Ridgefield's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:07:03 -0500 HamletHub.com Weekend Winter Storm Watch for Fairfield County https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/62067-winter-weekend-storm-watch-for-fairfield-county62067-winter-weekend-storm-watch-for-fairfield-county https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/62067-winter-weekend-storm-watch-for-fairfield-county62067-winter-weekend-storm-watch-for-fairfield-county

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for northern Fairfield, northern New Haven, northern Middlesex and northern New London counties in Connecticut Saturday, January 19 and Sunday, January 20.  

Portions of northeast New Jersey, southern Connecticut and southeast New York will be impacted from the storm. Heavy mixed precipitation is possible with snow totals of 4 to 8 inches as well as ice accumulations of approximately 1/10 to ¼ inch.

Travel may be difficult Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

Strong wind gusts are predicted for Sunday afternoon into the evening. The gusts could bring down tree limbs and power lines.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

Visit the National Weather Service online here for additional information.


kerry@ducey.org (NWS) Life Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:04:28 -0500
Kool & the Gang Get Down On It at The Ridgefield Playhouse for A Valentine’s Day Celebration February 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/62065-kool-the-gang-get-down-on-it-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-for-a-valentine-s-day-celebration-february-1462065-kool-the-gang-get-down-on-it-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-for-a-valentine-s-day-celebration-february-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/62065-kool-the-gang-get-down-on-it-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-for-a-valentine-s-day-celebration-february-1462065-kool-the-gang-get-down-on-it-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-for-a-valentine-s-day-celebration-february-14

Kool & the Gang have influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like “Celebration,” “Get Down On It,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Ladies Night” and “Joanna,” they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums.

Kool & the Gang have performed continuously for the past 43 years, longer than any R&B group in history. Their bulletproof funk and jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time! Kool & the Gang boogies on down to The Ridgefield Playhouse for a Valentine’s Day Celebration presented by Ethan Allen Hotel on Thursday, February 14th at 8pm.

Join us in the lobby at 6:30pm for champagne, chocolates and a raffle benefitting The Ridgefield Playhouse with amazing prizes donated by our generous sponsors: Adam Broderick Salon & Spa, Addessi Jewelers and BMW of Ridgefield. Enjoy a glass of complimentary champagne, courtesy of sponsor Treasury Wine Estates, with every raffle ticket purchased. We are grateful for the support of Silver Sponsors: Deb & Howard Bubb and Bronze Sponsor: Shari Goodstein. The show is also made possible with support from: All Season Party Rentals, Campari, Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe, Hollandia Nurseries, Nutmeg Livery Service, Pera Wines and Whistle Stop Bakery. Dessert will be provided by The Cake Box.  This show is part of Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity.  Media partner for this event is WEBE 108, CTs Best Music Variety.

Our wonderful sponsors have donated fabulous raffle prizes for our Valentine’s Day fundraiser. Addessi Jewelers has donated a Diamond & Gold pendant: 3 champagne and brown marquis diamonds surrounded by 143 round diamonds, totaling 2.39 carats. The pendant hangs from a 16 inch 14kt white gold cable chain and has a retail value of $5400!  Adam Broderick Salon & Spa has donated a “Me Time” package – $750 gift certificate to use on any of their spa and beauty services. BMW of Ridgefield has donated a great Date Night: a night on the town with a BMW and personal driver that includes dinner for two (at Bernard’s) and tickets to a show of your choice at The Ridgefield Playhouse!

In 1964, Khalis Bayyan (AKA Ronald Bell) and his brother, Robert “Kool” Bell, joined Jersey City neighborhood friends Robert “Spike” Mickens, Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, Ricky Westfield, George Brown, and Charles Smith to create a unique musical blend of jazz, soul and funk. Over the next several years they solidified their musical chemistry on the rough-and-tumble East Coast music scene supporting acts like Richie Havens and Richard Pryor. Their self-titled 1969 debut album introduced their signature instrumental sound and fierce horn arrangements created by Khalis, Dee Tee, and Spike and spawned their first Billboard R&B charted single, “Kool & the Gang” and later “Let the Music Take Your Mind.”

