Newcanaan's HamletHub Thu, 27 Jan 2022 19:23:06 -0500 New Canaan Beautification League Webinar on February 2: Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

"Get Your Garden Ready for Spring with Sean Corenki" on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 9:30-11:30 am 

Zoom webinar

Sean Corenki, Manager of The Gardener's Center in Darien, will discuss the various tasks we should be performing in our early Spring gardens - including soil preparation, pruning, and choosing ornamental and edible plants.  Be ready with your questions!​

Preregistration to attend this Zoom meeting is required.  After registration, you will receive a link to attend the meeting.  The meeting and presentation will be recorded.

Click here to register.

Non-members are welcome!

]]> (New Canaan Beautification League ) Events Thu, 27 Jan 2022 10:37:55 -0500
New Canaan Vaccine Update: Clinics for Kids on Tuesday, Testing Next Week

Vaccination Update

A pediatric first and second-dose COVID-19 vaccination clinic for ages 5-11 will be held on Tuesday February 1st at Vine Cottage at 77 Main Street. A parent or guardian is required and the VAMS form with signed parental consent form. The registration link for the pediatric clinic is here

A parent or guardian must be present with the child and the signed parent consent form and VAMS forms for first dose are required and attached to the SignUpGenius. Please bring the forms attached to the SignUpGenius completed to the appointment and their vaccination cards if it is a second dose. Additional pediatric vaccination clinics will be added in the coming weeks.  Parents are encouraged to speak with their pediatricians to make the appropriate decision for their families.

As a reminder, both formulations of Pfizer are a two dose vaccine taken at least 21 days apart for ages 5 and over.  Pfizer is the only FDA EUA approved vaccine for those aged 5-17 years old.

COVID Testing

Next week, we will continue a new weekly community PCR COVID-19 testing partnership with Progressive Diagnostics for residents who have traveled or otherwise wish to be tested. The Town partnership with Progressive Diagnostics will continue next week with PCR COVID-19 testing available (for New Canaan residents only) on Monday, January 31ST, Wednesday, February 2nd and Friday, February 4th from 7:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Irwin House in Irwin Park (848 Weed Street).  Pre-registration is required and you must bring your insurance card, and a photo ID to your test appointment. Your insurance will be billed a $100 lab fee by Progressive Diagnostics.  No walk-ins are permitted. Turnaround time for PCR test results is the same day as testing with a maximum of up to 24 hours and will be received via email in the lab portal, for which you will receive instructions on how to access at your test appointment.

To register for PCR COVID-19 testing for next Monday, January 31ST,   Wednesday, February 2nd and Friday, February 4th please click on the following SignUpGenius link: here

You must complete a separate registration for each individual to be tested.  As a reminder, lab requires a separate email and registration for each individual being tested so if your child does not have an email address we suggest creating a free Gmail or similar free email account for your child’s registration.

For additional testing locations in the area you can call 2-1-1, contact your primary care provider or visit the town website or click here for list of COVID-19 testing sites in our area.

There is limited free rapid COVID-19 antigen testing available during regular business hours with our Health Department at Vine Cottage (77 Main Street) for symptomatic New Canaan residents only by appointment. Please note these are not individual at home test kits; they are commercial rapid test kits that are required to be reported to CT DPH.  Please use the following SignUpGenius link for rapid COVID-19 antigen testing with our Health Department here


Residents who have been vaccinated will now be able to access their immunization records online through the secure CT WiZ Public Portal, a free service provided by the state of CT DPH Immunization Program. [A press release can be found here.]

Vaccinated adults and legal guardians can access official immunization records for themselves and children under the age of 18 using the CT WiZ Public Portal with ‘two-factor authentication’ to verify identity. 

(Note: You won’t find the record if the contact information does not match what the vaccine provider reported to CT WIZ. If you are unable to locate your record in the portal, you can contact the DPH Immunization Program for assistance online at helpdesk or calling 860-509-7929 during business hours Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.)

]]> (Town of New Canaan) Neighbors Thu, 27 Jan 2022 10:18:54 -0500
FC Buzz Weekend: Closing Our January with Silvermine's New Members Exhibit


FC Buzz Weekend January 28 - 30, 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.

As we close out January, it feels like the perfect weekend to recharge your creative spirit through the following offerings of art, music, film, and more.

