Stamforddowntown's HamletHub Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:31:21 -0500 The Mayor's Gallery presents Eugenie Diserio "REBOOT"

The Mayor’s Gallery presents Eugenie Diserio “REBOOT”: A collection of bold, intuitive, intellectual and spiritually driven abstract artwork

January 7- February 28, 2020

“I am an abstract painter. My language is evocative marks, gestural brushstrokes and personal calligraphy. Colors, mixed in advance, can be brilliantly saturated or monochromatic. Then, I surrender to not necessarily knowing where I am going and trust the process. I have reinvented myself through diverse career ventures in the visual arts as well as in music, astrology and as an internet entrepreneur. I have learned to embrace change while trusting and following intuition during the journey of a creative project. The universe is rigged in our favor for resolution. Recognize the signs that are leading you home.”

Also, a devoted Yogi and meditator, she considers the painting process to be transcendental. “You lose your sense of time and space and suspend in the present moment and vision.” She uses metallic, iridescent and interference paint colors to create reflective areas in the paintings. In the “Crystal Matrix Series” metallics and glitter embody a surface of shimmering, sparkling light. Historically and now, reflections have to do with human beings communicating with the spirit world and connecting with life’s deeper mysteries. Eugenie’s work is really about consciousness more than anything and has been described as “bold, intuitive and grounded in spiritual, intellectual and physical truths.” She feels that art is channeled energy and balancing that energy is a daily spiritual practice.

Ultimately, she hopes her paintings create a pause for the viewer to reflect, recalibrate and reboot. Eugenie is a life-long visual artist. After a diverse career in the performance arts and internet business development she resumed abstract painting full time. She studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, earned a BFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University and an MFA from Columbia University. While a graduate student, she co-designed the catalog “Rooms,” for the inaugural show in what was to become MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York. She also co-formed the seminal 80’s art rock bands, Model Citizens, The Dance and Chandra, whose music continues to be licensed and sampled in films and recordings today. In the late 90’s, she founded the astrology website Astronet. As CEO and with her persona Genie Easy, and was named an Internet content pioneer, a “Dot-Com Diva” and one of Harvard Business School’s Top 10 Entrepreneurs of the Year. From all of her diverse life ventures, she has learned to trust and follow intuition during the journey of a creative project. “Regardless of what medium or context you are working with, the process and expression must reflect your authentic voice and be true to who you are. When what you are playing with is real, it usually merges with the psycho-emotional territory of others.”

Eugenie Diserio lives and works in Stamford, CT.

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

Parking on site handicap accessible information:

203 858 3082 Hours: Weekdays 9am-4pm

Visit her website: Instagram: @eugeniediserioart

]]> (Lina Morielli) Politics Sun, 29 Dec 2019 11:20:48 -0500
The Palace Announces Lineup for Family-Friendly Series Playtime at The Palace

Stamford, CT (December 12, 2019) – Leave the iPads at home. Playtime at The Palace, the hit series of live performances geared toward children and families, returns to The Palace Theatre in Stamford on Sunday, January 26. The fun-filled season of magicians, musicians, clowns, puppets and more features six shows to entertain and delight even the youngest theatergoers.

Playtime at The Palace runs select Sundays January through March with performances at 3:00pm. The line-up includes:

January 26 – Amazing Max: This high-energy, interactive and all-around silly magic show is appropriate for audiences of all ages. Max Darwin earned the moniker “The Amazing Max“ for his extraordinary skills as a magician and also for his ability to entertain adult audiences while keeping the little ones spellbound. Max combines magic and comedy, making objects appear and disappear and generally defying the laws of physics inches from theatergoer’s faces.

February 8 – Flip Flop Circus: Comedy merges with imagination in the innovative new show Flip Flop Circus featuring Liz Bolick and Therese Schorn that brings slapstick, physical comedy, stunning visuals, wild costumes, original puppets, and comic antics all together. With classic vaudeville style and the worldwide language of clowns, Liz and Therese create hilarious family entertainment.

February 16 – Mr. Fish: Fantastic Forces: Gravity forces are demonstrated and explained in this fast paced and fun show. The law of gravity says, "everything that goes up must come down." When things start spinning, however, everything changes. Audiences learn how to do many of the circus skills shown in this program, including balancing, rope spinning, magic, and more. Spinning ropes demonstrate centripetal force. The spinning Australian bull roar is a unique musical instrument that demonstrates sound waves. Peacock feathers explain balance. A floating beach ball explains flight. A madcap plate spinning routine makes the audience laughs so much, they will never forget the importance of the center of gravity.

