Newcanaan's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan Wed, 04 Aug 2021 06:17:39 -0400 HamletHub.com Play Golf for Your Favorite Charity in New Canaan Chamber's Charity Challenge on September 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/6078-play-golf-for-your-favorite-charity-in-new-canaan-chamber-s-charity-challenge-on-september-276078-play-golf-for-your-favorite-charity-in-new-canaan-chamber-s-charity-challenge-on-september-27 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/6078-play-golf-for-your-favorite-charity-in-new-canaan-chamber-s-charity-challenge-on-september-276078-play-golf-for-your-favorite-charity-in-new-canaan-chamber-s-charity-challenge-on-september-27

The New Canaan Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that their 2021 Golf Event will be a Charity Challenge. In keeping with the Chamber’s mission of Connecting Community with Commerce, winnings from the Tournament will be directed to local nonprofit organizations. The Chamber is proud to partner with the New Canaan Rotary Club again for our 2021 Event!

The Tournament will be held at Silvermine Golf Club on Monday, September 27th with a Barbecue lunch followed by a 1:00 pm shotgun start and played in a Shamble format. Three local business will will be donating prize money for the three teams with the lowest net score to the local nonprofit of each foursomes’ choosing – a real win-win!

The opportunity to play for your favorite local charity will not end with the top three teams. There will be other challenges during play (i.e. Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin) sponsored by a variety of local businesses, giving all players the chance to have their winnings donated to local nonprofit organizations as well.

While the goal of the 2021 Community Cup is to raise funds to support the local nonprofits and community events produced by the New Canaan Chamber throughout the year, we can all agree that a round of no-stress golf is an enjoyable way to make new connections and provide an opportunity to mix and mingle with nearby business and community leaders.

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kerry@ducey.org (NCCC) Charities Tue, 03 Aug 2021 13:53:51 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in New Canaan: La dame du Fromage https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5992-why-small-businesses-matter-la-dame-du-fromage5992-why-small-businesses-matter-la-dame-du-fromage https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5992-why-small-businesses-matter-la-dame-du-fromage5992-why-small-businesses-matter-la-dame-du-fromage

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 La dame du Fromage!

Four questions with Erin Hedley, founder of La dame du Fromage.

Why did you start your business?

After learning about the incredible world of fine, artisanal cheeses in a class in New York City back in 2004, I developed my knowledge and trained at Artisanal Premium Cheese Center so that I could share my passion for this amazing food with everyone. I eventually was hired by APC where I developed cheese collections for fine retailers and became an instructor teaching wine and cheese tasting classes.

What is your best-selling product/service?

My cheese and charcuterie boards, my wine and cheese tasting events, and ZOOM tastings.

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

Darien Cheese and Fine Foods, Plum Plums Cheese, The Roger Sherman Inn, New Canaan Wine Merchants, Walter Stewart's Market.

Have you re-imagined your small business?

Yes, with the onset of COVID, obviously people weren't having parties or doing events. I had to start doing individual serving cheese boxes and then with the explosion of ZOOM, I did a lot of private wine and cheese tastings for companies who wanted a way to entertain their clients...but now this was all done in the comfort of their homes. And, I don't see this trend necessarily going away even after the pandemic is "over."

Erin would like to nominate Beth Dwyer's Travel World to be featured next!

La dame du Fromage is located at 53 Oak Street in New Canaan. Visit La dame du Fromage online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook page as well!

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

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Tue, 03 Aug 2021 09:42:00 -0400
Grassroots Tennis & Education Hosts Annual Kids Tennis Fundraising Tournament https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/6077-grassroots-tennis-education-hosts-annual-kids-tennis-fundraising-tournament6077-grassroots-tennis-education-hosts-annual-kids-tennis-fundraising-tournament https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/6077-grassroots-tennis-education-hosts-annual-kids-tennis-fundraising-tournament6077-grassroots-tennis-education-hosts-annual-kids-tennis-fundraising-tournament

Grassroots will host a kids’ annual fundraising tournament on Sunday, August 22, 2021, from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Titled “Knights for Aces,” the event is sponsored by the Jon DeLuca Youth Tennis Memorial Fund/

The first annual Knights for Aces took place in 2014 at Tokeneke Club. Now entering its eighth year, the kid's tournament welcomes U10, U12, U14 and U17 doubles players, as well as Grassroots students, to Middlesex, Tokeneke, Weeburn, and Woodway Country Clubs in Darien.