First, several exciting exhibits just opened around town:

Through February 18th, Celebrate Black History Month with Arts Alliance of Stratford at Stratford’s Sterling House Community Center. The exhibit, Through Our Eyes: A Celebration of Local Black Artists, shines light on the creativity of local Black artists.

Silvermine Arts Center welcomes 22 new members to its Guild of Artists with its annual New Members Exhibition, presenting an expansive survey of contemporary works. This New Canaan exhibition showcases emerging artists creating conversations in the art world. Collectively, their pieces feature a body of work that is both collectable and accessible to both the experienced and the first-time collector. On view Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am - 4pm, through February 25th.

Adger Cowans: Sense and Sensibility is now on view at the Fairfield University Art Museum’s Bellarmine Hall Galleries through June 18th. Cowans is a celebrated photographer whose wide-ranging work includes the civil rights movement, jazz musicians, landscape, and artistic studies of the human form, water, and light. This exhibition, curated by Halima Taha, presents Cowans’ use of photography to articulate the beauty within the human condition, and the world we live in, with over fifty images from his illustrious career.

Through March 12, MoCA Westport and the Westport Arts Advisory Committee (WAAC) invites you to The Westport Idea Exhibition, a new exhibition featuring selected works from the Westport Public Art Collections (WestPAC). This exhibition enables audiences to enjoy selections from WestPAC holdings of more than 2,000 artworks at a public venue. Most of these works are housed in public schools and municipal buildings, not always accessible to the public. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, January 28, 2022 from 6 – 8 p.m. at MoCA Westport. 

If you’re interested in taking in a film, you have a couple of choices:

Parallel Mothers stars Penelope Cruz and Milena Smith, as two women, who give birth in the same hospital on the same day. Both are single mothers, and during their chance meeting in the hospital, a close link develops between them that changes their lives in a decisive way. Head over to Stamford’s Avon Theatre Film Center for a screening of this 2021 Spanish film, written and directed by Pedro Almodovar. On view at various times through February 3rd.

For a film that will delight the whole family, Aladdin is showing at Fairfield’s SHU Community Theatre on Sunday - 12pm and 3pm. Guy Ritchie directs and Will Smith stars in this live action version of the timeless tale of a street urchin vying for a magic lamp to make his deepest wishes come true. 

If you’re looking to explore your own ‘inner artist,’ Norwalk’s MAD Lab welcomes the community to enjoy a unique, free-form event called MAKE art TOGETHER. Bring your favorite sketchbook and art supplies to participate in activities that inspire your creative spirit on Friday 6-10 pm.

Music on your mind? Enjoy whatever concert is music to your ears - everything from opera to jazz:

For opera lovers, Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University presents ​​The Met: Live in HD – Verdi’s Rigoletto Tony Award-winning director, Bartlett Sher, resets the opera’s action to 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber, themselves boasting a combined 11 Tony Awards. Saturday at 1pm and 6pm.

The Quick Center has jazz lovers covered too. The John Pizzarelli Big Band is back by popular demand on Sunday at 3pm. Hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz,” world-renowned jazz guitarist and vocalist, John Pizzarelli has recently released a new album, Better Days Ahead: Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Methēny. This concert takes a deep dive into Pat Metheny’s Grammy Award-winning catalog, deconstructing famed arrangements on his seven-string guitar in ways to thrill both jazz lovers and aficionados of classical and Spanish guitar.

Sunday at 4:00 pm, The Ridgefield Playhouse marks a belated Centennial Year of jazz giant Dave Brubeck in The Brubeck Brothers Quartet Celebrates Dave Brubeck’s Centennial Through stories and music, this multimedia show invites audiences to travel along the timeline of Dave Brubeck’s extraordinary life, career, and legacy.

For details on these and hundreds more events check out FC-Buzz events on our website at here 

]]> (Lori Lewis) Events Thu, 27 Jan 2022 08:46:34 -0500
The Ridgefield Playhouse And Aquarion Water Company Make The Entire Diversity Film Series Free Events For The Community

The Ridgefield Playhouse’s Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series continues in February with three films celebrating Black History Month that amplify and honor African-American culture and traditions.

All films in the Aquarion Water Company Diversity Film Series are presented as free events for the community. Following each film, a pre-recorded interview led by reporter Cheryl Washington will also be screened. These enlightening interviews can be viewed later on The Ridgefield Playhouse YouTube Channel.

