Stamforddowntown's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown Mon, 10 Aug 2020 11:28:42 -0400 HamletHub.com City of Stamford Pop-up COVID Testing Sites, Mask Giveaways, DMV Open Tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/neighbors/952-city-of-stamford-pop-up-covid-testing-sites-mask-giveaways-dmv-open-tomorrow952-city-of-stamford-pop-up-covid-testing-sites-mask-giveaways-dmv-open-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/neighbors/952-city-of-stamford-pop-up-covid-testing-sites-mask-giveaways-dmv-open-tomorrow952-city-of-stamford-pop-up-covid-testing-sites-mask-giveaways-dmv-open-tomorrow

The City of Stamford will host three pop-up testing sites in the coming week

  • Thursday, August 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sacred Heart Church 37 Schuyler Ave., Stamford, CT 06902 (Parking lot across from the Church).
  • Monday, August 10 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 566 Elm Street.
  • Wednesday, August 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Building One Community, 75 Selleck Street.

The City will host four mask giveaways this month

All giveaways will be at Rippowam Middle School, 381 High Ridge Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Thursday, August 6
  • Thursday, August 13
  • Thursday, August 20
  • Thursday, August 27

Stamford DMV open tomorrow

On August 4 the Stamford DMV located at 137 Henry Street will open and services will be available by appointment. The DMV will accept up to 15 online requests per day.

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kerry@ducey.org (City of Stamford) Neighbors Mon, 03 Aug 2020 14:49:30 -0400
Tropical Storm Warning for Stamford and Coastal Connecticut for Tuesday https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/life/951-tropical-storm-warning-for-stamford-and-coastal-connecticut-for-tuesday951-tropical-storm-warning-for-stamford-and-coastal-connecticut-for-tuesday https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/life/951-tropical-storm-warning-for-stamford-and-coastal-connecticut-for-tuesday951-tropical-storm-warning-for-stamford-and-coastal-connecticut-for-tuesday

National Hurricane Center Forecasts Tropical Storm Isaias for Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for Stamford and coastal Connecticut. Forecasts anticipate Tropical Storm Isaias will bring winds of 30 to 35 MPH, gusts up to 65 MPH, and two to four inches of rain between Tuesday midday and Wednesday morning.

Residents should prepare for storm conditions of high winds and rainfall:

  • High winds
  • Secure or bring inside outdoor furniture, decorations, or hanging plants.
  • Anticipate power and communications outages.
  • In the event of a power outage, residents should only use generators outside their home and never in enclosed spaces such as garages, basements, or porches. Generators should be at least 20 feet from your home and away from doors, windows, or air intake vents.
  • Look out for downed electrical wires, all downed wires should be immediately reported to Eversource by calling 1.800.286.2000.
  • Rainfall
  • Anticipate potential flooding.
  • Ensure in-home basement pumps are working properly.
  • Secure important documents and valuables by removing them from potential flood areas.
  • The City of Stamford regularly clears storm drains and basins; however, residents can check their local storm drains to ensure they are clear of debris.
  • If a storm drain is not clear of debris, please report this to Fix It Stamford at www.stamfordct.gov/fixit or call Citizen Services at 203.977.4140.
  • Avoid driving through flooded roadways.
  • Stamford’s West Main Street Bridge will be closed. Residents are advised to avoid using the bridge during the storm.
  • Army Corp of Engineers will staff and secure Stamford’s Hurricane Barrier for high tide cycles as needed.

Stamford’s Office of Public Safety and the Emergency Operations Center will continue to closely monitor Tropical Storm Isaias and will adapt preparations or send out additional communications to the public as necessary.

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kerry@ducey.org (City of Stamford) Life Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:29:06 -0400
Creativity Connects Stamford: Meet Annette R. Einhorn https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/neighbors/950-creativity-connects-stamford-meet-annette-r-einhorn950-creativity-connects-stamford-meet-annette-r-einhorn https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/neighbors/950-creativity-connects-stamford-meet-annette-r-einhorn950-creativity-connects-stamford-meet-annette-r-einhorn

Creativity Connects Stamford

What fuels a vibrant, connected, and creative community? What makes people feel good about living in Stamford?

