Norwalk's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk Fri, 16 Apr 2021 10:28:42 -0400 HamletHub.com Aldrich Undercover: A "Secret" Art Sale Returns May 6 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46380-aldrich-undercover-a-secret-art-sale-returns-may-646380-aldrich-undercover-a-secret-art-sale-returns-may-6 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46380-aldrich-undercover-a-secret-art-sale-returns-may-646380-aldrich-undercover-a-secret-art-sale-returns-may-6

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to announce the return of its signature biennial “secret” art sale, Aldrich Undercover.

For 2021, Aldrich Undercover has been re-envisioned as a virtual event featuring live musical performances and an online art sale. Over 100 alumni artists will contribute 9 x 12-inch original works of art in any media of their choosing for sale to benefit the Museum. All works are priced at $350 and sold anonymously, the artists’ identities only revealed after purchase. Guests are encouraged to trust their instincts, follow their hearts, and make selections based on how the works move them. 

Aldrich Undercover will take place online May 6 to 9, 2021. Tickets are required to access the sale and can be purchased at thealdrich.org
 
The event will begin with Aldrich Undercover Covers, a pre-sale online launch party held over Zoom on Thursday evening at 7 pm, featuring contemporary artists crossing over from art to music and performing covers of popular songs! Artist musicians include Roz Chast, Michelle Segre and Steve DiBenedetto, and B. Wurtz. The online art sale will follow the music performances, opening promptly at 7:50 pm for VIP ticketholders and 8 pm for Patron and General ticketholders. VIP and Patron ticketholders will have the ability to preview the works in the sale on Wednesday, May 5, a first in Aldrich Undercover history. All ticket levels will have full access to the virtual launch party, the Aldrich Undercover Covers performances, and the art sale.
 
In addition to the Aldrich Undercover “secret” art sale, artists Bryan Nash Gill (1961-2013), Harmony Hammond, Andy Mister, and Hayal Pozanti have each contributed significant works to be offered for sale. These works are not part of the $350 flat rate sale. 
 
All proceeds benefit The Aldrich’s dynamic exhibitions and education programs. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the Museum depends on support from fundraisers such as Aldrich Undercover. The Aldrich has been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, having to postpone exhibitions and cancel on-site public programs. To support the Museum in uncertain times, the alumni artists responded enthusiastically to our ask to create works for Aldrich Undercover.
 
For more information, tickets, and to see the list of participating artists, visit thealdrich.org.

Questions? Contact Jamie Pearl, Head of Special Events, at jpearl@thealdrich.org, or 203.438.4519, extension 118.
 
Host Committee: Sabeth and Aaron Albert; The Amadeo Family; Mitch Ancona; Apex Projects, Jackee and Brian Hyla; Diana Bowes and James Torrey; Elena Bowes and Ken McPhail; Justin Christopher Carafotes; Melinda Carroll; Janis and Charles Cecil; Antonia and Scott Davis; Eric Diefenbach and James Keith Brown; Linda and Michael Dugan; Jenn and Greg Ezring; Gail and David Gluckman; Rachel and Peter Goulding; Lin Jamison; Patricia and Lawrence Kemp; Kristina and Philip Larson; Amanda and Donald Martocchio; Kathleen O’Grady; Julie Phillips; Ann Sheffer; Carla Shen and Chris Schott; Rachel and Joe Sondheimer; Kathryn and Jamie Streator; Maya and Robert Tichio; Cecelia Wolfson; and Audrey and Richard Zinman.
 

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kerry@ducey.org (The Aldrich) Events Thu, 15 Apr 2021 11:10:00 -0400
Norwalk Public Schools Recognized for Outstanding Music Program https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/46415-wilton-public-schools-recognized-for-outstanding-music-program46415-wilton-public-schools-recognized-for-outstanding-music-program https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/46415-wilton-public-schools-recognized-for-outstanding-music-program46415-wilton-public-schools-recognized-for-outstanding-music-program

Congratulations to the 686 school districts that received the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Award and the 80 individual schools that received a SupportMusic Merit (SMMA) Award from the NAMM Foundation.

