Fairfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:55:15 -0400 HamletHub.com Fairfield Chamber Presents Evening of Wellness on Foot Pain, April 4 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46747-fairfield-chamber-presents-evening-of-wellness-on-foot-pain-april-446747-fairfield-chamber-presents-evening-of-wellness-on-foot-pain-april-4 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46747-fairfield-chamber-presents-evening-of-wellness-on-foot-pain-april-446747-fairfield-chamber-presents-evening-of-wellness-on-foot-pain-april-4

Fairfield, Conn. – The Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and The Norma Pfriem Breast Center will host its sixth lecture in the new 2017-2018 series of eight “Evenings of Wellness” on April 4, 2018.  This lecture topic is: Podiatry: Foot Pain and Some Solutions.

The lecture will be led by Dr. Enu.  Dr. Enu attended the University of Connecticut and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology and Neuroscience. She attended New York College of Podiatric Medicine and completed a three-year residency at Yale New Haven hospital in podiatric medicine and surgery with additional training in reconstructive rear foot and ankle surgery.  Dr. Enu is part of the team of doctors at Associated Podiatrists. 

A native of Anambra state, Nigeria, she has lived in the United States for more than two decades. She is involved in medical missions and outreach in Nigeria most recently in December 2017. 

Attendees will learn about:

  • Causes of foot pain
  • Long term effects
  • Solutions for foot pain 

The Norma Pfriem Breast Center and the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce cordially invites its membership, and the public, to hear the most current and up-to-date information on this important topic.

  • Date:  April 4, 2018
  • Location:  The Norma Pfriem Breast Center
  • Address:  111 Beach Road, 2nd floor, Fairfield, CT  06824
  • Time:  6:00-7:00PM
  • Tickets:  Free
  • Open to the Public
  • RSVP:  April 3, 2018.  Limited Seating

To reserve a seat:  Call the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce:  203-255-1011.   

bornies@optonline.net (Bev Balaz) Events Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:17:54 -0400
CT Audubon Fairfield Spring Break Camp: April 9-13 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46746-ct-audubon-fairfield-spring-break-camp-april-9-1346746-ct-audubon-fairfield-spring-break-camp-april-9-13 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46746-ct-audubon-fairfield-spring-break-camp-april-9-1346746-ct-audubon-fairfield-spring-break-camp-april-9-13

Fairfield, CT - The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, will conduct a Spring Break Camp April 9 – Friday, April 13.

Half day: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Full day: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Children ages 4-6 and 7-8

School breaks are a great time to experience the hands-on learning activities offered at The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield. Both outdoors and indoors, a variety of fun, nature-based offerings are planned whether you choose the full week or single days, and full-day or half-day option.

Weather permitting, the group will head outside to explore the sanctuary and welcome back the animals and plants that have been hiding all winter. Learn the clues that animals leave behind, investigate plants that are first to flower and detect the difference between animal sounds. After the fresh air, participants will go back inside for games, stories, crafts and live animal presentations.

Full-day option: 9 a.m.–4 p.m., CAS members $84/day, non-members $112/day. Half- day option: 9 a.m.–1 p.m., CAS members $48/day, non-members $64/day. Snack is provided; please send a nut-free lunch.

Spring Break Camp is held at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, in Fairfield.Pre-registration is necessary. Please sign up online at: www.ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield, or call the Center at 203-259-6305, ext. 109.



Investigating the signs of spring during Spring Break Camp at the Connecticut Audubon Society in Fairfield

bornies@optonline.net (Liza Hickey) Events Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:26:09 -0400
Communities Join Forces to Form "Sustainable Fairfield County" https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/46745-communities-join-forces-to-form-sustainable-fairfield-county46745-communities-join-forces-to-form-sustainable-fairfield-county https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/politics/46745-communities-join-forces-to-form-sustainable-fairfield-county46745-communities-join-forces-to-form-sustainable-fairfield-county

Fairfield, CT - Ten Fairfield County communities, including the Town of Fairfield, have joined forces to help advance environmental sustainability and responsibility countywide via the formation of a new cooperative organization, Sustainable Fairfield County. Other members of the group are Darien, Easton, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.

First Selectman Mike Tetreau stated, “Safeguarding the sustainability of Fairfield’s natural and built environments is a long-standing, vital objective for our Town, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to come together with our fellow neighboring communities to deepen environmental awareness and engagement across our county as well.”

