Norwalk's HamletHub Sun, 25 Oct 2020 04:22:23 -0400 Broadway is BACK! ACT of Connecticut's The Last Five Years

After 7 long months of their "extended intermission" ACT of Connecticut is BACK!

Here, Dan Levine, ACT of Connecticut's Artistic Director, outlines the many safety measures in place for theater-goers. The Last Five Years, a modern musical, opens on October 28. Purchase in-person and live stream tickets HERE.
The pandemic has literally closed the curtain on live entertainment around the world and theaters around the country (including Broadway) went dark in March. Many performing arts venues have made the very difficult decision not to reopen at all this season. Actors’ Equity Association (the union for all professional actors and stage managers) have banned all of its members from working at any union theater unless the union has approved a specific theater for reopening.
ACT of CT has spent the past four months working with the state of Connecticut and Actors’ Equity Association on their reopening/safety plan. Because of their commitment to the health and safety of staff, artists, and audience, ACT's reopening plan was approved by the union and ACT of CT is honored to be the first Equity regional theater in the country to be approved to reopen with a long-running indoor musical. THE LAST FIVE YEARS (opening Oct 28) is the first musical back after seven months of what ACT refers to as their “extended intermission”.
Ridgefield is thrilled to have ACT of CT reopening and ticket sales for the show certainly reflect this fact! For THE LAST FIVE YEARS, fifty audience members will be allowed to watch the show live in person. But not to worry! ACT of CT has acquired special permission to livestream this gorgeous production each and every night! Tickets for both “in-person” and “livestream” are available at
Check out this excellent video (created by Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine) which explains ACT of CT’s reopening plan and what to expect when returning to the theater for the first time!

ACT of CT Patron Safety Plan for THE LAST FIVE YEA...

]]> (Daniel C. Levine) Life Sat, 24 Oct 2020 05:41:34 -0400
Christmas Playtime at the Mansion

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum kicks off the Holiday Season with a new exhibit titled, Christmas Playtime at the Mansion, which will open to the public on Wed., Nov. 11, 2020 and run through Sun., Jan. 3, 2021, at 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT.

From 1868 to 1938, children played on the third floor of the Mansion, which was filled with toys and dolls and even featured a theater where they may have performed. This year, after undergoing expert restoration, the Museum’s doll collection along with several vintage toys will be exhibited as part of Christmas Playtime at the Mansion, an exhibition that will recreate those playful times during the Victorian era.

The first floor of the Mansion will feature Christmas trees decorated with period-appropriate ornaments, a dining table adorned with dazzling antique silver and china, several playful dolls and toy vignettes, andsumptuous Victorian gowns curated by Stacey Danielson, with generous loans from the Wilton Historical Society.

The exhibit will also feature magnificent contemporary displays and trees decorated by renowned interior designer Victoria Vandamm of Vandamm Interiors, while silk garlands embellished with ribbons and trimmings will drape the grand Victorian staircase beautifully decorated by Danna DiElsi, owner of The Silk Touch in Norwalk, CT. 

The exhibition is made possible with the assistance of the Curatorial Committee co-chaired by Trustees Mimi Findlay and Paul Veeder.

The Museum’s 2020 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown; LMMM’s Leadership Patrons: The Sealark Foundation; LMMM’s 2020 Season Distinguished Benefactors: The City of Norwalk and The Maurice Goodman Foundation; LMMM’s 2020 Distinguished Benefactors for Education: The Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation, Inc. Photos are courtesy of Alex Rosenfeld Photography and Sarah Grote Photography.

The Museum will offer tours of the new exhibit on a limited basis. 45-minute tours of the first floor Period Rooms will be available on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Due to the continued threat of COVID-19 and to achieve safe distancing measures, the tour capacity will be reduced and all tickets must be purchased online through the Museum’s website: Walk-ins will not be accepted until further notice.

 The schedule may be subject to change.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on schedules and programs please visit, e-mail, or call 203-838-9799.

]]> (Charles Hill) Events Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:20:07 -0400
Should I be worried about flat feet? Foot and Ankle Specialist at OrthoConnecticut has the answers

Story by Randolph Sealey M.D., Foot and Ankle Specialist at OrthoConnecticut.