We are Norwalk PROUD! Norwalk Public School District was named Best Communities for Music Education due to outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. According to NAMM Foundation, designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. 

The NAMM Foundation's Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) Award is a signature program of The NAMM Foundation that recognizes and celebrates school districts and schools for their support and commitment to music education and efforts to assure access to music for all students as part of a well-rounded education.

View the complete list of award-winning schools and school districts HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Thu, 15 Apr 2021 08:24:00 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: YourCover https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/46411-why-small-businesses-matter-yourcover46411-why-small-businesses-matter-yourcover https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/46411-why-small-businesses-matter-yourcover46411-why-small-businesses-matter-yourcover

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

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

You're IT YourCover!

Three questions with the founder of YourCover.

Why did you start your business?

YourCover was started to help our customers celebrate the special people and events in their life with a unique keepsake gift - a personalized magazine cover. The cover is created online at www.yourcover.com - simply choose one of the nearly 100 templates, upload your photo and customize the headline text to be all about the person in the photo. Choose the photo file download (to print yourself) which is delivered instantly on the order confirmation page and by email, or let us print and frame your gift for you.

What is your best-selling product/service?

The image file download of the "Make Your Own Title" magazine cover is our best seller. This template allows the user to create any title they might want, from "Train Conductor Monthly" to "Labrador Love 4Ever!" to "Dogue" - the blank MYOT template allows your creative juices to flow. But we've got nearly 100 other templates for every type of milestone event, holiday, interest, or personality.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

YourCover started out with an in-house graphic designer and copywriter, but eventually, the internet caught up with our vision and we were able to reimagine and then relaunch our DIY online magazine cover editor and bring the cost down from $325 to only $9.95!

A local business that YourCover thinks should participate next in this series is the Produce Market on Main Ave - They don't know us but it's a great little local business that really serves a need and just expanded their store!

Visit YourCover online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook and Twitter pages as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

 

 

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Thu, 15 Apr 2021 06:45:52 -0400
SHU Awards Tenure, Promotions to Nine Faculty Members https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/46414-shu-awards-tenure-promotions-to-nine-faculty-members-161849697346414-shu-awards-tenure-promotions-to-nine-faculty-members-1618496973 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/46414-shu-awards-tenure-promotions-to-nine-faculty-members-161849697346414-shu-awards-tenure-promotions-to-nine-faculty-members-1618496973

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—One faculty member at Sacred Heart University has earned tenure, and eight others have received promotions as SHU nears the end of its 2020-2021 academic year.

Tenure:

Jacqueline Vernarelli of Monroe, assistant professor of public health, has earned tenure. Vernarelli is a nutritional epidemiologist and public health nutritionist who studies how diet and lifestyle influence health status. She also serves as director of research education and consultation for SHU’s College of Health Professions. Prior to coming to Sacred Heart, she held academic appointments at Fairfield University and Pennsylvania State University, where she was also a member of the Penn State Population Research Institute. She consults and has served as an expert witness for various statistical and nutrition-related projects. 

Promotion to professor: Anna Greer of Bridgeport, public health; Grace Guo of Milford, management; and Robert McCloud of Milford, computer science and engineering.

Promotion to clinical professor: Donna Bowers of Fairfield, physical therapy; and Eric Nemec of Trumbull, physician assistant studies.

Promotion to clinical associate professor: Sheelagh Schlegel of Norwalk, occupational therapy; and Jennifer Wilson of St. Augustine, FL, social work.

Promotion to assistant professor of practice: Robin Consiglio of Branford, nursing, St. Vincent’s College.

