Norwalk's HamletHub Sun, 19 Jan 2020 22:44:52 -0500 CDMCS Investigate Police Involved Shooting in West Haven, Norwalk Police First to Respond

On January 15, 2020, at approximately 4:36 p.m., the Norwalk Police Department broadcast that they were looking for a stolen vehicle and provided a description of the vehicle via the Hotline. According to initial reports, Norwalk officers had responded to a reported armed carjacking, which occurred in their city.

Norwalk officers subsequently located and attempted to stop the vehicle and the driver engaged officers in a pursuit on Route 7 southbound before Norwalk supervisors terminated the pursuit. A State Police dispatcher spoke with Norwalk Police regarding their BOLO (which stands for Be On the Look Out) and was told that the operator was armed with a knife. This vital information was necessary because the State Police Pursuit Policy adopted in September 2019 prevents Troopers from normally pursuing stolen vehicles unless the person pursued in the vehicle has committed, is attempting to commit or will imminently commit a crime of violence (actual or threatened), or there are articulable exigent circumstances that warrant the need to apprehend the suspect in a timely manner because of the potential for harm to the public if apprehension does not occur (see attached DESPP A&O Section 13.07.01 for additional details).

Soon afterward, State Police Dispatch in Bridgeport began to receive calls reporting that a white Hyundai was traveling northbound on I-95 in a reckless manner; driving both along the right shoulder and center median at a high rate of speed. At 4:46 p.m., the white Hyundai was observed on DOT cameras traveling in the median at high speed prior to Exit 22 on I-95 northbound. State Police Dispatch continued to monitor the vehicle’s travel via DOT cameras until Troopers were able to get behind it in the vicinity of Exit 36. Troopers attempted to stop the Hyundai and the driver struck two State Police cruisers and continued northbound before exiting the highway off Exit 43 onto Campbell Avenue into the town of West Haven.

On Campbell Avenue, the Hyundai struck a civilian’s vehicle and was successfully boxed in by State Police.

State Police and West Haven Police attempted to get the driver out of the vehicle and initially deployed less-lethal means (Taser), which was ineffective. When the driver displayed a weapon (later determined to be a knife), a Trooper on scene discharged his assigned duty pistol, striking the driver.

Medical aid was rendered at the scene by State Police and West Haven Police until the driver could be transported by ambulance to Yale-New Haven Hospital. The driver later succumbed to his injuries.

There were no reported injuries to civilians, Troopers, or Officers on scene.

The Connecticut State Police - Central District Major Crime Squad (CDMCS) will be working with the New London State’s Attorney’s Office on the investigation of this police-involved shooting.

On January 16, 2020, an autopsy was conducted at the State of Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington. The decedent was thereafter positively identified as Soulemane Murbarak, age 19, of New Haven, Connecticut. Next of kin were notified and our detectives remain in contact with the family.

The Connecticut State Police Troopers involved in this incident were:

Connecticut State Police Troopers involved in this incident were:

 Trooper Brian North, who has been with the State Police for 4 ½ years

 Trooper Joshua Jackson, who has been with the State Police for 4 ½ years

 Trooper First Class Ross Dalling, who has been with the State Police for 7 ½ years

The investigation has determined that only Trooper North discharged his duty pistol. In accordance with Department policy, Trooper North has been placed on administrative assignment.

The Troopers involved in this incident had vehicles that were equipped with in-car cameras and they were also wearing body-worn cameras; as a result, there is video and dispatcher audio. The Connecticut State Police and the New London Office of the State’s Attorney will work to release this video footage and dispatcher audio in the coming days.

The investigation is in its early stages and is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Connecticut State Police - Central District Major Crime Squad at 860-706-5656.

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P2P to receive Donation from STAR volunteers as part of MLK Service Collaboration

Clients and volunteers from STAR, Inc, will be delivering food donations to Person-to-Person’s Norwalk food pantry. This is part of a year-long MLK Day of Service collaboration led by STAR, partnering with Person-to-Person and Open Doors. 

