Newcanaan's HamletHub Sat, 02 Jul 2022 05:01:56 -0400 Town of New Canaan Signs Letter of Intent with Cinema Lab to Operate and Reopen The Playhouse Movie Theater

First Selectman Kevin Moynihan today announced that the Town has entered into a Letter of Intent with Cinema Lab LLC of New Jersey whereby the Town and Cinema Lab will renovate the New Canaan Playhouse building (The Playhouse) with a plan to reopen the movie theater in the second quarter of 2023

Cinema Lab is a movie theatre development and management company focusing on community-vital cinemas. Cinema Lab will add The Playhouse as one of a series of theaters around the country that will offer a technology-forward, ecologically-conscious movie theater showing first run movies that will lead the way in hospitality, programming, presentation and design.  Cinema Lab currently has cinemas in The Village at SOPAC in South Orange and The Bradley at Bradley Beach, New Jersey and The Canon in Canon City, Colorado.  

The proposal includes renovating the exterior and interior of The Playhouse in order to meet current ADA regulations and building codes as well as transformation of the auditorium.  The project design will be dedicated to preserving the historical significance and charm of the original building by leaving the architectural design of the façade and the marquee intact and highlighting the street front windows as an enticing view into a new cinematic experience.  The interior renovations include the addition of a bar that would serve alcoholic beverages, a concession grab and go café, re-imagined auditorium seating with plush chairs and a table to support elevated drinks and local fare.

The Cinema Lab team consists of Luke Parker Bowles; CEO, an award winning film and movie producer and industry veteran, Andy Childs; CFO, former North American CFO of hotel and private club operator Soho House, Brandon Jones; CMO, President of FILMFROG marketing, an outsourced marketing agency and 8 years as head of marketing and director of sales for Studio Movie Grill, the pioneer of in theater dining, Patrick Wilson; Head of Experience, a critically acclaimed actor, director with Tony, Emmy and Gold Globe nominations as well as others. Cinema Lab is an entrepreneurial group that is in the process of assembling a group of local investors in support of the project.

Town funding for the proposed project will consist of $600,000 of American Relief Act funds, $1 million of Bonded Capital and the use of $750,000 from the town’s Movie Theater Fund which has accrued from rent collections from tenants over many years. Cinema Lab has committed to contribute $1.5 million toward the cost of the interior renovations.

The Grand Re-Opening of The Playhouse is planned for the Spring of 2023, which will be the 100th Anniversary year of the building of The Playhouse.

First Selectman Moynihan commented: “I am excited to consummate the Letter of Intent today with Cinema Lab in order to be able to renovate and reopen The Playhouse in time for its Centennial year in 2023. We are very pleased to be working with the Cinema Lab team to create a movie theater experience in New Canaan that will be truly unique and will benefit our business community and will be enjoyed by our residents and residents of surrounding towns for years to come.”

Luke Parker Bowles said: “We feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to develop The Playhouse into a place that seamlessly fits into New Canaan. This beautiful environment is the perfect background for our theater, and we look forward to partnerships with local vendors and programming opportunities with schools, the Library and a cornucopia of other offerings. Thank you for entrusting your historic building to Cinema Lab - it will be a very special place for all ages for many years to come”.

]]> (Town of New Canaan) Places Fri, 01 Jul 2022 15:14:25 -0400
New Canaan Police Officer Geoffrey Lambert Retires After More Than Three Decades of Service

Officer Geoffrey Lambert
Date of hire: 03/06/1989
End of watch: 07/01/2022

New Canaan Police Department announced the retirement of Officer Lambert who was most recently the School Resource Officer at New Canaan High School where he built many great relationships with the students and staff.

Officer Lambert has held several positions in his time at the New Canaan Police Department including Dispatcher, SRO, Field Training Officer and Certified Car Seat Technician.

Geoff was also the co-coordinator of the department’s Annual Children’s Hospital Christmas Tour bringing smiles to dozens of sick children’s faces each Christmas in his role as Santa Claus.

Geoff devoted countless hours to this initiative as well as the department’s Annual Children’s Christmas party.

Geoff also serves his country in the US Marine Corps.

The men and women of the New Canaan Police Department wish Officer Lambert all the best in his retirement!

]]> (New Canaan Police Department) Public safety Fri, 01 Jul 2022 15:06:30 -0400
CT Summer at the Museum offers Connecticut kids free Maritime Aquarium admission

Exciting encounters with seals, sharks, sea turtles and – for a limited time – beautiful tropical butterflies highlight visits to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk this summer, especially for Connecticut children receiving free admission through the “CT Summer at the Museum” initiative.

The Maritime Aquarium is among more than 130 institutions participating in the state’s “CT Summer at the Museum" program, which offers free admission for all Connecticut residents 18 and under, along with one accompanying resident adult in each group, from July 1 to Sept. 5 (Labor Day).

“We so appreciate this opportunity that removes price barriers and encourages parents in Connecticut to give their children unlimited access to the state’s unmatched cultural and educational institutions this summer,” said Jason Patlis, President and CEO of The Maritime Aquarium. “At a time when families are dealing with financial strains, especially rising prices for gas, food and other essentials, they can come – for free – and have awesome, fun, exciting and educational experience right here at home.

