Norwalk's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk Sat, 16 Jan 2021 04:02:50 -0500 HamletHub.com The Ridgefield Playhouse invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with Broadway stars Jarrod Spector and Kelli Barrett, LIVE and Stay at Home Tix Available! https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46295-the-ridgefield-playhouse-invites-you-to-celebrate-valentine-s-day-with-broadway-stars-jarrod-spector-and-kelli-barrett-ive-and-stay-at-home-tickets-available46295-the-ridgefield-playhouse-invites-you-to-celebrate-valentine-s-day-with-broadway-stars-jarrod-spector-and-kelli-barrett-ive-and-stay-at-home-tickets-available https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46295-the-ridgefield-playhouse-invites-you-to-celebrate-valentine-s-day-with-broadway-stars-jarrod-spector-and-kelli-barrett-ive-and-stay-at-home-tickets-available46295-the-ridgefield-playhouse-invites-you-to-celebrate-valentine-s-day-with-broadway-stars-jarrod-spector-and-kelli-barrett-ive-and-stay-at-home-tickets-available

The Ridgefield Playhouse returns with its first live show of 2021 – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Broadway stars Jarrod Spector and Kelli Barrett

Love is in the air at The Ridgefield Playhouse and even a pandemic won't stop us from celebrating Valentine's Day! Whether you want to get out and paint the town red (socially distanced of course) this Valentine’s Day with dinner and a show or spend a romantic evening at home, we have a fun way for everyone to celebrate this year while helping to support the arts! The Ridgefield Playhouse will host its first live show of 2021 with Broadway’s most talented power couple! 

Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector (Jersey Boys, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Cher Show) and Kelli Barrett (Broadway’s Doctor Zhivago, Wicked, Baby It’s You, FX’s Fosse/Verdon) will take the stage for two limited capacity performances on Sunday, February 14 at 4pm and 8pm.

Only 100 people will be in the audience of the 500-seat theater to hear songs from Broadway's Jersey Boys, Wicked and more, along with hits from your favorite popstars like Billy Joel, and Paul McCartney, when they perform "Funny How it Happens: A Valentine's Day Celebration." Livestream tickets are also available for those who would like to watch from home. The shows are part of the Teed & Brown Broadway & Cabaret Series with support from Adam Broderick Salon & Spa, BMW of Ridgefield, Silver Ribbon Jewelry of Westport, Campari & Cinzano Prosecco and Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe. The shows kick off with a free glass of champagne and chocolates for all in theater patrons.

“Stay at Home” ticket buyers can upgrade their virtual tickets to include champagne and chocolate, which will be available for pick up at The Playhouse on the day of the show. Raffle tickets will be available with a chance to win fabulous prizes including a gift certificate for a day of beauty at Adam Broderick Salon & Spa; a date night package with a BMW and personal driver that includes dinner for two at Sarah’s Wine Bar and tickets to a show of your choice at The Ridgefield Playhouse, courtesy of BMW of Ridgefield; beautiful earrings and a gift certificate from Silver Ribbon Jewelry of Westport. Dinner and a show packages available and include a prix fixe dinner at  TerraSole Ristorante (3 Big Shop Lane, Ridgefield).

Hitched in 2014, Kelli Barrett & Jarrod Spector take you on an intimate journey following the uncanny parallels and fortuitous make-it-or-break-it moments throughout their careers and friendship that eventually brought them together. Spector is best known for his Tony Nominated performance in ‘Beautiful: the Carole King Musical’ in the role of Barry Mann. He played Frankie Valli for a record 1,500 performances in Broadway’s ‘Jersey Boys’ and debuted on the Great White Way at age 9 as Gavroche in ‘Les Miserables.’ He was last seen as the iconic Sonny Bono in Broadway’s ‘The Cher Show.’

Barrett originated the role of Lara Guishar in Broadway’s ‘Doctor Zhivago’ and has also played leading roles in Broadway’s ‘Wicked’, ‘Baby It’s You!’ and ‘The Royal Family’. She was lauded for her portrayal of Liza Minnelli in the award-winning FX show ‘Fosse/Verdon,’ adding this credit to over 2 dozen others in television and film. “Funny How It Happens” features pop favorites (Close To You, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Be My Baby, etc.) and iconic songs from their Broadway musicals (You’ve Got a Friend, Cabaret, I Got You Babe, etc.) while offering an inside (and often hilarious) scoop on what life is really like as a married Broadway power couple. This show will be a safe and fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2021!

For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($45 - $75) go online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is currently doing socially distanced, limited capacity seating. Concession/bar can be ordered via our mobile site so that you can pick it up on the way in, or get notified when it is ready for you to pick up once in the theater.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.

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kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Fri, 15 Jan 2021 06:25:30 -0500
YWCA Darien/Norwalk Newcomers Wine Tasting Event on January 21st https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46294-ywca-newcomers-wine-tasting-event-on-january-21st46294-ywca-newcomers-wine-tasting-event-on-january-21st https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46294-ywca-newcomers-wine-tasting-event-on-january-21st46294-ywca-newcomers-wine-tasting-event-on-january-21st

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk Newcomers Club is partnering with Baywater Properties to host a Winter wine tasting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 21st. 

