Newfairfield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield Sun, 28 Feb 2021 23:09:39 -0500 HamletHub.com Green Chimneys Students are 'Learning and Growing' https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49110-green-chimneys-students-are-learning-and-growing49110-green-chimneys-students-are-learning-and-growing https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49110-green-chimneys-students-are-learning-and-growing49110-green-chimneys-students-are-learning-and-growing

Despite the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, Green Chimneys School students are showing a range of ways they are learning and growing. During the last quarter, over 115 of our students made the honor roll or high honor roll. That's more than half of the student body! And while we have many children with special needs who have excelled at academics, most students have worked hard to adapt to new situations, practice communication skills and enhance coping skills.

Recognizing small and large accomplishments is woven into the fabric of Green Chimneys, and staff strive to help students improve confidence by helping them experience success in building relationships, embracing patience, and partnering with animals and nature to accomplish new tasks. The month's influx of snow and ice added to schedule disruptions for students and complications for staff, but the care of our children and animals knows no interruption.


 

Green Chimneys is a multi-faceted nonprofit organization helping young people to maximize their full potential by providing residential, educational, clinical and recreational services, in a safe and supportive environment that nurtures connections with their families, the community, animals and nature.

 

Founded in 1947 and headquartered on a farm and wildlife center in Brewster, NY, with a second campus in Carmel, NY, Green Chimneys is recognized as a worldwide leader in animal-assisted therapy and educational activities for children with special needs. Green Chimneys services include an accredited special education school on two campuses; residential treatment center; nature-based therapeutic programs; community-based support for youth and families; and public education and recreation opportunities for all ages.

 

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Green Chimneys) Life Fri, 26 Feb 2021 06:52:27 -0500
Free electronic filing options for military members and their families https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49102-free-electronic-filing-options-for-military-members-and-their-families49102-free-electronic-filing-options-for-military-members-and-their-families https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49102-free-electronic-filing-options-for-military-members-and-their-families49102-free-electronic-filing-options-for-military-members-and-their-families

Active duty military personnel have multiple options for free federal tax preparation. One is IRS Free File. This program offers online tax preparation, electronic filing and direct deposit of refunds, at no cost.

Members of military and their families who have income below $72,000 may choose from any of the Free File tax software companies to help them prepare their tax returns online.

Free File Fillable Forms is available for those who have income above $72,000. Taxpayers who choose Free File Fillable Forms as their Free File option should be comfortable completing their own tax forms without the help of tax preparation software.

Taxpayers can use Free File on any personal computer, tablet or smartphone. Here's how it works:

  • The taxpayer goes to the Free File page on IRS.gov to see all Free File options. Some products are available in Spanish.
  • Military personnel who meet the income requirement can select from any of the providers that have "Free for Active Military for Adjusted Gross Income of $72,000 or less in their offer.
  • The taxpayer selects a provider and follows the links to their web page to complete and electronically file their tax return.

Electronic filing, including Free File is the best way to avoid pandemic-related paper delays. E-filing combined with direct deposit is the fastest way to get a refund.

Using Free File can help taxpayers figuring things like their earned income tax creditchild and dependent care credit and recovery rebate credit. If someone is eligible for a recovery rebate credit – and either didn't receive Economic Impact Payments or received less than the full amounts – they must file a 2020 tax return to claim the credit even if they don't usually file.

Taxpayers using Free File will need their prior-year adjusted gross income. This is required for all electronic tax returns as part of the user's electronic signature. For taxpayers who have filed before, their 2019 tax return will show their adjusted gross income. If their 2019 return has not yet been processed, they may enter zero as their prior-year adjusted gross income. People who used the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool last year to register for an Economic Impact Payment, should enter $1 as their prior year AGI. People can visit IRS.gov for details on, claiming the recovery rebate credit if they aren’t required to file a tax return.

Miltax is another free tax resource available for the military community, offered through the Department of Defense. MilTax is a suite of tax services available for members of the military, as well as qualifying veterans and family members. There are no income limits. MilTax includes tax preparation and electronic filing software, personalized support from tax consultants and current information about filing taxes. It’s designed to address the realities of military life – including deployments, combat and training pay, housing and rentals and multi-state filings. Eligible taxpayers can use MilTax to electronically file a federal tax return and up to three state returns for free.

