Greenwich's HamletHub Sat, 27 May 2023 23:57:52 -0400 FC Buzz Memorial Day Weekend Includes Facets of Indian Culture at Greenwich Historical Society

FC Buzz Memorial Day Weekend May 26 - May 29

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free eBuzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website.

It’s a long weekend! Why not take advantage of all the family fun that the arts and culture world has to offer in Fairfield County? Festivals galore, concerts, puppet performances, dance, and more! Get out there and enjoy!

Facets of Indian Culture: An Ensemble Dance Performance with Layavinyasa

Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich

Friday, May 26, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Experience Kuchipudi dance, a South Indian dance form and the iconography that informs it. This event highlights the connection of dance, material culture, medieval sculpture, and painting. It includes a demonstration of hand gestures with explanatory narratives, a collection of figurines and idols on display, a moderated talk, Q & A session, and a reception following the dance performances. 

Westport Museum Destination Westport: Path of Patriots Tour

Green Farms Church Lower Cemetery, Westport

Saturday, May 27, 10:00 am

Learn about Westport’s role in the American Revolution by visiting the gravestones of those who served during the war for Independence—including stories of the fateful day Greens Farms burned.  Hear the story of colonists fighting for their freedom and the stories of enslaved Africans who chose sides and fought for their voices to be heard.

Westport Fine Arts Festival

Elm Street, Downtown Westport

Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

This festival is a notable highlight for collectors and residents from the Tri-State region, New England, and beyond. A nationally recognized, juried festival featuring a premier roster of regional, national and international fine artists. You will find a variety of media categories - including painting, photography, sculpture, fiber, printmaking, mixed media, glass, ceramics, jewelry, wood, graphics and printmaking. All artwork is available for purchase in a wide variety of price ranges, subject matter and styles.

Don’t miss the on-site food vending, live music and hands on art projects and demonstrations for children and adults. Free to the public. 

Senior Spring Dance Concert

The Palace Theatre, Stamford

Saturday, May 27, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Join the Darien Arts Center in celebrating their dancers at the end-of-year performance, showcasing dancers from the youngest through to graduating students. A plethora of dance styles - Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Partnering, Jazz, Broadway, and Hip Hop.

Peter and the Wolf

Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk

Sunday, May 28, 11:00 am 

Enjoy a mesmerizing production from Maryland-based The Puppet Co., featuring beautifully handcrafted marionettes. Master Puppeteer Christopher Piper brings this classic tale to life on the museum’s Multimedia Gallery stage, sparking imaginations and providing an unforgettable children’s theater experience. 

Don Giovanni (Mozart) – The Met Opera Encore in HD

Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield

Saturday, May 27, 12:00 - 3:15 pm

Tony Award–winning director Ivo van Hove makes a major Met debut with a new take on Mozart’s tragicomedy, re-setting the familiar tale of deceit and damnation in an abstract architectural landscape and shining a light into the dark corners of the story and its characters. Maestro Nathalie Stutzmann makes her Met debut conducting a star-studded cast led by baritone Peter Mattei as a magnetic Don Giovanni, alongside the Leporello of bass-baritone Adam Plachetka. Sopranos Federica Lombardi, Ana María Martínez, and Ying Fang make a superlative trio as Giovanni’s conquests—Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, and Zerlina—and tenor Ben Bliss is Don Ottavio.

Memorial Day Open House

The Fairfield Museum, Fairfield

Monday, May 29, 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Kick off the summer season by enjoying free admission at the Fairfield Museum as part of the Memorial Day Town Parade. Bring family and friends for a fun-filled afternoon, including crafts and games. 

See these and discover hundreds more events on the FCBUZZ EVENTS page at Sign up for the Cultural Alliance eBuzz to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.

]]> (Lorie Lewis) Events Thu, 25 May 2023 08:52:16 -0400
Governor Lamont Highlights Connecticut Youth Employment Program, Encourages Participation This Summer

Governor Ned Lamont and Labor Commissioner Danté Bartolomeo today visited Ebony Horsewomen Inc. Equestrian and Therapeutic Center in Hartford to highlight one of the many employers participating in the Connecticut Youth Employment Program and to encourage young adults to enroll in the program, particularly as schools dismiss for the summer months.

