Norwalk's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk Sun, 16 Jun 2019 01:18:10 -0400 HamletHub.com Liberation Programs 12th Annual Spirit of Hope Gala A Success https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/charities/45446-liberation-programs-12th-annual-spirit-of-hope-gala-a-success45446-liberation-programs-12th-annual-spirit-of-hope-gala-a-success https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/charities/45446-liberation-programs-12th-annual-spirit-of-hope-gala-a-success45446-liberation-programs-12th-annual-spirit-of-hope-gala-a-success

On Thursday, June 6th, Liberation Programs held its 12th Annual Spirit of Hope Gala at Woodway Country Club in Darien. The spectacular event, attended by nearly 400 of the community’s most philanthropic residents, was hosted by the organization’s President and CEO, John Hamilton. The evening raised over $400,000, providing critical funds for the life-saving treatment Liberation Programs provides for recoverees, and the outreach work it does to prevent substance use disorders in our community.

Senator Richard Blumenthal kicked off the program, stating “Liberation Programs is the gold standard, and I am proud of the work that you’re doing to break the stigma of substance use disorder.” Later adding, “They are breaking down barriers, and providing new kinds of help for people when they are most vulnerable.”

The evening honored some of the nation's leading addiction experts, each having raised the standard of care in substance use treatment and recovery. Awards were presented to Gary Mendell, Founder and CEO of Shatterproof, The Lighthouse Sober Living and The Lighthouse Recovery Coaching 365 Program, and the organization’s own Maggie Young, MSW, LADC, Liberation Programs Chief Recovery Officer.

“I never dreamed I’d be standing before you as a Spirit of Hope honoree,” said Young, who was a client of Liberation Programs herself some 27 years ago. “Ever since my treatment stay in 1992, I wanted to be present for others like me, who needed help and support.”

Michael Pollard, Stamford’s Chief of Staff, attended the event and noted afterwards, “I am honored to know Maggie, all the people she helps are a testament to the great work of Liberation Programs, and her amazing title of Chief Recovery Officer represents the extraordinary work Liberation Programs is doing saving lives.”

Additional highlights of the evening included moving performances by singer Daphne Willis, as well as a touching vocal performance by the nationally acclaimed Darien High School Tudor Singers. Video presentations showcased the tremendous impact the organization is having on our community, and guests competed for exciting raffle prizes.

Additional donations to the event are still welcome. Please visit https://ibidmobile.net/lpi/reservations/ to make your contribution today.

Liberation Programs would like to thank its dedicated gala committee led by co-chairs John Bassler, Debra Hertz, PhD and Cynthia J. Shaw, as well as its generous corporate sponsors, Atlantic Diagnostic Laboratories, First County Bank, KPMG, The Lighthouse / Recovery 365, Mountainside Treatment Center, Pitney Bowes, Stamford Health, and Yale New Haven Health.

The organization has been a pioneer in the field of integrated behavioral health services in lower Fairfield County for nearly fifty years. Liberation Programs provides services for youth, adults and families that include two inpatient treatment programs, outpatient and intensive outpatient services, health education for older adults and people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses, treatment and resources for adolescents and their families, education and prevention efforts in the community, and permanent supportive housing for families. In operation since 1971, the agency has sites in Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport and serves more than 2,000 adults and youth each year. To learn more, or to make a donation, visit www.liberationprograms.org or call 203-851-2077.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Charities Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:53:36 -0400
Norwalk Residents Graduate from Ridgefield Academy https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/45445-norwalk-residents-graduate-from-ridgefield-academy45445-norwalk-residents-graduate-from-ridgefield-academy https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/45445-norwalk-residents-graduate-from-ridgefield-academy45445-norwalk-residents-graduate-from-ridgefield-academy

Wednesday, June 12, Ridgefield Academy graduated 26 members of the Class of 2019 during a beautiful outdoor ceremony in RA’s Graduation Garden. Eleven of the graduates were “lifers”, having attended RA since Kindergarten.

Graduates from Norwalk are Gus MacInnes, Jordyn Sesler and Henry Kolani.

Tom Main, Head of School addressed the audience by saying, “The Class of 2019 will exist for me as a class, in perpetuity, of what an RA class can aspire to be. This group is intellectually accomplished, socially conscious, athletically talented, artistic, and clever. They have a lot of fun and truly enjoy each other.”