This project is aimed at addressing hunger in our community and creates an opportunity for STAR clients to volunteer to meet the need.

Local businesses are participating by hosting food collections throughout the year. STAR clients will pick up and deliver donated food to P2P’s food pantries every month, building on P2P and STAR’s long-standing partnership.

STAR recently received a $10,000 grant from The Arc-US and Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to create a collaborative program between STAR and community partners, Open Doors and Person-to-Person, to address local food insecurity and hunger. This new STAR initiative will honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King on this 25th Anniversary of the MLK Day of Service with the intention of making it a sustainable effort and mindset that lasts 24-7-365.

Person-to-Person, Inc. was established in 1968 to provide individuals and families with assistance for basic needs to overcome daily challenges and access to resources to improve their lives. A community-supported agency, Person-to-Person is committed to helping clients achieve self-sufficiency through practical help, advocacy, education and problem solving initiatives, with a vision of educated, financially-stable, and hunger-free homes for all. Programs include Emergency Assistance, Campership and Scholarship. With offices in Darien and Norwalk and a mobile food pantry in Stamford, the Person-to-Person service area includes Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport and Wilton. More information may be found at

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Submit Your Nominations for 2020 ACE Awards!

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2020 Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards. The purpose of these awards is to celebrate the passion for arts and culture in Fairfield County, and to raise awareness of the quality and diversity of our arts and cultural offerings.
Awards in five categories will be presented in late spring at our 5th annual ACE Awards Breakfast, to be held Tues. June 9, 2020, at The Shore and Country Club, Norwalk, to recognize and thank those individuals, organizations and businesses who have made significant artistic and cultural contributions to our community, as well as those who have supported the arts and culture sector through their volunteerism and/or patronage.
Click HERE to Make your Nominations
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New Paradigm Theatre and Norwalk Symphony Orchestra Present South Pacific: In Concert

New Paradigm Theatre, a company well-known for its inventive productions that are presented with multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-gendered casting, and the Norwalk Symphony, an 80-year-old non-profit with a well-regarded professional orchestra, are excited to send you choices in what we hope will be your coverage of our exciting production of South Pacific: In Concert.

The Norwalk Symphony and the New Paradigm Theatre are partnering for this one-night-only production at 7:30pm on Saturday, February 8, 2020 (Snow date: Saturday, February 9, 2020 at 4:00pm), to present of one of the greatest musicals in the American repertoire. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s music and lyrics will be showcased by the symphony as well as performers from CT and NYC.

Set in World War II, the story portrays Americans stationed on a remote island, the native peoples and their culture, and an enigmatic French expatriate with a foot in both worlds. The unforgettable characters and songs range from high comedy and young love to racial prejudice, tragedy, and reconciliation.

In addition to presenting this beautiful music, the two organizations are committed to a “collective impact” production, bridging the gap between the arts and the local community by choosing NICE (Norwalk International Cultural Exchange), a local non-profit that echoes the theme of the show.

Artistic Director and Broadway veteran, Kristin Huffman (Milford, CT), says, “New Paradigm Theatre is a theatre with a social conscience and we are thrilled to be co-producing again this year with a like-minded arts nonprofit, The Norwalk Symphony.”

“Our collaboration in 2019 on West Side Story set the stage for us to work with New Paradigm Theatre again this season. Their expertise, connections in the performing arts community and mission has enabled the Norwalk Symphony to expand our outreach and commitment to connecting with community partners in all aspects of our work” says Sandra Miklave, Executive Director of the Symphony.

Below are our exciting choices in what we hope will be your coverage of our concert version of South Pacific: In Concert.

Women behind South Pacific: In Concert:

New Paradigm Theatre Company and the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra have put an emphasis on highlighting the strengths and talents of the women both on and off stage. With a driven female- dominated production team using their strengths to tell a powerful story. The women behind South Pacific: In Concert include: Sandra Miklave: Executive Director, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra; New Paradigm Theatre Artistic Director: Kristin Huffman; Director: Claire Kelly (also Artistic Director of Shakespeare on the Sound), leading ladies: Emily Kristen Morris (Nellie) and Cidalia Kettles (Bloody Mary). This powerful group of women is leading the way to an exciting show! #OneMoreConversation.