Administered by the Connecticut Department of Labor in partnership with the state’s five Workforce Development Boards, the Connecticut Youth Employment Program runs year-round and connects young people ages 14 to 24 with meaningful jobs that help them build professional networks, improve career readiness, and earn a paycheck. It is particularly focused on youths who are disconnected, marginalized, and underserved, and provides support services intended to break down some of the barriers that can keep young workers out of the job market, such as covering expenses for transportation, uniforms, and other job-related costs.

Participating workers’ salaries are covered by the state so employers do not bear payroll costs. The employers have an opportunity to train their workforce, helping them develop the skills needed to maintain successful careers.

“The Youth Employment Program is a strong workforce development initiative at a time when Connecticut employers need more workers,” Governor Lamont said. “With more than 100,000 jobs currently available in Connecticut, it’s the right time to make this investment in our future workforce and for the state’s business community. I applaud Commissioner Bartolomeo and the Connecticut Department of Labor, our workforce investment boards, and especially Patricia Kelly and the staff at Ebony Horsewomen for highlighting the importance of these youth initiatives.”

The Ebony Horsewomen Inc. Equestrian and Therapeutic Center has been hiring young adults through the program for the last eight years. Located in Hartford’s Keney Park, the nonprofit organization provides equine-assisted therapy and trains mental health professionals through certification and continuing education courses. They use 25 miles of trails in Keney Park, have stables, indoor and outdoor riding rings, and jumping and dressage training.

In 2022, 500 employers participated in the program and it served 2,570 young people, 94% of whom were in high school, 2% in college, and 4% not in school.

Employers interested in participating and youths who want to enroll should contact their local Workforce Development Board for details. Information can be found on the Connecticut Department of Labor’s website at

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Wed, 24 May 2023 08:52:50 -0400
Greenwich United Way Prepares for Groundbreaking Adolescent Behavioral Health Outpatient Program with Greenwich Hospital

The organization is near completion of its $1.6 million fundraise to build the community’s first behavioral health program designed for young people.

 The Greenwich United Way (GUW) is about to embark on a groundbreaking new Adolescent Behavioral Health Outpatient Program in partnership with Greenwich Hospital. The organization is nearing completion of its successful $1.6 million fundraise and will soon commence the build out of the community’s first behavioral health program designed for young people. The new facility will be located at 500 W. Putnam Avenue, co-located with Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Pediatric Specialty Center in Greenwich. 

The Adolescent Behavioral Health Outpatient Program space is designed to be safe and comforting for both teens and parents and will provide accessible services to help meet the rising mental health needs of the community as defined by the Greenwich United Way Needs Assessment. In addition to building the facility, funds raised will also support the cost of care for those who can't afford services, ensuring there is no barrier to access.

“The realization of this groundbreaking program in Greenwich is only possible due to the involvement of the Greenwich United Way and its generous supporters,” said David Rabin, CEO of GUW. “As we near completion of the campaign, we call on our community to help close out the $1.6 million fund in order for us to start the build-out of the new facility and expand access to the essential care that will be provided there.”

In addition to fundraising for the facility, GUW is working to raise additional capital to provide subsidized access for the IOP program, ensuring that no one is turned away due to costs, co-pays or lack of insurance.

To support the build-out and assist those who are unable to afford care at the Adolescent Behavioral Health Outpatient Program visit or call 203-869-2221.


]]> (KH) Charities Tue, 23 May 2023 12:17:45 -0400
The Greenwich Art Society is offering Kids Mini Camp!

​The Greenwich Art Society is offering KID’S SUMMER CAMP!

A fun week-long summer mini-camp for children, two sessions ages 6 - 8 and ages 9 - 12.  Campers explore a different medium each day such as drawing, printmaking, collage, sculpture and painting.  Classes are small so there’s lots of individual attention.

Morning Program, Ages 6-8

Program Description
A fun week-long summer mini-camp for children, ages 6 - 8.  Campers explore a different medium each day such as drawing, printmaking, collage, sculpture and painting.  Classes are small so there’s lots of individual attention.

June 26 - June 30, Mon Tue Wed Th Fri
10:00am to 12:00 noon


Afternoon Program, Ages 9-12

Program Description

A fun week-long summer mini-camp for children, ages 9 - 12.  Campers explore a different medium each day such as drawing, printmaking, collage, sculpture and painting.  Classes are small so there's lots of individual attention!

June 26 - June 30, Mon Tue Wed Th Fri

12:30 PM-3:30 PM

​For more information visit our website or to register at

]]> (Mary Newcomb) Places Mon, 22 May 2023 14:52:26 -0400
FC Buzz Weekend Lineup of Arts and Culture in Fairfield County May 19-21

FC Buzz Weekend May 19-May 21

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free eBuzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website.

