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Avon Theatre Announces Winners of Annual Avon Scholarship Awards Essay Contest

<p>The Avon Theatre – Deborah &amp; Chuck Royce Cinema Arts Center is pleased to announce the winners of the&nbsp;<strong>15th Annual Avon Scholarship Awards Essay Contest</strong>. At an awards reception and ceremony held at the theater on June 6, 2024, Sue Baker, an Avon Board member and chair of the Education Initiative Committee, introduced the winners and presented them with prizes totaling $8,500. Students, their families, and guests were invited to stay afterward for the screening of Disney’s new film,&nbsp;<em>Young Woman and The Sea</em>.</p><p>“It has been so exciting to watch this essay contest grow over the past 15 years,” said Baker. “We have had entries from private and public school seniors in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. It is a true scholarship – the money is sent directly to the college or university, not just given to the winners. Some of the most rewarding experiences for me have been the emotional stories of the recipients, who are so grateful. We have had winners who are first-generation Americans, some who are the only person in their family ever to go to college, some for whom this money is a game changer in paying the university bills.”</p><p>The program is supported through donations from the Avon's Red Carpet Gala and Annual Appeal campaign. Tamar Bundy and the Wireless Zone Bedford, Hope, and Canal Street stores also provided a $3,500 grant from the Wireless Zone Gives Foundation, which helped to underwrite several scholarship prizes.</p><p>The top three winners include First Place—$2,000, Hannah McCall, of Wilton High School, who will study film production at Emerson College. Second Place—$1,500, Sienna Alday, of Stamford High School, who plans to study zoology at the University of New Hampshire. Third Place—$1,000, Genevieve Baske, of Greenwich High School, who will focus on English and the arts at Wesleyan University.&nbsp;</p><p>An additional $4,000 in Honorable Mention prizes went to eight students,&nbsp;each receiving&nbsp;a $500 prize.&nbsp;&nbsp;The winners are:&nbsp;</p><ol><li>Bianca Benedetti, AITE – Stamford, CT State Community College – Norwalk - digital media and cinematography</li><li>Anouska Singh, Trumbull High School, University of Connecticut – economics and film studies</li><li>Molly Fitzgerald, Stamford High School, Emerson College - writing, literature, and publishing</li><li>Miles DeSantis, AITE – Stamford, New York University - Tisch School of the Arts -&nbsp;&nbsp;sound design and drama</li><li>Logan Jozwiak, Greenwich High School, State University of New York at Buffalo - political science, history, and law</li><li>Alena Simonova, Stamford High School, Hunter College (CUNY) – nursing</li><li>Zachary Price, Westhill High School, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill – business and real estate finance</li><li>Wendy Aguirre, Stamford High School, Iona University - psychology</li></ol><p>Students were asked to submit a 500-750-word essay on “<em>Film Matters</em>” based on a film they have seen in a movie theater or online released in 2023 or 2024. The film could be a feature, animated, documentary, short, or foreign language film. Students were invited to share how the film impacted them personally, and the questions they answered included: Did the film change their mind about something? Did the film make you feel seen or accepted? Did the film inspire you?</p><p>The winning entries covered a wide range of movies, including Barbie, Red, White &amp; Royal Blue, Nimona, Laapataa Ladies, Past Lives, Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse, The Iron Claw, Civil War, and Elemental. Participants did not need to be film majors to enter the contest. However, two of the winners will be attending college this fall to focus on film production and drama.</p><p>The essays were read without the student’s name or school affiliation by at least two independent judges from a panel of professional journalists, published authors, editors, educators, and filmmakers. An additional pair of judges read the top three finalists, as there was a tie. This year's competition was fierce, with the top three winners’ final scores being neck-and-neck with a perfect 50, 49.7, and 49. Several judges commented they thought the quality of writing was the best ever, with students describing profoundly moving and emotional reactions to the films. The judges included Sue Baker, Heather Bianco, Kelly Bridges, Mimi Cohen, Louisa Greene, Camilla Herrera, Beth Levine, Arlene Mark, Mary Gayle Meyer, Joe Meyers, and Donna Moffly.</p><p>For more information about the Avon, including upcoming screenings, membership opportunities, and special events, please visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avontheatre.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(74, 110, 224);"><u>avontheatre.org</u></a>&nbsp;or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br></p>