March 1 – Bossy Frog: The Bossy Frog Band thrills young audiences with their interactive, over-the-top, banjo-driven, costume-character-dancing musical performance.Led by certified music therapist and NY State licensed creative arts therapist Jeffrey Friedberg, The Bossy Frog Band is guaranteed to get all the kids (and adults) moving to and singing along with their music. Jeffrey developed the "Bossy Frog" concept in order to inspire children to learn as they learn best - through experiential activities and movement.The Bossy Frog Band includes Jeffrey on lead vocals, banjo and guitar, Alice the hula-hooping fiddler, Joe on bass and costume characters Bossy Frog, Monkey and Crabby.

March 15 – Magic & Beyond: David Garrity uses visual magic and illusions combined with music, pantomime, situation comedy and audience participation to entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Highlights from the “Magic & Beyond” performance may include hilarious stunts of apparent mindreading, an incredible illusion where a table mysteriously floats around the stage and out into the audience, “dangerous” stunts, a beautiful and artistic illusion involving ordinary hula hoops that perform extraordinary magic and a hilarious Houdini-style “Escape Challenge.”

March 29 – Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers: The Legend of the Banana Kid: Little Chucky heads to the Wild West to outwit outlaws in this cowboy adventure. With a fistful of bananas, Chucky rides into town on his trusty goat for a showdown with Big Bad Bart and his gang of bandits. The Legend of the Banana Kid features twenty of Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers’ hand-crafted glove, mouth and rod puppets, and a slew of flying and twirling styrofoam bananas. Please note that there are no guns in the show.

Playtime at The Palace programs are designed to spark imagination and joy for live performance – especially in our youngest audience members,” said Michael Moran, President and CEO of The Palace. “By planting these seeds early, we hope to foster a lifelong passion for the performing arts.”

The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT. Tickets for all performances may be purchased on or by calling the box office at 203-325-4466. For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter.


]]> (Co-Communications, Inc.) Places Fri, 13 Dec 2019 05:16:25 -0500
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 Wed, 11 Dec 2019 09:16:00 -0500
Ring in the New Year with Trombone Shorty at The Capitol Theatre!

Ring in 2020 at the biggest party in Westchester, New York at The Capitol Theatre! Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue – a hard-edged funk band that has rocked audiences while headlining New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, brings the music of the Big Easy to Port Chester with special guests North Mississippi Allstars and Devon Gilfillian.
The Capitol Theatre is known as "The Original Rock Palace," and is just steps away from the Port Chester stop on the Metro-North New Haven line, 15 minutes from downtown Stamford by car, and surrounded by Port Chester's finest restaurants. Few nights are more magical than New Year's Eve, so make sure you make plans that will keep you dancing well into 2020.
]]> (Stamford Downtown) Events Tue, 10 Dec 2019 08:45:43 -0500
Guest Rappeller Brian Cashman, GM of the New York Yankees, Make the Holidays Bright in Stamford

Rappelling Santa and Holiday Tree Lighting at Landmark Square & Latham Park in Stamford on Sunday, December 8 beginning at 5:00 pm.

From 22 stories high above Stamford Downtown, watch and cheer for Santa Claus, Rudolph, Grinch and guest rappeller, Brian Cashman,General Manager, NY Yankees as they make their daredevil descent, twisting and flying from the top of one of Stamford’s tallest buildings, Landmark Square this Sunday, December 8 at 5pm.

Then follow Santa and friends up Bedford Street to Latham Park for an evening of holiday music by The Candy Cane Carolers and join in the countdown of the annual lighting of Stamford’s Holiday Tree. 

Free Hot Chocolate at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation!

To learn more about this event visit

From 22 stories high above Stamford Downtown, watch and cheer for Santa Claus, Rudolph, Grinch and guest rappeller, Brian Cashman, General Manager, NY Yankees as they make their daredevil descent, twisting and flying from the top of one of Stamford’s tallest buildings, Landmark Square. 
Then follow Santa and friends up Bedford Street to Latham Park for an evening of holiday music by The Candy Cane Carolers and join in the countdown of the annual lighting of Stamford’s Holiday Tree.
Free Hot Chocolate at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation!
]]> (Stamford Downtown) Events Fri, 06 Dec 2019 06:40:25 -0500
A 5-Star Experience: Clinical Partnership Enhancing Nurse's Aide Education in Stamford

Clinical experiences are important in enhancing the level of hands-on health care education, especially the education of a Certified Nurse’s Aide (CNA). That is why Edgehill, a senior living community, and local 5-Star-rated sub-acute rehabilitation community, has enthusiastically sought a collaboration with Northeast Medical Institute (NEMI), a local Fairfield County post-secondary occupational school.