An All-star lineup of NY and CT stars:

Norwalk Symphony and New Paradigm Theatre have spread the “casting” net far and wide for the best talent to present onstage in the leading roles for South Pacific: In Concert. Singers and agents submitted for the Connecticut and NY casting calls of our production. Our final choices for the some of the leading roles are Broadway pros: Benjamin Howes as “Luther Billis” and Patrick Connaghan as “Lt. Cable”. Opera and musical theatre performer Luke Scott will wow you with his beautiful voice as Emile on such favorites as “Some Enchanted Evening” and “This Nearly Was Mine”. Many local CT and NY pros and young people are included in the cast.

The NICE Festival partnered with Symphony and NPT:

Each summer The New Paradigm Theatre Company partners with another non-profit organization that reflects the theme of the summer production to raise money and awareness for issues and organizations surrounding the community. For South Pacific: In Concert, NPT and the Norwalk Symphony are proud to partner with NICE (Norwalk International Cultural Exchange). Janet Evelyn, Executive Director, states that “NICE is committed to bringing awareness to the multiplicity of our global cultural heritage. The performing arts have not only been a conduit through which people of different race and culture can share natural commonalities but one of the most efficacious in addressing social injustice worldwide. The song “Carefully Taught” from the musical South Pacific reminds us how important it is to expose our children at a young age to the different cultures to encourage understanding of our unique backgrounds.” As partnerships between the non-profit and for-profit world continue to form in order to tackle social challenges from all sides, this type of collective impact production has become increasingly relevant and a vital component of a community.

Jonathan Yates- Super Maestro

Jonathan Yates has been a driving force in reinvigorating the relationship between the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and the Norwalk community. The seventh Music Director of the Symphony since its inception in 1939, he made his professional orchestral conducting debut at age 23 leading the National Symphony Orchestra in a Millennium Stages Concert. The following year he made his Carnegie Hall debut as a pianist in the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop. Yates received his graduate degree in conducting from the Juilliard School. He received his Master’s in Music from SUNY Stony Brook, and his undergraduate BA from Harvard where he studied with Robert Levin. Jonathan also serves as the Music Director for the Norwalk Youth Symphony and has led this group on successful tours to Spain, Germany, Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood.

Multiple Nonprofit and community collaborations -NSO, NPT, Shakespeare on the Sound, NICE, and The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

New Paradigm Theatre Company and Norwalk Symphony Orchestra are incredibly proud to have so many partners and sponsors helping and supporting their endeavors. This year, we are collaborating with several organizations such as Shakespeare on the Sound, NICE, and The Maritime Aquarium! Details will be released soon on the IMAX movie “Journey to the South Pacific” to be shown at the Aquarium and potential restaurant partners to make February 8th a “Family Day” culminating at the Concert Hall. These collaborations are integral to making South Pacific: In Concert extraordinary, and NPT and the Norwalk Symphony are immensely grateful to these organizations for being part of the journey.

Youth Participation

Both New Paradigm Theatre and the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra are committed to educating young performers and leaders while presenting works of art. South Pacific: In Concert not only features young performers onstage who get to work elbow-to-elbow with Broadway and Symphony pros, but also college interns who are a part of the production elements. Students from surrounding high schools and colleges are a part of this ambitious production. Our partners will join youth performers from New Paradigm Theatre during the Prologue Bazaar pre-show beginning at 6:30pm. Many youth board teens from New Paradigm Theatre will assist in marketing and performance as well. We think the best way to train young leaders is to have them become a part of all that we present from the beginning stages to the final production. The curtain may come down at the end, but our work carries on long after this.

