Greenwich's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich Thu, 09 Feb 2023 05:04:18 -0500 HamletHub.com Abilis Holds Project SEARCH Info Session on March 30 for Young Adults with Disabilities, Internship Programs at Greenwich Hospital and Darien YMCA https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41172-abilis-holds-project-search-info-session-on-march-30-for-young-adults-with-disabilities-internship-programs-at-greenwich-hospital-and-darien-ymca41172-abilis-holds-project-search-info-session-on-march-30-for-young-adults-with-disabilities-internship-programs-at-greenwich-hospital-and-darien-ymca https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41172-abilis-holds-project-search-info-session-on-march-30-for-young-adults-with-disabilities-internship-programs-at-greenwich-hospital-and-darien-ymca41172-abilis-holds-project-search-info-session-on-march-30-for-young-adults-with-disabilities-internship-programs-at-greenwich-hospital-and-darien-ymca

Abilis, the nonprofit organization providing services and support to more than 800 individuals with special needs and their families, is hosting a Project SEARCH Information Night for young adults with disabilities to learn about its employment internship program. 
 
Abilis currently operates two Project SEARCH programs in partnership with Greenwich Hospital and the Darien YMCA. This free event will be held at Greenwich Hospital in the Nobel conference room, 5 Perryridge Road in Greenwich, Connecticut, on Thursday, March 30, at 6:00 p.m. Space is limited and registration is requested at abilis.us/calendar

Project SEARCH is a national program often run at hospitals throughout the United States and is a nine-month internship and job training program for young adults with developmental disabilities ages 18-30. Abilis has been running Project SEARCH in partnership with Greenwich Hospital for the past four years, and in 2022, expanded the program to include the Darien YMCA. The Darien YMCA is the first Y in the country to offer the Project SEARCH program. 

Project SEARCH targets young adults with developmental disabilities for competitive employment. The Abilis Project SEARCH program at Greenwich Hospital offers hospital related jobs. At the Darien YMCA, interns learn many different jobs in multiple departments in the facility, including childcare, fitness centers and The Café. The program offers total immersion in the workplace and facilitates the teaching and learning process as well as the acquisition of employability and marketable work skills. Interns participate in three, unpaid internships throughout the nine-month program and explore a variety of careers. In addition, interns increase their independence, self-confidence, and self-esteem, preparing them for future employment.

“Abilis has been successfully running the Project SEARCH program at Greenwich Hospital and at the Darien YMCA,” noted Amy Montimurro, CEO and president of Abilis. “Our Project SEARCH graduates have successfully gained employment and developed skills and we are thankful that our partnerships with Greenwich Hospital and the Darien YMCA to have provided opportunities for our interns to experience a variety of jobs and learn new skills.” 

Project SEARCH is a collaboration among Abilis, Greenwich Hospital, Darien YMCA and the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services. To be eligible or Project SEARCH, the applicant must be between the ages of 18 and 30 and eligible for Development of Disabilities Services or willing to pay privately.

Applications for both Project SEARCH locations are being accepted now and it is recommended that if you are interested, you apply, as enrollment fills quickly. Applications are in both English and Spanish and available online at abilis.us/project-search

To learn more about Abilis’ Project SEARCH and register for the March 30 registration session, contact Nick Stewart, program manager with Project SEARCH at stewart@abilis.us or visit abilis.us/calendar

Pictured are a previous class of the Abilis Project SEARCH interns at Greenwich Hospital. Photo credit Abilis.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Jennifer Howard) Neighbors Wed, 08 Feb 2023 09:56:52 -0500
The Greenwich Art Society presents Drawing and Painting for the serious young artists ages 9-12 https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41171-the-greenwich-art-society-presents-drawing-painting-skills-for-the-serious-young-artist-for-9-12-year-olds41171-the-greenwich-art-society-presents-drawing-painting-skills-for-the-serious-young-artist-for-9-12-year-olds https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41171-the-greenwich-art-society-presents-drawing-painting-skills-for-the-serious-young-artist-for-9-12-year-olds41171-the-greenwich-art-society-presents-drawing-painting-skills-for-the-serious-young-artist-for-9-12-year-olds

 The Greenwich Art Society is offering Tween Art Workshops!

