Newcanaan's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan Fri, 10 Jul 2020 06:11:01 -0400 HamletHub.com Tropical Storm Fay is on the Way https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/publicsafety/5420-tropical-storm-fay-is-on-the-way5420-tropical-storm-fay-is-on-the-way https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/publicsafety/5420-tropical-storm-fay-is-on-the-way5420-tropical-storm-fay-is-on-the-way

Friday, July 10th: Southern Connecticut, including most of Fairfield County, Northeast New Jersey, and southeast New York have all been issued a tropical storm warning for Friday evening. (Subject to change)

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT ALL DAY FRIDAY: The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a … 

  • Flash Flood Watch for Southern Connecticut, Northeast New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island.

  • From Friday morning through Friday evening.

  • Heavy rain showers and embedded thunderstorms are forecasted

Friday into Friday evening. A total of 1 to 3 inches of rainfall is forecast with locally higher amounts possible. Torrential rainfall within a short period of time will be possible and this could lead to flooding of low lying, urban and poor drainage areas. Some smaller streams and rivers could overflow.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

*Images courtesy of The National Weather Service and The Weather Channel

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zuzuhecht23@gmail.com (HH) Public safety Thu, 09 Jul 2020 23:32:13 -0400
Changes in New Canaan Human Services and Lapham Center Enhance Senior Services https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/5419-changes-in-new-canaan-human-services-and-lapham-center-enhance-senior-services5419-changes-in-new-canaan-human-services-and-lapham-center-enhance-senior-services https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/life/5419-changes-in-new-canaan-human-services-and-lapham-center-enhance-senior-services5419-changes-in-new-canaan-human-services-and-lapham-center-enhance-senior-services

As of July 1st, Bethany Zaro became our Director of Human Services having served as Interim Director since December 2019.  A registered nurse with a master’s degree in public health, Bethany started working for the town in 2008 as a part-time public health nurse and became senior outreach worker in 2015.  Noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges for Human Services, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan commented that “Bethany has done a terrific job in a very difficult time.”

Also as of July 1st, Human Services welcomed a new Senior Outreach Worker, Marcella (“Marcy”) Rand.  With a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, Marcy will be working primarily with the adult and senior populations and will act as a liaison to Lapham Community Center to coordinate services. Marcy previously was employed as a Program Specialist at the Mather Center Home of Senior Programs in Darien since 2011.

With the retirement of Lyn Bond as Director of Lapham Community Center at June 30, Aggie Aspinwall has become Interim Director, having served as Lapham Center Program Manager.  Aggie has held several positions with the town since she began her employment in 2002 and has been at Lapham Community Center for nine years.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been busy keeping programs going using Zoom and staying in touch with residents. 

Cheryl Jones, Director of Human Resources commented, “These three staff developments are coming at a good time.  COVID-19 has shown us that it is critical to have coordination across departments to ensure that the needs of our residents are met.”

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kerry@ducey.org (Town of New Canaan) Life Thu, 09 Jul 2020 12:42:58 -0400
Lamont Reinstates Small Town Grant Program to Support Local Capital Improvement Projects https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/5418-lamont-reinstates-small-town-grant-program-to-support-local-capital-improvement-projects5418-lamont-reinstates-small-town-grant-program-to-support-local-capital-improvement-projects https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/5418-lamont-reinstates-small-town-grant-program-to-support-local-capital-improvement-projects5418-lamont-reinstates-small-town-grant-program-to-support-local-capital-improvement-projects

In an effort to support Connecticut’s municipalities while implementing projects that will give a boost to the economy and help in their response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is reinstating the Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) – a state initiative that funds infrastructure improvement projects for towns that are otherwise ineligible to receive urban action bonds. To accomplish this, the governor is opening a new round of grants totaling $15 million. The program has not been active since 2016, and Governor Lamont said that restoring it will provide much needed support to towns during a period of fiscal insecurity caused by the pandemic.

The governor is also implementing a special COVID-19 provision in this round that will support towns with expenditures related to their response to the pandemic, including for new construction, expansion, renovation, or replacement for existing facilities.

“Our small towns have been hit hard by COVID-19 and are in need of our help to fund these projects,” Governor Lamont said. “Simply put, some of our small towns need to modernize their infrastructure so that we can support efforts to grow the economy but lack the property tax base they need to fully fund these projects on their own. The state can and should do what we can to help with these costs, as these small towns drive tourism, honor our deep and celebrated history, and provide us with family-friendly getaways that are part of the New England experience.”