Active duty military stationed in combat zones have more time to file their tax returns. However, those with spouses and families may choose to file as soon as they can to claim various tax benefits for which they may be eligible. If only one spouse is present to file a joint return, they must have proper authorization to file a joint tax return on behalf of their spouse The IRS website has more tax information for members of the military.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Internal Revenue Service) Life Fri, 26 Feb 2021 06:03:25 -0500
Governor Applauds Approval of Legislation on Tax Fairness During the COVID-19 Pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49105-governor-applauds-approval-of-legislation-on-tax-fairness-during-the-covid-19-pandemic49105-governor-applauds-approval-of-legislation-on-tax-fairness-during-the-covid-19-pandemic https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49105-governor-applauds-approval-of-legislation-on-tax-fairness-during-the-covid-19-pandemic49105-governor-applauds-approval-of-legislation-on-tax-fairness-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

Governor Ned Lamont is applauding the Connecticut House of Representatives for approving legislation today regarding issues of tax fairness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Connecticut House of Representatives passing House Bill 6516 is a great step forward toward tax fairness in our state,” Governor Lamont said. “Thousands of residents had to suddenly begin working remotely out of necessity, telecommuting for their personal safety and that of their loved ones, and they should be protected against paying a penny in extra taxes last year as a result. Changes to our PILOT program will help lift up our cities, the cultural heartbeats of our state, and provide them with the resources they need to thrive. This bill also provides a helping hand to families in need, and removes a barrier to financial success in repealing liens on the property of public assistance recipients. This represents a commitment to a policy approach that helps to provide necessary action for a fair shot at success for all families across our state.”

The legislation is House Bill 6516An Act Mitigating Adverse Tax Consequences Resulting From Employees Working Remotely During COVID-19, and Concerning the Removal of Liens on the Property of Public Assistance Beneficiaries and a Three-Tiered Grants in Lieu of Taxes Program.

It next must be approved by the State Senate.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Life Fri, 26 Feb 2021 04:25:17 -0500
DIY and Wine Night: St. Paddy's Day String Art https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/49108-diy-and-wine-night-st-paddy-s-day-string-art49108-diy-and-wine-night-st-paddy-s-day-string-art https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/49108-diy-and-wine-night-st-paddy-s-day-string-art49108-diy-and-wine-night-st-paddy-s-day-string-art

Adults, join Great Hollow Nature Preserve tomorrow from 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm for an evening of crafting and conversation with our next DIY & Wine night.

In this workshop you’ll learn how to make your own St. Paddy’s Day inspired string art and no previous experience is necessary. Please feel free to bring your own wine, beer, or whatever you like to enjoy while crafting. Registration is $35 for non-members and $30 for members, and includes all supplies.

Space is limited to allow for social distancing, and face coverings are required. Please register in advance by emailing our education coordinator, Maggie Cozens at mcozens@greathollow.org .

Great Hollow Nature Preserve is located at 225 Route 37 In New Fairfield, visit them on Facebook for more information

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Great Hollow Nature Preserve) Events Fri, 26 Feb 2021 04:05:05 -0500
Connecticut High School Students Lead the Nation on Advanced Placement Exam Performance https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49107-connecticut-high-school-students-lead-the-nation-on-advanced-placement-exam-performance49107-connecticut-high-school-students-lead-the-nation-on-advanced-placement-exam-performance https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49107-connecticut-high-school-students-lead-the-nation-on-advanced-placement-exam-performance49107-connecticut-high-school-students-lead-the-nation-on-advanced-placement-exam-performance

Governor Ned Lamont is applauding the announcement made by the College Board showing that Connecticut – for the first time ever – ranks best in the nation on student performance of advanced placement (AP) exams. According to a report released today by the College Board, 34.5 percent of 2020 high school graduates in Connecticut earned a score of 3 or more on an AP exam.

Compared to the national average, Connecticut saw noticeable increases in the class of 2020 with respect to exam participation and performance among students from low-income families, and Black and Hispanic students. The total number of the state’s graduating class who took an AP exam in high school increased by over five percent in the last five years.

The College Board report cited Connecticut’s efforts to frequently message about the importance of challenging themselves academically by taking rigorous coursework when in high school, whether it be AP, international baccalaureate, or dual-enrollment courses. Connecticut also continues to recognize student participation in these diverse approaches, along with career and technical education, in its Next Generation Accountability System.