“We especially look forward to welcoming families who might not otherwise visit The Maritime Aquarium and introducing them to Connecticut’s most important natural resource: the vital waters and amazing marine life of Long Island Sound,” Patlis added.

Through the “CT Summer at the Museum” offer, any number of resident children ages 3-18, plus one accompanying resident adult in each group, can all enter The Maritime Aquarium for free. A dad with two children, or a grandmother with four grandchildren, all pay nothing. A family of four – two adults, two children – will pay for just one adult admission.


Free Maritime Aquarium admission for Connecticut kids this summer


Free Maritime Aquarium admission for Connecticut kids this summer


Connecticut residents planning to take advantage of the offer are strongly encouraged to make their reservations in advance online at using the promo code CTFREE. Proof of residency is required upon entry.

Now is a great time to visit The Maritime Aquarium during its current “Summer of Wonders,” which includes: “Flutter Zone,” a walkthrough exhibit featuring beautiful tropical butterflies open until Labor Day; a big new permanent home for “Meerkats!”; a new 4D movie that celebrates the physical and mental skills of octopuses; a new educational learning space for preschool-age children; three special exhibits; activity stations for kids; and more.

Gov. Ned Lamont established "CT Summer at the Museum” in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way of providing children with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences. Funding for the 2022 “CT Summer at the Museum” initiative is provided by the CT General Assembly, with the support of Connecticut Humanities and the Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

In a statement, Gov. Lamont said: “We are thrilled to bring back this popular summer enrichment program for Connecticut kids and families at a time when affordability is top of mind for so many households,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in a statement. “The world-class museums and cultural institutions across Connecticut offer unmatched educational and recreational experiences that will keep kids engaged all season long and spark curiosity for years to come.”

Learn more about the Aquarium and reserve your tickets now at

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Places Fri, 01 Jul 2022 12:46:01 -0400
ParkConneCT Program That Offers Increased Bus Services To State Parks and Beaches This Summer

Governor Ned Lamont today is reminding Connecticut residents about the state’s ParkConneCT program, which is offering increased bus services to Connecticut state parks and beaches. A continuation of a pilot program launched last year, the program offers fare-free shuttles and enhanced existing transit service to various state parks and beaches this summer through Labor Day (Monday, September 5, 2022).

The program, which is a collaboration of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), aims to connect people to Connecticut state parks for the summer season, support seasonal employment, and promote recreational activity to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

The governor, along with CTDOT and DEEP officials, today highlighted the program by riding the Sherwood Island Shuttle from the Green’s Farms Metro North Station in Westport to Sherwood Island State Park. While at the park, the governor addressed the media and met with visitors enjoying the beach and boardwalk.

“Being able to catch a shuttle from the commuter station right to this beautiful shoreline park is a convenient resource to enjoy the outdoors that otherwise,” Governor Lamont said. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Connecticut’s state parks are one of the best things about living here, and connecting our residents to them is important. That’s what the ParkConneCT program is all about.”

“ParkConneCT increases access to the positive physical and mental benefits one can get from being out in our beautiful state parks,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “It can also help people who have seasonal employment with DEEP get to their workplace. Thank you, Governor Lamont and our DOT partners for the vision and collaboration on this important program. We hope you consider utilizing this service this summer and have a safe, fun, rejuvenating time in your state parks.”

“I’m excited to kick off the Fourth of July weekend by taking public transportation to one of our beautiful state parks,” CTDOT Commissioner Joseph Giulietti said. “Now is a great time to give public transit a try. It’s a convenient and reliable way to move across Connecticut. With fare free buses running statewide and through expanded free ParkConneCT services, like microtransit, trolleys, and shuttles, we’re expanding access to beaches and parks across Connecticut.”

All buses associated with the ParkConneCT pilot program will run fare free through Labor Day (September 5, 2022). Additionally, as part of the fiscal year 2023 budget, all buses statewide are operating without collecting fares until November 30, 2022 (with the exception of premium on-demand ridesharing programs). Wheels 2U and Valley Transit District’s on-demand ridesharing services will only be free on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays observed on July 4 and September 5, when using the service to or from parks in the ParkConneCT program.

The parks included in the ParkConneCT pilot program are:

  • Fort Trumbull State Park
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park
  • Indian Well State Park
  • Osbornedale State Park
  • Sherwood Island State Park
  • Silver Sands State Park
  • Sleeping Giant State Park

The state parks for this pilot program were selected based on criteria prioritizing seasonal employment levels, recreational summer activities, frequently traveled tourist destinations, and existing service connections. Routes were selected by performing an analysis using geospatial information systems and prioritizing areas where the most cost-effective improvements could be made to connect people to the parks.

Since the launch of the pilot program, CTDOT has continued to collect and assess ridership and passenger trip data to measure the success of the program. Those efforts will continue this year and will include a survey to collect additional information from riders.