Wine expert Tyler Colman will lead a tasting on Zoom of a selection of red and white limited production wines from Italy that overdeliver. 

The event is free, all are welcome, but registration at  www.ywcadn.org/newcomersclub

The selected wines are available for purchase prior to the event at Leary’s in Darien.

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kerry@ducey.org (Jen Russey) Events Fri, 15 Jan 2021 04:08:27 -0500
COVID-19 Vaccine at RVNAhealth, Community Testing on Saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/46289-covid-19-vaccine-at-rvnahealth-community-testing-on-saturday46289-covid-19-vaccine-at-rvnahealth-community-testing-on-saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/46289-covid-19-vaccine-at-rvnahealth-community-testing-on-saturday46289-covid-19-vaccine-at-rvnahealth-community-testing-on-saturday

COVID-19 Vaccines Available at RVNAhealth

RVNAhealth is an official COVID-19 vaccine provider in the State of CT, approved by the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) and authorized within the CDC’s Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). RVNAhealth is administering COVID-19 Vaccines in accordance with the phased vaccination approach outlined by the CT DPH.

As of early January 2021, Connecticut is in Phase 1A of vaccine roll-out. Phase 1A  includes all healthcare personnel, long-term care facility residents and medical first responders.

This web page will be updated as additional Phases become eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine in Connecticut.  (Last updated: January 11, 2021)

Phase 1A Eligible Vaccine Recipients

Registration and appointments: Individuals who are part of the State of CT Phase 1A population must pre-register and make an appointment on the VAMS portal to receive the vaccine at RVNAhealth. Appointments may not be scheduled directly with RVNAhealth.  

Your RVNAhealth COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

RVNAhealth COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments consist of 4 primary steps:

  • Arrival: Please park in the RVNAhealth parking lot at 27 Governor Street in Ridgefield, CT and follow the signs to enter through the side lobby door. All visitors must wear a mask to enter and your temperature will be taken. Please note: Individuals with high temperatures will not be permitted to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • Check In and Registration: Phase 1A individuals must pre-register in the VAMS system. RVNAhealth will confirm your VAMS registration, and you will answer a series of questions. If you are not registered in the VAMS system, you will not be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Please note: Individuals who have received another vaccine within the past 14 days will not be permitted to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • Nurse’s Station and Vaccination: All vaccinations are administered by RVNAhealth nurses. Prior to receiving your COVID-19 vaccination, you will review the pre-vaccine checklist and learn what to expect following vaccination.  You will receive your vaccine in your arm. 
  • Monitoring:  Following vaccination, you will remain at RVNAhealth for 15 to 30 minutes while being monitored for any  reactions. This is mandatory. While waiting, you may make your appointment for your second COVID-19 vaccine dose. 

SAFETY REMINDERS

RVNAhealth follows strict infection control and hygiene practices and has extensive cleaning measures of all equipment and facilities. All treatment rooms have a newly-installed filtration system to ensure absolute safety. Rooms are cleaned before, after, and between appointments with medical-grade solutions. The RVNAhealth building and organization has been operating throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and have been successful in maintaining a safe and trustworthy environment.

PAYMENT/INSURANCE

Please bring your insurance information with you at the time of your appointment. If you are uninsured or do not have a participating insurance plan, COVID-19 vaccines will be offered free of charge.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is VAMS?

VAMS is the CDC’s secure, online tool where individuals can answer COVID-19 vaccine eligibility screening questions, make a vaccine appointment, get a reminder to return for a second dose and receive a vaccine certificate. To learn about creating your account and scheduling an appointment, visit the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions about VAMS.

Which COVID-19 vaccine will I receive?

RVNAhealth currently administers the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Individuals cannot choose which vaccine they will receive. Please note that the Pfizer vaccine is available to individuals 16 years and older. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is available to individuals 18 years and older. 

Can I be placed on a wait list to receive the vaccine?

Not presently. Appointments are only available online for individuals who are eligible for and ready to accept the vaccine in the current phase.

How safe are COVID-19 vaccines?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for the Pfizer -BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. Both vaccines which have been shown to be safe and effective as determined by data from the manufacturers and findings from large clinical trials. For the most up-to-date guidance, visit the CDC vaccine safety page.

What can I expect after the COVID-19 vaccine?

You may experience some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19. Learn more in this CDC video.

RVNAhealth will continue to provide COVID-19 Vaccine Updates via website, social media, e-newsletters, and local media as new information become available.

For additional questions,  please call RVNAhealth at (203) 438-5555 or contact us ››


 

COVID-19 Testing Now Available at RVNAhealth 

Beginning  January 16, 2021, RVNAhealth offers COVID-19 testing by appointment to the public. Tests are administered by RVNAhealth nurses, and are available at RVNAhealth (Ridgefield location) or at your home.

