Greenwich's HamletHub Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:41:08 -0400 CIAC Announces Full Contact Football Canceled for 2020-2021 School Year

CIAC Football Board of Control Update

At its September 16, 2020, meeting, the CIAC Board of Control reaffirmed its September 3 decision to cancel full-contact football for the 2020-2021 school year. This decision was made in alignment with the Connecticut Department of Health’s recommendation that football is a high-risk sport and should not be played this fall. The board did, however, agree it would consider allowing competition at a later time for a sport that cannot hold its regularly scheduled season, such as football, provided it does not negatively impact spring sports.

DPH continues to recommend substituting “higher risk” athletic activities with “moderate risk” or “lower risk” options and /or postponing those activities to a later time. In alignment with those recommendations, by the end of this week, through its football committee, the CIAC will recommend low and moderate-risk football activities in which schools may continue to engage their football athletes.

“CIAC made every effort to weigh all factors in this decision, including the passionate voices of students, parents, and school personnel, and ultimately made the determination to align its decision with the recommendations of the Governor’s office and DPH to not hold high-risk sports at this time,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini stated. “In conversation with other state associations across the country, it was clear that a key factor in playing interscholastic football was alignment with the opinion of their state’s governor and state health agency.”

After consulting with DPH and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), it was apparent that CIAC’s football plan, though endorsed by the CSMS Sports Medicine Committee, will not sufficiently mitigate the risk to lower the categorization of the sport from “high risk” to “moderate risk.” DPH encouraged CIAC to seek affirmation from the NFHS that its proposed mitigating strategies would meet the standards required to recategorize football from its classification as high risk. CIAC immediately consulted with the NFHS which responded by stating that, “As each state association has its own SMAC and state department of health/health agency, the NFHS SMAC will not exercise approval or disapproval of individual state guidelines.” Furthermore, in discussions with the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), it was made clear to the CIAC that its members are not public health experts and, as such, on the matter of playing football, CAPSS would defer to the appropriate state and local public health authorities.

The CIAC is concerned that DPH’s recommendation to postpone higher risk sports to a later time is reserved for CIAC sanctioned interscholastic athletics. In fact, as the CIAC is not sanctioning a football season at this time, schools, with approval from their local DPH, may opt to play full contact football as a “club” sport, similar to girls ice hockey, without adherence to CIAC COVID mitigating plans. The CIAC has previously tried to make DPH and the governor’s office aware of the inconsistency that permits our same student population to engage in non-interscholastic high risk sports with less oversight and fewer COVID mitigating strategies. Furthermore, the CIAC has expressed its concern that this inconsistency promotes an inequity in sport opportunities.

In consideration of playing football at a later time, the board seeks to better understand factors such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • How many sports are impacted to the extent where it cannot compete during its regularly scheduled season?

  • What other public health strategies have become available and are supported with better research?

  • How will facility scheduling be impacted?

  • The impact to field maintenance and playability.

  • The viability of synthetic surface fields passing the G-max test during winter months.

  • How has the COVID climate in Connecticut improved to support interscholastic high-risk athletics at a later time?

]]> (CIAC Sports) Life Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:38:26 -0400
Bruce Experiences Webinar: How CT Imaging is Revolutionizing Natural History Museums

In a Zoom webinar on Tuesday, September 22, at 7:00 pm, Dr. Ed Stanley, Associate Scientist and Director of the Digital Discovery and Dissemination Lab at the Florida Museum of Natural History, discusses the CT scans of reptiles, mammals, and fossils currently on display in the Bruce Museum science exhibition Under the Skin. The virtual program is free for Museum members; $10 non-members. To participate, or to join the Museum as a member, visit this page at or call 203-869-0376.

“Natural history collections serve a critical role for scientists wanting to study patterns and changes of biodiversity, though access to these important resources has, historically, been limited,” says Dr. Stanley. “New digitization efforts are providing novel opportunities for researchers and democratizing access to specimens for scientists, educators, and the general public.”