When locals share the creativity that they uncover in the nooks and crannies of their community it brings about connectivity and makes us all feel good. Believe it or not, you discover creativity every day as you walk, shop, work, and play in Stamford. 

Creativity connects us. Meet Annette R. Einhorn, Director, Events & Marketing at Stamford Downtown

Is there an organization in town that makes you feel good?

Stamford Downtown is working hard to help the restaurants and retailers to attract more customers while promoting a safe environment.  On Mother’s Day, they distributed flowers to people walking around downtown. They hosted a fireworks display on the Fourth of July from the roof of Landmark as a special gift to Stamford Downtown. They worked closely with the city to close streets to traffic on a few weekends which created a festive yet safe environment.

Any place in town where you go for inspiration and creativity?

Stamford Downtown is hosting a sculpture exhibit entitled “Art Collective in Stamford Downtown" 34 sculptures are placed throughout Stamford Downtown for the summer of 2020. These sculptures are part of the Stamford Downtown Special Service District’s outdoor summer sculpture exhibit, Art Collective in Stamford Downtown. They are a collection of extraordinary sculptures by six regional artists including Gilbert Boro, Barry Gunderson, Lorann Jacobs, David Millen, Morris Norvin and Emily Teall on loan to Stamford Downtown and the City of Stamford. They launched a free audio tour, Otocast, with an interactive map, sculpture photos, artist narratives, and information about our many Downtown restaurants. It’s a great way to take a tour from home or while you are Downtown.

Is there a person or organization using creativity to provoke change in Stamford?

David Kooris became president of Stamford Downtown Special District in January of 2020.  Three months into his new position, we were hit with a global pandemic.

David was quick on his feet to brainstorm ideas to help the restaurants and businesses in the downtown.  He worked closely with his team at Stamford Downtown and the City of Stamford to effect street closures and use of parking spaces to extend patios so that restaurants could accommodate more diners at their establishments and have a chance of survival.  Along with his team, he created StrEATeries, a multi-course plan to extend the patios, close streets and developed a Piazza at the back of the Bedford Street parking lot with a festive dining area with landscaping and safety barriers to accommodate multiple Bedford Street restaurants.

Creativity Connects Stamford is made possible by LIFEWTR.

If you have local creativity to share and would like to be featured in this series, feel free to email   CreativityConnects@HamletHub.com 

The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of HamletHub or LIFEWTR. 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 21 Jul 2020 09:24:14 -0400
Stamford Recreation Hosts Drive-in Movie Night on August 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/events/948-stamford-recreation-hosts-drive-in-moview-night-on-august-22948-stamford-recreation-hosts-drive-in-moview-night-on-august-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/events/948-stamford-recreation-hosts-drive-in-moview-night-on-august-22948-stamford-recreation-hosts-drive-in-moview-night-on-august-22

Stamford Recreation is hosting a drive-in movie night on August 22nd at the Star Recreation Center, 1170 Shippan Avenue. 

This event will show “Onward” at 8:30 p.m. Residents can attend for $35 per vehicle. 

Go to stamfordrecreation.com to register!

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Tue, 21 Jul 2020 04:00:14 -0400
Pop Up COVID Testing at at Jackie Robinson Park in Stamford Tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/events/949-pop-up-covid-testing-at-at-jackie-robinson-park-in-stamford-tomorrow949-pop-up-covid-testing-at-at-jackie-robinson-park-in-stamford-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/events/949-pop-up-covid-testing-at-at-jackie-robinson-park-in-stamford-tomorrow949-pop-up-covid-testing-at-at-jackie-robinson-park-in-stamford-tomorrow

Pop-up testing for COVID-19 will be available tomorrow, Wednesday, July 22, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Park, Richmond Hill Avenue.

Register for a test by calling 475.241.0740. Walk-ins are accepted, but pre-registration is recommended.

Rain date: Wednesday, July 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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kerry@ducey.org (City of Stamford) Events Tue, 21 Jul 2020 03:55:06 -0400
Free COVID-19 Testing at Community Health Centers Throughout Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/events/947-free-covid-19-testing947-free-covid-19-testing https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/events/947-free-covid-19-testing947-free-covid-19-testing

 

FREE COVID-19 tests are now available, even if you don't have symptoms. You can drive up or walk up and get tested Monday through Friday at multiple locations throughout Connecticut. Please see the attached image for details.

