Ridgefield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:08:02 -0400 HamletHub.com The Gym in Ridgefield is Hiring! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59408-the-gym-in-ridgefield-is-hiring59408-the-gym-in-ridgefield-is-hiring https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59408-the-gym-in-ridgefield-is-hiring59408-the-gym-in-ridgefield-is-hiring

The Gym in Ridgefield is hiring!

"We’re looking for energetic and professional people to join our front desk team for morning and evening shifts," explains the Gym GM Jenny Conciatore. 

If you’re interested or know someone who is, contact Jenny at Jenny@thegym.com


kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:28:23 -0400
SPHERE receives $10,000 grant from Ridgefield Thrift Shop! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/59405-sphere-receives-10-000-grant-from-ridgefield-thrift-shop59405-sphere-receives-10-000-grant-from-ridgefield-thrift-shop https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/59405-sphere-receives-10-000-grant-from-ridgefield-thrift-shop59405-sphere-receives-10-000-grant-from-ridgefield-thrift-shop

SPHERE is honored to be one of the non-profits to receive a grant from the Ridgefield Thrift Shop. Lori Berisford, SPHERE Chairman of the Board reported that the nonprofit received a $10,000 grant.

"The Ridgefield Thrift Shop should be commended for their sense of service to others and their sense of community.  I hope people realize how their hard work has helped so many people in Ridgefield!" said Berisford.

SPHERE, Inc. helps adults with developmental disabilities achieve their dreams by providing members programs and meaningful experiences that improve their quality of life and engage them with the community. Learn more about SPHERE here.

The Ridgefield Thrift Shop moved from Catoonah Street to a very visible and larger location at 20 Governor Street in May of 2017. Since then, the shop has grown leaps and bounds, doubling their profits and daily foot traffic. They were recently named Business of the Year by the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce. The Thrift Shop is staffed by volunteers.

The Thrift Shop is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which has supported the Ridgefield community for 80 years! The Thrift Shop goal is to empower and support local philanthropic organizations through the sale of generously donated merchandise at our store. Last year the Thrift Shop donated $160,000 to 40 organizations. "There are three essential elements to the success of the Thrift Shop – our donors, our customers, and our volunteers," they told HamletHub last spring.

Thank you to all of our residents who shop at the Thrift Shop and donate to the Thrift Shop! 


kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:00:46 -0400
Thrift Shop Grant for Meals on Wheels is Double https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/59404-thrift-shop-grant-for-meals-on-wheels-is-double59404-thrift-shop-grant-for-meals-on-wheels-is-double https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/59404-thrift-shop-grant-for-meals-on-wheels-is-double59404-thrift-shop-grant-for-meals-on-wheels-is-double

Meals on Wheels Receives Grant from the Ridgefield Thrift Shop

The Ridgefield Thrift Shop was recently awarded the Chamber of Commerce’s Ridgefield Business of the Year, and as they continue to grow in their new space on Governor Street, it hasn’t stopped them from continuing in their mission of supporting local nonprofit organizations. In fact, this year the Thrift Shop has given a record-breaking quarter of a million dollars to area organizations, including Meals on Wheels (“MOW”).

MOW was thrilled to receive a $5,000 dollar grant from the Thrift Shop this week, which is more than double the amount of previous years. “The Thrift Shop has been a long-time supporter of Meals on Wheels, and we are so happy to see how successful they’ve been in their new location. They do so much for our community,” said Dean Miller, MOW President & Board Chair.

Meals on Wheels is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides nourishing meals to those in need of assistance and since 1972 has been providing nourishing meals to ANY Ridgefield resident who cannot prepare their own meals, including the elderly, disabled and infirm. For information on becoming a client, volunteering or donating please visit the MOW website http://www.mealsonwheelsofridgefield.org


kerry@ducey.org (Meals on Wheels) Charities Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:40:20 -0400
FREE Plant-Based Market Tour at Nature's Temptations on March 29 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59403-free-plant-based-market-tour-at-nature-s-temptations-on-march-2959403-free-plant-based-market-tour-at-nature-s-temptations-on-march-29 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59403-free-plant-based-market-tour-at-nature-s-temptations-on-march-2959403-free-plant-based-market-tour-at-nature-s-temptations-on-march-29

FREE Plant-Based Market Tour on Thursday, March 29th at 6 PM at Nature's Temptations!