According to the group’s mission statement, “Sustainable Fairfield County is a network of Connecticut communities working in collaboration to educate the public on ways to enhance our communities using approaches that are economically viable, socially beneficial, and environmentally responsible.”

Founding members are now actively seeking to include representation from all other towns throughout the county.

“Fairfield County is distinguished by some of the most effective, locally-driven initiatives to advance environmental preservation and sustainability in the nation,” said Daphne Dixon, the group’s chairwoman. “But we believe we can take those initiatives to another level by linking the efforts of our communities and their many dedicated, knowledgeable environmental advocates, toward the goal of enlisting a greater number of our residents in the cause of creating a more healthful, sustainable Fairfield County.”

Sustainable Fairfield County was formally launched at the first-annual Regional Convening for Sustainable Development at Grace Farms, New Canaan, on February 7, 2018, featuring discussions of the local integration of global sustainable development goals and showcasing a wide-range of local projects and initiatives.

The next Sustainable Fairfield County meeting will be on Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm at Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more and to add their community to the growing list of towns engaged in the organization.

The primary focus of Sustainable Fairfield County is promoting and coordinating annual “green events” focused on a specific area, and supported by member towns throughout the year, to encourage countywide participation.

The current event calendar includes:

  • Sunday, March 25, Zero Waste Faire, Wilton High School Field House, 11 am to 4 pm
  • Saturday, April 28, Westport Green Day, Earthplace & Wakeman Town Farm, 9 am to 4 pm
  • Weston Farm to Table Festival – summer, date and location to be determined
  • Saturday, September 8, Fairfield Electric Vehicle Showcase, Fairfield Warde High School, 10 am to 2 pm

For more information on Sustainable Fairfield County, please visit www.sustainablefairfieldcounty.org or contact Daphne Dixon at 203-536-4695 or daphne@livegrenct.org.

The Photo of the Launching of Sustainable Fairfield County shows: (front row) Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi, Fairfield First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe; (back row) Daphne Dixon, Fairfield; Patrice Gillespie, Wilton; Mary Hogue, Fairfield; Scott Thompson, Fairfield; Becky Bunnell, Fairfield; Tony McDowell, Westport; Pippa Bell Ader, Westport. 

bornies@optonline.net (Town of Fairfield) Politics Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:21:36 -0400
Housatonic Museum of Art Hosts Talk with Nature Show Curator https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46743-gallery-talk-with-curator-of-nature-inspired-exhibit46743-gallery-talk-with-curator-of-nature-inspired-exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46743-gallery-talk-with-curator-of-nature-inspired-exhibit46743-gallery-talk-with-curator-of-nature-inspired-exhibit

Bridgeport, CT - Timed with the arrival of spring, curator D. Dominick Lombardi will provide a gallery talk of a nature-inspired exhibition currently on view at the Housatonic Museum of Art. On Friday, March 23rd from 1:30-2:30pm, Lombardi will discuss Pattern, Power, Chaos and Quiet in the museum’s Burt Chernow galleries.  

The exhibit explores the diversity of the natural world through the work of eight artists. Through a variety of mediums, the artists showcase the diversity of flora and fauna they represent, with each piece connecting us to the larger world around us.

D. Dominick Lombardi is an artist, writer and curator. He has written features and art criticisms published in ARTESThe Huffington PostARTslant, Art Experience NYC, Public Art and Ecology Magazine (China)The New York TimesSculpture, Sculpture Review, d'ART (U.S. Editor), Art in Asia (S.Korea), Art Papers, Art Lies, ARTnews, & magazine, Juxtapoz, New Art Examiner, Art New England, NYARTS magazineculturecatch.com and others. 

The Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA) is located on the Housatonic Community College campus, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport.  It is home to one of the premier college art collections in the United States.  The museum’s collection offers the opportunity to view works that span the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary, and is on continuous display throughout the 300,000 square foot facility. Visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org to learn more.

LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Housatonic Museum of Art) Events Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:14:00 -0400
SHU Wins Eighth Gold Award For Promoting A Healthy Workplace https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46744-shu-wins-eighth-gold-award-for-promoting-a-healthy-workplace46744-shu-wins-eighth-gold-award-for-promoting-a-healthy-workplace https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46744-shu-wins-eighth-gold-award-for-promoting-a-healthy-workplace46744-shu-wins-eighth-gold-award-for-promoting-a-healthy-workplace

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—The Business Council of Fairfield County has honored Sacred Heart University as a gold award winner in its annual Healthy Workplaces best practices competition. 