One of the most common patient consultations to my foot and ankle practice is a parent bringing their child in for evaluation of “Flat Feet." The referrals for this common condition come from a range of sources; pediatricians, family members, coaches, shoe salesmen, dance instructors, military recruiters and worried parents.

Although flat feet used to be a disqualifier for military duty, as it turns out, flat feet or pes planus is a normal variation in the spectrum of foot alignment. Most babies and toddlers will outgrow flat foot alignment. Like all things in life there is a normal distribution where a “normal” arch is in the middle and then flat and high arches are on the extremes. A flat foot is one of the most common foot variations or deformities that I treat.

More importantly, most people with flat feet have absolutely no pain! A slight amount of flattening or pronation is probably good to have in your foot alignment versus more of a high or cavus arch. A foot with slight pronation almost has built in shock absorption versus a foot with a high arch which tends to be more stiff during impact.

The World’s Fastest Man has Flat Feet

One of my favorite examples for worried parents and patients is Usain Bolt – the fastest man in the world. Google images of Usain’s feet and you will see that he clearly has flat feet or pronates. This fact doesn’t seem to have slowed him down as he dominated three straight Olympic games!

When Flat Feet Becomes Problematic

Flat foot alignment becomes problematic when it is accompanied by pain and activity limitations. The exact location of the pain and the degree of flexibility in the foot are two key factors when evaluating flat feet. The age of the patient also plays a role in the diagnosis and ultimate treatment. Young children who are active may develop pain from a congenital problem. Adults may develop pain from undiagnosed problems they have been carrying their whole lives. Patients can also develop a new or acquired flat foot because of tearing a tendon or ligament in their foot. Patient symptoms may include swelling, pain along the arch or outer border of the foot, difficulty fitting shoes, and fatigue from long periods of standing or walking. Most patients can be diagnosed in the office thru a history, physical exam and X-rays.

Non-Surgical Treatment Always the First Step

The goal of treatment is to prevent the deformity or flat foot from getting worse. An orthotic shoe insert can be used for mild or moderate deformity. An ankle brace may be needed for moderate to severe deformity. To calm the pain, other recommendations include low impact activity, calf stretching, rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medications. If conservative non-surgical treatment fails after 3 to 6 months we consider surgical options.

Experience is Key to Successful Reconstruction Surgery

Surgery involves reconstruction of the arch by either preserving or eliminating the mobility of foot joints. Experience with flatfoot deformity is critical to appropriately individualize a patient’s treatment plan. Although the recovery process can be lengthy, flatfoot reconstruction surgery enjoys extremely high success rates.

If you are experiencing painful flat feet, your next step should be an evaluation from our experienced team at the Foot & Ankle Center at OrthoConnecticut.

Dr. Sealey is the only fellowship-trained, board-certified foot and ankle specialist in the Danbury Region.

For more information, go to:, and read more about Dr. Sealey and the Foot and Ankle Center at OrthoConnecticut.

]]> (Randolph Sealey M.D.) Neighbors Thu, 22 Oct 2020 06:54:00 -0400
Five Animals Announce Candidacy for Mayor of CT's Beardsley Zoo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Five animal candidates are vying for the much sought-after title of Mayor of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. This important election will decide the Zoo’s first Mayor, the highest-ranking animal official who will showcase the important role of animal ambassadors. The five candidates who have made it past the primary rounds to the general election are:

  • Peaches the Nigerian dwarf goat. Peaches is the mother of two sets of triplets and a set of twins. She has raised all the kids on her own, demonstrating her can-do spirit. She’s quiet and friendly unless she needs to assert herself and is rarely in a baaaaad mood.
  • Wiggles the 18-year-old chinchilla. As a long-time animal ambassador and a veteran of ZooMobile visits to senior centers as well as starring roles at children’s birthday parties, Wiggles has the experience and know-how to get the job done. Plus this crepuscular rodent has very cute ears.
  • Matilda the red-footed tortoise. Matilda is one of the quietest candidates, signaling her position on issues with head movements. Her campaign materials state that while she may not have lightning speed, she believes that slow and steady wins the race. 
  • Jolene the Whistling duck.  Jolene is a born politician. Sociable, boisterous and noisy, she has supported the rights of ducks who prefer to walk on land as well as those who prefer to perch in trees. She considers all ducks equal under the law.
  • E.O. the Giant anteater. E.O., named for famed American biologist E.O. Wilson, shares Wilson’s love of science. A devoted father of two with his partner Pana, E.O. champions ambitious science-based agendas when not enjoying an insect slurry. 