Tradition runs deep at Ridgefield Academy and it was evident during commencement. Each graduate processed to the stage with his or her “Kindergarten Buddy” and spoke to the audience about their RA journey, its meaning to them, and how it has prepared them to approach future academic and life experiences.

The ceremony concluded as the Class of 2019 recessed down the aisle and one by one rang the Patriot Bell for the last time, signifying the end of their days at RA and the beginning of new life adventures. In his closing remarks, Mr. Main had a message for the graduates and said, “The high school education you are about to begin is full of opportunity and will require your very best. I want to impart to you four pieces of advice: 1. Take risks over the next four years; 2. Be involved and pursue things that you are passionate about and that interest you; 3. Be in charge of your own life; and 4. Continue to concentrate on developing into a person of character, integrity and generosity. Value the successes, the memories, the friends, the fun, the challenges you have overcome, the obstacles you have conquered, the risks you have already taken and use them as the foundation for the next four years and beyond. Good luck and best wishes Class of 2019! I look forward to hearing about your new experiences.”

RA’s Class of 2019 will go on to attend private day schools (eight), local public high schools (three), and boarding schools (six). Congratulations to all RA graduates and best wishes for futures filled with success.

The graduates were not the only ones celebrated. Ridgefield Academy also honored two of its families, Eric and Nancy Heaton and David and Lucy Heaton, with the James P. Heus Distinguished Service Award for their extraordinary dedication and service to Ridgefield Academy. Eric Heaton is currently on the Board of Trustees and served as Chair from 2015-2018. His wife Nancy was the RAPA President from 2012-14, served in several RAPA Vice President roles, managed the school store and chaired several Fall Family Days. Together, Eric and Nancy chaired the Patriot Legacy Fund in its inception year of 2016. David Heaton is a current Board of Trustees member and has held the position of Board Treasurer for the last 4 years. His wife, Lucy has participated in school focus groups, has been a huge supporter of the arts, and a dedicated parent of RA. Both Heaton families have sons in this year’s graduating class.

Ridgefield Academy is a coeducational, private day school for students from Preschool through Grade 8. Founded in 1975, the school cultivates a love of learning and preparedness for advanced academics. For more information, please visit www.ridgefieldacademy.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Ashley Moran) Neighbors Thu, 13 Jun 2019 07:15:54 -0400
Westport Country Playhouse Stages “Skeleton Crew,” Powerful Drama by Dominique Morisseau, 2018 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45443-westport-country-playhouse-stages-skeleton-crew-powerful-drama-by-dominique-morisseau-2018-macarthur-genius-grant-fellow45443-westport-country-playhouse-stages-skeleton-crew-powerful-drama-by-dominique-morisseau-2018-macarthur-genius-grant-fellow https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45443-westport-country-playhouse-stages-skeleton-crew-powerful-drama-by-dominique-morisseau-2018-macarthur-genius-grant-fellow45443-westport-country-playhouse-stages-skeleton-crew-powerful-drama-by-dominique-morisseau-2018-macarthur-genius-grant-fellow

Westport Country Playhouse will stage the gripping drama, “Skeleton Crew,” written by 2018 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow Dominique Morisseau and directed by LA Williams, from June 4 through June 22. 

In “Skeleton Crew,” rumor has it that Detroit’s last export auto plant will soon close.  Four factory workers navigate opposing agendas and shifting power dynamics in their desperate attempts to survive whatever comes next. 

“When I first read ‘Skeleton Crew,’ I felt as if I were discovering a lost play by the great August Wilson,” said Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director. “Morisseau's vividly wrought characters—two women: one young, the other with thirty years of experience at the plant, and two men: one a manager, the other a youth—are drawn with a density and richness, and a full-blooded warmth courses through their lives. The dramatic tension rises out of character as well as culture.”