About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 386 Colleges–2021 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best Business Schools–2021 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theatre. www.sacredheart.edu

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kerry@ducey.org (Kim Swartz ) Places Thu, 15 Apr 2021 06:29:32 -0400
Rowayton Gardeners Spring Market 2021 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46409-rowayton-gardeners-spring-market-202146409-rowayton-gardeners-spring-market-2021 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46409-rowayton-gardeners-spring-market-202146409-rowayton-gardeners-spring-market-2021

On SATURDAY, MAY 15TH, the Potting Shed located behind the Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Avenue, will become a wonderland of over 400 hardy and gorgeous perennials donated from our local gardens, pollinator-friendly plants, herbs, greenhouse-grown veggies and a limited number of fabulous annuals. Our Master Gardeners will be on hand to help answer all your garden-related questions. 

“Secondhand Rose boutique” will be loaded with lightly used garden-related items and home accessories and our “Café” will feature a variety of delicious home-baked goods. 

Come support the Garden Club’s mission of spreading the word about conservation, planting and maintaining most of Rowayton’s public gardens, introducing children to the joy of growing living things and raising community awareness about the environment. Join us and treat yourself to something beautiful for your garden and home.

A special thanks to our sponsor DR Bank for their support. 

Covid 19 social distancing protocols will be followed. Masks are required. 

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 15th (10am-1pm) RAIN or SHINE!

 

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jeannehard@gmail.com (Jeanne Hard) Events Tue, 13 Apr 2021 05:13:59 -0400
Connecticut Audubon Announces Earth Day Backyard Bioblitz Thursday, April 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/46412-connecticut-audubon-announces-earth-day-backyard-bioblitz-thursday-april-2246412-connecticut-audubon-announces-earth-day-backyard-bioblitz-thursday-april-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/life/46412-connecticut-audubon-announces-earth-day-backyard-bioblitz-thursday-april-2246412-connecticut-audubon-announces-earth-day-backyard-bioblitz-thursday-april-22

Birds are returning, flowers are blooming, insects are buzzing. And no doubt you’re spending more time outdoors. That means it’s time for Connecticut Audubon’s second Earth Day Backyard Bioblitz.

A BioBlitz is a fancy name for an organized effort to find as many different kinds of living things as possible. It takes place in one day — Earth Day, April 22, 2021. You can participate for any amount of time.

The Earth Day Backyard BioBlitz is free and it’s fun but you must register to participate.

  1. An iNaturalist account. Sign up at www.inaturalist.org or download the app from the App Store or Google Play. Once you register below you will be sent the link to our BioBlitz project. You can also search for it on the App using “CT Audubon Earth Day Backyard BioBlitz” and look for the project with our logo.
  2. A smartphone. You’re going to need it to take and upload your photos for your observations! If you don’t have a smartphone you can use a camera and upload your photos online – click here to learn more about that.
  3. Safety gear. You’re not only going to need protection from sunburns and ticks, but also any necessary protective gear you want to prevent coronavirus. Get out there but please be safe and maintain appropriate social distance.
  4. An adventurous spirit! Let’s go exploring.

You don’t need to be able to identify what you find. Just post your observation with a clear photo and good description, and either one of our staff experts will identify it for you or one of the many experts available through iNaturalist will.

If you need more help here is a step-by-step guide from iNaturalist on how to get started.

What will you find? Birds are migrating and flowers are starting to bloom. We’re seeing a few warblers return, and magnolias are in bloom. But we want to know what you’re seeing.

It could be a House Sparrow you saw from your window, an American Robin, the wild violets in your grass, or the earthworms you see after an April shower — whatever creature or plant it is, we want to know through the BioBlitz.

Register HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (Connecticut Audubon) Life Tue, 13 Apr 2021 04:48:00 -0400
Connecticut ranks among top three states in nation that have administered the most vaccines per capita https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/politics/46413-connecticut-ranks-among-top-three-states-in-nation-that-have-administered-the-most-vaccines-per-capita46413-connecticut-ranks-among-top-three-states-in-nation-that-have-administered-the-most-vaccines-per-capita https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/politics/46413-connecticut-ranks-among-top-three-states-in-nation-that-have-administered-the-most-vaccines-per-capita46413-connecticut-ranks-among-top-three-states-in-nation-that-have-administered-the-most-vaccines-per-capita

Connecticut continues to rank among the top three states in the nation that have administered the most vaccines per capita.