In 1970, their audacious sophomore set Live at the Sex Machine peaked at #6 on Billboard’s R&B chart and yielded three hit singles: “Funky Man,” “Who’s Gonna Take the Weight,” and “I Want to Take You Higher.” Next came The Best Of Kool & the Gang Featuring The Penguin, Kool & the Gang Live at PJ’S, Music Is The Message, and Good Times, all of which helped solidify a sound that wowed not only fans, but such contemporaries as James Brown and Nina Simone. The band’s stellar reputation grew with each album, but 1973’s gold disc Wild & Peaceful took Kool & the Gang to another level (#6 R&B, #33 Pop), spurred by the immortal party anthems “Funky Stuff,” “Hollywood Swinging” and the platinum smash “Jungle Boogie.” Hits like “Higher Plane” (#1 R&B), the classic “Summer Madness” (featured on the Grammy-winning movie soundtrack Rocky) and LPs Spirit of the Boogie, Love & Understanding and Open Sesame followed. The latter’s title track was featured on the top-selling movie soundtrack of all time, Saturday Night Fever, earning the group their second Grammy. In 1979, Kool & the Gang unveiled a smooth new sound with Ladies Night. Produced by the legendary Pop/Jazz musician Eumir Deodato, it became their first platinum album.

The ‘80s would see them dominate the mainstream, starting with the double platinum-selling album Celebrate (driven by the international monster hit “Celebration,” which spent six weeks atop the R&B chart and became a #1 Pop single).

With the explosion of hip-hop in the 90’s, Kool & the Gang’s incredible catalog of grooves made them DJ favorites. They were second only to R&B icon James Brown as sources of rap music samples. They have been honored with a BET Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award, a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2016 were inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Kool’s bass is displayed at the new Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.

For tickets ($175) 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.

kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:22:25 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Ridgefield: FitGuana https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/62043-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-fitguana62043-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-fitguana https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/62043-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-fitguana62043-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-fitguana

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 FitGuana!

Three questions with Sander Vanacker, owner of FitGuana.

Why did you start your business?

I started FitGuana because I was anxious to have a physical gym again after doing personal training and online coaching for the last few years.  We were waiting for the right opportunity until we found the space at the old Press Building.  

My training style relates best with dynamic individuals or groups who like to push themselves while using functional (and sometimes uncommon) equipment.  This enables us to offer very creative and engaging sessions for our private sessions as well as group classes.  

Fitness is one of my passions and I thoroughly enjoy training alongside my clients.  This makes it a lot of fun and motivating for everyone and the high training load makes me able to reach my own training goals.

Best selling product or service?

Our best selling service by far is our High-Intensity Group Training sessions.  It is amazing how many people are willing to get stronger, leaner, fitter and healthier but achieving a certain level of intensity and diversity in training is difficult to do solo.  That is why our group sessions are the most popular.  People get pushed within their own personal abilities, with safety as a top priority, and the group dynamic increases the motivation and drives to work.  It’s pretty amazing to see how quickly people progress in this type of setup!

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

While we were constructing our new gym, we used as many local companies as we could.  We used Kendall Electric, Turner Mechanical, Sunburst Plumbing and Bring Back Nature for our custom live edge woodwork.  We purchased all our windows and doors from the Ridgefield Building Supply and had a 3D Tour done of our facility by My3DBizTours.com, also a Ridgefield company.

We are always open to working with other Ridgefield businesses for both future projects as well as collaborations.  We are working on a few right now, stay tuned!

FitGuana is located at 16 Bailey Ave. Visit them online here.

FitGuana tags Julie Kate Studios.

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

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:31:00 -0500
Ridgefield Academy students receive perfect score in WordMasters Challenge https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62062-ridgefield-academy-students-receive-perfect-score-in-wordmasters-challenge62062-ridgefield-academy-students-receive-perfect-score-in-wordmasters-challenge https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62062-ridgefield-academy-students-receive-perfect-score-in-wordmasters-challenge62062-ridgefield-academy-students-receive-perfect-score-in-wordmasters-challenge

Ridgefield Academy Students Shine in WordMasters Challenge

Several students representing Ridgefield Academy recently received a perfect score in the first of three meets in this year’s WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually.

Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, Grade 4 student Marilyn Sommerville and students from Grade 8 Julia Brennan and Annie Suter each earned a perfect score of 20 on the challenge. Nationally, only 31 fourth graders and 37 eighth graders achieved this result. Other students from Ridgefield Academy who achieved outstanding results in the meet include Freddie Crowhurst and Pierce Roc-Sennett from Grade 4; Kyle Abrahamsen, Isla Geaney, William Kolani, Aidan O’Callaghan, and Penelope Tong from Grade 5; Béibhinn Geaney, Grade 6; and Grade 8 students Meredith Joo and Henry Kolani.

The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by their English teachers as follows:

Grade 4: Stacy Hynes

Grade 5: Patricia Carrington

Grade 6: Donna Coppola

Grade 7: Donna Coppola

Grade 8: Patricia Carrington

The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships.  Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically.  Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge™ materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight.  They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.

The WordMasters Challenge™ program is administered by a company based in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is dedicated to inspiring high achievement in American schools.  Further information is available at the company’s website:  http://www.wordmasterschallenge.com.

kerry@ducey.org (Ashley Moran) Neighbors Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:26:48 -0500
Beautiful 2 Bedroom Duplex Available for Rent in Ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/62061-beautiful-2-bedroom-duplex-available-for-rent-in-ridgefield62061-beautiful-2-bedroom-duplex-available-for-rent-in-ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/62061-beautiful-2-bedroom-duplex-available-for-rent-in-ridgefield62061-beautiful-2-bedroom-duplex-available-for-rent-in-ridgefield

Newly carpeted and freshly painted 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom duplex available for rent in Ridgefield - $1,750 plus utilities

Grab this chance to live in the flourishing Copps Hill Common section of Ridgefield! Call 203-431-0143 x 10 to schedule your viewing of this newly carpeted and freshly painted 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom duplex. This lovely, light-filled unit has a W/D in the unit, A/C and gas heat. 

With each bedroom on a separate floor, this is the perfect place for you and a roommate to be centrally located in all that Ridgefield has to offer, the Playhouse, the boutiques, ACT, CHIRP music in the park and renowned international restaurants.

Rent is $1,750 plus utilities. 

Call Ridgefield Apartments at 203-431-0143 x 10 to schedule a viewing or for additional information. 

kerry@ducey.org (Gail Buggy) Places Thu, 17 Jan 2019 06:24:02 -0500
Friday Night Fever at Winter Garden with Disco Skate! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/62001-friday-night-fever-at-winter-garden-with-disco-skate62001-friday-night-fever-at-winter-garden-with-disco-skate https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/life/62001-friday-night-fever-at-winter-garden-with-disco-skate62001-friday-night-fever-at-winter-garden-with-disco-skate

Friday night fever every Friday at Winter Garden Ice Arena from 8:50 to 10:00 pm with Disco Skate!

How easy is this? Now you can pre-purchase tickets for Winter Garden Ice Arena Friday Night Disco Skate.

$10 for admission and $5 for skate rentals.

Winter Garden Ice Arena is located 111 Prospect Ridge Road in Ridgefield.

kerry@ducey.org (Winter Garden Ice Arena) Life Thu, 17 Jan 2019 05:56:00 -0500
Real Estate Principles and Practices Course in Ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62060-real-estate-principles-and-practices-course-in-ridgefield62060-real-estate-principles-and-practices-course-in-ridgefield https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62060-real-estate-principles-and-practices-course-in-ridgefield62060-real-estate-principles-and-practices-course-in-ridgefield


Real Estate Principles & Practices Course in Ridgefield

This course meets the minimum requirements as set forth by the Connecticut Real Estate Commission and Department of Consumer Protection for application to take the sales associate exam. Students must attend 60 hours of class (20 sessions) per the State of Connecticut regulations.