Beginning  January 16, 2021, RVNAhealth offers COVID-19 testing by appointment to the public. Tests are administered by RVNAhealth nurses, and are available at RVNAhealth (Ridgefield location) or at your home.

Individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. A separate appointment must be made for each individual who receives a test. Individuals must remain in their vehicles until asked to enter the RVNAhealth building; masks are required. RVNAhealth offers tests to both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. Individuals with symptoms or a believed exposure are tested externally — in the RVNAhealth parking lot.  

RVNAhealth offers both PCR (oral swab) and Rapid (nasal) tests. Learn about both tests below, as well as RVNAhealth safety protocols and payment.

OPTION 1:

At RVNAhealth by Appointment

27 Governor Street, Ridgefield CT
Appointments may be made for the following times.  Appointments may be made up to two weeks in advance. 

  • Thursdays, 1:00pm – 6:00pm (beginning January 19, 2021)
  • Saturdays, 11:00am – 2:30pm (beginning January 16, 2021)

If you encounter problems scheduling online, please call our office at 203-438-5555.

Masks are required to enter the RVNAhealth building. Upon arrival, please park in the designated “Vaccine Parking “spots in the RVNAhealth lot and call the phone number on the sign to check in.  Remain in your vehicle and answer screening questions over the phone until instructed to enter the building.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (RVNAhealth) Life Fri, 15 Jan 2021 01:08:00 -0500
Connecticut Residents Over 75 Can Now Register for COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments as State Transitions To Phase 1b https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/46292-connecticut-residents-over-75-can-now-register-for-covid-19-vaccination-appointments-as-state-transitions-to-phase-1b46292-connecticut-residents-over-75-can-now-register-for-covid-19-vaccination-appointments-as-state-transitions-to-phase-1b https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/46292-connecticut-residents-over-75-can-now-register-for-covid-19-vaccination-appointments-as-state-transitions-to-phase-1b46292-connecticut-residents-over-75-can-now-register-for-covid-19-vaccination-appointments-as-state-transitions-to-phase-1b

1.3 Million Residents Are Eligible To Receive Vaccine in Phase 1b as 46,000 First Doses Are Expected To Be Delivered Weekly From the Federal Government

Governor Lamont Accept Advisory Group’s Recommendations To Expand Phase 1b To More Populations

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that phase 1b of Connecticut’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout will begin on Monday, January 18, 2021, and residents in the state over the age of 75 can now schedule appointments to receive the vaccine.

In addition, Governor Lamont announced that he is accepting the recommendations of the Allocation Subcommittee of the Governor’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group to expand phase 1b to include additional population groups. In the coming weeks, phase 1b will expand to include:

  • Residents between the ages of 65 and 74 (approximately 353,000 individuals); and
  • Residents between the ages of 16 and 64 who have underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk of the virus (approximately 362,000 individuals).

This is in addition to those already in phase 1b, including:

  • Residents who are 75 and older (approximately 277,000 individuals);
  • Residents and staff of congregate settings (approximately 50,000 individuals); and
  • Frontline essential workers (approximately 325,000 individuals).

In order to ensure that the most vulnerable populations within phase 1b are prioritized, Governor Lamont has directed the Connecticut Department of Public Health to begin the phase by prioritizing the vaccine for persons over the age of 75 in the first wave. As supply increases and a significant portion of individuals over 75 have received the vaccine, phase 1b will open up to include more of the eligible populations with a focus on addressing issues of equity and risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19.

It is estimated that 1.3 million Connecticut residents are eligible for phase 1b. Currently, the state anticipates receiving about 46,000 first doses of the vaccine per week from the federal government.

All eligible residents are required to make an appointment in advance of receiving the vaccine. Beginning today, individuals over the age of 75 can make appointments utilizing the following tools:

  • Healthcare Provider: Many residents have already been or will be contacted to schedule an appointment by their healthcare provider if their provider is participating in the state’s vaccine program. Not all providers are administering the vaccine.  A list of participating providers is available at ct.gov/covidvaccineResidents are urged not to contact their physician or healthcare provider directly for COVID vaccine appointments.
  • Online: A form can be accessed online at ct.gov/covidvaccine that allows individuals to schedule an appointment through the web-based Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).
  • Telephone: Those without internet access can call Connecticut’s COVID Vaccine Appointment Assistance Line at 877-918-2224. The phone system was created in partnership with the Department of Public Health and United Way of Connecticut and is specifically targeted to provide support for eligible vaccine recipients who have limited technology access, or who have language, disability, or other barriers that could prevent them from using existing self-scheduling options successfully. The line will take calls on Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will offer a call-back option when all contact specialists are busy serving other callers. The team will aim to return calls as soon as possible, with the goal of same-day response.

Further details on phase 1b eligibility will be forthcoming and will include guidance for employers, employees, self-employed, and other individuals on when and how to schedule vaccine appointments and where vaccinations will be available.

Providers may fill appointments with other eligible phase 1b populations if spots are available.

