Stamforddowntown's HamletHub Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:42:30 -0500 Stamford EMS Fundraiser For New Ambulances Provides Indoor Halloween Fun

Heavy rains didn’t spoil the Halloween fun for Stamford EMS as they proudly presented their first annual Run For Your Life fundraiser on Sunday. The event raised funds for the nonprofit EMS provider to replace two ambulances and life-saving medical equipment that were damaged earlier this year in an electrical fire.

Held inside the Stamford Town Center, participants brought their costume ideas to life and went for a 3K walk through the mall. Representatives from Sephora provided make-up finishing touches and Stamford High cheerleaders brought extra-special sprit to the day.

Jon Kamal, on-air personality at 95.9 THE FOX, was a lively emcee, and Stamford Downtown District Commissioner George Boyce and former MLB baseball manager Bobby Valentine judged the costume contest. Valentine also served as the event’s Grand Marshal.

“They work in our community to save lives, they do incredible work 24 hours a day seven days a week, and it’s a nonprofit organization that’s worth our support,” said Valentine.

“We put together this fundraiser to help defray the costs of the ambulances we lost in March. We have insurance, but it does not cover the full costs,” said Patricia Squires, Stamford EMS Chief and CEO. “Participants not only supported Stamford EMS, they also supported the entire community.”

Winners of the costume contest include: Best Stroller: Grayson Villatoro of Stamford, Best Individual Costume: Xi Zhou, Most Original: the Anuba family, Best Group: the Tedescos, and Grand Marshal Favorite: Brady and Hunter Landry.

“I work as a nurse in the emergency room at Stamford Hospital,” said Nicole Landry. “Stamford EMS does so much for us we wanted to come out and support them.”

After the event participants extended the fun by joining an incredible Stamford Town Center Fall Festival. Complete with fall-themed games, activities, treats, music, live entertainment, and a special appearance by Anna Zap of Star 99.9, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

Stamford Emergency Medical Services, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization, and Connecticut’s only CAAS accredited ambulance service. Paramedics respond to over 14,000 emergency calls each year in the City of Stamford and Town of Darien. To make a donation, please visit or call (203) 968-1118.

Stamford EMS would like to thank the Stamford Town Center, as well as sponsors Stamford Health, RFR Realty, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, Michael and Ronnie Wiederlight, Cross Insurance, Blue Chip Financial, The TNS Group, Blueprint Benefit Advisors, and Wells Fargo; community partners Stamford Downtown Special Services District, Poland Springs, Trader Joe’s, Connecticut Sports Scene, Stop & Shop, Bobby Valentine’s Sports Academy and Sephora; and media sponsors 95.9 THE FOX and Hey Stamford.

]]> (Laura Roberts) Neighbors Thu, 07 Nov 2019 09:45:44 -0500
The Mayor's Galley presents Anna Badini "UP AND OUT" a collection of oil paintings symbolizing moments, experiences and perceptions

The Mayor’s Gallery presents Anna Badini “UP AND OUT” A collection of oil paintings symbolizing moments, experiences and perceptions November 7, 2019 – January 3, 2020

Reception Thursday, November 7 from 5:30 – 7:30pm

Already drawing in Italy as a teenager, Anna began painting as a young adult in New York, representing what she left behind and missed and what she found and discovered. Symbolizing different moments, experiences and perceptions, her paintings fall into four categories: Landscape, Architecture and Abstraction. She paints mostly in oil, and at times in acrylics, on canvas or metal.

“In my paintings, I seek to express my searching and findings.” The luminous colors and gestural approach of her work explore the abstract qualities and delve into the forces of nature. She conveys mystery, a spiritual note and vision, as she is often drawn into a skyward direction.

Anna has a vivid memory, at three years old during WWII in Italy, of being awakened from her nap and being accompanied by her beloved grandmother to the latter’s small garden, where she proceeded to hoe the soil with her small tool. She watched, perplexed, until suddenly a potato was uncovered!  Her favorite food, plus eggs! Overjoyed, mystified and excited at her discovery, Anna followed her grandmother to the small chicken coop: Nonna pointed to a mound where she saw…an egg! And warm! Anna is certain that this very meaningful experience of seeking and finding and uncovering, in a loving peaceful way ….has guided her throughout life, especially through her art.