This highly contested race will be decided by online votes. The general public can vote for the candidate of their choice by making a one-dollar donation for each vote at Voting begins on Wednesday, October 21. Polls close at four p.m. on Tuesday, November 3. 

“Similar to other elections taking place around the country, the race for Mayor of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is highly contested as each candidate attempts to win the support of voters,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “Unlike other elections, we encourage people to vote early, vote often, and stuff the ballot box.”

The winning Mayor will hold a 12-month term. All donations to the ballot box will be used to support the Zoo’s mission of conservation, education, research and fun.  

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo:

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut’s only zoo, celebrating its 98th year, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American and Northern Asian species. Guests won’t want to miss our Amur tiger and leopards, maned wolves, and Mexican grey wolves and red wolves. Other highlights include our new Spider Monkey Habitat, the prairie dog exhibit, and the Pampas Plain with Giant anteaters and Chacoan peccaries. Guests can grab a bite from the Peacock Café and eat in the Picnic Grove. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a non-profit organization approaching its 100th year at a time when the mission of helping fragile wildlife populations and eco-systems is more important than ever. 

The Zoo reopened on June 1. Tickets must be purchased on the Zoo’s website at Face masks are required for everyone over the age of two, with the exception of those with medical conditions that preclude wearing them. 

]]> (Lisa Clair ) Politics Thu, 22 Oct 2020 02:42:37 -0400
Rowayton Arts Center is one of Fairfield County Bank's charities of the month! Learn more and VOTE!

RAC is a Fairfield County Bank Charity of the Month

Rowayton Arts Center is one of Fairfield County Bank's highlighted charities during October for National Arts and Humanities Month –
vote online ONCE at the link below or at the branch in Rowayton DAILY (2 McKinley Street) for our chance to win $1000!!!
Click here to vote!
Visit RAC online here to see what's on view.
]]> (RAC) Places Wed, 21 Oct 2020 12:30:47 -0400
The Aldrich Podcast Series "Hindsight is" Continues Oct. 26 with The Webbs

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum has launched the first episode of a new three-episode podcast series, Hindsight is, presented in conjunction with Twenty Twenty an exhibition in which seven artists respond to lived experience of this historic year. The exhibit is produced by the Piti Theatre Company and brings local history and current events to life through creative storytelling. 

Hindsight is focuses on vignette scenes with a range of local and regional historic figures in Connecticut, and Ridgefield in particular, including women’s Suffragist Alice Paul and former NAACP Connecticut Chapter President William Webb. Actors portray these figures dramatizing social and political issues intensified this year such as voting rights, racism, and fascism through their unique perspectives as citizens from the past.

You can listen to the first episode featuring Ridgefield’s Alice Paul and President Woodrow Wilson here.

On Monday, October 26, The Aldrich will release the second episode “The Webbs,” featuring William Webb, an African-American Civil War solider from Connecticut in conversation with William Webb who started the Ridgefield Chapter of the NAACP and later became the Connecticut president of that organization.

Released on Monday, November 2 will be the final episode “How Worried Should We Be? Hitler on Trial at Ridgefield High, 1934,” recreating some of the mock trial held in 1934 by a Ridgefield High School Economics class offering a snapshot of teenage and educational life in Ridgefield in the 1930s.

In addition, The Aldrich is hosting two virtual programs coinciding with these podcast episodes.

Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 pm - virtual talk on Alice Paul and Woodrow Wilson

During this event, Tina Cassidy, author of Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote, and Jonathan Mirin, co-founding artistic director of the Piti Theatre Company, will delve into the themes and history behind the first episode of the podcast. More information can be found here.

Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 pm, you are invited to (virtually) attend Anti-Racism Workshop: The Webbs

This coincides with the second episode of the podcast. Kirsten Ivey-Colson and Lynn Turner from The AntiRacist Tables, will lead the group in a workshop on the work of antiracism as a path towards healing and liberation for ourselves and our world and create a space to share with the community.

Learn more HERE.