“This virtual talk will use examples from cretaceous amphibians, armored lizards, and burrowing frogs, showcased so wonderfully in the Bruce Museum’s Under the Skin exhibition, to discuss how scanning museum specimens with computerized tomography (CT) to create cross-sectional images is facilitating exciting new research and educational initiatives,” Stanley says.

On view at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, through November 29, 2020, Under the Skin samples images made possible by a remarkable array of technologies—CT scanning, infrared cameras, scanning electron microscopes, and more—that allow scientists to visualize the marvels of evolution that lie below the surface. All of the images presented in the exhibition were captured in the past five years, thus representing the cutting edge of modern imaging. Many showcase amazing discoveries that were undreamt of just a decade ago. Natural history specimens from the Bruce Museum and on loan from other collections complement each image and reinforce the role of museums as stewards of natural history. 

Visitors will learn how we can peer into the inner ear of a frog smaller than a pistachio, count the unborn babies inside a pregnant tiger shark, and reveal the age of a 10-ton dinosaur from microscopic structures in its bones. Exploring the relationship between light and nature, visitors will discover that flying squirrels can glow a fluorescent pink, pelican pouches burst into color in infrared, and macaroni penguins have invented their own special brand of the color yellow. 

“Nature is full of beauty, at scales great and small,” says Curator of Science Dr. Daniel Ksepka, organizer of the exhibition. “Under the Skin highlights a dozen recent discoveries through a combination of remarkable imagery and real biological specimens. While each represents a research breakthrough, these striking and in many cases prize-winning images can rightfully be considered art in their own right.” 

The Bruce Museum is grateful for exhibition support from a Committee of Honor Co-Chaired by Sue Baker, Ingrid Delson, Lisette Henrey, Gale and Bob Lawrence, and Dr. Kim Nichols. Additional support for Bruce Museum exhibitions is generously provided by the 2019-20 Bruce Museum Council, Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, and Sylvia and Leonard Marx, Jr.

View the objects and visualizations displayed in the physical exhibition, along with bonus content and links to help explore more deeply, by taking a virtual tour of the exhibition:

More reasons to join the Bruce Museum or renew your membership include: 

  • Two months free membership with the promo code EXTEND2020 
  • Shopping Concierge Service for Members from the Bruce Museum Store. Free Delivery in Greenwich or curbside pickup, Tuesday-Sunday. Email
  • Free Bruce Experiences programs and discounted Bruce Presents programs.
  • Reciprocal admission to many other museums through FWMA and ASTC, and more.

For more information about Bruce Experiences programs, exclusive exhibition previews, and other Museum member benefits, contact Laura Freeman, Membership Manager, at or 203-413-6764.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Tue, 15 Sep 2020 10:20:58 -0400
Connecticut Charm Alert: Office of Tourism Boasts Towns to Visit to Fall in Love with Fall

The Connecticut Office of Tourism recently rated Connecticut towns for their charm-appeal saying, "Connecticut still does “charming” very well, especially in the autumn."

The Office of Tourism highlights eight towns that exude charm due to their local shops, restaurants, galleries, and inns. 

The eight towns bursting with charm include:


Stonington Borough

New Preston






Read the article in its entirety and find out what towns win the category of "charm" here.

*Before venturing out, make sure to check the hours, they may have changed due to COVID-19.

*Image courtesy CT Visit Facebook Page.

]]> (HH) Places Mon, 14 Sep 2020 10:26:00 -0400
Frank Stella's Stars, A Survey Opens at The Aldrich on September 21

Frank Stella's Stars, A Survey opens at The Aldrich on September 21 and runs through May 9, 2021

Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey, the artist’s first solo exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, will be on view in the Museum’s galleries and Sculpture Garden from September 21, 2020 to May 9, 2021.

Spanning more than sixty years, Frank Stella’s studio practice has pushed abstraction to the limits, investigating every category from painting and printmaking to sculpture and public art. Among the myriad of forms found in Stella’s work, one element continuously reappears, a motif that is simultaneously abstract and figurative: the star. Immediately identifiable, the star stands out amidst the tangle of abstract, invented forms the artist has explored over his long career. Under the spotlight for the first time, this exhibition surveys Stella’s use of the star, ranging from two-dimensional works of the 1960s to its most recent incarnation in sculptures, wall reliefs, and painted objects from the 2010s. 