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American Family Care® Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary in Stamford

<p class="ql-align-justify">American Family Care (AFC), the nation’s leading provider of urgent care, accessible primary care, and occupational medicine, is celebrating 10 years of serving the Stamford area. </p><p class="ql-align-justify">Since opening its doors at 3000 Summer St. in mid-June 2014, AFC Stamford has welcomed well over 100,000 patients while evolving to meet the changing needs of the community. A decade ago the business helped usher in a new medical service concept: urgent care, a fast, affordable alternative to the long wait times and high facility fees often encountered at hospital-affiliated clinics or emergency departments when patients seek help for non-life-threatening medical issues. </p><p class="ql-align-justify">Unlike other urgent care clinics which rely extensively on virtual provider visits to deliver services, AFC Stamford’s physicians and other healthcare professionals are on-site during <strong><em>all</em> </strong>hours of operation to give patients the highest level of care, in-person. </p><p class="ql-align-justify"><strong>A valued community health resource</strong></p><p class="ql-align-justify">AFC is a trusted healthcare provider in the Stamford metro area. The center partners with Stamford Public Schools to ensure that students receive required back-to-school and sports physicals as well as vaccinations. AFC provides workers’ compensation services for Stamford police, firefighters and teachers. For businesses, private schools and other government groups, the clinic offers occupational medicine including Connecticut DOT physicals, other pre-employment physicals, drug screens and vaccinations for new hires and current employees. </p><p class="ql-align-justify">Although AFC Stamford serves residents of all ages, urgent care has become an important health resource for the city’s growing population of college students and young professionals. They may be new to the area and lack a primary care physician. The center has attracted a dedicated base of these patients, who value convenient, quality medical care with a fast turnaround time at lower cost. </p><p class="ql-align-justify"><strong>Meeting the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 </strong></p><p class="ql-align-justify">During the pandemic, AFC pivoted to become an essential resource for residents urgently seeking coronavirus testing. The center saw up to 120 patients a day. A mobile COVID testing team conducted tests for assisted living and memory care facilities. AFC also provided patients with a telehealth option to maintain their access to necessary healthcare while reducing potential virus transmission. After the World Health Organization declared the end of the pandemic phase of COVID‐19 in May 2023, the clinic refocused operations to again offer its full range of accessible primary care services in-person. </p><p class="ql-align-justify">“I am very proud of our 10 years of service to the greater Stamford community,” said AFC Stamford independent owner and operator Brad Radulovacki. “Patients are our utmost priority, and responding to their evolving needs has been the key to our success. We are excited about the future. Soon we will enhance the urgent care experience through innovative technology and new services while maintaining our personal patient connections and the trust we have earned over the past decade.” </p><p class="ql-align-justify">For more information, please visit <a href="https://www.afcurgentcare.com/stamford/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.afcurgentcare.com/stamford/</a> or call 203-969-2000. </p><p class="ql-align-justify"><br></p>

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Edgehill Residents Raise $70,000 for Stamford Health’s Hope in Motion Walk

<p><span style="color: black;">Residents of </span><a href="https://www.edgehillcommunity.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Edgehill</a>, <span style="color: black;">a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Stamford, Conn., are marking ten years of support for Stamford Health’s </span><a href="https://support.stamfordhospitalfoundation.org/site/TR?fr_id=1170&amp;pg=entry" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Hope in Motion Walk</a> <span style="color: black;">by raising a record-setting $70,000. More than one hundred individuals and businesses have donated to the team. Money raised from the June 9</span><sup style="color: black;">th</sup><span style="color: black;"> walk supports the needs of patients at Stamford Health’s Bennett Cancer Center, from comfort services like massage to practical items like transportation, babysitting costs, emergency loans, and meals. </span></p><p><span style="color: black;">“Knowing these funds directly support the patients who need them most makes it incredibly easy and worthwhile to give,” said Team Captain Joan Weisman. “We could not do this without the support of our neighbors, community businesses, and the administration here at Edgehill. Everyone feels good giving to the cause, which is how we’re able to do it year after year.” </span></p><p><span style="color: black;">This year’s effort shattered Team Edgehill’s $40,000 goal and surpassed last year’s $60,000 results. Residents organized a signature event featuring a local piano player and an auction with items from more than sixty local vendors. The evening, led by team member Nancy Stillerman, brought in $12,000. Twenty Edgehill residents, associates, and their family members will walk on Sunday at Mill River Park in Stamford. Since assembling their first team ten years ago, Edgehill has raised $350,000 for the Bennett Cancer Center. </span></p><p><span style="color: black;">“The energy and enthusiasm that residents bring to this effort are impressive,” said Campus Assistant Executive Director and Team Co-captain Julia Hannan. “The Hope in Motion Walk has really become a tradition for Edgehill. It’s something we look forward to each year, especially knowing we’re making a difference for cancer patients and their families in Greater Stamford.”&nbsp;</span></p>