]]> (HH) Events Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:03:51 -0400
Maritime Aquarium offers special in-person & virtual programs on Election Day, FREE with suggested donation

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is guaranteeing a win on Election Day by offering free in-person and online programs that give parents time to cast their ballots while their kids enjoy fun learning experiences about the marine world.

In-person programs on Tues., Nov. 3 are for ages 4 to 12, and available in three sessions: from 8:30-11:30 a.m., 12:30-3:30 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, a selection of eight virtual programs – including one entirely in Spanish – will stream to kids and families anywhere hourly from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All are free, with a suggested donation.

“We’re so pleased to be able to provide free programming that will be both educational and inspirational for students nationwide, so that Election Day needn’t be just another day away from school,” said Tom Naiman, the Aquarium’s director of Education. “There is so much concern about learning loss since the start of the pandemic. We see these programs as a way to help students, teachers and families make Election Day a time for continued learning, wherever they may be located. And, with the in-person programs, we’re happy to help give local parents time to go do their civic duty in voting.”

In-Person Programs

During the Election Day in-person programs, kids will tour Aquarium exhibits, meet live creatures and participate in age-appropriate activities focused on marine animals and the ocean world. Children must wear masks at all times, and Aquarium educators will apply other health and safety guidelines.

You can only enroll a child in one of the three sessions. Each session has a capacity. There is a $25 registration fee that may be refunded when the child is picked up on time by a parent or caregiver.

Virtual Programs

The Election Day virtual programs mostly run for 50 minutes and can be streamed live from any device. Here’s the schedule, with the intended audience:

9 a.m. – “Fish Tales” (preschool-kindergarten)

10 a.m. – “Hide, Seek, Chomp!” (Grades 3-5)

11 a.m. – “Feeding Time!” (all ages; 30 minutes long)

Noon – “Shark Safari” (kindergarten-Grade 2)

1 p.m. – Aquarium Stars: Seals (Grades 3-6)

2 p.m. – Todo Sobre Las Tortugas Marinas (a program entirely in Spanish)

3 p.m. – Saving Horseshoe Crabs (all ages)

4 p.m. – Meet the Jellies (pre-K to Grade 2)

Get details about each session’s content on the Aquarium website.

All of the Election Day programs require advance registration. There are forms to be filled out for the in-person programs. Those signing up for a virtual program will receive a link to the online session. Learn more and find the links for required preregistration at

The Maritime Aquarium encourages all eligible citizens to register and to cast votes on Election Day. Through the Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP) – a coalition of 22 U.S. aquariums acting together to advance ocean and freshwater conservation – The Maritime Aquarium joins in reminding Americans that voting gives us the power to choose leaders who can make decisions to: protect our ocean, our air and water; conserve the natural places and wildlife we love; and ensure our communities have a voice in the decision-making process. Learn more at

]]> (Dave Sigworth) Places Tue, 20 Oct 2020 10:27:01 -0400
A Haunting at Mill Hill - The Movie

The Norwalk Historical Society's popular graveyard tour, "A Haunting at Mill Hill", is a movie this year to keep guests and ghosts safe!

Grab the popcorn, dim the lights, and gather round...if you dare... to watch Norwalk’s haunted history come to life in “A Haunting at Mill Hill – The Movie”. Ghostly entities are waiting to share their true stories of death, murder, insanity and destruction. What might scare you the most is that all these stories are true! You see, fact is sometimes scarier than fiction. Filmed and directed by local filmmaker, Kurtis Spieler.

Movie tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased via Eventbrite at:, or A link to the movie will be emailed to you 24 hours before it goes live.

This movie is NOT recommended for children under 8 years old.

“A Haunting at Mill Hill – The Movie” can be viewed starting at 5:00 p.m. on October 23, 2020 through November 1, 2020.

The net proceeds support the Norwalk Historical Society's education programs and cultural exhibits. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  

“A Haunting at Mill Hill – The Movie” is sponsored in part by: Silver Level Sponsor: Collins Funeral Home; Tuliptree Site Design.  Bronze Level Sponsor: Eric & Catherine Chandler; M.F. DiScala & Company, Inc.; People's United Bank

Special thanks to Factory Underground Studio’s education department for sound recording and sound engineering for the film.