Participants are asked to sign up or sponsor a Grassroots student for $55 per person here.

Jon DeLuca Youth Tennis Memorial Fund Founder and father to the late Jon, Al DeLuca said, “On behalf of the Jon DeLuca Youth Tennis Memorial Fund, we are honored to sponsor this wonderful event during Jon’s birth month, around what would have been his 50th birthday. Jon was passionate about his kids, his work, youth development and Grassroots.”

Learn more here.

Photo Credit: Courtgirl Paper, courtgirlpaper.com

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kerry@ducey.org (Leslie Osborn) Charities Tue, 03 Aug 2021 06:41:16 -0400
New Canaan Community Foundation renews its support of Carver https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/6074-carver6074-carver https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/6074-carver6074-carver

The Carver Foundation of Norwalk is deeply grateful to the New Canaan Community Foundation (NCCF) for renewing its generous support of our after-school programs for the upcoming school year.

Since 1977, NCCF has invested in high-impact local organizations such as Carver and in doing so has helped donors achieve their philanthropic goals. NCCF brings the people of New Canaan together to address both individual and local challenges, enriching the lives of all community members.

NCCF achieves its mission by partnering with community members. NCCF helps each individual, family, or organization achieve its philanthropic goals. The Foundation educates and supports volunteer leaders of all ages to guide and maximize the impact of NCCF in the community. The Foundation mobilizes thoughtful grant investments and other resources to respond to local needs. The Foundation convenes community leaders, experts, and residents to address community-wide issues that affect New Canaan.

NCCF engages many volunteers who help to deepen the Foundation’s engagement with over 100 local organizations.

Thank you, New Canaan Community Foundation!

New Canaan Community Foundation 2015

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kerry@ducey.org (Carver Foundation of Norwalk) Charities Mon, 02 Aug 2021 10:09:33 -0400
Fairfield County Bank held its 150th Annual Meeting https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/6075-fairfield-county-bank-held-its-150th-annual-meeting6075-fairfield-county-bank-held-its-150th-annual-meeting https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/6075-fairfield-county-bank-held-its-150th-annual-meeting6075-fairfield-county-bank-held-its-150th-annual-meeting

Fairfield County Bank held its 150th Annual Meeting at the Silver Spring County Club. The attendees included the Board of Directors, The Board of Incorporators, and the Senior Management of the Bank. The Annual Meeting is held to inform the Incorporators on the financial well-being of the Bank, success and growth over the past year and strategic plans of the coming year.

The Annual Meeting was opened with remarks from Ralph L. DePanfilis, Chairman of the Board, welcoming the attendees. David A. Schneider, CEO, and Daniel L. Berta, President, presented on the financials of the Bank, the product and service offering, innovation across the organization, and Community engagement. Presentation highlights included a review of the strong financial position of the Bank through 2020 from Mr. Schneider.

Mr. Berta touched on several topics, including the Bank’s commitment to Fairfield County throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. Fairfield County Bank processed 100% of the 1,850 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans that were requested of the Bank. The $240 million in PPP loans, in turn, supported 20,000 local jobs throughout the pandemic.

President Daniel Berta highlighted key facets of what makes Fairfield County Bank, and how those core values were upheld during 2020.  During his discussion, Mr. Berta also brought one of the Bank’s clients into the spotlight, Astacio Plumbing and Heating, whose owner, Richard Astacio, has been banking with Fairfield County Bank since 2014.