For more information on ParkConneCT, visit

ParkConneCT Service Schedule

Hammonasset Beach State Park (Madison)

  • Hourly service on the Clinton Trolley that now stops at Middle Beach (operates Thursday through Sunday and holidays)
  • 30-minute service on the Madison Shuttle that stops at Middle Beach (operates on weekends and holidays)
  • Service every two hours on the 9-Town Transit 645: Madison/Middletown that stops at Middle Beach (Diverts into the park on Saturdays)
  • CTtransit Route 201 from New Haven operates weekdays and Saturdays, connecting to the Madison Shuttle route serving Hammonasset
  • Direct Bus service available from the Madison, Clinton and Old Saybrook train stations

Silver Sands State Park (Milford)

  • Hourly service on the Silver Sands Shuttle (operates weekends and holidays)
  • Hourly service on the Milford Route 3 (operates Monday-Saturday)
  • 30-minute daily Coastal Link service to Milford Train Station
  • New Haven Line to Milford Train Station connects to Milford Route 3 and the Silver Sands Shuttle
  • CTtransit Routes 261 and 271 from New Haven meet the Silver Sands Shuttle route at the CT Post Mall on weekends

Fort Trumbull State Park (New London)

  • Hourly service on the SEAT Route 13: New London to Lawrence, Memorial Hospital and Ocean Beach (operates on Saturdays, no service on Sundays/holidays)
  • Shore Line East train to New London Union Station connects with SEAT Route 13
  • Bus service (or walkable) from New London Union Station
  • Thames River Heritage Park River Taxi Harbor Cruise (service begins June 11)
  • On-Demand Ridesharing: New London’s “Smart Ride” operates Monday through Saturday. Customers can schedule a ride by downloading the “SEAT Connect” app via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or via their web browser)

Sleeping Giant State Park (Hamden)

  • Hourly Monday to Sunday service on the New Haven Route 228: Whitney Ave (operates Monday to Sunday)
  • Hourly Monday to Sunday service on the New Haven Route 229: New Haven – Waterbury (operates Monday to Sunday)
  • Farmington Canal Heritage Trail is a walk across Whitney Avenue to Sleeping Giant State Park

Sherwood Island State Park (Westport)

  • Wheels 2U Westport and Norwalk Transit District are operating ride-sharing shuttles. Download the app, request a ride, and the shuttle will pick passengers up from anywhere in the Westport service area and take them to Sherwood Island State Park and back. To use the Weekend Wheels 2U service, for free on weekends and holidays, the pickup or drop off location must be Sherwood Island State Park.
  • Coastal Link: Take the bus to the stop at CT Route 1 and Sherwood Island Connector then use the Wheels 2U Westport app to get a ride
  • Take the train to Saugatuck Station or Greens Farms Station then use the Wheels 2U Westport app to get a ride

Osbornedale State Park (Derby) & Indian Well State Park (Shelton)

  • On weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Valley Transit District (VTD) will provide transportation, within its service area boundaries, from Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, and Shelton, to Indian Well and Osbornedale State Parks using its on-demand ride reservation service. Non-Valley residents can utilize VTD ParkConneCT service with same day pick-up and drop-off at the Derby/Shelton train station. The hours of operation are from 8am to 6pm. VTD buses are wheelchair accessible and air conditioned. Riders are to contact VTD’s reservation/dispatch department at (203) 735-6408 for same day service to Osbornedale and Indian Well parks. Valley Transit District service will be fare-free only on weekends and holidays, and when going to Osbornedale or Indian Well parks.
  • GBT Route 15: Connects downtown Bridgeport to Derby/Shelton train station (connects on weekends)
  • CTtransit Route 255: New Haven/Ansonia/Seymour connects downtown New Haven to Derby/Shelton train station (connects on weekends)
]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:39:10 -0400
New Canaan Family Fourth Fireworks celebration RESCHEDULED!

2022 Family Fourth Fireworks Celebration Update

The 2022 New Canaan Family Fourth Fireworks celebration has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 3rd at Waveny Park, beginning at 5PM due to an unsettled weather forecast for Saturday, July 2. Additional information available at or at the link below:

Click here for additional information.

]]> (Town of New Canaan) Events Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:47:56 -0400
Lamont Announces Return of Program Allowing Children To Receive Free Admission at Connecticut Museums During the Summer Months

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the popular state program Connecticut Summer at the Museum is returning for the 2022 summer season, enabling Connecticut children to receive free admission at more than 130 museums across the state during the summer months.

The governor established the program in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way of providing children with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences. It is funded through a $15 million investment in federal COVID-19 recovery funding Connecticut received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Under the program, from July 1, 2022, to September 5, 2022, Connecticut children aged 18 and under – plus one accompanying Connecticut adult – can receive free admission to any of the participating museums, including historic house museums, historic sites, historical societies, art museums, children’s museums, science centers, special-interest museums, natural history museums, university museums, arboretums/botanical gardens and zoos.