To improve access and remove barriers for underrepresented student populations, the Connecticut State Department of Education as fully covered AP exam fees for students from low-income families for the last seven years and plans to continue this practice. The department also sends letters each year to tens of thousands of students in grade 10 and 11 who demonstrate potential for success in rigorous coursework in high school.

In 2019, the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education adopted a universal policy for AP credit and student placement under which the higher education institutions within the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system grant academic credits to any student earning a score of three and higher on any AP exam.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Fri, 26 Feb 2021 03:28:32 -0500
Innovative Program Helps Struggling Households Afford Healthy Food During the Pandemic and Beyond https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49106-innovative-program-helps-struggling-households-afford-healthy-food-during-the-pandemic-and-beyond49106-innovative-program-helps-struggling-households-afford-healthy-food-during-the-pandemic-and-beyond https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49106-innovative-program-helps-struggling-households-afford-healthy-food-during-the-pandemic-and-beyond49106-innovative-program-helps-struggling-households-afford-healthy-food-during-the-pandemic-and-beyond

With Help From Local Funders and Partners, the Healthy Savings Program Has Put More Than $88,000 of Fresh Produce on Area Plates Since Its Launch
 
An innovative program is helping struggling families afford healthy food amid the ongoing economic fallout of the pandemic.
 
Called Healthy Savings, the program became available to lower-income families in United Way of Western Connecticut’s region beginning in 2019. It has proven to be an easy and effective way to get more healthy food to struggling families, including those who may have lost jobs or wages as a result of COVID-19.  
 
Healthy Savings, a product of Solutran, Inc., is a leading health and wellness program that makes healthy food more affordable. United Way of Western Connectiut partnered with Solutran as part of its commitment to improving food security for the struggling households it calls ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). Many of these households have difficulty affording healthy food, despite working hard. Healthy Savings participants receive a matched benefit on produce purchases and discounts on other healthy food items, allowing struggling individuals and families to put more nutritious food on their plates.
 
The produce match is dollar for dollar, up to $10. So for each $10 of produce a participant purchases each week, he or she receives an additional $10 in produce for free. Participants receive the benefit by showing their Healthy Savings Card or scanning their mobile app at participating grocery stores. The benefit was increased to $20 from March 23 through June 30, 2020, when the economy was at its worst. In July, as more of those families started received unemployment checks or went back to work, the $10 per week benefit resumed.
 
Since its inception in 2019, participants through the United Way’s program have received more than $88,000 in free, fresh produce and have saved thousands on other healthy food items, including meat, dairy, and healthy grains. Healthy Savings can reduce grocery bills for eligible users by more than $150 per month, and gives families the choice on how and when to use these savings.
 
Generous funding from donors, including Bank of America, The Goodnow Fund, and Synchrony allowed United Way to expand the number of households served from 400 to over 680 during the height of the economic shutdown this past spring, while also doubling the value of the produce benefit.
 
United Way is also partnering with Stamford Health. In 2019, Stamford Health conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). A key finding of the CHNA was that groups with higher rates of obesity and the lowest annual incomes were less likely to report having good or excellent access to high quality fruits and vegetables. Spurred by the findings from the CHNA, Stamford Health developed a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), which identifies nutrition as one of three top health needs. In the CHIP, Stamford Health outlines several initiatives to address nutrition needs including collaborating with community partners, such as United Way. Through this partnership, the Healthy Savings program is available to a qualifying cohort of Stamford Health’s patients known to have food access barriers that include high cost. The partnership and $10,000 in funding from the Stamford Health Foundation has helped to enroll 200 new participants in the program.
 
“We know that good health is about more than just health care,” said Ben Wade, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Marketing at Stamford Health. “We believe in harnessing the power of partnership to improve the health of our community, as evidenced by our backbone support for the Vita Health & Wellness Partnership―a collaboration between community organizations to support the health and wellness of Stamford residents. We are thrilled to be partnering with United Way to provide access to healthier foods at lower costs through Healthy Savings―an innovative and dignified program to improve food security for our patients.”
 
“For organizations like Stamford Health that want to improve food insecurity, Healthy Savings provides an easy-to-use, impactful model to do so,” said Chad Kelly, Chief Marketing Officer of Solutran, the company behind Healthy Savings.
 
“Healthy Savings is an innovative approach to address food insecurity in our community and we’re thrilled by its success to date,” said Isabel Almedia, President of United Way of Western Connecticut. “The program empowers families to access the fresh, healthy food that they need in a dignified way, giving them the flexibility to select the items that fit with their health needs and their culture. The demographic of clients that Healthy Savings serves is the same demographic that is being hardest hit economically by the pandemic. By increasing the number of participants and expanding the benefit when they needed it most, we got more healthy food onto their plates quickly. We’re grateful to the many funders and partners who have helped us to expand this successful program.”
 