The governor is able to provide support for the program through the authorization of bonding in Public Act 20-1, in combination with other existing authorizations. The program is coordinated by the Office of Policy and Management, and grants are administered by the appropriate state agencies depending on the specific project involved.

Under state law, STEAP grants can only be used for capital projects. A project is considered to be a capital project if it is new construction, expansion, renovation, or replacement for an existing facility or facilities.

Project costs can include the cost of land, design, engineering, architectural planning, and contract services needed to complete the project. Towns selected for an award will be required to execute a contract with the state agency assigned to administer their grant before they incur any project-related expenditures. Expenditures incurred prior to the execution of a contract will not be eligible for reimbursement.

The application period for this round will begin on July 13 and towns must apply by August 14. Recipient projects are expected to be announced in mid-September. Application materials will be published within the next several days on the Office of Policy and Management’s STEAP website, as well as the Department of Administrative Services’ BizNet Contracting Portal. The materials will include a list of eligible towns.

For more information about STEAP grants, click here.

For a list of every STEAP grant awarded since 2005, click here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Thu, 09 Jul 2020 12:15:43 -0400
Sparklicious Makes Summer Sensational for Kids with Sparkle Club Home Delivery! https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5399-sparklicious-makes-summer-sensational-for-kids-with-sparkle-club-home-delivery5399-sparklicious-makes-summer-sensational-for-kids-with-sparkle-club-home-delivery https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/places/5399-sparklicious-makes-summer-sensational-for-kids-with-sparkle-club-home-delivery5399-sparklicious-makes-summer-sensational-for-kids-with-sparkle-club-home-delivery

Make it a Sparkle Club summer!

The award-winning company Sparklicious has just announced some dazzling news! "We are bringing our 5-star experience directly into your home! Virtually experience our famous Sparkle Club this summer," says Sparklicious owner, Kristin McGuinness.

Sparklicious will now deliver their one of a kind Sparkle Club, a bounty of crafts and creative fun, directly to your home! McGuinness explains, "We will provide step by step instruction and all supplies with a burst of SPARKLE FUN!

Sign up by July 10th and your supplies will be delivered in time for Sparklicious online classes which kick off on July 20. Choose from 3 or 5 classes designed for 3-7 year olds and 8-12 year olds.

"We will keep children engaged while painting, making slime, creating jewelry, cookie decorating, and more! Sparklicious even offers pre-teen tips and tricks. "Our Sparkle Club classes always deliver the message of positivity and kindness because kindness makes you sparkle," says McGuinness.

Want to keep the kiddos happy and creative all summer long? Sign up to have Sparkle Club delivered directly to your child on a monthly basis.

"We can’t wait to sparkle with you!" says McGuinness.

Visit www.sparklicious.com for information on Sparkle Club, online classes, to sign up for the virtual camp week or to join the Sparklicious monthly subscription plan.

You are also welcome to email hello@sparklicious.com with any questions.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Thu, 09 Jul 2020 06:13:00 -0400
New Canaan Library: Lawn Maintenance During Drought with CT Agricultural Experiment Station https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5413-new-canaan-library-lawn-maintenance-during-drought-with-the-ct-agricultural-experiment-station5413-new-canaan-library-lawn-maintenance-during-drought-with-the-ct-agricultural-experiment-station https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5413-new-canaan-library-lawn-maintenance-during-drought-with-the-ct-agricultural-experiment-station5413-new-canaan-library-lawn-maintenance-during-drought-with-the-ct-agricultural-experiment-station

On Friday, July 10 at 11 AM, Gary Bugbee, scientist at Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, will present a webinar on the natural, low maintenance ways to keep your lawn healthy during dry times. Please register at newcanaanlibrary.org to obtain Zoom sign in information.

Lawns are not only aesthetically pleasing but perform important ecological functions, such as filtering rainwater, converting carbon dioxide to oxygen, and preventing soil erosion. With the right natural conditions Connecticut lawns normally thrive. But, summertime dry spells place stress on lawns, and water use restrictions means less watering by the homeowner. Typically, lawns require 1 – 2 inches of water per week during hot weather, and that equates to a great deal of water: over 50,000 gallons per acre! What happens during a drought? With less water, an otherwise healthy lawn can survive. It naturally turns brown, goes dormant, and greens up when wet weather returns. This is the best way keep your lawn and conserve valuable water.