]]> (Norwalk Historical Society) Life Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:30:12 -0400
Kids In Crisis will host its second community-wide Scavenger Hunt October 23 through November 1

Kids In Crisis Autumn Scavenger Hunt

Kids In Crisis will host its second community-wide Scavenger Hunt October 23 through November 1. This much-anticipated virtual event is a fun and engaging way to build awareness for participating businesses and the Kids In Crisis mission.

The Scavenger Hunt is a great, safe way for singles, families, friends, and co-workers of all ages to have fun this Autumn. The cost to play is $10 for an individual or team of up to five people. Players receive a list of “missions,” in categories like “Family Fun,” “Do Good,” and “Community Awareness & Support.” The missions motivate players to get outdoors to safely and actively enjoy the charm and vibrancy of the season. Kids in Crisis has an exciting Scavenger Hunt prize pool to award to participating players.

Registration is now open via smartphone or computer, through a free app called Goosechase, and challenges will go live at 9:00 AM on October 23rd. Players will have a full week, until November 1st, to complete the mission challenges. Sharing successes and challenge submissions via social media is encouraged, using #KICCHALLENGE, and #KICSCAVENGERHUNT. and Instagram Kids_In_Crisis

Individuals and teams of up to five players are welcome to play, and naming yourself or your team begins the fun. Once you’re in the game you’ll be required to “snap evidence” of completed missions to collect points through the app in real time, and your game organizer will award spontaneous prizes along the way. Players will have access to a real-time leaderboard to see how they stack up against other teams, and a motivational activity feed to chart progress and enjoy game-wide postings as the competition evolves.

This game is being made possible by voluntary donations and sponsorsincludingShoff Darby Insurance, Fairfield County Bank, Granoff Architects, Palmer’s Market and Philips.Organizations and individualsinterested in a sponsorship of this exciting eventare asked to contact Beth Jabick

Kids In Crisis Executive Director Shari Shapiro explains how the unique Scavenger Hunt idea came to life; “While we’ve had to cancel all of our in-person fundraisers in lieu of the Corona Virus pandemicandwe thought a virtual Scavenger Hunt would be the perfect way to stay connected with supporters, raise funds, andhelp spread awareness about the agency and the work we do."

]]> (Paula Barker) Charities Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:15:56 -0400
Grant Program To Support Connecticut’s Arts Community Amid COVID-19 Pandemic and Artists Sunday

Governor Ned Lamont announced today that the State of Connecticut will be providing up to $9 million in grants to certain nonprofit arts organizations in the state to help them recover more quickly from the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Utilizing federal CARES Act funding from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s (DECD) Office of the Arts will administer the COVID Relief Fund for the Arts program with the goal of supporting:

  • Arts nonprofits for whom grants will make a difference in terms of survival or rehiring; and
  • Arts nonprofits that have had to curtail operations for a period of time due to the pandemic and which have had limited ability to reopen due to pandemic restrictions and/or have had to pivot their service delivery due to pandemic restrictions.

“Connecticut’s arts community provides an incredible amount of good for our state and supports thousands of jobs,” Governor Lamont said. “The ongoing, global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted so many aspects of our lives, and many of our state’s nonprofit arts organizations are struggling to recover from its impact. This program will provide some support so that these groups can continue providing the services in our state that so many depend on.”

Qualifying organizations will receive a base grant of $5,000. For organizations that have raised funds between March 10 and November 1, 2020, the program will offer a supplemental match of 50 percent of contributed income during that period. The maximum award for any organization is $750,000.

Arts organizations eligible for funding include:

  • Performing Arts Centers: Multi-purpose facilities for arts programming, including theaters that present live performances and/or live classes;
  • Performing Groups: Groups of artists who perform works of art (e.g., an orchestra, theater, or dance group). To qualify, the organization must either own the venue in which it performs and/or spend more than 20 percent of its annual operating budget on rental of space used to perform; and
  • Schools of the Arts: Organizations that have arts education as its primary educational mission (e.g. community art schools).

The Connecticut Office of the Arts will be accepting applications between October 23 and November 3, and all contracts must be executed by December 30. Additional information on eligibility requirements and the application process can be found on DECD’s website.

“The pandemic has wreaked havoc on Connecticut’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations,” Liz Shapiro, DECD’s Director of Arts, Preservation, and Museums, said. “The impact of the arts on our communities and our overall quality of life cannot be overstated, so it is important we extend this financial lifeline to our nonprofits to help them weather this storm.”