Stella’s use of the star form emerged during his first decade in New York as he was exhibiting his groundbreaking striped and shaped paintings. It then vanished and resurfaced many decades later at a moment when he committed himself to three-dimensional abstraction. Today, the star is the lead in scores of works from small objects to towering sculptures. Scaled to the table or the open air, Stella’s star works transport us—we imagine how disparate elements shift, how parts are assembled, how paint is applied. The works parade an outsized material resourcefulness that collapses analogue and twenty-first century fabrication techniques: RPT (rapid prototype technology) plastics, teak, aluminum, stainless steel, birch plywood, fiberglass, carbon fiber, and more. With their automotive neon hues, shimmering and natural finishes, the stars, big and small, flex and project a spatial dynamism that intimates a potential maneuverability—as if they were built to perform.

At The Aldrich, Stella’s star works will be on view outdoors throughout the Museum’s grounds and inside the galleries. Outside, large-scale sculptures will be sited from Ridgefield’s historic Main Street, the Museum’s semi-enclosed interior courtyard, and two-acre Sculpture Garden. Inside, the exhibition will occupy the entire ground floor including the Museum’s Project Space where the largest sculpture in the exhibition, Fat 12 Point Carbon Fiber Star (2016), challenges the room’s perimeter with its twelve puffed up rays stretching twenty-one feet in all directions. The star is characterized in this survey as a breakthrough element. From a simple, planar shape to an ornamented spatial object, its manifestation reveals stylistic continuity amidst decisive variation.

The Museum’s founder Larry Aldrich showed early interest in Stella’s work and exhibited Tetuan (1963) one year after he founded The Aldrich. Additionally, the Larry Aldrich Foundation Fund, established in 1959, supported the Museum of Modern Art in purchasing Stella’s painting The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, II—the first work by the artist to enter their collection. Since the Museum’s founding in 1964, Stella’s work has been included in fifteen group exhibitions.

Frank Stella (b. 1936, Malden, MA) has created an exceptional body of work over his six-decade career. Spanning painting, sculpture, and printmaking, his work is held in more than fifty public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Stella currently lives and works in New York.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color 150-page hardbound catalogue, featuring essays by the exhibition’s curators Richard Klein and Amy Smith-Stewart.

Curated by Richard Klein, Exhibitions Director, and Amy Smith-Stewart, Senior Curator at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

]]> (The Aldrich) Life Thu, 10 Sep 2020 18:05:26 -0400
Greenwich COVID-19 Community Relief Fund Issues Grants to Children’s Day School, Filling in the Blanks, Jewish Family Services, Liberation Programs and YWCA