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Mayor Caroline Simmons Stamford Updates: Pride, Art in the Park, Juneteenth

<p class="ql-align-center"><strong style="color: rgb(0, 112, 192);">MAYOR’S UPDATES</strong></p><ul><li><strong>My FY24-25 Fiscal Year Op-Ed:</strong>&nbsp;Please take a moment to read my thoughts in the Stamford Advocate regarding our city budget and the progress we’re continuing to make on our shared vision of a thriving, equitable community, reflecting our commitment to progress and resilience. You can read the op-ed&nbsp;<a href="https://rw2yhkq5.r.us-west-2.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Fwww.stamfordadvocate.com%2Fopinion%2Farticle%2Fstamford-mayor-caroline-simmons-opinion-budget-19491025.php/1/0101018ff4bc0fef-5c7a9907-12dd-458e-bd41-82bddfcb9a46-000000/-n9XxHd4YCeYeZ_Odl-BzcViY0Q=378" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(51, 127, 254);">here</a>.</li><li><strong>Weed Avenue Trail:&nbsp;</strong>I'm thrilled that the City of Stamford has been awarded $223,608 in state funding for the planning and design of the Weed Avenue Multi-Use Trail. This initiative will enhance safety and mobility through multimodal and traffic calming improvements, pushing us closer to achieving our Vision Zero goals.</li><li><strong>Non-Profit Convening Breakfast:&nbsp;</strong>I recently welcomed nonprofit leaders at the Mayor's Spring Nonprofit Breakfast this week. We discussed the $13 million allocated for nonprofits in the FY2024-25 budget and shared details on the Stamford Parks Community Partnership and the Stamford Serve Initiative. Thank you to all our nonprofit leaders for your dedication to our community!</li><li><strong>Happy Pride Month:&nbsp;</strong>Thank you to everyone who joined us in raising the Pride Flag. This month and beyond, we honor and celebrate the generations of LGBTQ+ individuals who have tirelessly advocated for and continue to champion a more inclusive and equal society.</li></ul><p><strong style="color: rgb(0, 112, 192);">CITY NEWS</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Lathon Wider Design Contest:&nbsp;</strong>The City of Stamford is thrilled to announce the Reimagine Lathon Wider Competition! The City is seeking innovative minds to develop a Civic Campus&nbsp;plan that will transform the Lathon Wider Community Center into the new heart of the community and renew the spirit of Lathon Wider for Stamford’s South End neighborhood. To learn more and to how to join the competition, click&nbsp;<a href="https://rw2yhkq5.r.us-west-2.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Freimaginelathonwider.com%2Farchitectural-competiton/1/0101018ff4bc0fef-5c7a9907-12dd-458e-bd41-82bddfcb9a46-000000/MtzGUeZBdcTbZ8ub5MM3K24g7xQ=378" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(51, 127, 254);">here</a>.</li><li><strong>Shop Local Spring Guide:</strong>&nbsp;I am excited to announce the City of Stamford’s Spring Shop Local Guide! I want to encourage residents to use the guide during the spring season to shop locally and support our small businesses. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://rw2yhkq5.r.us-west-2.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Fwww.choosestamford.com%2Fmade-in-stamford%2Fsmall-business-list/1/0101018ff4bc0fef-5c7a9907-12dd-458e-bd41-82bddfcb9a46-000000/lKuSg1-GdWMxu1BzOgVbzNxJuJE=378" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(51, 127, 254);">here</a>.