The cast of “Skeleton Crew” includes Leland Fowler as Dez (Off-Broadway’s “If Pretty Hurts Ugly,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Measure for Measure”; regional theater’s “Skeleton Crew” at Dorset Theatre Festival, “Seven Guitars” at Yale Repertory Theater; BA Morehouse College, MFA Yale School of Drama); Perri Gaffney as Faye (Off-Broadway’s “The Resurrection of Alice,” adapted from her novel, AUDELCO nomination Best Solo Performance; “Harlem Duet,” AUDELCO nomination Best Actress; “The Waiting Room,” AUDELCO nomination Best Ensemble; other credits include “Steel Magnolias,”Theatre Tampa Bay Outstanding Lead Actress nomination); Toni Martin as Shanita (Broadway’s “Airline Highway”; New York’s “Dream Ticket”; Chicago’s “Airline Highway,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” Best Supporting Actress award from Black Theatre Alliance; Washington D.C.’s “Nina Simone: Four Women”; BFA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee); and Sean Nelson as Reggie (multiple plays on and off-Broadway including “The Shadow Box,” “American Buffalo,” “Hey Little Walter”; lead role in his debut film ‘Fresh”; HBO miniseries “The Corner,” MTV film “The Wood”).

                                                                                                                     

Author Dominique Morisseau, a Detroit native, is the author of “The Detroit Project” (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: “Skeleton Crew,” “Paradise Blue,” and “Detroit ’67.” Additional plays include “Pipeline,” “Sunset Baby,” “Blood at the Root,” and “Follow Me to Nellie’s.” She is also the book writer on the new musical “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations.” Morisseau is an alumna of The Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop, and has developed work at Sundance Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Her work has been commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre, Women’s Project, South Coast Repertory, People’s Light and Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Penumbra Theatre. She most recently served as co-producer on the Showtime series “Shameless.” Awards include Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, AUDELCO Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award, Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, and being named one of Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18.  Most recently she received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Book of a Musical for “Ain’t Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations.”

Director LA Williams is currently an inaugural recipient of the Old Globe Classical Directing Fellowship. Recent Off-Broadway credits include assistant to Oskar Eustis and Suzan-Lori Parks on the world premiere of “White Noise” by Suzan-Lori Parks at The Public Theater. Williams has developed and directed new work at The Public Theater, The New Group, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and The Kennedy Center. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and was a recipient of the National Directors Fellowship, Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship, and Kenny Leon Directing Fellowship. Education: MA Emerson College; BA Alabama State University. 

The creative team includes Caite Hevner; set design; Asa Benally, costume design; Xavier Pierce, lighting design; Chris Lane, sound design; Samantha Shoffner, props supervisor; Bryan Bauer, production stage manager; and Megan Smith, assistant stage manager.

Production Sponsors are Judy and Scott Phares. Corporate Production Partner is Fidelity Investments.

Performance schedule is Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.  Special series feature Taste of Tuesday (June 4), LGBT Night OUT (June 6), Post-Play Dialogues (June 6 and 13), Opening Night (June 8), Sunday Symposium (June 9), Together at the Table Family Dinner (June 11), Open Captions (June 16), Backstage Pass (June 19), Playhouse Happy Hour (June 20), and Thursday TalkBack (June 20).  

Single tickets start at $30 and are subject to change based upon availability. Buy early for best prices.  Special offers are available for seniors, students, educators, and playwrights.  For details, visit westportplayhouse.org/special-offers.

Upcoming at Westport Country Playhouse is “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin,” July 16 through August 3, with lyrics and music by Irving Berlin, book by Hershey Felder, and directed by Trevor Hay; “Mlima’s Tale,” October 1 through October 19, written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Mark Lamos; and Molière’s “Don Juan,” November 5 through November 23, a world premiere translation and adaptation by Brendan Pelsue, directed by David Kennedy.

All play titles, artists, and dates are subject to change.

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

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

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gina.zammit@gmail.com (Gina Zammit) Events Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:33:59 -0400
Bird Cruises to Sheffield Island: Experience a Safari through your Binoculars https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45442-bird-cruises-to-sheffield-island-experience-a-safari-through-your-binoculars45442-bird-cruises-to-sheffield-island-experience-a-safari-through-your-binoculars https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45442-bird-cruises-to-sheffield-island-experience-a-safari-through-your-binoculars45442-bird-cruises-to-sheffield-island-experience-a-safari-through-your-binoculars

Norwalk, CT - Although Connecticut is a small state, it is rich in birdlife with more than 430 different bird species to spot. If you are a bird lover with a checklist of bird species that you have seen in Connecticut, and want to add seabirds to your list, hop on board the CJ Toth Quest, a 49 passenger ferryboat with the Seaport Association on Sunday, June 9, June 16 or June 23 for the annual Bird Cruise that runs from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. only in June. 
 