Connecticut’s arts and culture sector represents five percent of the state’s economy, generating $9 billion annually and supporting 57,000 jobs. The sector is integral to the tourism industry, with 69 percent of visitors coming to Connecticut for arts and cultural offerings.

Artists Sunday November 29 2020

The Connecticut Office of the Arts is a proud partner of Artists Sunday™ - a nationwide event, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 29th, encouraging consumers to shop with artists and craftsmen.
]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Charities Mon, 19 Oct 2020 08:03:33 -0400
Ethan Allen Prep Parent Information Night is now VIRTUAL

Ethan Allen Prep at The Golf Performance Center will host a VIRTUAL Parent Information Night on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 7:00 pm. This is an important first step for families interested in enrollment for the 2021-22 Academic Year! Both parents and athletes are encouraged to attend. 

RSVP to to receive the Google Hangout link.

Located in Ridgefield, Connecticut, Ethan Allen Preparatory is a private academy for female and male student-athletes in Grades 6-12. Both day-students and boarders experience the flexibility of a blended learning curriculum with the personalization of small group learning opportunities through our partnership with K12.

EAP is a model for schools of the future. Our students' class and study schedules are flexible enough to allow for intensive golf training at The Golf Performance Center, the Northeast's leading golf academy. The principles being taught in our classrooms are closely aligned with the values being taught on the course.  

RSVP by emailing Melanie and receive the Google Hangout link.

Visit us at for more information.

Ethan Allen Prep is located at  45 Stonehenge Road, Ridgefield, CT

]]> (GPC) Events Mon, 19 Oct 2020 04:12:25 -0400
Norwalk Community Foundation Elects Darien Resident President, Welcomes New Directors

During its Annual Meeting on September 29, 2020, the NCC Foundation Executive Director Carrie Bernier led the Board of Directors in a review of the Foundation's impact over the past year, and the board elected a new president and two new directors. A keynote address was given by NCC Chief Executive Officer Cheryl De Vonish, and NCC executive cabinet members had an opportunity to meet the board and share their vision for the future growth of NCC. The meeting was held virtually.
At the Annual Meeting, the board elected a new President, George A. Reilly of Darien, an attorney with the Rucci Law Group.  George has been practicing law locally for over 35 years involving matrimonial matters, real estate and estate planning with others in Rucci Law Group.  George has been involved in a number of public service organizations, especially involving education.  He was a trustee of his high school alma mater, King School in Stamford, and served as president of its board for seven years.  He was a member of Darien’s Board of Education for eleven years, and he has served on the NCC Foundation for eight years.  
“The NCC Foundation provides critical scholarship assistance to hundreds of students each semester, and it funds unique and important college programs such as the Veterinary Technology program and new Digital Media Center.  I am delighted to lead such a valuable resource for our community,” George said.
The Board also welcomed two new Directors, Tara Arnold of Fairfield, Head of Community Relations at Bridgewater Associates, and Laura Sterner of New Canaan, Head of Capital Development and Investor Relations at Point72.  
In joining the board, Tara shared, “I’m honored to join such a fantastic group of people that make up the NCC Foundation Board, working together on a shared mission.  A mission where I hope to contribute to the future of our youth in a positive way, which has always been a passion of mine.”  
On becoming a Board Director Laura told us: “An amazing opportunity set exists to educate, support and mentor the next generation while at the same time creating a more diverse, educated workforce. I am thrilled to be a part of such an effective organization.”

If you want to help Norwalk Community College students achieve their academic and professional goals, consider a gift to the NCC Foundation:

In photo, from left, George Reilly, President, Norwalk Community College Foundation,Tara Arnold, Board Director and Laura Sterner, Board Director
]]> (Norwalk Community College Foundation) Charities Fri, 16 Oct 2020 10:38:54 -0400
It's National Pizza Month and Ace Endico is Celebrating with 850 Degrees and Serafina Pizza Delivered to Your Door!


850 Degrees and Serafina Pizza at Your Doorstep 

It’s National Pizza Month and ACE Endico To Go is celebrating America’s beloved savory pie by offering a discount on their locally made pizza pies including Ridgefield-based 850 Degrees and Serafina pizza, rooted in Westchester County.