</li><li><strong>Parking Garage Demolition:</strong>&nbsp;The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has initiated the demolition of the Stamford Transportation Center's 1985 Parking Garage and Pedestrian Bridge. For further details, click&nbsp;<a href="https://rw2yhkq5.r.us-west-2.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Fportal.ct.gov%2FDOT%2FCTDOT-Construction-Advisories%2F2024%2FDemolition-of-the-1985-Parking-Garage-and-Pedestrian-Bridge-at-the-Stamford-Transportation-Center/1/0101018ff4bc0fef-5c7a9907-12dd-458e-bd41-82bddfcb9a46-000000/-e2LFDJxHVOwF0e6LIfqtZJUMAU=378" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(51, 127, 254);">here</a>.</li><li><strong>Beach Passes Available for Purchase:</strong>&nbsp;Beach passes are now available for purchase online or in person. Parking permits are required at Cove Island, Cummings, West Beach, John J. Boccuzzi,&nbsp;Dorothy Heroy &amp; Newman Mills Riverbank Walk Parks from May 1st through September 30th. Click&nbsp;<a href="https://rw2yhkq5.r.us-west-2.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Fwww.stamfordct.gov%2Faround-town%2Fparks%2Fbeach-parking-permits/1/0101018ff4bc0fef-5c7a9907-12dd-458e-bd41-82bddfcb9a46-000000/6W2LAavPGHCVDSwQFX4qmAaIlCw=378" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(51, 127, 254);">here&nbsp;</a>for more information and to purchase your pass.</li><li><strong>Stamford Transportation Center Master Plan:&nbsp;</strong>Our administration has been meeting with the Connecticut Department of Transportation and city transportation officials to continue to make progress on the Stamford Train Station Master Plan. To view the Stamford Transportation Center Master Plan, visit:&nbsp;<a href="https://rw2yhkq5.r.us-west-2.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Fwww.stamfordct.gov%2F%3Fsplash=http%253a%252f%252fstcmasterplan.com%252f%26____isexternal=true/1/0101018ff4bc0fef-5c7a9907-12dd-458e-bd41-82bddfcb9a46-000000/AxAZt2hB7yDHzc7aJ8Twm8uuqso=378" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(51, 127, 254);">stcmasterplan.com</a>.</li><li><strong>Paving Update:</strong>&nbsp;Click&nbsp;<a href="https://rw2yhkq5.r.us-west-2.awstrack.me/L0/https:%2F%2Fwww.stamfordct.gov%2Fgovernment%2Foperations%2Froad-maintenance%2Froad-paving%23!%2F/1/0101018ff4bc0fef-5c7a9907-12dd-458e-bd41-82bddfcb9a46-000000/2_2zKBks8pd7BPpn2krGmY9NpQo=378" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(51, 127, 254);">here</a>&nbsp;for the priority list for paving operations established in response to a city-wide road assessment in 2022.</li></ul><p><strong style="color: rgb(0, 112, 192);">CITY EVENTS</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Juneteenth Celebration:&nbsp;</strong>The City of Stamford will host its second annual Juneteenth celebration on June 15th. See the flyer below for more information.</li><li><strong>&nbsp;Mayor's Cybersecurity Initiative:&nbsp;</strong>Stamford small businesses and nonprofits are invited to attend the Mayor's Cybersecurity Initiative. See the flyer below for more information.&nbsp;</li><li><strong>SPEF Summer Start:&nbsp;</strong>The Stamford Public Education Foundation presents Summer Start, a free five week, half day program for students who have not had a full Pre-K experience during 2023-2024. See the flyer below for further details.</li><li><strong>Stamford Art in the Park:</strong>&nbsp;The Stamford Arts Association will host Art in the Park at Mill River this summer, the event is free and open to the public. </li></ul>