She was a psychotherapist for many years before devoting herself completely to painting, and she finds that the fundamental elements that come to play in psychotherapy:  ethics, esthetics, intuition, empathy, emotion, spontaneity, perception, the unconscious, and more, also play their part in art and art making—all leading to an exciting discovery. This is why she loves making art and hopes that others, also, find something meaningful or interesting in her work.

Anna trained in Italy at the Luigi Hugues School of Art and at the Silvermine Guild in New Canaan. She is an active member of many local arts organizations, including Loft Artists, Stamford Art Association, Rowayton Arts Center and Ridgefield Guild of Artists.

10th floor Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford, CT

parking on site - handicap accessible -  info: 203 858 3082

]]> (Lina Morielli) Places Thu, 07 Nov 2019 09:42:05 -0500
Volunteer Opportunities at Stamford Health

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Stamford Health is recruiting compassionate, empathetic and professional adult volunteers at our upcoming Volunteer Fair!

Join us Monday, November 11 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. or Tuesday, November 12 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Stamford Health’s Tully Health Center, Brace Auditorium, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities for positions such as:

  •          Ambassador
  •          Patient Liaison
  •          Information Desk
  •          Emergency Department Ambassador
  •          Nursing Units
  •          Gift Shop Support

For more information about volunteering please visit and click “Volunteer.”

]]> (Stamford Health) Neighbors Thu, 07 Nov 2019 09:40:19 -0500
Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education Merges with Stamford Youth Tennis Academy


Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education announced it will merge with Stamford Youth Tennis Academy, effective November 6. The merger will provide stronger support and services for children and youth in both Fairfield County communities.

The new name of the organization will be Norwalk/Stamford Grassroots Tennis & Education, Inc. Prior to the merger, the organizations worked to achieve the same mission and goals. The merger will allow the new, larger association to identify and leverage efficiencies, and to be bolder, stronger and more impactful in the communities they serve.

“Our mission is to build strength of character and a foundation for success through tennis and education,” said Betsy McNeil, who served as Executive Director of the Norwalk organization and will retain the same title and role with the new Grassroots organization. “We provide programming both on and off the court that supports the whole child – meeting their physical, academic, and social-emotional needs. We achieve this with a relationships-first, youth development approach where we meet each child where they are and work in partnership with them to support their efforts to achieve their goals.”

Founded in 1995 as Norwalk Grassroots Tennis, the organization is dedicated to supporting underserved children with programs based on the ideals of tennis legend Arthur Ashe. The free, year-round program combines tennis instruction with academic support and character development. The group has been honored multiple times by the United States Tennis Association for its excellent tennis and education programming. The Stamford Youth Tennis Academy formed in 2014 with similar goals to help underserved children learn tennis and improve their academic standing.

Grassroots anticipates serving a core group of 200-250 children ages 5-18 in the upcoming year. Norwalk’s facility remains at 11 Ingalls Avenue in South Norwalk. That location is the site of the organization offices as well as the youth center and outdoor courts at the new William Rippe Tennis Center. Stamford’s primary location is Cummings Park during spring, summer and fall. During the winter, Stamford and Norwalk children will be together for tennis at various indoor clubs in the area. Stamford kids will also have the opportunity to play at the Norwalk courts as well.

“We are excited to leverage each other’s strengths and experiences to ensure we are continuously improving for our kids and families in both communities,’’ McNeil said. “We are enjoying getting to know the children in Stamford – they are energized, engaged and passionate about tennis and the organization. Grassroots is thrilled to have the chance to work in partnership with Stamford kids, families and stakeholders to ensure all our kids have the opportunities, resources and support to build a foundation for their own success.“

McNeil said Norwalk started programming for Stamford children in September. The feedback has been positive, she said and has included Friday sessions in which Stamford students travel after school to Norwalk for tennis. Events and collaborative opportunities will expand over the next year.