Greg Bugbee is an associate scientist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. He directs the soil testing laboratory and is responsible for answering public inquiries regarding soil fertility and turf management. With a degree in turf management from the University of Connecticut and over four decades of experience, Greg has supervised nearly a quarter million soil tests and solved some of the State’s most perplexing soil and turf problems. He has authored numerous professional and trade publications and given hundreds of talks. In addition to this work, he is principal investigator in the Station’s Invasive Aquatic Plant Program which studies ways to mitigate non-native vegetation that threatens our lakes, ponds, and rivers.

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kblance@newcanaanlibrary.org (KatherineBlance) Events Thu, 09 Jul 2020 06:02:15 -0400
ArtScapades at New Canaan Library Continues The Road to Modern Art Series on July 13 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5414-artscapades-at-new-canaan-library-continues-the-road-to-modern-art-series-with-the-talk-fauvism-and-beyond5414-artscapades-at-new-canaan-library-continues-the-road-to-modern-art-series-with-the-talk-fauvism-and-beyond https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5414-artscapades-at-new-canaan-library-continues-the-road-to-modern-art-series-with-the-talk-fauvism-and-beyond5414-artscapades-at-new-canaan-library-continues-the-road-to-modern-art-series-with-the-talk-fauvism-and-beyond

ArtScapades at New Canaan Library continues the 2019-2020 series, “The Road to Modern Art”, on Monday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m. via live webinar. Please register at newcanaanlibrary.org for Zoom sign in information.

The series continues with “Fauvism and Beyond: From Color to Form,” which will explore the beginnings of Modern Art, starting with two artists – Henri Matisse and André Derain - who explored a new freedom and level of spontaneity in painting. This new style was characterized by vibrant color and expressive brushstrokes, defining the influential avant-garde art movement. The presentation will examine approximately a dozen works per artist, including iconic works and those that illustrate significant trends and events in their lives and careers.

Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman of ArtScapades began teaching art appreciation in 1998. They have presented at libraries and museums in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Florida, and are returning for their twelfth season at New Canaan Library.

 

 

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kblance@newcanaanlibrary.org (KatherineBlance) Events Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:56:03 -0400
Lamont Signs Order for Absentee Balloting https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/5417-lamont-signs-order-for-absentee-balloting5417-lamont-signs-order-for-absentee-balloting https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/politics/5417-lamont-signs-order-for-absentee-balloting5417-lamont-signs-order-for-absentee-balloting

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Ned Lamont signed an executive order allowing all registered voters in Connecticut to vote absentee in the August 11, 2020 primary. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill mailed every registered Democrat and Republican in the state an application that they will need to fill out and return in order to obtain an absentee ballot.

That application, which will be sent via U.S. Postal Service, will include a postage paid return envelope. Beginning July 21, 2020, all voters who requested an absentee ballot will receive the ballots in the mail, which will also include a postage paid return envelope. New Fairfield will also have a secure ballot drop box, located in front of Town Hall, to allow voters to deliver their absentee ballots in person without close personal contact.

For those who would still like to appear in person to cast their vote, our polling locations will remain open, however, the ability to vote absentee will ensure that the democratic process continues safely and securely

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Town of New Fairfield) Politics Wed, 08 Jul 2020 07:09:57 -0400
New Canaan COVID Update: New Cases, Phase 3 Reopening on Hold, 110 of 3200 New Canaanites Tested have Antibodies https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5412-new-canaan-covid-update-new-cases-phase-3-reopening-on-hold-110-of-3200-new-canaanites-tested-have-antibodies5412-new-canaan-covid-update-new-cases-phase-3-reopening-on-hold-110-of-3200-new-canaanites-tested-have-antibodies https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5412-new-canaan-covid-update-new-cases-phase-3-reopening-on-hold-110-of-3200-new-canaanites-tested-have-antibodies5412-new-canaan-covid-update-new-cases-phase-3-reopening-on-hold-110-of-3200-new-canaanites-tested-have-antibodies

This evening, New Canaan First Selectman Kevin Moynihan provided a community COVID update. Please read the important information below.
Consistent with our messaging over the past two weeks, while the first wave of the novel coronavirus appears to be behind us the virus is still very present in New Canaan. 
 
