Norwalk's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk Tue, 16 Oct 2018 12:52:20 -0400 HamletHub.com Rowayton Arts Center Open Call for Crafters and Artisans https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/44944-hgs-open-call-to-crafters-artisans-153963694344944-hgs-open-call-to-crafters-artisans-1539636943 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/44944-hgs-open-call-to-crafters-artisans-153963694344944-hgs-open-call-to-crafters-artisans-1539636943

Artisans: Sell your crafts at the Holiday Gift Show at the Rowayton Arts Center!

Submission Dates: Friday, November 16 (12-5 pm)

Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18(11-2 pm)

The countdown to the holidays begins now for the artisans and crafters who create holiday gift items. Opening Day is Friday, November 23rd (10 am- 5 pm).

Special Opening Weekend Hours: Saturday-Monday, (10am to 5 pm)

After Opening Weekend: Tuesday-Friday (12-5 pm); (Sat 10 am-5 pm), (Sun 12-5 pm)

Closed Mondays. “Light Up Rowayton” Open until 7 pm. Christmas Eve (10 am-2 pm)

This beautiful Holiday Gift Show is a Rowayton tradition. The Art Gallery will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland, filled with the work of the region’s best artisans. It is known for one-of-a-kind, creative items, selected by the Holiday Gift Show Committee. Artisans will receive 70% of each sale. Proceeds from the Holiday Gift Show are used to support the Art Center and its educational outreach. Click here for the Prospectus: http://rowaytonarts.org/holiday-gift-show/ If you have any further questions, please call RAC for clarification in advance: 203-866-2744 or email gallery@rowaytonarts.org.

For almost 60 years, the Rowayton Arts Center has been a cultural gem located on the banks of the scenic Five Mile River at 145 Rowayton Avenue in Rowayton. Here regional artists can exhibit and sell their art. The Art School, above the gallery, offers classes to children and adults of all levels. For more information: www.rowaytonarts.org

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emily.kelting@gmail.com (Interim Marketing Director) Neighbors Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:20:53 -0400
Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Seeking Arts and Culture Administrator https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/44945-connecticut-department-of-economic-and-community-development-seeking-arts-and-culture-administrator44945-connecticut-department-of-economic-and-community-development-seeking-arts-and-culture-administrator https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/44945-connecticut-department-of-economic-and-community-development-seeking-arts-and-culture-administrator44945-connecticut-department-of-economic-and-community-development-seeking-arts-and-culture-administrator

The Department of Economic and Community Development is recruiting for an Arts and Culture Administrator. 
 
This is a unique management position suitable for a creative individual who has a passion for the arts, culture or preserving the historic assets of Connecticut. The incumbent is accountable for strengthening the state's cultural and historic-preservation community to foster the awareness and growth of Connecticut's historic and cultural assets in support of other agency initiatives that will promote economic and community development.
 
For more information on the position including the minimum qualifications and the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for consideration, please see below. The deadline to apply is November 4, 2018.
 
The Department of Economic and Community Development is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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kerry@ducey.org (Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development) Neighbors Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:55:32 -0400
King School Knows a Growth Mindset is Key to Raising Healthy Children https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/44941-king-school-knows-a-growth-mindset-is-key-to-raising-healthy-children44941-king-school-knows-a-growth-mindset-is-key-to-raising-healthy-children https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/44941-king-school-knows-a-growth-mindset-is-key-to-raising-healthy-children44941-king-school-knows-a-growth-mindset-is-key-to-raising-healthy-children

It’s hard to spend even a brief moment in the world of education these days without hearing about the importance of “grit” or “resilience” or the role of a “growth mindset” in raising healthy children and adolescents. King School emphasizes self-knowledge, fearless learning, and respectful challenge, which encourage a growth mindset. This mindset leads to students' achieving their personal best in the classroom, on the stage, and on the athletic fields.