Konversations with Keeme- Highlighting Norwalk

Fifteen-year-old Ajibola Tajudeen, better known as Keeme, is the host of New Paradigm Theatre’s web series on, “Konversations with Keeme.” Keeme is also a Youth board member of NPT. The show is entirely youth produced and edited by NPT youth directing and editing. Keeme has interviewed seasoned television and film professionals like Tamara Tunie of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Renee Lawless of Tyler Perry’s The Have and the Have Nots, as well as Broadway veterans in shows such as Aladdin, Phantom of the Opera, Waitress and more! The series is in its third season and will follow Keeme’s interviews in CT, as he receives advice on “the business”, performing, and leadership from the leaders of the performing arts industry. These interviews will be released weekly as exclusives on

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Ridgefield Police Investigate Burglary on North Street

The Ridgefield Police Department is investigating a reported residential Burglary on North Street that occurred sometime between 1/12/20 and 1/15/20.

Forced entry was made into the home by breaking a window and unlocking the door. Once inside the individuals removed a safe containing jewelry and personal documents from the home. It is believed that incident occurred on Monday or Tuesday. The case is under investigation by the RPD Detective Bureau.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Papstein at 203-431-2794 or the department’s tip line at 203-431-2345.

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The Lounsbury House Welcomes Three New Board Members

Three New Board of Directors Join Lounsbury House

Lounsbury House, Ridgefield’s historic community center, has announced the appointment of three new Board of Directors members as well as the full slate of officers and members for 2020.

Joining the Board is Patricia Ross, Timothy Trant, and Stephen Wooters.  “All three of our newest Board members embody the spirit of community and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we work to strengthen community, preserve local history and continue to position Lounsbury House as Fairfield County’s premier private event venue,” says Executive Director Suzanne Brennan.

Patricia Ross is a former NYC portfolio analyst with a background in economics, finance and accounting. She is both a board member and performer with the Ridgefield Chorale and an active supporter of SPHERE, The Ridgefield Playhouse, Founders Hall, Kids in Crisis, RVNA Health and has also served on the board of Ridgefield Academy. Patti and her family have resided in Ridgefield for more than 20 years.

Timothy Trant enjoyed a 25-year career at PepsiCo as a senior executive in both foodservice and retail followed by an entrepreneurial role running sales and operations for Barfresh Inc. Prior, Tim was senior vice president of sales in PepsiCo’s foodservice division managing brands such as Pepsi and Mountain Dew. Most recently, Tim has joined the executive team of Sysco in corporate sales. He is a current board member of The Ridgefield Playhouse and has called Ridgefield his home for 10+ years along with his family.

Stephen Wooters is a 25-year financial services veteran with experience in global, national and community banks across retail and commercial banking. A member of the executive team at Fairfield County Bank, Steve is EVP, head of marketing, digital banking and payments. Prior to FCB, Steve has worked with the Bank of Montreal, the Royal Bank of Scotland, MBNA and Bank One/First USA. Steve is looking forward to special events and activities with Lounsbury and lives in Ridgefield with his family.

The full slate of Board Members and Officers for 2020 includes: Alex Bellina and Laura Brennan, co-presidents, facilities & incorporators, respectively; Robert J. Creamer, treasurer; Antonia Riordan, secretary; Wendy Beurket; Tiffany Brooks; Tracy Craighead; Mary Jones; Caroline Kellen; Jill Rae; and Christine Wohl.

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: StudioMinerale

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT StudioMinerale!

Meet Nancy McTague-Stock, MFA, owner of StudioMinerale.