Mary and her husband have five children. Her husband has a disability that sometimes prevents him from working his job as a carpenter. During those times, her budget is tight, but she places a high importance on feeding her children healthy food. She inquired about obtaining a Healthy Savings card when she saw her friend using one the week before Thanksgiving. She has been using it since then to purchase the types of fresh food her family likes.
 
“The United Way keeps my family going and moving in a healthy and positive direction. At times when I’ve been depressed about not having enough money to feed us the healthy meals that I know we need to have, the United Way has been there for me,” Mary said.
 
For more information about the Healthy Saving Program administered by United Way of Western Connecticut, contact Casey Levene, Vice President of Community Impact at 203-297-6246 or casey.levene@uwwesternct.org.
 
Innovative Program Helps Struggling Households Afford
Healthy Food During the Pandemic and Beyond
 
With Help From Local Funders and Partners, the Healthy Savings Program Has Put More Than $88,000 of Fresh Produce on Area Plates Since Its Launch
 
Stamford, CT (February 25, 2021)—An innovative program is helping struggling families afford healthy food amid the ongoing economic fallout of the pandemic. Called Healthy Savings, the program became available to lower-income families in United Way of Western Connecticut’s region beginning in 2019. It has proven to be an easy and effective way to get more healthy food to struggling families, including those who may have lost jobs or wages as a result of COVID-19.  
 
Healthy Savings, a product of Solutran, Inc., is a leading health and wellness program that makes healthy food more affordable. United Way of Western Connectiut partnered with Solutran as part of its commitment to improving food security for the struggling households it calls ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). Many of these households have difficulty affording healthy food, despite working hard. Healthy Savings participants receive a matched benefit on produce purchases and discounts on other healthy food items, allowing struggling individuals and families to put more nutritious food on their plates.
 
The produce match is dollar for dollar, up to $10. So for each $10 of produce a participant purchases each week, he or she receives an additional $10 in produce for free. Participants receive the benefit by showing their Healthy Savings Card or scanning their mobile app at participating grocery stores. The benefit was increased to $20 from March 23 through June 30, 2020, when the economy was at its worst. In July, as more of those families started received unemployment checks or went back to work, the $10 per week benefit resumed.
 
Since its inception in 2019, participants through the United Way’s program have received more than $88,000 in free, fresh produce and have saved thousands on other healthy food items, including meat, dairy, and healthy grains. Healthy Savings can reduce grocery bills for eligible users by more than $150 per month, and gives families the choice on how and when to use these savings.
 
Generous funding from donors, including Bank of America, The Goodnow Fund, and Synchrony allowed United Way to expand the number of households served from 400 to over 680 during the height of the economic shutdown this past spring, while also doubling the value of the produce benefit.
 
United Way is also partnering with Stamford Health. In 2019, Stamford Health conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). A key finding of the CHNA was that groups with higher rates of obesity and the lowest annual incomes were less likely to report having good or excellent access to high quality fruits and vegetables. Spurred by the findings from the CHNA, Stamford Health developed a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), which identifies nutrition as one of three top health needs. In the CHIP, Stamford Health outlines several initiatives to address nutrition needs including collaborating with community partners, such as United Way. Through this partnership, the Healthy Savings program is available to a qualifying cohort of Stamford Health’s patients known to have food access barriers that include high cost. The partnership and $10,000 in funding from the Stamford Health Foundation has helped to enroll 200 new participants in the program.
 
“We know that good health is about more than just health care,” said Ben Wade, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Marketing at Stamford Health. “We believe in harnessing the power of partnership to improve the health of our community, as evidenced by our backbone support for the Vita Health & Wellness Partnership―a collaboration between community organizations to support the health and wellness of Stamford residents. We are thrilled to be partnering with United Way to provide access to healthier foods at lower costs through Healthy Savings―an innovative and dignified program to improve food security for our patients.”
 
“For organizations like Stamford Health that want to improve food insecurity, Healthy Savings provides an easy-to-use, impactful model to do so,” said Chad Kelly, Chief Marketing Officer of Solutran, the company behind Healthy Savings.
 
