Stamforddowntown's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown Mon, 26 Oct 2020 14:31:17 -0400 HamletHub.com Pacific House Hosts Ribbon Cutting To Celebrate Newly Renovated Emergency Shelter https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/charities/962-pacific-house-hosts-ribbon-cutting-to-celebrate-newly-renovated-emergency-shelter962-pacific-house-hosts-ribbon-cutting-to-celebrate-newly-renovated-emergency-shelter https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/charities/962-pacific-house-hosts-ribbon-cutting-to-celebrate-newly-renovated-emergency-shelter962-pacific-house-hosts-ribbon-cutting-to-celebrate-newly-renovated-emergency-shelter

The Stamford-based Pacific House Emergency Homeless Shelter held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday to celebrate its recent renovation. Pacific House provides the only regional shelter for men and young adult men in lower Fairfield County serving the four-town area of Stamford, Darien, Greenwich and New Canaan.

The organization, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, used time wisely during the pandemic. While the shelter was vacated during COVID19 in order to protect this vulnerable population, Pacific House sped up construction on the renovation, which was made possible through a $735,796 grant from the Connecticut Department of Housing. Additional funding was provided through Community Development Block Grants from the Town of Greenwich and the City of Stamford.

“What would we do without their help,” said CT Department of Housing Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno about Pacific House. “They are a great partner to the Department of Housing and we wanted to support this shelter and wanted to make sure that people, although in tough times, had a decent, safe place to stay.”

The redesigned shelter includes safety improvements to follow COVID-19 protocols, such as having all beds separated by at least 6 feet, partitions erected in restrooms and a reduced capacity of 40 beds. New furniture was purchased, Wi-Fi was put in throughout the building, restrooms were updated, fire safety upgrades were put in place, and expanded storage space was provided in the kitchen.

“Making sure that the environment is nice, that we have a clean, brightly lit shelter, is conducive to making people feel good about themselves and more inspired to make positive changes,” said Rob Lockhart, Pacific House Director of Program Services.

“I want to thank Pacific House because they treat the homeless like they’re human,” said State Representative Patricia Billie Miller. “I want to thank everyone on the Pacific House team, because if you didn’t do what you do, especially during this pandemic, I don’t know what would have happened to a lot of our families.”

As the shelter reopens later this month, a health screening will take place for all residents prior to entry. Older shelter residents and those with medical risk factors will be separated from the rest of the shelter population. Meals will be served in pre-packaged containers and dorms will be kept open longer to maintain social distancing. Twice a day, at a minimum, the shelter will be completely sanitized.

In addition to the emergency shelter, Pacific House owns and operates 14 supportive housing properties, providing deeply affordable housing space for 125 formerly homeless individuals to live in our region.

The organization will be hosting a free, virtual gala on October 16 to celebrate its 35th anniversary and the vital role it has played in helping to end homelessness in Fairfield County. Every dollar raised will support Pacific House. To learn more or register for the event, visit www.PacificHouse.org/gala and sponsorships are still available.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Charities Tue, 13 Oct 2020 08:28:27 -0400
Stamford COVID and Community Update: Mask Giveaway on Sept. 16, COVID residue in wastewater, City grant and more! https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/life/960-stamford-covid-and-community-update-mask-giveaway-on-sept-16-covid-residue-in-wastewater-city-grant-and-more960-stamford-covid-and-community-update-mask-giveaway-on-sept-16-covid-residue-in-wastewater-city-grant-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/life/960-stamford-covid-and-community-update-mask-giveaway-on-sept-16-covid-residue-in-wastewater-city-grant-and-more960-stamford-covid-and-community-update-mask-giveaway-on-sept-16-covid-residue-in-wastewater-city-grant-and-more

From the Mayor's Office

Mayor David Martin announced Elaine Mitchell, a lifelong Stamford resident who served District 2 on Stamford’s Board of Representatives for 31 years and became Stamford’s first African-American Majority Leader in June 2011, died on Friday, September 4.