Under the direction of Gregory Shahum, health care administrator at Edgehill, and Daniel Remiszewski, the owner of NEMI, they have initiated a clinical partnership, which will benefit both the CNA students’ development and overall experience as well as that of Edgehill’s residents and guests.

“At Edgehill, we transform lives through human connection,” said Dr. Shahum. “Partnering with NEMI and creating a hands-on learning environment allows us to spread that message of human connection to students who will go out and champion this belief.”

For 20 years, Stamford-based Edgehill has provided its more than 200 residents with the value of Lifecare in all levels of living, including independent living, assisted living, sub-acute rehabilitation (skilled nursing), and memory care. The community offers a wide variety of activities and amenities that promote the vibrant and healthy lifestyle of residents, including maintenance-free apartments, a wellness center and multiple dining venues.

“The CNA program was created with the student’s interest in mind,” said Carlene Greene, a graduate of the course. “I received hands-on training at Edgehill that I’ll never forget and, thanks to the partnership, I’m well equipped with the knowledge to succeed in my role and have since started a position at Edgehill. Without this partnership, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Through the collaboration, the students from NEMI are provided one-on-one shadowing by one of Edgehill’s senior care staff, which takes place at Edgehill and provides the students with a real-world and memorable experience.

“This program has had a huge impact on the Institute and our CNA program,” said Remiszewski. “Our first class clinical was a huge hit with the students. The best experience we can provide a student who is interested in the medical field is hands-on experience, and Edgehill provides just that.”

]]> (Kelsey G. ) Places Sat, 30 Nov 2019 03:32:07 -0500
Avision Young Employees Join in Company’s Day of Giving

Norwalk, Conn. — Avison Young employees visited the Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County in Stamford as part of the commercial real estate agency’s annual Day of Giving.

Avison Young volunteers helped clean out the office space, disassemble and dispose of old furniture, reorganize files and assemble new office furniture. In a transaction negotiated by Avison Young earlier this year, the agency relocated to 196 Greyrock Place in Stamford.

The local agency joined its international team in the sixth annual Day of Giving. Thousands of employees in approximately 100 Avison Young offices spent the day volunteering at more than 80 community organizations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

“We’re thrilled that this was our largest and most far-reaching global Day of Giving ever. As we continue to help initiate change at the grassroots level, we will again be promoting the principles of sustainability through action and partnership – but on a much larger scale,’’ said Mark Rose, Chair and CEO of Avison Young.

Avison Young’s Global Day of Giving is part of the company’s Global Citizenship strategy. Each Avison Young office selected its own community volunteer project in consultation with the charity that will receive the assistance. Avison Young’s Day of Giving is held annually in the firm’s markets each October.

Many new members of the Avison Young family participated in the global Day of Giving for the first time. The increase stems from Avison Young’s acquisition of GVA in February 2019 and other acquisitions, new office openings and hires completed during the past year. “We’re thrilled that this was our largest and most far-reaching global Day of Giving ever,’’ Rose said. “As we continue to help initiate change at the grassroots level, we will again be promoting the principles of sustainability through action and partnership – but on a much larger scale.”


]]> (Tom Renner) Neighbors Sat, 30 Nov 2019 03:31:47 -0500
The Palace Theatre Launches Scripts on Tap Series Featuring New Works

On Monday, November 18, The Palace Theatre in Stamford will kick of its new Scripts on Tap series in partnership with Half Full Brewery. The four-part series includes readings of new works in development for both theatre and screen.

Led by Director and Producer Lynne Colatrella, Scripts on Tap readings are the next step prior to mounting a full production of the work and feature professional actors. The series begins with Art of Happiness on November 18, followed by Taming the Lion on January 27, Five Days Four Nights on March 23 and a fourth reading, to be announced, on Monday, May 18.

“With Scripts on Tap, we’re inviting the public in to witness new theatrical works from the ground up,” noted Michael Moran, President and CEO of The Palace. “It’s an exciting, unique opportunity to experience live theatre in a different way. Since these works are still in the reading stage, audience feedback is also a very important part the process.”

November 18: Art of Happiness A screenplay written by Laurie A. Guzda with George Strakosch, Art of Happiness is about friendship, farming and life outside of Los Angeles. Arthur Face, former pop idol, has lived a charmed existence for his entire life in LA. But after being scammed out of his money, all he has left is a small boarding house in the Pocono Mountains, in the quaint town of Happiness, PA. He and his three best friends of nearly 50 years decide rather than live alone; they will open an Inn together and enjoy the benefits of communal living. Guzda is a Storytelling Artist through writing, performance, photography, art, and interactive experience.

