Fairfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:13:46 -0500 HamletHub.com SHU Professor to Run in Boston Marathon https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46630-shu-professor-to-run-in-boston-marathon46630-shu-professor-to-run-in-boston-marathon https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46630-shu-professor-to-run-in-boston-marathon46630-shu-professor-to-run-in-boston-marathon

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University Professor Bernadette Boyle plans to parlay her participation in the Boston Marathon in April into a fundraiser for scholarships before she even steps on the starting line. She intends to accomplish that through an online fundraising page and talking to family, friends and colleagues.

Boyle’s opportunity came about through Todd Cassler ’01, a member of the Board of Visitors for SHU’s Jack Welch College of Business. Cassler works for John Hancock Investments, a major sponsor of the marathon, as president of Financial Institutions and Advisory Solutions. A University email went out to all students, faculty and staff, asking for those interested in participating in the marathon to send back an email with a biography, details of running ability and experience. Boyle was selected from the respondents. 

“It was always on my bucket list to run in a marathon,” said Boyle, a lifelong runner. The 32-year-old Fairfield native has been teaching math at SHU since the fall of 2012 and is a faculty mentor for SHU’s track and cross-country teams. She participated on such teams at Notre Dame High School in Fairfield and in college, and she has run in half marathons and 5K and 10K events.

The Providence College and University of Notre Dame alumna was excited to learn of the opportunity as running a marathon is high on her bucket list. “It took me a couple of days to respond to the email. I know what goes into training, so I had to truly commit to this,” she said.

Ultimately, Boyle applied for the lottery. Before leaving cross-country practice one day with the other coaches, she checked her email and learned that she would represent SHU in the marathon. “We were all pretty happy,” she said. “I am excited for this; I’m proud to represent SHU and John Hancock.” 

Since receiving the news, Boyle has been training almost every day. She said she runs six days a week and does plenty of core exercises. Despite many harsh, below-freezing days in December and January, she has continued running outside. “I really dislike the treadmill,” Boyle said. “Running outside in the cold, it’s more of a mental test. You have to be mentally tough to run a marathon.”

April’s weather can be warm or cold, so training in frozen conditions is preparing Boyle for the very worst. “I’m going to prepare for anything, and I’m going to take whatever I’m given and go for it,” she declared.

Boyle said she has received plenty of encouragement and motivation from colleagues as she trains to get in prime shape for the race. “I’m nervous, but it’s a good nervous,” she said. “I’m confident I’ll be ready.”

To donate, visit https://weareshu.sacredheart.edu/runforexcellence.

bornies@optonline.net (Kim Primicerio) Places Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:45:36 -0500
Close to Home Dessert Tasting & Youth Concert Supports Pacific House on Feb. 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46627-close-to-home-dessert-tasting-youth-concert46627-close-to-home-dessert-tasting-youth-concert https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46627-close-to-home-dessert-tasting-youth-concert46627-close-to-home-dessert-tasting-youth-concert

Greenwich, CT - The 10th Pacific House Close to Home Dessert Tasting and Youth Concert will be held on Friday, February 23rd from 7-10pm at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. Tickets are now on sale for this spectacular community tradition that offers incredible desserts and live music while raising funds for homeless youth.  Talented student musicians from area high schools will join together in a night of music to help their homeless peers.

Musical guest Javier Colon, winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” will provide an exclusive performance. At 8:00pm, approximately 80 students from local high schools will Join Javier Colon on stage for a spectacular rendition of his signature song – Hallelujah.

Please plan to join this special evening to help end young adult homelessness.  Tickets begin at $50, and may be purchased by visiting https://pacifichouse.org/CloseToHome

“This event will make a meaningful difference for those young adults who have nowhere to call home,” said Rafael Pagan Jr., Executive Director of Pacific House.  “Attendees will enjoy delicious desserts and great music, and will also feel good knowing they’re helping kids in need.”

One year ago, Pacific House emergency shelter began a Young Adult Program in response to the significant number of young adults they were seeing coming into the shelter.  These young men, ages 18-24, have nowhere to live and are currently calling the shelter home.  Whether they’re still in high school, doing their homework at the shelter each day, or getting help with support services, the Pacific House Young Adult Program connects these young people with housing, employment, education and services that can prevent a lifetime of homelessness. Several have made the journey from homelessness to the Young Adult Program and onto college.

Guests will leave the event having sampled delicious food and desserts from some of the area’s finest restaurants, bakeries and chocolatiers including: A Chef’s Choice, Bad Louie’s Fudge, Chocolate Works Darien, Dimare's Pastry, Filicori Zecchini, Izzi B’s Allergen Free Bakery, Le Rouge, Little Pub, Longford’s Ice Cream, Pasta Vera, The Granola Bar, Tomatillo.

