Norwalk's HamletHub Wed, 19 Jan 2022 15:08:09 -0500 Why Small Businesses Matter in Norwalk: KKPhoto Stories

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 KKPhoto Stories!

Three questions with Kate Kohut, founder of KKPhoto Stories.

Why did you start your business?

I started my business because I love photography. I think of it as art. I wanted people to have a chance to get artistic images that tell their stories creatively.

What is your best-selling product/service?

I offer several digital and printed or wall art packages.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

I work with several local makeup artists and hairstylists, especially when I work on my own creative projects.

Kate would like to nominate Capri's Cuisine to be featured next - "My nomination - best empanadas, more than 50 flavors, very nice friendly people run it!"

Visit KKPhoto Stories online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook and Instagram pages as well!

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

]]> (Dan) Places Wed, 19 Jan 2022 07:13:23 -0500
FCBuzz Weekend: Bremen Town Musicians and 10th Young Artists Concerto Competition Finals in Norwalk, Photography Show in New Canaan, Dance in Darien, and Much More!

FC Buzz Weekend January 21 - January 23

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities! The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members.

On this frigid winter weekend, soak up the warmth and light of the following arts and culture offerings featuring music, art, dance, and comedy.

Norwalk’s Stepping Stones Museum For Children kicks off the weekend with a show that will bring smiles to the whole family. On Saturday at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, CactusHead Puppets bring to life Bremen Town Musicians - the hilarious tale of four farm animals who set out on the road to Bremen to pursue their dreams of stardom. This production features lovable rod puppets, elaborate shadow scenes, and CactusHead Puppets' signature sense of humor.

Saturday at 2:00 pm, you’ll have your pick of two musical competitions! Catch the annual Greater CT Youth Orchestras Concerto Competition at Pequot Library in Southport, with eight Principal Orchestra musicians competing on violin, cello, and flute for a $500 prize and the chance to perform as soloist at the Spring Concert. Or head to Norwalk Concert Hall for Norwalk Symphony’s 10th Young Artists Concerto Competition Finals where ten young musicians who passed the first stage of the competition will compete for a chance to perform on March 20th with the Norwalk Symphony at the Music for All Ages concert.

At 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, it’s the opening exhibit reception for Carriage Barn Arts Center's 42nd Annual Photography Show in New Canaan. Juried by award-winning photographer PLATON, the exhibit features a selection of images chosen from submissions by professional, amateur and student photographers. 

Four of the funniest ladies in the New York comedy scene are taking over the Fairfield Comedy Club stage on Saturday at 7:00 pm. Join Ankara Savone, Christine MeEhan-Berg, Ashley Austin Morris, and Calise Hawkins for Not a Clam Bake LIVE! as they bring their ‘anything-goes’ brand of comedy to Connecticut. Be prepared for an unforgettable night of comedy as these ladies get together to dish out some hardcore laughter.

On Sunday at 10:00 am at the Darien Arts Center, the directors of East Coast Contemporary Ballet (ECCB) offer DANCE WITH US: Master Class & Choreography. An exciting opportunity to participate in a Master Class taught by ECCB Artistic Director Claire Mazza, followed by a chance to learn ECCB original choreography from their contemporary ballet Mi Vida, by Artistic Director Alejandro Ulloa. 

For a truly memorable and unique experience, join Cynthia and Rick Quintanal of Crystal Cymbalogy & JoJo Keane of Inspired Soul on Sunday at 1:00 pm at The Knowlton for their Dance to Live Music & Sound Healing event.

The Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra will present Music at Aquila’s Nest Vineyards on Sunday at 5:00 pm in a chamber concert by Nancy Leville, mezzo-soprano; Max Caserta, guitar; Juniper Spalding, double bass; and Amir Farsi, flute. The musicians will showcase their talent with a variety of pieces that span genres and musical eras. 

Close out the weekend at Fairfield’s FTC The Warehouse on Sunday at 8:00 pm with the jam scene’s underdog supergroup, Ghost Light. From onstage “musical trust falls” to Soundgarden-inspired mixes in the studio, this band is building a name through a gracefully executed fusion of live instrumentals, cinematic percussive elements, and a powerful musical vision.