Each cruise is exciting and different because you can never anticipate what will fly your way.  The final destination of this three-hour cruise is Sheffield Island, a noted birding hotspot.  The Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge that is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is on part of Sheffield Island and offers a crucial waterbird and nesting ground.  It is an excellent place to spot birds because it offers many different habitats in a relatively small area from woods and grasslands to the beach.  The trees on Sheffield Island attract herons and egrets, making the island an invaluable place to view and learn about wildlife and birds. There is also a small population of herring and great black-backed gulls that nest along Sheffield’s rocky shoreline.
 
This cruise is ideal for novice and experienced birders so whether you are looking through your binoculars for the first time or for the hundred thousandth time this excursion never disappoints. Best of all, these three birding cruises are guided by an experienced and avid birder, Preston Lust who will help participants spot and identify seabirds. Preston is an officer in the Connecticut Young Birders Club who has a special interest in nocturnal migration and has conducted research on nocturnal flight calls for the last three years.  He has also participated in bird-watching competitions such as the World Series of Birding and the Megabowl of Birding (the latter of which placed first place for three years straight!).  
 
Among the types of birds, you may see on these National Geographic styled cruises are nest sites and nesting colonies of ospreys, and long-legged egrets with their graceful S-curved necks and long dagger-like bills.  On this three-hour cruise, passengers may also spot American oystercatchers, herons, terns, gulls, cormorants, and many others.
 
The importance of Sheffield Island to wildlife, especially migratory birds is enormous, and these special bird cruises give passengers the chance to spot these magnificent creatures on and off the water at an awe-inspiring and safe distance with a knowledgeable guide.
 
The cruise will depart at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 9, 16 and 23. Passengers are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure. The boat leaves from the Seaport Dock at 4 North Water Street adjacent to the Stroffolino Bridge at the corner of Washington and Water Streets in South Norwalk.  Parking is available at the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium Parking Lot. Tickets are Adult: $28, Members and seniors: $23, Children 4-12 years old: $16 and Children 3 and under are $7.  For Reservations contact 203-838-9444.  On the day of the cruise contact the dock phone at 203-838-2898. 
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kerry@ducey.org (Janet Serra) Events Tue, 11 Jun 2019 14:16:46 -0400
International Children's Art Exhibit in Norwalk Through June 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45440-international-children-s-art-exhibit45440-international-children-s-art-exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45440-international-children-s-art-exhibit45440-international-children-s-art-exhibit

Join Creative Connections and Rene Soto Gallery for the International Children's Art Exhibit (Exhibicion de arte infantil internacional).

The My Heritage exhibit features children's art from Guatemala, Brazil, and the USA created in Creative Conections RainForest ArtLink program. 

The exhibit runs June 5-27, 2019 at Rene Soto Gallery, 1 Wall Street, Norwalk, CT.

For more information, contact Kristin Morrell at kmorrell@creativeconnections.org or 203-803-4376.

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ashley.gaudiano@gmail.com (Creative Connections) Events Tue, 11 Jun 2019 12:40:11 -0400
Latin Dance Night VIP Experience in Norwalk on June 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45439-latin-dance-night-vip-experience45439-latin-dance-night-vip-experience https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45439-latin-dance-night-vip-experience45439-latin-dance-night-vip-experience

Creative Connections & Stepping Stones Museum for Children invite you to a Latin Dance Night VIP Experience, June 21, 2019.

VIP Tickets Include:

  • Live performance by the celebrated Band Central
  • Dancing, dance demonstrations & lessons
  • Food stations by Marcia Selden Catering & Events
  • Beer, wine, specialty cocktail – margaritas
  • and admission to the DJ party UNDER THE TENT WITH MUSIC BY DJ Charlie of musicBOXnyc

Location:
Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Mathews Park 
303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850

Tickets: $125 per person
Click here to purchase tickets online 

Questions: Contact Kristin Morrell, Kmorrell@creativeconnections.org or 203.803.4376

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ashley.gaudiano@gmail.com (Creative Connections) Events Tue, 11 Jun 2019 12:39:22 -0400
7th Annual Norwalk Art Fest: June 29 & 30 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45441-7th-annual-norwalk-art-fest-june-29-3045441-7th-annual-norwalk-art-fest-june-29-30 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45441-7th-annual-norwalk-art-fest-june-29-3045441-7th-annual-norwalk-art-fest-june-29-30

NORWALK CT – Over 100 juried artisans showing one-of-a-kind ceramics, wearable art and a huge array of other fine arts and crafts will be featured at the 7th Annual Norwalk Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, rain or shine. Admission to the Norwalk Art Festival is free.