“The Connecticut Department of Public Health has worked diligently with our healthcare partners across the state to increase access to the vaccine, but I must continue to urge patience at this point in time,” Governor Lamont said. “We know many people are excited to receive the vaccine and the promise of the future that comes with it, but we are limited in our ability to distribute them purely based on the amount we receive from the federal government. We are hopeful we will see increased allocations in the coming weeks and months, which will lead to even more light at the end of the tunnel.”

“Thousands of Connecticut residents have already received their first round of the vaccine, and second-dose shots started last week,” Connecticut Public Health Acting Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford said. “With the start of phase 1b, we are bringing on additional capacity to administer the vaccine to tens of thousands more Connecticut residents – protecting our seniors, our workforce, and the most vulnerable among us. Vaccinating millions of Connecticut citizens will take time and I urge patience and continued vigilance, including wearing face masks, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. Our state’s approach has been balanced, allowing for flexibility when it comes to who gets vaccinated, while ensuring as many of our vulnerable residents are at the front of the line during this phase.”

To date, more than 160,000 people in Connecticut have received the vaccine during phase 1a, which began December 14 and includes population groups such as healthcare personnel, residents and staff of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and medical first responders.

Connecticut ranks number five nationally in the percentage of population that have been vaccinated so far.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccination distribution plans in Connecticut, visit ct.gov/covidvaccine.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Thu, 14 Jan 2021 07:30:28 -0500
Maritime Aquarium's New Exhibit A Slug's Life: Facing the Climate Endgame, Opens Jan. 16 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/46293-maritime-aquarium-s-new-exhibit-a-slug-s-life-facing-the-climate-endgame-opens-jan-1646293-maritime-aquarium-s-new-exhibit-a-slug-s-life-facing-the-climate-endgame-opens-jan-16 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/46293-maritime-aquarium-s-new-exhibit-a-slug-s-life-facing-the-climate-endgame-opens-jan-1646293-maritime-aquarium-s-new-exhibit-a-slug-s-life-facing-the-climate-endgame-opens-jan-16

Marvel at the fascinating forms and adaptations of animals from ocean reefs and freshwater streams – and discover the important warnings they can tell us – in “A Slug’s Life: Facing the Climate Endgame,” a special exhibit that showcases live creatures with their representations in art, opening Jan. 16 in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Stars of the new exhibit are an order of mollusks called nudibranchs known for their striking forms and brilliant colors. Nicknamed “sea slugs,” nudibranchs occur in some 3,000 species in oceans all around the world. (Some two dozen are found in Long Island Sound.)

In addition to live nudibranchs and other mollusks, “A Slug’s Life” will feature nudibranchs depicted in onyx and marble sculptures by Gar Waterman of New Haven, as well as nudibranch photographs by divers from all around the world.

“This exhibit represents a revolutionary new approach for The Maritime Aquarium, and one that is relatively unique among aquariums,” said Jason Patlis, the Aquarium’s president and CEO. “By bringing together live animals, sculptures and photographic images to showcase these really remarkable animals and their fight for survival against climate change, we are telling a powerful story to multiple audiences through multiple media.”

Nudibranchs are generally less than 3 inches long. Because these tiny creatures react very quickly to environmental change, they’re considered by scientists to be an “indicator species.”

“Divers like to seek out these pretty little animals to photograph, and so the notable presence – or sudden absence – of sensitive animals like nudibranchs might indicate the health of a marine environment, or possibly ‘red flag’ an issue before it becomes obvious,” said Barrett Christie, the Aquarium’s director of Animal Husbandry. “So even without special equipment, researchers may be able to get an idea of how well a reef is doing by looking for nudibranchs.”

Besides the live nudibranchs, “A Slug’s Life” will display an assortment of other live mollusks in diverse shapes and sizes – some with shells, some without – including a common octopus, sea hares, conchs, abalone, giant clams and Indo-Pacific snails.

Plus, the exhibit will include a display of live freshwater mussels, another “indicator species” that – as a group – are considered the most endangered animals in North America. By their filtering water in streams and rivers, freshwater mussels play a critical role in keeping ecosystems healthy, yet 35 species have gone extinct since 1900 and the remaining species’ populations have declined by about 70 percent.

Blending nature with art, "A Slug’s Life” will display more than a dozen dynamic sculptures of nudibranchs by Gar Waterman, son of pioneering underwater filmmaker Stan Waterman (“The Deep”). The younger Waterman spent a formative year at the ages of 9 to 10 in Tahiti, where his father was filming a National Geographic special. Waterman says that watershed year of almost daily contact with marine life on the South Pacific barrier reefs established a visual foundation of marine imagery that endures as a primary source of inspiration for his sculpture. After college at Dartmouth, he spent seven years in Italy learning to carve stone, eventually returning to establish West Rock Studio in New Haven, where he has lived and worked for the last 25 years.

Waterman considers himself to be “the world’s only stone sea slug sculptor.”