Richard, in his client spotlight video, focused on the ways in which the personal relationship he developed with Lisa Bancroft helped him expand his growing business. Astacio Plumbing and Heating was also one of the local businesses that received a PPP loan through the Bank.

Mr. Berta announced that the Bank donated $10,000 to SPHERE on behalf of the corporators. SPHERE of CT helps adults with developmental disabilities achieve their dreams. SPHERE’s programs improve quality of life by providing rich experiences and a strong community, which the Bank is proud to support. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Jillian Fernandez) Life Mon, 02 Aug 2021 10:03:06 -0400
Phillip Phillips returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse with two outdoor shows on August 7! https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6073-phillip-phillips-returns-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-two-outdoor-shows-on-august-76073-phillip-phillips-returns-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-two-outdoor-shows-on-august-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6073-phillip-phillips-returns-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-two-outdoor-shows-on-august-76073-phillip-phillips-returns-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-two-outdoor-shows-on-august-7

Phillip Phillips, the winner of the 11th season of American Idol in 2012 and singer of widely-acclaimed songs including “Home”, “Gone, Gone, Gone", and “Magnetic", is performing outdoors under the Tent at  The Ridgefield Playhouse on August 7th at 4:00 and 7:30 PM. Tickets for the 4:00 PM show are on sale by phone [203-438-5797] and reservations for the 7:30 PM concert are purchased by phone and online here.

Playing some of his hit songs, hidden gems, and newest tracks alongside him are guitarist Errol Cooney and cello player Dave Eggar. “We have such a blast playing with one another, it's just really free and easy,” Phillip told me on a Zoom interview last week. “We just have fun. It’s live music!” 

Born on September 20th, 1990 in Albany, Georgia, Phillip Phillips fell in love with writing and playing music early at the age of 14. “I would just constantly play guitar. I took my guitar to school almost every day on the bus and I would play,” he explained. “Musically, Angus Young from AC/DC was my hero,” he said, citing Dave Matthews and Damien Rice as idols as well.

In 2009, it was evident that Phillip’s interest in music was taking a turn into becoming a blooming career when he appeared in local Georgian venues and contests, eventually winning a singing competition called “Albany Star” in 2010. 

As Phillip Phillips walked in front of American Idol judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler for his initial audition on the show in 2012, Steven Tyler whispered to Jennifer Lopez, “I got a funny feeling about this.” It turns out that he was right with Phillip wowing the judges with songs “Superstition” and “Thriller,” catapulting him forward in the competition. Many spectacular performances later, Phillip found himself in the Top 3. Singing “We’ve Got Tonight” by Bob Seger, Phillip Phillips sealed himself as the indisputable winner of the show. “It was crazy and it changed my life completely. I didn’t know what to expect, I just loved playing music,” he reminisced. “I am just very blessed and a very lucky person.” 

When I asked him how other people can accomplish their goals like he did, he told me, “You really have to work hard and you can’t get lazy.” He says, “It’s all about learning.” Before finishing his answer, he delighted me by adding, “You have to stay humble as well.”

Two albums and many songs later, Phillip Phillips is still very much enthusiastic about living his dream of being a musician. “What inspires me to write music is just real life, you know, good, bad, sad, and happy,” Phillip voiced to me in our discussion. “These new songs that I have been writing have become some of my favorites. “The song called  Rescue You I really love… I think it’s a step forward in my career.” Now a dad, Phillip laughed and said, “[My son] likes them so I am taking that as a win.” 

If you are near Ridgefield, Connecticut, available, and looking for a great time on Saturday, August 7th, get your tickets to Phillip Phillips’ shows at the Ridgefield Playhouse at 4:00 and 7:30 PM. 

“The show is going to be great, everybody come on down,” Phillip says.

 I will be in attendance that day and I as well hope to see you all there for what will become two fantastic shows.