For details on these and hundreds more events check out FC-Buzz events on our website at

]]> (Lorie Lewis) Events Wed, 19 Jan 2022 04:18:07 -0500
The Norwalk Art Space Offers Mixed Media and Collage with Resident Artist Remy Sosa

Collage is an art process in which pieces of paper, photographs, fabric, and other material are arranged and stuck onto a supporting surface. Collage can also include other media such as painting and drawing and even contain three-dimensional elements. The real beauty of collage is that it is a unique and experimental way to combine mediums. The vibrancy of multiple textures and designs can be playful and capture the eye in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

This class is meant to open the door into the mind of the artist. Each week, we will focus on unique and varying mediums with a set goal for the day. At the end of the semester, you will have made a poster with the subject of your choice.

We will study eclectic and diverse artists like Huw Griffith, Nina Chanel Abney, and Tschabalala Self. This class is open to all levels, from beginner to experienced.

Your final art will be included in a public exhibition at The Norwalk Art Space in the Spring! It will also make a perfect portfolio piece.

]]> (Canyon Sharits) Events Tue, 18 Jan 2022 07:17:31 -0500
​New Paradigm Theatre partners with The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk for Disney's The Little Mermaid

​New Paradigm Theatre & The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

New Paradigm Theatre​ chooses 2022 nonprofit community partner,  The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk​, for its live August production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” 

The New Paradigm Theatre Company (NPT), well-known for its inventive productions that are presented with multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-gendered casting, has chosen a community nonprofit that echoes the themes in their summer live production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” 

For each production, The New Paradigm Theatre Company partners with a nonprofit organization that reflects the theme of the show to raise awareness and to support that organization’s mission and activities. For its August 2022 production of Disney's "The Little Mermaid," NPT is proud to partner with The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, whose mission is to inspire people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through exhibits, conservation and education.

“In partnering with the Aquarium, we are excited to highlight for our audiences the many threats facing the ocean in creative and unique ways through our production,” said NPT’s Artist Director and Broadway veteran Kristin Huffman. “For example, one of the interesting elements of this production is that NPT will be using trash collected during beach-cleanup initiatives and volunteer collections to create some of the sets and costumes for our show. If the Little Mermaid was swimming through the ocean today, she might bump into some of the items we will be using in our sets and costumes."

Among the many ways that NPT will collaborate with the Aquarium is by working with teens volunteering in the Aquarium program called ECHO (Education Conservation Heritage and Outreach).

“The focus of ECHO during the next two years is on marine debris, and ‘The Little Mermaid’ will be staged at precisely the time when our ECHO teens will be sharing what they have learned in their first year out into the community,” said Tom Naiman, the Aquarium’s Vice President of Education. “We are excited by the opportunity to have them contribute in various ways in the leadup to the production. It will be wonderful for participants in our beach cleanups to know that what they collect might end up in a costume in ‘The Little Mermaid.’

Jason Patlis, President and CEO of The Maritime Aquarium, welcomed the collaboration.

“The magic and beauty of the fairy tale reflects the magic and beauty of the ocean itself, and that is what we try to capture with our exhibits and our activities at The Maritime Aquarium,” Patlis said. “I am very grateful to NPT for the opportunity to partner with them on educational programming, conservation initiatives, shared marketing for our respective audiences, and on the production itself.”

Huffman and Patlis believe NPT and The Maritime Aquarium will form a powerful partnership that will transcend the production.
“The ocean inspires art in all forms – ‘The Little Mermaid’ being just one example – and this partnership allows us to explore how the ocean inspires us through the performing arts in a way that complements our own exhibits of living animals,” Patlis said. “In fact, our own Ariel – one of our five resident harbor seals – is named after Ariel the mermaid.”

Huffman agreed that the organizations are a natural fit.

“It not only aligns with the show, Disney's ‘The Little Mermaid,’ but also with our own nonprofit’s mission of promoting social responsibility and fostering creative problem solvers, leaders and global citizens through theater-arts education and productions,” Huffman said. “New Paradigm Theatre believes that we can produce shows and display a social justice conscience. These shows not only entertain with Broadway pros, local performers and youth of all abilities on stage, but they also connect directly to our community. During the rehearsals, youth from both organizations and college interns will participate side-by-side with Broadway pros to learn and to create this production of Disney's ‘The Little Mermaid.’”