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Island Beach Concession Stand Opens June 8, Managed by Abilis for 4th Year

<p class="ql-align-center"><em>Beach Concession Provides Inclusive Employment and Meaningful Jobs to Adults with Disabilities</em></p><p><strong>Abilis,</strong>&nbsp;the&nbsp;nonprofit organization providing services and support to more than 800 individuals with special needs and their families, and the&nbsp;<strong>Town of Greenwich,</strong>&nbsp;are pleased to announce that Abilis is back for its fourth year operating the&nbsp;<strong>Island Beach Concession stand</strong>! Abilis will be staffing and managing the concession stand, serving up favorites such as burgers, fries, hot dogs and lots of frozen treats and refreshing drinks and snacks. The Island Beach Concession Stand opens to the public on Saturday, June 8!</p><p class="ql-align-justify">“We are really excited to be back for our fourth summer managing and staffing the Island Beach Concession stand,” said Amy Montimurro, CEO and president of Abilis. “The opportunity to serve the community while providing a meaningful and inclusive employment is a huge win for everyone involved. Our Abilis community members love taking the ferry out to Island Beach to work at the concession stand, prepare the food, interact with co-workers and serve the customers with support from the Abilis job coaches. It’s a wonderful way to spend the summer and we are so happy the Town and the community have put their faith and business with Abilis to run the stand.”</p><p class="ql-align-justify">The concession stand offers beach favorites like hot dogs, hamburgers/cheeseburgers, french fries, chicken strips, Mac bites, sandwiches, salads, wraps, bagels and baked goods and of course a variety of ice cream, popsicles and candy. Beach visitors can also find picnic items like BBQ charcoal, sand buckets, shovels, toys and more. The Island Beach Concession Stand is open seven days a week June 8 through August 31 and then on weekends in September through September 15. The Island Beach Concession stand closes each day 30-minutes before the last ferry leaves for Greenwich Harbor. View the Island Beach Ferry Schedule on the&nbsp;<a href="https://jhowardpr-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/28LojNESE6JvRLYDLYGbnNqLF0D-2ygsJsXAPfrrZ7rRXKzf0jwFNhTAvj4-jqcpJsIxaWofKU2C-DoosfhSbbV0pAXIfMneUW2hz8JaVBhyhYnbYERUmlF4vp0OHIYOJ5xOTboabu6wzUH6HPhnXxyTms9DBXiOkUpmsiMURhmchrx0lrdTbH3HD9d_U7EUkUzgDCZOat7GefIw9sn1VNO5kOcNcUY0FBLUKVb6X2D45Nbicrw" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Town of Greenwich website</a>. Updates and menu specials will be shared on the Island Beach Concession social media accounts on&nbsp;<a href="https://jhowardpr-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/2ZOFB-Nc9MxXTXMCQ_-0KSccWFLyE_3jzwnxopNAKT4lYKzf0jwE2WxuWGNnAISEFdbN5MvP5oHBLQBSeRSvxNO4qNBsWVz0FTCiT8O00RIiLPqLPb3EOK4X9MmUEWFHR56NFOx6QPxCu3rxhA1akNZd9jb2bwzWG2NwCFFD1RbVr1pOQ2GJuqPeH9BCi0LfovM-1LKuNkRg0fVHDqJvOazGt8Q" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Facebook</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://jhowardpr-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/2NVh5j15sUbSwpUdd7WFkTUy6DED9JVEaeTjkUldUP6BbKzf0jwG9dclLQ0h9uJg0kKV0VomaqIymkD7oO_hd9UDWty6H1ZkKdm7C6W5C5ga6fvsF1LcgiXm32U98OZKky8ZXUrM-qRjrShap6g5_RNsiby4XnxXN5l_e-iYGApxytaEO2Zu-0suWSxRfb1Q_" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);">Instagram</a>&nbsp;at&nbsp;@islandbeach.concession.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">For more information, visit<a href="https://jhowardpr-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/2ALXw6sBr41Zn11QPIKtgLk6X1ISEpwZ2NISHf12LUyxdKzf0jwFInK_I-4Nlnd-DDrBg_r55tclr4T2CFtL6_j-qPIhTC1OBMoiiUZRMpJe19PpjmFtE_py3KuVPA8Sii4zlTaUdKWXfqRUNVL-bnkdnIk_JaoFdxjBScnHrsTuN-Wk" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.abilis.us" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">www.abilis.us</a>, or follow on&nbsp;<a href="https://jhowardpr-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/2xQYegF3QQYytFppud5mfGyub1rVzjxzwS5QEVdVHpR1fKzf0jwHK5AG_0ed44PQpKRUNUq-kVVZnxXIK7RULaHp_T2qa2TC01aWwFsF0sSIkRCK5ZLg46sD7U8lWsC-FdoBAgVxW2Gh7_A6ESVWrX-1vYpeLbcGy2zHZB-9ZvfF4qEOIuq4NIMq30rw" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Facebook</a>&nbsp;@Abilis, Inc.,&nbsp;<a href="https://jhowardpr-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/2-c_jk0CofqNhN3l8_O5nc4QvVvB4aKhTf958IcYHjJ9hKzf0jwGtNsypJzdGbKgmo0vh3i5B-akhhUTdj6n6l3g2MMm7eIczTqqXKTJEcWZ5kDpjwmgIqu9FGudyFaJ7HK8MC89TnrvVHn1lua9Xeu6Otehb5FPFfEIWj_GV-ZTBaqkLA1VIFukInA" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Instagram</a>&nbsp;@abilis_us or&nbsp;<a href="https://jhowardpr-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/2yjWzZZW50hsg3OfXj3M6SY2YoKYkXd3T5DgFhDZTR0ZjKzf0jwGuVfKU6BungQSiXpDpgZZ7F3SPaIkzrUS0gO-h5VG9aHnriggr40oH06W3h-SlCkFvsU7b0Jq8KzHd9IvTyUj-Bhvs2aXz7mbTGlyQl4Mllgjc4fJaXsc-QFJdiYt78A" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;@Abilis.</p><p><br></p>