The full list of participating museums is available at

Some of the notable attractions include:

  • Connecticut Science Center, Hartford
  • Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
  • Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington
  • Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center, Washington
  • Kidcity Children’s Museum, Middletown
  • Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Norwalk
  • Mystic Aquarium, Mystic
  • Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic
  • Prudence Crandall Museum, Canterbury

“We are thrilled to bring back this popular summer enrichment program for Connecticut kids and families at a time when affordability is top of mind for so many households,” Governor Lamont said. “The world-class museums and cultural institutions across Connecticut offer unmatched educational and recreational experiences that will keep kids engaged all season long and spark curiosity for years to come.”

“Governor Lamont and I are very proud to be able to offer this program to Connecticut children and families,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “Free museum admission is a great way to spark children’s curiosity and keep them engaged before next school year, continuing their learning at no cost to mom and dad.”

“We fought for federal ARPA funding to help increase educational and cultural opportunities for Connecticut children,” the members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation said in a joint statement. “Free access to Connecticut’s world class museums and cultural institutions will provide our youth with countless educational, creative, and recreational experiences.”

The Connecticut Summer at the Museum program is being administered by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts and Connecticut Humanities in partnership with the Office of the Governor, Connecticut State Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood, and Office of Tourism.

While any museum in Connecticut can choose to participate in the program by offering free admission, eligible properties had an opportunity to apply for grant funding. More than 120 grants were awarded, calculated based on the applicant’s average revenue from children’s admissions over the same period for multiple years, plus a base award tied to operating budget. The minimum grant award is $1,000.

“Museums and other arts and cultural institutions play an important role in our local communities and economies, plus they are rich canvases for socio-emotional development in young people,” Liz Shapiro, director of arts, preservation, and museums at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, said. “This is the only program of its kind in the United States. We applaud all participating museums and encourage everyone to take advantage.”

“Between zoos, aquariums, museums, and more, Connecticut’s children and families have access to enriching educational opportunities to ensure learning continues to happen every day, everywhere during the summer months,” Connecticut Education Commissioner Charlene M. Russell-Tucker said. “This is critical to our collective efforts to accelerate learning this summer and into the next school year.”

“Connecticut has an incredibly diverse array of museums reflecting our state’s different histories, cultures and communities – all of which contribute to our vibrant tourism scene,” Noelle P. Stevenson, director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism, said. “We are thrilled to help spread the word about this unique program for state residents and the magnificent institutions it supports. ‘Find Your Vibe’ this summer at Connecticut museums!”

Participating museums have discretion to administer the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program to the best of their ability and according to their needs. Certain restrictions may apply, and capacity may be limited (e.g., limit to one adult per household, block-out dates, exclusions for special events, etc.). Connecticut residents should check each museum’s website to learn of any restrictions before visiting.

Additionally, Governor Lamont is reminding residents that all public transit buses in Connecticut are operating fare-free through November 30, 2022, and are a convenient way of receiving transportation to many of these great destinations.

Anyone taking advantage of this program is encouraged to share their experiences on social media using the program hashtag, #CTSummerMuseums.

]]> (Office of the Governor) Places Wed, 29 Jun 2022 13:28:21 -0400
New Canaan Family Fourth Celebration on Saturday, Parking Passes Necessary

2022 Family Fourth Celebration will be held Saturday, July 2, 2022

Raindates- Sunday, July 3; Saturday, July 9

The 41st Annual Family Fourth of July Celebration will begin at 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 2, 2022.  All vehicles must enter through the South Avenue entrance to Waveny Park.

The Lapham Road entrance will be closed to all traffic.  Entry passes must be displayed on the drivers side dashboard and visible through the window. Pedestrian walkers with passes should enter the park from the high school parking area.

Activities will include family picnicking and several gourmet food trucks.  Children's games and bounce-houses will provide fun from 5:00-7:30 pm.  Live music will include “Mind the Gap” from 5:30-7:15 pm, and the Town Band from 7:30-9:15 pm. A spectacular fireworks display is scheduled to start soon thereafter. 

2022 Entrance Passes- $35 per car (New Canaan Residents Only) Non-resident passes will not be sold this year. 

Three ways to purchase your pass:

Online- (June 23rd deadline)  Click Here to access online sales The Town website will allow New Canaan Residents to on-line purchase 2022 entrance passes beginning June 1 through June 23, 2022.  All on-line purchases will result in 2022 passes mailed directly to your address.  On-line sales will end June 23rd so the committee has time to mail them to you. 


Here is a list of in-person locations selling New Canaan Resident entrance passes:

Parks & Recreation Department in Waveny House at 677 South Ave (thru July 1)
Town Clerk in Town Hall at 77 Main Street (thru July 1)
Walter Stewart’s Market at 229 Elm Street (thru July 1)
Waveny Swimming Pool, Waveny Park - Saturday, July 2 only, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Proof of residency will be required in order to purchase in-person.  Make checks payable to Town of New Canaan- Family Fourth.

Inclement Weather - for updates, log on to (Please do not call Police or Fire Departments). 

Rain dates have been set for July 3, 2022 and July 9, 2022.