Led by Terry Hastings with guest instructors who are experienced, licensed brokers and sales associates. Terry Hastings has taught Real Estate Principles and Practices in Ridgefield for over ten years. He is now with Total Mortgage Services, LLC. In 2014 he received the Five Star Mortgage Professional Award from Connecticut Magazine. He was previously with Hamilton Ladd Home Loans and has over 20 years prior experience in Real Estate sales and management with Weichert, Realtors and Prudential, Fitzgerald & Hastings.

Nick Davis is an experienced REALTOR®, now Brokerage Sales Manager of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, previously with Weichert, Realtors. Lonnie Shapiro, GRI, CRS, Ridgefield REALTOR® for over 30 years, now with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Ridgefield, is the co-author of the Connecticut issue of How to Make Your REALTOR® Get You the Best Deal. 

$ 449 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 371) includes both texts 

21 Sessions; 60-hour course (allows for 1 absence). Weather dates (hopefully none) will be added to the end of the session. 
Starts Wednesday, February 6, details below. 

Meets on Monday and Wednesday, with a Tuesday or Thursday added on weeks with Monday or Wednesday holidays or for a quiz.

21 Sessions 60 hour course (allows 1 absence and 1 weather day; additional weather dates added if needed)
Starts Wed., 2/6 at East Ridge Middle School
Mon., 2/11, 25; 3/4, 11, 18, 25; 4/1 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; ERMS
Tues., 2/26; 3/5, 26; 4/2 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Veterans Park School 
Wed., 2/6, 13, 20, 27; 3/6, 13, 20, 27; 4/3 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; ERMS
Thur., 2/7, 21 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Veterans Park School

Please visit ridgefieldschools.org or phone  (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com for information or to register. 

ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com (Peggy Bruno) Neighbors Thu, 17 Jan 2019 03:36:14 -0500
Cheers to 45 Years for Ridgefield's Ancient Mariner https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/62059-cheers-to-45-year-for-the-ancient-mariner62059-cheers-to-45-year-for-the-ancient-mariner https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/62059-cheers-to-45-year-for-the-ancient-mariner62059-cheers-to-45-year-for-the-ancient-mariner

Congratulations to The Ancient Mariner on 45 Years in Business!

The Ancient Mariner, owned by Jessica Wilmot, is part of the fabric of our town. A gathering place after the 9th inning, Saturday lunch with the kids between soccer games, a beer with the guys (or gals), happy hour (any hour) - it's Ridgefield's own Cheers.

Thanks to a shoutout today by Ridgefield Theater Barn who reminded locals that 2019 marks an important anniversary for the townie hub - 45 years in business! 

April 7, 1992, is a day owner Jessica Wilmot will never forget, it's the day The Ancient Mariner, a nautical-themed and pub-style restaurant, became hers. And, 2019, marks 27 years of that Wilmot has owned The Ancient Mariner.

"The restaurant opened in January 1974 and I came to work in the fall of 78'. In 1992, the owner wanted to move to Florida, so he put the restaurant up for sale and that's when I bought it - on April 7, 1992," Wilmot says in a 2017 video

Under Wilmot's watch, the Ancient Mariner has become a destination for townies and families alike, serving their ever-popular Mariner Burger, lobster rolls, sandwiches, and so much more!

The Ancient Mariner is located at 451 Main Street, in the CVS Shopping Plaza. Visit them online here.

*Image courtesy of The Ancient Mariner Facebook Page.

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:34:41 -0500
Ridgefield Public Schools Kindergarten Registration Begins in Febrary https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62057-ridgefield-public-schools-kindergarten-registration-begins-in-febrary62057-ridgefield-public-schools-kindergarten-registration-begins-in-febrary https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62057-ridgefield-public-schools-kindergarten-registration-begins-in-febrary62057-ridgefield-public-schools-kindergarten-registration-begins-in-febrary

Ridgefield Public Schools Kindergarten Registration Information

Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year will take place on Monday, February 25 through Tuesday, March 5 at each elementary school. Please note that registration is for parents only. We will introduce parents to some members of the school staff, review registration forms, and distribute important information.