For more information, call 475-241-0740 or visit www.chc1.com

 

 

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kornbls@chc1.com (CHC) Events Thu, 16 Jul 2020 07:39:37 -0400
Catalyst Promotes Hardy to Account Executive https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/neighbors/945-catalyst-promotes-hardy-to-account-executive945-catalyst-promotes-hardy-to-account-executive https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/neighbors/945-catalyst-promotes-hardy-to-account-executive945-catalyst-promotes-hardy-to-account-executive

Catalyst Marketing Communications has announced the promotion of Greer Hardy to Public Relations & Social Media Account Executive.

Hardy joined the Stamford based marketing and communications agency as Assistant Account Executive in May 2018. In her new role, Hardy will take on expanded public relations responsibilities, working more closely with agency clients to oversee publicity from planning through execution. She will also have a greater role in developing, managing and executing strategy, content and engagement for Catalyst’s social media accounts.

Since joining the agency, Hardy has worked on a variety of accounts including The BILCO Company, Erland Construction, Stamford Health/Stamford Hospital, Hope in Motion, the Stamford Health Foundation’s year-round fundraising initiative for the Bennett Cancer Center, Stamford Museum & Nature Center and United Way of Greater New Haven,.

Hardy graduated from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania with a degree in both media and communications and studio art. She served on the executive board of Muhlenberg’s Alpha Chi Omega chapter and interned at one of the state’s top public relations agencies, where she handled assignments on various key accounts. Hardy, a graduate of Staples High School in Westport, CT, resides in Stamford. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer by the National Federation of Professional Trainers.

 

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trenner@catalysmc.com (Catalyst Marketing Communications) Neighbors Thu, 16 Jul 2020 07:36:01 -0400
Free Fitness Classes in Latham Park https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/events/944-free-fitness-classes-in-latham-park944-free-fitness-classes-in-latham-park https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/events/944-free-fitness-classes-in-latham-park944-free-fitness-classes-in-latham-park

Free Fitness Classes in Latham Park 

Wednesday, June 24, 6PM: Stamford Y without Walls Zumba with Tristan
 
Saturday, June 27, 9AM: Yoga with Stamford Yoga Center (25 spots)
 
No pre-registration for classes, first come, first served only.
All participants will need to sign a waiver to be eligible to join the class, so please come a few minutes early to sign up. BYOM (Bring your own mat)
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Stamford Downtown) Events Wed, 24 Jun 2020 05:06:21 -0400
Bella Ursini of Stamford Named to the University of Rhode Island Spring 2020 Dean's List https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/neighbors/943-bella-ursini-of-stamford-named-to-the-university-of-rhode-island-spring-2020-dean-s-list943-bella-ursini-of-stamford-named-to-the-university-of-rhode-island-spring-2020-dean-s-list https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/neighbors/943-bella-ursini-of-stamford-named-to-the-university-of-rhode-island-spring-2020-dean-s-list943-bella-ursini-of-stamford-named-to-the-university-of-rhode-island-spring-2020-dean-s-list

The University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce that Bella Ursini of Stamford, CT, was named to the Spring 2020 Dean's List. 

To be included on the Dean's List, full-time students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time students qualify with the accumulation of 12 or more credits for letter grades earning at least a 3.30 quality point average.

The University of Rhode Island's pioneering research extends the University's influence well beyond its coastal borders, while its unique interdisciplinary courses provide its 16,852 undergraduate and graduate students with global opportunities in an intimate environment. In May 2020, more than 3,500 undergraduate and about 700 graduate degrees were awarded. The University now has more than 120,000 alumni worldwide.

For more information click here.

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zuzuhecht23@gmail.com (University of Rhode Island) Neighbors Mon, 22 Jun 2020 10:35:46 -0400
Stamford Museum & Nature Center OPENS to Preregistered Visitors https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/places/942-stamford-museum-nature-center-opens-to-preregistered-visitors942-stamford-museum-nature-center-opens-to-preregistered-visitors https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/places/942-stamford-museum-nature-center-opens-to-preregistered-visitors942-stamford-museum-nature-center-opens-to-preregistered-visitors

Now welcoming all Pre-Registered visitors

Please help us share the good news!
We are delighted to open to the public on a Pre-Registered Admission payment basis, as well as increase our session capacity to 250 visitors.
 