The Secret Garden

ACT of CT, Ridgefield

Friday - Sunday, May 19-21, 7:00 pm

Don’t miss this enchanting Tony Award-winning musical with one of the most glorious scores ever to hit Broadway. It’s a family friendly production telling the story of eleven-year-old orphaned Mary Lennox, and her return to Yorkshire to live with her reclusive uncle Archibald and his son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons Mary with haunting melodies and the spirits from her past who guide her through her new life. Running through June 11th.

“Oh What A Night: A Century of Evening Wear"

New Canaan Museum & Historical Society

Friday, May 19, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Celebrating the glamor and glitter of a hundred years of evening dress with breath-taking selections from the Museum’s clothing and textile collection. Gowns, along with a selection of coats, shoes, hats, accessories, and men’s wear will all be on display in The Susan Bishop Gallery. Highlights include a beautifully conserved green velvet House of Worth gown c. 1880, a turquoise silk 1964 Balenciaga dress and matching coat, and even a silk and velvet dress worn to the inauguration ball of President U.S. Grant in 1869! On view through Sept 30th.

“Quiet! Three Ladies Laughing”

Powerhouse Theatre in Waveny Park, New Canaan

Saturday, May 20, 8:00 pm and Sunday, May 21, 2:00 pm

Presenting a spectacle by Robert Hawkins, a staged concert reading with top local actors. The play is a bitter-sweet, semi-biographical story with humor, pathos, and sentiment that takes place in the hot summer of 1942, in a small Alabama town. 

Music at MoCA: Tribute to Joni Mitchell, by Michelle Pauker

MoCA Westport

Saturday, May 20, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Michelle Pauker brings Joni Mitchell’s music to MoCA in an intimate one-night concert, performing hits such as “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Both Sides Now,” and “A Case of You.” Arrive as early as 6:15 pm to explore the current exhibition and to purchase delicious food and drinks. 

Mozart's "Magic Flute"

Norwalk City Hall

Saturday, May 20, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Norwalk Symphony rounds out its 83rd season with its Season Finale - a lightly-staged production with the Norwalk Symphony Choir and five amazing stars. 

“The Art of the Knife”

Ridgefield Guild of Artists

Sunday, May 21, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Calling all artists! Come to a special one-day workshop with Susan Fehlinger where you will explore oils and acrylics, and learn the joys and challenges of using the palette knife. Learn to add texture and highlights and a little edge and enjoy the spontaneity and the accidents. 

The Pout-Pout Fish

Westport Country Playhouse

Sunday, May 21, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Get ready for a new musical adventure, a Family Festivities Series based on The New York Times bestselling series by Deborah Diesen, with illustrations by Dan Hanna. The new musical features whimsical puppets and live performers in a sweeping oceanic adventure. When Mr. Fish sets out on a quest to find Miss Clam’s missing pearl, he discovers there is more to him than his permanently plastered pout. Performances are approximately one-hour long, and appropriate for ages 3 and up.

Ariel Horowitz

The MAC, Milford

Sunday, May 21, 1:00 pm 

Welcoming classical violinist and pianist hailed by The Washington Post as “sweetly lyrical,” The MAC’s final show of the 2022-23 Classical Series includes a brunch at Founder’s House hosted by Nutmeg & Oak.

What We Remember – and Why: A Writing Workshop

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield

Sunday, May 21, 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Why are some memories "frayed at the edges?" And what can we do to excavate memories we thought were long lost? These are questions that will be considered, inspired by the fabric collages in Amiri Hangami's exhibition “A Homage to Home.” Join Aldrich Educator Barb Jennes and fellow writers as they plumb the deep well of memory, returning with poetry and prose.

Spring Concerts – Greater CT Youth Orchestras

The Klein Auditorium, Bridgeport

Sunday, May 21, 1:00 – 7:00 pm

It’s Spring Concert time! All GCTYO ensembles will perform, and the winner of the 2023 GCTYO Concerto Competition, Brian Li, Cello, will perform as soloist with Principal Orchestra.