The Greenwich United Way fund has provided nearly $500,000 of aid to 20 organizations.
GREENWICH, Conn., September 3, 2020 – The Greenwich United Way’s Greenwich COVID-19 Community Relief Fund issued new grants to Children’s Day School and Liberation Programs and second grants to Filling in the Blanks, Jewish Family Services and YWCA. The fund has now provided nearly $500,000 of aid across 20 organizations helping Greenwich residents in need.
“The early childhood industry has faced unprecedented financial strain as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and CDS is no exception,” said Carly Adames, Executive Director of Children’s Day School. “Our goal is to provide the safest possible environment for young children. Clean air quality and ventilation is essential as children in our early learning program are too young to wear masks and are within close proximity of each other. With this grant we can enhance our health and safety protocols by providing KN95 masks for our educators and air purification for classrooms at our Riverside and Glenville campuses. We are grateful for the United Way's support during these extraordinary times.”
Earlier grants were issued to Abilis, Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Building One Community, Caritas of Port Chester, Community Centers, Inc. of Greenwich (CCI), Family Centers, Filling in the Blanks, Food Rescue US, the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell, the Jewish Family Services, Kids In Crisis, Meals On Wheels, Neighbor to Neighbor, Pathways, PTAC, River House, Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG), and YWCA of Greenwich.
“When we started this fund, none of us could have imagined that six months later we would still be in the thick of the pandemic, with no more certainty and stability than we had at the onset,” said David Rabin, CEO of Greenwich United Way. “At challenging times like this when everyone is impacted at some level, we are the sole organization that has the capabilities to help the most residents of Greenwich. We remain steadfast in our dedication to our neighbors and will continue to do all we can to help those in town who need it most.”
The Greenwich COVID-19 Community Relief Fund provides disaster relief and recovery efforts for Greenwich residents experiencing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The GUW Board of Directors and Grants Committee volunteers continue to review proposals from local agencies, conducting a deep dive into each organization’s financials, and assessing the specific recovery-related needs. Grant applications are still being accepted for non-profit local agencies supporting relevant relief efforts and can be submitted to GUW’s Director of Community Impact, Robert Moore at Donations can be made to the fund here.
About Greenwich United Way
The Greenwich United Way (GUW) shares a name with approximately 1,200 other similar organizations across the nation, although the Greenwich, Connecticut division is a privately incorporated, locally governed, nonprofit agency. As a volunteer-driven organization, the Greenwich United Way exists to help identify and address the health, educational and self-sufficiency needs specific to its local community and to create and affect meaningful, lasting solutions. Through various fundraising efforts and on-going research, the organization is able to directly grant the funds necessary to accomplish this goal. The Greenwich United Way also invests in and conducts collaborative efforts to address broad-based community needs with partnering nonprofit agencies. For more information, visit, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
]]> (kh) Charities Thu, 03 Sep 2020 11:49:55 -0400
Virtual Bruce Presents: Curator, Collector, Critic, Creator: What is ‘Contemporary Art’ Today?

To understand the world of contemporary art, think of the artist as the hub, with an array of stakeholders—among them, curators, collectors, critics—as the spokes. Each has a stake in the other; together, they’re a symbiotic ecosystem in which artistic insight, social prestige, and great wealth hang in the balance. 

Join a fascinating conversation between a major contemporary artist and the professionals whose livelihoods are linked to their work on Thursday, September 10, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, when the Bruce Museum hosts a Zoom webinar: Curator, Collector, Critic, Creator: What Is 'Contemporary Art' Today?

Participation in the Bruce Presents virtual program, for the benefit of the Bruce Museum, is $25 for Museum members, $35 non-members. Reservation link is provided below or call 203-869-0376; a link to join the conversation on Zoom will be sent to registered attendees one hour prior to the program. Support for Bruce Presents, the Bruce Museum’s monthly series featuring thought leaders in the fields of art and science, is generously provided by Northern Trust and Berkley One, a Berkley Company.

Artist and author Joe Fig.

Central to the September 10 discussion about contemporary art today is Joe Fig, an artist and author known for work that explores the artistic creative process and the spaces where art is made. His paintings, sculptures, and photographs have been exhibited at the Bass Museum of Art, the Bruce Museum, Chazen Museum of Art, Fleming Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Orlando Museum of Art, Parrish Art Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Toledo Museum of Art. His work can be found in numerous private and museum collections, including the Bruce Museum. Author of the critically acclaimed Inside the Painter's Studio and Inside the Artist's Studio, Fig is currently the Chair of Fine Arts and Visual Studies at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota. 

Fig’s exhibition of new paintings, entitled Contemplation, opens at the Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York Cityon September 1, and continues through October 17.

Chronicling the artist’s travels across the country, the paintings in Contemplation present versions of a similar scene: people looking at art. Some are in galleries, others in museums. Settings run the gamut from crowded blockbuster shows where the visitors take prominence, to quiet and intimate portraits of an individual completely absorbed in an artwork. 

This series of works began in 2016 as an exploration of an ongoing, routine activity for members of the art-loving public. In the era of COVID-19, it has taken on a sense of melancholy and nostalgia, pitted against the backdrop of a pandemic. Images that once communicated open-ended moments of rumination are now charged with a sense of loss. In Fig's words, “It will never be the same again.”