You know greens are good for you but are you looking for new ways to add more plants to your diet?

Join Nicki RD, registered dietitian/nutritionist, on March 29th at 6 PM for a FREE Plant-Based Market Tour. Walk the aisles of our market with this self-proclaimed plant fanatic, as she offers interesting facts, tips and tricks to incorporate more plants into your diet. You’ll walk away with solid suggestions and a strong foundation to reap major health benefits from plant-based foods, plus a FREE gift from Nature's Temptations for attending our market tour series with Nicki RD!

Spots are limited and going fast! Sign up in-store at the front registers or send an email to: marketing@nickirdcom.

Nature's Temptations is located at 32 Prospect Street in Ridgefield. Visit them online here.


kerry@ducey.org (Nature's Temptations) Events Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:12:22 -0400
Winter Storm Warning Remains for Entire State of Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/59402-winter-storm-warning-remains-for-entire-state-of-connecticut59402-winter-storm-warning-remains-for-entire-state-of-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/59402-winter-storm-warning-remains-for-entire-state-of-connecticut59402-winter-storm-warning-remains-for-entire-state-of-connecticut

The snow hasn't been as punishing as forecasted. However, the National Weather Service says that it's not over yet.

According to Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), the snowstorm is moving slowly into Connecticut and the Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the entire state. Expected snowfall total for greater Danbury area is now 6-10 inches. 

At 2:45 PM radar showed moderate snow falling in southern Fairfield County.  I-95 in the Stamford area is starting to get coated with snow and slush between the lanes.  Light snow is falling across the central coast and rain is falling along the southeastern CT coast.  The northward movement of the precipitation has been stopped in southern CT for the last few hours because of a very dry air mass over northern CT.  Temperatures are generally in the 30’s across the state with Northeast winds gusting to 25 MPH inland and 30 MPH along the coast at times.    
Snow spreading slowly to the north from the coast into the Hartford area during the next 2 - 4 hours.  The snow intensity in the Hartford area is forecast to become moderate between 5:00 - 7:00 PM.  Total accumulations by the rush hour are forecast to range from no snow in the Hartford area up to 2" - 4" along the coast.  The impact on the afternoon rush hour is expected to be very minor in Northern CT and minor to moderate in Southern CT.  Highs remaining near 30 F.  Minor coastal flooding is possible during the afternoon high tides in Western Long Island Sound around 3:00 PM.  
This Evening and Overnight
A period of moderate to heavy snow is possible between 5:00 PM and Midnight across most of the state.  The impact on travel could be moderate to major with heavy snow falling and sticking to roads after dark especially in southern Connecticut.  Some power outages may occur due to the wet snow combined with wind gusts to 35 MPH at times.  Lows in the upper 20's.  The snow is forecast to end before daybreak on Thursday.  A minor impact to the rush hour is still possible Thursday morning.  
The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will continue to closely monitor this storm.  
kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:00:40 -0400
Lifelong Ridgefield Resident, Joseph W. McManus, Jr., 58, has Died https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59401-lifelong-ridgefield-resident-joseph-w-mcmanus-jr-58-has-died59401-lifelong-ridgefield-resident-joseph-w-mcmanus-jr-58-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59401-lifelong-ridgefield-resident-joseph-w-mcmanus-jr-58-has-died59401-lifelong-ridgefield-resident-joseph-w-mcmanus-jr-58-has-died

Joseph W. McManus, Jr., 58, a lifelong resident of Ridgefield, passed away on March 20, 2018, at Glen Hill Center under the care of Regional Hospice & Palliative Care of Western CT.

Joe was born on October 21, 1959; a son of the late Joseph (“JoJo”) W. McManus, Sr. and the late Augusta (“Totsy”) Meyer McManus

After graduating from Ridgefield High School in 1977, Joe had a career as a project manager responsible for installing specialized shielded rooms for medical & governmental facilities. For many years Joe’s work took him around the world, visiting many beautiful places throughout the United States and abroad. With his job, Joe traveled to China, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, South America and the Arctic, providing him with a lifetime of memories and great stories. Later in life, Joe enjoyed meeting and talking with neighbors and friends during his daily walk and job at Squashes on Main Street.