Why did you start your business?
I began my business over the years, as friends and colleagues would ask me who made a necklace or earrings that I happened to be wearing...when I said, ‘I did’, I was often commissioned to make something for them. I make it easy for my busy clients - they can email me a budget, color preferences and item they are looking for. Then, I sketch or make a mock-up and once they approve it, I can usually have it to them within one to two weeks. I have great clients, whose personal referrals I highly value. Soon it became evident I should consider making this a real business! 
Do you use any local businesses to support your business?
I work with a number of Norwalk businesses, some larger than others. Here are two of them: 
Jerry’s Art Supply has been a mainstay for me over the years for handmade papers, drawing, painting and design materials and Joanne and her staff are always ready to assist. 
The smallest Norwalk business owner I rely on is Abigail Wall and her fine staff from Beadworks in South Norwalk. I rely on her for jewelry making tools and products, and they are conveniently located for me. She is a fabulous ‘small business’ woman, and I have worked with her for many years.
Visit StudioMinerale online
StudioMinerale nominates Abigail Wall and Beadworks!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!
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Nation's Only Sustainable Seafood Festival Returns to New York on January 25

The nation’s only sustainable seafood festival, Aquarius, will return to The Foundry in Long Island City on Saturday, January 25th from 8pm - 1am. Guests will be invited to partake in a boundless journey of sensory and visual imagination at this 3rd annual festival highlighting sustainable seafood and farm fresh cocktails. The Foundry will set the scene for this artic chic event.  The historic venue is a fully-restored 19th century building, which boasts 3,000 sprawling square feet of space offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline along with a gorgeous indoor Greenhouse.  It will be filled with delicacies from the sea, complemented perfectly with premium wines and spirits. Aquarius 2020 is brought to you by the talented producers of Secret Summer, Tyler Hollinger of HighLife Productions, Andrew Maturana of RAPT and Allison du Val of The Foundry.

This year, Aquarius has partnered with Oceanic Global, a non-profit that engages new audiences in ocean conservation. They tap into universal passions to raise awareness for issues impacting our oceans and to provide individual and industry solutions that drive positive change. We are working with them to implement The Oceanic Standard to ensure a plastic-free event.  CupZero will provide $2 cups for purchase upon entry to use throughout the festival.  Return your cup to the CupZero station and get your money back. There will also be designated CupZero recycling bins throughout the space. 

Guests will have the ability to purchase seafood with sustainable offerings as deep as the sea, all of which will be recommended by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s rigorous Seafood Watch program. Festival-goers will be equipped with the latest sustainable seafood guides and have the opportunity to sample seasonal flavors by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Executive Chef Matthew Beaudin. Hudson Square’s Houseman Restaurant’s Chef Ned Baldwin will offer Fisherman’s Stew and more and Mattitaco will serve farm to food truck Oysters, Tacos and Moules Frites, courtesy of Chef Justin Schwartz.   Ca’Pisci  will make its festival return offering a rustic Italian menu featuring only sustainable fish. Salsa Pistolero will be on hand with an assortment of refreshing salsa flavors to snack on and My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream will hand out their sweet treats.  MF Events will provide a local raw bar highlighting 100% local to NYC oysters  and more…

The festival will showcase and serve up cocktails from the world’s most prominent spirits brands including COÇA PURA TEQUILA, Boukman Botanical RhumKoval, London Essence Co., KAS Krupnikas Nolet’s Gin, Chinola, Barrows Intense and Barrows Intense Ginger Liqueur. Q Mixers will be the official mixer, enhance the finest spirits and  fresh cocktail garnishes will be provided by Square Roots, which is  building a hanging Hydroponic Garden.  Guests can also enjoy the Coney Island Brewing Co lounge with photo booth, and Owl's Brew Boozy Tea And Botanicals, while Polar Seltzer, Harmless Harvest Coconut  Water  and sparkling probiotic drinks from KeVita will be there to help keep revelers hydrated. 

This one-of-a-kind immersive experience, outfitted with floral and tree arrangements by Brenton Wolf Design, will also feature a winter séance and a symbolic sacrifice to the God of Aquarius, an art installation by Jimmy Carillo, outdoor fire pits and extraordinary fire breathers and aerialists. The evening will also feature a performance from the  Brass Queens, the all female group that’s disrupting a male dominated genre.  Guests can commemorate the magical evening with an impromptu photoshoot in the 4Five Photo Booth with fun props to kick your pictures up a notch.  DJ Ryan Vandal will provide the soundtrack for the night in the Albra Room while  DJ Samantha Michelle will take over the Main Hall. Who could ask for more?