Morning Visits 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Closed For Staff Lunch & Cleaning
Afternoon Visits 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
 
As always, our Members enjoy unlimited visits throughout the year for free.
 
Pre-register HERE.
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kerry@ducey.org (Stamford Museum & Nature Center) Places Mon, 08 Jun 2020 11:12:41 -0400
Catalyst Welcomes Two New Clients https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/life/941-catalyst-welcomes-2-new-clients941-catalyst-welcomes-2-new-clients https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/life/941-catalyst-welcomes-2-new-clients941-catalyst-welcomes-2-new-clients

Catalyst Marketing Communications welcomed two new clients during the first quarter of 2020. The Stamford-based marketing and public relations agency has been engaged by Stamford-based SilverSource and ProHEALTH, a Long Island-based provider of healthcare services.

“We are extremely happy to have the opportunity to partner with these businesses to serve their marketing and communications needs,’’ said Melissa LoParco, President of Catalyst. “They are a welcome addition to our base of existing clients.”

SilverSource provides a safety net to older residents in need, offering support for housing stability, medication needs, hunger and nutrition, transportation and more. 100 percent of donations support SilverSource services. The nonprofit organization has been serving senior residents of lower Fairfield County since 1908.

ProHEALTH is the largest, independent, physician-run health care organization in the Tri-State. Its team of physicians offer services in primary care, urgent care and more than 50 specialties, as well as ambulatory surgery, imaging, lab and more. Based on Long Island, ProHEALTH’s reach extends to Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan and has more than 300 locations across Nassau and Suffolk Counties and throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

Now in its 26th year, Catalyst Marketing Communications Inc. is a full-service advertising agency and public relations firm. Catalyst has built its reputation by specializing in two core areas: business-to-business and business-to-consumer communications. 

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trenner@catalysmc.com (Thomas Renner) Life Tue, 02 Jun 2020 05:44:30 -0400
Virtual Financial Literacy Classes for Stamford High Schoolers https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/events/940-community-news940-community-news https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/events/940-community-news940-community-news

The coronavirus pandemic has turned the education world upside down, leaving teachers and students to navigate a virtual classroom while trying to continue their education.

Patriot Bank is working with Stamford High School and the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering to bring virtual financial literacy sessions to students throughout the month of May.

Over 50 high school students will participate in 50-minute classes addressing topics including credit cards, checking accounts, debit cards, savings accounts, how to apply for student loans and what to expect, and how to prepare for the future, led by Patriot Executive Vice President- Chief Compliance and Risk Officer Judith Corprew and Human Resource Officer Sharissa Ryan.  

As part of its long-time commitment to financial literacy, the bank has been working with local community high school and college students, recently returning military veterans and community non-profits to offer similar classes to help improve fiscal education. Students need the tools to make good decisions that will impact their lives and help them achieve better outcomes when it comes to finances.

“I want to thank Patriot Bank for sharing their resources with my Personal Finance class at AITE during COVID-19 crisis. Mrs. Judith Corprew and Ms. Sharissa Ryan of Patriot Bank took time out of their day to present a 50-minute interactive lesson on Financial Literacy. It is so important for teenage students to hear professionals discussing and explaining personal finance rather than just parents and teachers,” said Academy of Information Technology and Engineering Business Instructor, Raymond Milo. “Ms. Corprew and Ms. Ryan treated my students as actual potential customers, as well as future business consumers. They carefully explained the workings of credit and consumerism and how to be savvy and cautious consumers, especially of credit.  They pointed out certain advantages to different kinds of credit, but more importantly the potential pitfalls. Teenagers need to hear these caveats more than once, and in different ways for it to really sink in, and both bankers accomplished that.  I think one of the best lessons was how to reach out and form a relationship with your bank, how that could be so helpful in a critical time such as this.”