The Norwalk Art Festival is a premier cultural two day fine art and craft festival located in a beautiful park setting nestled between two Museums and a nationally recognized Art Center. This wonderful community festival occurs annually, on the last weekend in June.

Artists will exhibit original works of art in a wide variety of media - painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, mixed media, sculpture, printmaking and drawing will be some of what presented.

Children’s Art Activities, live music, a food court, Museum tours at a reduced price, and poetry readings will be scheduled throughout the weekend as well making this a true family event.

Again, the event is free and parking is nearby at marked West Avenue locations.

Visit Gordonfinearts.org for more information or to get involved.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gordon Fine Arts) Events Tue, 11 Jun 2019 06:29:03 -0400
Pediatric Dentistry on Wheels in Norwalk https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/45437-pediatric-dentistry-on-wheels45437-pediatric-dentistry-on-wheels https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/45437-pediatric-dentistry-on-wheels45437-pediatric-dentistry-on-wheels

Norwalk Community Health Center is taking pediatric dental care on the road

Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation has awarded a SMILE grant to Norwalk Community Health Center, Inc.(NCHC) that expands NCHC’s Medical Mobile Unit services to include pediatric oral health care.

A dental hygienist, backed by NCHC’s Dental Team at 120 Connecticut Avenue, will be traveling to several locations, including Norwalk Community College Early Education Children’s Development Lab School, in unserved and underserved neighborhoods in greater Norwalk. It expands NCHC’s capacity to provide children a dental as well as a medical home, where they find services that promote health, diagnose and treat disease and disability, and help them cope with environmental challenges that put them at risk. NCHC plans to add additional locations as additional funding allows.

NCHC is a nonprofit health center that provides a continuum of primary medical and dental care and wellness services. 13,000 men, women and children from greater Norwalk and Fairfield County rely on the Health Center each year for their pediatric, adult medicine, dental, women’s, and behavioral health care, regardless of ability to pay.

Visit the NCHC website at https://norwalkchc.org , follow NCHC on Facebook, or phone 203-899-1770 to learn more.

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bcordellos@norwalkchc.org (Betty Cordellos) Life Mon, 10 Jun 2019 13:13:46 -0400
Search for Jennifer Dulos Continues, New Canaan Police Launch Website https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/publicsafety/45438-search-for-jennifer-dulos-continues-new-canaan-police-launch-website45438-search-for-jennifer-dulos-continues-new-canaan-police-launch-website https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/publicsafety/45438-search-for-jennifer-dulos-continues-new-canaan-police-launch-website45438-search-for-jennifer-dulos-continues-new-canaan-police-launch-website

The search for missing New Canaan mom, Jennifer Dulos, continues and New Canaan Police have launched a website for the public to learn more about the case and assist police in their efforts to locate Jennifer. The website includes email and phone tip line as well as a "What You Can Do To Help" button.

Jennifer Dulos has been missing since Friday 05/24/2019 and police are asking for information from anyone who may have seen her or noticed any suspicious activity. "If anyone saw this vehicle or noticed anything suspicious in the area of Waveny Park/Lapham Road on Friday 05/24/2019, please contact the New Canaan Police Department tip line at 203-594-3544," police say.

According to New Canaan Police, since the day of Jennifer's disappearance, a multijurisdictional law enforcement team has worked nonstop to locate her; specifically, the New Canaan Police Department and the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squads from both the Western District and Central District lead this investigation.  This team continues to explore all criminal behavior, which led to the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos.   During this criminal investigation, search warrants have been obtained and served on properties owned by Fotis Dulos.  "Details regarding these searches will not be released as it could compromise this very active criminal investigation," police say.

Police ask anyone with information related to this case should contact the New Canaan Police Department tip line at 203-594-3544.

Anyone with surveillance cameras that captures vehicle traffic in front of their home or residence in New Canaan from Wednesday, May 22nd through Saturday, May 25th should email Officer Kelly Coughlin at Kelly.coughlin@newcanaanct.gov

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Public safety Mon, 10 Jun 2019 09:12:29 -0400
Norwalk Resident Graduates from Wooster School https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/45436-norwalk-resident-graduates-from-wooster-school45436-norwalk-resident-graduates-from-wooster-school https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/45436-norwalk-resident-graduates-from-wooster-school45436-norwalk-resident-graduates-from-wooster-school

Congratulations to the Graduates of the Class of 2019!