As partnerships between nonprofits continue to form in order to tackle social challenges from all sides, and as youth lead the way to a better world, this type of collective impact production has become increasingly relevant and a vital component of a community, she said. 
For more information about the show, which will be performed Aug. 19 and 20 at Black Rock Church’s state-of-the-art theater, please visit Registrations for students will begin in mid-January. Auditions for adults will be starting in early spring. 

Learn more about The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk at

]]> (NPT) Neighbors Mon, 17 Jan 2022 13:14:25 -0500
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Young Writers to Write on Pioneering Figures and Topics That Broke Barriers

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will launch its ninth annual Young Writers’ Competition on February 7, 2022. The competition titled, Breaking Barriers, will end on June 3, 2022 and will be open to all middle school students sixth through eighth grade in the Tristate area.

Young writers are tasked to write an essay about a person, place, or topic in history, or in current times, that they consider to be ground-breaking, pioneering, or innovative, that broke technological, social, or cultural barriers to pave the way for others. Participants may choose to write about historical or contemporary examples of prominent figures, powerful social movements, and cutting-edge technological marvels such as the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, or a notable individual from their community that inspires them. Students will have to conduct research on their subject, referencing noteworthy ideas, actions, or works to make a convincing argument.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 3 and competition winners will be notified by mid-September. Award-recipients and their families will be Guests of Honor at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at 2 p.m. where they will receive prizes for their winning submissions. Requirements and guidelines for the competition will be posted on the Museum’s website and flyers.

For more information on LMMM’s Young Writers’ Competition, school tours, and sending submissions, please contact Education Program Director Iliana Begetis at 203-838-9799 ext. 6 or email

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is located at 295 West Avenue in Norwalk. For more information on tours and programs, please visit, email, or call 203-838-9799.  

The Museum’s 2022 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown;LMMM’s Leadership Patrons: The Sealark Foundation; and LMMM’s 2022 Season Distinguished Benefactors: The City of Norwalk and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.

]]> (Susan Gilgore) Life Sun, 16 Jan 2022 13:31:08 -0500
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum to elect new Chairman of the Board Douglas E. Hempstead to succeed Patsy R. Brescia

Douglas E. Hempstead, Vice Chairman of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees, succeeding longtime LMMM Chairman Patsy R. Brescia, who served for over a decade and led the museum during a period of remarkable growth.

Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Brescia led the fundraising efforts and implementation of several major construction upgrades to the building, including: the State Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Economic and Community Development ADA improvements;  a new basement stair egress; the installation of the long-awaited elevator; and most recently, Phase III of the Museum’s 2008 Master Plan for critical upgrades to its electrical, I.T.,  heating, and fire prevention systems supported by the City of Norwalk and the State of Connecticut, which is slated to begin in 2023.

Mr. Hempstead, who has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2003, is V.P. of Property Development at Stew Leonard’s where he has worked since 1981. Hempstead was a Norwalk Common Council member from 1985 to 1995 and from 2003 to 2019, and served as Council President five times. Mr. Hempstead served as Treasurer and Vice Chairman for the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum and has been a Board Member of the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce since 1996. Hempstead received his MBA from Sacred Heart University in 2003.

Nominating Committee Chair Gail Candlin said: “Mr. Hempstead is a widely respected business and community leader with decades of experience and I’m confident he will enhance the Museum’s standing and help us build a sustainable future as he moves forward. The Board of Trustees and I are truly grateful for his strong and unwavering commitment to this cherished National Historic Landmark.”

The Museum’s 2022 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown; LMMM’s Leadership Patrons: The Sealark Foundation; and LMMM’s 2022 Season Distinguished Benefactors: The City of Norwalk and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.

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

]]> (Susan Gilgore) Neighbors Sun, 16 Jan 2022 13:24:41 -0500
Norwalk Historical Society Virtual Lecture: Pudd'nheads, Childhood in Colonial America on February 3

The Norwalk Historical Society is hosting the virtual lecture, "Pudd’nheads: Childhood in Colonial America", with guest presenters Velya Jancz-Urban and Ehris Urban on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 5:30pm (Eastern Time) via Zoom.

“Pudd’nheads: Childhood in Colonial America” examines the unique aspects of childhood between the late sixteenth and late eighteenth centuries. The presentation explores birthing and childrearing practices, parenting, children’s health and education, naming, gender, play, and rites of passage.  

Tickets are $5.00 per household and can be purchased here.  The Zoom link will be included at the bottom of your confirmation email.  It will also be emailed to you 24 hours and 1 hour before the event.