Marnie Sadlowsky, King Associate Head of School for Program, Head of Upper School, adds, “Young people who are more resilient usually have a stronger sense of their ‘self-concept’ or their ‘core of self.’ As we rightly focus on parenting, coaching, teaching, and counseling our adolescents to become resilient, we must realize that a key part of the equation is that adolescents need to have a sense of who they are, what they value and hold dear, and how they, in turn, can empathize with and play important roles in their families and larger communities.”

At King, expert faculty encourage students to meet challenges head-on and learn to say, “I haven’t mastered this skill YET” or “I’m still working on understanding derivatives” rather than “I’m a bad writer” or “I guess I’ll never be good at math.” King teachers understand that it’s not as effective to say, “my goal is to get an A in math” as it is to say, “My goal is to put my phone away when I practice math problems, seek extra help from my teacher regularly, and establish better study habits for larger tests.”

Adolescents who understand that repeated practice requires delayed gratification are often more successful in school and in life. To oversimplify Julie Lythcott-Haims’ work in How to Raise an Adult, learning often requires real challenges, and these challenges do not always feel immediately pleasurable or gratifying. But students who have a growth mindset—who don’t see their abilities as fixed—are more likely to sustain improvement and achievement rates while avoiding the poison of perfectionism. That’s because they’re able to work through discomfort.

One of the primary tasks of adolescence is to individuate or to experience oneself as an increasingly independent being outside of the primary parent relationship. In order to develop a strong sense of self, adolescents need to feel that the adults in their lives offer a consistent, faithful presence (not a friendship) and a willingness to really get to know them. King understands that relationships between students and teachers are at the core of academic excellence since students who feel known, supported, and safe are able to take appropriate risks that will lead to academic and personal growth. "Learning to be a fearless learner is such an important skill for students today. At King, we teach that the world is complicated and you can navigate it," said Ms. Sadlowsky

King School is hosting open houses for its Middle and Upper Schools on Oct. 14, and the Lower School on Nov. 4. The Open Houses are truly open. Arrive anytime between 1:00-4:00 p.m. and explore the many elements of a King education at your own pace and on your own self-guided tour. 

Register for the October 14 Open House here.

Register for the November 4 Open House here.

Learn more at www.kingschoolct.org

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Lakeya Graves) Places Wed, 10 Oct 2018 06:23:29 -0400
Norwalk Now Presents Its CRUSH Celebration Oct. 16-20 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44942-norwalk-now-presents-its-crush-celebration-oct-16-2044942-norwalk-now-presents-its-crush-celebration-oct-16-20 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44942-norwalk-now-presents-its-crush-celebration-oct-16-2044942-norwalk-now-presents-its-crush-celebration-oct-16-20

Norwalk, CT:  Norwalk Now, the collaborative marketing organization that brings businesses together with the common goal of promoting themselves, each other, and ultimately, the city of Norwalk as a premier destination for dining, shopping, and leisure activities, prepares for their next event, CRUSH. This five-day schedule of thirst-quenching events is a celebration of beer, wine, and spirits (BWS) presented by Norwalk Now’s talented group of businesses and special guests from the BWS world.

“People continue to come together over great food and drink, “says Norwalk Now Director Linda Kavanagh, “And our appreciation and thirst (pun intended) for quality cocktails, craft beer, and fine wine only fuels our desire to learn more about the brands we are drinking, experience new things, and have a greater understanding of this evolving industry.”

CRUSH is an exciting and enlightening journey through the BWS world. Enthusiasts, as well as the novice, can partake in an active schedule of everything from beer, wine, and tequila dinners, premium scotch tastings, and tap take-overs, to Boozy Trivia nights, Libation Theater, Oktoberfest, and mixology for both beauty and cocktails. CRUSH will be introducing new-to-the-market name-brand spirits and brand activations throughout the week, in addition to hosting remote broadcasts with the premier food and drink broadcaster, Heritage Radio Network. Look for speakeasy fashions paired with local distillers, wine author book signings, guest speakers, and a simultaneous Happy Hour!

Sunday Bonus CRUSH activities include a DETOX run, walk, and bike ride, as well as healing yoga sessions.