Read the full statement here.

City Honor

The City of Stamford is pleased to announce it has been recognized as part of Forbes’ annual list of America’s Best-in-State Employers 2020. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. Full list available on Forbes' website.

Stamford's Health Clinic Opens

The City of Stamford’s Department of Health clinic has reopened and is accepting patients by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 203.977.5882 The clinic is located at 137 Henry Street and offers the following services:

  • Well-Child immunizations,
  • Well-Child physicals for school,
  • Tuberculosis skin testing,
  • Hypertension screening for adults,
  • Sexually transmitted disease diagnosis and treatment, Pediatric blood lead testing,
  • Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine for college students of all ages,
  • and Pertussis vaccine for parents, grandparents and daycare providers for children less than one year of age.

Grant

The City of Stamford’s Department of Health has been awarded a $214,500 grant from the Connecticut Health Foundation to provide city residents affected by COVID-19 with the medical and support services they need to recover from the pandemic and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Read the full release here.

COVID-19 residue in wastewater

The City of Stamford’s Department of Health was notified on Friday, September 4 of readings in Stamford's wastewater that indicated an increase in COVID-19 residue in wastewater — suggesting a potential increase of COVID-19 cases. Mayor Martin released a reverse 911 warning residents of this potential increase.

However, readings taken on Wednesday showed significantly lower amounts of COVID-19 residue in wastewater — suggesting no increase in COVID-19 cases.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Today — September 10 — Stamford has 3,504 confirmed cases and 79 probable cases. Last week — September 3 — Stamford had 3,482 confirmed cases and 77 probable cases.
  • Residents can read daily updates on new cases in Stamford by visiting the State of Connecticut’s dedicated website for COVID-19 updates located here: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Data-Tracker.

Stamford testing sites:

  • Stamford Hospital on Bennett Medical Center Campus. Operated by Stamford Health. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment by calling 203.276.4111.
  • Murphy Medical Associates. 30 Buxton Farms Road. Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 203.658.6051 or go online to schedule an appointment.
  • DOCS Urgent Care. 2001 West Main Street. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Open Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.298.4600.
  • AFC Urgent Care. 3000 Summer Street. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Open Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.969.2000.
  • Optimus Health Care. 805 Atlantic Street. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment, call 203.327.5111.
  • Community Health Center. 22 Fifth Street. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Schedule an appointment, call 203.323.8160.
  • CVS Health. 1928 W Main Street and 229 Hope Street. Drive-thru testing. Schedule an appointment online.
  • More information on testing in Stamford available here.

Community

  • The City of Stamford will host a mask giveaway on Wednesday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Leo Parish, 24 Roxbury Road.

Services & Schools

  • Updated information is available for the millings and paving schedules.
  • Main Street was milled from Grey Rock to the dead end at the Sheraton.
  • Bedford Street to Prospect Street is milled, planned to be paved next week.
  • North Street from Bedford Street to Prospect Street to be paved next week.
  • There will be a Household Waste Collection event on September 12 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Canaan Wastewater Treatment plant. Click here for more information.
  • Board of Assessment Appeals will host motor vehicle hearings on Wednesday September 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Applications available here are due by 4:30 p.m. on September 14.
  • Instructions for virtual attendance will be made available after submitting an application.
  • Superintendent Dr. Tamu Lucero published a welcome back message for Stamford Public Schools, including important information on COVID-19. Click here to read the whole message.
  • Information regarding school meals including classroom delivery and Grab and Go meals is available here.

Events & Meetings

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kerry@ducey.org (City of Stamford) Life Thu, 10 Sep 2020 13:28:04 -0400
Save the Date: SilverSource's Virtual Gathering with Joan Lunden on October 8th https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/events/959-save-the-date-silversource-s-virtual-gathering-with-joan-lunden-on-october-8th959-save-the-date-silversource-s-virtual-gathering-with-joan-lunden-on-october-8th https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/events/959-save-the-date-silversource-s-virtual-gathering-with-joan-lunden-on-october-8th959-save-the-date-silversource-s-virtual-gathering-with-joan-lunden-on-october-8th

 

Be a part of a fun and engaging conversation with award-winning journalist and author Joan Lunden on Thursday, October 8 as part of Inspiring Lives, a virtual event to benefit SilverSource, a nonprofit that provides vital resources to Stamford-area seniors. Lunden will discuss her new book, Why Did I Come into This Room?