 “Pudd’nheads” provides fresh historical perspectives on key features of children’s lives. Without a doubt, the lives of Native American children, Enslaved children, and Puritan children differed greatly. Velya Jancz-Urban – author, teacher, and creator of “The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife” – has partnered with her herbalist daughter, Ehris Urban, on this unique presentation. “Pudd’nheads: Childhood in Colonial America” is similar to “The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife” in that it is funny, sad, sweet, and shocking.

About the Presenters:
Ehris Urban, owner of Woodbury, CT’s Grounded Holistic Wellness, believes, “if you’re grounded, you can navigate even the bumpiest roads in peace.” She grew up in a family passionate about holistic medicine. Ehris is a green witch, herbalist, holistic nutritionist, and graduate of the New England School of Homeopathy. Additionally, Ehris is a Flower Essence Therapy practitioner. She became interested in Reiki as a teenager and attained Reiki Master certification at age 17. Ehris is also a certified Ingham Method reflexologist. A graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology, she is also a certified ESL teacher. Ehris enjoys beekeeping, tending her organic vegetable and herb gardens, and working in her apothecary.

Velya Jancz-Urban lives her life by the adage, “there is no growth without change.” Zany and gregarious, she is a teacher, author, former Brazilian dairy farm owner, and herstory unsanitized expert. Moving into a 1770 Connecticut farmhouse ignited Velya’s obsession with the colonial era, and led to her entertainingly-informative presentation, The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife. She has been married to Jim for 38 years and is the mother of two grown children. Velya has a few too many rescue dogs and cats, is happiest with a fresh stack of library books, loves thrift shops, and is passionate about alternative medicine.

This program is in conjunction with the Norwalk Historical Society’s new exhibit, “Norwalk’s Changing Communities – 13,000BC – 1835”, which was funded in part by grants from Connecticut Humanities and the City of Norwalk Historical Commission.

For more information on this event and the Norwalk Historical Society visit,  e-mail , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  

Image Credit: The Grounded Goodwife

]]> (Norwalk Historical Society) Events Sun, 16 Jan 2022 08:23:00 -0500
Avatar and World Building with Resident Artist Francisco Mandujano

You will step into the world of live gaming in this class. First, each of you will brainstorm and sketch your own individual character, or avatars, with enticing backstories that represent your chosen identity.

Second, as a class, we will develop a map of the world containing the various regions and destinations that will be explored by all of your characters. Once these initial steps have been established, we will spend the remainder of our time role-playing in the world we built.

You will be faced with various scenarios of moral dilemmas that will push you to think outside the box. This course is designed to inspire the creation of art, encourage creative thinking, and problem-solve - all while playing a tabletop role-playing game. We will use repurposed materials such as cardboard, plastic, cork, and toy pieces as well as paint and epoxy.

Our game and pieces will be included in a public exhibition at The Norwalk Art Space in the Spring!

]]> (Canyon Sharits) Events Sun, 16 Jan 2022 05:16:05 -0500
The Norwalk Art Space Announces a Quilt & Illustration Exhibition, "Lizzy Rockwell: Friends & Family"

NORWALK, CT — The Norwalk Art Space will host an exhibit of art quilts and original book illustrations by Lizzy Rockwell and her friends and family beginning on February 3 and running through March 10. The Opening Reception is February 3, 2022, from  6:00-9:00pm and will include performances by DJ Hauswife and Quiltet. The public is welcome to attend, but pre-registration for one of three timed entry slots (6pm, 7pm and 8pm) is required through the website:

Lizzy Rockwell, who studied at Connecticut College and the School of Visual Arts, is a quilter, illustrator, author, and game designer. Lizzy’s visual narratives, created primarily for children, spark conversations about emotions and personal wellness. Most of what Lizzy learned about books she learned from her parents, who made books in their home studio. Illustrations by her mother, Anne Rockwell, and abstract woodcuts by her father, Harlow Rockwell, are included in this show. 

Lizzy’s works will be displayed alongside works by members of Peace by Piece, an ongoing intergenerational after-school art program designed by Lizzy. The diverse group of Norwalk residents, currently aged 8 – 93, have made art quilts which hang in numerous institutions and libraries in Connecticut. Since 2008, thousands of individuals have contributed in some way to these communal works of public art.  