January 27: Taming the Lion A play written by Jack Rushen, Taming the Lion is the true story of the contentious relationship between movie mogul Louis B. Mayer and William Haines, the first openly gay actor in the studio system in 1930. Rushen is a two-time winner of the Julie Harris Playwriting award for his plays Image and Taming the Lion. Recently, his short play, Testimonial, won first place in the Standing Ovation Awards and was published by Smith & Kraus in “The Best Short Plays of 2019.”

March 23: Five Days Four Nights A play written by Fran Dorf, Five Days Four Nights has been called fascinating, poignant, and fiercely compelling. Two marriages in crisis. Two vulnerable people. One potentially life changing love affair. Five Days Four Nights is a brutally honest, emotionally charged drama about love, loss, and longing. Dorf is author of three internationally published novels, essays, screenplays and prizewinning plays.

All performances begin at 7:00pm. Half Full Brewery will be selling craft brews at the readings.

Individual tickets are $12.50 plus a $2.50 facilities and handling fee. The Palace is offering a “Buy More and Save” bundle for patrons interested in all four Scripts on Tap readings. The $50 bundle, available under “Specials” on The Palace’s website, includes a ticket to each reading when purchased in a single transaction. The facility and handling fees for bundle tickets will be waived.

The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT. Tickets for all performances may be purchased on or by calling the box office at 203-325-4466. 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.

]]> (Co-Communications, Inc.) Events Sat, 30 Nov 2019 03:30:41 -0500
Inspiring Survivor & TEDx Speaker discusses memoir of resilience at Stamford JCC’s “Book & Author Series”

Amy Oestreicher is happy to be alive. At nearly 18, she was headed for her prom, college, then hopefully, Broadway, until a blood clot caused her stomach to explode, setting her off course. Amy slipped into a coma for months, only to emerge to be told she may never eat or drink again, while coming to terms with a long-kept secret — that she was sexually abused by a trusted mentor. Enter her poignant, true-to-life adventure, My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful. Amy will be the featured speaker at Stamford JCC’s Book & Author Series on Wednesday, December 11th from 7:30pm -8:30pm at  1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A, and book signing.

Amy is now 32 and has done much since that fateful hospital stay, which wouldn't be her last. In fact, she's endured 28 surgeries and survived seven years without food or drink, while her digestive system was repaired and her inner self, healed from devastating trauma. The good news, is, Amy has made it to the spotlight and has beyond thrived: She's not only a memoirist, but an Audie Award-nominated author, PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, award-winning actress, and playwright. Amy is also a mental health advocate, workshop leader, clothing designer and all-around dynamo, despite her continued challenges.

"I'm excited to share my story: how I navigated a seemingly impossible situation to find the real gifts that anyone can discover from facing obstacles of their own. I wrote My Beautiful Detour to convey my unwavering love of life and to set a template for any fellow Detourists – because does anyone’s life go exactly as they plan? I was able to discover how to build resilience in any situation, and I felt it was important to share how exactly I did that. I’m honored to be able to do so at the Stamford JCC," said Amy Oestreicher.

Amy's story starts senior year in high school, chronicles her betrayal from a longtime teacher that corresponded with her medical emergency, and takes the reader to present-day. The memoir illustrates how Amy used creativity to help transform adversity into personal growth, and invites others to do the same. Her miraculous comeback stems from more than a decade of intense resilience-building. And she knows what she writes: Amy has survived organ failure and powered through the PTSD that comes from both emotional and physical trauma. In addition to her moving memoir, Amy is a regular lifestyle, wellness, and arts contributor for over 70 online and print publications. In addition, her story has been featured on NBC's TodayCBSCosmopolitanSeventeen MagazineWashington PostGood Housekeeping, and MSNBC, among others.

Author Amy Oestreicher has much to celebrate and welcomes all to her December 11th event for conversation and community, but especially to come away hopeful about reframing life's detours. You can register for the event HERE and find more information on the JCC website at

To learn more about Amy Oestreicher or to book her for an appearance, visit her website,


(Book signing opportunity)


]]> (Amy) Events Sat, 30 Nov 2019 03:30:02 -0500
Share Your Favorite Books and Films with Ferguson Library

Ferguson Library is putting together a display of favorite books and films from the last decade. Let them know yours, and they will be included in the display.

To share suggestions, stop by the Main Library, DiMattia Building or email 

The Ferguson Library's Main Library, DiMattia Building is located at One Public Library Plaza in Stamford, Conn. For more information, call (203) 351-8243. To register online, click here.
]]> (Ferguson Library) Places Sat, 30 Nov 2019 02:13:08 -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.”

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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