No dogs, drones, grills, candles, personal fireworks or sparklers

*2021 Passes- all 2021 passes purchased last year will be honored this year and must be displayed at the gate for event entry.  All questions about 2021 and 2022 passes and the Family Fourth of July should be directed toward the Recreation Department 203-594-3600

]]> (Town of New Canaan) Events Wed, 29 Jun 2022 05:06:56 -0400
New Canaan golfers help raise record amount for Maritime Aquarium's 11th annual Golf Classic

New Canaan residents were among the golfers helping to raise nearly $200,000 – an event record – to support The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s exhibits, conservation initiatives and environmental education efforts during the Aquarium’s recent 11th annual Golf Classic at Wee Burn Country Club.

“The 84 golfers who teed up with us made this year’s Golf Classic the most successful outing yet, and we are so grateful to them for their generosity and spirited involvement,” said Danielle Tranzillo, the Aquarium’s Vice President of Philanthropy and Engagement. “And we also thank the Wee Burn Country Club for again hosting us on their beautiful course and in their fabulous facilities.”

Fairfield County Bank was Presenting sponsor, with co-Presenting sponsors New Canaan Funding and Spinnaker Real Estate Partners LLC. Champion sponsor was M&T Bank.

The polished event on May 23 included a barbecue lunch to start the day, followed by 18 holes of golf, live music by members of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, visits by Animal Husbandry staff with live Aquarium ambassador animals, and a relaxed sunset dinner.

Funds from the event, in-hand and pledged, will help support The Maritime Aquarium’s animal care, educational programming and conservation work on behalf of Long Island Sound and the ocean beyond.

Learn more about the Aquarium’s events, exhibits, programs and more this summer at

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Neighbors Tue, 28 Jun 2022 11:08:08 -0400
Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Is Scheduled To Increase on Friday

Governor Ned Lamont is reminding Connecticut residents that the state’s minimum wage will increase from the current rate of $13.00 per hour to $14.00 per hour beginning on Friday, July 1, 2022.

The change is the result of legislation he signed into law three years ago that schedules several increases in the minimum wage over a five-year period.

“For too long, while the nation’s economy grew, the income of the lowest earning workers has stayed flat, making already existing pay disparities even worse and preventing hardworking families from obtaining financial security,” Governor Lamont said. “This is a fair, gradual increase for workers who will invest the money right back into our economy and continue supporting local businesses in their communities.”

“Governor Lamont and I are committed to making sure that our Connecticut economy works for everyone, and that includes our state’s low-income earners,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “That’s why we voted three years ago to increase our state’s minimum wage at a steady rate, providing more financial security to families and providing residents the ability to continue supporting our local economy.”

Signed into law by Governor Lamont in 2019, Public Act 19-4 requires the minimum wage to increase five times over a five-year period, from the then-rate of $10.10 per hour to:

  • $11.00 on October 1, 2019;
  • $12.00 on September 1, 2020;
  • $13.00 on August 1, 2021;
  • $14.00 on July 1, 2022; and
  • $15.00 on June 1, 2023.

Ultimately, beginning on January 1, 2024, that same law requires the minimum wage to become indexed to the employment cost index, which is calculated by the U.S. Department of Labor, and for the first time in Connecticut the rate will grow according to economic indicators

]]> (Office of the Governor) Politics Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:17:59 -0400
Lamont says reproductive rights will be protected in Connecticut

Governor Ned Lamont today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturns the landmark protections on reproductive rights that were prescribed nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision drastically oversteps the constitutional right for Americans to make their own reproductive healthcare decisions without government interference. Decisions on reproductive healthcare should only be made between a patient and their doctor without the interference of politicians. This ruling will not only result in a patchwork of unequal laws among the states, but more importantly, it will result in dangerous and life-threatening situations similar to what this country witnessed countless times in the era prior to the landmark Roe case in which women died or were left severely injured because they could not access the medical care that they should have every right to access on their own.

“I am grateful to live in Connecticut, where our laws make it clear that women have a right to choose. As long as I am governor, reproductive rights will be protected in Connecticut and I will do everything in my power to block laws from being passed that restrict those rights.”

In May, Governor Lamont signed Public Act 22-19, a first-in-the-nation law that protects medical providers and patients seeking abortion care in Connecticut who may be traveling from other states that have outlawed abortion. Additionally, the law expands abortion access in Connecticut by expanding the type of practitioners eligible to perform certain abortion-related care.

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Fri, 24 Jun 2022 13:44:49 -0400
Homes are Humming in Fairfield County Thanks to Two Extraordinary Techpreneurs

 Start Humming in Fairfield County!

There is a new company in the hood that is revolutionizing homeownership. We sat down with Adeel Mallick and Kyle Carnes, founders of Humming Homes, to learn about how this new real estate tech-driven home management company is transforming the way people manage their most expensive asset - their homes. Read our interview (and start humming!)

So, are homeowners really able to use an app to manage all aspects of their homes? How do we sign up? 

Yes! The Humming Homes app allows users to plan maintenance, request projects, get emergency assistance or expertise, and capture all of their home information. You’ll have real-time access to a dedicated team of project managers and home services professionals. Given our service is tailored to fit your needs, you can go to to sign up for a consultation with a member of our membership team.

How many homeowners are you currently serving? 

We manage close to 400 homes across the Tri-State area and Southern Florida. 