“Children are not often involved in the financial decisions their families make and may not understand where money goes each month,” said Ms. Corprew. “We wanted to create a hands-on learning program that connects with each student and helps them to understand the basics of finances, like creating a monthly budget, understanding investments and retirements. Financial skills, especially during the enormous economic uncertainty we are facing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, are imperative to people of all ages. Patriot Bank is honored to be a part of this impactful learning experience.”

Patriot Bank has hosted other financial literacy event throughout Fairfield County, with students from Trinity Catholic High School, King School, New Canaan High School, Westhill High School, St. Luke's School, and Housatonic Community College, as well as veterans of the armed forces.

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acambria@butlerassociates.com (Community News) Events Tue, 26 May 2020 09:17:06 -0400
Local Funeral Home Creates a Drive-Through Chapel https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/places/939-local-funeral-home-creates-a-drive-through-chapel939-local-funeral-home-creates-a-drive-through-chapel https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/places/939-local-funeral-home-creates-a-drive-through-chapel939-local-funeral-home-creates-a-drive-through-chapel

Christopher Farrugio, General Manager of the Leo. P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer Street in Stamford, recently quoted a well-known proverb, "Necessity is the mother of invention." Chris used this quote when referring to the most recent service he is able to offer members of our local communities.

Understanding the importance of having community support, associates at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home created a temporary "window" in the funeral home chapel where friends and relatives are able to drive-by to show their support, offer condolences and adhere to the current restrictions while remaining safe.

Farrugio says, "For many, having that final opportunity to view a friend or loved one after he or she has passed, is an important part of the grieving process. Over the past couple of months we have had to limit the number of people who could be part of a viewing in our chapel. Unfortunately, many families have missed out on the support and closure that an open visitation can bring."

Chris and a former associate and long-time friend, William Villanova, President of Frank E. Campbell – The Funeral Chapel in New York City, worked alongside one another in planning and creating the outdoor viewing space.

Known for excellence, Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home has been providing high level customer service to Stamford, Greenwich and surrounding communities for over 90 years. The ability to respond to these unprecedented times and allow families to have their relatives and friends support them, albeit through glass, is important.

In addition to the creation of the outdoor viewing space, the funeral home has remained committed to the health and well-being of the community, guests and associates by offering phone and email arrangements, offering free, online streaming of funeral services, and following all CDC guidance and regulations.

Chris remains hopeful that the community will "go back to normal" and be able to experience the very best that the city has to offer. Until then, the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home remains a trusted resource for local residents and all who call upon them in their greatest time of need.

The Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Homes are located in Stamford, Greenwich and Monroe, CT. Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Homes offer an unmatched combination of products and locations serving families with care, integrity, respect and service excellence to celebrate each life like no other. For more information, visit LeoPGallagher.com.

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wendy.grasso@dignitymemorial.com (Wendy Grasso) Places Tue, 26 May 2020 09:06:13 -0400
Connecticut DEEP Announces the Opening of State Parks and Beaches https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/places/938-connecticut-deep-announces-the-opening-of-state-parks-and-beaches-1590002513938-connecticut-deep-announces-the-opening-of-state-parks-and-beaches-1590002513 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/places/938-connecticut-deep-announces-the-opening-of-state-parks-and-beaches-1590002513938-connecticut-deep-announces-the-opening-of-state-parks-and-beaches-1590002513

State Parks Remain Open with Restrictions; Shoreline Swimming Areas Open; Inland Swimming Areas Closed, Capacity Limits and Social Distancing Guidelines Remain in Place

They also encourage visitors to select locations closest to your home. State parks and beaches near Stamford Downtown include:

Park City Location
Mianus River State Park Stamford Stamford

While some of the information is guidance that DEEP has shared previously, the plan contains a good amount of new information, such as DEEP’s current plan for the swimming areas it oversees, and provides a “one stop shop” for the latest information on outdoor recreation offerings administered by DEEP.

As the state begins a phased re-opening of its economy, the vast majority of state parks remain open, as they’ve been throughout the pandemic. The restrictions that they’ve operated under, such as daily capacity limits, social distancing guidelines for visitors, and use of face coverings, also remain in place.

The operational plan can be found here.