“Healthy Savings is an innovative approach to address food insecurity in our community and we’re thrilled by its success to date,” said Isabel Almedia, President of United Way of Western Connecticut. “The program empowers families to access the fresh, healthy food that they need in a dignified way, giving them the flexibility to select the items that fit with their health needs and their culture. The demographic of clients that Healthy Savings serves is the same demographic that is being hardest hit economically by the pandemic. By increasing the number of participants and expanding the benefit when they needed it most, we got more healthy food onto their plates quickly. We’re grateful to the many funders and partners who have helped us to expand this successful program.”
 
Mary and her husband have five children. Her husband has a disability that sometimes prevents him from working his job as a carpenter. During those times, her budget is tight, but she places a high importance on feeding her children healthy food. She inquired about obtaining a Healthy Savings card when she saw her friend using one the week before Thanksgiving. She has been using it since then to purchase the types of fresh food her family likes.
 
“The United Way keeps my family going and moving in a healthy and positive direction. At times when I’ve been depressed about not having enough money to feed us the healthy meals that I know we need to have, the United Way has been there for me,” Mary said.
 
For more information about the Healthy Saving Program administered by United Way of Western Connecticut, contact Casey Levene, Vice President of Community Impact at 203-297-6246 or casey.levene@uwwesternct.org.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Caroline LaFleur) Life Fri, 26 Feb 2021 03:27:06 -0500
Lamont Applauds House Approval of the CROWN Act To Stop Workplace Discrimination Based on Ethnic Hairstyles https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49104-lamont-applauds-house-approval-of-the-crown-act-to-stop-workplace-discrimination-based-on-ethnic-hairstyles49104-lamont-applauds-house-approval-of-the-crown-act-to-stop-workplace-discrimination-based-on-ethnic-hairstyles https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49104-lamont-applauds-house-approval-of-the-crown-act-to-stop-workplace-discrimination-based-on-ethnic-hairstyles49104-lamont-applauds-house-approval-of-the-crown-act-to-stop-workplace-discrimination-based-on-ethnic-hairstyles

Governor Ned Lamont is applauding the Connecticut House of Representatives for approving legislation that will prohibit workplace discrimination based on hairstyles that are commonly associated with people of color, such as afros, Bantu knots, braids, cornrows, dreadlocks, and twists.

Known as the CROWN Act, which stands for “Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair,” the legislation passed the House by a vote of 139-9.

A 2019 study found that Black women are 80 percent more likely to alter their natural hair to accommodate social norms or work expectations and 1.5 times more likely to be sent home from work because of their hairstyles.

“I am thrilled to see the passage of the CROWN Act today by the Connecticut House of Representatives,” Governor Lamont said. “Discrimination of any kind is unacceptable, but we all know there are invisible moments and instances of discrimination that take place each and every day. When a Black man or woman shows up for a job interview or to work, they should never be judged based on their hairstyle. Their work product, commitment, dedication, and work ethic should be the sources of their success. This measure is critical to helping build a more equitable society, and I urge the Senate to pass this bill so I can put my signature on it and we can get this law into our statute books.”

Earlier this month, Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes, who is the first African-American commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, submitted testimony on behalf of the Lamont administration in support of the legislation. She said, “Personally, I have had to devote too much time in decisions related to hairstyle choice and its effects on how I would be received. Negative perceptions do not change the skills I possess or the boundless potential in developing young people. However, it becomes all too real when discrimination of this kind occurs.”

The legislation is House Bill 6515An Act Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.

  1. It next must be approved by the State Senate.
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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Life Fri, 26 Feb 2021 03:19:25 -0500
Local Students Named to Western New England University's Fall 2020 Dean's List https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49101-local-students-named-to-western-new-england-university-s-fall-2020-dean-s-list49101-local-students-named-to-western-new-england-university-s-fall-2020-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49101-local-students-named-to-western-new-england-university-s-fall-2020-dean-s-list49101-local-students-named-to-western-new-england-university-s-fall-2020-dean-s-list

Close to 750 students have been named to the Fall 2020 Dean's List at Western New England University. To qualify for the Dean's List, students must achieve a GPA of 3.30 or higher.

"We are so proud of our Dean's List students who demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence in their studies despite the unique challenges of our fall semester," commented Dr. Robert E. Johnson, President.

"Of the roughly 3,000 colleges and universities tracked by the College Crisis Initiative, Western New England University was among just 27% nationwide that resumed primarily 'in-person' teaching last fall. Our Dean's List students stayed focused and engaged; they should be very proud of their achievements. Well done, Golden Bears!"