Tell me where you are located? Who can sign up for Humming Homes?

Humming Homes is currently offering memberships to homeowners in Fairfield County, CT, Westchester County, NY, The Hamptons, NY, Miami-Dade, Fl, and Palm Beach County, FL. Our goal is to provide exceptional service to residential and single-family homeowners.

How did customers initially react when you launched your service?

The most common reaction we received when we first launched was, “I can’t believe this doesn’t already exist!” Homeowners everywhere are desperate for ways to better manage their homes and have homeownership be a part of their busy lives, not a burden to them. The complexity and challenges of owning a home are so common and well-known, that most people are surprised to hear that there really isn’t anything else like Humming Homes already available.

Will you take care of appliances, and record-keeping as well? 

The Humming Homes system is built on documenting all appliances and home systems and storing that information in an accessible way. The goal is to make it easy to know if your appliances need maintenance, and simple to request service if needed. Our team will pass along the most relevant information to a repair company to eliminate the need for multiple visits or misunderstandings onsite.

Learn more about Humming Homes - download the App and start HUMMING! 

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]]> (HH) Neighbors Fri, 24 Jun 2022 06:06:00 -0400
Dowling vs. Carpenter In 120th Connecticut Amateur Final

The 120th Connecticut Amateur at Ridgewood Country Club will come down to a 36-hole championship match between two-time winner Rick Dowling and Ben Carpenter.

Carpenter (CC of Darien) was the first to earn his spot in the finals with a 5&4 win over Ben Conroy (New Haven CC). The rising sophomore at Yale took the lead with a birdie on the par-4 second hole and never relinquished the advantage. “I am super excited for the championship match,” said Carpenter. “I just want to go have fun and play my game.”

Conroy, the 2018 champion, hung tough but a two hole stretch late on the front nine proved to be too much to overcome.

Leading 2 up Carpenter pulled his tee shot left on the 202 yard par-3 eighth and faced what appeared to be an impossible up and down. Unable to play towards the pin Carpenter’s second shot landed 20 feet to the left of the hole and trickled down to 15 feet below the cup. Moments later Carpenter rolled in the unlikely par. When Conroy failed to convert a sand save from the right greenside bunker the advantage was 3 up.

“My up and down on No. 8 might have been one of the best up and downs that I have ever had and I think that really turned the momentum my way,” said Carpenter who won the last two holes of his quarterfinal match against Jantzen Vargas (Quinnatisset CC) to win 1 up.

Photo Gallery I Results

On the ensuing hole, Conroy playing aggressively drove the green on the downhill 309 yard par-4 ninth. His eagle putt from 40 feet was lagged beautifully to 2 feet earning him a conceded birdie. Meanwhile, Carpenter was scrambling. His drive went right into the rough and his approach shot came to rest 15 feet beyond the hole. With Conroy, a winner 1 up winner over Chris Ayers (Goodwin Park GC) in the quarterfinals, already in for birdie Carpenter put on a committed stroke and watched as his birdie putt slammed into the bottom of the cup. A back-breaking tie that kept the lead at 3 up heading to the second nine.

“In the semifinals credit to my short game, it was A+,” Carpenter said. “I had some huge up and downs that I think caught Ben [Conroy] off guard.”

On the back nine, Carpenter didn’t let up sealing the match with consecutive wins on Nos. 13 and 14.

In the finals, Carpenter will meet 2017 and 2019 Connecticut Amateur winner Rick Dowling (Golf Performance Center). Following a 6&4 win over Dan Murphy (H. Smith Richardson GC) in the quarterfinals Dowling needed to win the last two holes of his semifinal match against Jackson Roman (Shuttle Meadow CC) to advance.

Roman, a rising sophomore at Loyola University Maryland, led early in the match but Dowling slowly chipped away winning Nos. 9 and 11 with birdies to tie the match. The match remained tied until Roman regained the lead with a birdie on the par-5 15th setting the stage for a duel down the stretch.

Roman, the 32-seed, once again found himself in a familiar spot – leading a tight match late – while Dowling was playing past the 15th hole for the first time since Tuesday’s final round of stroke play. Each of Roman’s previous three matches reached at least the 18th hole with the dramatic quarterfinal match against Dan Gallo (Mill River CC) going 20 holes.

On the 225 yard par-3 17th Roman cracked the door open when he missed the green left while Dowling found the putting surface. Facing a difficult chip Roman left himself with an 8 footer for par while Dowling lagged his putt from 35 feet to within a foot for a conceded par. Roman still had a chance to tie the hole but when his par putt slid by the match was tied.

Seeing his chance Dowling split the fairway with his drive on the 555 yard par-5 closing hole. Playing next Roman missed the fairway right.

Blocked out by a tree Roman’s second shot ended up under a tree and his third shot found the right greenside bunker. Dowling played it safe laying up to 70 yards and then knocked his wedge to 7 feet.

“I’ve been working on nice abbreviated wedges with my coach at the Golf Performance Center and I hit it exactly how I wanted to,” Dowling said.

Roman played a nifty bunker shot to 5 feet but he never got a chance to hit the putt as Dowling rolled in his birdie putt to win the match 1 up.