CRUSH goers will be able to take advantage of parking discounts, UBER discounts, Norwalk train station shuttles, and designated driver incentive packages. 

FULL SCHEDULE COMING SOON!

WWW.NORWALKNOW.ORG

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kerry@ducey.org (Andrea Viscuso ) Events Wed, 10 Oct 2018 02:06:32 -0400
Accolades for Norwalk Artists https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/44933-brian-kammerer-wins-bis-at-ajs-plus-other-winners-from-westport-darien-wilton44933-brian-kammerer-wins-bis-at-ajs-plus-other-winners-from-westport-darien-wilton https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/44933-brian-kammerer-wins-bis-at-ajs-plus-other-winners-from-westport-darien-wilton44933-brian-kammerer-wins-bis-at-ajs-plus-other-winners-from-westport-darien-wilton

Brian Kammerer, of Rowayton, was awarded Best in Show at the Rowayton Arts Center 's Opening Reception last Sunday, September 30.  He is seen above speaking with the Juror Katerina Lanfranco and in front of his winning painting, "Surfside Delight."  Ms. Lanfranco had selected 90 works of art in all media from 284 submissions as finalists in the "Autumn Juried Show." 

Other Norwalk residents who won awards include: 

1st-Heide Follin, Acrylic Painting

1st- Jon Puzzuoli, Sculpture

2nd- Laure Dunn, Black & White Photography

 2nd-Nancy Woodward, Mixed Media,                   

Honorable Mention- Eric Cooper, Black and White Photography

Honorable Mention-Michael O’Hara, Color Photography 

Westport Award Winners: 

1st-Scott Glaser; Drawings, Pastels and Printmaking

2nd-Maisie Prince, Acrylic Painting

3rd-Carol Mueller, Oil Painting

3rd-Nancy Breakstone, Black & White Photography

3rd-Deborah Rauh, Sculpture

Darien Award Winners:

1st-Lucy Armstrong, Oil Painting

2nd-Gretchen Bruno, Drawings, Pastels and Printmaking

3rd-Caroline Weeks, Drawings, Pastels and Printmaking

Wilton Award Winners: 

2nd-Dawn Dahl, Oil Painting

3rd-Betty Schneier, Mixed Media

Come see this wonderful display of artistic talent from now until October 27th.  Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday  11 am to 5 pm and Saturday, 11 am to 2 pm.

Since the 1960’s, the Rowayton Arts Center has been a cultural gem in the community.  Artists from all over exhibit and sell their work in the gallery.  The art School offers classes and workshops to children and adults at all levels.  The RAC Gallery and Art School are located on the Five Mile River at   145 Rowayton Avenue in Rowayton.  Tel: 203- 866-2744.  e-mail: marketing@rowaytonarts.org.  Please visit our website to see listings of upcoming shows, art classes and other RAC events!

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emily.kelting@gmail.com (Interim Marketing Director, RAC) Neighbors Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:48:02 -0400
Tour King School, Meet Faculty, Students at OPEN HOUSE on Sunday! https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44937-tour-king-school-meet-faculty-students-at-open-house-on-sunday44937-tour-king-school-meet-faculty-students-at-open-house-on-sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44937-tour-king-school-meet-faculty-students-at-open-house-on-sunday44937-tour-king-school-meet-faculty-students-at-open-house-on-sunday

King School, a PreK-Grade 12 school serving students from 30 towns around Stamford, has announced their fall Open House events! Don’t miss this opportunity to experience King - a school that prepares students to thrive in a rapidly changing world. What sets King apart is academic challenge, kindness, and personal growth are united within our unique community of engaged minds and meaningful connections.

Middle & Upper School - Sunday, October 14, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Middle and Upper School (incoming Grades 6-11) families are invited arrive on Sunday, October 14 anytime between 1:00-4:00 p.m. to explore the beautiful campus, visit classrooms that interest them and meet faculty, students, and parents who share their passions. Plus, attend breakout sessions that focus on the admission process and King's approach to teaching and learning.