The following students have earned their place on Western New England University's distinguished Dean's List:

Mark Cisewski, of New Fairfield working toward a BS in Chemistry.

Dylan Hanley, of New Fairfield working toward a BSBA in Sport Management.

Sean Jamieson, of New Fairfield working toward a BSBA in General Business.

Jackson Lathrop, of New Fairfield working toward a BSBA in Finance.

Having just celebrated its Centennial, Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England serves 3,690 students, including 2,486 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the School of Law.

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Western New England University. To) Life Thu, 25 Feb 2021 11:40:52 -0500
A Night of Barn Comedy at Tilly's Table on Sat. March 27th https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/49103-a-night-of-barn-comedy-at-tilly-s-table-on-sat-march-27th49103-a-night-of-barn-comedy-at-tilly-s-table-on-sat-march-27th https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/events/49103-a-night-of-barn-comedy-at-tilly-s-table-on-sat-march-27th49103-a-night-of-barn-comedy-at-tilly-s-table-on-sat-march-27th

Just Added - a Second Night of Barn Comedy at Tilly's Table on Saturday, March 27th

Tilly's Table is Bringing Back Happiness and Laughter to Brewster! Enjoy a Buffet Dinner and a Night of Comedy you won't want to miss. Laugh all night with Headliner, Jim Dalakas, Feature Crazy Gene Trifilo & Host Adam Izzo! We will be holding this event in the Barn at Tilly's Table with our NEW His & Her bathrooms.

We will be following Covid guidelines at 50% capacity. A FACEMASK IS REQUIRED at all times unless you are sitting at your table eating.

Doors open 6:30 PM and Dinner is from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Showtime is from 8:00 PM -10:00 PM Tickets are $40 + tax, Includes the Show & Buffet Dinner. Cash bar will be available throughout the night.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Tilly's Table) Events Thu, 25 Feb 2021 06:10:57 -0500
Ridgefield Playhouse Adds Three New Live Shows! https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49096-ridgefield-playhouse-adds-three-new-live-shows49096-ridgefield-playhouse-adds-three-new-live-shows https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49096-ridgefield-playhouse-adds-three-new-live-shows49096-ridgefield-playhouse-adds-three-new-live-shows

Three New LIVE Shows at The Ridgefield Playhouse! Member Pre-sale Begins Today, Public Sale on Friday!

John Scofield - Solo on Saturday, April 24 at 4 and 7:30 pm

Live in the theater! Socially distanced, limited capacity shows!

Guitar icon John Scofield is a one-of-a-kind jazz master and a 3-time Grammy award-winning artist with more than 40 recordings to his credit. NPR describes Scofield as “one of the most prolific and admired jazz musicians of his generation.” As a principal innovator of modern jazz guitar, he played alongside Miles Davis for more than three years, and his work has influenced guitar greats since the late ’70s. Scofield is a creative artist of a rare sort: a stylistic chameleon who has forged a consistent, rock-solid aesthetic identity who demonstrates fluency in bebop, blues, jazz-funk, jam band, orchestral ensembles, and various others with ease and enthusiasm. Now he adds yet another credit to his resume: solo guitarist.
 
Moffly Media Evening of Art, Wine & Jazz Series
 
Purchase tickets here.

Vic DiBitetto on Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25 at 8:00 pm
 
Back after two sold out shows in 2020!  A cross between Rodney Dangerfield and Ralph Cramden, DiBitetto is a social media sensation, best known for his viral videos including Bread and Milk, Ticked Off Vic, and the New York Yankee and Giant Locker Rooms. Vic’s videos have been viewed more than 750 million times worldwide. Vic is headlining sold-out theatres from Miami to Boston and New York to Las Vegas - get your tickets early, these shows will sell out!

Barts Tree Service Comedy Series

Purchase tickets here.


Fran Lebowitz: A Conversation with a Cultural Icon Sunday, November 7 at 7:30 pm

Special Guest Host Paul Shaffer ("Saturday Night Live," "This Is Spinal Tap," "Late Show with David Letterman") will be conducting a Live On-Stage Interview - followed by a Q&A with Fran!

Straight from her hit Netflix series Pretend It’s a City, directed by Martin Scorsese, get ready for a night of no holds barred conversation with the queen of "tell it like it is!" In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators.