Wooster School held its Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 7, 2019 to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2019. These seniors join more than 3,000 alumni who have graduated since Wooster’s founding in 1926.

Among the graduates was Norwalk resident Ross Spellman, son of Martin and Donna Spellman. He was awarded the following prize from Wooster School: Cordelia Manning Award for Service to the Arts.

Ross will be attending Sarah Lawrence College and is the recipient of a Sarah Lawrence Scholarship.  

The ceremony featured a number of speakers, and the awarding of prizes and diplomas. President of the Wooster School Board of Trustees, Leon Weaver offered kind words to Wooster’s soon-to-be graduates. “Your generation, born in the 21st century, has the opportunity to be this century’s greatest generation not for what you will do but for who you are."

Dr. Tyrone Black, Director of Middle and Upper Schools announced the honorees for, “Crayons to Commencement,” commending students who began their Wooster careers in the Lower School. Prizes were given out for outstanding Senior Independent Study projects, academic achievements, and awards of character, followed by an address by the class orators, Andrew Felton '19 and Jacob Smith '19. "Being gentle, generous, truthful, kind, and brave will be ever present in us especially as we give our heartfelt thanks and farewells on this day," remarked Felton and Smith. They added, "We have learned to be gentle with our strength, to be generous with ourselves and others as we try and fail, to be truthful as we forge lasting friendships and seek knowledge, to be kind as we see the bigger picture and understand how much we can do in the world, and to be brave as we face the greatest adversities in our lives."

Head of School Matt Byrnes presented the H. Korb Eynon Award, for enduring commitment and service to Wooster School, to Andrew Gray, Chief Financial Officer.

Last but not least, before the seniors received their diplomas, Head of School Matt Byrnes spoke to the graduating class. "You kids are good at things, and confident -- but I want to use my final words to the class to give some advice. This is not following your passion cheerleading. What this is some thinking about how you lay the groundwork to be able to follow your passion. You need to be thinking about a plan -- not how you are going to go from the point A of college to the point B of a career, but what can you do improve the quality and efficacy of that journey. Right now you shouldn’t be thinking so much about what you are going to study -- or what you’ll major in -- but how you are going to make it work, no matter what you choose," Byrnes remarked. He added "Class of 2019, you are strong and ready to rock. You can do it -- but you need a plan. We are always here to help. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for it."

Congratulations to the Great Class of 2019 for all of their accomplishments!

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kerry@ducey.org (Wooster School) Neighbors Fri, 07 Jun 2019 13:58:53 -0400
Exhibit Opening for Caught in the Crosshairs: The Secret of the Norden Bombsight and CT Open House Day 2019 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/45434-opening-reception-and-ct-open-house-day45434-opening-reception-and-ct-open-house-day https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/45434-opening-reception-and-ct-open-house-day45434-opening-reception-and-ct-open-house-day

The Norwalk Historical Society will be celebrating CT Open House Day 2019 with an opening reception for the new exhibit:  “Caught in the Crosshairs: The Secret of the Norden Bombsight”.  Visit the Norwalk Historical Society Museum on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm to view the new exhibition and take part in CT Open House Day, the state wide unified celebration of Connecticut’s fascinating world of art, history and tourism This event is free and open to the public.  Parking and Museum front entrance is from the Norwalk City Hall campus (125 East Avenue). The Museum is located next to the Norwalk Health Depart in the red brick house with blue double front doors.

“Caught in the Crosshairs: The Secret of the Norden Bombsight” explores the history behind the Norden Bombsight which was an American technological breakthrough that enabled the military to target bombs with unprecedented precision and accuracy. During World War II (1939-1945), the Bombsight was shrouded in secrecy.  One of the historic Norden Bombsight's will be on display at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum, donated by the former Northrup Grumman Norden Systems, a business that was part of the Norwalk, Connecticut community for over fifty years (1961-2013).  The exhibition is curated by Judith Bacal with special thanks to those that contributed to the exhibition: Fran DiMeglio, Norden Systems Retirees Club and Norwalk History Room.
For more information: visit www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org, e-mail info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Image Credit: Norwalk Historical Society

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info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org (Norwalk Historical Society) Life Thu, 06 Jun 2019 07:23:45 -0400
Rowayton Arts Center’s Collage and Cocktails Adult Workshop June 13 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45432-rowayton-arts-center-155967441045432-rowayton-arts-center-1559674410 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/45432-rowayton-arts-center-155967441045432-rowayton-arts-center-1559674410

Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) is hosting an adult workshop, “Collage and Cocktails,” Thursday, June 13 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. Enjoy a Proscecco Royale cocktail along with all the trimmings you need to create a one-of-a-kind personal collage. Instructor Anne E. McCormick will lead the workshop sharing stories, images and techniques from some of the world’s most cherished artists and designers.