Joe is survived by his brother, Michael McManus and wife, Frances; his sisters, Kate Agius and husband, Pat, Mary Neumann and husband, Jeff and Jane Port and husband, Bob. In addition to his siblings, Mr. McManus is survived by his nieces and nephews Bridget (Conor) Lander, Jamie (Daniel) Negron, Cory Neumann, Ryan Neumann, Joe (Robin) Agius, Matthew McManus, Sarah McManus, Leah (Tim) Utech, Rebecca Port, Jennifer Port and Anna Port. He is also survived by his great niece and nephews Colton & Wesley Lander, Hayden & Collin Agius and Joshua & Dominic Utech.

In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by his sister Mary Anne McManus.

Friends will be received on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from2:00 to 4:00 PM at Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Regional Hospice and Palliative Care, 30 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT 06810.

kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:40:51 -0400
The Ridgefield Library to honor Couri Family at the 2018 Great Expectations Gala on Saturday, April 28 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59400-the-ridgefield-library-to-honor-couri-family-at-the-2018-great-expectations-gala-on-saturday-april-2859400-the-ridgefield-library-to-honor-couri-family-at-the-2018-great-expectations-gala-on-saturday-april-28 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59400-the-ridgefield-library-to-honor-couri-family-at-the-2018-great-expectations-gala-on-saturday-april-2859400-the-ridgefield-library-to-honor-couri-family-at-the-2018-great-expectations-gala-on-saturday-april-28

The Ridgefield Library will honor the Couri Family at the 2018 Great Expectations Gala on Saturday, April 28th at 6:00 pm at the Library.  

The 2018 Ridgefield Library Great Expectations Gala, to be held on April 28, marks the first time that the Hope H. Swenson Visionary Award is going to multigenerational honorees: John and Elaine Couri, and their son Chris and daughter-in-law Megan. It is fitting that the Couris are being honored together, as devotion to family is probably the core passion that has driven them throughout their lives.

John is a business graduate of Syracuse University with an entrepreneurial spirit. In 1972 he co-founded IDF Services, and in 1983 was co-founder of Duty-Free International (DFI). By the time it went public in 1989, DFI was an industry leader, with over 2,500 employees and 190 stores.

The success of DFI enabled John and Elaine to turn their attention to philanthropy. In 1989 they established the Couri Foundation; its first program was a summer camp for underprivileged children … a pet project of Elaine’s. Established as beautiful Sky Lodge in Jackman, Maine, they eventually expanded its facilities to include programs for seniors and seminars for graduate students. In March of this year, the Couri Foundation donated Sky Lodge’s 16 buildings and 150 acres to Unity College in Unity, Maine, to enhance the school’s considerable environmental programs.

In Ridgefield, the Couris were instrumental in the creation of Founders Hall, which they built with Liz and Steve Goldstone. Their contributions to the Ridgefield Library include the Couri Family Center in the Lodewick Children’s

Library, and ongoing support of the Annual Operating Fund. The Couri Family also supports the RVNA, Danbury Hospital Western Connecticut Health Network, the Ridgefield Boys and Girls Club and Jesse Lee United Methodist Church. As Chris put it, “We are partial to the organizations we support because they have a direct impact on our community and provide benefits for all ages.”

A pediatric occupational therapist for the past 20 years, Megan works in the Wilton school system and at Ridgefield Sensory Clinic. Chris and his partners started We Do Lines, a parking lot striping company which they have franchised to 13 markets across the U.S. In addition to providing maintenance for parking lots locally, today the company provides airport line marking services up and down the East Coast for Jet Blue. Additionally, Chris and a partner, own and run Young’s of Ridgefield, Inc. a fencing and commercial landscaping company. The couple are raising their three children, Cameron, Desmond and Madison to care for others. Says Chris, “We want them to experience the incredible feeling you get when you do something for someone else.”