Aquarius specialty cocktails and water are complementary to all ticket holders.  Full meals will be available for purchase. Tickets begin at $95 and can be purchased by visiting:  Guests will also be invited to help save the ocean and the planet by donating $10 to Oceanic Global,  AQUARIUS 2020’s official ocean conservation charity and sustainability partner.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that's fished or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean, now and for future generations. Our recommendations indicate which seafood items are Best Choices or Good Alternatives, and which ones you should Avoid. For more information, visit
Oceanic Global is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that engages new audiences in ocean conservation. We tap into universal passions to raise awareness for issues impacting our oceans and to provide individual and industry solutions that drive positive change. Read more at:


Cup Zero is on a mission to change the way we think about events and festivals moving towards zero waste one drink at a time.  Cup Zero is a reusable cup service based in NYC. They deliver, pick up, wash, and store so you can focus on throwing a great party, without hurting the planet. Using a deposit system, cups get returned so they can be washed and sanitized for future use, keeping the venue clean, and plastic out of the oceans.  To learn more, visit
Inspired by the word husmanskost, “everyday food" in Norwegian, Houseman is a neighborhood restaurant where chef Ned Baldwin serves clear-headed food that ranges from the familiar to the unexpected. 
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Westport Country Playhouse

Free event is co-sponsored by The Westport Library, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport/Weston Interfaith Council, Westport/Weston Interfaith Clergy, and TEAM Westport

“Voter Suppression in America” will be the topic of keynote speaker Dr. Carol Anderson, historian, educator, and New York Times bestselling author, at the 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Sunday, January 19, at 3 p.m., at Westport Country Playhouse. The event is free-of-charge and open to the public.  However, advance registration is recommended through the Playhouse box office at 203-227-4177 or by email at Seating is general admission (unreserved).

The celebration is co-sponsored by The Westport Library, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport/Weston Interfaith Council, Westport/Weston Interfaith Clergy, and TEAM Westport.

“On behalf of the co-sponsoring organizations, we are honored to welcome Dr. Carol Anderson to this year’s event,” said Harold Bailey, Jr., chair of TEAM Westport. “She is one of the nation’s foremost experts on voting suppression and voter disinformation. Her body of research and historical perspectives directly intersect with the issues most critical to the future of our nation at this time.”

Dr. Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of “One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy”; “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide,” a New York Times bestseller; “Eyes Off the Prize:  The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955”; and “Bourgeois Radicals:  The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960.”

Anderson’s address will be followed by a moderated audience Q&A and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase at the event. In addition, there will be performances by opera singer Helena Brown and students from Trumbull’s Regional Center for the Arts. Complimentary refreshments will be served in the Playhouse lobby after the presentation. 

This event is made possible in part by and is included in the Westport Library's 2019–20 WestportREADS program, "Our Vote. Our Future," a year-long series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration began in 2006 as an interfaith gathering, coordinated by the Interfaith Council of Westport and Weston.

All dates and participants are subject to change. 

For more information and reservations, call the Westport Country Playhouse box office at (203) 227-4177, or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport, or at Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), or view Playhouse videos on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).

The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater of the highest caliber and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; the New Works Initiative, a program dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new live theatrical works; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; youth performance training through Broadway Method Academy, Westport Country Playhouse’s resident conservatory program; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round. Charity Navigator has recently awarded its top 4-star charity rating to the Playhouse in recognition of its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

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Norwalk Health Dept. Offers FREE Radon Testing Kits

January is National Radon Action Month, and your state and local health departments urge you to learn more about radon—a leading cause of lung cancer—and test for radon in your home. The Norwalk Health Department will distribute free radon testing kits in the Health Department lobby (137 East Avenue) from 11 am - 1 pm on January 7 and 8, while supplies last. The kits were provided as part of the Radon Partnership from the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) Lead, Radon and Healthy Homes Program.

Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas released in soil, rock, and water from the breakdown of uranium. It can be drawn into homes and other buildings through cracks and other openings in the foundation. Long-term exposure to high levels of radon gas indoors is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, and smokers are at an even higher risk of lung cancer when exposed to radon.

If radon levels are high (4 pCi/L or higher), CT DPH strongly recommends that homeowners hire a professional to help lower the levels. These professionals are trained to reduce radon in homes by using ventilation and depressurization systems and other techniques. As with many home repairs, the cost of fixing radon problems varies. CT DPH estimates that the average cost of this service ranges from $1,200 to $1,500. For more information and a list of radon professionals please visit the CT DPH website (

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Flower Power Kids: MLK Jr. Service Day Project at Norwalk Historical Society!

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Norwalk Historical Society will be hosting, “Flower Power Kids: MLK Jr. Service Day Project”.  This free family-friendly Service Day Project supports the Norwalk non-profit organization, ElderHouse Adult Day Center, and takes place on Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. Register for this free event at:  

Drop-in anytime between 1:00pm – 4:00pm!  This free event will provide an outlet for children and adults to further Dr. King’s message of peace and love by making paper flower bouquets and cards for the senior citizens of ElderHouse. In addition to the service project, children will get the opportunity to create peace flowers and learn more about Dr. King’s mission for peace, freedom and justice for all. 

Register for this free event at:  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

If the event is canceled due to inclement weather, it will be rescheduled.   The Norwalk Historical Society Museum is located at 141 East Avenue. The front entrance is accessible from the Norwalk City Hall parking area at 125 East Avenue.  The Museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department.

For more information:, e-mail:, or call 203-846-0525.

The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 

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Beardsley Zoo's Leopard Cubs to Mark 1st Birthday Jan. 25

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Two of the rarest of the big cats on earth will celebrate their first birthday at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo on Saturday, January 25. The Zoo’s two Amur leopard cubs, Orion and Kallisto (Panthera pardus orientalis), were born January 25, 2019, adding to the important species survival work being done at the AZA-accredited facility. The male Amur leopard cub, Orion, and the melanistic (an extremely rare black color variant) female, Kallisto, were hand-reared by Zoo staff. 

The Zoo will celebrate with a number of special activities throughout the day:

  • 9:00 a.m.- First 100 guests through the gate receive free Zoo calendar magnet
  • 10:00 a.m.- Education talks begin at the leopard habitat
  • Noon- Birthday enrichment offered to the cubs, designed to encourage exploration and play. Free cake and hot cocoa served to Zoo guests. 
  • 1:00 p.m.- Encore presentation of Fostering Felines Part II Lecture in the Research Station: talk supported with photos and video by Leopard Cub Care Specialists Bethany Thatcher and Chris Barker. 
  • 20% discount at Zoo Gift Shop offered all day

Amur leopards are critically endangered, which means they face an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild, with approximately 80 animals remaining there. There are approximately 200 in human care worldwide, with slightly more than 100 in Russia and Europe, and slightly fewer than 100 in the U.S.  With such a small population, each Amur leopard born is extremely important to the survival of the species. 

“Amur leopards are on the brink of extinction, so there’s every reason to celebrate Orion and Kallisto reaching their first birthdays as healthy young cubs,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “The birth of these cubs brought two more precious Amur leopards to the population, which helps ensure the survival of these majestic animals for future generations.”

The cubs’ mother, Freya, resides in an adjacent habitat to the cubs. 

About Amur leopards

A rare subspecies of leopard that has adapted to life in the temperate forests from Northeast China to the Korean peninsula and the Russian Far East, Amur leopards are often illegally hunted for their beautiful spotted fur. The Amur leopard is agile and fast, running at speeds up to 37 miles per hour. Males reach weights of 110 pounds and females up to 90 pounds. 

They prey on sika, roe deer, and hare, but the Amur leopard has to compete with humans for these animals. They live for 10-15 years in the wild, and up to 20 years in human care. In the wild, Amur leopards make their home in the Amur-Heilong, a region that contains one of the most biologically diverse temperate forests in the world, vast steppe grasslands, and the unbroken taiga biome. 