Sacred Heart earned its ninth consecutive recognition because of its success in promoting healthy lifestyles and practices among its employees and workplace. Since 2010, SHU has earned the gold award eight times and achieved the platinum award once.

The University’s Office of Human Resources instituted the SHU Employee Wellness Program in the fall of 2007. Aiming to promote good health and provide faculty and staff with ways to improve their well-being, the effort has contributed to the University’s healthy workplace recognition in recent years, said Sally Schettino, program leader and HR project manager. 

Among the wellness offerings is an incentive that gives employees a $360 credit annually earning that offsets the medical premium costs. “Employees are required to complete their annual physical or biometric screening and attend the SHU annual health fair or complete a health risk assessment,” said Liz Henderson, director of employee benefits. “For 2018, 66 percent of our employees are earning this wellness credit and we hope to increase that result for 2019.”

“We are always looking for new and better ways to engage our faculty and staff in wellness initiatives, because we believe that a healthy employee is a happy employee. Our most recent initiative was to provide a fitness facility and full-time wellness professional for our employees. So far, it has been utilized and very well received,” Schettino concluded.

PHOTO CAPTION: At the Business Council of Fairfield County’s Health Workplace Awards are, from left, Chris Viesselman (Aetna), Julia Nofri (Sacred Heart University), Sally Schettino (Sacred Heart University), Chad Gianuzzi (Aetna), Elizabeth Henderson (Sacred Heart University) and Anthony Aguanno (United Healthcare).

About Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University, the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its main campus in Fairfield, Conn., and satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. More than 8,500 students attend the University’s five colleges: Arts & Sciences; Health Professions; Nursing; the Jack Welch College of Business; and the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its guides, Best 382 Colleges–2018 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 267 Business Schools–2018 Edition. It also placed SHU on its lists for “Best College Theater” and “Most Engaged in Community Service,” each of which comprises only 20 U.S. schools. U.S.News & World Report ranks SHU in its Best Colleges 2018 guidebook and calls SHU the fourth “Most Innovative School” in the North. The Chronicle of Higher Education also names SHU one of the fastest-growing Roman Catholic universities in its 2016 almanac. Sacred Heart fields 32 Division I athletic teams and has an award-winning program of community service. www.sacredheart.edu

For additional Sacred Heart University news, please visit http://www.sacredheart.edu/aboutshu/news/

bornies@optonline.net (Kim Primicerio) Places Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:10:18 -0400
Fairfield to Host Downtown Shop & Stroll Into Spring https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46741-fairfield-to-host-downtown-shop-stroll-into-spring46741-fairfield-to-host-downtown-shop-stroll-into-spring https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46741-fairfield-to-host-downtown-shop-stroll-into-spring46741-fairfield-to-host-downtown-shop-stroll-into-spring

Fairfield, CT - The Town of Fairfield and the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor a Shop & Stroll Into Spring event on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

Participating shops in downtown Fairfield will stay open late and will offer patrons an assortment of complimentary hors d’oeuvres and seasonal refreshments from 5 pm to 9 pm. Local restaurants will offer dinner or drink specials throughout the evening. For more details, please visit http://ss.fairfieldct.org/.

First Selectman Mike Tetreau stated, “This is a great opportunity to celebrate the arrival of spring, support our local businesses and enjoy a fun night out with family and friends.”

Beverly Balaz, President of the Chamber of Commerce, added, “The Chamber of Commerce is happy to be partnering with the Town on this event as it will give our merchants another opportunity to open their doors to the community, meet new customers from surrounding towns and provide a wonderful shopping experience!”

Businesses or organizations that wish to participate in the event should contact Fairfield Community and Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart at (203) 256-3120 or mbarnhart@fairfieldct.org or Beverly Balaz, President of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, at (203) 255-1011 or beverly@fairfieldctchamber.com

bornies@optonline.net (Town of Fairfield) Events Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:48:41 -0400
Weston High School to Present "South Pacific" https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46740-weston-high-school-to-present-south-pacific46740-weston-high-school-to-present-south-pacific https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46740-weston-high-school-to-present-south-pacific46740-weston-high-school-to-present-south-pacific

Weston, CT - Weston High School’s Company is taking the town by storm with their spring musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. Set during World War Two, the 1949 musical chronicles two love stories and follows the lives of “seabees”, sailors, and nurses serving in the South Pacific. Challenging the racial norms of the early 20th century, South Pacific redefined what it means to love someone.  