With her deep familiarity with Fig’s body of work and global perspective on the contemporary art market, Cristin Tierney lends expert insight to this conversation. Tierney has owned a contemporary art gallery in New York City since 2010 and has served as an advisor to a number of private collectors and institutions since 2000. Prior to founding her advisory firm, she was a consultant for many years at Christie's Auction House. Tierney has also served on the boards and committees of numerous non-profit organizations, including Reynolda House Museum of American Art and the Lower East Side Printshop. She has a Master's Degree from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and has taught graduate-level seminars at NYU on the history of the art market as well as undergraduate art history. 

For more about the panelists, click here.

]]> (Bruce Museum) Events Wed, 02 Sep 2020 09:18:36 -0400
Breast Cancer Alliance’s VIRTUAL Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show: Reimagined

Breast Cancer Alliance VIRTUAL Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show – Reimagined will be celebrating a meaningful, fun and fashionable event safely “together” on Monday, October 19, 2020.

Breast Cancer diagnoses have not waned during this pandemic, and screening, treatment and research have all suffered from delayed visits and restricted access.  

Co-chaired by Karena Bailey, Ashley Bekton, Joy Gregory and Melissa Nisenson, the event will include fashion by Carolina Herrera presented by Richards, a tribute to BCA co-founder Lucy Day, a silent and live auction, and a "Models of Inspiration" fashion show.

All supporters are invited to honor or pay tribute to a Model of Inspiration of their choice to be featured with photos and stories on the event website to be enjoyed and shared worldwide.

Purchase tickets here. To make a gift by check, Donor Advised Fund, stock or wire transfer, email:

Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) is a unique breast cancer foundation making a national impact. It is one of the largest private, non-corporate breast cancer organizations in the United States. Over its more than two-decade history, BCA has awarded $29 million in grants and funded at more than 25 of the nation’s leading research institutions.

The mission of Breast Cancer Alliance is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure. To promote these goals, we invest in innovative research, breast surgery fellowships, regional education, dignified support and screening for the underserved.

For information: or call 203-861-0014

Special Memorial Tribute to BCA Co-Founder Lucy Day 

Lucy Day 1944 – 2020

Lucy Day died peacefully June 5, 2020 at her home in Palm Beach, Florida, at age 76, surrounded by family. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her husband Nathaniel Day and their daughters E.V. Day (Ted Lee) of Brooklyn NY and Annabelle Day of San Francisco CA.

Lucy was born in Chicago Illinois on April 2, 1944, the only child of William Harris Reals M.D. and Lucile Farnsworth Reals. She held a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, both in Anthropology – American Archeology. After work on archeological sites and for museums, she had a career in finance and commodities and held a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Upon retirement, she had a rewarding life as a volunteer in Greenwich, Connecticut. She served as board chairman of three non-profit organizations and was a founder of the Breast Cancer Alliance. An enthusiastic gardener, she was a judge for the Garden Club of America for more than twenty years. At their home in Greenwich, she developed a renowned topiary garden which she and her husband donated to the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge Massachusetts. It was physically moved there in October 2018 and comprises "Lucy's Garden." Her love, generosity, and sense of humor brought such joy to her friends and family, and she will be greatly missed.



]]> (CMB Communications) Charities Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:46:52 -0400
Save the Date! Virtual Cocktails & Comedy Fundraiser to Benefit The Undies Project

You will not want to miss this year’s first ever virtual Cocktails and Comedy.

Cocktails & Comedy will take place on October 10th at 7:00pm from the comfort of your own home.  Join us and Laugh for a Cause with comics Jane Condon and Kelly MacFarland.

There will be a fabulous online silent auction including some items with a creative twist for the new normal!

Aux Délices have put together some delicious menu options especially for Cocktails & Comedy. They are generously donating 40% of every meal purchased. 

Tickets will go on sale early September.  More details to follow.