Arthur Goldblatt, the Founder of both organizations, is particularly pleased about the increased impact this new joint organization will have for the kids, families and communities in both Norwalk and Stamford. “The players from both programs have been practicing together already, and it is wonderful to see how well they work together, how hard they try, and how much fun they have. This will be a powerful program,’’ Goldblatt said.

“As we transition into this new organization, we will embark on a strategic planning process in the coming year to take a look at where we’ve been, where we are, where we want to go and how we are going to get there,” McNeil said. “We are eager to step back, and explore how we can deepen and expand our impact in service and support of the increasing number of kids coming to our program.”

]]> (Thomas Renner) Places Thu, 07 Nov 2019 09:39:16 -0500
Stamford EMS Run For Your Life! 3K on Oct. 27

Stamford EMS invites all Halloween enthusiasts to run for your life in a new Halloween tradition: the Stamford EMS Run For Your Life! 3K. This family friendly fun-run takes place on Sunday, October 27th at the Stamford Town Center Plaza.

The festive, untimed run is sure to thrill all ages. Come in your favorite Halloween costume and follow a guided course in downtown Stamford filled with music, giveaways and spirit! Everyone is welcome, strollers are allowed and decorations are encouraged!

Registration opens at 9am and the fun begins at 10am. Stamford native Bobby Valentine is the Grand Marshal, and participants are automatically entered into a costume contest with great prizes.

Enjoy an incredible Stamford Town Center Fall Festival at the finish line, complete with fall-themed fun and activities. There will be face painting, pumpkin decorating, live music and entertainment, magic shows, pumpkin bowling, games, a Lego building station and much more. Enjoy yummy treats from local vendors, and giveaways hosted by Star 99.9 with a special appearance by Anna Zap.

Visit to register today. The cost is just $25/per person until October 20th, after then the price is $30. Kids 10 and under are always FREE with a registered adult. Proceeds from the run will benefit Stamford EMS to replace two ambulances and essential medical equipment that were damaged earlier this year in an electrical fire.

“Halloween is a chance to be creative, and this new inclusive fundraiser invites the entire community to come out and have some fun for a good cause,” said Patricia Squires, Stamford EMS Chief and C.E.O.

Parking is available at the Stamford Town Center, located at 100 Greyrock Pl, in Stamford, CT. The Stamford EMS Run For Your Life! 3K will begin and end at the outdoor plaza at Stamford Town Center, and the Stamford Town Center Fall Festival will take place there too.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, contact Lisa Yerinides at or call (203) 968-1118.

Stamford EMS would like to thank sponsors Stamford Health, RFR Realty, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, Michael and Ronnie Wiederlight, Cross Insurance, Blue Chip Financial, The TNS Group, Blueprint Benefit Advisors, and Wells Fargo; community partners Stamford Downtown Special Services District and the Stamford Town Center; and media sponsors 95.9 THE FOX and Hey Stamford.

]]> (Laura Roberts) Events Mon, 21 Oct 2019 05:23:11 -0400
Joan Lunden Shares Advice for Caregivers and Cingari Family Honored at SilverSource Inspiring Lives Luncheon

Joan Lunden, award-winning journalist and author, received a standing ovation from a packed house at the SilverSource Inspiring Lives Luncheon on Wednesday, October 16 for her thoughtful advice and insights on caring for older family members, and her compelling articulation of the SilverSource mission – providing a safety net to older residents in crisis.

Over 280community and business leaders attended the annual luncheon at Woodway Country Club in Darien, CT. The event raised funds for SilverSource, Inc. and the work the agency does to provide support to Fairfield County seniors in need. The 111-year-old organization helps financially struggling seniors retain their homes and utilities, assists with food and healthcare costs, provides medical transportation and meets the basic needs of struggling older residents.

Lunden, a Greenwich resident and a member of the sandwich generation, discussed caring for her aging mother as a working mom while raising seven children. The experience shaped her passion for offering support and encouragement to family caregivers.

“Senior care is about how you retain that senior’s human dignity, self-respect and self-esteem, when suddenly we become the parent to our parents,” said Lunden. “That role reversal is a tough one, and there’s a lot of different emotions that a senior goes through, and the caregivers too.”