Concert 1, 1:00-2:00 pm Saxophone Orchestra, Woodwind Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, String Orchestra, Sinfonia Orchestra

Concert 2, 3:00-4:30 pm Jazz II Orchestra, Jazz I Orchestra, Percussion Orchestra, Steel Pan Future Stars, Steel Pan Junior Stars, Steel Pan All Stars

Concert 3, 5:30-7:30 pm Virtuosi Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Orchestra

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Ridgefield Playhouse

Sunday, May 21, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

15-time Grammy Award Winner Ricky Skaggs boasts one of the most significant careers in recent country music history. At age five, Skaggs picked up the mandolin and within a few years he emerged as a prominent name in the country scene. Over the course of his 50-year career, he has written and recorded with progressive bluegrass acts such as J.D. Crowe & The New South, and Country Gentlemen.

See these and discover hundreds more events on the FCBUZZ EVENTS page at Sign up for the Cultural Alliance eBuzz to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.

]]> (Lorie Lewis) Events Wed, 17 May 2023 12:22:12 -0400
The Maritime Aquarium Seeks Summer Stewards!

The Maritime Aquarium is seeking energetic volunteers who love interacting with both people and animals to join the team as summer stewards. Applications are open now through June 16. 

As part of this fun-filled summer, stewards will educate guests about Long Island Sound and create memorable experiences at the Aquarium’s touch tanks by facilitating interactions with stingrays, jellies, crabs, and more.

“Volunteers at The Maritime Aquarium have a unique opportunity to make a difference in our environment by inspiring a lifelong love of conservation,” said Vice President of Education Tom Naiman. “This is a great opportunity for high school and college students seeking to explore careers in conservation education, and for teachers looking to continue educating people over the summer.”

No prior experience in the field is required. Volunteers who are selected to join the program are required to attend a virtual orientation on June 21, and in-person training sessions on June 27 and 28.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old and have the availability to volunteer for two to three 4.5-hour shifts per week. In recognition of their service, summer stewards will receive membership for two people, free parking, professional learning opportunities, and discounts at the Aquarium’s gift shop and cafés.

For more information, visit

]]> (Emily Lavin) Neighbors Wed, 17 May 2023 06:18:40 -0400
Drainage Improvements Project on Tomac Avenue, Harding Road, and Forest Avenue Area to Begin Week of May 15, 2023

Construction for the Tomac Avenue, Harding Road, and Forest Avenue drainage improvements project is anticipated to commence the week of May 15, 2023. There will be multiple construction phases and work will begin at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center parking lot and then onto Harding Road. This project was devised after the Town of Greenwich Flood & Erosion Control Board identified the area in need of drainage improvements and that the roadways flood during heavy storm events.

Most work will occur during normal construction hours, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Traffic impacts are expected, including daytime road closures. The location of traffic impacts will vary depending on the phase and work during the project.

Project Construction Phases

  •          Phase 1: Anticipated to begin the week of May 15, 2023, starting in the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center parking lot and then onto Harding Road. Daytime single alternating lane closures are expected. Phase 1 is predicted to take a few weeks.
  •          Phase 2: Upon completion of Phase 1, Phase 2 will commence on Tomac Avenue and then on Forest Avenue. During this phase partial to full daytime road closures are expected. The road will reopen at the end of each construction day.

Vehicular Detour Information (During Phase 2 of Project Construction)

  •          Tomac Avenue Road Closure: Utilize Sound Beach Avenue, Harding Road, Forest Avenue, and Lockwood Avenue.
  •          Forest Avenue Road Closure: Utilize Sound Beach Avenue and Harding Road.

This project will install approximately 350 linear feet of 2'x4' concrete box culverts, new junction chambers, manholes, and catch basins. Additionally, the headwall associated with the channel parallel to the train tracks will be constructed. Construction is anticipated to last approximately three months. Town of Greenwich Department of Public Works, Engineering Division, designed the project with additional drainage analysis from Rocco V. D'Andrea, inc. FGB Construction has been selected as the general contractor for this project.

For additional information and updates, visit the dedicated project webpage on the official Town of Greenwich website:

]]> (Renee Wallace) Life Mon, 15 May 2023 11:09:35 -0400
FC Buzz Weekend of Arts and Culture in Fairfield County May 12-14

FC Buzz Weekend May 12 - May 14

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free eBuzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website.

“Guys & Dolls”

First Church Congregational, Fairfield

Friday, May 12, 7:30pm; Saturday, May 14, 7:00 pm; Sunday, May 15, 5:00pm

Don't miss  Fairfield Center Stage’s performance featuring a cast of 30 local performers and a live onstage band of seven musicians. This epic musical about gambler Nathan Detroit - who tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town - ran for 1,200 performances on Broadway in 1950 and received a bevy of awards including Tonys, Drama Desks, and Oliviers. Weekends through May 21st.