“I just wanted to stick with it down the stretch. I was losing energy but anything can happen. The pins were tough and the holes were hard coming in so I just tried to hit good golf shots. I’m just happy to move on,” Dowling said.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. the 120th Connecticut Amateur will conclude on Friday with the playing of the 36-hole championship match. Spectators are welcome.

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FCBuzz Weekend of Arts and Culture June 24-26

FCBuzz Weekend June 24 – June 26, 2022

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 E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members. Kick off the summer season of arts and culture with music, dance, art, fashion, and even a block party! Follow the summer winds to any or all of the following events:

The Mavericks - “En Español” World Tour at The Ridgefield Playhouse 

Friday, June 24, 8-10 pm

This eclectic rock and country group is known for lively performances that transcend traditional musical boundaries. Founded in Miami in 1989, The Mavericks had a string of big hits and critical acclaim in the ‘90s. The band had a triumphant reunion in 2012 and recently celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2019. Now, they are back and ranking on the Billboard charts with their first all-Spanish language album, En Español.

Pantochino Production’s As Long As We’re Talking at the MAC, Milford

Friday, June 24, 7:30pm

Celebrate Pride Month with a new musical inspired by actual events. Set in an LGBTQ book store, a cashier receives an urgent cry-for-help phone call from a young gay person about to end their life. It is up to the cashier, and the store to keep this person engaged, on the line and alive. Performed in one act for ages 13 and up. Also showing Saturday 2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, 2pm.

2022 Guild Summer Salon at Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan

Saturday, June 25, 10am-4pm

Featuring works by 136 members of the Silvermine Guild of Artists working in a broad range of styles, this annual summer art sale celebrates Silvermine painters, sculptors, printmakers, mixed media and fiber artists. On view through August 18th.

June Open Studios at Metro Art Studios, Bridgeport

Saturday, June 25, 12-4pm

See nearly 40 fine artists working in a wide variety of disciplines, from drawing to painting, sculpture to jewelry, printmaking to photography, and much more. Explore the meticulously renovated three-story corset factory building in the South End of Bridgeport, talk to the artists about their inspiration, techniques, and processes, and find art to buy, collect, gift, and display. Visit the two most current art exhibits, and enjoy live music in the gallery at 2 pm. Come for a fun and culturally-rich afternoon!

The 22nd Annual Vivian & Stanley Reed Marine Show at The Stamford Art Association 

Saturday, June 25, 4-6pm

Come to the opening reception in the newly re-opened Townhouse Gallery. This exhibit centers a diverse group of artists and their interpretations of all things water. The show will be juried by Capt. Michael Bagley, artist and Director of Marine Operations for SoundWaters, who will award cash prizes. On view through July 28th during Gallery Hours (Friday-Sunday 12-3pm)

North County Band w/Alyssa Grey at Redding Concert on the Green, Redding Town Green

Sunday, June 26, 6-8pm

Bring the family, a picnic, some folding chairs, your dancing flip-flops, BYOB, and rock out with The North County Band with special guest, Alyssa Grey. The North County Band has performed at Daryl's House Club, Mohegan Sun Casino, and dozens of corporate, municipal, private, and public events in NY, MA, ME, & CT. Members share a love of country music and live performance, as well as a friendship that comes across in their stage presence. In case of inclement weather, call the cancellation line after 3 pm on the day of the show. (203) 339-6106 

Stamford Block Party! at Stamford Town Center Restaurant Plaza

Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 12-8pm

It’s a two day celebration of Arts, Culture and Community with entertainers including Parsons Dance, Henry Jones Drumming, Emotions Physical Theatre, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, Thomas/Ortiz Dance, East Coast Contemporary Ballet, New York Comedy Club, Illusionist David Garrity, Portal Norton Peruvian Dance and fifty more… Plus food trucks, interactive activities including games, DIY murals, a giant mushroom forest, dance lessons and other activities.

The Jester Jim Show at The Westport Library

Sunday, June 26, 2pm 

Kick Off Your Summer with Jester Jim who takes the Library's main stage with a truck full of weird stuff that he tosses into the air. Is he a juggler? Is he a comedian? Does he perform the most amazing beatbox intro you've ever seen? You decide! Kids and adults alike will be talking about Jester Jim's wild antics for weeks. Fun for the whole fam!

Fashion Show Fundraiser at The Klein, Bridgeport 

Sunday, June 26, 3-6pm

Featuring The Faces of Beauty Model Team and Headliner Designer Hope Wade, NY Fashion Week designers come to Connecticut, ripping the runway for some of the best designers in the industry. With special guest, Bria Holmes, WNBA Player and a special performance by rapper, Codeclife. A portion of proceeds go to Helping Hands Outreach, a non-profit for homeless people.

Jay Leno at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Sunday, June 26, 4-7pm

Two shows! Characterized as “the hardest working man in show business,” Leno revisits his stand-up roots in a rare intimate evening with a legend. The acclaimed Emmy, People’s Choice, and TV Guide-honored late-night-show host is also an admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist. Don’t miss this rare opportunity!