Lunden offered the advice of finding support to assist caregivers and their loved ones through the caregiving journey and having a plan in place well before it is needed.

“Most of us are not prepared for when loved ones will need care,” said SilverSource Executive Director Kathleen Bordelon. “When the necessity for caregiving arises, we help seniors in need and their families navigate the challenges of aging and assist them with the resources they need.”

The event honored four generations of the Cingari family who were presented with a SilverSource Inspiring Lives Award for their generosity and impact on the community. The proprietors of 11 stores that make up ShopRite Grade A Markets, Inc., the Cingaris’ enduring family tradition of helping others includes hosting fundraisers, funding scholarships, donating food and providing a bus to pick up seniors so they may do their weekly grocery shopping.

“We as individuals, as a family, as leaders of our communities feel privileged to be able to give back,” said Tom Cingari. “Community service is not something we do, it’s something we live.”

The event also recognized past SilverSource Board Vice Chair, Adele Gordon, who passed away last month. Gordon leaves a lasting legacy of advocacy for low-income seniors and decades of service to her community. In her honor, SilverSource established the Adele Gordon Inspiring Lives Award in recognition of her inspiring life. The inaugural award was presented to Gordon’s husband and family.

SilverSource is grateful to sponsors ShopRite Grade A Markets, Accurate Lock & Hardware, Cacace Tusch & Santagata, Day Pitney, Sharon & Jack Feighery, Pitney Bowes, Plaza Realty & Management Corp., The Residence at Sellecks Woods, Richard A. Silver, Stamford Health, Stamford YMCA, First County Bank, Fox & Fox, Peggy & Alan Kalter, Mezzapelle & Assocs., Gary & Karen Neems, and media sponsor Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media.

To learn more about SilverSource, or to make a donation, please visit or call 203-324-6584.

Photo credit: Smith Studios

]]> (Laura Roberts) Charities Mon, 21 Oct 2019 05:22:21 -0400
Stamford Health Presents: Movement is Medicine

Have you ever experienced pain and thought you should avoid movement?

Join us on Wednesday, November 13, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. to learn more about this misconception, and when you should keep your activity going or limit your motion, all with the goal of preserving mobility and avoiding injury.

Speakers include Lindsay Holmes, PT, DPT, EdD, OCS, MTC, Physical Therapist, Assistant Director, Rehabilitation Services, HSS Rehabilitation, and Sangeeta Kotian, PT, MSPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, Physical Therapist, HSS Rehabilitation.

This program is free of charge, and will be held at Stamford Health’s Tully Health Center, Brace Auditorium, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford, CT. Register online at or contact Pamela Villagomez at 203.705.2956 or

]]> (Greer Hardy) Events Fri, 18 Oct 2019 09:32:28 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Cultural Pursuit

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 Cultural Pursuit!

Three questions with Laura Schroeder, founder of Cultural Pursuit.

Cultural Pursuit is a member-supported community of art lovers who have a genuine appreciation for art and culture, including visual arts, music, film, and the performing arts.

Why did you start your business?

I started Cultural Pursuit LLC in the spring of 2016 because I discovered there was a demand for a knowledgeable person who knew about the arts in both Fairfield and Westchester counties, to give a larger view of what is available. Having a fine art degree, having lived and worked in professional and volunteer arts positions in both counties (as well as museum administration in NYC), I have a unique perspective of the range of options that are available to someone who is interested in exploring cultural offerings in the region. I started with a group of supporting members who attended private museum tours and cultural events and performances together, and I continue to offer a service to the community with my website and free weekly mailings, featuring select upcoming arts and cultural events. It's helpful for newcomers, empty nesters, or those with free time on the weekends who like to keep current with new exhibitions, music and film series, and performing arts options.

 Finish this sentence in regard to your business. “I wish I could…” 

I wish I could find a way to convince more people to explore a bit farther and discover and support the programming of more cultural organizations. I have visited almost all of the 50 + organizations I feature on my  page on my website, so I know this: we're so lucky to live where we are.. and if you're fortunate enough to be centrally located (like in Stamford!) you can travel a half-hour in either direction and discover a lot!