Swimming and Beaches:

Last week, Gov. Ned Lamont, along with the governors of New York, New Jersey, and Delaware, announced that they would open beaches in their respective states effective Friday, May 22. Gov. Lamont also announced that in Connecticut, state parks that feature beaches along the Connecticut shoreline will be open May 22, though with capacity limitations, and visitors are advised to follow social distancing guidelines.

At this time, DEEP is permitting swimming only at shoreline State Parks (not inland State Park swim areas). Guidance from the state Department of Public Health indicates that recreational swimming is not a known form of transmission of COVID-19, in saltwater or freshwater. At this time, DEEP is making decisions about permitting swimming at State Parks based on considerations of potential crowding and the ability to maintain social distancing onshore, at beach locations.

It is DEEP’s assessment at this time that shoreline parks that feature beaches, operating under limited capacity, can safely accommodate visitors on beaches, provided they follow recommended social distancing guidelines. Visitors to shoreline parks must maintain 15’ of space from other beachgoers (blanket-to-blanket).  This distance will allow for a 6’ radius around each person or family and a 3’ walkway in between groups.

Based on the very limited size of our beach and swim areas at inland state parks, and current social distancing guidance, DEEP will close beaches at inland State Parks, and prohibit swimming at inland State Parks. Again, this operational decision is based on the potential for on-shore crowding, not a concern of risk of transmission in freshwater.  Park staff will monitor beach closure and educate the public to ensure compliance with the closures. DEEP will continue to review this policy in alignment with public health recommendations and will consider the reopening of designated swim areas on a case-by-case basis. 

If you choose to visit a shoreline state park that features a beach, visitors are encouraged to select locations closest to home, and consider visiting early in the morning before crowds gather. At least 6 feet of social distancing must be maintained between persons, and groups over five remain prohibited. Visitors should recreate with members of their immediate household and not meet up with others. Visitors should bring face coverings and use them whenever they are in proximity to others. Face coverings should not be worn in the water. Visitors should not expect that restroom buildings will be open, but most locations will have portable toilets available.  

DEEP will reduce parking capacity and close beaches for the day if social distancing cannot be maintained, and will make adjustments to operations and consider longer-term closures if the situation warrants. Updates on closures are posted on the state parks Twitter feed,@CTStateParks.

Lifeguards will not be on shoreline beaches in Connecticut state parks early in the season.  These beaches are currently posted as "No Lifeguards on Duty."  It is expected that shoreline beaches will begin lifeguarding when adequate staffing, training, and safety practices meeting DEEP standards are in place. Lifeguards will be provided training to reduce the risk of virus transmission in the course of their duties, including providing CPR. Guidance for lifeguards is available from the American Red Cross. Lifeguards will not be posted at inland beaches while swimming is prohibited at those beaches.

Staff in DEEP’s Water Monitoring and Assessment Program will be monitoring water quality at the shoreline parks open for swimming. The water quality at the beaches will be tested for the presence of infectious diseases using standard bacteria indicator species. Residents will be able to find swimming area closure information at DEEP’s state parks Twitter feed, @CTStateParks, and will soon also be able to find that information on the DEEP website athttps://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Recreation-Information/State-Swimming-Area-Water-Quality-Report, or on DEEP’s toll free Water Quality Information Phone Line at 1-866-287-2757.

Connecticut municipalities continue to make decisions regarding the beaches and swimming areas they oversee. DEEP has been in consultation with municipalities during the pandemic, and will continue to be. DEEP’soperational planis available for municipalities to adapt to their needs if they wish to do so.

Limited swimming capacity at state parks, combined with restrictions made by municipalities around the swimming areas they oversee, mean that residents will have to plan beach and swimming excursions well in advance, and be ready with a back-up plan if their first choice is closed.

State Campgrounds, Cabins, and Youth Sites:

As was recently announced, state Campgrounds, Cabins, Youth sites, Backcountry and River Camping sites are closed until at least June 11.  Additional campground reservations for the 2020 season have been postponed for the time being to prevent the need to reimburse the public for future reservations if campgrounds remain closed.

Other options to open campgrounds are being considered that minimize staff and public risk.  The decision will be based on current public health guidance, cleaning protocols and the availability of adequate staff and appropriate personal protective equipment.  