“Of all the strange creatures to be found underwater, nudibranchs are just bizarre and colorful enough to catch the public's eye and be tapped as heroes of biodiversity,” Waterman has said of his art. “Any means of presenting the incredible biodiversity that is at risk in the world’s oceans to a generally disengaged public carries a potential for sparking positive change.”

“A Slug’s Life” also showcases beautiful portraits of nudibranchs on ocean reefs taken by a diverse roster of renowned underwater photographers from around the world: Gordon Tillen (the Philippines), Keith Ellenbogen (New York City), Kevin Lee (California), Alicia Hermosilla (Mexico), Jim Anderson (Scotland) and Emanuel Gonçalves (Portugal).

“The diversity of artists who are joining forces in this story of ‘A Slug’s Life: Facing the Climate Endgame’ underscores the most important message of the exhibit: that the ocean inspires us in many different ways, and yet it is in trouble, and we need to act now to save it,” Patlis said.

“A Slug’s Life: Facing the Climate Endgame” will be open through June 13 and is free with Aquarium admission. In conjunction with the exhibit, The Maritime Aquarium will be offering new educational programming and additional events during the run.

Learn more about the Aquarium’s exhibits, educational programs and conservation efforts at www.maritimeaquarium.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Dave Sigworth) Places Wed, 13 Jan 2021 15:16:42 -0500
Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County Hosts: A Jurassic Park Agricultural Miracle in Israel https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46291-a-jurassic-park-agricultural-miracle-in-israel46291-a-jurassic-park-agricultural-miracle-in-israel https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46291-a-jurassic-park-agricultural-miracle-in-israel46291-a-jurassic-park-agricultural-miracle-in-israel

 What does a 2,000-year-old date taste like?

Hear from scientists who coaxed a biblical Judean date palm to bear fruit

In September, Israeli scientists from the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Hadassah Medical Center traveled back in time two millennia, becoming the first people to sample dates from trees extinct since the biblical period.

Dr. Elaine Solowey, director of the Center for Sustainable Agriculture of the Arava Institute, and Dr. Sarah Sallon, director of the Louis L. Borick Natural Medicine Research Center of Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, harvested ancient dates in the culmination of an ambitious, decades-long experiment to raise the biblical-era date palm, Phoenix dactylifera, from the dead.

On January 26, Dr. Solowey and David Lehrer, executive director of the Arava Institute, will tell this miraculous story live on Zoom.

The program, open to the community free of charge, is hosted by the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County (Conn.) in partnership with the Arava Institute, the Consulate General of Israel to New England, and more than 30 Jewish federations across North America.

“I’ve been following the story of Dr. Solowey’s work on the Judean date palm for the past decade,” says Federation CEO David Weisberg, who will facilitate the conversation and who has a past professional relationship with the Arava Institute. “Bringing back a tree and its fruit from extinction is truly a real-life Jurassic Park story.”

The researchers believe that the dates were native to ancient Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula, and hybridized in the ancient Land of Israel. The Arava-Hadassah experiment seeks to rediscover the origins of the historic date-palm population and confirm the date seeds’ long-term durability, while shedding light on ancient cultivation techniques that nurtured this unique fruit and exploring potential relevance for modern date agronomy.

“The harvest of the biblical date palms brought years of innovative scientific research to fruition,” says Lehrer. “We proved that we can not only restore an ancient variety to the land but showed how scientific collaboration and academic partnership benefits all the people of the Middle East.”                                                                                                      [more]

Photo: Researchers Dr. Elaine Soloway of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (left) with Dr. Sarah Sallon of Hadassah Medical Center, moments after picking the first harvest of dates | PHOTO CREDIT: MARCOS SCHONHOLZ

Program details:

A Jurassic Park Agricultural Miracle in Israel

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 12 noon

Open to the community free of charge

Registration: jewishphilanthropyct.org/datepalm

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Federation for Jewish Philanthropy) Events Wed, 13 Jan 2021 06:07:07 -0500
Lamont Announces Deployment of More Than 100 Members of the Connecticut National Guard To Washington, D.C. https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/politics/46290-lamont-announces-deployment-of-more-than-100-members-of-the-connecticut-national-guard-to-washington-d-c46290-lamont-announces-deployment-of-more-than-100-members-of-the-connecticut-national-guard-to-washington-d-c https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/politics/46290-lamont-announces-deployment-of-more-than-100-members-of-the-connecticut-national-guard-to-washington-d-c46290-lamont-announces-deployment-of-more-than-100-members-of-the-connecticut-national-guard-to-washington-d-c

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that at the request of United States National Guard officials, he is authorizing the deployment of more than 100 members of the Connecticut National Guard to Washington, D.C. to aid and facilitate the peaceful transition of presidential power.

This includes members of the Connecticut National Guard’s Military Police, as well as two patrol explosive-detection dog teams that are dual-trained for police patrol activities and explosive detection.

Additionally, the state’s Air Guard has also placed C-130H aircraft and crews on alert status, which are capable of moving personnel throughout the country if needed.