Pacific House would like to thank the evening’s generous corporate sponsors. Concert Sponsor: Olympus Partners; VIP reception sponsor: Webster Bank; Coach Sponsors: First County Bank, Harbor Point, Purdue Pharma, and Stamford Hospital Foundation; Guide Sponsors: Renewal by Anderson, Pitney Bowes, Sympl Co., Shoprite and Creative Video Corporation; as well as Media Partners: Fairfield County Look, 95.9 the FOX, CTbites and Hey Stamford.  Additional thanks are extended to all the schools and students who are participating in the event, those schools include: Brunswick School, Darien High School, Greenwich Country Day, Greenwich High School, King School, Sacred Heart Greenwich and Stamford High School.

LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Events Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:05:56 -0500
Art Collecting Talk on March 6 in Old Greenwich https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46626-an-art-collecting-talk-on-march-6-in-old-greenwich46626-an-art-collecting-talk-on-march-6-in-old-greenwich https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46626-an-art-collecting-talk-on-march-6-in-old-greenwich46626-an-art-collecting-talk-on-march-6-in-old-greenwich

Old Greenwich, CT - On Tuesday, March 6, at 6pm, Elisa Contemporary Art and Chilton & Chadwick will be giving an Art Collecting talk and Exhibit hosted at Estate Treasures in Old Greenwich. The focus of the presentation will be "How to combine contemporary art with traditional home décor - Finding the perfect art for your Living Room, Dining Room and Den"

The presentation will be given by Beth Harrington, SVP, Chilton & Chadwick and Lisa Cooper, Owner, Elisa Contemporary Art. The talk will include ideas on the type of art to consider for these rooms, color palette considerations and insights on where and how to find the artwork.

The evening will also include an art exhibit featuring local and international artists across a range of different mediums, genre and sizes.

It will be an interactive evening of Art, wine and conversation.

What: Art Collecting Talk on How to Combine Contemporary Art with Traditional Home Décor -- Finding the perfect art for your Living Room, Dining Room and Den.

  • Where: Estate Treasures, 1381 East Putnam Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT, 06870
  • When: Tuesday March 6 from 6pm to 8pm
  • RSVP to Lisa@ElisaArt.com

For more information visit, http://www.elisacontemporaryart.com/Exhibit_Detail.cfm?ShowsID=139 or Contact Lisa Cooper, Elisa Contemporary Art at 212.729.4974 or Lisa@ElisaArt.com


Lisa@ElisaArt.com (Elisa Art) Events Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:01:43 -0500
Nature-Themed Exhibit to Open at HMA, Feb. 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46625-nature-inspired-exhibit-pattern-power-chaos-and-quiet-151913930846625-nature-inspired-exhibit-pattern-power-chaos-and-quiet-1519139308 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46625-nature-inspired-exhibit-pattern-power-chaos-and-quiet-151913930846625-nature-inspired-exhibit-pattern-power-chaos-and-quiet-1519139308

Bridgeport, CT - The Housatonic Museum of Art presents its next exhibition, Pattern, Power, Chaos and Quiet, a group show curated by D. Dominick Lombardi. The exhibition will be on view February 22 through March 31, 2018, with an opening reception on Thursday, February 22nd from 5:30 to 7pm at the museum, located on the Housatonic Community College campus, 900 Lafayette Blvd, in Bridgeport. 

Eight artists will be featured in the show: Gloria Garfinkel, Brenda Giegrich, Sandra Gottlieb, Nolan Preece, John Lyon Paul, Mark Sharp, Susan Sommer and Martin Weinstein. The works take nature as its subject, and through a prism of personal, political or technological concerns, each artist strives to portray the very essence of nature.

The artists’ interpretations of the natural world range from magical and quiet to alarming and threatening.  Through their use of brilliant color, dramatic shape, chaotic pattern and assemblages of wood and paint, these artists challenge us to rediscover the beauty and power that nature wields, and our place within its path.

“Technology continues to change our relationship with nature. Quite frankly, the speed with which technology continues to advance seems in direct proportion to our destruction of nature,” said Robbin Zella, Executive Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art. “Depression and anxiety is on the rise, especially with younger generations who spend their free time on screens rather than outdoors. Our hope is that this exhibition will allow viewers to re-think what is beautiful in nature, and perhaps protect and preserve it.”

Pattern, Power, Chaos and Quiet will be on view through March 31, 2018.  The artists will be present at the opening reception on Thursday, February 22 from 5:30-7:00pm, where programs in connection with the exhibition will be announced.  Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm, Thursdays until 7pm, Saturday, 9am – 3pm.  For more information visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org or call (203) 332-5052. This exhibit was organized through Katherine T. Carter & Associates.

The Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA) is home to one of the premier college art collections in the United States.  Its collection offers students and the community alike the opportunity to view works that span the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary.  Unique to the Housatonic Community College campus, this permanent collection is on continuous display throughout the 300,000 square foot facility, offering a rare opportunity for both art enthusiasts and casual observers to view and interact with the art on a daily basis.  Visit www.HousatonicMuseum.org to learn more.

LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Housatonic Museum of Art) Events Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:57:14 -0500
WAC to Host Pop Up Art Show, March 7 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46629-wac-to-host-pop-up-art-show-march-746629-wac-to-host-pop-up-art-show-march-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46629-wac-to-host-pop-up-art-show-march-746629-wac-to-host-pop-up-art-show-march-7

Westport, CT - Pop into a special Spring Pop Up show by the Westport Artists Collective on Wednesday, March 7 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center.  The Pop Up is free and open to the public, and will be on view Wednesday, March 7 through Saturday, March 10.  The Pop Up can also be previewed during the day on March 7.

For this special Pop Up show, all 150 members of the Collective were invited to showcase a work of art, creating an extraordinary display of artistic talent, with works ranging from mixed media to sculpture to paintings.

Amanda Innes, Executive Director of the Arts Center, stated, “The all-member Pop Up takes place once a year, and is a perfect opportunity to support the arts and artists on a regional level.  The artwork is accessible for collectors of all levels.” 

The Westport Artists Collective Pop Up shows are a reflection of Westport’s creative heritage and are wildly popular events.  The Arts Center opens its space to the Collective three to four times each year, allowing local and regional professional artists to showcase their work, and the entire community to show its support.

The Westport Arts Center Collective has quickly grown to include 150 members who have joined forces to share resources, provide support and encouragement to each other, and to develop dynamic art experiences.  For more information on the Pop Up or the Westport Artists Collective, contact the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070 or visit the Arts Center website at www.westportartscenter.org.

About the Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting our community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Anthropologie & Co.; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; Bernstein Private Wealth Management; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Critical Mix; Delamar Southport; Design Within Reach; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County's Community Foundation; Fairfield County Hunt Club; 4th Row Films; First County Bank Foundation; GWAY Print Solutions; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; Hotel Zero Degrees; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover/Jaguar of Fairfield; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Northeast Tent; Serena & Lily; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Steven Mancini Salon; Success Printing & Mailing; Teich Gardens; Tito's Handmade Vodka; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Now; Westport Resources, a division of United Capital; WPKN and WSHU Public Radio Group. The Westport Arts Center operates with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or www.westportartscenter.org.  The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

bornies@optonline.net (Leslie LaSala) Events Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:42:03 -0500
Darien's Geary Gallery Presents Caroline O'Callaghan in March https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46628-darien-s-geary-gallery-presents-caroline-o-callaghan-in-march46628-darien-s-geary-gallery-presents-caroline-o-callaghan-in-march https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46628-darien-s-geary-gallery-presents-caroline-o-callaghan-in-march46628-darien-s-geary-gallery-presents-caroline-o-callaghan-in-march

Darien, CT - This March, the Geary Gallery of Darien presents “Abstract Reflections” featuring the mesmerizing abstract art of New York City painter Caroline O’Callaghan. Her exhibit runs March 1 – 31 at the Geary Gallery located at 576 Boston Post Road in Darien.

Featured Artist, March: Caroline O’Callaghan

Abstract painter Caroline O’Callaghan, has always had a passion for the world of art and design. She studied colors and painting at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) and started her career at House Beautiful magazine.

She further expanded her design education through her experience working at a boutique interior design firm on Madison Avenue in New York City.

This combination of work and education influenced O’Callaghan’s painting style. She is passionate about spacial design; it resonates with her and permeates her painting style. “Working in both interior and architectural design has exposed me to a form of spacial design that resonates with me and influences my work,” says O’Callaghan. 

O’Callaghan paints with high-end acrylics and acrylic color washes on heavyweight cotton duck cloth, primed with acid-free titanium acrylic gesso. Her canvases are professionally stretched on 1.5″ kiln-dried wood frames with stretcher bars for extra support. Most of her designs can be transferred to acrylic-primed canvas sheets, as well as 140 pound cold press durable cotton paper, for framing.

Caroline O’Callaghan’s paintings can be found in galleries and design shops throughout New York and Connecticut.

Her exhibit runs March 1 – 31 and her paintings are available for acquisition. All are welcome and admission is free. 