]]> (Laura Delaflor) Charities Thu, 20 Aug 2020 14:27:58 -0400
Greenwich Historical Society to Host Lawn Concert to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment Granting Women Right to Vote

Gather friends, bring a picnic, and enjoy an evening of marvelous singing by Greenwich native Justine Goggin, with music directed by world-class musicians Kreg Gottschall and Grammy-nominated Dr. Caroline Worra. Ms. Goggin’s selections of show tunes, folk songs and contemporary hits for the August 26th concert will honor some of the greatest female songwriters of our time in celebration of the women's suffrage centennial. 

For a festive touch, the Historical Society grounds will be lit up in purple and gold as part of the nationwide Forward into Light campaign to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Registration is required as space is limited. Free for members; nonmembers $20; or become a member at a discounted rate of $25. VIP Bistro seating for 4 with appetizers and refreshments is available.  Masks are required inside the campus and suggested outdoors.

Date: Wednesday, August 26
Greenwich Historical Society Lawn
47 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob
5:30 Grounds open for picnics, 6:30 - 8 pm Concert

For more information and to RSVP:

About Justine Goggin:

Justine Goggin was born and raised in Greenwich CT, where she first fell in love with music after seeing a local production of Annie. Graduating from Dartmouth College, she began her career in musical theatre, performing in musicals, operas, and cabarets all around NYC, CT, NH, and CT, including Northern Stage, The Lincoln Center Library, Don't Tell Mama, Opera North, and The Summer Theatre of New Canaan. Justine is co-founder of The Sappho Project, where she proudly serves as Artistic Director. The Sappho Project is a non-profit organization that seeks to bridge the gender gap in musical theatre by supporting women, trans, and gender non-conforming writers. If you want to learn more about their work, check out To learn more about Justine, you can visit or IG: @justine.goggin 

]]> (Laura McCormick) Events Wed, 19 Aug 2020 12:55:02 -0400
Junior BCA Get Fit For Hope Challenge

Participate from Anywhere

Join or support high school and college students nationwide for the 31-day Junior BCA Get Fit For Hope Challenge

Fitness plays an important role in both prevention and recovery, so run, bike, swim, practice with your school team, – the choice is yours – and help BCA raise critical funding for Breast Cancer Alliance grants. Hosted by Kilter Rewards.

The mission of Breast Cancer Alliance is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure. To promote these goals BCA invests in innovative research, breast surgery fellowships, regional education, and provides dignified support and screening for the underserved. 

WHEN: October 1 – 31  National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – You create your own schedule!

WHERE: Home, college, high school…participate from anywhere

$25 to join or support the “Junior BCA Get Fit for Hope” Challenge. 

For sponsorship info (beginning at $500) contact

For all sponsorship levels, publicity will be given on the website and Kilter Rewards in advertising and on event signage, and teams are welcome.

Questions? Email


]]> (CMB Communications) Charities Wed, 19 Aug 2020 09:40:55 -0400
French-Vietnamese Inspired Bistro Opens in Greenwich

Antoine Blech, restaurateur and co-owner of Le Penguin and Le Fat Poodle, has opened his new French-Vietnamese bistro, Orienta, for dining. With his son Adrien Blech in the helm as executive head chef, the new restaurant is located at 55 Lewis Street in Greenwich, next door to Le Penguin.

Orienta was set to open in late March when the pandemic hit and shuttered restaurants throughout Connecticut. Faced with the possibility of being permanently closed before they could first open, the Blech family decided to open just for takeout. In the first months of operation, they worked with a small team, including Antoine’s wife Suzanne and Adrien’s wife Kate in the front of house, to offer a small menu of French-Vietnamese specialties to the community.

“We never dreamed we would open a restaurant with takeout-only. Aside from all the difficulties, it gave us the opportunity to test the menu and get guest feedback in those first weeks,” said Antoine. “It’s wonderful now to be able to finally open the doors and welcome everyone to our new restaurant!”