The state achieved a milestone in its vaccination efforts today as a majority of all adults – approximately 52% – have received at least their first dose, including:

  • 83% of those over the age of 65;
  • 71% of those between the ages of 55-64;
  • 54% of those between the ages of 45-54; and
  • 30% of those between the ages of 16-44.

All Connecticut residents over the age of 16 are currently eligible to receive the vaccines. Appointments must be made in advance at all clinics statewide. To learn how to make an appointment, visit ct.gov/covidvaccine and enter a zip code to find the nearest clinics.

The following data represents the total number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Connecticut, as reported to the state as of today:

Dose

Total Administered

First dose administered

1,533,933*

Fully vaccinated

977,061*

Total doses administered

2,414,373*

*NOTE: A total of 96,621 doses of the single-dose J&J vaccine are included in each category

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Mon, 12 Apr 2021 13:10:09 -0400
Golf Performance Center Hosts Custom Club DEMOPALOOZA! https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46410-golf-performance-center-hosts-custom-club-demopalooza46410-golf-performance-center-hosts-custom-club-demopalooza https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46410-golf-performance-center-hosts-custom-club-demopalooza46410-golf-performance-center-hosts-custom-club-demopalooza

It's a Custom Club DEMOPALOOZA at Golf Performance Center (GPC) from April 27 through April 30!

Join the GPC April 27th - 30th to test out all the latest gear from golf's top equipment providers and to learn about The Golf Performance Center Custom Club's wide range of products and services.
 
Come test out the top products and get your custom-built clubs by GPC's award winning Club Fitters!
 
This event is open to the public.
 
Reserve your spot here.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (GPC) Events Mon, 12 Apr 2021 10:03:57 -0400
Rowayton Arts Center Open Call to Artists – In the City 2021 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/46407-rowayton-arts-center-open-call-to-artists-in-the-city-202146407-rowayton-arts-center-open-call-to-artists-in-the-city-2021 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/46407-rowayton-arts-center-open-call-to-artists-in-the-city-202146407-rowayton-arts-center-open-call-to-artists-in-the-city-2021

Online submissions are now being accepted in an Open Call to Artists for  “In the City,” at Rowayton Arts Center (RAC) from May 23, 2021 to June 20, 2021. This new all media show is open to all artists interested in exhibiting their artwork with a nod to the theme of urban life. Deadline is April 23, 2021 and accepted artists will be notified by April 30, 2021.

Visit the RAC website rowaytonarts.org for the prospectus and other information for submitting entries online. The Chair for the show is Bruce Horan and the Co-chair is Joel Flora. The judge for the exhibition is Amy Simon, owner of Amy Simon Fine Art in Westport, CT. 

RAC celebrates the study, creation and appreciation of the arts through classes, exhibitions and events open to all in the community. RAC celebrates the study, creation and appreciation of the arts through classes, exhibitions and events open to all in the community. For over 60 years, this nonprofit organization has been a cultural gem in Rowayton, CT.

The gallery and art school overlook the scenic Five Mile River at 145 Rowayton Avenue with space for regional artists to exhibit their art and a classroom for workshops and classes at all levels offered to children and adults. Follow @rowaytonarts.

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marketing@rowaytonarts.org (Rowayton Arts Center) Neighbors Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:58:00 -0400
Norwalk River Cleanup Tomorrow! https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46408-norwalk-river-cleanup-tomorrow46408-norwalk-river-cleanup-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46408-norwalk-river-cleanup-tomorrow46408-norwalk-river-cleanup-tomorrow

Join the Norwalk River Watershed Association at the Norwalk River Rowing Docks and help clean up the bend in the river along the Harbor Loop tomorrow, Saturday, April 10 from 10 am to 1pm.