DRAWING & PAINTING SKILLS FOR THE SERIOUS YOUNG ARTIST AGES 9-12 YR

This four-week workshop is for students who want to improve their drawing skills and transition into painting. Drawing fundamentals such as composition, light and shadow, negative space and mark making will be covered. Painting in black and white will lead to painting in the gray scale. We will touch on color theory and paint with acrylics for the last class.

Required Supplies: All materials included.

Instructor(s)Kathie Milligan

Class meets 3/5, 3/12, 3/19 & 3/26 from 1 - 4 PM

Registration and tuition information on our website at 222.greenwichartsociety.org

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esgordon@optonline.net (Mary Newcomb) Events Sun, 05 Feb 2023 10:44:20 -0500
Greenwich Historical Society Hosts Documentary of Basketball Great Worthy Patterson https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41170-documentary-of-basketball-great-worthy-patterson41170-documentary-of-basketball-great-worthy-patterson https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41170-documentary-of-basketball-great-worthy-patterson41170-documentary-of-basketball-great-worthy-patterson

To kick off Black History month, Greenwich Historical Society will host the public premiere of ‘Pushing Boundaries: UConn’s First NBA Player’, an account of the life and career of accomplished athlete and music executive Worthy Patterson, who died in 2022 at 91.

The documentary will be held at Greenwich Historical Society, February 9th at 5pm - 6pm

Raised in Greenwich and a student at Greenwich High School, Patterson was the first black player to captain a sport at UConn. He became the first UConn alumnus, as well as one of the first generation of black basketball players, to play in an NBA game as a member of the St. Louis Hawks.

Documentary producer and multiple Emmy Award-winning journalist Ronnie Forchheimer tells the remarkable story of Patterson excelling in predominately white Greenwich, becoming the first black captain of any sport at UConn, and the first of UConn’s 38 players in the NBA, as well as his post NBA career as a successful executive at RCA and Warner Brothers. Patterson notably attained these career heights as a Black person navigating the discrimination and racism before, during and after the civil rights movement.

A Q & A with Forchheimer will follow the screening. Members of Patterson’s family, including his wife Queen and son Worthy Patterson III, will join from California via Zoom. For tickets and more information: https://greenwichhistory.org/event/documentary-film-screening-pushing-boundaries/

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kerry@ducey.org (Laura McCormick) Events Fri, 03 Feb 2023 07:19:19 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Greenwich: Three Bluebirds Swedish Dishcloths https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/places/41163-why-small-businesses-matter-three-bluebirds-swedish-dishcloths41163-why-small-businesses-matter-three-bluebirds-swedish-dishcloths https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/places/41163-why-small-businesses-matter-three-bluebirds-swedish-dishcloths41163-why-small-businesses-matter-three-bluebirds-swedish-dishcloths

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Three Bluebirds Swedish Dishcloths!

Our story begins with a fellow from Finland (that’s Lasse!) and a California girl (that’s Lynda!)

Three questions with Lynda Baldauf, co-founder of Three Bluebirds Swedish Dishcloths.

Why did you start your business?

Lasse (co-founder) is from Finland and grew up using Swedish dishcloths. When we started our business in 2013, Swedish dishcloths were very hard to find in the US. So we decided to offer them to US consumers. He creates the designs and we print them here in CT.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Herb Swedish Dishcloth is our most popular design!

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

SPG Printing, SGR Woodworks, Chelsea Clarke Photography, and we keep our local Cos Cob post office busy too!

Lynda would like to nominate Nit Noi Provisions to be featured next!