Please see our kindergarten registration press release for complete registration details.

kerry@ducey.org (RPS) Neighbors Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:27:38 -0500
Addessi Jewelers in Ridgefield is Hiring! https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/62055-addessi-jewelers-in-ridgefield-is-hiring-a-client-consultant62055-addessi-jewelers-in-ridgefield-is-hiring-a-client-consultant https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/places/62055-addessi-jewelers-in-ridgefield-is-hiring-a-client-consultant62055-addessi-jewelers-in-ridgefield-is-hiring-a-client-consultant

Addessi Jewelers Seeks Part-Time/Full-Time Client Consultant/ Office Assistant

Retail high-end jewelry store in beautiful Ridgefield is seeking an individual to sell luxury jewelry to clientele, office assistance with inventory management, merchandising, repair procedures and communications with customers and vendors.

Some experience in the jewelry industry is preferred but not necessary. 12-40 hours per week. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Salary, Pension plan/401k & commission structure.

Call/Email Kate Addessi Melo (203) 438-6549 or Kaddessi@addessi.net.

kerry@ducey.org (Addessi Jewelers) Places Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:54:05 -0500
Ridgefield Historical Society Hosts Tour and Lecture at John Jay Homestead https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62054-a-tour-lecture-at-the-john-jay-homestead62054-a-tour-lecture-at-the-john-jay-homestead https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62054-a-tour-lecture-at-the-john-jay-homestead62054-a-tour-lecture-at-the-john-jay-homestead

The Ridgefield Historical Society is pleased to announce a tour and lecture at the John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay Street, Katonah, NY, on Saturday, March 23 from 1 to 3 pm.

Just 20 minutes west of Ridgefield, the John Jay Homestead is the place to which Founding Father John Jay retired in 1801 after decades of public service. He had served as President of the Second Continental Congress, principal negotiator of the Treaty of Paris, Secretary for Foreign Affairs under the Articles of Confederation, and the first Chief Justice of the United States.

The tour will focus on the years of his residency (many of the Jay family furnishings remain within the house) and the lecture will touch on Jay’s relationships with Washington, Hamilton, Franklin, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison and his work as a diplomat, jurist, and prominent citizen of the Founding Era.

Space is limited. The cost of the program is $18 for members and $20 for nonmembers. To RSVP online, please visit the event page at ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org or call 203-438-5821. For more information about membership, please visit ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org/member,


ridgefieldhistory@sbcglobal.net (Kathryn Tufano) Neighbors Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:45:27 -0500
Ridgefield Bicycle Company Kick Off Meeting on January 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/62053-ridgefield-bicycle-company-kick-off-meeting-on-january-2262053-ridgefield-bicycle-company-kick-off-meeting-on-january-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/events/62053-ridgefield-bicycle-company-kick-off-meeting-on-january-2262053-ridgefield-bicycle-company-kick-off-meeting-on-january-22

Did you know one of the largest cycling clubs in the country is right here in Ridgefield? 

The Ridgefield Bicycle Sport Club (RBSC) invites all interested parties to their Annual Kickoff Party, Tuesday, January 22nd, 7pm at The Ridgefield Playhouse. 

The RBSC is a not-for-profit social cycling/mountain biking/running/tri-sport club that hosts multiple events, including weekly rides, track run workouts, destination rides, winter spinning and the ever popular Thirsty Thursday bicycle ride and run.

The club works to build an inclusive community of athletes at multiple levels by providing structure, support and safety.