Order your pizza (and choose from over 2,000 restaurant-quality items) online HERE and your items will be at your doorstep tomorrow. There is no delivery fee for orders of $200.00 or more!

The Serifina Margherita Classico Pizza is made with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, this classic Margherita pizza will delight the senses. The pie is restaurant-grade, handmade and cooked in a wood-burning oven.

Enjoy 850 Degrees famous classic cheese pizza in the comfort of your own home! This delectable pie features a thin New York Style crust, tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese. Cook from frozen at 425° for 8-12 minutes. Place directly on the center oven for best results. 

850’s New York Style 12” Margarita Pizza features a thin New York Style crust, tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil. Cook from frozen at 425° for 8-12 minutes. Place directly on the center oven rack or preheated baking sheet for best results.

According to the National Day Calendar, National Pizza Month began in October 1984 and was created by the publisher of Pizza Today magazine and pizzeria owner, Gerry Durnell. He chose October because it’s the month the first issue of his magazine debuted. 

Ace Endico, a family-owned business that began with humble roots in a small garage in Mt. Vernon, New York in 1982  is now the leading regional food purveyor and foodservice distributor in the Northeast, employing over 400 employees!

ACE ENDICO wants to assure you that their drivers are wearing gloves, and using sanitizing wipes and disinfectant sprays between deliveries. 

To place your order, click HERE.

]]> (HH) Life Fri, 16 Oct 2020 06:19:00 -0400
The Great Mac & Chili Challenge Has Been Postponed

Norwalk, CT – The 2020 Great Mac & Chili Challenge may have been postponed this year due to Covid-19 but it doesn’t mean fans of the popular event aren’t without alternatives. With no idea of when the event will be rescheduled, you can now order different flavors of mac & cheese directly to your home! 

Following the footsteps of Chowdafest, which also conducts this event, fans can now order two 28-ounce trays from five offered online. The event teamed up with Our House Bistro, from VT, which is renown for their award-winning mac & cheese.

“Postponing the event means disappointing thousands of fans,” said Jim Keenan, founder of the Great Mac & Cheese Challlenge. “But when they taste these delicious flavors, it will be as good as if we held the event in person,” he added. The five flavors he calls “culinations” are traditional mac, lobster mac, BBQ pork mac, a Buffalo chicken mac made with bacon, and a “sugar shack” mac which is a VT favorite made from beef, bacon and maple syrup. Fans can order two trays (28 oz) of the five choices offered without duplication.

The entrees are shipped cold using FedEx two-day service and cost $54, including shipping. Orders are accepted now through Oct 23 with an expected ship date of Nov. 2 and delivery on Nov. 4.  To make an order, visit the online store: www.Chowda.Clug/store 

If this test goes well, another selection will be available in December.

]]> (Jim Keenan ) Events Thu, 15 Oct 2020 14:55:32 -0400
Art Annex CT Presents Ronnie Gold Solo Show “Color Burst: Pastels and Paintings” in Rowayton


A new exhibition, “Color Burst: Pastels and Paintings,” will be on view October 22, 2020 through November 20, 2020 at 112 Rowayton Avenue, Rowayton, Connecticut. Presented by Art Annex CT, this is the first solo show for Stamford artist Ronnie Gold.

Ronnie paints in pastel, acrylic and water-based oil. Her work is primarily non-objective and abstract, although nature is often a point of departure as well as inspiration for her work. Color becomes the central force as Ronnie works through a painting with the play of mark making and gestural lines adding texture to the surface. She is also passionate about the medium of pastel as it allows her to work intuitively and spontaneously.

Ronnie earned a BFA from University of Colorado and attended Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy. She is a member of the Rowayton Arts Center, Silvermine Guild of Artists, Greenwich Art Society and the Connecticut Pastel Society.  After a career as a textile designer and co-owner of Home Accent Fabrics, a decorative fabric company, she is now devoting herself to her art.

Ronnie says, “I now have entered a new chapter in my life; painting full time and I love it!” Learn more about Ronnie at

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12 pm to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm or by appointment. (Please call Ronnie Gold at 914-255-2685 to schedule.)

Art Annex CT was formed in 2020 by Andrea Letters and Jane Jansen Seymour to assist local artists with solo shows. For more information, email, visit and follow

Image: Ronnie Gold "Hidden Treasure"

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