Hearst Media Entertaining Conversation Series

Purchase tickets here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Life Thu, 25 Feb 2021 03:46:11 -0500
Governor Lamont Applauds House Approval of Legislation Promoting Development of Data Centers in Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49099-governor-lamont-applauds-house-approval-of-legislation-promoting-development-of-data-centers-in-connecticut49099-governor-lamont-applauds-house-approval-of-legislation-promoting-development-of-data-centers-in-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49099-governor-lamont-applauds-house-approval-of-legislation-promoting-development-of-data-centers-in-connecticut49099-governor-lamont-applauds-house-approval-of-legislation-promoting-development-of-data-centers-in-connecticut

Governor Ned Lamont today is applauding the Connecticut House of Representatives for approving legislation that will encourage the development of data centers in the state. The data centers will be required to be located in federally recognized opportunity zones, which will help boost the development of economically distressed areas.

“Seeing the Connecticut House of Representatives approve this measure in a bipartisan way is exactly what our residents want to see when it comes to our commitment to economic growth and continuing our Connecticut comeback,” Governor Lamont said. “Data centers are the backbone of the digital age, and with this growing need we are witnessing a significant period of national growth to build these infrastructures and create the corresponding jobs that support their operations. Connecticut needs to get in the game and bring this industry to our state. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to show the technology industry that Connecticut supports this sector and we welcome their development in our state.”

The legislation is House Bill 6514An Act Concerning Incentives for Qualified Data Centers To Locate in the State. It next must be approved by the State Senate.

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Office of the Governor. ) Life Thu, 25 Feb 2021 03:37:04 -0500
Ladies of Laughter Seeks Funny Women https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49100-ladies-of-laughter-seeks-funny-women49100-ladies-of-laughter-seeks-funny-women https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49100-ladies-of-laughter-seeks-funny-women49100-ladies-of-laughter-seeks-funny-women

-National Comedy Contest Continues and Expands Search-

 Comedy producers are searching for America’s funniest women in stand-up comedy, storytelling, and video shorts to take part in the Ladies of Laughter national comedy contest for cash prizes, comedy bookings, and the 2021 Ladies of Laughter titles virtually on Friday, May 7, 2021, at 7:30 pm; Friday, May 14, 2021, at 7:30 pm; and Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 7:30 pm.

 
This year, Ladies of Laughter has expanded its reach with storytelling and video short contestants. Those chosen in these categories compete for $500.00 cash prizes and the opportunity to have their story and video shown at theaters in the 2021-22 Ladies of Laughter national tour.
 
The stand-up competition prizes include the Professional Winner receiving close to $10,000 in paid bookings with the Ladies of Laughter National Tour at theaters with previous years’ winners. All winners and runner-ups will receive a case of Hint water, compliments of our Hint water sponsors.
 
“Since it was first introduced into comedy clubs in 1999, the Ladies of Laughter series has awarded comedy bookings, major publicity, and thousands of dollars to aspiring comediennes and has been a driving force behind women getting to the next level in their comedy careers,” said Executive Producer, Peggy Boyce.  
 
The events have led contestants to appearances in local and national media, including ABC-Television, Comedy Central, and FOX-TV, and even featured stories in the New York Times, with winners receiving major paid bookings from comedy clubs and theaters across the United States.
 
In the stand-up comedy division, Ladies of Laughter have separate categories for “Professionals” and “Newcomers.” Contestants chosen to compete will be judged on audience response, originality, material, and delivery by a panel of entertainment industry judges.
 
Those interested in entering the Ladies of Laughter competition should go to  www.ladiesoflaughter.org. Contestants must be eighteen years or older and must enter before Tuesday, April 20, 2021, to be considered for the 2021 competition. Contestants are urged to apply early.
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commandercarey@gmail.com (HH) Life Wed, 24 Feb 2021 11:51:08 -0500
WCSU Virtual Art Workshop feaures printmaker Karin Mansberg https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49097-wcsu-virtual-art-workshop-feaures-printmaker-karin-mansberg49097-wcsu-virtual-art-workshop-feaures-printmaker-karin-mansberg https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49097-wcsu-virtual-art-workshop-feaures-printmaker-karin-mansberg49097-wcsu-virtual-art-workshop-feaures-printmaker-karin-mansberg

Process and experimentation in patterns and colors focus of Feb. 26 online session

The Western Connecticut State University Department of Art. will present printmaker Karin Mansberg as she leads an online creative experience for individuals of all skill levels on Friday, Feb. 26, in the debut of the department’s spring semester Virtual Art Workshop Series.