The show’s progressive message against racism did not initially sit well with all audiences, but Rodgers, a former resident of Fairfield, and Hammerstein stood by the themes of their musical––themes which are still relevant to society today. This prejudice is confronted head-on through the classic archetype of two star-crossed lovers: Ensign Nellie Forbush and Emile de Becque, played by Izzy Angeli and Thomas Valenti. As the naive yet spunky nurse and distinguished Frenchman fall in love, their relationship is jeopardized by Nellie’s deep-rooted prejudice against his biracial children. Rounding out the cast are Sophie Lang as Bloody Mary, David Katz as Lieutenant Joseph Cable, Nima Lewis as Mary’s daughter and Cable’s love interest Liat, and Matthew Figliola as Seabee Luther Billis. The parallel love story of Lt. Cable and the young Tonkinese Liat serves as a powerful reminder of how devastating the deep-rooted racism which possessed many Americans could be.

“I have always been drawn to the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein but South Pacific holds a special place in my heart. My students have embraced the score and have committed fully to its message,” said South Pacific Director and Company Advisor, Liz Morris.  “We are proud to present this work to the community and hope that the audience will connect with this story and its magnificent score as much as we have.”

Rodgers and Hammerstein received immense box-office success when South Pacific became the second-longest running Broadway musical of its time. The music is rich with famously catchy tunes that Hammerstein spent years creating, including Nothing Like a Dame, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair and Happy Talk which are sure to have audience members dancing in their seats.

The soaring melodies in Bali Ha’i, Some Enchanted Evening and Younger Than Springtime are complemented by our 24 member pit orchestra, 20 of whom are Weston High School students. Showcased in this production are the many talents of Company members ranging from the building and painting skills of the set team to dancing skills in the “Follies” musical number to the technical skills of the large crew of students behind the production. The production is sure to be visually stunning with a number of rousing, crowd-pleasing musical numbers and outstanding solos for young and old hearts to enjoy.

South Pacific will run March 22, 23, 24, and 25. Tickets for the show are already for sale at www.whscompany.com and are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Veterans are invited to attend opening night on Thursday for free with the code VET18.

bornies@optonline.net (Ellen Relac) Events Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:30:10 -0400
5 Things You Need to Know About Club Getaway Family Camp https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46739-5-things-you-need-to-know-about-club-getaway-family-camp46739-5-things-you-need-to-know-about-club-getaway-family-camp https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46739-5-things-you-need-to-know-about-club-getaway-family-camp46739-5-things-you-need-to-know-about-club-getaway-family-camp

Getaway with your family. Unplug, unwind, get silly, and reconnect at Club Getaway’s Family Camp.

With 300 acres overlooking a sparkling lake in the Berkshire Mountains of Kent, Connecticut,  Club Getaway Family Camp provides families all of the natural and manmade resources necessary to create memories that last a lifetime.

5 Things You Need To Know About Family Camp:

5. You’ll play like a kid, with your kids

At Club Getaway there are endless opportunities to #getoutandplay. From pie eating contests to action-packed outdoor activities including seven zip lines and giant swings, you and your family are provided every opportunity to try something new or revisit an old hobby. All-inclusive weekends will keep you playing until the sun sets and maybe even a little later…

4. After one weekend at camp, you’ll have 300 new besties

You and your kids will be surrounded by friends at Family Camp. One day you’re strangers on the subway and the next day you’re duking it out in a game of volleyball or stepping on each other’s toes in salsa lessons. It doesn’t take long before the magic of camp takes over and you get a real life friend request.

3. Party like a kid (and an adult)

Roll out of bed to SHAKE AND WAKE which includes smoothies and a morning time dance party!  Move on to family Olympics, family wiffle ball, archery tag, family zombie tag, and family happy hour and create family bonds no one can sever.  Need some adult time? You and your kids are covered with age-appropriate (and fun) party like it’s 1999 activities.