Visit our online gallery: https://www.gearygallery.com/?artists=caroline-ocallaghan

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


bornies@optonline.net (Lynda Falcone) Events Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:36:27 -0500
Fairfield Dentist Advances Maternity Clinic in Senegal https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/46623-fairfield-dentist-advances-maternity-clinic-in-senegal46623-fairfield-dentist-advances-maternity-clinic-in-senegal https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/neighbors/46623-fairfield-dentist-advances-maternity-clinic-in-senegal46623-fairfield-dentist-advances-maternity-clinic-in-senegal

Fairfield, CT - Fairfield dentist Dr. Susan K. Levine has raised $21,410 through GoFundMe and helped to open a maternity clinic for an underserved population in the French-speaking West African nation of Senegal. 
The money raised supported completion of construction of a clinic that was abandoned four years ago because funding was no longer available. The clinic is part of a health center in the community of Joal, Senegal.
Dr. Levine’s interest in Senegal was driven by a Senegalese expatriate who was her French-language tutor. He showed her a photograph of his daughters back home, one of whom was missing two front teeth. Dr. Levine was able to fabricate a prosthesis here in the states to replace these missing front teeth. Dr. Levine learned of the shortage of funding when she visited Senegal in November of 2016.
“What I found out,” she says, “is that many women in this region die during child birth due to inadequate facilities and health care. It became apparent to me that raising the money was an atonable goal. Doing so would greatly impact the quality of health care in this community.”
Dr. Levine started practicing dentistry in 1982 with her father Bernard in his dental practice in Stratford, CT and established her own practice in general and cosmetic dentistry in Fairfield, CT in 1997. Her father was at one time a volunteer on a kibbutz in Israel. At 92 now and retired in Florida, he told his daughter her outreach in Senegal was “gutsy.”
bornies@optonline.net (Marven Moss) Neighbors Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:33:06 -0500
Westport Playhouse Presents Pinkalicious, the Musical https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46622-westport-playhouse-presents-pinkalicious-the-musical46622-westport-playhouse-presents-pinkalicious-the-musical https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46622-westport-playhouse-presents-pinkalicious-the-musical46622-westport-playhouse-presents-pinkalicious-the-musical

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse will present “Pinkalicious, the Musical,” based on the bestselling book from Victoria and Elizabeth Kann, as part of its Family Festivities Series for three performances on Sunday, March 11, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. Produced by Vital Theatre Company, the one-hour production is appropriate for ages 2 through 7.  Tickets are $20. Audience members are invited to dress as their favorite “Pinkalicious” character.

The musical tells the tale of Pinkalicious who can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

Vital Theatre Company, founded in 1999, been recognized with the American Theatre Wing Award for Continued Commitment to Excellence in Theatre.

On Saturday, March 3, at 2:30 p.m., one week before the Playhouse presentation of “Pinkalicious, the Musical,” The Westport Library will offer a free-of-charge "Pinkalicious & Peterrific" Celebration.”  Victoria Kann, author of the “Pinkalicious” series, will read from her book “Peterrific” and celebrate the new PBS Kids series “Pinkalicious & Peterrific.”  Local actor/singer Jaden Waldman, who is the voice of Pinkalicious's brother Peter in the PBS series, will perform one of the series’ songs.  Attendees are welcome to come dressed up as a character from “Pinkalicious & Peterrific.” Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event.  In addition, the “Story Explorers” collaboration between the Library and Playhouse continues with an interactive activity to highlight the Playhouse’s theatrical presentation of “Pinkalicious,” led by teaching artists from Broadway Method Academy, the Playhouse’s resident conservatory.  Registration is required for the one-hour program by contacting the Westport Library at 203-291-4800.  Presenting partners for “Story Explorers” are Westport Country Playhouse, The Westport Library, and Westport Young Woman’s League. “Story Explorers” Corporate Sponsor is KPMG.

The Playhouse’s six-show Family Festivities Series is presented on selected Sundays from December   through May, featuring musical productions based on classic and contemporary children’s stories.  Upcoming Family Festivities musicals include “How I Became a Pirate,” on Sunday, April 15, Dallas Children’s Theatre’s rollicking musical adventure about young Jeremy Jacob who joins Captain Braid Beard’s band of comical pirates, based on the bestselling book by Melinda Long, recommended for grades K through 5; and “Harry and the Dirty Dog,” on Sunday May 6, ArtsPower’s charming musical about a dog named Harry, who hates taking baths, based on the book by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham, appropriate for grades K through 2.

In conjunction with the Family Festivities Series, the Playhouse will once again host a book collection for Read to Grow, Inc., a statewide nonprofit organization that provides free children's books to families with limited access and to community resources that serve them.  At each Family Festivities performance, bins will be located in the Playhouse lobby for donations of gently used and new children’s books which will be given to families and programs in the greater Fairfield County area through Read to Grow.  During last season’s Family Festivities series, the Playhouse collected nearly 300 books.