“The State of Connecticut stands ready to help ensure the peaceful transition of power and protect our democracy,” Governor Lamont said. “May God bless our brave men and women in uniform, and the United States of America.”

Governor Lamont stressed that the deployment of these Connecticut National Guard members will not impact the state’s ongoing efforts to contain and combat the COVID-19 virus.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Tue, 12 Jan 2021 12:44:03 -0500
Golf Performance Center's Virtual Open House on January 30 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46288-golf-performance-center-s-virtual-open-house-on-january-3046288-golf-performance-center-s-virtual-open-house-on-january-30 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46288-golf-performance-center-s-virtual-open-house-on-january-3046288-golf-performance-center-s-virtual-open-house-on-january-30

The Golf Performance Center is hosting a Virtual Open House on Saturday, January 30th. Registrants can join online anytime between 10am-2pm.

This event is focused on the three program offerings for junior golfers; Junior Academy, 2021 Summer Program, and Ethan Allen Prep. Registrants will virtually meet our leadership team (Founder Roger Knick, Director of EAP Charlie Wampfler, Director of Performance Tyler Campbell, and Director of Coaching Dennis Hillman), browse useful links, watch videos, as well as schedule a conversation with our Lead Recruiter, Tom Bopp.

Register here to receive the open house link and schedule a conversation.

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kerry@ducey.org (GPC) Events Tue, 12 Jan 2021 07:33:46 -0500
Golden Globe Award-winner Jeffrey Tambor returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse with new acting classes for beginner and advanced students https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46287-golden-globe-award-winner-jeffrey-tambor-returns-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-new-acting-classes-for-beginner-and-advanced-students46287-golden-globe-award-winner-jeffrey-tambor-returns-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-new-acting-classes-for-beginner-and-advanced-students https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46287-golden-globe-award-winner-jeffrey-tambor-returns-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-new-acting-classes-for-beginner-and-advanced-students46287-golden-globe-award-winner-jeffrey-tambor-returns-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-new-acting-classes-for-beginner-and-advanced-students

There’s always more to learn in the acting world.  Make 2021 the year that you take your acting aspirations to the next level!  With Zoom classes at The Ridgefield Playhouse beginner and advanced acting students will have the opportunity to work with Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor (The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested Development, Transparent), with two new workshops – Scene Study Tuesdays, January 26 – March 16, 2021 and The Art of the Personal Monologue Mondays, February 1 – March 22, 2021.

These Zoom workshops will give everyone, no matter where you live, the opportunity to work with a critically acclaimed actor who has been captivating audiences in both comedic and dramatic projects for more than forty years!  In addition to his popular Zoom classes, he currently hosts the “Acting Schmacting” podcast where he has interviewed countless legends including Ron Howard, Angelica Huston, Dick Cavett and more.  This class is part of our Classes @ The Playhouse Series and Adam Broderick Salon & Spa Whole New You Series with support from Reliance Merchant Services and HamletHub Community Events Series.

During Jeffrey Tambor’s 8-week Zoom Scene Study course you will work with Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actor Jeffrey Tambor (“The Larry Sanders Show,” “Arrested Development,” “Transparent”), as he returns to the Ridgefield Playhouse!  Tuesdays, January 26 – March 16 from 7 – 10pm.  This advanced class is a continuation of his previous classes – moving from monologues to scene performance.  Using works from plays, films or scenes that have been written by other students, this class will focus on elements such as character development and behavior, and being true and personal in the work. Jeffrey provides a safe space so that students can explore and have fun while learning how to present an authentic performance.  This is for returning students or those who have some experience or background in acting and writing.  Students will be expected to spend time outside of the classroom rehearsing (via Zoom) with their scene partner.

If you ever wanted to dip your toe into the acting world, here is your chance.  Join Golden Globe and Emmy Award Winner Jeffrey Tambor on Mondays, February 1 – March 22 from 7 – 10pm, as he takes you through writing and performing the Art of the Personal Monologue. This is a great Zoom course for beginner actors.  Even if you don’t think you can write, you can tell your story and that’s the first step in becoming an actor. This empowering class focuses on identifying and conquering the fears that keep us from trusting our own creative voices. Students will walk away from this workshop with a five-minute monologue – perfect for an audition — as they move on with more courage, confidence and creativity in their career. Jeffrey Tambor has created some of the most iconic characters in television history from The Larry Sanders Show’s Hank Kingsley to Arrested Development’s George and Oscar Bluth to Transparent’s Maura Pfefferman. Throughout his career, Tambor has developed a unique teaching style based on his own artistic philosophy.