Through their involvement in many organizations as leaders of the Couri Foundation, Elaine, John, Megan and Chris have touched thousands and, in so doing, this family has a huge extended family.

Tickets to the event can be purchased here.

kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Library) Neighbors Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:31:06 -0400
Lift as you Climb at 2018 Women's Forum on May 4 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59399-lift-as-you-climb-at-2018-women-s-forum-on-may-459399-lift-as-you-climb-at-2018-women-s-forum-on-may-4 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59399-lift-as-you-climb-at-2018-women-s-forum-on-may-459399-lift-as-you-climb-at-2018-women-s-forum-on-may-4

You are invited to the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce 13th Annual Women’s Forum “Lift as you Climb” on Friday, May 4, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM at Salem Golf Club (18 Bloomer Road in North Salem).

REGISTER HERE ($99 for the day) includes:

Inspirational Speakers (see below)

Making Connections through Networking

Brunch Buffet

Shopping (just in time for Mother’s Day!)

Relaxation & Beauty Stations

Silent Auction


~ and award presentation ~

2018 Woman of the Year honoring Christy Kinsman of The Angel Cooperative


  • Keynote speaker Sally Helgesen is a leadership consultant and author of the book How Women Rise being released in April 2018. As an author, speaker and consultant, Sally’s mission has always been to help women recognize, articulate, and act on their greatest strengths. MORE ABOUT SALLY
  • Amy Polacko is a former award-winning journalist and now runs a multi-million dollar vegan health and wellness business. Amy is a Ridgefield resident who is an advocate for small businesses, has run several networking groups, and believes that great things happen when entrepreneurs support each other.
  • Martha Evans Morris, LMSW has spent her life fascinated by human connection, growth, and empowerment. Professionally, that has taken the form of two parallel career tracks: Social Work/Counseling and Marketing/Advertising at TownVibe.


Just $99 for the day

(Tables of 8 or 10 available at a reduced price)



P.S. If you’re looking for extra exposure for your business, the Chamber has multiple options available! Email or call us and we’d be happy to share these opportunities with you or CLICK HERE FOR A LIST.

kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Chamber) Events Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:21:14 -0400
Meet & Greet Upgrade Available for Mark Farner at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, March 22 – Pick Your VIP Experience! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59398-meet-greet-upgrade-available-for-mark-farner-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-thursday-march-22-pick-your-vip-experience59398-meet-greet-upgrade-available-for-mark-farner-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-thursday-march-22-pick-your-vip-experience https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59398-meet-greet-upgrade-available-for-mark-farner-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-thursday-march-22-pick-your-vip-experience59398-meet-greet-upgrade-available-for-mark-farner-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-thursday-march-22-pick-your-vip-experience

Pick your VIP experience when you purchase a Meet & Greet upgrade package to see All-American frontman and guitarist Mark Farner, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad! You can choose between attending Mark’s soundcheck and an exclusive pre-show Q&A or going backstage before the show! Limited Meet & Greet upgrades are available. Please call the box office at 203-438-5795 to purchase.

Mark Farner was the engine that pulled the original Grand Funk Railroad to the top of the charts with songs like “We’re An American Band,” and “Some Kind of Wonderful.” At age 69, Farner commands the stage with the same intensity and outpouring of love as he did at 20 duringthe summer of love, and his fans are still flocking to their captain. The rock patriot’s synergy and open heart come through in epic hits that defined a generation -- “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home),” a recut of “The Loco-Motion,” — and many more! Don’t miss a night with Mark Farner, along with a full rock band, at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, March 22nd at 8 pm. Connecticut’s own Doug Wahlberg Band will open the show. This incredible night of rock and roll is part of the Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity. Make it a great night out with dinner and a show – visit Bailey’s Backyard (23 Bailey Avenue, Ridgefield) for an early dinner and receive 10% off when you show your ticket! Media partner for this great night of music is 99.1 PLR, Connecticut’s #1 Rock Station.