Family Festivities Series Corporate Sponsor is Pitney Bowes. The Family Festivities Series is also supported by the Westport Young Woman’s League.  

Everyone in the audience requires a ticket. For more information or tickets, call the box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Tickets are available online 24/7 at www.westportplayhouse.org. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), or view Playhouse videos on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

About Westport Country Playhouse

The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering: Live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; youth performance training and performance opportunities through Broadway Method Academy, WCP’s resident conservatory; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round.

bornies@optonline.net (Pat Blaufuss) Events Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:27:24 -0500
Wakeman Boys & Girls Club’s Great Futures Benefit Auction: March 10 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46620-funding-the-future46620-funding-the-future https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46620-funding-the-future46620-funding-the-future


Southport, CT - Living in Fairfield means being part of a community that comes together when it counts. Friends of Wakeman Boys & Girls Club will do just that when the Club conducts its Great Futures Benefit Auction on March 10, 2018 at the Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company. “Wakeman has been a community resource for more than 100 years and this night celebrates the Club’s history and the ongoing meaningful work it performs every day in Fairfield and in its neighboring towns,” explains Kait Tremaglio, Wakeman’s Director of Development.

Wakeman has significantly expanded its footprint in recent years and serves 3,750 children annually at four locations: the Southport Clubhouse and McKinley School Outreach Extension in Fairfield, and the Smilow-Burroughs Clubhouse and Claytor Academy Lighthouse Program in Bridgeport. The Club provides a positive environment where kids have fun and participate in programs that promote academic success, character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Wakeman raises more than $1.7 million annually to support programming across the organization.

The Great Futures Benefit Auction will be held on Saturday, March 10, 6:30pm at the Warehouse at FTC. To purchase tickets or to register to bid online, visit www.501auctions.com/wakeman.

ginard@wakemanclub.org (Gina L.) Events Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:14:12 -0500
CT BBB: Smart Device Safety Alert https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/46621-ct-bbb-smart-device-safety-alert46621-ct-bbb-smart-device-safety-alert https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/publicsafety/46621-ct-bbb-smart-device-safety-alert46621-ct-bbb-smart-device-safety-alert

Cromwell, CT - Connecticut Better Business Bureau (BBB) recommends smart device users devote as much time and money to protect their mobile phones and tablets as they do with their personal computers.
A growing number of consumers spend more time using their mobile devices than their personal computers. A number of aggressive malware developers are working diligently to discover ways to get malicious software inside mobile devices. Some smart phone owners are making it easy for hackers by failing to take even the most basic precautions.
“We have a tendency to consider our mobile devices primarily as telephones,” according to Connecticut Better Business Bureau spokesman Howard Schwartz. “A more accurate view is that a smart phone is really a portable computer that is capable of making telephone calls. Too many smart device users don’t understand or worry about existing and potential new threats to personal and financial information stored in their smart phones and tablet devices.”
According to one estimate, more than a half of smart device users don’t even use a password to lock their phones as they would with their personal computers. Unlike our home-based computers, we carry our most important information around with us for most of the day on our smart devices.
Our phones and tablets are exposed to even more threats in a public setting outside of our homes.  
One risk involves using our mobile phones in a growing number of locations that offer complimentary Wi-Fi hotspots such as stores, malls, coffee shops, restaurants, hotels and airports, to name a few. Cyber thieves use these hotspots that are often not password-protected to burrow into our phones and tablets. 
Many users make hackers’ work more valuable because consumers use their phones to store login and password combinations, banking and other personal information. Our texts and email also can reveal personal information that could be used for fraud or to commit identity theft.
Some mobile phones also contain payment apps that are linked to our credit cards, and other apps that keep users logged in for days or months, or until we manually log out.
Smart devices are not immune to viruses and malware
Researchers have found malware in smart devices similar to what we they would detect in a personal computer.
One example is “ransomware.”  Ransomware manifests itself as a popup screen that locks your device and “encrypts” (scrambles) its contents. The screen will have a telephone number to call where you are told to pay the ransom to receive a decryption key to restore access to your files. BBB and law enforcement recommend against paying the ransom because there is no guarantee the hackers will hold up their end of the deal, nor restore all of the data on your phone such as your call history, contacts, photos, messages and more. This makes a good case for regularly backing up your smart devices.
There are a number of measures we can take to build a security wall around our smart devices:
Invest in a security suite – That would include anti-malware, virus protection and other security tools similar to the ones available for personal computers. 
Store important personal information somewhere else -There are apps that allow you to store passwords and other sensitive information in a remote location accessible from your phone or tablet.
Turn off services unless you need them - Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth all represent open doors for hackers. If you only turn them on when you need them, your device will be safer, and it will also increase battery life.
Download and apply updates- Operation system and software updates are designed to improve functionality, however, they also close security loopholes when they are discovered. 
Erase your tracks in a rented vehicle - If you connect your smartphone into a vehicle’s USB port, the entertainment system will have access to a considerable amount of information. When you bring back the car, make sure you delete your profile.  Ask for help if you are not sure how to do so. If you want to charge your phone, it is safer to plug it into the vehicle’s lighter socket.