What is your best selling product/service? 

My best product and service is my free weekly newsletter that is based on what I feature on my Cultural Events & Art Exhibitions page of my website. I stay current with the new offerings of major arts organizations in the area, and do my very best to feature a balanced and consistent variety of 4 - 8 upcoming selections of art exhibitions, theatre and dance performances, select classical/ jazz concert series and film festivals.

Visit Cultural Pursuit online here.

Cultural Pursuit LLC, 65 High Ridge Road #484

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


]]> (HH) Places Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:00:24 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Beth Madison Photography

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 Beth Madison Photography!

Four questions with Beth Madison, owner of Beth Madison Photography.

Why did you start your business?

Photography is my passion!  I actually started my first photography business when I was sixteen.  Although I worked in NYC as a copywriter, communications director and editor, I always continued studying and building my skill as a photographer, taking classes at ICP (International Center of Photography) and attending workshops and conferences.  In 2008, living back in Stamford, I decided to return to professional photography.  I specialize in both business and family photography. 

I’m known for my headshots, both for business and social media.  I am skilled at capturing your real personality within the confines of the headshot.  I’m also well-known for my children, family and pet photography.

I believe strongly in the importance of photography.  For family photography, having photos that capture real, authentic emotions and connections with those we love is truly priceless.  It’s the photos that people grab when fleeing from a disaster.  For business photography, a great, outstanding headshot makes all the difference.  It shows the world that you take yourself seriously, that you are a force to be reckoned with.  What’s more, a headshot session with me is a relaxed, positive and self-affirming experience, one that my clients walk away from feeling great about themselves.

I truly believe in the value of creating beautiful, expressive, touching images that my clients will treasure forever.

Finish this sentence in regard to your business. “I wish I could…”

I wish I could show people why they need professional photography in a world where we all have a camera in our pockets.

People snap images on their iPhone all the time – and that’s great!  Capturing those moments, slapping a filter or meme overlay on them and posting them to Instagram is lots of fun.  But when it comes to those moments that are really important, you need more.

I wish I could sit down with parents and show them photo books and framed images I’ve created from family shoots.  The pictures that parents have taken of their kids themselves are sweet, but when they see what I’ve been able to produce, honestly, they get all misty.  I wish I could show them “watch me grow” albums I’ve created after photographing children for years.  I wish I could show them albums I’ve made after photographing family reunions or other events.

I wish I could sit down with every person and show them why they need professional headshots.  If you work, if you’re looking for work, if you’re an entrepreneur, if you’re starting out or switching fields or re-entering the workforce – you need an excellent headshot.  If you’re dating, you really need a good headshot.  If you’re in the creative fields – if you’re a musician or singer or artist or clothing designer, you need a great headshot.  Of course, actors and models know they need great headshots.

Your iPhone snapshots are fine for every day.  But no matter how great a person you are, we meet people and interact first online.  If you ever want to be noticed, to stand out, to begin to achieve your goals, you need professional photography.

What is your best-selling product/service?

My best selling products/services are my headshot sessions, and my family photography photo book and wall art.  My headshot session is popular because they are a fantastic value for the high quality of the product.  And my clients are blown away by the luxurious look and feel of the photobooks I produce from a family photoshoot.  Lay-flat photo books are a great way to enjoy lots of images from your shoot.

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

Camera Wholesalers on Summer Street is my go-to vendor here in Stamford.  When I was first getting started, they were invaluable in answering questions and providing guidance.  High Ridge Printing and Copy Center has also been an important partner in printing promotional material for my business and show booth.

Beth Madison Photography tags Camera Wholesalers in Stamford.

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

]]> (HH) Neighbors Tue, 08 Oct 2019 10:16:04 -0400
Stamford Hospital Only Acute Care Hospital in Connecticut to Receive No Readmission Penalty

For the second  year in a row, Stamford Hospital is the only acute care hospital in the state of Connecticut to receive no readmission penalty from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The CMS Readmission Reduction Program evaluates U.S. hospitals annually on rates of 30-day readmission among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. The current results assess readmission rates from 2015-2018 for six common medical and surgical conditions: heart attack, heart failure, chronic lung disease, pneumonia, coronary bypass surgery and total joint replacements.