Three Bluebirds Swedish Dishcloths is located at 10 Schubert Lane in Cos Cob. Visit Three Bluebirds Swedish Dishcloths online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook, and Instagram pages as well!

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

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kerry@ducey.org (Dan) Places Fri, 03 Feb 2023 05:36:16 -0500
Two Greenwich High School Seniors Named Finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2023 https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41169-two-greenwich-high-school-seniors-named-finalists-in-the-regeneron-science-talent-search-202341169-two-greenwich-high-school-seniors-named-finalists-in-the-regeneron-science-talent-search-2023 https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41169-two-greenwich-high-school-seniors-named-finalists-in-the-regeneron-science-talent-search-202341169-two-greenwich-high-school-seniors-named-finalists-in-the-regeneron-science-talent-search-2023

Society for Science announced today that Greenwich High School seniors Angie Fogarty and Ambika Grover were included in the top 40 finalists in this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

Both GHS finalists will participate in a week-long competition in March 2023, during which they will undergo a rigorous judging process that goes beyond their own research to encompass other scientific disciplines and compete for more than $1.8 million in awards. They will also have an opportunity to interact with leading scientists and share their research during a virtual “Public Day” event on March 12. The top 10 Regeneron Science Talent Search 2023 winners will be announced during an awards ceremony on March 14, streamed live from Washington, D.C. 

The finalists were chosen based on their projects’ scientific rigor and their potential to become world-changing scientific leaders. Finalists were selected by a national jury of professional scientists from a pool of 300 scholars, who were announced earlier this month. The scholars were named from a pool of over 1,900 highly-qualified entrants, all of whom completed an original research project and extensive application process.

The Greenwich High School finalists and their project titles are:

Angie Fogarty: Rapid, Visual Detection of Illicit Substances in a Variety of Environments via Competitive, Amine-Responsive Fluorophores

Ambika Grover: Design of a Novel, Dual-Functioning, Tissue Plasminogen Activator and Factor XI-Inhibiting Anticoagulant Therapeutic for Rapid Ischemic Stroke Treatment

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kerry@ducey.org (Jonathan Supranowitz) Neighbors Tue, 24 Jan 2023 11:53:29 -0500
Greenwich Historical Society Exhibit Celebrates Asian American Youth Heritage https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41168-historical-society-exhibit-celebrates-asian-american-youth-heritage41168-historical-society-exhibit-celebrates-asian-american-youth-heritage https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41168-historical-society-exhibit-celebrates-asian-american-youth-heritage41168-historical-society-exhibit-celebrates-asian-american-youth-heritage

“All of us Asian Americans have a glorious heritage. We have to be proud of it.”
- Indra Nooyi, former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

The Greenwich Historical Society is pleased to present "My Story, Our Future" a student-curated exhibit highlighting personal family stories and artifacts of South Asian Americans co-curated by students from Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk and bordering communities in Westchester. Organized by the India Cultural Center and the Asia and Asian American Studies Institute at UConn, the exhibit showcases stories about South Asian American youth identity in support of Connecticut’s newly mandated K-12 Asian American/Pacific Islander curriculum.

The exhibit will have a lasting impact in building awareness of Asian American contributions to the economic, cultural, social and political development of Connecticut.

My Story, Our Future
Greenwich Historical Society: February 13 through 26th.

Monday – Friday, from 9am – 5pm; Saturday – Sunday, from 12pm – 4pm

For more information click here.

Greenwich Historical Society is located at 47 Strickland Road, Cos Cob.

 

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Tue, 24 Jan 2023 09:32:44 -0500
Greenwich Public Schools Names ​Joseph Baynes Special Education Coordinator https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41165-greenwich-public-schools-names-joseph-baynes-special-education-coordinator41165-greenwich-public-schools-names-joseph-baynes-special-education-coordinator https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41165-greenwich-public-schools-names-joseph-baynes-special-education-coordinator41165-greenwich-public-schools-names-joseph-baynes-special-education-coordinator

Greenwich, CT, January 18, 2023 – Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones today announced that Mr. Joseph Baynes has been named special education coordinator, effective immediately. Mr. Baynes had been serving as interim special education coordinator since October.