Wear masks, waterproof shoes, long pants, work gloves, and bring a reusable water bottle. Rain or shine!

Learn more here.

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kerry@ducey.org (NRWA) Events Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:57:24 -0400
Just added to The Ridgefield Playhouse lineup: Echoes of Sinatra outside under the tent on May 23 https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46406-just-added-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-lineup46406-just-added-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-lineup https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46406-just-added-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-lineup46406-just-added-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-lineup

Echoes of Sinatra outside under the tent at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, May 23 at 4pm.

Member presale happening now and public sale begins this Friday, April 9 at 10am. 

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Take a trip down memory lane with “Echoes of Sinatra” outdoors under The Playhouse tent!  This fantastic show presents the vocal stylings of Steven Kazlauskas paying homage to the legendary Sinatra with all of your favorite songs –  “Come Fly with Me,” “Witchcraft,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Strangers in the Night,” “It Was a Very Good Year,” “That’s Life,” “Summer Wind,” “The Lady is A Tramp” and “New York, New York.”   

“Echoes of Sinatra,” includes insider stories, while tracing Sinatra’s life and career through classic songs that are now considered part of the Great American Songbook.  Steve Kazlauskas was inspired to become a singer by corresponding directly with Sinatra by mail and has performed throughout the country, capturing the sound, feel and expression of Sinatra while bringing his own interpretation to the music.

Ticket price $39.50. Purchase here.

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kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Wed, 07 Apr 2021 05:23:38 -0400
United Way Tees Up Golf Event to Support Struggling Fairfield County Residents https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46405-united-way-tees-up-golf-event-to-support-struggling-fairfield-county-residents46405-united-way-tees-up-golf-event-to-support-struggling-fairfield-county-residents https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/events/46405-united-way-tees-up-golf-event-to-support-struggling-fairfield-county-residents46405-united-way-tees-up-golf-event-to-support-struggling-fairfield-county-residents

Eager for fresh air and open spaces? Miss the game of golf—with all its glories and frustrations? Now you can enjoy an early-season round while helping your neighbors at the same time.

Join the first annual United We Golf Tournament, hosted by United Way of Coastal Fairfield County on May 17 at Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull.  

Proceeds will benefit United Way’s Rebuilding Stronger fund, which helps Fairfield County neighbors recover from the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Currently, at least one out of 6 neighbors in every town is struggling to make ends meet.

Event co-chairs and United Way Board members Steve Vavrek and Christina Bodine-Aysseh explained, “This is ONE golf tournament you don’t want to miss.  There will be good food, good friends and good (socially–distanced) fun for a good cause.”

Foursomes will compete in a scramble for the United Cup, with scoring using handicaps. The entry fee of $200 covers 18-hole tournament play, cart, contests, prizes, swag, and awesome catered food. The Tashua Knolls course features 27 holes built on rolling, picturesque farmland sure to inspire both casual and accomplished golfers alike. 

To make the competition more interesting, teams can purchase challenges for their opponents, like requiring them to drive from the blue tee or to putt one hole while wearing oven mitts.  And teams can gain advantages for themselves, like buying their way forward within a hole’s tee box.  

According to United Way CEO Jeff Kimball, “The fun is all for a serious cause:  helping our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet during this difficult time.” 

Last year, calls to United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline from Fairfield County increased by 70%. Requests for food tripled; calls for rental assistance nearly doubled.  Added Kimball, “People who never needed out help before need it now.”  

To help struggling neighbors during the pandemic, United Way has made investments in every one of the 12 towns it serves.  The non-profit provided grants for basics needs, freshly-made lunches to hungry neighbors, direct help to families via electronic gift cards, thousands of pieces of protective gear for frontline workers, and even virtual tutoring and camps for remote learners.