“The Gynokid”

Powerhouse Theatre, New Canaan

Friday, May 12; Saturday, May 13, 8:00 pm; Sunday May 14, 2:00 pm

As the child of small-town gynecologists, comedy writer Claire Ayoub (Empire Waist, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls) experienced an untraditional and often mortifying adolescence destined to end in therapy—and comedy. Join her for a delightfully cringeworthy walk down memory lane and learn what being a GynoKid is all about. 

13th Annual Member Juried Show Opening Reception

Ridgefield Guild of Artists 

Friday, May 12, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Join RGOA for the opening reception for this year’s RGOA Member Show with juror Melanie Prapopoulos of CAMP Gallery in Westport.

Mother’s Day Sip N’ Shop Event Hosted by the Betts Store

Wilton Historical Society

Friday, May 12, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

A perfect way to celebrate mom! Walk through a treasure trove of your favorite “Made in America” items while enjoying complimentary wine and cheese and a free entry into the “Mother’s Day Basket Raffle.”  Specials and discounts on many items.

Music at MoCA: Ameen Mokdad’s The Curve, with Cuatro Puntos

MoCA Westport

Friday, May 12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

A rare opportunity to see a performance by an Iraqi composer and multi-instrumentalist who was trapped in hiding under the brutality of ISIS for two years in Mosul. During that time he survived and told his story by writing an extraordinary repertoire of music… in secret. The 19 songs of ‘The Curve’ form a soundscape that transverses a range of emotions: fear, defeat, hope, and rebirth. Arrive early to explore the Rainbow in the Dark exhibition and to purchase snacks and drinks.

Can You See the Music?

Darien Arts Center

Friday, May 12 and Saturday May 13, 7:30 pm

Do not miss the next performance by East Coast Contemporary Ballet - an all-new varied program featuring the music of Joel A. Martin, Beethoven, Trentmøller and Wevel in a medley of brand-new works by Claire Mazza, David Fernandez and Alejandro Ulloa. Purchase tickets before they are gone!

Spring Field Day Festival

Greenwich Historical Society

Saturday, May 13, 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Calling all families looking for some springtime fun! Celebrate the season with classic and historic lawn games, spring crafts, and delicious artisan Italian gelato from local vendor Gelato & Cioccolato. Make your way through featured games and crafts and win fun field-day prizes. Plus The Trummytones will lead in song and dance throughout the day!

“Songs of Spring and Summer”

Klein Auditorium, Bridgeport

Saturday, May 13, 7:00 pm

The Fairfield County Children’s Choir presents its Annual Spring Concert showcasing nearly 300 children. From the opening selection, Circus Band by Charles Ives, through Schubert’s Maying Song, and to the closing Walking on Sunshine, this concert features music that lifts the spirit and welcomes the sweetest months of the year. 

Kodály's Missa Brevis and Poulenc's Gloria

Norwalk Concert Hall

Saturday, May 13, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Join Fairfield County Chorale for a presentation directed by Maestro David Rosenmeyer of two neo classical masterworks: Kodály's Missa Brevis and Poulenc's Gloria, featuring soloists Inna Dukash, Malena Dayen, Pedro Sequera, and Christopher Lau.

Songs & Stories of Laurel Canyon

Voices Cafe, Westport

Saturday, May 13, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

The Bar Car Band shares their unique “Songs & Stories of Laurel Canyon” featuring the music of iconic artists whose roots stem from Laurel Canyon, including Carole King, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Neil Young. Benefitting the Green Village Initiative.

Cassatt String Quartet

Carriage Barn Arts Center New Canaan

Sunday, May 13, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Come to a performance by the New York-based Cassatt String Quartet, with Magdalena Baczewska on the piano. The program includes: Mozart’s String Quartet in F Major, K. 590, Dorothy Rudd Moore’s Modes for string quartet, and Amy Beach, Piano Quintet in F Sharp Minor, Op. 67.

Citizen Cope

The Warehouse, Fairfield

Sunday, May 13, 8:00 pm

Come and connect through the power of music! Citizen Cope’s new tour is an intimate solo acoustic experience that is meant to lift all spirits in a world that can look so divided. You’ll hear favorite songs from all the old records and some new ones from the upcoming LP, The Victory March.