Mr. Baynes will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and supervising special education services, while assisting building administrators in monitoring the instruction of students with disabilities in both general education and special education settings. He will also act as a contributing and primary evaluator for certified special education and related services staff, provide assistance to building-based administrators on IEP/PPT meetings, and provide input to Chief Officer of Special Education and Student Supports Dr. Stacey Heiligenthaler.

“Mr Baynes’ special education experience, knowledge and dedication to students, staff, and families is a tremendous asset to the District,” Dr. Heiligenthaler said. “I am excited to have him as a permanent addition to the Special Education and Student Supports team.”

Since 2020, Mr. Baynes served as a special education teacher at Greenwich High School. Prior to joining GPS, he worked at Eagle Hill School from 2012 through 2020 and Buffalo Public Schools in 2012 as a special education teacher with elementary age students. 

“I am thrilled to take on the role of Special Education Coordinator for Greenwich Public Schools,” Mr. Baynes said. “While filling the role on an interim basis since October, I have been inspired by the commitment and dedication of the District's SESS staff members. I am looking forward to continuing to partner with the SESS administrative team and building administrators to provide support for our students, educators, and families.”

Mr Baynes holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and General Education and a masters in Childhood Special Education from Buffalo State University. He earned his Sixth Year Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Bridgeport.

 

 
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kerry@ducey.org (Greenwich Public Schools) Neighbors Wed, 18 Jan 2023 11:51:17 -0500
Five Greenwich High School Seniors Named Scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2023 https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41164-five-greenwich-high-school-seniors-named-scholars-in-the-regeneron-science-talent-search-202341164-five-greenwich-high-school-seniors-named-scholars-in-the-regeneron-science-talent-search-2023 https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41164-five-greenwich-high-school-seniors-named-scholars-in-the-regeneron-science-talent-search-202341164-five-greenwich-high-school-seniors-named-scholars-in-the-regeneron-science-talent-search-2023

Society for Science announced that Greenwich High School seniors Stephanie Chang, Isabella Gega, Ronit Gupta, Angie Fogarty, and Ambika Grover were included in the top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2023, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. Each of the five GHS scholars will be awarded $2,000 each and the school will be awarded $2,000 for each enrolled scholar. 

The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,949 applications from 627 high schools across 48 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and four other countries. Scholars were chosen based on their outstanding research, leadership skills, community involvement, commitment to academics, creativity in asking scientific questions and exceptional promise as STEM leaders demonstrated through the submission of their original, independent research projects, essays and recommendations. The 300 scholars hail from 194 American and international high schools in 35 states and China.  

On Tuesday, January 24, 40 of the 300 scholars will be named Regeneron Science Talent Search finalists. The finalists will then compete for more than $1.8 million in awards during a week-long competition in Washington, D.C., taking place March 9-15. 

The Greenwich High School scholars and their project titles are:

Stephanie Chang: A Multi-Omics Approach to Host-Microbe Interactions in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Targeted Cell-Type Discovery

Angie Fogarty: Rapid, Visual Detection of Illicit Substances in a Variety of Environments via Competitive, Amine-Responsive Fluorophores

Isabella Gega: Synthesis of Polysaccharide-Encapsulated Hydroxyapatite Nanocomposites To Stimulate Plant Growth and Promote Phosphorus Absorption

Ambika Grover: Design of a Novel, Dual-Functioning, Tissue Plasminogen Activator and Factor XI-Inhibiting Anticoagulant Therapeutic for Rapid Ischemic Stroke Treatment

Ronit Gupta: Design of a Rapid, Lateral Flow COPD Diagnostic via Detection of Cyto-Keratin 19 Biomarkers