bornies@optonline.net (Howard Schwartz) Public safety Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:10:45 -0500
Fairfield Rotary's Luncheon to Feature Dan Patrick https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46619-fairfield-rotary-s-luncheon-to-feature-dan-patrick46619-fairfield-rotary-s-luncheon-to-feature-dan-patrick https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46619-fairfield-rotary-s-luncheon-to-feature-dan-patrick46619-fairfield-rotary-s-luncheon-to-feature-dan-patrick

Fairfield, CT - The Fairfield Rotary is pleased to announce sportscaster and radio personality Dan Patrick as the featured speaker for the organization’s largest annual fundraiser, Celebrity Luncheon. The 15th Celebrity Luncheon will take place on Monday, March 19, 2018 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. 

Mr. Patrick is host of The Dan Patrick Show, co-host of NBC’s Football Night in America, and serves as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated.  His distinguished career has also included reporting for CNN and anchoring ESPN’s Sports Center.  All proceeds from the luncheon directly support the club’s Foundation, which awards thousands of dollars in grants each year to local charitable organizations and scholarships to local high school seniors.   

The luncheon will be held at The Holiday Inn located at 1070 Main Street in Bridgeport. For more information and to reserve seats please contact Jim Hisey at fairfieldrotaryevents@gmail.com.   

For more information about Fairfield Rotary and to become a member, please visit Fairfieldrotary.com. The Fairfield Rotary meets on Mondays at 12:00 p.m. at the Gaelic American Club, 74 Beach Road, Fairfield. For more information, please contact John Hoover at 203.852.6999 or by email at jhoover007@sbcglobal.net

bornies@optonline.net (Stephanie Coakley) Events Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:26:48 -0500
Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services raised $11,500 for the Cooperative Educational Services Foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/charities/46618-fairfield-county-bank-insurance-services-raised-11-500-for-the-cooperative-educational-services-foundation46618-fairfield-county-bank-insurance-services-raised-11-500-for-the-cooperative-educational-services-foundation https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/charities/46618-fairfield-county-bank-insurance-services-raised-11-500-for-the-cooperative-educational-services-foundation46618-fairfield-county-bank-insurance-services-raised-11-500-for-the-cooperative-educational-services-foundation

Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services raised $11,500 for the Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.) Foundation.  The funds were raised through participation in the Chubb Charity Challenge Golf Tournament.  The Chubb Charity Challenge invites Chubb agents, brokers, and customers to participate in an annual outing at the New Haven Country Club.  Participants compete for funds to the charity of their choice, and the Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services’ team chose to play for the Cooperative Educational Services Foundation.

“Our strong partnership with Chubb International gives us a great opportunity to give even more back to our community.  We were very proud to raise these funds for C.E.S Foundation and help them provide outstanding educational support for youth in our community,” said Mark Connelly, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services.

C.E.S. is a primary educational resource that operates schools and programs in the community. The Regional Center for the Arts located in Trumbull, School Readiness, Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School located in Bridgeport, and Special Education Division welcome students from across Fairfield County. The C.E.S. foundation enhances learning opportunities for students in these schools by providing resources, leadership, and support.

Headquartered in Ridgefield, CT, Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services, LLC is an independent agency that takes pride in providing clients with the security and confidence of having the right insurance coverage.  To learn more about Fairfield County Bank Insurance Services, LLC visit www.fcbins.com.  


Tarad@hamlethub.com (Ryan Arconti) Charities Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:50:05 -0500
SHU Presents Theology Expert Massimo Faggioli with Honorary Degree https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46617-shu-presents-theology-expert-massimo-faggioli-with-honorary-degree46617-shu-presents-theology-expert-massimo-faggioli-with-honorary-degree https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/46617-shu-presents-theology-expert-massimo-faggioli-with-honorary-degree46617-shu-presents-theology-expert-massimo-faggioli-with-honorary-degree

FAIRFIELD, Conn.— Massimo Faggioli, church historian and professor of theology at Villanova University, received an honorary Doctor of Theology degree, honoris causa, during Sacred Heart University’s Special Academic Convocation Feb. 7. Afterward, he shared his thoughts on Pope Francis’ relationship with the United States during an evening lecture in University Commons. 