“This recognition is another endorsement of the excellent care that we provide to our patients.  It is a validation of the daily dedication of members of our care team, including physicians, case managers, social workers, and nurses.  They strive to ensure that patients have been successfully treated, are on the way back to health, and do not need to be re-admitted,” said Rohit Bhalla, MD, MPH, Stamford Health Vice President, Quality & Chief Quality Officer. “We have been very proactive in this area, and our results are driven by a number of coordinated initiatives including a dedicated focus on care transitions from hospital to home, and enhanced readmission protocols.”

Nationally, 83 percent of hospitals evaluated by this program were penalized, with penalties averaging 0.7 percent of Medicare reimbursement, up to 3 percent. There are no bonuses in this CMS program.


About Stamford Health

Stamford Health is a non-profit independent healthcare system with more than 3,500 employees committed to compassionately caring for the community and offering a wide range of high-quality health and wellness services. Patients and their families can rely on comprehensive person-centered care through the system’s 305-bed Stamford Hospital; Stamford Health Medical Group, with more than 30 offices in lower Fairfield County offering primary and specialty care; a growing number of ambulatory locations across the region; and support through the Stamford Hospital Foundation.

Stamford Health is also a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dedicated to being the community’s most trusted healthcare partner, Stamford Health puts patients first to build long-lasting relationships. For more information, visit Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.


]]> (Greer Hardy) Places Sat, 05 Oct 2019 12:15:27 -0400
Lord & Taylor Stamford Charity Days Through Monday, October 7

Shop Lord & Taylor’s fabulous collection for the latest fall trends. From October 4th – October 7th we are the only charity beneficiary for Lord & Taylor’s Charity Day! All ticket proceeds will benefit our 2020 Hope in Motion Walk & Run. Hope In Motion works year round to help patients at Stamford Health’s Bennett Cancer Center.

Cards can be purchased for $5 anytime from now until Monday at Lord & Taylor. #HopeInMotion

]]> (Greer Hardy) Charities Sat, 05 Oct 2019 12:14:22 -0400
Stamford Symphony Opening Weekend of The 2019 – 2020 Season.

Stamford Symphony Opening Weekend of The 2019 – 2020 Season - Saturday, Oct. 19th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, Oct. 20th at 3 pm

It’s Opening Weekend, three centuries of music, Latin inspiration and the awesome Stephen Hough – Need we say more?

  • GABRIELA LENA FRANK  Apu: Tone Poem for Orchestra
  • RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  • Stephen Hough, piano
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

Learn More: FREE Behind the Baton lecture one hour pre-concert with our conductor.

  • Just For Kids: FREE Interactive MusiKids program on Sundays at 2pm for kids ages 5-12
  • Tickets start at $25. Kids under 18 FREE on Sunday!

Stamford’s Palace Theatre, 61  Atlantic Street, Stamford Ct. 06901.

Call for best seats! 203.325.4466 or go to

* * * *The Stamford Symphony aspires to build a lifelong appreciation of classical music among all populations of Fairfield County. It fulfills this mission through passionate, professional performances of the highest caliber, diverse and innovative programming, and inspiring educational initiatives. The orchestra is an ensemble of professional musicians from the tri-state area.

]]> (sid horowitz) Events Tue, 01 Oct 2019 09:47:14 -0400
The Palace Theatre Raises $25,000 with First Annual Chairman’s Dinner

Stamford, CT (September 27, 2019) – On Tuesday, September 24, The Palace Theatre in Stamford held it’s first annual Chairman’s Dinner. 100 supporters gathered on the stage of The Palace for an evening featuring special performances from the organization’s Arts in Education students and singer Allen Rene Louis. The event raised $25,000 to support The Palace and its arts education programs.