 

In addition to highlighting the many ways that SilverSource played an important role in serving seniors throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will feature the presentation of special SilverSource awards to recognize the outstanding contributions of an area organization, individual and volunteers.

 

Registration is free and open to the public. To register, please visit https://bit.ly/35mOWX6.

 

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ghardy@catalystmc.com (Greer Hardy ) Events Thu, 10 Sep 2020 11:59:58 -0400
Innovative Program Retrains Workers Displaced by Coronavirus https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/neighbors/958-innovative-program-retrains-workers-displaced-by-coronavirus958-innovative-program-retrains-workers-displaced-by-coronavirus https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/neighbors/958-innovative-program-retrains-workers-displaced-by-coronavirus958-innovative-program-retrains-workers-displaced-by-coronavirus

Housatonic and Norwalk Community Colleges are pivoting to meet the needs of Connecticut’s workforce and today’s learners in this unprecedented training and education environment. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a surplus of displaced workers, the colleges are launching a no-cost, fast-track healthcare training pilot program thanks to a partnership between the colleges’ foundations, Bank of America and Social Venture Partners (SVP).

The goal of the innovative public-private partnership is to quickly retrain displaced or unemployed workers, particularly from the hospitality field, and arrange employment within hospitals for in-demand healthcare jobs. Upon training completion and passing licensure exams, students will be prepared to immediately begin in new job positions. Partnerships for clinical and hiring arrangements are with Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich, Bridgeport, Norwalk/Nuvance Health and Yale New Haven Hospitals.

“Amid the coronavirus, Bank of America committed support throughout southern Connecticut to help our most vulnerable populations. And we are proud to serve as a funding catalyst in addressing pressing needs and removing barriers to financial opportunity,” said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut market president for Bank of America. “We look forward to seeing our collaborative planning for innovative new workforce training solutions come to fruition. Bank of America is grateful for our partnership with Social Venture Partners, Career Resources and the Housatonic and Norwalk Community Colleges, which will provide employment opportunities to displaced workers in our region.”

Housatonic Community College (HCC) is offering an accelerated, reformatted Sterile Processing Technician (SPT) program. Learning will take place online and hands-on skills training will occur in the school’s state-of-the-art sterilization simulation lab on the HCC campus. At Norwalk Community College (NCC), the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) program condensed didactic learning and skills training from a 14-week traditional schedule to a 4-week accelerated plan with clinical rotation in partner hospitals. Instructive learning takes place online, interspersed with hands-on skills lab practice in NCC’s nursing skills lab as well as hands on clinical rotations at local hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.

Dr. Dwayne Smith, CEO of Housatonic Community College, says, “We are proud to announce this uniquely innovative public-private collaboration that effectively responds to the immediate needs of the workforce. Community Colleges like HCC and NCC are on the frontline of our communities, best positioned to rapidly reimagine training programs that positively impact lives throughout Fairfield County.”

“It’s a lot to learn in a little time, but the teachers are great,” said Pamela Aquino, a student in NCC’s pilot program and a former owner of a housekeeping business based in Bridgeport. “Because of Covid, everything went downhill, a lot of clients just stopped. This program came at the right time. I wanted to do the CNA program and I thought, ‘let me try.’ I’m going to start all over, and it’s going to be a whole new life.” Fifteen students graduated from NCC’s Certified Nurse Aide program last week after completing their coursework and clinical rotations. “The program an impressive 83% graduation rate, higher than previous non-accelerated classes,” said Dr. Kristina Testa-Buzzee, Chief Regional Workforce Development Officer for Connecticut Community Colleges Shoreline West Region.