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Max Porter) Events Sun, 01 Aug 2021 11:55:48 -0400
New Canaan Yoga Studio Wins Best of the Gold Coast 2021 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/6072-local-yoga-studio-wins-best-of-the-gold-coast-20216072-local-yoga-studio-wins-best-of-the-gold-coast-2021 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/6072-local-yoga-studio-wins-best-of-the-gold-coast-20216072-local-yoga-studio-wins-best-of-the-gold-coast-2021

Sama Yoga Center has received the prestigious Best Yoga Studio Award for the entire Gold Coast, as featured in New Canaan Darien & Rowayton Magazine, as well as Westport Magazine, Stamford Magazine, and Greenwich Magazine. Best of the Gold Coast is, according to the publisher’s website, “a celebration of the best Fairfield County has to offer when it comes to food & drink, style & beauty, and living & home.”

Sama Yoga Center has been a staple in the community since 2015, as Fairfield County’s premiere boutique yoga center and accredited training academy. Sama is lauded for its inclusive, substantial programming, impeccable commitment to quality, connecting community and giving back. With a meditation garden designed by Wesley Stout Associates, students move seamlessly from indoor to outdoor classes, enjoying a serene atmosphere and beautiful view. Radiant heated floors, ample covered parking, and spacious locker rooms elevate the experience. 

Sama’s founder Rebekah Jacobs and her team are thrilled to have been voted BEST YOGA STUDIO, BEST OF THE GOLD COAST and want to say THANK YOU for your support. As a way to give back, and to thank our first responders for all that they do, Sama will offer a special restorative class for our local police force, fire force, and first responders on Saturday, August 14th, from 4-5pm.

Visit samayogacenter.com for more info.

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angie@samayogacenter.com (Angie Mandl) Places Sun, 01 Aug 2021 05:49:15 -0400
New Canaan Library and Moms Group Host Whole-Family Book Group on August 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6066-new-canaan-library-and-moms-group-host-whole-family-book-group-on-august-146066-new-canaan-library-and-moms-group-host-whole-family-book-group-on-august-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6066-new-canaan-library-and-moms-group-host-whole-family-book-group-on-august-146066-new-canaan-library-and-moms-group-host-whole-family-book-group-on-august-14

Whole-Family Book Group on August 14 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am at Lapham Community Center 

Join the New Canaan Library at Lapham Community Center’s Back Patio for our Whole-Family Book Group, in partnership with the New Canaan Moms Group. This month, we will discuss Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence, a laugh-out-loud story of a spunky girl’s face-off with longstanding traditions. Each family will receive a copy of the book to read and discuss at home–and to keep after the program! Read together as a family, then come to Lapham to enjoy lemonade, discuss the book with other families, and play games inspired by our reading. This month’s book is perfect for elementary students and their grownups. 

All adults and children 2 or older must wear a mask.

Register HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (New Canaan Library) Events Sun, 01 Aug 2021 05:07:00 -0400
FCBuzz Weekend: Bridgeport PRIDE, Romeo and Juliet, The Honky Tonk Angels, JOY Music Festival, and MORE! https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6071-fcbuzz-weekend-bridgeport-pride-romeo-and-juliet-the-honky-tonk-angels-joy-music-festival-and-more6071-fcbuzz-weekend-bridgeport-pride-romeo-and-juliet-the-honky-tonk-angels-joy-music-festival-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6071-fcbuzz-weekend-bridgeport-pride-romeo-and-juliet-the-honky-tonk-angels-joy-music-festival-and-more6071-fcbuzz-weekend-bridgeport-pride-romeo-and-juliet-the-honky-tonk-angels-joy-music-festival-and-more

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to elevate arts and culture in Fairfield County! Each Friday, check out the many 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. 

Friday night, catch the finale of Pride month with Bridgeport PRIDE that includes an exhibition of the work of 30 artists in OUTWorks at City Lights Gallery, with a reception 6-8:30pm, a PRIDE March from City Lights Gallery around to The Bijou Theatre, and then a PRIDE Variety Show at The Bijou - with music, dance and drag, and featuring Ballet Eloelle debuting a newly choreographed piece, produced by Ricky Mestre, and hosted by Dolores Degage.