Register for the Open House here.

Lower School - Sunday, November 4, 1-4 p.m.

King will host an Open House for their Lower School (incoming Grades PreK-5) on Sunday, November 4 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Arrive anytime between 1:00-4:00 p.m. to explore the beautiful campus, visit classrooms that interest them and meet faculty, students, and parents who share their passions. Plus, attend breakout sessions that focus on the admission process and King's approach to teaching and learning.

Register for the Open House here.

Can't attend any of these events? For families who cannot attend an Open House can join us for coffee and Conversation on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Learn more and register here.

Watch a video about King School here.

Learn more about King School here.


HamletHub is proud to welcome King School to our family of sponsors! 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:43:33 -0400
DMV Expands License and ID Services in Fairfield, New Haven Counties https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44938-dmv-expands-license-and-id-services-in-fairfield-new-haven-counties44938-dmv-expands-license-and-id-services-in-fairfield-new-haven-counties https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/44938-dmv-expands-license-and-id-services-in-fairfield-new-haven-counties44938-dmv-expands-license-and-id-services-in-fairfield-new-haven-counties

 
The Department of Motor Vehicles announced today the expansion of its DMV Express license and ID card renewal program focused on bringing convenience to residents seeking these services. 
 
The agency and its partners plan to soon open new locations in Southington and North Haven as well as expand service times in Stamford. This follows the start earlier this year of DMV Express offices in Milford and West Haven. 
 
This customer-convenience driven program is designed to make services more available in New Haven and Fairfield counties while also enhancing existing partner AAA Club Alliance’s current locations elsewhere in the state. The new locations are planned to open in late November and mid-December.
 
"We see this as a win-win for all our customers because it offers additional locations where they can go for license and ID card renewal services," said DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra. “We are pleased with the continuing growth of DMV Express,” he added.
 
Last year DMV sponsored an open request-for-qualifications process to find third-party vendors for license and ID card renewal services. It selected Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union of Rocky Hill and The WorkPlace of Bridgeport for new DMV Express offices. The agency wants to spur innovation and create a network of convenient offices in New Haven and Fairfield counties, which are no longer served by AAA Northeast for DMV license and ID services. In northern Connecticut, however, license and ID renewals are offered through a separate franchise, AAA Club Alliance, in its West Hartford, Avon, Enfield, Manchester, Cromwell, Old Saybrook and Waterford locations.
 
In late November The WorkPlace plans to assume DMV operations in Stamford at 137 Henry St. It intends to have an appointment system only, as DMV offers there now, with scheduled hours Monday - Friday, expanded from DMV’s two-day per week operations. DMV appointments there will end November 16.  In addition, the Stamford office will no longer provide registration transactions, accept license plate returns and cancelations, and issue driving histories and disabled parking permits. DMV branch offices have those services.
 
In mid-December AAA Club Alliance plans to open its new Southington Car Care, Insurance and Travel Center at 749 Queen St.  The new Southington center is scheduled to provide DMV license and ID card renewal services Monday through Saturday as it does in their other offices.
 
Then also in mid-December Nutmeg Credit Union plans to open in North Haven a new five-station service center at 109 Washington Ave. It will be open Monday-Saturday and offer the same six-day per week services as in the Milford location. It will allow walk-ins as well as in-office and online appointments for services. 
 
Nutmeg Credit Union in June opened the DMV Express Center in Milford and earlier the City of West Haven opened a similar center in city hall. For more information about DMV and partner services and locations, please visit www.ct.gov/dmv/offices
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Mon, 08 Oct 2018 08:01:41 -0400
Norwalk Fire Department Provides Update On Single Car Accident at Hotel Zero Degrees https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/publicsafety/44940-norwalk-fire-department-provides-update-on-single-car-accident-at-hotel-zero-degrees44940-norwalk-fire-department-provides-update-on-single-car-accident-at-hotel-zero-degrees https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/publicsafety/44940-norwalk-fire-department-provides-update-on-single-car-accident-at-hotel-zero-degrees44940-norwalk-fire-department-provides-update-on-single-car-accident-at-hotel-zero-degrees

The Norwalk Fire Department responded to a single car motor vehicle accident at 353 Main Avenue, Hotel Zero Degrees, Sunday afternoon at 4:12 p.m. The driver of a Subaru Forester may have suffered a medical event while driving northbound, on Main Avenue. The SUV crossed the southbound lanes, mounted the curb, struck and split a 15’ tree at the roots, then hit a parked vehicle in the Hotels parking lot. Both of the  cars and tree ended up about 15’ from the building.