2. The counselors are the happiest campers you’ll ever meet

Camp wouldn’t be camp without counselors. Family Camp counselors will stop at nothing……well almost nothing… to make your weekend unforgettable. Club Getaway’s fearless camp leaders are always hungry to earn another Color War Championship title, be the first ones on the dance floor!

1. The memories will live on forever

After a weekend at Club Getaway, you’ll have stories to keep the water cooler gang enthralled for hours…..”This one time at summer camp”. The tan lines will fade and the flash and face paint will wash off, but your stories can be told again and again – until next summer when you collect a few more to put in the bank.

Register here, today!

Family Camp Dates:

July 2-6

August 20-24

August 27-31

August 24-26 (Family Weekend)

August 27-29

August 29-31

Learn more about Club Getaway for Families

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:51:37 -0400
Third Grade Field Trip to Fairfield Museum Brings History to Life for Students https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46738-third-grade-field-trip-to-fairfield-museum-brings-history-to-life-for-students46738-third-grade-field-trip-to-fairfield-museum-brings-history-to-life-for-students https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46738-third-grade-field-trip-to-fairfield-museum-brings-history-to-life-for-students46738-third-grade-field-trip-to-fairfield-museum-brings-history-to-life-for-students

Fairfield, CT - As part of the new Social Studies curriculum, every child in Grade 3 in the Fairfield Public School system will visit the Fairfield Museum & History Center this spring.  The third-graders spend the year studying the geography, government, economics and history of Connecticut and Fairfield, and their field trip to the Fairfield Museum is a memorable, hands-on way to supplement their in-class learning.

While at the Museum, students are able investigate many aspects of Fairfield and the area, including its early development and geography dating from the 17th century to today. Through scavenger hunts, gallery tours and activities, the students learn how people worked, lived, and built the community over time and how those developments have contributed to American history.

Christine Jewell, director of education at the Fairfield Museum, emphasized the importance of viewing objects in the Museum’s collection. “Collections can transport students to a different time by piecing together a story,” she said. In one activity on their field trips, students learn about ship captain Isaac Jennings, his family, and his travels at sea through a painting, actual letters, photographs, and his daughter Minnie’s doll. “Collections,” she said, “tell fascinating stories and prompt additional questions about how people lived in the past.”

The Fairfield Museum is grateful for the support of the Town of Fairfield, Fairfield Public Schools and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for making this field trip program possible. In addition, field trips to the Fairfield Museum are generously supported by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, William T. Morris Foundation, Bankwell, and Bigelow Tea/David and Eunice Bigelow Foundation.

About the Fairfield Museum & History Center

The Fairfield Museum & History Center and Museum Shop, located at 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week, 10am-4pm. Members of the Museum and children under 5 are admitted free. For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org. The Fairfield Museum relies on funding from individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Museum is especially grateful for leadership support from the State of Connecticut, Town of Fairfield and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

bornies@optonline.net (Deborah Owens) Places Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:05:26 -0400
Save the Children's Fairfield Leadership Council Luncheon: March 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/charities/46735-save-the-children-s-fairfield-leadership-council-luncheon46735-save-the-children-s-fairfield-leadership-council-luncheon https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/charities/46735-save-the-children-s-fairfield-leadership-council-luncheon46735-save-the-children-s-fairfield-leadership-council-luncheon

Save the Children's Fairfield Leadership Council is hosting their 2nd annual Spring Luncheon, highlighting their Return to Learning Fund.

The luncheon will include an important discussion about Save the Children's work to get displaced children around the world back in school.  

Today, the world is witnessing the highest levels of human displacement on record. Whether by natural disasters, war or other forms of violence, 66 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Half of them are children.  

The United Nations estimates that only 50% of refugee children have access to primary education. With the average displacement lasting 17 years, an entire generation is losing out on their childhood and the ability to reach their full potential.

Refugee children have the potential to become doctors, teachers, architects, engineers and more. But they can't do it alone. Through our Return to Learning Fund, Save the Children is dedicated to get children back to a learning environment within 30 days of displacement. 

Join us to learn how you can help us achieve this bold ambition, transforming the lives of vulnerable girls and boys and the future we all share. 