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kerry@ducey.org (Jonathan Supranowitz) Neighbors Wed, 11 Jan 2023 10:27:44 -0500
Town of Greenwich Agrees to Increase Accessibility at Marina to Comply with Americans with Disabilities Act https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/publicsafety/41162-town-of-greenwich-agrees-to-increase-accessibility-at-marina-to-comply-with-americans-with-disabilities-act41162-town-of-greenwich-agrees-to-increase-accessibility-at-marina-to-comply-with-americans-with-disabilities-act https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/publicsafety/41162-town-of-greenwich-agrees-to-increase-accessibility-at-marina-to-comply-with-americans-with-disabilities-act41162-town-of-greenwich-agrees-to-increase-accessibility-at-marina-to-comply-with-americans-with-disabilities-act

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has reached a settlement agreement with the Town of Greenwich to resolve allegations that a Greenwich marina was not operating in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”). 

The settlement agreement resolves an ADA complaint filed by an individual with disabilities alleging that Greenwich’s Byram Marina has no designated accessible boat slips and no accessible routes to the boat slips.  As a result, the marina is not accessible to individuals with physical disabilities.  Greenwich is in the process of making significant improvements to the Byram Marina, as required by the settlement agreement, including improving the accessibility of designated boat slips, and the routes to those slips, as well as other accommodations designed to increase accessibility.   

Under federal law, public entities are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of disability.  The ADA authorizes the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate complaints and undertake periodic reviews of compliance of covered entities.  The Justice Department is also authorized to commence a civil lawsuit in federal court in any case that involves a pattern or practice of discrimination or that raises issues of general public importance, and to seek injunctive relief, monetary damages, and civil penalties.

“Among the most important protections provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act are those ensuring individuals with disabilities have access to public services, including recreational activities such as boating,” stated U.S. Attorney Avery.  “Our Office is committed to enforcing the ADA, which requires public entities, including municipalities, to provide access to individuals with disabilities.  We greatly appreciate the willingness of the Town of Greenwich and its leaders to work with our office collaboratively to increase the accessibility and usability of Greenwich’s facilities.”

Any member of the public who wishes to file a complaint alleging that a public entity or place of public accommodation in Connecticut is not accessible to persons with disabilities may contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 203-821-3700.

Additional information about the ADA can be found at www.ada.gov, or by calling the Justice Department’s toll-free information line at (800) 514-0301 and (800) 514-0383 (TTY).  More information about the Civil Rights Division and the laws it enforces is available at www.justice.gov/crt.

This matter was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney William M. Brown, Jr. of the District of Connecticut in coordination with the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

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kerry@ducey.org (CT DA) Public safety Tue, 10 Jan 2023 13:27:42 -0500
The Greenwich Art Society presents Young Artists in the Studio January 14- March 25 https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41160-the-greenwich-art-society-presents-young-artists-in-the-studio41160-the-greenwich-art-society-presents-young-artists-in-the-studio https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41160-the-greenwich-art-society-presents-young-artists-in-the-studio41160-the-greenwich-art-society-presents-young-artists-in-the-studio

The Greenwich Art Society presents Young Artists in the Studio, ages 6-8 (in person) with ROSA COLON

11 Saturdays January 14 through March 25 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

This class will explore new approaches to creativity with children. Using drawing, painting, print-making, collage, and sculpture children will learn new skills and improve on old ones as they experiment with new media and different techniques. To reinforce their understanding, children will learn about important artists who are either historically significant or are forerunners in contemporary art. Come join in and stretch your imagination in a relaxed, fun environment. Materials supplied.