These past four weeks, we have added 4 new confirmed positive cases and 5 more positive or presumed positive cases through our Community Testing of 3,197 residents and town employees for a cumulative total of 225 through July 2nd. The total number of residents that have succumbed to COVID has remained at 35 since mid-May.
 
On Monday morning, the CT Health Department reported 5 more positive cases for the 3-day holiday weekend reporting period for New Canaan residents who were tested during the prior week, bringing our total cumulative cases to 230. It is important to note that 6 out of the 10 newest cases were individuals 25 and under and mostly linked to travel or returning from travel from hot spot states and regrettably not self-quarantining nor donning of masks around relatives and others.
 
 All 10 cases are under the age of 60 with one family of 4 having been infected by a non-resident teenager. None of the new cases were associated with the YMCA Day Care employee who is a resident of Stamford although we counted the employee in our total count of 230 positive cases to date. Due to delayed reporting from the State, we kindly ask that if you have tested positive for COVID-19 please notify our Director of Health to expedite our local contact tracing process.
 
Governor Lamont’s announcement yesterday indicated that Phase 3 re-opening would be postponed indefinitely and pointed to the rising numbers of Covid cases in high risks states where travel to/from now require self-quarantine for 14 days upon returning to CT. The Governor noted that hospitalizations and deaths in CT continue to decline.
 
Our recent rise in local cases due to travel and lack of self-quarantining shows the importance of personal responsibility in containing the spread of the virus in CT and New Canaan. It is essential that we all remain vigilant in wearing masks indoors in public spaces, social distancing when in crowded areas outdoors, and frequent washing or sanitizing of hands to minimize the further risk of transmission of the virus.

The very surprising results of our Community Testing program with only 110 out of almost 3200 tested having antibodies shows that New Canaanites have stayed protected since March by our residents generally practicing personal responsibility. This also shows that we lack herd immunity in the community and thus need to continue to practice social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands. These actions help protect others and our most vulnerable populations.

There is information on the Town’s website at newcanaan.info about area testing locations if you develop Covid-type symptoms. Please contact your primary care provider to consult and obtain a prescription to be tested if necessary.

 
 
 
July 7, 2020 - First Selectman Kevin Moynihan with a Coronavirus update.
 
Good evening. It is 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 7, and this is First Selectman Kevin Moynihan with a coronavirus update.
 
Consistent with our messaging over the past two weeks, while the first wave of the novel coronavirus appears to be behind us the virus is still very present in New Canaan. 
 
These past four weeks, we have added 4 new confirmed positive cases and 5 more positive or presumed positive cases through our Community Testing of 3,197 residents and town employees for a cumulative total of 225 through July 2nd. The total number of residents that have succumbed to COVID has remained at 35 since mid-May.
 
On Monday morning, the CT Health Department reported 5 more positive cases for the 3-day holiday weekend reporting period for New Canaan residents who had tested during the prior week, bringing our total cumulative cases to 230. It is important to note that 6 out of the 10 newest cases were individuals 25 and under and mostly linked to travel or returning from travel from hot spot states and regrettably not self-quarantining nor donning of masks around relatives and others. All 10 cases are under the age of 60 with one family of 4 having been infected by a non-resident teenager. None of the new cases were associated with the YMCA Day Care employee who is a resident of Stamford although we counted the employee in our total count of 230 positive cases to date. Due to delayed reporting from the State, we kindly ask that if you have tested positive for COVID-19 please notify our Director of Health to expedite our local contact tracing process.
 
Governor Lamont’s announcement yesterday indicated that Phase 3 re-opening would be postponed indefinitely and pointed to the rising numbers of Covid cases in high risks states where travel to/from now require self-quarantine for 14 days upon returning to CT. The Governor noted that hospitalizations and deaths in CT continue to decline.
 
Our recent rise in local cases due to travel and lack of self-quarantining shows the importance of personal responsibility in containing the spread of the virus in CT and New Canaan. It is essential that we all remain vigilant in wearing masks indoors in public spaces, social distancing when in crowded areas outdoors, and frequent washing or sanitizing of hands to minimize the further risk of transmission of the virus.
 