Many of these quilts have been generously loaned to The Norwalk Art Space and are being seen together in one place for the first time. The Norwalk Art Space is grateful to these institutions and individuals for their generous loan of quilts: The Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk Community College, The Norwalk Public Library System, The Newfield Branch Library, The Adam J. Lewis Academy and Kate Scully. 

Artist Talk

On February 6th, 1pm - 3pm, Lizzy Rockwell will be in conversation with her artist friends. David Green from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County will act as moderator.  


On February 26th, 12pm - 3pm, Lizzy will offer a free community workshop for ages 8 and up in paper quilt design, hand stitching, and fabric art drawing. There will also be a community quilting bee at the same time. 

About The Norwalk Art Space

We hope to enhance opportunities and equity in the Connecticut arts community by offering free art education and mentorship to under-served high school students, sponsoring and promoting local artists through our Resident Artist program and Korry Fellow exhibitions, and providing the public an exciting venue to explore art and music.  Our beautiful building, ADK House, was named in honor of our founder, Alexandra D. Korry, whose vision inspires everything we do.

Visitor Information

The Norwalk Art Space is free to all visitors. It is open Wednesday - Friday, 8am - 3pm, and Saturday - Sunday, 9am - 3pm. The Art Space Cafe, located on-site, follows the same schedule. Overflow parking lots are available at 370 West Ave (enter on Maple Street) and at Mathews Park, 295 West Ave (park in the back lot). 

ADK House is handicap accessible with a ramp and elevator. Se habla español. 

For more information, please contact: 

Front desk: (203) 252-2840


]]> (Katy Sullivan ) Places Sat, 15 Jan 2022 05:20:31 -0500
CT's Beardsley Zoo Announces Naming Contest for Baby Giant Anteater

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has announced an opportunity for the public to choose a name for the female baby Giant anteater born on June 15, 2021. In December, the Zoo received verification from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Anteater Advisory Group that the Giant anteater pup is a girl. Voters can go to the Zoo’s website at and choose from three names selected by the anteaters’ animal care staff. Voting begins on Thursday, January 13 and ends at noon on Friday, January 21.

The proposed names are: 

  •   Andarilho: Portuguese for “wanderer”
  •   Corajosa: Portuguese for brave, bold, valiant
  •   Chili: A small hot-tasting pod of a variety of capsicum, used in sauces and relishes.

Giant anteaters, unlike most mammalian species, are not easy to sex from their body size, color, and external genitalia. That the baby’s gender is female is welcome news for the species, as the population in Giant anteaters is skewed more heavily toward males than females.  

“We couldn’t be happier that our Giant anteater baby is a girl, important for the continuation of this vulnerable species,” explained Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “Now we’re asking the public to help choose her name. Voting is free on our website at”

The baby, born after a 75-day gestation period, is increasingly independent. She occasionally rides on her mother’s back, but she spends more time on her own as she grows. In addition to nursing, she now is fed a mixture of grain and water in a smoothie, the same formulation given to her parents. At nine days old, the baby weighed 4.3 pounds. On December 21, she weighed 45 pounds. 

This is the third Giant anteater baby born at the Zoo to third time dad, E.O., and fourth time mom, Pana. The pair was brought to Connecticut’s only Zoo with the hopes of successful breeding, which occurred for the first time in 2016.

Mochilla, the pair’s first offspring, is now in residence at Alexandria Zoo in Louisiana. The second-born, Tupi, is now at the Nashville Zoo in Tennessee. 

The Giant anteater parents came to the Zoo from Palm Beach Zoo in Palm Beach, Florida. Both Pana and EO are twelve years old. They arrived in late May 2015 and are a highlight of the Pampas Plains habitat, which opened in August 2015. 

]]> (Lisa Clair) Life Fri, 14 Jan 2022 06:51:05 -0500
The Norwalk Art Space Announces Charcoal Drawing with Resident Artist Emily Teall Begins January 28

Charcoal drawing combines the precision of pencil with the looseness and blending qualities of paint, perfect for tackling your most complex art ideas. This course begins with traditional exercises on the fundamentals of line, texture, and highlighting and shading techniques. Students will draw with vine and compressed charcoal, charcoal pencils, white charcoal, tortillon and chamois blending tools, and kneaded and hard erasers.