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Swim Across America Adds New Kids’ Splash to June 29 Swim

<p>This year's 18th annual <strong>Swim Across America - Fairfield County open water swim</strong> on <strong>Saturday, June 29</strong>, is introducing a new<strong> Kids' Splash</strong> - named the <strong>"Queen Willa" Kids' Splash</strong> in honor of five-year-old <strong>Willa Kosh</strong> of Greenwich, Connecticut, who is battling pediatric leukemia.</p><p>Willa’s mother, <strong>Tina Carpenteri</strong>, co-owner of Garden Catering, shares that Willa, nicknamed "Queen Willa," is funny, fierce and resilient. Willa is responding well to her two-year treatment protocol, which includes chemotherapy and other medications.</p><p>The "Queen Willa" Kids' Splash will take place at Dolphin Cove in Stamford, on Saturday, June 29. The event begins at . Children ages six to 11 can swim independently, while younger children can be accompanied by an adult. Registration is $25 per child. Participants receive a t-shirt, towel and swim cap. Although there's no fundraising minimum, participants are encouraged to fundraise to support the swim's mission to raise funds for cancer research for the swim's beneficiary Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy.</p><p>“Let’s show Willa and all those battling cancer that they are not alone,” said Nancy Carr, Swim Across America - Fairfield County event director. “We are excited to add the Kids’ Splash to our annual swim and bring the mission to make waves to fight cancer to all ages!”</p><p>The June 29th event also features three swim distances: a half-mile 1.5 mile and 3-mile swim, and a new High School Cup trophy for the top fundraising high school team. To register, visit<a href="https://www.hamlethub.com/greenwich-connecticut/stories/swimacrossamerica.org/fc." rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> swimacrossamerica.org/fc.</a></p>

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Ordanize LLC

<h2><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(50, 55, 61);">Why Small Businesses Matter</span></h2><p><em style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Shop small, do big things for your community</em></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">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!</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Meet Dariel Akins founder of </strong><a href="https://www.thumbtack.com/ct/westport/personal-organizers/ordanize-llc/service/474746852858896385?from_native_webview=true&amp;supports_redirect_ttevent=true&amp;native_app_name=com.thumbtack.wingtip&amp;native_app_build=9888&amp;native_app_version=360.0&amp;native_os_version=17.5.1&amp;native_device_type=iPhone13%2C4" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Ordanize LLC</strong></a><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">, professional cleaning and organizing company.</strong></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Why did you start your business?</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">I started Ordanize because I love cleaning and I love helping people, it truly fills me up!&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">What is your best-selling product/service?</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">I clean and organize “hoarder-type” houses. When I’m finished, people are so grateful. It makes me feel like I'm making a difference.</span></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?</strong></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">After I’m finished cleaning a home, I donate items to GoodWill and Person to Person.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Learn more about Ordanize LLC on Instagram @</span><a href="https://www.instagram.com/ordanizellc/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">ordanizellc</a><span style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> and on Facebook </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61551784027776" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">here.</a></p><p><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">HamletHub thanks</strong><a href="http://www.jkinfordbeautygroup.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong> </strong></a><a href="https://www.fairfieldcountybank.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Fairfield County Bank </strong></a><strong style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!</strong></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

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