Funds raised by the United We Golf tournament will help continue the support for Fairfield County neighbors financially impacted by the Covid-19 fallout. 

Kimball reflected, “Throughout the pandemic, our United Way worked innovatively and tirelessly to ease the burden shouldered by our neighbors.  Together with our partners and generous donors, we will overcome this crisis and build more equitable and resilient communities — where all our neighbors have the opportunity to thrive.”

For more info on the tournament, or to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of struggling Fairfield County neighbors, contact CEO Jeff Kimball (jkimball@unitedwaycfc.org) or Development Director Faith Douglass (fdouglass@unitedwaycfc.org). 

To register for play, visit:  www.unitedwegolf/splashthat.com.  Or join as a sponsor for additional benefits.  The entry fee is 80% tax deductible.

UWCFC serves the towns of Bridgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. Find out more at: https://unitedwaycfc.org/

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kerry@ducey.org (Gail Carroll) Events Wed, 07 Apr 2021 04:50:13 -0400
Wilton Resident Kenneth Bernheim Joins Norwalk Community College Board of Directors https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/46404-norwalk-community-college-foundation-welcomes-new-board-member-kenneth-bernheim46404-norwalk-community-college-foundation-welcomes-new-board-member-kenneth-bernheim https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/neighbors/46404-norwalk-community-college-foundation-welcomes-new-board-member-kenneth-bernheim46404-norwalk-community-college-foundation-welcomes-new-board-member-kenneth-bernheim

The Norwalk Community College Foundation is pleased to welcome to its Board of Directors Kenneth Bernheim of Wilton, a Senior Vice President and Enterprise Relationship Specialist at Bank of America. 

“Our Board of Directors is comprised of a dedicated team of community leaders committed to supporting student success at Norwalk Community College,” said Carrie Bernier, Executive Director of the NCC Foundation. “We are excited to welcome Kenneth.  Our board is pivotal in furthering the Foundation’s mission to support NCC.  As we look to the post-pandemic recovery for our community, the NCC Foundation is at the forefront of creating programs to retrain displaced workers and provide high quality, accessible and affordable college education to sustain a productive workforce that is ready to lead us in the next phase of growth in Fairfield County.”

Kenneth works closely with Bank of America’s Global Commercial Bank and Global Wealth and Investment Management divisions to provide access to a full range of commercial and investment banking, global markets and wealth management solutions to its clients.  He joined Bank of America in 2011 after a fourteen-year career within the financial services industry with UBS PaineWebber, Wachovia Bank and Fairfield County Bank.  Kenneth has previously served on the Board of the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.

“It’s an honor to join the NCC Foundation Board and to help advance its important work providing access to quality higher education in Fairfield County,” said Kenneth. “Bank of America is a strong partner and supporter of NCC’s mission, and is committed to supporting workforce development by building community and business partnerships that advance career skills matched to employment opportunities in our community.”

The 2020-2021 Norwalk Community College Foundation Board of Directors are: President, George A. Reilly of Rucci Law Group; Vice President, Susan G. Weinberger of Mentor Consulting Group; Treasurer, Jon Gold of Edgehill Partners, LLC; Secretary, Laura Erickson.  Directors: Tara Arnold of Bridgewater Associates, L.P; Livia Barndollar of Pullman & Comley, LLC ; Kenneth Bernheim of Bank of America; Erin M. Catapano of Praxair, Inc.; Jennifer Croswell; Noradeen Farlekas of MMBB Financial Services; Vasso Gyftopoulos, RN; Julie M. Johnson, Executive Leadership Coach; Jacqueline G. Labatt-Simon; Deborah C. McLean, Adjunct Professor, Columbia (SIPA); Vince Murphy of ProCeritas Consulting LLC; Tameika G. Miller of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce; G.M. O’Connell of Tango Modem, LLC ; Warren Peña of Massachusetts Mutual/Modus Park Advisors, LLC; Amy Richman of Pitney Bowes, Inc.; Laura Sterner of Point72; Stuart C. Weismiller  of Marketing Tactics, LLC; Joseph R. Zimmel. Emeritus Directors: Joan Barksdale;  Edwin A. Bescherer;  Carlton T. Goodnow; Ann S. Mandel; Eleanor S. Riemer, Ph.D.