The 59 year old male driver was pulled from the vehicle by firefighters unconscious and treatment was rendered at the scene and en route to Norwalk Hospital by Paramedics and Firefighters. His condition at the time of this release is unknown.

Firefighters responded with an Engine, Rescue and Command, and cleared the scene by 5 p.m. Norwalk Police cordoned off the scene and began their investigation.

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kerry@ducey.org (Edward Prescott) Public safety Sun, 07 Oct 2018 20:23:07 -0400
Have your Child’s Car Seat Inspected for Free https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/publicsafety/44936-have-your-child-s-car-seat-inspected-for-free-1538771417-153877141744936-have-your-child-s-car-seat-inspected-for-free-1538771417-1538771417 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/publicsafety/44936-have-your-child-s-car-seat-inspected-for-free-1538771417-153877141744936-have-your-child-s-car-seat-inspected-for-free-1538771417-1538771417

Is your car seat safely installed? Below are the centers closest to Norwalk.

Using an age-appropriate child restraint system in your vehicle isn’t an option - it’s the law. And reports have proven time and time again that car seats that are properly installed save lives.

In addition to Car Seat Clinics which take place periodically throughout Connecticut, parents and guardians can visit a local Fitting Station to find out if their child’s car seat has been safely installed. There are approximately 78 Fitting Stations in Connecticut, according to United Way’s CT211(https://www.211ct.org/)

Norwalk residents can have their car seat inspected by a Child Passenger Safety Technician at a local Fitting Clinic at One Monroe Street, Norwalk, CT. Individuals needing car seat information, such as which styles are best for their vehicle, appropriate sizes, securing the seat correctly, can contact their local police department.... They are open 24 hr/7 days.  For more information please call 203-854-3000, or visit their website at http://www.norwalkct.org/.

The National Safety Council reports that in  2016, 723 child occupants under age 13 died in traffic crashes; 213 were unrestrained, and many others were inadequately restrained at the time of the crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants (younger than 1-year-old) and by 54% for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars.

Not sure of where your car seat should be placed in your vehicle? Not sure if your child (still) needs one?

The American Academy of Pediatrics states:

  • All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Seat until they are at least 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer.

  • Any child was has outgrown their rear-facing weight or height limit for his convertible car seat should use a Forward-Facing Car Seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer.

  • All children whose weight or height is above the foward-facing limit for their car seat should use a Belt-Positioning Booster Seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.

  • When children are old enough and large enough for the vehicle seat belt to fit them correctly, they should always use Lap and Shoulder Seat Belts for optimal protection.

  • All children younger than 13 years of age should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.


Worried your car seat may be recalled? Click here for the latest recall list provided by SafeKids Connecticut.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (SafeKidsCT) Public safety Fri, 05 Oct 2018 10:45:48 -0400
Have your Child’s Car Seat Inspected for Free https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/component/content/article/2-uncategorised/44935-have-your-child-s-car-seat-inspected-for-free-153877141744935-have-your-child-s-car-seat-inspected-for-free-1538771417 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/component/content/article/2-uncategorised/44935-have-your-child-s-car-seat-inspected-for-free-153877141744935-have-your-child-s-car-seat-inspected-for-free-1538771417

Is your car seat safely installed? Below are the centers closest to Norwalk.

Using an age-appropriate child restraint system in your vehicle isn’t an option - it’s the law. And reports have proven time and time again that car seats that are properly installed save lives.