Also opening with a reception Friday night, 5:30-7pm at the Fairfield Museum and History Center is an exhibition exploring the impact of Columbia Records, that had a major manufacturing plant and research center in Bridgeport.  Topping the Charts: The Rise of Bridgeports Columbia Records, curated by Daryn Reyman-Lock, explores how local engineers and scientists, working at Columbia’s Bridgeport factory literally transformed recorded sound, first by introducing gramophones into the American household and later, the lateral-cut record, LPs, and stereophonic sound.

Two great outdoor theatrical experiences wrap up this weekend so be sure to check out Curtain Call’s Romeo and Juliet - its 18th Shakespeare on the Green -  playing in its own outdoors Globe Theatre, at Sterling Farms on Newfield Avenue, in Stamford, and The Summer Theatre of New Canaan with its riotous musical The Honky Tonk Angels, telling the story of three gals who follow their dreams to Nashville, with a live all-star, all-women country band on stage.

There’s a great range of music this weekend: new classical, rock, jazz, country, folk and traditional. Where to start?  In Fairfield, Saturday at 5pm the Audubon Center’s summer series of concerts by the farm pond continues with three award-winning young classical guitarists, all coached and encouraged by Music for Youth.

In Ridgefield on Saturday at 5pm, outside, among the giant Frank Stella sculptures at the Aldrich Museum, the Western CT Youth Orchestra kicks off its multi-week Charles Ives Music Festival with “Joy,” a concert reveling in joyous short pieces by contemporary composers, ending with Ravel’s famous "Introduction and Allegro.”

In Greenwich at 5pm on Saturday, BackCountry Jazz offers another free jazz concert in a fabulous private garden in Greenwich. Bennie Wallace leads his band in a garden to be revealed when you reserve your free tickets.

On Sunday 2pm-6pm, Westport’s Beechwood Arts & Innovation, an arts center offering salons throughout the year in its 1806 renovated farmhouse and under its 400-year-old copper beech, celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its “Beechwood Open,” performances and artworks by local artists, but also including several world-renowned, as well as up-and-coming, pianists playing and leaving their legacy on Beechwood’s new Yamaha Disklavier Grand Piano that records the exact movements of the pianist, enabling the piano to play it back real-time.

And on Sunday at 7pm, one of the many free concerts being offered at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion is The American Patchwork Quartet drawing on a repertoire of centuries-old American folk songs that highlight America’s immigrant roots. Old songs are made new through creative arrangements that highlight the exceptional and well-honed skills of each remarkable band member

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

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kerry@ducey.org (David Green) Events Fri, 30 Jul 2021 14:09:26 -0400
School of Rock New Canaan Warms Up for Eggy at SoNo Collection Rooftop, Aug. 7 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6070-school-of-rock-new-canaan-warms-up-for-eggy-at-sono-collection-rooftop-aug-76070-school-of-rock-new-canaan-warms-up-for-eggy-at-sono-collection-rooftop-aug-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6070-school-of-rock-new-canaan-warms-up-for-eggy-at-sono-collection-rooftop-aug-76070-school-of-rock-new-canaan-warms-up-for-eggy-at-sono-collection-rooftop-aug-7

Norwalk's premier retail, lifestyle, and event space, The SoNo Collection, sets the stage for the next installation of their popular SoNo Music Fest live entertainment series. On Saturday, August 7, Connecticut's very own rock foursome EGGY will rock out seven stories high atop The SoNo Collection outdoor venue, The SoNo Garden (Mall Level 3). 

Eggy consists of four Woodbridge, CT musicians, including guitarist and vocalist Jake Brownstein, keyboardist Dani Battat, bassist Mike Goodman, and drummer Alex Bailey. The band's signature rich harmonies, introspective lyrics, and undeniable energy captivate an audience. They are currently touring throughout the state, excited to be performing in front of a live audience after spending much of the pandemic writing new music and performing live-streamed shows from "The Egg Crate," their basement studio. You can experience Eggy's sound at the SoNo Music Fest, Saturday, August 7. NO TICKET REQUIRED!