for more information or to register visit www.greenwichartsociety.org

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esgordon@optonline.net (Mary Newcomb) Events Mon, 09 Jan 2023 12:48:08 -0500
This Week On The Children's Shelf: Waiting for the next book in a Series https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/life/41161-this-week-on-the-children-s-shelf-waiting-for-the-next-book-in-a-series41161-this-week-on-the-children-s-shelf-waiting-for-the-next-book-in-a-series https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/life/41161-this-week-on-the-children-s-shelf-waiting-for-the-next-book-in-a-series41161-this-week-on-the-children-s-shelf-waiting-for-the-next-book-in-a-series

I love a good series. I like that there is another book to look forward to. I often read series after multiple books are out which is nice because I can run and grab the next book as soon as I finish one. Over the past few years, I’ve gotten into a few series as they were being written, so I’ve had to wait for the next book.

While I may not be the most patient person, I recommend reading a series while it is being written and following the author on social media during that process. Following the author is great because they give little glimpses into the next book. One author we follow has shared small bits of conversation from the next book giving just enough to make you really curious about where the story is going. Sometimes they share a few deleted scenes from the book as well.

The authors tend to do a lot of buildup on social media prior to the release of the next book. If the previous books are already best sellers, the authors may do pre-order incentives. We’ve preordered multiple books in Shannon Messenger’s “Keeper of the Lost Cities” series and Messenger does a great pre-order incentive (which has been different for each book so it’s worth pre-ordering all of them). When you pre-order the book and send in your receipt, you may receive a signed bookplate sticker, other stickers related to the book, a drawing of a character, or other items that make young readers excited about the book to come. The authors also will share social media if they are doing a book tour or online book discussions.

While it is exciting to be able to race through an entire series, reading one as it is being written brings its own excitement. All of these things build anticipation for a book and make young (and older) readers so excited to read the next book. Waiting for the next book builds anticipation and teaches readers like me patience.

Jessica Collins is an award-winning writer and photographer. Follow Collin's reading journey On The Children's Shelf HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (Jessica Collins) Life Mon, 09 Jan 2023 06:55:00 -0500
Greenwich Hospital welcomes first baby of 2023! https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41159-greenwich-hospital-welcomes-first-baby-of-202341159-greenwich-hospital-welcomes-first-baby-of-2023 https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/neighbors/41159-greenwich-hospital-welcomes-first-baby-of-202341159-greenwich-hospital-welcomes-first-baby-of-2023

Lily Rae Morrissey entered the world at 12:25 am on Sunday becoming the first baby to be born at Greenwich Hospital in 2023.

This is the first child for Bridget McGowan and David Morrissey of Rye, NY. The baby girl weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces.

A destination for maternity services, Greenwich Hospital delivered more than 3,000 babies in 2022. 

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kerry@ducey.org ( Magaly Olivero ) Neighbors Sun, 01 Jan 2023 13:18:21 -0500
February 2023 Happenings at The Maritime https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/places/41158-february-2023-happenings-at-the-maritime-167147499741158-february-2023-happenings-at-the-maritime-1671474997 https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/places/41158-february-2023-happenings-at-the-maritime-167147499741158-february-2023-happenings-at-the-maritime-1671474997

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk presents sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellyfish and more than 350 other species from Long Island Sound and its watershed. 

February features "Just Add Water" exhibit and Seal-spotting and Birding Cruises, and more! Check out what's happening below:

Three staffed touch tanks allow hands-on close encounters with intertidal animals, sharks and rays, and moon jellyfish. “Just Add Water” exhibit features tamarins, a porcupine, skunk, quail and more. Additional offerings include memorable movies in a new 4D theater, in-person and streaming educational programs for schools and families, and public cruises onto the Sound aboard the unique hybrid-electric research vessel, R/V Spirit of the Sound. 

Journey out onto Long Island Sound in hopes of seeing some of the seals and waterfowl that spend the winter just off our shores during The Maritime Aquarium’s new season of Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises. 

These invigorating two-hour cruises seek out some of the harbor seals and gray seals that come into the Sound each winter. Aquarium educators will point out these federally protected marine mammals and talk about their natural histories. They’ll also help identify such winter waterfowl as buffleheads, mergansers and long-tailed ducks. 