As we move forward into the summer season, DEEP will continue to monitor and assess public use and recreational activities that occur at state parks and other DEEP managed outdoor recreation areas. Evaluation of that information may result in changes to the operational plan. While law enforcement personnel are authorized to enforce social distancing and group size guidance, DEEP seeks to educate first and ask people to follow the rules, in hopes that visitors will take personal responsibility and make sure that they comply. 

To view the operational plan, go here:https://portal.ct.gov/deep-parkscovid19.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (CT DEEP) Places Wed, 20 May 2020 09:14:03 -0400
The Palace Brings Original Works to Life for Local High School Playwrights https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/places/937-the-palace-brings-original-works-to-life-for-local-high-school-playwrights937-the-palace-brings-original-works-to-life-for-local-high-school-playwrights https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/places/937-the-palace-brings-original-works-to-life-for-local-high-school-playwrights937-the-palace-brings-original-works-to-life-for-local-high-school-playwrights

On May 24, three high school students from Fairfield and Westchester County will experience the joy of live theatre in a whole new way – as playwrights. Jeison Lenis Lopez (of Stamford), Zaida Rio Polanco (of White Plains) and Naomi Young (of Mamaroneck) were named winners of The Palace Theatre’s 2020 Ernie DiMattia Emerging Young Artist Awards for their writing of an original one-act play. All three will witness their visions come to life with a virtual reading by professional actors as part of The Palace fundraiser.

This year, The Palace selected three winners, Jeison Lenis Lopez, a junior at Stamford High School, for his play, “Renaissance;” Zaida Rio Polanco, a sophomore at White Plains High School, for her play, “Waves;” and Naomi Young, a junior at Rye Neck High School, for her play, “Twentyfour.” Each student was awarded $300. In addition, The Palace has recognized three runners-up – Samantha Vertucci (of Sandy Hook), Charlie Johnson (Riverside) and Serena Shifrin (of Mount Kisco).

The Ernie DiMattia Emerging Young Artist Awards Fundraiser will take place on Zoom on Sunday, May 24 at 4:00pm. Broadway veteran Luis Salgado will be joined by New York City actors for the virtual reading, which is free and open to the public.

A well-known performer, director, choreographer and producer, Luis Salgado’s 20-year career spans Broadway, film, television, and stages around the world. Broadway credits include In The Heights, Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Rocky and On Your Feet. Most recently he served as the Associate Director to 2019 Tony Award winner for Choreography Sergio Trujillo in a production of Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour in Hamburg, Germany. Salgado was also the director and choreographer for a production of In The Heights at The Axelrod Theater in Asbury Park and an all Spanish production at The Gala Theater in Washington D.C.

“Congratulations to Jeison, Zaida and Naomi and all our runners-up for their excellent work,” said Michael Moran, President & CEO of The Palace. “At a time when students have lost so many valuable experiences, we’re working hard to keep an opportunity they were waiting for. Join us in bringing the joy of arts education to these deserving high school students.”

While there is no cost for the reading, donors who give $25 or more will receive a t-shirt that says, “Arts Education Takes Center Stage at The Palace.” For more information on the fundraiser, including a Zoom link to the performance, visit https://bit.ly/3dU5gQ6.

The Emerging Young Artist Award was established in 2010 and is open to all high school students from Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Winners have included instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, actors and playwrights. In 2015, the award was renamed for Ernie DiMattia, former president of The Ferguson Library in Stamford and a longtime Stamford Center for the Arts board member.

The Palace’s Arts in Education programs are held year round and strive to educate, challenge and inspire area youth by offering opportunities in performing, choreography, master classes and intensives in circus arts, acting, voice and dance. Students learn skills that are important in academic and life success such as confidence, problem-solving, teamwork, perseverance and focus.

The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT. They can be reached at (203) 325-4466 or by visiting www.palacestamford.org. For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter.

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Jeison Lenis Lopez (of Stamford), winner of The Palace Theatre’s 2020 Ernie DiMattia Emerging Young Artist Award

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Zaida Rio Polanco (of White Plains), winner of The Palace Theatre’s 2020 Ernie DiMattia Emerging Young Artist Award

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Naomi Young (of Mamaroneck), winner of The Palace Theatre’s 2020 Ernie DiMattia Emerging Young Artist Award

 

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