In addition to Car Seat Clinics which take place periodically throughout Connecticut, parents and guardians can visit a local Fitting Station to find out if their child’s car seat has been safely installed. There are approximately 78 Fitting Stations in Connecticut, according to United Way’s CT211(https://www.211ct.org/)

Norwalk residents can have their car seat inspected by a Child Passenger Safety Technician at a local Fitting Clinic at One Monroe Street, Norwalk, CT. Individuals needing car seat information, such as which styles are best for their vehicle, appropriate sizes, securing the seat correctly, can contact their local police department.... They are open 24 hr/7 days.  For more information please call 203-854-3000, or visit their website at http://www.norwalkct.org/.

The National Safety Council reports that in  2016, 723 child occupants under age 13 died in traffic crashes; 213 were unrestrained, and many others were inadequately restrained at the time of the crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants (younger than 1-year-old) and by 54% for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars.

Not sure of where your car seat should be placed in your vehicle? Not sure if your child (still) needs one?

The American Academy of Pediatrics states:

  • All infants and toddlers should ride in a Rear-Facing Car Seat until they are at least 2 years of age or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car seat’s manufacturer.

  • Any child was has outgrown their rear-facing weight or height limit for his convertible car seat should use a Forward-Facing Car Seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by the car seat manufacturer.

  • All children whose weight or height is above the foward-facing limit for their car seat should use a Belt-Positioning Booster Seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between 8 and 12 years of age.

  • When children are old enough and large enough for the vehicle seat belt to fit them correctly, they should always use Lap and Shoulder Seat Belts for optimal protection.

  • All children younger than 13 years of age should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.


Worried your car seat may be recalled? Click here for the latest recall list provided by SafeKids Connecticut.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (SafeKidsCT) Uncategorised Fri, 05 Oct 2018 10:45:48 -0400
Fairfield County Bank Ranked Top Workplace in 2018 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/44934-fairfield-county-bank-ranked-top-workplace-in-201844934-fairfield-county-bank-ranked-top-workplace-in-2018 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/44934-fairfield-county-bank-ranked-top-workplace-in-201844934-fairfield-county-bank-ranked-top-workplace-in-2018

Fairfield County Bank Ranked Top Workplace in 2018 by Hearst Connecticut Media Group 

Fairfield County Bank was recently named one of the Top Workplaces in Connecticut by Hearst Connecticut Media Group. Organizations, like Fairfield County Bank, receive this award based on employee feedback through an anonymous survey that measures workplace culture and execution.

Employees at Fairfield County Bank recognize they are more than just a bank, they are community leaders and are a big part of Fairfield County. Founded in 1871, Fairfield County Bank has grown to a $1.5 Billion Bank but has never wavered in its tradition of putting Employees, Customers, and Community above all else. Throughout the Bank’s 147-year history it has focused on making Fairfield County the best place to live and work.

“This honor highlights what we already knew – it feels good to work with respected and trusted colleagues in an organization where Customer and Community are the focus,” said David Schneider, Chief Executive Officer of Fairfield County Bank. “Our employees are what make Fairfield County Bank the best by making our customers happy, serving our communities and making this a place we love to come to work.”

Employees feel that the work they do is recognized and valued formally and informally. The Bank has a peer-to-peer recognition program called Spotlight, the coveted annual Leadership Award, and multiple celebratory events that encourage Employees to reconnect and enjoy each others’ company. The Bank will continue to uphold their promises to their Employees and the Community by making Fairfield County the best place to live and work. 

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 customer relationships and the knowledge that when you put your money in Fairfield County Bank, it stays in Fairfield County - strengthening our communities.  Visit www.fairfieldcountybank.com to find out more about the Bank.