Dates and departure times vary by low tide. Dates in February 2023 are:   

Sunday, Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. 

Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. 

Saturday, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. 

Sunday, Feb. 26 at 9:30 a.m.  

The Aquarium’s unique hybrid-electric research vessel RV Spirit of the Sound has a climate-controlled cabin but, because the best viewing is outside on deck, participants should dress for the weather. 

The cruises offer memorable family fun but note that all passengers must be at least 42 inches tall. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Tickets for a Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruise are $36, or $32 for Aquarium members. Space is limited so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. 

A limited number of binoculars will be available, or participants are welcome to bring their own.  

Masks may be required of all participants. To check the latest COVID requirements for the boat, to reserve tickets, see the full cruise schedule or learn more, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or go to www.maritimeaquarium.org

AQUARIUM HOURS: 

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. 

ADMISSION PRICES: 

•  Aquarium only:  $29.95 adults; $25.95 seniors (65+); $20.95 children (3-12).  

•  Add a 4D movie: $7 per person ($6 for members). 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 

Call (203) 852-0700 or go online to www.maritimeaquarium.org. 

The Maritime is located at 10 N. Water Street, Norwalk.

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kerry@ducey.org (The Maritime) Places Mon, 19 Dec 2022 08:36:37 -0500
Recognizing Signs of “Senior Slide” at Family Holiday Celebrations https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/life/41157-recognizing-signs-of-senior-slide-at-family-holiday-celebrations41157-recognizing-signs-of-senior-slide-at-family-holiday-celebrations https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/life/41157-recognizing-signs-of-senior-slide-at-family-holiday-celebrations41157-recognizing-signs-of-senior-slide-at-family-holiday-celebrations

It’s the time of year for joyous holiday visits with elderly parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. It’s also the time to be on alert for signs of decline that indicate a need for assistance around the house, according to Connecticut senior home care agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS).

“If it’s been a while since you’ve last seen an older family member in person, look for physical or mental impairments impacting their daily life and safety in and outside of the home,” explained Mario D’Aquila, Chief Operating Officer of Assisted Living Services, Inc. in Cheshire and Westport. “For example, can they prepare healthy meals, keep up with chores and practice good hygiene? Can they run errands and be active?”

D’Aquila shares that clutter in the home becomes dangerous as it increases the risk of falls and impedes the activities of daily living. It can also be a sign of depression.

“Mental health needs to be monitored in conjunction with physical health,” said D’Aquila. “Isolation and loneliness can accelerate decline. Our caregivers provide a crucial social connection by playing games, decorating for the holidays, or taking clients to visit friends or attend religious services.”

 

D’Aquila notes that while a post-holiday slump, or the Winter Blues, affects many people, older adults who may not soak up much fresh air and sunshine are especially susceptible. They may avoid going outdoors even more in the coming months if they are concerned about falling on snow and ice. By utilizing new sophisticated Personal Emergency Response Systems, seniors can be assured that help is available at the touch of a button or devices equipped with Fall Detection can call emergency responders. GPS location technologies enable care specialists to locate the user in an emergency.

Technological devices can help a senior maintain independence inside the home as well. ALS offers a free home evaluation to address the main risk factors that impact seniors and individuals with disabilities the most: falls, medication compliance, fire safety, and rapid access to emergency care. The ALS CarePlus custom care plan includes electronic devices from its sister company, Assisted Living Technologies, Inc., to supplement personal care. There are automated medication dispensers to improve compliance, home safety devices that shut off a stove that is inadvertently left on, fall avoidance technologies, and remote monitoring systems.