Please RSVP by March 23, 2018
To register, and for ticket information, please email 

RSVP Required for admittance and tickets will not be sold at the door. 


thammill@savechildren.org (Save The Children) Charities Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:52:43 -0400
Three New Chaplains Join SHU Campus Ministry https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46737-three-new-chaplains-join-shu-campus-ministry46737-three-new-chaplains-join-shu-campus-ministry https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46737-three-new-chaplains-join-shu-campus-ministry46737-three-new-chaplains-join-shu-campus-ministry

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Three new part-time chaplains at Sacred Heart University—Imam Gazmend Aga, Rabbi Marcelo Kormis and Mark Block, executive director of Congregation Rodeph Sholom—have joined the Campus Ministry team as part of the “Open Heart, Many Faiths” initiative. 

The initiative began as a means of opening channels between faiths, encouraging open dialogue and communication on campus and providing an open door for students who have questions about religion and spirituality.

During a recent meet-and-greet session with the three chaplains in University Commons, Larry Carroll, executive director of Pastoral Services and Planning, described the new chaplains as individuals with “great faith, great spirit and fun.” 

Aga is well-known in Albania for his experience in religious education and interfaith activities. He currently is the imam of the Albanian American Community in Waterbury. Kormis is from Congregation Beth El in Fairfield and works vigorously to inspire people of all ages to engage in spirituality and social justice. Block is executive director of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Bridgeport. He completed his MBA at SHU in 1998 and was one of the founding members and first president of the Council of Graduate Students.

“Campus Ministry is open to students of all faith traditions here at Sacred Heart,” said Carroll. “We are happy to welcome three new spiritual leaders to our ministry. They come out of the Jewish and Muslim traditions and will be available for all members of the Sacred Heart community. ”

Aga, more commonly known as Gazi, explained that religion teaches forgiveness. It teaches people about each other and shows not only the differences in the community, but what people have in common.

Each chaplain will have office hours in Campus Ministry one day a week and will be available to talk with students. They will also share their insights during a podcast entitled “An Imam, a Priest and a Rabbi Walk Into a Bar…” during which they will talk about the tough issues that come along with being a religious person in the 21st century. The show will be recorded at Red’s, Sacred Heart’s on-campus pub.

PHOTO CAPTION: From left are new Sacred Heart University Chaplains Rabbi Marcelo Kormis, Imam Gazmend Aga and Mark Block. Photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek 1/31/18

bornies@optonline.net (Kim Primicerio) Places Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:50:36 -0400
CT BBB: Concerns About Toys R Us Closure https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/46736-ct-bbb-concerns-about-toys-r-us-closure46736-ct-bbb-concerns-about-toys-r-us-closure https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/46736-ct-bbb-concerns-about-toys-r-us-closure46736-ct-bbb-concerns-about-toys-r-us-closure

Cromwell, CT - Connecticut BBB recommends Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us customers move quickly to redeem store gift cards and reward points, and to make alternative arrangements for baby registry accounts.
The company says it will honor store gift cards for 30 days, so it’s best to move quickly to use or redeem those cards for cash before they are rendered useless.
A company spokesman is quoted as saying the Babies “R” Us baby registry and rewards programs continue to operate, however, there is no telling how long that will last.  
“A number of very large, well-known companies have gone out of business in recent years,” according to Connecticut Better Business Bureau spokesman Howard Schwartz. “Bankruptcies may be related to poor end-of-year holiday sales, competitive pricing at big box stores and consumers’ changing purchasing preferences in stores and online. From the retailers’ perspective, an online presence is a fraction of the cost of operating hundreds of stores.”
Fortunately for customers, the company gave advanced notice it was shutting down.  In other situations when a company is going through bankruptcy proceedings, it may cease all operations without any advance notice.  
It is not all bad news for consumers. Liquidation sales are expected over the next several weeks as the company moves to clear its inventory. The caveat is that items bought during a liquidation will likely not be eligible for return or exchange.
BBB offers tips for existing customers and consumers who are looking for bankruptcy bargains:
Check for the latest information – Visit the company’s websites and social media profiles for updated information, and look for the site’s page that is dedicated to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Don’t wait – This is a message that is worth repeating. If you have gift cards, store credits, reward program points or a baby registry, move as quickly as possible. Conditions may force unexpected changes, so experts remind us to “use it or lose it.”
Find out what will happen with a store-issued credit card – The good news is that in some cases, just because a store opts to close its doors doesn’t automatically mean that its branded credit cards will be useless.  
In this case, the company’s retail website is still up and running at the moment, so you may be able to use the card online. If you want more information contact the store’s credit card division. 