Warming up for Eggy, starting at 1 PM, are the budding rockstars from The School of Rock New Canaan and tunes from the always entertaining DJ Doey Joey

The SoNo Music Fest is an all-day, family-friendly event that includes games and activities for the kids sponsored by CAMP, live art activations with MADlab, and great food and beverages from PinstripesYard HouseBazilleRomanacciGelato & Cioccolato, and more!

The SoNo Music Fest winds down the summer season on Saturday, September 18, with headliner and Tom Petty tribute band, THE BREAKERS.

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kerry@ducey.org (Max Ex PR) Events Fri, 30 Jul 2021 07:55:54 -0400
New Canaan Chamber Music at First First Presbyterian Church on August 8 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6069-new-canaan-chamber-music-at-first-first-presbyterian-church-on-august-86069-new-canaan-chamber-music-at-first-first-presbyterian-church-on-august-8 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6069-new-canaan-chamber-music-at-first-first-presbyterian-church-on-august-86069-new-canaan-chamber-music-at-first-first-presbyterian-church-on-august-8

New Canaan Chamber Music at First First Presbyterian Church on August 8 at 4pm

Experience sublime music performed by pianist Andrew Armstrong, violinist Arnaud Sussmann and horn/French horn player R.J. Kelley at the First Presbyterian Church in New Canaan.
 
The program:
- Johann Sebastian Bach‘s From Sonata No. 3 in C Major for Violin Solo, BWV 1005 (1720)
- William Grant Still’s Songs (1944) arranged for Horn & Piano
- Camille Saint-Saëns’ Romance, Opus 36 for French Horn & Piano (1874)
- Leoš Janáček’s Sonata for Violin and Piano (1914)
- Aaron Jay Kernis’s From Before Sleep and Dreams for Piano (1990)
- Johannes Brahms’ Trio in E-flat Major for French Horn, Violin, & Piano, Opus 40 (1865)
 
For tickets to the August 8th, 4 pm concert click here.
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kerry@ducey.org (New Canaan Chamber Music) Events Fri, 30 Jul 2021 07:43:04 -0400
José Feliciano Headlines Concert Celebrating Connecticut's New, Tougher Human Trafficking Law at Ridgefield Playhouse on Aug. 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/6068-jose-feliciano-headlines-concert-celebrating-connecticut-s-new-tougher-human-trafficking-law-at-ridgefield-playhouse-on-aug-146068-jose-feliciano-headlines-concert-celebrating-connecticut-s-new-tougher-human-trafficking-law-at-ridgefield-playhouse-on-aug-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/6068-jose-feliciano-headlines-concert-celebrating-connecticut-s-new-tougher-human-trafficking-law-at-ridgefield-playhouse-on-aug-146068-jose-feliciano-headlines-concert-celebrating-connecticut-s-new-tougher-human-trafficking-law-at-ridgefield-playhouse-on-aug-14

Celebratory Concert Headlining José Feliciano on August 14 at The Ridgefield Playhouse

To mark the passage of the new state law that better protects victims of human trafficking in Connecticut, as well as highlight continued efforts by organizations around the state to focus greater attention to this pervasive problem, Traffick Jam Live, a Connecticut-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is hosting a special concert featuring Grammy Award-winning singer/guitarist José Feliciano of Weston and special guest Vaneese Thomas at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, Aug. 14.

The concert will work to raise money -- and awareness -- about human trafficking, which affects communities large and small, including many here in Connecticut. Since 2008, more than 1,000 children have been referred to the Department of Children and Families in Connecticut as possible victims of child trafficking.

Between the two performances several Connecticut based anti-human trafficking nonprofits (PEHT, LOVE 146 and TJL) will share some vital information about human sex trafficking right here in our own communities. The presentation takeaways include: tips on “Red Flags” to look for to spot early indications of “grooming” techniques of traffickers; a protective look at how social media can provide traffickers access to our young daughters.