You will learn to create the illusion of volume, dimension, and scattered light, and will experiment with smudging and erasing as drawing tools. After solidifying technical skills, students will storytell through the strengths of the medium, particularly achieving the illusion of 3-dimensionality and mysterious atmospheric effects. Students will develop and communicate their own conceptual ideas through their new armory of technical drawing skills, completing a finished charcoal artwork to take home.

This individualized class meets your personal goals, whether you’re inspired to try charcoal drawing for the first time, or you want to push your existing drawing skills to a new technical and conceptual level. Your final art will be included in a public exhibition at The Norwalk Art Space in the Spring! It will also make a perfect portfolio piece.

]]> (Canyon Sharits) Events Thu, 13 Jan 2022 13:30:46 -0500
January is National Radon Action Month, Norwalk Health Department Reminds You to Test Your Home for Radon

January is National Radon Action Month, and your state and local health departments urge you to learn more about radon—a leading cause of lung cancer—and test for radon in your home. Through a partnership with the CT Department of Public Health, the Norwalk Health Department can offer 100 radon kits to Norwalk residents. There is a limit of one kit per household, while supplies last. To request a radon testing kit, please complete this short survey here.

Health Department staff will follow up with recipients to provide information and remind you to use the test. Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless radioactive gas released in soil, rock, and water from the breakdown of uranium. It can be drawn into homes and other buildings through cracks and other openings in the foundation. Long-term exposure to high levels of radon gas indoors is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, and smokers are at an even higher risk of lung cancer when exposed to radon. Radon levels vary throughout Connecticut.

Levels of radon may vary in each home depending on the structure of the building; your home can have elevated levels of radon while your neighbor’s home does not. You cannot see, taste, or smell radon, so the only way to tell if you have a radon problem in your home is to test for it. Testing involves placing a small device in your home for at least 48 hours and then sending the device to a laboratory for results. If you cannot get a kit from the Health Department, some low-cost testing kits are available from the American Lung Association’s online store (

You can also get testing kits at your local hardware store. If radon levels are high (4 pCi/L or higher), CT DPH strongly recommends that homeowners hire a professional to help lower the levels. These professionals are trained to reduce radon in homes by using ventilation and depressurization systems and other techniques.

As with many home repairs, the cost of fixing radon problems Media Contact Theresa Argondezzi Assistant Director of Health, Community Health P: 203-854-7977 varies. CT DPH estimates that the average cost of this service ranges from $1,200 to $1,500. For more information and a list of radon professionals please visit the CT DPH website here.

If you have any questions, please contact Jahliah Green at (203) 854-7790. About the Norwalk Department of Health: Under the direction of the mayor, and with valuable guidance from its six-member Board of Health, the Norwalk Health Department provides a variety of services and programs to fulfill its mission: to prevent and control the spread of disease, promote a healthy environment, and protect the quality of life within its changing community.

The Health Department achieved accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in June 2014, demonstrating that it meets or exceeds national public health standards and commits to continuously improve the quality of the services it delivers. More information is available at

]]> (Norwalk Health Dept.) Neighbors Thu, 13 Jan 2022 09:27:35 -0500
RVNAhealth Adds Custom and Semi-Custom Orthotics to its Rehabilitation & Wellness Lineup

The importance of a good foundation has long been established.  Whether a skyscraper, novel, wedding cake, or education, it’s that which comes first that provides structure and stability to that which follows.

“The human body is no different, with our feet playing a critical role as our foundation, says Kate Campbell, DPT, Outpatient Practice Manager at RVNAhealth. “The importance of our feet is paramount, yet they are often overlooked — and entirely unappreciated! Each foot is composed of 26 bones, 30 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. From our very first steps, they bear the brunt of every stride and skip, every leap and bound, every stub and twist. Our entire body lies above them, and any imperfection or deformity in the foot invariably impacts the whole body, often manifesting in pain or issues elsewhere.”

For this reason, RVNAhealth has added custom and semi-custom orthotics to its Rehabilitation & Wellness service offerings. Orthotics are inserts placed inside the shoes with the purpose of restoring natural foot function and enabling optimal biomechanics. “Orthotics are intended to prevent further change and deformity in the foot,” says Campbell, “and in some cases are successful in 're-training' the foot back to a healthier state.”