The very surprising results of our Community Testing program with only 110 out of almost 3200 tested having antibodies shows that New Canaanites have stayed protected since March by our residents generally practicing personal responsibility. This also shows that we lack herd immunity in the community and thus need to continue to practice social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands. These actions help protect others and our most vulnerable populations.
 
There is information on the Town’s website at newcanaan.info about area testing locations if you develop Covid-type symptoms. Please contact your primary care provider to consult and obtain a prescription to be tested if necessary.
 
Stay safe, New Canaan.
 
Kevin J. Moynihan
First Selectman
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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 07 Jul 2020 15:08:56 -0400
Strawberry Fields Forever: Your Guide to Berry Picking in CT, Summer 2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5411-strawberry-fields-forever-your-guide-to-berry-picking-in-ct-summer-20205411-strawberry-fields-forever-your-guide-to-berry-picking-in-ct-summer-2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5411-strawberry-fields-forever-your-guide-to-berry-picking-in-ct-summer-20205411-strawberry-fields-forever-your-guide-to-berry-picking-in-ct-summer-2020

Are you looking for a fun summer activity that is also safe for your family during the pandemic? Try berry picking! It is a great outdoor activity where families can remain socially distanced from one another while also getting to pick their very own sweet treats. Connecticut has many farms open and ready to welcome your family for a fun day of berry picking. See below for descriptions of some farms in the area including their hours of operation, products, COVID-19 protocols, and additional information. 

Recently, the van der Beek family enjoyed a fun-filled day of berry picking at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT (see below). Mirelle van der Beek shared that her children ate most of the berries before the days end! She also shared that the farm was extremely well-equipped to safely serve the numerous families that visited that day. The farm enforced social distancing and mask-wearing while waiting in line but allowed masks to be taken in the fields while families were completely separated from one another in the fields. The van der Beek children picked three full baskets of strawberries and shared that “it was fantastic!” 

Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm located in Sharon, CT and is open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. For the Summer 2020 season, you can expect …

  • Strawberries from mid-June to early July

  • Cherries, weather permitting, from late June to mid-July

  • Raspberries from early July to mid-August

  • Plums for the entire month of July

  • Blueberries from early July to early September 

  • Peaches from mid-July to mid-August

Please visit Ellsworth’s website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, schedule updates, recipes, directions, and a brief history of the property. 

Evergreen Berry Farm located in Watertown, CT expects its Summer 2020 Harvest to begin July 7th (today!). Masks will be required at the Weigh Station and social distancing is required in the fields. The season is starting off with blueberries from July to August. Black raspberries will be available from early to mid-July and red raspberries in early July and early September. The farm will be open from 8 AM to 8 PM every day starting July 7th to early August, however, please check their website as hours are subject to change. Visit Evergreen Berry Farm’s website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, directions, recipes, the history of the farm, and much more!

Jones Family Farm in Shelton, CT is home to berry fields, a winery, and The Harvest Kitchen studio. The farm offers strawberries and blueberries during the summer months, pumpkins in the fall, and Christmas trees come winter. In concern with COVID-19, the farm requires masks while waiting in lines, social distancing, and also requires online reservations. Visit the Jone’s Family Farm website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, recipes, directions, schedule updates, and the history of the farm.

Litchfield Hill Blueberry Farm located in Plymouth, CT opens tomorrow, July 8th, at 8:00 AM for the 2020 Season. Masks will be mandatory under the Pavilion. Their weekly hours are as follows: Tuesday - Friday: 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 9 am to 4 pm, and they are closed on Mondays. The farm is open rain or shine with the exception of thunderstorms. Please visit the Litchfield Farm website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, COVID-19 protocols, directions, recipes, and more!

Silverman’s Farm located in Easton, CT is open for the blueberry and raspberry season. Peaches are expected to be ready mid-July. This farm also is home to some furry friends whom you can visit at their animal farm (following their updated guidelines in concern with COVID-19). The farm is open 7 days a week. The market is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Animal Farm is 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (restrictions apply please visit our Animal Farm page for more information). Raspberry picking is available from 9 AM - 4 PM. Blueberry picking is open from 9 AM-5 PM. As always, please call ahead of time for updates and visit the website for additional information, recipes, rules, and much more.