Orienta was Antoine’s first venture launched in Manhattan’s Upper East Side circa 1995, honoring the cuisine of Southeast Asia. He was inspired by his experience as maitre’d of Le Colonial, and also from working at the classic French bistros Le Relais, Le Bilboquet and Le Comptoir, all in New York City. Antoine’s vision was to take Vietnamese haute cuisine and marry it to the simpler style of the French bistro – et voila, Orienta was born! Today it has come full circle 25 years later, opening in Greenwich, CT.

Orienta is both a homecoming and formal launch for young Executive Head Chef Adrien Blech. Adrien trained alongside Chef Eric Ripert over four years first at Blue, Ritz Carlton Cayman Islands and then the three-star Michelin Le Bernardin. After traveling in France, cooking in Paris under Chef Gabriel Grapin, at Guy Savoy in Las Vegas, then in Los Angeles as executive chef at Soho House, Adrien was ready to return home to open the new Orienta with his family.

The menu pivoted easily to takeout in its early days and has now expanded for dining on Orienta’s terrace and in its evocative dining room. The food is inspired by classics of Vietnam and its history, with focused flavors and spices, sourcing the highest quality ingredients locally in New England.

Menu highlights for sharing and socializing include Lobster Shooters (bite-size tempura fried lobster with mango relish topped with red curry coconut sauce), Rooster Wings (five-spice drawer rubbed wings with sweet chili garlic sauce), and Vietnamese Spring Rolls (deep-fried pork filled rolls served with lettuces and dipping sauce). Main courses offer a taste of Vietnam with Saigon Caramelized Chicken (marinated, grilled half chicken served over pea shoot salad), Vegetable Rice Bowl (served with grilled tofu, bok choy, mushrooms, scallions), Grilled Hanger Steak (marinated and served with charred tomato, Sichuan peppercorn sauce) and Pistachio Crusted Salmon (served with tamarind glaze, purple sticky rice and baby bok choy). Sumptuous desserts include Key Lime Tart, Mandarin Orange Chocolate Mousse, Ginger Crème Brûlée, Coconut Tapioca Pudding, and House Made Sorbets (coconut, mango, raspberry).

Antoine and Suzanne worked with local designer Lynn Morgan to bring to life the ambiance of jungle lushness, at the same time imagining a hot, sexy night in Saigon expressed with red velvet banquettes, coral tinted jungle wallpaper, golden grass cloth, vibrant green of the bar, the warm tones of the gold wall sconces and rattan chandeliers. Finished off with honeyed oak shutters, colorful rattan bistro chairs and vibrant palm trees — the mood is set.

Orienta is open for contactless takeout, Tuesday – Sunday from 4:30pm.
Lunch will open soon Wednesday-Saturday.
Outdoor dining and in-restaurant dining is now open as well.

The staff follows all CDC guidelines for safety and health, with constant sanitation, and tables are spaced six feet apart.

Orienta is located at 55 Lewis Street in Greenwich, Connecticut. Tel: 203.489.3394

]]> (Dani) Places Tue, 18 Aug 2020 10:20:20 -0400
Greenwich Hospital's Teddy Bear Clinic will take a hiatus this year, returns in 2021

Teddy Bear Clinic to return October 2021

Greenwich Hospital’s Teddy Bear Clinic – which typically draws more than 1,200 children and adults throughout the region – will take a hiatus this year due to concerns surrounding the community spread of the coronavirus.  

For 21 years, the Teddy Bear Clinic has entertained and educated youngsters, offering hands-on activities and one-on-one interaction with Greenwich Hospital healthcare professionals for children to learn about hospital services in a family-friendly environment. The event will return in October 2021.

“This popular community event has become a tradition for many families in Connecticut and New York,” said Diane Kelly, Greenwich Hospital president. “But in order to comply with state rules and protect our community and staff, we made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Teddy Bear Clinic. Although Connecticut does not show signs of resurgence at this time, we must remain vigilant because the virus still poses a serious threat. We are extremely hopeful that the Teddy Bear Clinic will be back bigger and better than ever next year.”