The Palace also presented a special recognition to Sandy Goldstein, president of the Stamford Downtown Special Services District. “Sandy has been an outstanding corporate citizen in her contributions to the life and wellbeing of Downtown Stamford,” noted Michael Moran, President and CEO of The Palace. “We are thrilled to present her with this much-deserved honor.”

The Palace’s Arts in Education programs are held year round and strive to Inspire, Challenge and Engage through the arts area youth by offering opportunities in performing, choreography, playwriting, 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 For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter.

About The Palace Theatre

The 1,580-seat Palace Theatre is dedicated to performing arts of all genres – music, dance, theater and comedy. In addition to hosting world-renowned performers in each of those fields, the Palace partners with arts organizations like the Stamford Symphony and Connecticut Ballet for their performances. The Theatre’s three floors encompass a deeper-than-typical Broadway-size stage, a café, a Learning Center, a theatre-long art gallery and a magnificent glass-walled promenade. The Palace is dedicated to providing exciting entertainment that enriches the cultural, educational, economic and social life of the community.


PHOTO CAPTION: Left to right: Honoree Sandy Goldstein, president of the Stamford Downtown Special Services District, with Bob Goldstein at The Palace Theatre’s first annual Chairman’s Dinner. 

PHOTO CAPTION: The Palace Theatre’s first annual Chairman’s Dinner featured special performances from the organization’s Arts in Education students led by Carol Bryan (left), The Palace’s Director of Education, and In the Heights assistant choreographer Luis Salgado (center).

PHOTO CAPTION: Michael Moran, President and CEO of The Palace Theatre, at the organization’s first annual Chairman’s Dinner. 

PHOTO CAPTION: Singer Allen Rene Louis performs as part of the The Palace Theatre’s first annual Chairman’s Dinner. 

]]> (Co-Communications, Inc.) Charities Fri, 27 Sep 2019 10:24:14 -0400
Stamford Health Recognized as HealthCare’s Most Wired for Third Consecutive Year

Stamford Health Named 2019 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired Recipient

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recognized Stamford Health as one of HealthCare’s Most Wired 2019 hospitals and systems, signifying the independent healthcare system as a leader in information technology (IT). Stamford Health is one of only 169 hospitals nationally to achieve level eight or better and one of five hospitals in Connecticut to receive this recognition.

CHIME, the professional organization for chief information officers and other healthcare IT leaders, awards the Most Wired recognition to hospitals and health systems that use healthcare information technology to improve the delivery of care to patients. A total of 16,138 organizations across the country were represented in this year’s Most Wired program.

“This award affirms our commitment to incorporating the latest and leading technological advances in the medical community in order to deliver transparent and high-quality care for our patients,” said Steven Sakovits, Vice President, Information Services & Chief Information Officer at Stamford Health. “Information Services works closely with our physicians, nurses and leadership teams to expand our IT capabilities and to support the patient experience, such as our mobile apps, online appointment scheduling, patient portals and patient kiosks.”

HealthCare’s Most Wired, now in its 21st year, traditionally tracked the adoption of healthcare IT in hospitals and health systems. CHIME took over the Most Wired program from the American Hospital Association (AHA) in 2018 and revised the survey questions and methodology to highlight strengths and gaps in the industry. The goal was to identify best practices and promote the strategic use of healthcare IT to elevate the health and care of communities around the world. CHIME looked closely at key emerging technology trends: a focus on integration, security, and recovery; and the use of technology to support health management, value-based care, patient engagement, and telehealth.

“The healthcare industry is evolving at lightning speed, with many exciting innovations that can truly transform how we deliver care,” said CHIME President and CEO Russ Branzell. “Most Wired gives us a way to gauge where we are, identify best practices that can elevate care everywhere and recognize those leaders whose pursuit of excellence is driving change in our in our industry. We are honored to have so many healthcare organizations from around the world participate in this year’s program and show that they, like CHIME, are committed to nothing less than excellence.”

This is the second year that CHIME has conducted the survey and overseen the program. Last year CHIME made numerous improvements to the survey, governance and scoring methodology. This year CHIME added an ambulatory survey in addition to the domestic survey, expanded international outreach and incorporated an improved system that allows participating organizations to better benchmark their level of adoption and outcomes achieved. The system includes Most Wired certification at a level that reflects an organization’s overall performance. CHIME also revised the customized benchmark reports for ease of use and will again publish a report based on Most Wired responses to identify industry trends in 2019.  