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zuzuhecht23@gmail.com (Sara Hecht) Neighbors Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:47:18 -0400
Christine O’Leary & Friends Headline Virtually LIVE! Comedy Show July 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5415-christine-o-leary-friends-headline-virtually-live-comedy-show-july-225415-christine-o-leary-friends-headline-virtually-live-comedy-show-july-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5415-christine-o-leary-friends-headline-virtually-live-comedy-show-july-225415-christine-o-leary-friends-headline-virtually-live-comedy-show-july-22

Christine O’Leary has always been funny. But, it wasn’t until she won a stand-up contest in Maine that she quit her day job to pursue a career in comedy. O’Leary is now an award-winning stand-up comedian, professional host, corporate consultant, and coach to budding adult and teen comics and improv enthusiasts enrolled in her classes at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Her advanced stand up students will take center stage — via Zoom — at Christine O’Leary & Friends: Virtually LIVE! on Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30. O’Leary will host from the Ridgefield Playhouse, while her team delivers stellar sets from home, to allow for a large capacity online audience.

Tickets are on sale now ($20 each) and can be purchased via the phone (203) 438-5795 or online: here

Ticket purchasers will be e-mailed a Zoom show link and given instructions the day of the show. At check out, attendees also have the opportunity to donate to The Leir Foundation Arts for Everyone program, which helps make performing arts shows at the Ridgefield Playhouse and elsewhere available to economically disadvantaged area residents.

O’Leary has taught over 50 sold-out comedy classes (182 graduates) at her post at the Playhouse, with many repeat students, who take an 8-week program to develop a tight, economized, 5-minute set -- the first increment of time given to new stand ups at comedy clubs. The students bring weekly material to “Rip and Read” in class to determine winning content, then video conference one-on-one with O’Leary to finalize their material and hone their set. After two months, they’re ready for an audience. This semester, Christine made what she calls a “pandemic pivot,” and continued classes for nearly 3 months past the original schedule. Knowing the Zoom sessions provided connection for her “tribe”during an uncertain time, Christine was determined to check in with students — not only about comedy — but also about their well-being, as they collectively quarantined. Following the new stand up model, she ’s adapted and created Virtually LIVE! to deliver her team’s signature entertainment to a more inclusive virtual audience; fans can universally enjoy comedy from their couches. A true win-win.

“Comedy is a way to tell the truth, solve a problem and sell the material with a feeling. I love and live to share with people the greatest ‘high’ and joy I know -- standing up and getting paid in laughs! Anyone can do this; there’s enough for everyone. For me, stand up is liberation and freedom. You can ‘up your game’ in life whether you’re a parent or a podiatrist,” said O’Leary, Founder, Team Green Light Comedy.

“You’ll never see anything like it...they’ll be born as comics before your eyes,” O’Leary added.

O’Leary’s stand up class has been a staple at The Ridgefield Playhouse since 2013. The July 22 lineup includes comedians: Eileen Fickes, Dimitri Giatrakis, Laura Isler, Laurie Newkirk, Judy Eckert, Frankie Fuhrman, Stefanie Rosenberg, Jerry Kuyper, Michael Mast, Micky Pasquarella, Bill Green, Laura Von Stein, Barbara Miller, Lee Scharfstein, and Aline Weiller. They include sales people, writers, designers, electrical engineers, creative marketers, insurance brokers, social workers, actors, teachers, activists, and non-profit mavens, among others. The exciting evening will feature surprise visits by celebrities and a door prize to complement the timely Zoom format.

Christine O’Leary has worked with headlining comedians to include Gilbert Gottfried, Joy Behar, Chevy Chase, Sinbad, Tracey Morgan, Robert Klein, Margaret Cho, and Janeane Garofalo. She takes her Team Green Light Comedy comrades to area shows and also hosts and performs at companies, colleges, and charitable, club and pride events nearby and nationally. Christine recently appeared on the Bravo Network pilot, Camp Getaway in April. She can be contacted via christine@christineoleary.com and on all social media platforms.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not for profit 501 (c) (3) whose mission is to present a variety of performing arts to the community and the surrounding area that they can enjoy and experience at a varied price point. The Playhouse presents national and local acts and is the cultural hub for the town of Ridgefield.