RBSC works closely with local businesses and cultural centers. Current membership consists of 435 athletes at multiple levels of ability, making them one of the largest cycling clubs in the country right here in Ridgefield. 

kerry@ducey.org (RBSC) Events Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:53:50 -0500
Cullen Charles Scheer of Ridgefield Named to Clarkson University's Dean's List https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62052-cullen-charles-scheer-of-ridgefield-named-to-clarkson-university-s-dean-s-list62052-cullen-charles-scheer-of-ridgefield-named-to-clarkson-university-s-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62052-cullen-charles-scheer-of-ridgefield-named-to-clarkson-university-s-dean-s-list62052-cullen-charles-scheer-of-ridgefield-named-to-clarkson-university-s-dean-s-list

Cullen Charles Scheer of Ridgefield, an aeronautical engineering major, was named to the Dean's List for the fall 2018 semester at Clarkson University.

Dean's List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.

With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. 

kerry@ducey.org (Clarkson University) Neighbors Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:21:30 -0500
RHS Student Protests Social Studies Cut https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62050-rhs-freshman-calls-out-global-i-cut-at-rhs62050-rhs-freshman-calls-out-global-i-cut-at-rhs https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62050-rhs-freshman-calls-out-global-i-cut-at-rhs62050-rhs-freshman-calls-out-global-i-cut-at-rhs

Ridgefield High School freshman class president and student representative to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges' School Culture and Leadership program, Anshuman Suryawanshi, recently took advantage of the public commentary at Ridgefield Board of Education meetings to share the negative effects of cutting a year of Global History from the graduation requirements at RHS. 

He discussed the implications such a cut would have on minority students, saying "Global I is special because it focuses on other cultures and focuses on non-European history. This resonates with me personally because global is the one class where students are required to learn about Indian culture. This course has taught me at least as much, if not more, about Indian history than by being an Indian American myself... Shaving down two years worth of Global History into one year will dilute the quality of education across the board, . . .but more specifically, will harm the educational experiences of minority students like myself by not giving other students the chance to learn about our cultures."

Suryawanshi also addressed the mission statement of the Ridgefield Public School district, highlighting the goal of creating "global citizens," postulating it would be hard to claim students were global citizens if they did not have a solid grasp of global history, before closing by addressing recent cuts in non-western curriculum in the AP World History course offered by the College Board.

omika@rocketmail.com (Ridgefield Residents) Neighbors Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:44:32 -0500
Meet RVNA Chief Financial and Operating Officer and Ridgefield Resident Kevin Lewis https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62047-meet-rvna-chief-financial-and-operating-officer-and-ridgefield-resident-kevin-lewis62047-meet-rvna-chief-financial-and-operating-officer-and-ridgefield-resident-kevin-lewis https://news.hamlethub.com/ridgefield/neighbors/62047-meet-rvna-chief-financial-and-operating-officer-and-ridgefield-resident-kevin-lewis62047-meet-rvna-chief-financial-and-operating-officer-and-ridgefield-resident-kevin-lewis

As Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Kevin Lewis brings his personal drive, dedication, and focus to RVNA every day.  And he saves some energy for home too. Skiing, hanging out with his kids, or running road and trail races, this rock musician turned ‘numbers guy’ is always on the move.

You can join Kevin and other participants as they commit to walk or run one mile per day every day from Sunday, January 27 through Friday, March 8 in the Ridgefield Running Company’s Frozen Foot Challenge 2019!

In the meantime ….meet Kevin Lewis.

Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up in Canada, and now I live in Ridgefield.

How long have you been at RVNA?
Almost 3 years.

What brought you here?
I realized that caring for patients in their homes is the future of health care and I wanted to be a part of that future trend.

Describe your role at RVNA.
I am responsible for IT, Human Resources, Finance, Homecare, and Business Operations.

What is your favorite part of your job?
The variety of my work, the problems that we work together to solve, and the people I work with at RVNA.

What do you love to do when you’re not working?
Spending time with my children!

What is your hidden talent?
Closet rock musician – I was a drummer in a rock band in university.

What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would promptly put it in the bank and show up at RVNA at 8:30am the next business day.  [Spoken like a true CFOO!]

Do you have a favorite RVNA moment or story?
My patient visits with some of our clinicians really opened my eyes to how critically important RVNA’s work is.

If you could only eat one food for a year, what would it be?


marketing@ridgefieldvna.org (RVNA Marketing) Neighbors Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:28:28 -0500