bornies@optonline.net (Howard Schwartz) Public safety Mon, 19 Mar 2018 06:47:53 -0400
CT Audubon's Egg-Stravaganza, March 31 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46734-ct-audubon-s-egg-stravaganza-march-3146734-ct-audubon-s-egg-stravaganza-march-31 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46734-ct-audubon-s-egg-stravaganza-march-3146734-ct-audubon-s-egg-stravaganza-march-31

Connecticut Audubon Society, Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, will host its annual Egg Hunt Egg-Stravaganza on Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Children: $10 CAS Members, $15 non-members

All adults: $5

Egg-citement is building once again for The Connecticut Audubon Society’s annual “Egg Hunt Egg-Stravaganza,” Saturday, March 31 at the Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield. Fun-filled family activities include an egg hunt (ideal for children 8 and under), spring-themed craft making, and a visit from a very special rabbit. The morning egg hunt includes a continental breakfast; the afternoon egg hunt includes juice and healthy snacks. Don’t forget to bring cameras and a basket! Program held rain or shine.

Choice of two times: 10-11:30 a.m., or 1-2:30 p.m. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required; children must be accompanied by an adult. To sign up and reserve your spot call 203-259-6305, ext. 109 or visit www.ctaudubon.org/center-at-fairfield.

Cost: $10/child for CAS members; $15/child for non-members; $5 for all adults.

All proceeds support The Connecticut Audubon Society’s environmental education programs.

Visit Connecticut Audubon Society’s website at: www.ctaudubon.org for a complete list of our upcoming spring programs and special events.

bornies@optonline.net (Liza Hickey) Events Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:49:40 -0400
Easter Egg Roll at Pequot Library, March 31 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46730-pequot-library-152114740146730-pequot-library-1521147401 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46730-pequot-library-152114740146730-pequot-library-1521147401

Southport, CT - Enjoy traditional holiday fun at the 12th annual Easter Egg Roll in Pequot Library's Auditorium and on the Great Lawn. The event is set for Saturday, March 31, 10:00am - 11:30am

Dance the bunny hop, make crafts, play games, meet the Easter Bunny himself, and then visit with our real, live rabbit, Blossom!

Bring your own hard-boiled eggs for decorating, and then choose your favorite egg to enter in the age-category races. Please bring a long-handled wooden spoon for the roll. Rain or shine. For ages 2-12. Free and open to the public.

heitmann@pequotlibrary.org (Pequot Library) Events Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:46:17 -0400
NAMI CT Offers Program to Veteran Families in Shelton https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/46733-nami-ct-offers-program-to-veteran-families-in-shelton46733-nami-ct-offers-program-to-veteran-families-in-shelton https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/life/46733-nami-ct-offers-program-to-veteran-families-in-shelton46733-nami-ct-offers-program-to-veteran-families-in-shelton

Hartford, CT - The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Connecticut is pleased to announce the FIRST NAMI Homefront Education Program for family members of veterans. The course begins on Saturday, April 21st.  It meets from 1-3:30 pm; 3 Corporate Drive, Shelton, CT 06484. Contact & Registration: Claudia at (203) 428-6864 or John at (203) 610-2828. 

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session education program for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans with behavioral and mental health conditions. It focuses on the unique needs of military and veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions, PTSD, and other challenges many vets and their families face. New for a NAMI education program, the course includes both an online and in-person component, to make the course as easy as possible to complete.  

According to Paloma Bayona, NAMI Connecticut’s Program Director, “We are so happy to bring this program to Connecticut.  We have worked for a number of years with Vets, especially through the Errera Center in West Haven, and now we have something for family members.”  

The course is designed to help family members understand and support their loved one while maintaining their own well-being. The trained teachers are also family members who have experience with military culture and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental a mental health condition. The in-person group experience provides the opportunity for mutual support and shared positive impact. Participants will experience compassion and reinforcement from people who relate to their experiences. 

About NAMI Connecticut

NAMI Connecticut is an affiliate of NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots organization focused on improving the lives of all people impacted by mental illness. NAMI Connecticut and dedicated volunteers, work tirelessly to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy and support group programs for people in the community living with mental health conditions and their loved ones. NAMI Connecticut advocates for access to services, treatment, supports, and research and is steadfast in its dedication to raising awareness and ensuring that individuals know they are not alone

bornies@optonline.net (Paloma Bayona) Life Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:27:16 -0400