On February 2ndSummer Of Soul presents a powerful and transporting document of an epic event in the summer of 1969: the Harlem Cultural Festival featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & The Family Stone, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Mahalia Jackson, BB King and more. In his debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson reintroduces these lost performances as part of a documentary that combines music, history and story-telling to celebrate Black history, culture and fashion.

Then on February 16thQueen & Slim offers a thrilling modern drama about love, justice and righteous anger, focused on a young couple on the run from the law after a first date gone wrong. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner Smith, directed by Melina Matsoukas and written by Lena Waithe and James Frey.

The Black History Month programming concludes on February 23rd with a 50th anniversary screening of Lady Sings The Blues, the classic Billie Holiday biopic starring Diana Ross in a tour-de-force performance that landed Ms. Ross an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

For more information or to reserve your free tickets, go online at or visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

Follow us on Instagram:  @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse

]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Thu, 27 Jan 2022 04:48:18 -0500
New Canaan Police Officer Matt Blank Returns Home After Serving in Operation Enduring Freedom

After 10 months New Canaan Police Officer Matt Blank aka Staff Sergeant Blank a member of the Connecticut National Guard has returned home.
Officer Blank served in Operation Enduring Freedom and is thrilled to be back home with his family.
The following is from Officer Blank:
“Home is where the heart is and now so am I. It's been a long 10 months and I couldn't have done it without the incredible support from the love of my life, Lauren, and my little dude Jackson. I had the easy job, they had the tougher time. I will forever be grateful and in awe of them. For those of you that helped my family out over the past year, thank you from the bottom of my heart. It meant a lot knowing I had awesome people at home checking in on my family and helping out. Now to spend some quality time with these two. Never been so happy to be in the cold.”
On behalf of your fellow brothers and sisters of the NCPD… Welcome Home and thank you for your service to this country and the sacrifices you made over the past 10 months.
Visit New Canaan Police on Facebook here for additional information.
]]> (New Canaan Police) Neighbors Mon, 24 Jan 2022 13:59:43 -0500
Mead Park Pond in New Canaan is OPEN for Skating!

The frigid temperatures bring on some cool activities in New Canaan! We just got word that Mead Park Pond is OPEN for skating! 

The pond is open from dawn until 10:00 pm (skate under the lights). 

 Learn more about Mead Park on the Town of New Canaan website here.
]]> (HH) Places Mon, 24 Jan 2022 06:46:40 -0500
CT's Beardsley Zoo Announces Anteater Naming Contest Result

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is pleased to announce the results of its “Name the Baby Giant Anteater” contest, giving voters a choice of three names: Chili, Andarilho, and Corajosa.

Animal care staff chose the prospective names, all South American names or terms to honor and describe the new female giant anteater. Female giant anteater Pana and male E.O. are the proud parents of their third offspring, born June 15, 2021. 

The winning name is Chili, referring to a small, spicy pepper often used in South American and Mexican cuisine.  The contest engaged hundreds of voters online. 

Of the three names voted on, Chili won 50% of the vote, Corajosa won 34% and Andarilho won 16%. 

Mochilla, the pair’s first offspring, is now in residence at Alexandria Zoo in Louisiana. The second-born, Tupi, is now at the Nashville Zoo in Tennessee. 

Female anteaters give birth to one offspring and the baby rides on mom’s back for the first several months of life, occasionally venturing off not too far from mom to explore its surroundings. Pana and Chili will be outside only rarely for guests to view until spring, when the temperatures regularly rise above 50 degrees.

The Giant anteater's parents came to the Zoo from Palm Beach Zoo in Palm Beach, Florida. Both Pana and E.O. are twelve years old. They arrived in late May 2015 and are a highlight of the Pampas Plains habitat, which opened in August 2015. Featuring animals from the Pampas region of Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, the exhibit represents the Zoo’s South American Adventure.  

About Giant Anteaters

Giant anteaters can live up to 26 years old in human care and are usually solitary animals. They can weigh up to 100 pounds and are five to seven feet long. Their home range is from southern Belize to northern Argentina, and they live in grasslands, humid forests, and woodland areas. Anteaters have one of the lowest body temperatures in the animal kingdom at 91 to 97 degrees Fahrenheit and can eat up to 30,000 ants per meal in the wild. The Latin name for anteater is Vermillingua, meaning "worm tongue," which can be as long as two feet. 

Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at we recommend that guests continue to wear masks while visiting the Zoo, but when guests are outside and are able to maintain social distance, masks may be removed. In any indoor area, or when social distancing cannot be maintained, masks must be worn. Everyone over the age of two, except for those with medical conditions that preclude wearing them, should have a mask available

]]> (Lisa Clair) Life Sun, 23 Jan 2022 09:08:20 -0500
Nickel Mines Opens at ACT of CT: You Will Be Moved to Dig Deep

Thank you to ACT of CT for using your stage to tell one of the most important stories of all time. 

“You will be moved to dig deep,” ACT of CT Artistic Director Dan Levine said. 

Levine was not exaggerating - theater can move you in a way unlike any other medium can, and ACT’s production of Nickel Mines will do just that.

On October 2, 2006, in a one-room school in the Amish community of Nickel Mines Pennsylvania, the unthinkable happened. Ten young girls were held hostage by a gunman, a member of their community. Five of those girls perished, the other five were seriously wounded. 

The new musical, Nickel Mines, is about what happens next. This living memorial honors the five young lives lost and lifts up the families left behind. 

The effects of this senseless act are so personal, each individual, from the family members of the victims to the wife of the shooter is thrust into an unfathomable situation and emotions are running wild. How do they cope? Anger? Revenge? Hate? Forgiveness? Love?

Dance movements and vocal performances are masterfully executed by the uber-talented cast of Lauren Celentano, Anna Cooper, Shea Coughlin, Morgan Hollingsworth, Kelsey Jenison, Milan Magana, Mark Bradley Miller, Alex Nee, Eric Michael Parker, Justine Veronica Rafael, Josephine Rose Roberts, Hannah Joy Snyder, Jayme Wappel, and Emma Lou DeLaney.

They touch the audience in a profoundly powerful way.

We witness the incredibly personal struggle of a grieving father, a loving boyfriend, and a lonely sister as they try to struggle to cope and ultimately find a way when they choose forgiveness.

Before the performance even began, the audience had a glimpse into its impact and meaning. Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine took the stage and was moved to tears as he spoke about Nickel Mines, a show that was in final days of rehearsal when COVID shut it down in 2020. 

Levine thanked Anita Donofrio who was instrumental in bringing Nickel Mines back. “She believes in this show as much as we do,” said Levine.

Those who were fortunate to see Nickel Mines this weekend were among the first to experience this incredibly powerful World premiere musical production, directed and choreographed by Andrew Palermo.

Once again, the entire ACT of Connecticut team, including Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine, Bryan Perri, Music Supervisor, Executive Director Katie Diamond, and Erin Craig, Producing Director deliver brilliance by way of Nickel Mines.

“Good theater can enter our hearts and change us,” said Levine. 

Nickel Mines does that.

Remaining Performances:

Sunday, January 23rd at 2pm* & 7pm

Thursday, January 27th at 7pm

Friday, January 28th at 8pm

Saturday, January 29th at 2pm & 8pm

Sunday, January 30th at 2pm

Sunday, January 23 at 2pm - Niro Feliciano (LCSW, Integrative Counseling and Wellness Group) and Alexis Koukos (Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement)

Purchase tickets here.

*Photos by Jeff Butchen Photography 

]]> (KA) Events Sun, 23 Jan 2022 06:13:41 -0500
42nd Annual Photography Show at the Carriage Barn Arts Center, juried by Platon

All are welcome to the opening reception with exhibit juror PLATON on Saturday, January 22 from 4-6pm

State and Local protocols will be followed to ensure the safety of all guests. We look forward to gathering responsibly in a way that protects the community’s health.

Beverages will be served.

Suggested $10 donation for non-members and guests.

Learn more here.

]]> (Carriage Barn Arts Center) Life Fri, 21 Jan 2022 13:48:24 -0500
Wendy Souppa Named 2022 New Leader in Banking by Connecticut Bankers Association

Wendy Souppa, Vice President and Manager of Deposit Operations at Fairfield County Bank, received the 2022 New Leaders in Banking award from the Connecticut Bankers Association. This award recognizes an up-and-coming class of noteworthy bankers across the state, who have made significant contributions to their organization.

“Wendy has demonstrated leadership qualities in a multitude of ways, but none more so than her ability to recognize and utilize the talents of the team around her. This ability to engage talent and new ideas has elevated her department to a level of the organization where employees seek the opportunity to work for and with her,” said Andrea Coreau, Senior Vice President, Retail Sales and Operations Leader. “Wendy is an independent thinker who sees her responsibility as not only for how her area functions, but also how the development of new processes from her team will help frontline Bank employees meet the needs of our clients.”