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo:

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut's only zoo, celebrating its 98th anniversary this year, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Guests won't want to miss our Amur tigers and leopards, Mexican and red wolves, and South American rainforest with free-flight aviary. Other highlights include the new Spider monkey habitat, the Natt Family Red Panda Habitat, the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas, plus the Pampas Plains featuring maned wolves, Chacoan peccaries and Giant anteaters. Guests can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful, indoor carousel. For more information, visit

]]> (Lisa Clair ) Events Mon, 13 Jan 2020 08:19:59 -0500
Fairfield County Bank Announces Coins for a Cause, Helps Local Charities

Ridgefield, CT – January 13, 2020 – Fairfield County Bank is proud to introduce Coins for a Cause, a new program designed to support local Fairfield County charities.

Since its founding in 1871, Fairfield County Bank supports the community in many ways including hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in charitable donations, providing over 4,000 hours a year in employee volunteer hours, and even free checking accounts for non-profits. Coins for a Cause is the latest program the Bank created to help local charities raise awareness and funds.

The Coins for a Cause program enables community members to use Fairfield County Bank coin machines to donate their loose change to local non-profits enrolled in the program. Charities can easily enroll in the program, starting by speaking with a local bank representative. After enrolling, charities simply circulate their branded deposit records to their constituents to encourage donations.

“Local charities know that every penny counts. Coins for a Cause is just another way to help our many non-profits clients raise the critical funding necessary for their mission. Everyone has a jar or bowl where we collect loose change. Coins for a Cause is an easy way for us all to make a difference and feel good at the same time by donating that change to a favorite charity.” said Stephen Wooters, Executive Vice President at Fairfield County Bank.

Community members are encouraged to ask their favorite charities if they are enrolled in the program so they may obtain a Coins for a Cause deposit slip from the charity.

Fairfield County Bank coin machines may be found in each of the Bank’s 16 office locations. After receiving the Coins for a Cause deposit slip from the charity, community members simply use the coin machines to count the coins and bring the coin machine slip and deposit record to any local Fairfield County Bank teller to be deposited into the charity’s account. 100% of the proceeds go to the charity.

Visit to find the office location closest to you.

Founded in 1871, Fairfield County Bank is a $1.5 billion community bank with locations throughout Fairfield County. Fairfield County Bank delivers a full range of financial services through superior Client relationships and the knowledge that when you put your money in Fairfield County Bank, it stays in Fairfield County - strengthening our communities. Visit to find out more about the Bank.


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Join Norwalk Community Chorale!


The Norwalk Community Chorale invites all who love to sing to join the four-part chorus Jan. 14 through Feb. 4. There are no audition requirements or residency restrictions. Ability to read music is a plus but not mandatory. We welcome voices for all sections: soprano, alto, tenor, bass, with emphasis on expanding our tenor section. Female and male tenors welcome!

Come to Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, Mary McCarthy Room, to enroll during one of the next four rehearsals: 1/14; 1/21; 1/28; 2/4. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday evening from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in preparation for our spring concert, to be held Sat., May 30, 2020.

For more information contact or visit

Photo Credit: Brian Burgess

]]> (Cathy Ryan Sherman) Life Sat, 11 Jan 2020 14:49:50 -0500
Dancing with the Stars - A Gala Benefit for ElderHouse

One of the hottest fundraising events in Fairfield County - ElderHouse will host its 7th Annual Dancing with the Stars Gala Benefit on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton.

Dance professionals from Fred Astaire Studios in Norwalk will be paired with local business leaders for a star-studded dance competition. ElderHouse’s only fundraising event of the year will feature a live auction and paddle raise, as well as dinner, music and dancing.  All proceeds help to sustain an award-winning program of adult care, socialization and recreational activities to seniors living with aging conditions including memory loss and physical limitations. Reservations begin at $200 per ticket or $3000 per table.

Visit for more information, to purchase tickets and make a pledge for our star dancers!

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