See these and discover hundreds more events on the FCBUZZ EVENTS page at Sign up for the Cultural Alliance eBuzz to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.

]]> (Lorie Lewis) Events Fri, 12 May 2023 11:20:44 -0400
Greenwich Chamber Hosting Small Biz Seminar June 12

Greenwich, CT - Greenwich Chamber of Commerce is inviting all small business owners and those starting businesses to attend a seminar on Monday, June 12th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Greenwich YMCA, 50 E. Putnam Avenue.  Attendees will learn how to develop newsworthy stories,  learn how work with the media, elevate social media presence and hear success stories.  The Meet The Media panel includes Dawn French, Greenwich Hospital; Cristin Marandino, Greenwich Magazine; Peter Barhydte, Greenwich Sentinel; Georgette Gouveia, FCBJ and business owner Maggie Bridge.

Register at Fee: $20 Chamber members; $25 non-members.  Call 203-869-3500 for more information or email

]]> (Marcia O'Kane) Events Thu, 11 May 2023 12:17:52 -0400
Greenwich United Way, First Selectman Fred Camillo Proclaim May as Mental Health Awareness Month in Greenwich

GUW works to raise awareness of the community’s mental healthcare needs as it continues to campaign for $1.6 million to help build the first behavioral health program designed for young people.

The Greenwich United Way (GUW) and First Selectman Fred Camillo held a proclamation ceremony on Tuesday declaring May as Mental Health Awareness Month in Greenwich. The event coincides with the GUW’s ongoing campaign to help launch a new Adolescent Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in partnership with Greenwich Hospital.  

Both GUW and Greenwich Hospital are fundraising to create the community’s first behavioral health program designed for young people ages 12 to 18. The GUW has raised more than $1 million as part of its goal of $1.6 million to help fund the construction of the facility. The new facility will be located at 500 W. Putnam Avenue, co-located with Greenwich Hospital’s Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Pediatric Specialty Center. 

“The biggest problem I’ve seen is lack of access to mental health care. We can do more as a community and make ourselves available to our youth and their families,” said Amir Garakani, MD, Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Greenwich Hospital. “I want to thank the Greenwich United Way for partnering with us to make this change. It is a big undertaking, but with our community’s support we can do it.”

“We are here to not only raise awareness of the mental health crisis impacting adolescents, but to also erase the stigma associated with it,” said David Rabin, CEO of GUW. “Everyone is affected in some way by mental health issues and the challenges are only increasing. Our new program with Greenwich Hospital will truly be a life saver. Nothing like this exists in Greenwich today and we are proud to lead the charge.”

“It is great to see two of Greenwich’s most established and well-respected organizations come together to help meet the mental health needs of our town,” said Camillo. “More support is needed to make this program launch. For information you can always contact the Greenwich United Way.”

The GUW’s most recent needs assessment research found mental health care and counseling as the service area with the largest gap between need and adequate provisions. Since then, the organization has intensified its commitment to enabling accessible and affordable mental health care for all who need it.

In addition to fundraising for the facility, GUW is working to raise additional capital to provide subsidized access for the IOP program, ensuring that no one is turned away due to costs, co-pays or lack of insurance.

To support the build-out and operation of the Adolescent Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program or learn more about the program, call 203-869-2221.


]]> (kh) Life Wed, 10 May 2023 09:45:55 -0400
Greenwich High School's Ambika Grover Named 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholar, Governor Lamont Offers Congratulations!

Governor Lamont and Commissioner Russell-Tucker Congratulate Two Connecticut Students Named 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars

Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut Education Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker are congratulating two Connecticut students who were named today as 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields. The recognition is one of the nation’s highest honors for graduating high school seniors.

The recipients include:

  • Ambika Grover, Greenwich High School
  • Lukas Koutsoukos, Wilton High School

“I am so proud of Ambika and Lukas on being named U.S. Presidential Scholars and receiving this extraordinary national recognition in acknowledgement of everything they’ve achieved in their academic careers,” Governor Lamont said. “They represent some of the very best of Connecticut, and I applaud their perseverance and drive. Connecticut is home to some of the best schools in the nation, and that is due in large part to the incredible teachers and faculty we have in our state who dedicate themselves to providing our students with the highest-quality education possible.”

“Congratulations to Ambika and Lukas on being named 2023 US Presidential Scholars,” Commissioner Russell-Tucker said. “This is an outstanding achievement that reflects their exceptional academic abilities, strong work ethic, and impressive leadership skills. Ambika and Lukas have demonstrated a commitment to excellence, and I am confident that they will continue to make significant contributions to their communities and beyond. Congratulations once again, and best wishes for continued success.”