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kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Places Fri, 05 Oct 2018 07:45:32 -0400
King School Plans Open House Events October 14 and November 4 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/44914-king-school-plans-open-house-events-october-14-and-november-444914-king-school-plans-open-house-events-october-14-and-november-4 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/44914-king-school-plans-open-house-events-october-14-and-november-444914-king-school-plans-open-house-events-october-14-and-november-4

King School, a PreK-Grade 12 school serving students from 30 towns around Stamford, has announced their fall Open House events! Don’t miss this opportunity to experience King - a school that prepares students to thrive in a rapidly changing world. What sets King apart is academic challenge, kindness, and personal growth are united within our unique community of engaged minds and meaningful connections.

Middle & Upper School - Sunday, October 14, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Middle and Upper School (incoming Grades 6-11) families are invited arrive on Sunday, October 14 anytime between 1:00-4:00 p.m. to explore the beautiful campus, visit classrooms that interest them and meet faculty, students, and parents who share their passions. Plus, attend breakout sessions that focus on the admission process and King's approach to teaching and learning.

Register for the Open House here.

Lower School - Sunday, November 4, 1-4 p.m.

King will host an Open House for their Lower School (incoming Grades PreK-5) on Sunday, November 4 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Arrive anytime between 1:00-4:00 p.m. to explore the beautiful campus, visit classrooms that interest them and meet faculty, students, and parents who share their passions. Plus, attend breakout sessions that focus on the admission process and King's approach to teaching and learning.

Register for the Open House here.

Can't attend any of these events? For families who cannot attend an Open House can join us for coffee and Conversation on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Learn more and register here.

Watch a video about King School here.

Learn more about King School here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Tara) Places Wed, 03 Oct 2018 08:19:00 -0400
Native American Porcupine Quill Art New Exhibit @ Institute For American Indian Studies https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44932-native-american-porcupine-quill-art-new-exhibit-institute-for-american-indian-studies44932-native-american-porcupine-quill-art-new-exhibit-institute-for-american-indian-studies https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/44932-native-american-porcupine-quill-art-new-exhibit-institute-for-american-indian-studies44932-native-american-porcupine-quill-art-new-exhibit-institute-for-american-indian-studies
Native Americans have a deep artistic sense and a great knowledge of our natural environment. This aesthetic can be seen in the objects of art, both decorative and useful at the new exhibit, From the Forest at the Institute For American Indian Studies on 38 Curtis Road in Washington Connecticut.  Porcupine quillwork looks amazingly like delicate embroidery.  This type of quillwork was most likely the first purely decorative art practiced by Native Americans.  It is highly sought after by collectors, each piece representing hundreds of hours of work by the artist.
 
Porcupine quillwork is a distinctive Native American art form.  The quills are folded, twisted, wrapped, plaited and sewn using a wide range of techniques to embellish articles of clothing, bags, knife sheaths, baskets, wooden handles, pipe stems and many other items.  
 
Native Americans in 17th century New England used porcupine quills to decorate their clothing and accessories. They would also decorate containers made from birchbark because it was light, long lasting and flexible. Quill working flourished from New England to the tribes of the Great Plains until the arrival of Europeans with ready-made glass beads that were incorporated into the work.  Although considered a 'lost art' by many, some artists still practice the tradition from tribes such as the Sioux, Cree, Ojibway, and others carrying on the tradition of quill embroidery.
 
The Exhibit
This exhibit showcases artifacts on loan to the museum from the Meg Buda Collection consisting of many Native American decorative and useful items that have been embellished with porcupine quill embroidery.  There are examples of flat as well as tufted quill embroidery on a variety of objects from moccasins and baskets to jewelry and containers.  Some of the workmanship on the tufted birchbark baskets is extraordinary because of the variety of natural dyes used on the quills and the delicate floral or geometric patterns on the containers. Examples of tufted quillwork are only made by a few artists and are extraordinary in their detail and craftsmanship.
 
In addition to this exhibition, the Institute has a large collection of Native American Artifacts, a 16th century reconstructed outdoor Native American Village and a new Escape Room that is opening in late October called Escape from a Wigwam, 1518.
 