The workshop, “Potato Print: Printed Mandala with Karin Mansberg,” will stream live from 6 to 8 p.m. The focus of the workshop will be on process and experimentation with patterns and colors, creating print marks in circles, semi-circles or more complex forms. The public is invited to register in advance at a fee of $25 by accessing the Eventbrite web page for the workshop here.

Registrants will be sent the Zoom invitation link to attend online as well as the workshop materials list.

Mansberg, recipient of a Master of Fine Arts in Illustration from WCSU, has taught classes in printmaking and other artistic disciplines for college students, adults and children, focusing in recent years on block printing. She has participated in two solo and 20 group exhibitions across Connecticut and in North Carolina.

”My artistic style has developed over the decades through personal art practice and academic training,” Mansberg observed in the biographical notes on her website. “The balance between the left and right side of my brain makes me the happiest, and printmaking involves both control and surprise. I enjoy the precision of the design process and also the playfulness of the printmaking process.”

Mansberg has collaborated with small business, entrepreneurial and nonprofit clients on a wide range of creative projects including banners, logo designs, art stamps, book illustrations, murals and artistic direction. She has created surface pattern designs for private clients and has sold custom-designed fabric, gift wrap and wallpaper products at her “BlockprintedArt” Spoonflower online store.

“I like using the relief-cut medium for designing logos, which means images and lettering are carved out of soft blocks with special carving tools,” she said. “The finished relief print block, called a stamp, can be used for printing on paper and fabric.”

For more information, contact Lori Robeau of the Department of Art at robeaul@wcsu.edu or Sherri Hill of the Office of University Relations at hills@wcsu.edu.

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kerry@ducey.org (WCSU) Life Wed, 24 Feb 2021 04:46:57 -0500
Larcenies from vehicles in the Brewster area https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/49098-larcenies-from-vehicles-in-the-brewster-area49098-larcenies-from-vehicles-in-the-brewster-area https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/publicsafety/49098-larcenies-from-vehicles-in-the-brewster-area49098-larcenies-from-vehicles-in-the-brewster-area

the New York State Police from the Brewster barracks would like to remind members of the community to secure their vehicle properly. 

The State Police have seen an increase of larcenies from vehicles over the past year and have recently investigated larcenies from vehicles left unattended at gas station pumps.  The pictured black Infinity with stolen CT license plates AU31375, was involved in two larcenies in early January 2021.  The victims left their vehicles momentarily unattended while with valuables inside.  Upon returning to their vehicles they discovered their wallets and smart devices were stolen.

Please always lock your vehicle, even in your own driveway.  Close all windows including sunroofs.  Park in well-lit areas.  Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running.  Never leave keys, valuables, or personal identification in a vehicle even for short periods on time.

If you see suspicious or criminal activity, please contact the New York State Police at (845) 677-7300.

 

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commandercarey@gmail.com (New York State Police) Public safety Wed, 24 Feb 2021 04:07:05 -0500
Exclusive Screening of SNAPSHOTS at The Ridgefield Playhouse this Sunday! https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49095-exclusive-screening-of-snapshots-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-this-sunday49095-exclusive-screening-of-snapshots-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-this-sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/newfairfield/life/49095-exclusive-screening-of-snapshots-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-this-sunday49095-exclusive-screening-of-snapshots-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-this-sunday

Join ACT of Connecticut for an exclusive, one-night-only, in-person screening of SNAPSHOTS: A MUSICAL SCRAPBOOK at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, February 28!

Reserve your spot here.

We are so excited to announce that this Sunday (February 28th), our production of SNAPSHOTS will be “on the big screen” at The Ridgefield Playhouse!! If you've already seen our stream of SNAPSHOTS, then you know what a fantastically gorgeous production it is. And... it looks even better 60 feet wide and 30 feet tall! Join SNAPSHOTS director Daniel C. Levine and Music Supervisor Bryan Perri as they briefly discuss the making of this incredible production and their collaboration with Academy Award Winner Stephen Schwartz, followed by an exclusive screening of the show. 

This one-night-only event is this Sunday at The Ridgefield Playhouse (not at ACT of CT) and tickets can be reserved by visiting actofct.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (ACT of CT) Life Wed, 24 Feb 2021 03:46:00 -0500