To register for Jeffrey Tambor’s classes ($495) call the box office at 203-438-5795 or visit our website ridgefieldplayhouse.org.Scholarships available through the generosity of the Beth and Bruce Becker Scholarship Fund.  The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.  Follow us on Instagram:  @RidgefieldPlayhouse Twitter: @RPlayhouse Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ridgefieldplayhouse

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kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Tue, 12 Jan 2021 03:30:49 -0500
Norwalk Health Department Offering FREE Radon Testing Kits https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/publicsafety/46283-norwalk-health-department-offering-free-radon-testing-kits46283-norwalk-health-department-offering-free-radon-testing-kits https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/publicsafety/46283-norwalk-health-department-offering-free-radon-testing-kits46283-norwalk-health-department-offering-free-radon-testing-kits

January is National Radon Action Month (NORWALK, Connecticut) – 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. Due to COVID-19, more people are finding themselves working from home and learning remotely. This is a great time to ensure that your home environment is safe for you and your family by checking radon levels. The Norwalk Health Department will mail free radon testing kits to interested residents, while supplies last.

The kits were provided as part of the Radon Partnership from the Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH). To receive a free radon kit please complete this short survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NHDRADON. Kits will be mailed out once a week to applicants. 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 nonsmokers, and smokers are at an even higher risk of lung cancer when exposed to radon. Radon levels vary throughout Connecticut. Levels of radon may vary in each home depending on the structure of the building; your home can have elevated levels of radon while your neighbor’s home does not. Because you cannot see, taste, or smell radon, the only way to tell if you have a radon problem in your home is to test for it.

Testing involves placing a small device in your home for at least 48 hours and then sending the device to a laboratory for results. If you cannot get a kit from the Health Department, some low cost testing kits are available from the American Lung Association’s online store (lung.org). You can also get testing kits at your local hardware store. 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 (http://www.ct.gov/dph/radon).

If you need assistance with filling out the radon survey or have any additional questions, please call (203) 854-7790.

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kerry@ducey.org (City of Norwalk) Public safety Mon, 11 Jan 2021 07:27:28 -0500
Valley East Buys 2150 Post Rd., Fairfield https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/46284-valley-east-buys-2150-post-rd-fairfield46284-valley-east-buys-2150-post-rd-fairfield https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/46284-valley-east-buys-2150-post-rd-fairfield46284-valley-east-buys-2150-post-rd-fairfield

Fairfield, CT - Valley East Management has purchased 2150 Post Road in Fairfield, Connecticut.

2150 Post Road is a 50,000 square foot, class A, boutique office building located in the coastal town of Fairfield, Connecticut. The building was built in 1986 and has been meticulously maintained since construction. Known as “The Mill River Building” in Fairfield, 2150 Post Road is an architectural icon with convenient proximity to I-95 and walkability to the Fairfield Metro-North train station (0.6+/- miles). 2150 Post Road consistently maintains a stable occupancy, although choice suites are available for lease.

New ownership Valley East Building Management made its entry into the Connecticut market last year purchasing both 40 Richards Avenue and 200 Connecticut Avenue in Norwalk. Valley East is known for its hands-on approach to managing and leasing suburban office buildings.

Operating partner Jeffrey Supinsky is accessible to all tenants, anytime. “I pride myself on personal communication. Tenants can reach me by cell phone any day, any time, for any reason,” said Jeffrey of his management style.

Partner Bob Agahi reiterated, “We remain committed to suburban office. The pandemic has corporate America rethinking urban office occupancy, and the suburban office sector is poised to capitalize as a work-from-home alternative." Both partners agree that they "see value in suburban marketplaces and are looking to grow our portfolio substantially in the years ahead."

The group recently renovated the entire third floor of 40 Richards Avenue, turning the 18,000 sq ft space into a modern co-working space called NORWORX, which includes private closed-door offices, conference rooms, common areas, and all-inclusive modern amenities from advanced technology capabilities to building perks such as covered parking and a workout facility. A hospital grade air filtration system and strict PPE protocols are practiced, providing a safe-space productivity environment for one of the fastest growing virtual office segments in the country now that employees are feeling the need to separate their work and personal lives, reports the US Chamber of Commerce, and companies now need to provide “de-densified” workspace closer to home for its employees due to the shift to remote-first workforces. 

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kerry@ducey.org (MaxEx PR) Places Mon, 11 Jan 2021 07:01:28 -0500
Rowayton Arts Center Invites Artists to Become Exhibiting Members – Drop off date January 28, 2021 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/46282-rowayton-arts-center-invites-artists-to-become-exhibiting-members-161037542246282-rowayton-arts-center-invites-artists-to-become-exhibiting-members-1610375422 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/46282-rowayton-arts-center-invites-artists-to-become-exhibiting-members-161037542246282-rowayton-arts-center-invites-artists-to-become-exhibiting-members-1610375422

The Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) will review artwork by local artists interested in becoming exhibiting members January 29, 2021. Artists should bring items for consideration to the gallery on Thursday, January 28 from 12 to 5 pm.  The artist selection will take place on Friday, January 29 with notifications sent to accepted artists the following week. Artists should plan on picking up their artwork on Friday, January 29 from 12 to 5 pm or, with prearranged permission, Saturday, January 30 from 10 am to 1 pm.

See the full Exhibiting Member Prospectus at  rowaytonarts.org/prospectuses. Benefits for RAC Exhibiting Members include entry into the Holiday Gift Show as well as the open juried exhibitions and members-only exhibitions.