For tickets ($55) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

jill@ridgefieldplayhouse.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:03:55 -0400
Thrift Shop Gives $10,000 Grant to Founders Hall https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/59397-thrift-shop-gives-grant-to-founders-hall59397-thrift-shop-gives-grant-to-founders-hall https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/charities/59397-thrift-shop-gives-grant-to-founders-hall59397-thrift-shop-gives-grant-to-founders-hall

Surprise gave way to elation when Toni Maiolo (a Ridgefield Thrift Shop volunteer and Founders Hall member) gave a  $10,000 check to Founders Hall to support its hobby and sport programs, which benefits billiards players (back), bridge classes, bocce and much more.

“We were blown away by the amount,” said Cindy Nesbitt (right), development director at Founders Hall. The Thrift Shop has consistently supported Founders Hall, but with a significant increase in sales and donations at its new location, it increased its donation to Founders Hall five-fold.

“What an amazing organization,” said Founders Hall executive director Grace Weber (left) of the Thrift Shop, which is staffed entirely by volunteers and donates all proceeds to community not-for-profits. “We are so grateful for their grant, and I encourage all of our members to shop there.”

Founders Hall is a donor-supported education and recreation center for people age 60 and older. Along with its hobby and sports program, it offers more than 250 semester courses, speakers and seminars each year. For more information, www.founders-hall.org.


laurie@founders-hall.org (Founders Hall) Charities Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:26:26 -0400
Top o' the morning at Hemlock Hills in Ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/59396-top-o-the-morning-at-hemlock-hills-in-ridgefield59396-top-o-the-morning-at-hemlock-hills-in-ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/59396-top-o-the-morning-at-hemlock-hills-in-ridgefield59396-top-o-the-morning-at-hemlock-hills-in-ridgefield

Magic Mountaintop Morning Medicine

Douglas J. D'Jay, the IT manager at Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, wakes in the wee hours of the morning so he can run up or hike up a local mountain (rain or shine) before beginning his workday. Last week, we shared D'Jay's snapshot of the snow at the top of the mountain (at dawn) overlooking Bennett’s Pond.

D'Jay's photos of our local landscape are breathtaking and we have decided to make his words of wisdom and photography a regular feature on HamletHub. Today, he takes us to the hilltop of Hemlock Hills.
I've been a skier since I was six, 51 years ago. Wow! I never did the math. Anyway, it's what I do best, and it brings me a tremendous enjoyment and makes me feel like a kid again. But I'm writing this sitting on a log in the sun towards the end of a 4-mile trail run in a foot of snow, and while the trails on the bottom of the Hemlock Hills park in Ridgefield are well traveled, no one set foot on the trails at the top. I broke trail up there last weekend and ran through unbroken snow again this weekend. It's twice as hard running in deep unbroken snow but there's nothing like having the whole mountain to yourself. And running fast downhill in the snow is as sweet as skiing. And now I have to hurry to finish my run because there's only 7% left on my battery on my phone.
(And you may not believe this but the battery died exactly when I stopped my run at the red bridge where I always stretch before and after my run.)


kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Life Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:00:06 -0400
Arthur Montanari, 74, of Bethel, formerly of Ridgefield, has died https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59394-arthur-montanari-74-of-bethel-formerly-of-ridgefield-has-died59394-arthur-montanari-74-of-bethel-formerly-of-ridgefield-has-died https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59394-arthur-montanari-74-of-bethel-formerly-of-ridgefield-has-died59394-arthur-montanari-74-of-bethel-formerly-of-ridgefield-has-died

Arthur H. Montanari

Arthur “Artie” Montanari, 74, of Bethel, formerly of Ridgefield, husband of Elise (Jones) Montanari, died on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Regional Hospice & Palliative Care Center for Comfort Care and Healing, Danbury. 

Artie was born in Danbury, August 2, 1943, son of the late Violanda “Alice” (Castellazzo) and the late Hugo Montanari.

He attended Ridgefield schools, graduated from Ridgefield High School and Western New England University.

Mr. Montanari was employed with Norden System of Norwalk in the financial management division; a position he held for thirty-three years.

He was a U.S. Army reservist and would often refer to himself as a Patriot.

Artie enjoyed woodworking and carving, gardening, painting; most especially landscapes with oil-based colors, many piece picture puzzles and family vacations.

He most especially enjoyed the time shared with his family and loved his 340 1970 Dodge Challenger best known as “Betsy”.