About the Norwalk Community College Foundation

The Norwalk Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports expanding access to affordable, quality higher education, the development of a productive workforce, and contributing to the knowledge and well-being of our community by raising funds for Norwalk Community College.

The Foundation works with individuals, major corporations and local organizations to develop new initiatives and educational partnerships to inspire and engage our community to share talents and resources. With assistance from generous donors, the NCC Foundation provides $3 million annually in scholarships, faculty and program support, and student success initiatives.

If you would like to help Norwalk Community College students achieve their academic and professional goals, consider a gift to the NCC Foundation: https://ncc-foundation.org/donate

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nccfoundation@norwalk.edu (Norwalk Community College Foundation) Neighbors Tue, 06 Apr 2021 08:26:28 -0400
Support Connection Earns GuideStar’s Highest Seal of Transparency https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/charities/46402-support-connection-earns-guidestar-s-highest-seal-of-transparency46402-support-connection-earns-guidestar-s-highest-seal-of-transparency https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/charities/46402-support-connection-earns-guidestar-s-highest-seal-of-transparency46402-support-connection-earns-guidestar-s-highest-seal-of-transparency

 Platinum Seal allows donors to focus on progress and results

Support Connection, Inc. is proud to announce that they have earned the 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, a service of Candid. By sharing metrics that highlight progress Support Connection is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios.

By updating their GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to the Platinum level, Support Connection can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with their supporters as well as GuideStar's immense online audience, which includes donors, grantmakers, our peers, and the media. Through their profile, they also provide new and current information to 200+ charitable websites and applications that use GuideStar data, such as AmazonSmile, Facebook, and Network for Good.

To reach the Platinum level, Support Connection added extensive information to its Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission.

By taking the time to provide this information, Support Connection has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate nonprofit performance.

To view Support Connection’s profile, visit https://www.guidestar.org/Profile/6927957.

ABOUT GUIDESTAR: In February 2019, GuideStar joined forces with Foundation Center to form Candid, a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Today, GuideStar is a service of Candid. Every year, millions of nonprofits spend trillions of dollars around the world. Candid finds out where that money comes from, where it goes, and why it matters. Through research, collaboration, and training, Candid connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to do it. Candid’s data tools on nonprofits, foundations, and grants are the most comprehensive in the world. Learn more at candid.org.

ABOUT SUPPORT CONNECTION: Support Connection, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services and programs to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Founded in 1996, Support Connection is based in Yorktown Heights, NY, but through their toll-free services they help people across the country. Services include: One-on-one counseling with professional counselors who are cancer survivors; Ongoing peer-to-peer support groups; Educational and wellness programs; Webinars; Social gatherings for cancer survivors; Information and referral services; A toll-free cancer information and support hotline. Learn more at supportconnection.org. Support Connection Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support: We’ve Been There. We Care.

Support Connection is here for you during the COVID-19 pandemic. To reach a counselor, call 800-532-4290 or 914-962-6402.  For all other information , please call 914-962-6402 or e-mail info@supportconnection.org.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (Support Connection) Charities Fri, 02 Apr 2021 06:33:53 -0400
Norwalk Art Space Announces Inaugural Class of Resident Artists, First Exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/46401-norwalk-art-space-announces-inaugural-class-of-resident-artists-first-exhibit46401-norwalk-art-space-announces-inaugural-class-of-resident-artists-first-exhibit https://news.hamlethub.com/norwalk/places/46401-norwalk-art-space-announces-inaugural-class-of-resident-artists-first-exhibit46401-norwalk-art-space-announces-inaugural-class-of-resident-artists-first-exhibit

Norwalk, CT: The Norwalk Art Space announced the selection of four Resident Artists and five Korry Fellows for its inaugural year. Chosen following a rigorous selection process, these nine outstanding artists will exhibit their art and teach at The Norwalk Art Space during its opening year. Their first exhibition will open to the public free of charge on June 5 of this year. 