Nominees who demonstrated they made a notable impact within their bank and community were selected by an independent panel of judges.  The honorees were celebrated at the New Leaders Awards Ceremony at the Mohegan Sun on January 13.

Wendy began her banking career more than twenty years ago, starting as a teller with Fairfield County Bank in 2000. After learning the basics of banking, Wendy transferred to Deposit Operations and quickly became an integral part of the team. She was promoted to Assistant Deposit Operations Manager in 2016, and then again to Vice President and Manager of Deposit Operations in 2019, the roll she currently holds. 


]]> (Jillian Fernandez) Neighbors Fri, 21 Jan 2022 11:15:11 -0500
New Canaan Police Lieutenant James George Recognized for 54 Years of Service

In recognition of his 54 years of service, Lieutenant James George was presented with an official citation from the State of CT General Assembly at last night’s Police Commission meeting.
James was the first African American Police Sergeant at the New Canaan Police Department and he served in many roles during his tenure.
He was also presented with a shadow box containing patches, badges and several keepsakes from throughout his career. We continue to wish him health and happiness in his retirement and are thrilled to honor his accomplishments!
Visit New Canaan Police on Facebook here to view additional photos.
]]> (New Canaan Police) Public safety Thu, 20 Jan 2022 13:05:33 -0500
UPDATE: Town of New Canaan Continues Offering COVID Boosters and Testing

Due to technical difficulties with the SignUpGenius on some of the links sent out last night a new booster clinic link has been created. New link is below. The testing link remains the same so no need to re-sign up if you successfully signed up last night. We apologize for the issues and they are now corrected. 

 Due to continued demand for boosters our Health Department is planning another large booster vaccination clinic for Thursday, January 27th at Irwin House in Irwin Park (848 Weed Street).  When registering, please indicate in the comments portion of SignUpGenius your vaccination type(Moderna, Pfizer, or J&J) and please bring the required one page form completed along with your white vaccination cards to your booster appointment. Boosters are available to anyone aged 12 and over and it has been at least 5 months since second dose for those aged 12-17 and over. Those aged 12-15 are required to have a parent present in addition to the required forms. The registration link for the Thursday, January 27th booster clinic at Irwin Park is here

 Next week, we will continue a new weekly community PCR COVID-19 testing partnership with Progressive Diagnostics for residents who have traveled or otherwise wish to be tested. The Town partnership with Progressive Diagnostics will continue next week with PCR COVID-19 testing available (for New Canaan residents only) on Monday, January 24th , Wednesday, January 26th and Friday, January 28th from 7:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Irwin House in Irwin Park (848 Weed Street).  Pre-registration is required and you must bring your insurance card, and a photo ID to your test appointment. Your insurance will be billed a $100 lab fee by Progressive Diagnostics.  No walk-ins are permitted. Turnaround time for PCR test results is the same day as testing with a maximum of up to 24 hours and will be received via email in the lab portal, for which you will receive instructions on how to access at your test appointment.

 To register for PCR COVID-19 testing for next Monday, January 24th,  Wednesday, January 26th and Friday, January 28TH please click on the following SignUpGenius link here.

 You must complete a separate registration for each individual to be tested.  As a reminder, lab requires a separate email and registration for each individual being tested so if your child does not have an email address we suggest creating a free Gmail or similar free email account for your child’s registration.

]]> (Town of New Canaan) Neighbors Thu, 20 Jan 2022 11:31:33 -0500
The Domestic Herbal: Plants for the Home in the Seventeenth Century presented by author Margaret Willes

Recent times have seen a robust, renewed interest in gardening – from urban rooftops and plots to backyard orchards. These gardens are not solely for beauty, but for the practical and rewarding process of growing one’s own food and herbs.

New Canaan Library welcomes Margaret Willes, author and former publisher at The National Trust, to speak about the history of the home garden and her latest book, The Domestic Herbal: Plants for the Home in the Seventeenth Century. Ms. Willes will speak via Zoom from England on Tuesday, February 8 at 11 AM EST. Please register online at for sign in information.

In seventeenth century England, household gardens were commonplace and existed across the societal divides. These gardens were not merely ornamental; even the most elaborate and fashionable gardens had areas set aside for growing herbs, fruit, vegetables, and flowers for domestic use. Working class households considered a functional garden to be a vital tool for the survival of the house and family. Ms. Willes will speak about these topics and how this time period saw introductions of plants and herbs from overseas, which could be used for medicinal purposes and in more exotic recipes.