D’Aquila offers warning signs that may indicate an elderly person needs additional help around the house or increased personal care:

  • Forgetfulness/confusion
  • Neglect of physical appearance or basic hygiene
  • Neglect of medical needs
  • Trouble performing routine tasks or chores
  • Personality changes
  • Inability to handle finances, pay bills
  • Unsteadiness, clumsiness or recent history of falling

The first step should be a visit to their primary care physician for a check-up to make sure there are no underlying causes and review all medications. The doctor is the best resource to help determine if professional home health care, such as nursing care, or physical therapy is necessary. Oftentimes all that is necessary is the right non-medical support at home.

“Age-related decline can happen quickly, so even if you see a loved one often, subtle changes can be easy to overlook,” according to D’Aquila. “Eldercare specialists are a family’s best resource to make a plan of action to age in place and provide peace of mind for the entire family.”

About Assisted Living Service, Inc. & Assisted Living Technologies, Inc.

Since 1996, award-winning home care agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS) in Cheshire and Westport has provided quality care to residents across Connecticut. Their unique CarePlus program blends personal care by over 600 employees and caregivers with technological safety and monitoring devices from sister company Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. ALS was ranked on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies and recognized by Home Care Pulse® as a “Best of Home Care Leader In Excellence”, a designation given to the best home care providers in the nation. Learn more by visiting www.assistedlivingct.com or calling 203.634.8668.

PHOTO: The Smart Caregiver cordless bed sensor pad and alarm are some of the many technological devices offered by Assisted Living Technologies, Inc that keep seniors safe from falls and wandering.  Courtesy of: Assisted Living Technologies, Inc.

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Experience “Avatar: The Way of Water” at the Prospector https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41156-experience-avatar-the-way-of-water-at-the-prospector41156-experience-avatar-the-way-of-water-at-the-prospector https://news.hamlethub.com/greenwich/events/41156-experience-avatar-the-way-of-water-at-the-prospector41156-experience-avatar-the-way-of-water-at-the-prospector

James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar sequel hits big screens this week, and the Prospector Theater is celebrating by transforming their lobby into Pandora.

After a 13-year wait, Avatar fans are excited for the arrival of Avatar: The Way of Water this holiday season. The sci-fi franchise has been highly regarded for its breathtaking cinematography and visuals, demanding audiences to experience the film in theaters. And before you purchase your tickets, be sure to check the showtimes at the Prospector Theater - whose Avatar experience extends beyond the silver screen. 

Showtimes: 3:00, 3:30, 7:00, and 7:30

Purchase tickets

Prospects have been busy bringing the world of Pandora to the Prospector through their signature engagement guides - thematic experiences, installations, and activities surrounding a film’s release. Prospect balloon artists have spent the last week designing and installing a balloon replica of Avatar’s Tree of Souls in the lobby of the Theater. Guests can enjoy a taste of The Way of Water with a Pandora Punch in the Prospector’s Heads Up Café. And some Prospect Avatar-fans will even be wearing costumes for the opening. 

Engagement guides, like the one being created for Avatar: The Way of Water, are how the Prospector has created a loyal moviegoing following while insulating themselves against the rise of streaming. “We’re movie people, so we know that the greatest part of the in-theater experience is feeling immersed in the story from the start,” says Theater Manager, Ren Burkardt. “When you join us for a movie at the Prospector, we extend the magic of the movies into our lobby, creating immersive experiences that everyone can enjoy. With streaming platforms continuing to be a part of studio release strategies, we are giving our audiences even more reasons to see a movie with us, while creating dozens of jobs for Prospects!” The Prospector has developed a revolutionary model of social enterprise that uses moviegoing as a vehicle to entertain, educate, engage, and employ. The purchase of tickets, concessions, and events at the Prospector all help to support their non-profit mission of creating competitive and integrated employment for people with disabilities.

This holiday’s biggest blockbuster needs to be enjoyed on the silver screen, and the Prospector has the hottest ticket in town. To check for showtimes and order tickets, visit www.prospectortheater.org

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Prospector) Events Thu, 15 Dec 2022 09:46:20 -0500