The selected Resident Artists are:

And the selected Korry Fellows are:

Korry Fellows and Resident Artists were selected for their artistic excellence, talent, body of work, reputation in the community, and interest in teaching, mentoring and public engagement.

Resident Artists will be provided free studios and exhibition space in The Norwalk Art Space’s beautiful, newly-remodeled building, known as ADK House.  In exchange, they will design a curriculum and teach free after-school art classes to local high school youth.  Fellows,who are established local artists, will curate exhibitions featuring their art, and will provide workshops, mentoring and hands-on experience to our students and younger artists throughout the year.  

The selection process was co-headed by Duvian Montoya, The Norwalk Art Space’s Director of Arts & Education, who commented: “We are thrilled to have selected this outstanding group of artists as our first cohort of Resident Artists and Fellows.  Our inaugural class is enormously talented, diverse and dedicated to the mission of our founder, Alexandra Korry, to increase equity in the arts and enhance opportunities for under-served youth. We’ve chosen a group that ranges from emerging to mid-career and established artists that work in multiple mediums, from painting, illustration and collage to sculpture and conceptual installation, and who have their finger on the pulse of Norwalk’s diverse art community.  We are optimistic that this group will fill our museum with inspiring art that will excite the community and inspire our students.”

Nicole Sansone Ruiz, PhD, The Norwalk Art Space’s Curatorial Research and Interpretation Advisor, who helped lead the selection process, added, "The Norwalk Art Space is the right place, at the right time. Over the past year, many of us have formed a new relationship to the arts: we’ve baked bread, watched movies, started painting. Having a free and accessible space to be able to share those new interests and passions with each other is how communities come together and grow. Whether you go to see live music on a summer night, or use it as a convenient meeting place to grab a coffee with a friend, The Norwalk Art Space is poised to be a cornerstone of Norwalk.” 

Darcy Hicks, The Norwalk Art Space’s Co-Director of Education, noted, “I am so excited to work with the Resident Artists at The Norwalk Art Space, whose talent and enthusiasm will generate a rich curriculum for our youth. Art education is crucial in building effective community engagement, and The Norwalk Art Space will provide essential opportunities for creative growth for young artists.”

About The Norwalk Art Space and ADK House:

The Norwalk Art Space museum was founded and built by Alexandra Davern Korry (1959-2020), a trailblazing M&A lawyer, educator, civil rights advocate, and philanthropist. Alexandra’s goals in creating and funding The Norwalk Art Space were to enhance opportunities and equity in the local arts community, by promoting under-represented local artists, providing free educational opportunities for underserved students, and welcoming the public to a beautiful art hub where they can enjoy art and music. Our building, ADK House, which was named for Alexandra, will include a museum, sculpture garden and studios for artists, as well as classrooms and workspaces for students.  It will also house a cafe overlooking the gallery, which will be an exciting new place to hang out and enjoy the art.  Our museum, music events and classes will be open to the public free of charge.   

More information can be found at www.thenorwalkartspace.org.

PHOTOS: 

- New facility, exterior and interior.

- Meet and Greet on March 27th. From left to right: Canyon Sharits, Emily Teall, Lizzy Rockwell, Daarcy Hicks, Francisco Mandujano, Kelly Rossetti, Jahmane West, Joseph Fucigna, Remy Sosa, Tara Blackwell, Robin Panovka, Sarah Panovka, Lorena Sferrlaza, Duvian Montoya

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kerry@ducey.org (Duvian Montoya ) Places Thu, 01 Apr 2021 07:10:40 -0400