The U.S. Department of Education selected the program’s 59th class of 161 high school seniors from a national pool of student semifinalists, who were nominated for their high academic performance and distinguishing themselves by overcoming hardships, achieving a unique accomplishment, or demonstrating outstanding leadership.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Education invites states to nominate students for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The Connecticut State Department of Education invites school districts to recommend students for the program.

The White House Commission of Presidential Scholars selects scholars based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

The Presidential Scholars Class of 2023 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer with an online recognition program.

A complete list of 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars is available at

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Neighbors Wed, 10 May 2023 09:44:25 -0400
Nearly 13,000 Children Benefitted from Kids In Crisis 25By25 Campaign Since 2021

                                             Nearly 13,000 Children Benefitted From Kids In Crisis 25By25 Campaign Since 2021 

Anonymous donor set to match all new 25By25 campaign gifts of any level up to $25,000 received by June 30. 

Kids In Crisis has launched 25By25, a multi-year campaign in response to the exponential rise of mental health crises in children coinciding with the pandemic. So far, 25By25 has positively impacted the lives of 12,918 youth since its inception in 2021.

To increase the positive work made possible by 25By25, an anonymous donor will match any new pledges received by Kids In Crisis for the campaign up to $25,000. The matching challenge applies to all new donors at any level who sign up to 25By25 by June 30, 2023.

Kids In Crisis’s goal is to positively impact 25,000 children in need by 2025 through outreach services. Every gift makes a meaningful difference in a child’s life.

  •          $30,000 provides one year of SafeTalk for 5,100 elementary school children.
  •          $5,000 provides two months of psychiatric and psychological care for 12 children.
  •          $3,000 covers one month of Lighthouse programming for 34 LGBTQ youth.
  •          $1,000 covers one month of mental health counseling for one child in SafeHaven or TeenTalk.

“Crisis is an opportunity to make change,” said Shari Shapiro, Executive Director for Kids In Crisis. “Since the start of 25By25, Kids In Crisis has impacted nearly 13,000 children and youth through a combination of programs and services. With the support of our community, we will reach our goal of positively impacting 25,000 children by 2025, and ultimately ensuring that all children throughout Fairfield County are happy and safe.”

Thanks to the generosity of donors to the campaign to date, Kids In Crisis added four new TeenTalk programs and three Lighthouse programs in several Fairfield County towns. To learn more about 25By25 or to make a donation to be matched, please contact Rick Reichert at 203-622-6556 or, or visit our donation webpage.

More information can be found at

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Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent Appoints Dr. PJ Wax Principal of Western Middle School

Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones announced today the appointment of Dr. PJ Wax III as principal of Western Middle School, effective July 1. Dr. Wax replaces Mr. Gordon Beinstein who announced in January that he is retiring at the end of the school year. Dr. Wax will oversee all of WMS’ programs that meet the needs of its students with a strong focus on academic, personal, and interpersonal growth.

“Greenwich Public Schools continues to be the premiere destination for educators and administrators in our region as more than 60 candidates vied for this position,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Toni Jones said. “Dr. Wax was recognized by the interview committee, consisting of GPS teachers, parents, and senior administrators, as the right person to lead Western Middle School.”

Dr. Wax comes to GPS from Stamford Public School’s Westhill High School where he has served as an assistant principal since 2012. As assistant principal for one of the largest and most diverse schools in the State of Connecticut, he has created opportunities for students and staff to expand their horizons.

During his tenure at Westhill, Dr. Wax has supervised nearly every department, Dr. Wax supported Special Education students and families through the PPT and 504 processes, chaired numerous committees, utilized data from both the district and school levels to implement interventions through the Response to Intervention process to help support student success, and worked to close the achievement gap amongst diverse student populations.

In his time at Westhill, Dr. Wax worked with all grade levels, including directly overseeing the ninth grade class where he focused on building a strong bridge from eighth grade. Most recently, he forged a partnership with Manhattanville College’s Changing Suburbs Institute establishing Westhill as the first Professional Development School outside of Westchester County. He has earned accolades working with English Language Learners, most recently, focusing his doctoral dissertation on “A Program Evaluation of an English Learner Acquisition Program in a Public, Urban High School in Connecticut.”