The RVNAhealth orthotics methodology includes a detailed evaluation, including a complete treadmill gait analysis; digital photos of the feet; a review of worn shoes to assess wear pattern; evaluation of feet in both standing and non-weight bearing positions, followed by the ‘gold standard’ of casting methodology. “We make a plaster of Paris mold of the foot in a perfect gravity-eliminated state,” explains Campbell, “capturing the foot in its natural state, not its deformed state. With this approach, we can then build an orthotic that compliments the natural foot to optimize balance and alignment.” The RVNAhealth team uses exclusively Stride™ orthotics, and evaluation and fittings are conducted by specially trained RVNAhealth physical therapists.

“Those who already wear orthotics likely understand their value and how they work,” says Campbell. “But for those new to orthotics, RVNAhealth can help you identify if an orthotic is right for you and walk you through the process from start to finish to ensure a successful end result.  The right orthotic can be life changing.”

To learn more and see frequently-asked orthotics questions, visit or call the RVNAhealth Rehabilitation & Wellness Center at 203-438-7862.

]]> (RVNAhealth) Life Thu, 13 Jan 2022 08:48:57 -0500
FCBuzz Weekend: art, comedy, celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a bit of magic!

FCBuzz Weekend - January 14 - January 16

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities! The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members.

This weekend is all about art, comedy, celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a bit of magic.

All are invited to the opening reception at The Contemporary Art Modern Project (CAMP Gallery) for Margaret Roleke’s solo exhibit March on Society on Friday at 6:00 pm. Roleke’s work provokes a deep investigation into what the American legacy truly is.

Then on Saturday 1:00-3:00pm, The Flinn Gallery at the Greenwich Library is offering an Artist Talk for their new exhibit, Alignments, featuring three artists whose abstract work overlaps in color, strata, and form. Meghan Brady (a Greenwich native), Ben Godward, and Erika Ranee will speak about their work in conversation with the curator, Tracy McKenna, and answer questions from the audience

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Fairfield’s SHU Community Theatre on Saturday at 4:00pm and 7:30pm with a showing of the film, SELMA. This epic film presents Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s crusades to secure voting rights. It is directed by Ava DuVernay’s and stars David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo and Oprah Winfrey.

Here’s a captivating show for the whole family! Ridgefield Playhouse presents REZA – Edge of Illusion on Saturday at 4:30pm. Reza brings rock concert level lighting and production merged with the most incredible cutting-edge magic and signature grand-scale illusions. Young and fresh, intriguing and engaging, it is no wonder Reza has been recognized as a world-class entertainer.

For guaranteed laughs all night long, come see Matt Pavich LIVE! at the Fairfield Comedy Club on Saturday at 7:00pm. A standup comedian, actor, and creator from Astoria, Matt is the winner of “New York’s Funniest” competition at the 2015 New York Comedy Festival, was recently featured in sketches on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and was selected in the 2016 ABC diversity showcase. 

More laughs in Norwalk as The Wall Street Theater presents Colin Quinn: The Last Best Hope Tour on Saturday at 8:00 pm. From MTV’s “Remote Control” to “SNL” to Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn,” this comedian is about as famous as they come. 

On Sunday at 2:30 pm, honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. right from your home. The Westport Library offers its 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration virtually this year. This event features Heather McGhee, author of New York Times bestseller, THE SUM OF US: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. The program will also include a recital by the Bridgeport Boys Choir and a dance performed by the Regional Center for the Arts. 

It’s Christmas in January on Sunday at Fairfield’s FTC Stage One. At 7:45 pm, doors open for A Very Magnetic Post-Christmas Show with Morgan James. Called "the most promising young vocalist to come along so far this century" by The Wall Street Journal, Morgan has been described as having it all: “soul, charm, chops, blue-chip musicianship, and the kind of absolute individuality that makes her singing as recognizable as a fingerprint.”

Finally, one last chance to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday at 1:30pm. Organized by the young people of Bridgeport, Connect-Us Presents: Bridgeport Has A Dream is at The Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport. This special MLK Day performance celebrates Dr. King in the very location where he spoke in 1961 and 1964 and where he was honored in a memorial service four days after his 1968 assassination.

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Stride at Ponza Italian Kitchen & Pizza on January 22

Spend your Saturday, January 22 at Ponza Italian Kitchen & Pizza from 7 to 10pm with Stride!

Plus, enjoy dinner and drinks!

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