Artie was a member of the Italian Mutual Aid Society of Ridgefield and the Norden System Retiree Club.

In addition to his wife Elise of forty-five years, he is survived by two daughters, Alana Montanari and her husband, Michael Schmitz of San Francisco, CA and Marisa Manley and her husband Mark of Boston, MA; a sister, Frances Roach and her husband Jim of New Milford, CT; two grandchildren, Everett James Manley and Kaira Jane Manley as well as four nieces and two nephews.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Contributions in Mr. Montanari’s memory may be made to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cardiology Department, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115. Att.: Dr. Michael Landzberg.


kerry@ducey.org (Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home) Neighbors Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:11:21 -0400
Ridgefield Library Closing Early Due to Weather https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/15-todays-events/59393-ridgefield-library-closing-early-due-to-weather-152163698459393-ridgefield-library-closing-early-due-to-weather-1521636984 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/15-todays-events/59393-ridgefield-library-closing-early-due-to-weather-152163698459393-ridgefield-library-closing-early-due-to-weather-1521636984

The Ridgefield Library will open on Wednesday, March 21 at 10 AM and will close early at 1 PM due to the inclement weather expected.  The Library will reopen on Thursday, March 22 at 10 AM.

mlvuill@ridgefieldlibrary.org (Leslie Vuilleumier) Todays events Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:56:24 -0400
St. Stephen’s Presents Choral Evensong on Palm Sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59384-st-stephen-s-presents-choral-evensong-on-palm-sunday59384-st-stephen-s-presents-choral-evensong-on-palm-sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/59384-st-stephen-s-presents-choral-evensong-on-palm-sunday59384-st-stephen-s-presents-choral-evensong-on-palm-sunday

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 351 Main St., will present a Palm Sunday Choral Evensong on March 25 at 5 p.m. Evensong is an ancient traditional service that combines elements of Evening Prayer and Vespers and includes scripture and choral music. The featured pieces are the Evening Service in d minor, by English composer Thomas Walmisley (1814―1856), and “The Gifts He Gave,” by Minnesota composer Leland B. Sateren (1914-2007).                          

“Everyone is welcome to join us for a meditative hour filled with wonderful music and readings,” said Scott Toperzer, minister of music at St. Stephen’s. All are invited to a wine and cheese reception in South Hall following the service.

Berry2079@comcast.net (LindaBerry) Events Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:22:57 -0400
There's a New RVNA Spelling Bee WINNer in Town! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59392-there-s-a-new-rvna-spelling-bee-winner-in-town59392-there-s-a-new-rvna-spelling-bee-winner-in-town https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/59392-there-s-a-new-rvna-spelling-bee-winner-in-town59392-there-s-a-new-rvna-spelling-bee-winner-in-town


It was a Winn-win at last night's 7th Annual RVNA Spelling Bee when the final word went to Jonathan Winn, founder and co-artistic director of Ridgefield's Thrown Stone Theatre Company. After a fun-filled evening of orthographic sparring, intense concentration, best guesses, Lifeline rescues, and audience buy-backs, Winn emerged victorious. So, what was the last word? Dormition, or "death resembling falling asleep." 

Words -- misspelled or not -- cannot express RVNA's gratitude to the 13 contestants who took to the stage, put their skills to the test, and maintained their senses of humor to make the event a tremendous success. This year's Bee raised nearly $13,000 -- through ticket sales, donations and event sponsorships -- to support RVNA's Nursing Education programs. 

Thanks also goes to the contestants' Lifelines who stood by to bail them out if necessary, as well as the audience members who generously donated to buy eliminated spellers back into the competition.

"Once again, we owe a debt of gratitude to our contestants and their Lifelines, our moderator, judges, and audience members who gave their support to this important tradition," said Theresa Santoro, RVNA President and CEO. "Together with our sponsors, they made an invaluable contribution to our Nursing Education program, allowing our clinical staff to continue to offer the best possible care to our community."

Stay tuned next year when we return with a new crop of spellers. Who knows.... you may be one of them!

Learn more about the RVNA here.

kerry@ducey.org (RVNA) Neighbors Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:20:29 -0400