the door to the room, opening windows, and using special meters to ensure the air inside the room was safe for the birds to breathe. Once the fire was under control firefighters assisted the owner in removing the birds to safety. 

UI responded to the scene and shut down electrical power at the nearest pole, which affected several other homes in the area. Power was restored by United Illuminating to other homes affected by the shut off a little after midnight. Electric power will remain off for the home that suffered the fire. 

The electrical power outage threatened the tropical fish who depend on the aquarium heater and filter for survival. After the fire was safely under control, Fairfield Firefighters secured emergency power for the fish tank with the help of Southport Volunteer Fire Dept., which provided an emergency generator that firefighters used to maintain the filter and the heater, to keep the fish alive.

Firefighters from Bridgeport, Easton, Norwalk, Westport, and the Southport Vol. Fire Departments provided station coverage during the incident. Fairfield Chief McCarthy, Deputy Chief Dunn, Fire Marshal Phil Higgins and Building Official Tom Connelly responded to the scene. The fire was determined under control around 10:45 PM. 

According to Asst. Chief George Gomola, the incident commander, firefighters worked very hard to save the structure, the tropical birds, and the things of value important to the residents. Gomola expressed sincere gratitude for the help and hard work of all the firefighters who responded to the scene, the quick response from UI, and the support received and care provided by American Medical Response (AMR).

“This was a dangerous, stubborn fire that was very difficult to extinguish. Only the hard work and extreme professionalism demonstrated by our Fairfield firefighters, our brother and sister firefighters Bridgeport and Westport, who responded to our request for assistance, kept the fire from completely consuming this building and threating surrounding homes.  We are very grateful the “Mayday” was quickly resolved and that no firefighters or civilians were hurt or injured. We continually practice and prepare for firefighter rescue, and tonight that training paid off.  Many thanks to our mutual aid partners from Easton and Norwalk FD, and to our Southport Volunteer Firefighters who manned our fire stations during the fire, and to Fairfield PD for providing traffic control and safety during the fire," Gomola said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fairfield Fire Marshal’s Office with assistance from Town of Fairfield Building Official Tom Connelly. Both units of the duplex dwelling were damaged by fire and the occupants moved until repairs can be performed. 

bornies@optonline.net (Fairfield Fire Dept. ) Public safety Thu, 19 Nov 2020 04:43:06 -0500
Junior Golf Hub FREE Webinar on Monday: 5 Things You Must Do to Get Signed Next Year! https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49747-junior-golf-hub-free-webinar-on-monday-5-things-you-must-do-to-get-signed-next-year49747-junior-golf-hub-free-webinar-on-monday-5-things-you-must-do-to-get-signed-next-year https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/49747-junior-golf-hub-free-webinar-on-monday-5-things-you-must-do-to-get-signed-next-year49747-junior-golf-hub-free-webinar-on-monday-5-things-you-must-do-to-get-signed-next-year

The National Letter of Intent window is here and for those who are on their journey to college golf, Junior Golf Hub is hosting a FREE webinar on the "5 Things You Must Do to Get Signed Next Year!" on Monday, November 23 at 7pm EST

Register here

Learn from a panel of recruiting experts, college coaches and signees on everything you need to know and what you need to do to sign your letter of intent!


  • Roger Knick, Founder of Junior Golf Hub, The Golf Performance Center, Ethan Allen Preparatory
  • Rick Dowling, Junior Golf Hub, Customer Success Leader
  • Danny Randolph, Former College Golf Coach Texas Christian University, Lynn University, Johnson & Wales - Miami
  • Alex Kirk, Former College Golf Coach at Dartmouth College
  • Jackson Roman, Loyola University—Maryland, Class of 2025, Men's Golf Team
 Learn more and register for Monday's webinar HERE.
kerry@ducey.org (GPC) Events Thu, 19 Nov 2020 04:05:50 -0500