State Sen. Will Haskell will join them on stage and comment about the importance of the recently signed anti-human trafficking law.

Traffick Jam Live is a Connecticut-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit aimed at collaboratively disrupting human trafficking, specifically sex trafficking of girls under the age of 18, in the United States. It was launched by Ridgefield resident Bo Beatty in 2016.

Traffick Jam Live shines a spotlight on the shadows of human trafficking through concert and event productions that inform audiences on vital human trafficking awareness information.  For starters, if you see something, say something by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733. Traffick Jam Live is also collaboratively developing a tactical hand signal for girls to alert “trained eyes” when they are with their trafficker on an airplane, a hotel lobby or any public facility with monitored security cameras. 

"Sadly, most Americans have no idea how prevalent sex trafficking is right here in our own communities," states Beatty.

The new law, which passed earlier this summer, has been hailed by advocates working to end human trafficking. Traffickers charged in Connecticut will find it harder to avoid prosecution and victims of trafficking will now have an easier time getting their convictions vacated if the crimes they committed were done while being trafficked.

Advocates say these measures, and others included in the law, reflect a greater understanding and awareness of the problem, as well as the long-term consequences trafficking has on its victims. On a recent online zoom presentation hosted by Greenwich-based Partnership to End Human Trafficking (PEHT), the group praised the new law and the significant efforts of advocates over several years to get it passed and signed. 

“This new Connecticut State law is a major accomplishment,” said Erin Williamson, vice president of Global Programs and Strategy at New Haven-based LOVE146.

One of Williamson's and LOVE146's concerns are the predatory traffickers' enhanced social media access to vulnerable young girls anywhere in Connecticut.

The average age of entry into human sex trafficking is 12 to 14 years old, according to many anti-trafficking agencies. And the U.S. Department of State, in its "2021 Trafficking In Persons Report,” indicates that 28 percent of sex trafficking victims in the United States (more than 1 in 4) are girls under the age of 18.

Concert organizers are hoping the community comes out to enjoy some great music and do their part in disrupting human trafficking. The concert opens at 7 p.m. with a performance by Thomas and her ensemble.

"I'm honored to be a part of it. It's such an important issue," said Thomas, who has sung with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Celine Dion, to name a few.  "I don't think people really know ... they know the large picture, the big picture of what human trafficking is about. But they don't see it in a personal sense. That it could be right next door to them. That it could be right in their neighborhood. I'd like to draw attention to that aspect and have people be aware of what is going on around them."

She will be followed by the presentation and then the headliner -- Jose Feliciano -- will take the stage. Feliciano, a longtime Weston resident, headlined the Grand Opening of the Ridgefield Playhouse in 2000 and is returning once again to lend his talents to a worthy cause. 

In a joint statement, both José and wife Susan Feliciano stated, “Unless we, as a people, are really aware of this perversion —  a thing as diabolical as Human Trafficking — it will continue to permeate the underbelly of our society. I must admit, not until I was invited to perform this concert in support of Traffick Jam Live,  did we, Susan and I, grasp the scope of the dilemma. We need to become more fully aware and dedicated to do whatever we can, whatever it takes, to rid this scourge in order to protect the most vulnerable among us. Together, let’s work towards eradicating Human Trafficking in all its forms.”  The venues Gold Circle tickets also include post event VIP “meet and greet” with Feliciano after the concert.

To help provide complimentary concert tickets to Connecticut human trafficking survivors and employees and volunteers of CT’s anti-trafficking nonprofits, visit traffickjamlive.org “donate” page, make a donation, and enter “Comp Tix” in the comments field.  Join in and let’s JAM human trafficking together.

Tickets are available at RidgefieldPlayhouse.org and here

-- For more information about Traffick Jam Live, please visit https://traffickjamlive.org/

Vaneese Thomas opens the Traffick Jam Live Aug 14 ...