Porcupine Quills
One of the most enduring myths about the porcupine, a member of the rodent family that is only native to North America is that they are capable of throwing quills.  The reality is the porcupine uses their quills as a defense mechanism. When in danger, the porcupine lowers its head and lashes out its tail, and if the predator is in striking range, the barbed quills are embedded in their hide or on their face. Once embedded, the quill with its needle-sharp barbules expands and every muscle movement pulls it deeper into the flesh.
 
The porcupine quill is a modified type of hair, and like hair, it is shed when it is fully-grown. An adult porcupine has an average of 30,000 quills on its body that average about three inches in length. The spring and fall porcupine quills are said to be the best for decorative use because they are not waterlogged and don't break easily.
 
Once the quills were carefully removed from the porcupine they were sorted by size then made pliable by soaking. Dyed and flattened, woven, wrapped, tufted or stitched the humble porcupine quill became part of a work of art as well as a means of self-expression. 
 
About Institute For American Indian Studies 
 
Located on 15 woodland acres the IAIS has an outdoor Three Sisters and Healing Plants Gardens as well as a replicated 16th c. Algonkian Village.  Inside the museum, authentic artifacts are displayed in permanent, semi-permanent and temporary exhibits from prehistory to the present that allows visitors a walk through time. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road in Washington Connecticut and can be reached online or by calling 860-868-0518.
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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Events Wed, 03 Oct 2018 04:25:06 -0400
The Princeton Review is HIRING a Business Development Director for NY Metro and Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/44931-the-princeton-review-is-hiring-a-business-development-director-for-ny-metro-and-connecticut44931-the-princeton-review-is-hiring-a-business-development-director-for-ny-metro-and-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/44931-the-princeton-review-is-hiring-a-business-development-director-for-ny-metro-and-connecticut44931-the-princeton-review-is-hiring-a-business-development-director-for-ny-metro-and-connecticut

Business Development Director

The Princeton Review is HIRING a full-time Business Development Director to lead a team of 5 Outreach Managers, spanning the entire “NY Metro & CT” areas that serves as The Princeton Review's definitive brand ambassadors for test preparation, online homework help, and admissions programs.

Learn more about this position and APPLY here.

Business Development Directors lead and manage a team to find dynamic ways to partner with leading high schools, colleges, students groups and organizations to prepare America's next generation of great minds! They plan and execute compelling events that engage parents and students to and drive.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5+ years of professional experience in sales, client/customer relationship building, and/or event promotion.
  • Experience in test preparation or admissions a plus

Additional qualifications here.

Learn more about this position and APPLY here.

Learn about The Princeton Review here.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 02 Oct 2018 09:39:18 -0400
Reminder: Placing Campaign Signs On City Property is Not Allowed https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/politics/44939-reminder-placing-campaign-signs-on-city-property-is-not-allowed44939-reminder-placing-campaign-signs-on-city-property-is-not-allowed https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/politics/44939-reminder-placing-campaign-signs-on-city-property-is-not-allowed44939-reminder-placing-campaign-signs-on-city-property-is-not-allowed

With Election Day five weeks away, the City of Norwalk and Norwalk Department of Public Works is reminding candidates for election, residents, and business owners, that campaign signs cannot be placed on city property. The prohibition includes rights-of-way along roadways, which can extend up to 10 feet beyond the pavement, as well as State of Connecticut Department of Transportation highways throughout Norwalk.

“Our country was founded on the great values of democracy, which allows all people to have a voice in the democratic process. It’s wonderful when the community gets involved and helps spread information on candidates through literature and signage,” said Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling. “However, city property cannot be used to help promote any candidate, regardless of political affiliation. The city has been and always will be an impartial entity.”

Campaign signs placed behind the sidewalk are permitted. If there is no sidewalk, signs must be placed at least 10 feet from the curb.

The Department of Public Works collects all signs that are improperly placed on city property. Those wishing to retrieve signs that have been collected can do so by visiting the Department of Public Works Operations Center, located at 15 South Smith Street, Norwalk, Conn. 06855.

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kerry@ducey.org (Josh Morgan) Politics Tue, 02 Oct 2018 05:06:22 -0400