This is Stamford Health’s third consecutive year being honored with CHIME’s Most Wired award.


]]> (Greer Hardy) Places Wed, 25 Sep 2019 06:15:53 -0400
East Lyme Resident Dies from Eastern Equine Encephalitis, CT Residents Advised to Take Safety Measures

DPH Announces Second Human Case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis this year and Death of the First Person Diagnosed with EEE 

Residents Are Advised To Protect Themselves and Their Children by Avoiding Outdoor Activity from Dusk to Dawn, When Mosquitoes Are Most Active  First Human Case of West Nile Virus Identified In Connecticut This Year

Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell today is announcing a second Connecticut resident has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) infection. The patient is an adult resident of Old Lyme who became ill during the second week of September with encephalitis and remains hospitalized. Laboratory tests, which were completed today at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Laboratory in Ft. Collins, Colorado, confirmed the presence of antibodies to the virus that causes EEE. 

This afternoon, DPH learned that the first person diagnosed with EEE this year in Connecticut passed away earlier this week.  The patient, an adult resident from the Town of East Lyme, was hospitalized with encephalitis in late August.  This is Connecticut's first fatal human EEE case since 2013.

“The identification of two Connecticut residents with EEE, one of whom has passed away, emphasizes the seriousness of this infection,” cautioned DPH Commissioner Renée Coleman Mitchell.  “Using insect repellent, covering bare skin and avoiding being outdoors from dusk to dawn are effective ways to help keep you from being bitten by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes continue to be active until the first heavy frost.” 

States throughout the Northeast are also experiencing an active season for EEE.  In addition to the virus being found in mosquitoes, there have been a total of 10 human cases of EEE infection in Massachusetts, including two fatalities, and three human cases in Rhode Island, including 1 fatality. Although EEE-infected mosquitoes continue to be detected in the southeastern corner of Connecticut, the numbers are declining and we are not experiencing the excessively high levels of activity seen in Massachusetts.

It takes 4 to 10 days after the bite of an infected mosquito to develop symptoms of EEE. Severe cases of EEE virus infection result in encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. Approximately a third of patients who develop EEE die and there is no specific treatment for EEE.  

The DPH continues to advise against unnecessary trips into mosquito breeding grounds and marshes as the mosquitoes that transmit EEE virus are associated with freshwater swamps and are most active at dusk and dawn.  Overnight camping or other substantial outdoor exposure in freshwater swamps in Connecticut should be avoided.  Even though the temperatures are getting cooler, mosquitoes continue to be active until the first heavy frost and residents should continue to take measures to prevent mosquito bites. Pesticide spraying to kill adult mosquitos is unlikely to be effective at this time of year when it is cooler at night and mosquitos are less active.  

The DPH is also announcing an adult resident of Danbury has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) infection. This is the first human case of WNV identified in Connecticut this season. The patient became ill during the third week of August with encephalitis and is recovering. Tests performed at the CDC Laboratory in Ft. Collins, Colorado confirmed the presence of antibodies to the virus that causes WNV disease. 

West Nile virus has been detected in the state every year since 1999. While WNV has been detected in mosquitoes in the state this season, the numbers of infected mosquitoes identified have been lower than the historical average. The mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most abundant in urban and suburban areas with dense human populations.

Most people (8 out of 10) infected with WNV do not develop symptoms. Approximately 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness. In 2018, 23 human cases of WNV virus were identified in Connecticut residents, including one fatality. 

Connecticut Mosquito Management program

The management of mosquitoes in Connecticut is a collaborative effort involving the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) and the Department of Public Health (DPH), together with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Connecticut (UCONN). These agencies are responsible for monitoring and managing the state’s mosquito population levels to reduce the potential public health threat of mosquito-borne diseases.

For information on what can be done to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes and the latest mosquito test results and human infections, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program website here

For more information about EEE prevention, please visit the CDC website here

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