“What we are doing here today as we gather in convocation is an affirmation of the core of our mission as an academic community rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition in the liberal arts,” said John. J. Petillo, president of SHU. “Massimo Faggioli, in his scholarship and passion for the vision of the Second Vatican Council, embodies who we say we are as an institution built on the foundations of that council. It is my happy honor to welcome members of the board of trustees, administrators, faculty, students and distinguished guests as we gather to honor Dr. Faggioli, to celebrate the mission of this great university.” 

For Faggioli, professor of theology and religious studies, the occasion was a first. “I’m very grateful to Sacred Heart University, to the president, faculty, to all those have decided this,” Faggioli said. “This is my first American degree. I am one of those theologians from Europe who never went to a Catholic school. This is a new beginning.”

In 2008, Faggioli moved from Europe to the United States. Besides teaching at Villanova, he is a contributing editor to Commonweal magazine. He is an expert on the Second Vatican Council, a time between 1962 and 1965 when the Church instituted changes in its relationships with Catholics and other religions worldwide. 

Upon receiving his honorary degree, Faggioli talked about the importance of Catholic universities. He said lay Catholic institutions, like SHU, are vital to keeping Catholic theology alive. “The intuition of the founder of this university was prophetic,” Faggioli said. “We need lay Catholic thinking.” 

Later in the evening, Faggioli presented his lecture, “Pope Francis and the USA: Theology, Politics and Diplomacy.” He said Pope Francis has more tension with the United States than former popes did, which may be because he is not European and his views differ greatly from President Donald Trump’s. Faggioli talked about a 2016 interview in which Pope Francis told a reporter that Trump’s idea to build a wall to keep illegal immigrants out of the U.S. was “not Christian.”

Faggioli said the pope has revealed several things to the public, one being that he is “trying to make the Catholic Church look more like Jesus Christ and less like the Roman Empire.” Faggioli said that is a huge undertaking and will be a challenge. 

Catholic Studies Professor Michelle Loris called Faggioli’s talk “multi-faceted.” She added, “It was a rich presentation that provoked much thought and conversation.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Sacred Heart University honored Massimo Faggioli, Ph.D., a Catholic church historian and professor of theology at Villanova University, with an honorary Doctor of Theology degree, honoris causa, on February 7, 2018, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. At left is SHU President John J. Petillo. Photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek

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 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:09:15 -0500
Westport Playhouse Hosts a Free Women's Day Event, March 8 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46616-westport-playhouse-hosts-a-free-women-s-day-event-march-846616-westport-playhouse-hosts-a-free-women-s-day-event-march-8 https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/events/46616-westport-playhouse-hosts-a-free-women-s-day-event-march-846616-westport-playhouse-hosts-a-free-women-s-day-event-march-8

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse will host the second annual “Letters to Our Daughters,” a free-of-charge event to celebrate International Women’s Day, on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m.  A diverse group of 13 women, including Tony Award winners Joanna Gleason and Judith Ivey, and “This Is Us” series regular Susan Kelechi Watson, will read essays and poems written by female authors on global women’s issues.

The program is curated by Samantha Goober and Anne Keefe.

“International Women's Day is a great way of reminding us to celebrate the women in our lives, not just on this day, but every day,” said Goober.  “On March 8th we are looking forward to welcoming a group of vibrant women on our stage with a wealth of different backgrounds and experiences to share the words of an equally vibrant group of women writers from around the world.”

Keefe, Playhouse associate artist, noted that last year’s presentation was “completely sold out.”  She added, “This year, we’ll bring back some favorite readings from 2017 and add new selections that have resonance given our collective experiences over the past year. Along with serious moments, we’ll have lighter reflections as well.”

Readers of works by female writers will include Farah Bala, actor in ABC’s “Quantico, HBO’s “High Maintenance,” Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” and social justice advocate/organizer; Danielle Davenport, actor and writer currently appearing in the second season of Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete”;  Joanna Gleason, Tony Award-winning actor for “Into the Woods” and Tony nominee for “Joe Egg”;  Wilhelmina Hartong, writer, award-winning standup comedienne, and theater teacher at Regional High School for the Arts in Trumbull, CT; and Alicia Hernandez Strong, a senior at Wesleyan University and a political activist from New Britain, CT. 