$45 includes cocktails, appetizers, instruction and all collage materials. In addition to the materials provided by RAC, you may consider bringing extra magazines, fabric, ribbon, decorative paper, stamps and/or photos that you might want to use to enhance your artwork. Register online at https://rowaytonarts.org/registration/.

The RAC Gallery and Art School overlooks the scenic Five Mile River in Rowayton, CT at 145 Rowayton Avenue. Visit rowaytonarts.org and follow @rowaytonarts.

Image: “Ladies Night Out” photo

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marketing@rowaytonarts.org (Rowayton Arts Center) Events Thu, 06 Jun 2019 07:23:01 -0400
Stuff A Truck and Feed the Hungry in Norwalk on Friday https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/charities/45435-stuff-a-truck-and-feed-the-hungry-in-trumbull-on-saturday45435-stuff-a-truck-and-feed-the-hungry-in-trumbull-on-saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/charities/45435-stuff-a-truck-and-feed-the-hungry-in-trumbull-on-saturday45435-stuff-a-truck-and-feed-the-hungry-in-trumbull-on-saturday

Bridgeport Rescue Mission Urges Community to Stuff-A-Truck with Grocery Items to Feed the Hungry

Dozens of Bridgeport Rescue Mission volunteers and staff will be stationed at local Stop & Shop supermarkets on June 7 and 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect donations of nonperishable food items at the organization’s annual Stuff-A-Truck event.  The Mission is asking the community to take part in the food drive to help feed hungry families and individuals throughout coastal Fairfield County.

“This time of year, our pantry shelves begin to thin out while hungry men, women and children are still turning to us for nourishing food,” said Bridgeport Rescue Mission Executive Director Terry Wilcox.  “Items collected from this event are going to ensure we have the canned goods and other staples we need to provide meals and Pantry Bags for hungry people right now and in the months to come.”

The Mission provides more than 563,000 meals every year to hungry men, women and children in their shelters, residential recovery programs and in the community through their Food Pantry and Mobile Kitchens. 

Those who want to help are asked to bring bags of the items listed below to their favorite Stop & Shop stores, or buy them there as they purchase their own groceries.  A Mission vehicle will be on site to receive donations.

Food items needed most: Cold cereal, jelly/jam in plastic, peanut butter (creamy), macaroni & cheese, canned fruit, canned tuna in water, canned vegetables, pasta, pasta sauce in cans 

Participating Stop & Shop locations:
On Friday, June 7th
Stamford – Bedford Street, Stamford – West Main Street, Norwalk – Main Avenue, Norwalk – Connecticut Avenue

On Saturday, June 8thStratford – East Main Street, Post Road, Bridgeport – North Main Street, Trumbull – Quality Street, Fairfield – Villa Avenue, Fairfield – Kings Highway, Monroe – Monroe Turnpike

For more information on the Mission’s programs and services for homeless and hurting men, women and children, visit BridgeportRescueMission.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Michelle Chabla) Charities Thu, 06 Jun 2019 07:12:14 -0400
Find Out Where King School Grads are Headed Next https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/45431-find-out-where-king-school-grads-are-headed-next-155967208845431-find-out-where-king-school-grads-are-headed-next-1559672088 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/45431-find-out-where-king-school-grads-are-headed-next-155967208845431-find-out-where-king-school-grads-are-headed-next-1559672088

The Journey Continues: King School Class of 2019 Matriculation

Congratulations to the Class of 2019. One of the key benefits of a King education is the many different opportunities we offer students to discover and pursue their passions as they grow as learners and people. Thanks to the tireless guidance and support of their teachers, college counselors, and families, the successes they created for themselves in the classroom, on the field, and on the stage helped them earn acceptances to the best schools in the country and abroad. Just as importantly, they achieved these successes while prioritizing their relationships with each other to create a strong, healthy social culture in their class.