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kerry@ducey.org (Bo Beatty) Charities Fri, 30 Jul 2021 07:07:30 -0400
New Canaan Nature Center's Creatures of the Night Hike on August 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6067-new-canaan-nature-center-s-creatures-of-the-night-hike-on-august-146067-new-canaan-nature-center-s-creatures-of-the-night-hike-on-august-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/6067-new-canaan-nature-center-s-creatures-of-the-night-hike-on-august-146067-new-canaan-nature-center-s-creatures-of-the-night-hike-on-august-14

New Canaan Nature Center’s Creatures of the Night Hike on August 14 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm 

How do your nighttime senses compare to those of the nocturnal animals that call NCNC home? Join us for an interactive sensory night hike adventure and try your hand at our naturalist-led challenges to find out! First, we’ll put your night vision to the test to discover if you can see as well as an owl in the dark. Then we’ll focus on your sense of smell, hearing, and touch! We’ll wrap up the night with one of our favorite summer activities… roasting marshmallows around the campfire!
 
 
The program will also include the opportunity to meet a couple of the nature center’s nocturnal animal ambassadors up close and personal.
Rain or shine.
 
Online pre-registration by Thursday, August 12th at 4pm is required.
 
Members: $10/person (Registration opens Monday, July 12th)
Non-Members: $15/person (Registration opens Monday, July 19th)
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kerry@ducey.org (New Canaan Nature Center) Events Fri, 30 Jul 2021 05:10:53 -0400
Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Is Scheduled To Increase on Sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/6065-connecticut-s-minimum-wage-is-scheduled-to-increase-on-sunday6065-connecticut-s-minimum-wage-is-scheduled-to-increase-on-sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/6065-connecticut-s-minimum-wage-is-scheduled-to-increase-on-sunday6065-connecticut-s-minimum-wage-is-scheduled-to-increase-on-sunday

Governor Ned Lamont is reminding Connecticut residents that – as a result of legislation he enacted two years ago scheduling several increases in the minimum wage over a five-year period – the minimum wage in the state will increase from the current rate of $12.00 per hour to $13.00 per hour beginning on Sunday, August 1, 2021.

“Nobody working a full-time job should live in poverty,” Governor Lamont said. “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. This is a fair, modest increase, and the money earned by workers will go right back into our own economy, supporting local businesses and our communities.”

“Every single worker in Connecticut deserves dignity,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “This progress towards Connecticut’s $15 an hour minimum wage will lift our state up and ensure that nobody working a full-time job lives in poverty. I join Governor Lamont in applauding this milestone for working families in Connecticut, and I share his continued commitment to the hardworking women and men of our state.”

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 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 public act 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.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Thu, 29 Jul 2021 09:43:58 -0400
Feed The Blue in New Canaan! Our Officers Need You! https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/6064-feed-the-blue-in-new-canaan-our-officers-need-you6064-feed-the-blue-in-new-canaan-our-officers-need-you https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/charities/6064-feed-the-blue-in-new-canaan-our-officers-need-you6064-feed-the-blue-in-new-canaan-our-officers-need-you

Feed The Blue and Support New Canaan Police

Feed The Blue has been created solely to provide officers at the New Canaan Police Department with lunch and dinners to enjoy during breaks and between shifts. At the present time, the police department does not have a kitchen in the facility.

Feed The Blue is asking restaurants in New Canaan to donate one to two meals per month. The meals will be picked up and delivered to New Canaan Police Department for their officers. 

To support our officers, contact Jennifer Collins via phone (203) 722-7842 or email feedtheblueNC@gmail.com

For the month of August, the meals will be delivered by local volunteers.
 
This is a great way for our local businesses to show their support for all of the women and men of the New Canaan Police Department.
 
THANK YOU AND WE SALUTE YOU FOR THE SUPPORT AND MEAL!
 
Follow along on Instagram @feedthebluenewcanaan
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kerry@ducey.org (Feed the Blue) Charities Wed, 28 Jul 2021 13:39:56 -0400