For details regarding Christine O’Leary & Friends: Virtually LIVE! tickets and comedy classes, visit www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Tickets are on sale now ($20 each) and can be purchased via the phone (203) 438-5795 or online: here

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kerry@ducey.org (Aline Weiller) Events Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:32:26 -0400
ACT Announces New Episode of Story Time: The Undefeated Read by Broadway's Jordan Dobson https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5416-act-announces-new-episode-of-story-time-the-undefeated-read-by-broadway-s-jordan-dobson5416-act-announces-new-episode-of-story-time-the-undefeated-read-by-broadway-s-jordan-dobson https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5416-act-announces-new-episode-of-story-time-the-undefeated-read-by-broadway-s-jordan-dobson5416-act-announces-new-episode-of-story-time-the-undefeated-read-by-broadway-s-jordan-dobson

STORY TIME, Episode 11: The Undefeated

It's a new episode of STORY TIME! This week’s reader is Jordan Dobson who starred in our 2019 production of Austen’s Pride! We love partnering with our friends at Books on the Common for a new episode each and every week!

Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more.

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kerry@ducey.org (ACT of CT) Neighbors Tue, 07 Jul 2020 07:53:25 -0400
New Canaan Library Webinar with Dr. Larry Leibowitz: Is Telehealth Here to Stay? https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5410-is-telehealth-here-to-stay-is-topic-of-live-webinar-hosted-by-new-canaan-library5410-is-telehealth-here-to-stay-is-topic-of-live-webinar-hosted-by-new-canaan-library https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5410-is-telehealth-here-to-stay-is-topic-of-live-webinar-hosted-by-new-canaan-library5410-is-telehealth-here-to-stay-is-topic-of-live-webinar-hosted-by-new-canaan-library

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way physicians are seeing healthy patients these days. New Canaan Library is pleased to present a live webinar by Dr. Larry Leibowitz, joined by Michael Turpin, Executive Vice President at USI Insurance Services, who will explore the topic and seek to answer the question of whether telehealth is here to stay. The webinar is presented on Tuesday, July 14th at 6:30pm EST.

Dr. Leibowitz will craft his presentation around attendees’ questions; he encourages the submission of questions prior to the event through the listing on the Library’s calendar, https://newcanaanlibrary.org/calendar/month/2020-07/. Zoom sign in information is provided upon registration.

Through the power of technology, most routine medical appointments can be carried out without setting foot in a medical office. And, when an in-person visit is required, medical offices are taking new, necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. Dr. Leibowitz will discuss how he structures telehealth visits and the effectiveness of telehealth in comparison to in-person visits.

Practicing since 1999, Larry Leibowitz, MD is board-certified in family medicine and serves as the Director of Health for the town of Redding. He launched his concierge practice, Matrix

Personalized Medicine, in 2017. He has been recognized as a 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020 Castle Connolly Top Doc in Fairfield County. Prior to launching Matrix, he was the Medical Site Director of Stamford Health Medical Group in New Canaan. He continues to serve as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College, a position he has held since 2009. In 2015, he completed an Integrative Medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona, acknowledged as the leading integrative medical education program in the world.

Michael Turpin, Executive Vice President, USI Insurance Services, brings over 35 years of experience in benefits and business insurance brokerage and consulting. Mike started his career with the brokerage firm Marsh & McLennan and served in various management national roles. In 2005, he joined United Healthcare (UHC )as President of Key Accounts for the U.S. and was promoted to CEO of the Northeast region, UHC’s largest retail business with over $8B in medical spend.

In 2008, Mike came to USI as a corporate EVP responsible for the U.S. benefits strategy, operating structure, people and processes. He is a published author of three novels, contributing columnist for national industry and healthcare blogs and periodicals, frequent speaker to employer and investor groups and a pundit opining on issues relating to health care market reform, employee benefits, and business insurance issues.

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kblance@newcanaanlibrary.org (KatherineBlance) Events Tue, 07 Jul 2020 05:50:39 -0400
New Canaan Police Report Theft of Bicycle from Home https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/publicsafety/5409-new-canaan-police-report-theft-of-bicycle-from-home5409-new-canaan-police-report-theft-of-bicycle-from-home https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/publicsafety/5409-new-canaan-police-report-theft-of-bicycle-from-home5409-new-canaan-police-report-theft-of-bicycle-from-home

New Canaan Police have released video surveillance from larceny of a bicycle from a home on Fieldcrest Road. Police say the incident occurred on July 2 at approximately 9:37 pm.