"I am so proud to be named as the next principal of Western Middle School and thrilled to be part of a school culture that prioritizes student well-being, offers a range of extracurricular activities, and supports personal growth and development,” Dr. Wax said. “I am impressed with the highly qualified and dedicated teachers, the diverse student population, and strong sense of community at Western and cannot wait to begin.”

Prior to his time as an administrator at Westhill HS, Dr. Wax was a social studies teacher for 17 years at Our Lady of Sorrows School in White Plains, NY, West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk, Walter Panas HS in Cortlandt Manor, NY, and Fairfield Ludlowe HS.

Dr. Wax earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/History, from Manhattanville College and a Master of Science in Education, Intermediate Administrative and Supervision Certification (092), Sixth Year Degree in Educational Leadership, and Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Bridgeport.

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Stamford Land Conservation Trust Takes Birdwatching to New Heights with Installation of Osprey Tower and 24/7 Live Stream Access

Stamford, CT - The Stamford Land Conservation Trust is excited to announce the successful installation of an osprey nesting platform at Wallacks Drive on the Wallacks Preserve. The installation event took place on Saturday, April 15th, and the osprey tower is now ready to welcome an osprey family.

The Osprey tower was installed to promote the conservation and protection of the local Osprey population. The tower provides a safe and stable environment for ospreys to nest and raise their young, and the installation was a significant step forward in the conservation efforts of the Stamford Land Conservation Trust.

The Stamford Land Conservation Trust would like to extend its thanks to all the volunteers, donors, and supporters who made this project possible. The trust is committed to preserving the natural beauty of the area and will continue to work towards the conservation of local wildlife.

Additionally, the trust has launched a 24/7 live stream of the osprey nest, which can be accessed through the website. The live stream will enable people to view the ospreys from the comfort of their own homes and will provide an opportunity for anyone interested in conservation efforts to learn more about these magnificent birds.

“This project started with an idea six months ago.  When I saw nearly 20 of my fellow Stamford residents, all volunteers, tugging on ropes to raise the platform, it really illustrated to me the power of cooperation based on an idea.  Now that a lot of hard work turned that ideal into reality, for the next 50 years or so, give or take, generations of osprey will call our preserve home,” said John Stone SLCT Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors. "We hope the live stream will help to raise awareness of the importance of conservation and inspire people to get involved in protecting our local wildlife."

For more information on the Stamford Land Conservation Trust and its conservation efforts, please visit

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Greenwich Police Department Benefit Car Show is returning to Greenwich

Back by popular demand! Registration is now open for the 2nd Greenwich Police Department Scholarship Fund 2023 Benefit Car Show, held on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at Town Hall, 101 Field Point Rd., Greenwich, CT, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. (Rain date: May 20, 2023) Admission is free to spectators and will include classic, antique, custom, and exotic cars, motorcycles, and vintage fire trucks.

The Greenwich Police Department Scholarship Fund invites car owners to sign up for early-bird pre-registration before May 8. As space is limited, vehicles will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The registration cost is $20 per vehicle. If you would like to show your vehicle or motorcycle, please register here

Car clubs are welcome. Same-day registration will be accepted at the entrance if space allows at $25 per vehicle. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Greenwich Police Department Scholarship Fund.

The family-fun event will include a DJ, a 50/50 drawing, food trucks, and more. Sponsorship opportunities start at just $50 and also includes $125 as a Trophy Sponsor and $250 to participate as an on-site sponsor. Automobile dealership opportunities begin at $500, which includes on-site participation and a vehicle to display on-site as well. Sponsors to date include Greenwich Magazine, Cadillac of Greenwich, Renewal by Anderson, First Bank of Greenwich, Greenwich Sentinel, Highland Sewer & Drain, Baille Herschman P.C. Law Offices, Freccia Brothers, and Broken Silence Custome Car Audio. 

"We are proud that the Town of Greenwich Police Department has a long-standing reputation of supporting our Officers and their families," said Chief of Police James Heavey. "The Scholarship Fund recognizes the achievements of qualified and deserving students of Greenwich Police Officers while honoring the dedication of the Officers themselves. I can't think of a better way for the public to thank Greenwich Officers for their commitment to our community."

The Greenwich Police Department's Scholarship Fund, a non-profit 501 (c) (3), grants financial assistance to the children of active Greenwich Police Officers who qualify by ability and character for undergraduate studies.

For more information or if you would like to become a sponsor, please call (203) 622.7884 or go to

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