Greenwich Hospital and all of its offsite locations are completely open, with the resumption of all services that were temporarily suspended or deferred at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The hospital has implemented numerous measures to keep patients and staff safe, including screening and testing, social distancing and advanced cleaning across all facilities. Patients who do not have the coronavirus are treated on separate units by different care teams while in the hospital. Patients can also schedule phone and video visits with their physicians.

“It’s important to seek medical care when needed and keep up with preventive care, including staying up-to-date with immunizations,” said Kelly.

]]> (Magaly Olivero ) Events Thu, 13 Aug 2020 06:48:56 -0400
Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) Medical Symposium is VIRTUAL

Join from Anywhere

Breast Cancer Alliance (BCA) presents a virtual world-class medical symposium hosted by Judy Woodruff. The panelists will discuss challenges presented by COVID-1, advances in treatment, diet, stress, lifestyle management and more. Proceeds from this event will be used to support Breast Cancer Alliance and the Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center at Georgetown University Hospital.


Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 12:00 pm until 1:15 pm                           


Event link to be emailed to all participants in advance of the day


Judy Woodruff:  Anchor and Managing Editor PBS NewsHour


Elizabeth Nichols, MD – Associate Professor and Clinical Director of Radiation Oncology  at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology of Maryland Medical Center

Ana Barac, MD, PhD, FACC- MedStar Georgetown Associate Professor of Medicine and Oncology, Georgetown University; Director MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute’s Cardio­ Oncology Program

Kim Robien, PhD, RD, CSO, FAND Associate Professor Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University Member George Washington University Cancer Center

Angela Pennisi, MD Inova Schar Cancer Institute, Breast Medical Oncologist, Board certified: Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine 

SPONSORS:  Hologic, Merck, Immunomedics


Learn more about Breast Cancer Alliance - 203-861-0014 –


]]> (CMB Communications) Events Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:04:34 -0400
Tornado Watch for Fairfield County

Batten down the hatches! The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for our area today, Tuesday, August 4, until 4pm.

A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania until 4 PM EDT. This tornado watch covers our entire area and is associated with Tropical Storm Isaias. Isolated wind gusts of up to 60 mph are possible.

Follow NWS Facebook page for updates as well as Ridgefield OEM on Facebook.

]]> (HH) Todays events Tue, 04 Aug 2020 04:49:04 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Greenwich (Reimagined): Nancy Guberti

Why Small Businesses Matter Reimagined

Small businesses matter - now more than ever. They are answering the call with innovation and determination like never before.

We hope you join us in supporting them by sharing their story far and wide and shopping local! We are thankful to Fairfield County Bank for their continued support and making this series possible.

Three questions with Nancy Guberti, founder of Nancy Guberti. 


What do you want the community to know? Are there ways for the community to help you and other local businesses to prosper?

Now more than ever you need to make your health a priority. If the second wave comes around, you should be prepared, and reaching optimal health of mind anybody is crucial. Get functional medicine testing now so you gain insight into any imbalances and follow your personalized regime to reach optimal health. Stay informed with the latest health news and tips to keep you and your loved ones healthy in the new normal.

Are you offering any new products, or ways for customers to purchase your products or services that are popular during this crisis?

Yes, we are doing all sessions via phone or Zoom now. You can order your functional medicine lab testing, we send you the kits and arrange pickup in the local Greenwich CT area. Once your test results are back then we create your personalized regime and schedule your Zoom or phone session to review everything. Reaching total wellness starts with understanding how your body is functioning and then addressing your biomedical imbalances. Now more than ever you need to know what level of health you are at to combat the uncertainty of times.

Please share the ways your business is adapting to keep your customers and employees safe in addition to the standard guidelines

Conducting sessions virtually and offering online membership to keep clients accountable and progressing along their health journey. The world’s events are happening so fast and you must stay abreast of the current health topics and remedies. We’ve added a 15-minute monthly call with members to address any concerns, stress, uncertainty about their wellness of mind and body. In addition, we conduct monthly online presentations about the latest health topics and how to stay protected and empowered.

Visit Nancy Guberti online here. Learn about memberships here.

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

]]> (Dan) Places Mon, 03 Aug 2020 06:57:14 -0400