Margaret Willes is the former Publisher at The National Trust. Educated at Oxford University, she spent her career in book publishing before taking up writing full time. Her previous books include Reading Matters: Five Centuries of Discovering Books (Yale, 2008), The Making of the English Gardener and The Gardens of the British Working Class, as well as Pick of the Bunch: The Story of Twelve Treasured Flowers (Bodleian Library, 2009). She cultivates her own garden in East London.

]]> (KatherineBlance) Events Thu, 20 Jan 2022 10:57:55 -0500
Silvermine Arts Center New Members Exhibit

Silvermine Arts Center welcomes 22 new members to its Guild of Artists with the New Members Exhibition, presenting an expansive survey of contemporary works.

New art histories emerge each year with Silvermine’s New Members exhibition, adding to the lineage of Guild Artists from the past 100 years. This exhibition is an opportunity to showcase the Guilds new and emerging artists creating conversations in the art world. Collectively, their pieces create a body of work that is both collectable and accessible to both the experienced and the first time collector. The New Members Exhibition is on view at the Silvermine Galleries from Jan. 22 to Feb 25.

The Silvermine Guild welcomes the following new members in 2022:

Tom Atwood of Stamford, CT; Sarah Balcombe of Greenwich, CT; Christina Baril of Bradenton, FL; Eoin Burke of New Haven, CT; Cynthia Cooper of Farmington, CT; Julia Dixon of North Adams, MA; Jessica Dowling of Norwalk, CT; Almudena Fernandez Vicens of Riverside, CT; Katy Ferrarone of Waccabuc, NY; Michael Frechette of Philadelphia, PA; Carla Goldberg of Milford, CT; Mary Janacek of Fairfield, CT; Stephen Klema of Winstead, CT; Linda Kourkoulis of Larchmont, NY; Suzanne Levy of West Hartford, CT; Megan Marden of Danbury, CT; Tom Matt of Long Island City, NY; Barbara Shapiro of Scarsdale, NY; Jeremy Stenger, Barrington, RI; Keith Thomson of Mountain Brook, AL; Betty Vera of North Adams, MA; Brian Whelen of Wilton, CT; and Marc Zaref of Norwalk, CT.

]]> (Silvermine Galleries) Neighbors Thu, 20 Jan 2022 07:06:46 -0500
What is shingles? RVNAhealth discusses this painful and preventable condition

The pandemic has stolen many things from many people. Starting with lives and loved ones, and moving on to ceremonies, traditions, and rites of passage. Plus, infinite things in between.

For many, the pandemic has also put them behind health-wise, because who’s thinking about annual screenings and prevention when you’re not even comfortable leaving the house.

If you turned 50 in recent years, or in recent decades, and haven't gotten your Shingles vaccine yet, it's time to get moving. Shingles is painful, unappealing, and easily avoided.

“For many 50- and 60-year-olds, the specter of shingles is a vague and distant threat,” says John Apinis, RN, BSN, RVNAhealth’s Senior Director, Home Health. “Shingles sounds like something that will happen to someone else. But with statistics showing that 1 in 3 people over the age of 50 gets shingles, that ‘someone else’ may well be you. And shingles is something you don’t want to get.”

Shingles is a viral infection that causes an ‘angry, blistering” rash that can occur anywhere on your body. Very painful. Not pretty. Other symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, sensitivity to light, and just to put you over the edge, itchiness.

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you’ve had chickenpox, you are at risk for shingles. If you haven’t had chickenpox but are exposed to someone with chickenpox or shingles, regardless of your age, you will develop chickenpox first. 

Shingles can be intensely painful and can cause serious complications that last for a long time, including postherpetic neuralgia (or PHN, pain that continues long after the shingles blisters have cleared), vision loss, neurological problems, and skin infections.

The good news — finally! — is that Shingles is easily avoided by getting the two-dose vaccine, Shingrix, proven to be over 90% effective in preventing Shingles and the PHN that often accompanies it.

If you’re not already Shingles-vaccinated, it’s time to act. RVNAhealth offers the Shingrix vaccine at our Ridgefield location.
To make an appointment, or learn more, contact us at 203-438-5555 x1119 or


]]> (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA President & CEO) Life Thu, 20 Jan 2022 05:56:17 -0500