Class of 2019 Matriculation:

Belmont University
Boston College (2)
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brown University (2)
Bryant University (2)
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University (2)
Chapman University
Clemson University
Colby College
Colgate University
College of William and Mary (2)
Columbia University (2)
Cornell University
Dartmouth College (3)
Davidson College
Dickinson College (2)
Duke University (2)
Elon University (5)
Fairfield University
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Southern College

Fordham University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Gettysburg College
Hamilton College
Indiana University
Ithaca College
Lafayette College
Macalester College
Manhattanville College
Marist College
Merrimack College
Middlebury College
Muhlenberg College
Nazareth College
New York University
Northwestern University (2)
Oglethorpe University
Pace University
Pepperdine University
Princeton University (2)
Providence College
Purdue University (2)
Sacred Heart University 

Santa Clara University (2)
Savannah College of Art and Design
Southern Methodist University
Stanford University
SUNY Morrisville
Syracuse University (3)
Trinity College (2)
Tulane University
Union College
University of Chicago
University of Delaware
University of Miami (2)
University of Michigan
University of New Haven
University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond (2)
University of South Florida
University of St. Andrews (2)
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University (2)
Wake Forest University
Washington University in St. Louis (2)

The College Counseling program at King is guided by our Mission to ensure King graduates are "equipped to succeed in college and to pursue lives of ongoing inquiry, learning, accomplishment, personal fulfillment, and social responsibility." The four-year developmental program centers on empowering students as they reflect on their passions, capabilities, and ambitions and on discovering the most competitive match for each individual. The college counselors have deep expertise in colleges and the college process as well as strong relationships with college admissions officers nationwide. The productive partnership among college counselors, students, teachers, parents, and colleges helps students discover the most competitive fit based on each student's achievements and aspirations. 

For more information on College Counseling at King visit our webpage.

Class of 2019 College Matriculation

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kerry@ducey.org (King School) Neighbors Wed, 05 Jun 2019 05:14:29 -0400
Norwalk Area College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/45433-norwalk-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-155968804245433-norwalk-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-1559688042 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/45433-norwalk-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-155968804245433-norwalk-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-1559688042

23 Students from Connecticut awarded College Sponsored Scholarships

Norwalk area students were awarded College-sponsored Merit Scholarships. These students are part of a distinguished group of about 7,600 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $31 million.

Award recipients close to Norwalk are as follows:

PublishedDate Student City Probable Career College Sponsor High School
2019-06-05 12:00 Cason G. Stone Darien Engineering National Merit Vanderbilt University Scholarship Darien H. S., Darien
2019-06-05 12:00 Nicholas C. Perez Greenwich Academia National Merit University Of Chicago Scholarship King School, Stamford
2019-06-05 12:00 Joseph P. Farrell Greenwich Undecided National Merit University Of Chicago Scholarship Rye Country Day School, Rye, Ny
2019-06-05 12:00 John L. Petit Riverside Finance National Merit Boston College Scholarship Greenwich H. S., Greenwich
2019-06-05 12:00 Daniel Bouzolin Seymour Mechanical Engineering National Merit University Of Texas At Dallas Scholarship Seymour H. S., Seymour
2019-06-05 12:00 Soumya L. Ganti Trumbull International Relations National Merit Boston University Scholarship Trumbull H. S., Trumbull
2019-06-05 12:00 Liam Patrick McEniry Trumbull Computer Engineering National Merit Northeastern University Scholarship Trumbull H. S., Trumbull
2019-06-05 12:00 Andrew Moy Westport Business Administration National Merit University Of Richmond Scholarship Staples H. S., Westport
2019-06-05 12:00 Joshua C. Zhang Westport Economics National Merit University Of Chicago Scholarship Staples H. S., Westport

 

Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced over 3,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2019 competition to about 4,100.

Today’s announcement is the third National Merit Scholar release in 2019 by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). NMSC named recipients of corporate-sponsored awards on April 17 and winners of National Merit® $2500 Scholarships on May 8. Additional recipients of college-sponsored awards will be announced on July 15. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,600 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships.

This year, 173 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 95 private and 78 public institutions located in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

Over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, approximately 16,000 Semifinalists were named on a state-representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (National Merit Scholarship Corporation) Neighbors Wed, 05 Jun 2019 03:00:00 -0400