Police are requesting that anyone with information about this incident or might be able to help identify the suspect contact Officer Ceci at 203-594-4111 ext. 3561.

"Secure your vehicles and lock up your bicycles," New Canaan Police say.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Public safety Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:16:52 -0400
GPC and Ethan Allen Prep Athletes Complete Week 1 of Summer Achieve Program, Play at Salem Country Club, GPC National https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5408-gpc-and-ethan-allen-prep-athletes-complete-week-1-of-summer-achieve-program-play-at-salem-country-club-gpc-national5408-gpc-and-ethan-allen-prep-athletes-complete-week-1-of-summer-achieve-program-play-at-salem-country-club-gpc-national https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/neighbors/5408-gpc-and-ethan-allen-prep-athletes-complete-week-1-of-summer-achieve-program-play-at-salem-country-club-gpc-national5408-gpc-and-ethan-allen-prep-athletes-complete-week-1-of-summer-achieve-program-play-at-salem-country-club-gpc-national

The Golf Performance Center and Ethan Allen Prep Kick off Summer Session #1

The first week of The Golf Performance Center’s Summer Achieve program is now complete!  The athletes have been training at GPC, playing GPC National, playing rounds at Salem Country Club and enjoying meals, recreational time and enrichment at Ethan Allen Prep (EAP) and Main Campus.  This year, new guidelines have been put in place to strictly adhere to the CT State guidelines relative to COVID-19 safety protocols.

The Ethan Allen Prep team has led dynamic enrichment exercises designed to get the athletes thinking about who they are as humans and their goals as student-athletes.  The collective mood of each of the groups is very positive as they are fully engaged in golf, enrichment, and recreational activities.  The food, provided by Raffaelle Gallo of the renowned Gallo Restaurant in Ridgefield, has been excellent and the athletes cannot get enough of it. The program is off to a great start illustrating that if you provide a balance of hard work and fun in a positive environment, kids will thrive. 

Next week, athletes ages 14+ will have the opportunity to participate in SAT prep, college essay and resume writing workshops led by Ethan Allen Prep faculty.

Session 1 is full but limited space is still available in session 2 of GPC’s Summer Achieve program, beginning on July 27.

For more information, visit www.thegolfperformancecenter.com/summerachieve

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kerry@ducey.org (GPC) Neighbors Mon, 06 Jul 2020 11:28:32 -0400
Genealogy with Toni McKeen at New Canaan Library: Getting to Know an Ancestor in Depth https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5407-genealogy-with-toni-mckeen-at-new-canaan-library-getting-to-know-an-ancestor-in-depth5407-genealogy-with-toni-mckeen-at-new-canaan-library-getting-to-know-an-ancestor-in-depth https://news.hamlethub.com/newcanaan/events/5407-genealogy-with-toni-mckeen-at-new-canaan-library-getting-to-know-an-ancestor-in-depth5407-genealogy-with-toni-mckeen-at-new-canaan-library-getting-to-know-an-ancestor-in-depth

Genealogist Toni McKeen, a frequent presenter at New Canaan Library, will deliver the live Zoom lecture, “Putting Flesh on the Bones of Your Ancestor,” on Wednesday, July 8 at 10 AM EST. Please register for this program online at newcanaanlibrary.org, Zoom information will be provided upon registration.

When doing genealogical research, it’s important to get a broad idea of family connections, but it can be very satisfying to get to know one ancestor in depth. Join genealogy expert Toni McKeen as she demonstrates how to do so in her lecture “Putting Flesh on the Bones of Your Ancestor.”  Toni will explain how to break down the process into small steps, using childhood, military, career and marriage information, family photos, and a timeline. She will then demonstrate how to format computer research into printable pages, enabling one to create a wonderful book for future generations to treasure.

Toni McKeen is a member of several genealogical organizations, has been teaching for the last 14 years, and was recently Chairman of the Genealogy Club of Newtown. She has been doing genealogy research on her own extensive Italian family, her husband’s Irish family and son in law’s German family for the last 30 years. She now has more than 9,600 of her closest family members entered in her Family Tree Maker program.

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kblance@newcanaanlibrary.org (KatherineBlance) Events Mon, 06 Jul 2020 10:40:54 -0400