Also, Judith Ivey, Tony Award-winning actor for “Hurlyburly” and “Steaming,” television’s “Designing Women”;Susan Kelechi Watson, WCP’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” NAACP Image Award nomination and SAG Award win for NBC’s “This Is Us”; Elise Kibler, actor in Broadway’s “The Heidi Chronicles,” “This Is Our Youth”; Pamela Lewis, founder of Connect-Us, connecting suburban and urban neighbors in Fairfield County, CT, and beyond; AletaMitchell, actress in original cast of Broadway’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” and WCP’s “Intimate Apparel,” “The Member of the Wedding”; Patricia Russo, executive director of Women’s Campaign School at Yale and public speaker; Najla Said, actress, playwright, and author of “Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family”; and Pearl Sun, actor in Broadway’s “If/Then,” Netflick’s “Orange Is the New Black,” WCP’s “tick, tick…Boom!”

All performers are subject to change.

The event’s title “Letters to Our Daughters” is taken from a collection of essays by Maya Angelou called “Letters to My Daughter.”  Keefe said that in the spirit of her words, the title was adopted and changed to reflect this event.

Sponsors of “Letters to Our Daughters” are Bank of America, Northwestern Mutual, and Pitney Bowes. Community Partners are the YWCA of Darien/Norwalk, Anti-Defamation League, Jack and Jill of America, and League of Women Voters.  Charity Partner, along with Westport Country Playhouse, is The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education, serving eight towns/cities in lower Fairfield County.  At the event, donations will be accepted for the Charity Partners. 

“We really want to take a moment to celebrate women - their strengths, their stories, their extraordinary lives,” added Goober. “We hope our community members will come to the Playhouse on March 8th, so we can enjoy just a handful of the millions of stories women around our world have to tell.”

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. More information on International Women’s Day is available at www.internationalwomensday.com.

Tickets are free-of-charge by reservation by calling the Playhouse’s box office at 203-227-4177, emailingboxoffice@westportplayhouse.org, or in person at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. Online reservations are unavailable for this event. Seating is reserved; limit of two free tickets per household. The program is geared for age 14 and up. Audience members are encouraged to wear purple - a color internationally recognized as symbolizing women, and the official color of International Women's Day.

About Westport Country Playhouse 

The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus. The not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering: Live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; youth performance training and performance opportunities through Broadway Method Academy, WCP’s resident conservatory; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round.

bornies@optonline.net (Westport Country Playhouse) Events Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:22:20 -0500
Rocco & Assoc. to Sponsor Skating on Fairfield's Sherman Green https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/charities/46615-rocco-assoc-to-sponsor-skating-on-fairfield-s-sherman-green46615-rocco-assoc-to-sponsor-skating-on-fairfield-s-sherman-green https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/charities/46615-rocco-assoc-to-sponsor-skating-on-fairfield-s-sherman-green46615-rocco-assoc-to-sponsor-skating-on-fairfield-s-sherman-green


FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Rocco & Associates Wealth Management, Inc. (www.roccoandassociates.com) has announced it will be one of the corporate sponsors for the second annual Skating on Sherman Green to benefit LivFree (www.livfreetoday.org) & Al's Angels (www.alsangels.org).
This popular event is now in its second year and will be held February 23rd-February 25th.  An artificial ice skating rink will be constructed in the heart of Fairfield's Sherman Green! In addition to skating the event will include your children's favorite characters, music, local food trucks, hot chocolate and much much more!! Come on down for a great community event and support two charities that are doing amazing work for families battling pediatric cancer, rare blood disorders and severe financial hardships. Tickets cost $15 but you can pre-purchase them for $12 at Saugatuck Sweets located on Reef Road.
Al's Angels was founded in 2004 by Al Diguido, CEO and founder of Zeta Interactive, a full service interactive marketing company based in New York City.  He founded Al's Angels with the mission of providing moments of joy and comfort to families that are challenged by childhood cancer, rare blood diseases, AIDS, domestic violence and financial hardship.
LivFree's mission is to provide families that are battling pediatric cancer and its treatments, tickets to attend an event of their choice. Its founders personally experienced a diagnosis with their own daughter at a very young age and know first-hand how important family time is, especially while battling cancer. By supporting this event, your help will truly make a difference for a family that is experiencing a very difficult time. All of the funds raised at the event, will have a huge impact, not only for the kids fighting cancer, but their parents and siblings as well.
"This is just another community event that we as a firm our happy to lend our support to.  Last year I volunteered to help out and the joy on the kids' faces brought us back this year to make a financial commitment to help offset the costs, raise awareness and ultimately assist with achieving both of these organization's missions," said Eric Johnson, COO of Rocco & Associates.
The skating will commence at 3:00 P.M. on Friday and run till 9:00 P.M., Saturday 9:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M. and Sunday from 9:00 A.M. -3:00 P.M.


bornies@optonline.net (Rocco & Associates) Charities Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:18:16 -0500