BackCountry Jazz presents the Greenwich Jazz Festival 2022 

Sunday, June 26, 5-6:30pm

This free summer season features extraordinary jazz artists, from celebrated greats to young rising stars. Nine concerts in casual, open air settings - June through September. This Sunday, Bennie Wallace, tenor saxophone; Godwin Louis, alto saxophone; Donald Vega, piano; Peter Washington, bass; Billy Drummond, drums. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets, wine. Venue provided with reservation confirmation. 

Summer Concert Series: The Barons at Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, Stamford

Sunday, June 26, 5-7pm

Kicks off your summer with doo wop band, The Barons - one of the tri-state’s hottest tribute groups, offering an energetic, faithful rendition of the Motown and R&B hits from the 1960's. The concert will take place on the Great Lawn. Bring chairs or a blanket, and a picnic dinner. 

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page at

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Aldrich Membership just got even sweeter - 20% off at Connecticut Muffin in New Canaan!

Aldrich members now receive special discounts at many of our favorite local businesses.

Simply show your active Aldrich membership card (physical or digital) at the following local businesses to receive your members-only discount or free item. Some supplies are limited and may need to be picked up at the Museum. Restrictions apply.

109 Cheese & Wine
109 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877

7 Old Barn Road
Kent, CT, 06757

10% off on cheeses, sandwiches and wines at the Ridgefield and Kent location. Excludes: liquor, beer, smoked salmon, platter fees, Jeni’s ice cream, Blue Hill eggs and meats, not available in the months of November and December.

Bailey’s Backyard
23 Bailey Avenue
Ridgefield, CT 06877

10% off parties of 6 or less

Bridgewater Chocolate
559 Federal Road
Brookfield, CT 06804

227 Federal Road
Brookfield, CT 06804

12 LaSalle Road
West Hartford, CT 06107

Westport store coming soon!

10% off in-store purchases at these participating stores

Connecticut Muffin
108 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840

20% off all orders

Hayfields Market
1 Bloomer Road
North Salem, NY 10560

50% discount on café items (excluding florals)

Nod Hill Brewery
137 Ethan Allen Highway
Ridgefield, CT 06877

One free drink coupon. Supplies are limited. Must be picked up at the Museum. One coupon for Artist/Educator/Student memberships, two coupons for all other memberships. Must be 21 years of age.

Prospector Theater
25 Prospect Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877

One free movie pass. Supplies are limited. Must be picked up at the Museum. One pass for Artist/Educator/Student memberships, two passes for all other memberships.

Tazza Café
408 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877

10% discount per order

Please visit our website to view a full list of partners, offers, and restrictions. An active Aldrich membership card (physical or digital) is required to receive discounts or free items.  

Not a Member? Join today to enjoy these savings and all the benefits of an Aldrich membership including free admission, reciprocal museum benefits, discounts in the Shop and more!


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Summer 2022 Waveny Summer Concert Series Kicks Off Tomorrow!

The New Canaan Recreation Department in co-sponsorship with local New Canaan merchants will sponsor open air music concerts on the patio at Waveny House this summer.

The concerts will feature a variety of musical groups many of whom are from the Fairfield County area. All of the concerts are open to New Canaan residents free of charge and held from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings beginning tomorrow.


JUNE 22 DREAMIN’- 50’s and 60’s songs
Raindate: Thursday, June 23
Sponsor: Rand Insurance Company

JUNE 29 GUNSMOKE-Country Western
Raindate: Thursday, June 30
Sponsor: HTG Investment Advisors Inc.

JULY 6 KENN MORR- Original Folk Rock
Raindate: Thursday, July 7
Sponsor: New Canaan Community Foundation

JULY 13 OTIS AND THE HURRICANES- New Orleans Funk, Delta Blues
Raindate: Thursday, July 14
Sponsor: Cross Bay Capital Partners

JULY 20 DOUG ALLEN- Singer/Songwriter, Acoustic Pop
Raindate: Thursday, July 21
Sponsor: Hobbs Incorporated

JULY 27 AIRBORNE- Contemporary Jazz
Raindate: Thursday, July 28
Sponsor: New Canaan Board of Realtors

Raindate: Thursday, August 4
Sponsor: New Canaan Recreation Department

AUGUST 10 FINSTER- 70’s to Today’s Hits
Raindate: Thursday, August 11
Sponsor: Karl Chevrolet

AUGUST 17 THE ROYAL KINGS- Doo Wop Band- 50’s songs Blues
Raindate: Thursday, August 18
Sponsor: New Canaan Recreation Department

AUGUST 24 THE BOOKENDS- 60’s and 70’s songs
Raindate: Thursday, August 25
Sponsor: Kaster Moving Company

AUGUST 31 FAIRFIELD COUNTS BAND- Miller, Dorsey, Goodman, Big Band
Raindate: Thursday, September 1
Sponsor: New Canaan Recreation Department

SEPTEMBER 7 THE SHORT BUS BAND- 70’s songs to Today song
NO Raindate

Concert goers are welcome to bring a cold picnic supper to the park and enjoy the music.


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