 There is also the opportunity to participate in off-site shows and to have the artist’s information displayed in the Exhibiting Artists Online Gallery on the RAC website (fee required). Plus, all Supporting and Exhibiting Members enjoy a 10% discount on each RAC purchase at $100 or more.

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marketing@rowaytonarts.org (Rowayton Arts Center) Neighbors Mon, 11 Jan 2021 04:30:22 -0500
Lamont Directs Flags Lowered in Honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officers https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/politics/46285-lamont-directs-flags-lowered-in-honor-of-u-s-capitol-police-officers46285-lamont-directs-flags-lowered-in-honor-of-u-s-capitol-police-officers https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/politics/46285-lamont-directs-flags-lowered-in-honor-of-u-s-capitol-police-officers46285-lamont-directs-flags-lowered-in-honor-of-u-s-capitol-police-officers

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is directing U.S. and State of Connecticut flags lowered to half-staff as a mark of respect for the service of U.S. Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, whose deaths followed a violent riot at the U.S. Capitol. Flags should be lowered immediately and remain at half-staff until sunset on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, all other flags, including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise, should also be lowered during this same duration of time.

“Officers Sicknick and Liebengood dedicated themselves to protecting the U.S. Capitol and by extension acted to protect democracy itself,” Governor Lamont said. “We honor their lives and the service of all the Capitol Police officers who guarded the Capitol against a violent attempt to overthrow our government. On behalf of everyone in the State of Connecticut, I extend my deepest condolences to their family and friends, as well as to their Capitol Police colleagues.”

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Sun, 10 Jan 2021 13:01:46 -0500
CT COVID-19 Vaccine: Phases and Eligibility https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/46286-ct-covid-19-vaccine-phases-and-eligibility46286-ct-covid-19-vaccine-phases-and-eligibility https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/46286-ct-covid-19-vaccine-phases-and-eligibility46286-ct-covid-19-vaccine-phases-and-eligibility

Connecticut is currently in Phase 1a of our statewide vaccine roll-out.

Eligible citizens, based on recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) are:

Healthcare Personnel: All paid and unpaid persons serving in healthcare settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients of infectious materials.

Long-Term Care Facility Residents: Adults who reside in facilities that provide a range of services, including medical and personal care, to persons who are unable to live independently.

Medical First Responders: High risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their response to medical emergencies such as Emergency Medical Technicians, Police, and Fire.

NOTE: Phase 1a does not include healthcare personnel that do not have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. For example, telehealth services.


How to get access to a vaccination

Healthcare Personnel should contact their Employer Coordinator, who has been designated to ensure access to the vaccine.

Vaccine administration for healthcare workers will be available at hospitals, outpatient clinics, and local health departments.

Residents of long-term care facilities should ask facility leadership about reviewing vaccine. All vaccine clinics in long-term care facilities will be administered by CVS and Walgreens.


Upcoming Phases 

Phase 1b

Three primary groups will be eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1b:  

  • Front line essential workers 

  • Individuals and staff in congregate settings

  • Individuals 75 years of and older (please see additional info below)

Based on this initial overview of eligible groups, the State will look to enter Phase 1b during the month of January, 2021.

Information about scheduling a vaccination for those 75 and older is coming soon, and will be posted here, and on CT's main COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.

For all others: The COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group will next meet on January 14th. We will have more information for employers and other individuals following this meeting. Please visit our main Vaccination Portal regularly for all the latest updates.

Phase 1c 

Updated information will be coming soon! 

Future Phases

(Summer and Fall, 2021)

COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to eligible members of the general public starting this summer. At that time you should expect to have access to the vaccine at the same locations where you would normally get vaccinated:  pharmacies, doctors offices, community health clinics, local health clinics, as well as through other providers.

Our decisions about priority order for Phase 1b and beyond will be made based on ACIP guidelines, our State’s allocation subcommittee advice, and ultimately the decision of the Governor. ACIP and our allocation subcommittee are making their recommendations based on multiple factors – including maximizing the benefits of vaccine access, mitigating the spread of the pandemic, and mitigating health inequities.

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kerry@ducey.org (CT.Gov) Life Sun, 10 Jan 2021 12:11:30 -0500
Rowayton Arts Center "From the RAC Studio: Instructors and Students Show" January 10 through January 30 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/46279-rowayton-arts-center-160987283946279-rowayton-arts-center-1609872839 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/46279-rowayton-arts-center-160987283946279-rowayton-arts-center-1609872839

A new exhibition at the Rowayton Arts Center (RAC), "From the RAC Studio: Instructors and Students Show" will be on view January 10 through January 30, 2021.  This display features artwork by over 100 students and instructors involved with classes at the center.

The opening reception is free and open to the public with limited admission on Sunday, January 10 from 2 pm to 6 pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12 pm to 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm.

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marketing@rowaytonarts.org (Rowayton Art Center) Places Wed, 06 Jan 2021 12:33:13 -0500