In response to employer demand, the CNA and SPT training programs were chosen specifically for their growth potential. As baby-boomers age, healthcare workers will be needed to help care for an increasing number of older patients. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for both nursing assistants and sterile processing technicians is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

Hospitality industry workers were targeted for the pilot program because of the soft skills they already possess, such as attention to detail, teamwork and customer service. A total of thirty students were selected for the program by Career Resources, Inc, a workforce development nonprofit in Bridgeport, with qualifying candidates matched to their area of healthcare interest. Scott Wilderman, president and CEO of Career Resources, said “Thanks to Bank of America and SVP, this pilot offers critical skills training at the optimum time for those wishing to transition to a career in healthcare.  The community college system was responsive to in demand jobs and the employer community stepped up to hire nearly all of the graduates. A perfect public-private partnership!”

To safeguard the investment in students, the responsive program provides all learners with wrap-around supports, including weekly, personalized assistance from an achievement coach who provides career counseling. Emergency funds for sudden, unforeseen financial hardships that may interfere with program completion are also available. “We have a long history of creating programs that are uniquely designed to meet the needs of our community by pairing our high-quality, affordable community college education with local employment opportunities,” said Carrie Bernier, Executive Director of the Norwalk Community College Foundation.

Bernie Park, a partner with Social Venture Partners, a co-funder of this pilot, said, "We are excited to partner with Bank of America, employers, colleges, and nonprofits on this exciting initiative to build new career pathways in healthcare, for displaced people and other marginalized populations. We are also happy to see this pilot program expand statewide in collaboration with the Governor's Workforce Council."

During this unprecedented time, collaborations between businesses, educators and employers are an important path for creating real opportunities to quickly reskill displaced workers for in-demand careers. To discuss additional partnership opportunities, contact HCC Foundation Executive Director Kristy Jelenik at KJelenik@housatonic.edu (Bridgeport) or NCC Foundation Executive Director Carrie Bernier at CBernier@norwalk.edu (Norwalk).

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Neighbors Thu, 10 Sep 2020 11:59:30 -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 Thu, 20 Aug 2020 04:00:00 -0400
Stamford BOR Scholarship Winners Shine in Surreal Scholastic Homestretch https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/neighbors/956-stamford-bor-scholarship-winners-shine-in-surreal-scholastic-homestretch956-stamford-bor-scholarship-winners-shine-in-surreal-scholastic-homestretch https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/neighbors/956-stamford-bor-scholarship-winners-shine-in-surreal-scholastic-homestretch956-stamford-bor-scholarship-winners-shine-in-surreal-scholastic-homestretch

High school seniors who graduated this summer received a unique designation. In the past, graduating students have been identified by the year in which they swiped their tassels from right to left. For the Class of 2019, Class of 2018 and all of the years before them, recognition bestowed upon them included the calendar year of their graduation.

This year is much different. Welcome to the Class of COVID-19. 

The Stamford Board of Realtors selected 10 students from Stamford public schools to receive $1,000 scholarships. Awards are based on academics and community service, and each of the students spent countless hours supporting local programs. The scholarship program, which started in 1993, has awarded more than $173,000 since its inception. 

This year’s class concluded its 13-year journey through their educational path in a most improbable manner. Instead of proms, yearbook signings, teacher hugs, college reveals, and all of the other rites that mark the time-honored passage of graduation, this year’s class adapted to online learning, social distancing and the cancellation of everything most high school seniors hold near and dear. Instead of closing with a flourish, this year’s class remained isolated from friends, away from athletic fields, and confined to their homes for online classes.

“My senior year was supposed to be part of the final chapter of that part of my life,’’ said Alexia Boccuzzi, a scholarship winner who graduated from Westhill High School school. “It made it a lot more difficult. It was emotional and felt a little unfair.”

Boccuzzi suffered more than some of the other graduates because she also missed class time -- and time with friends -- during a three-year fight with pediatric cancer. She had been looking forward to her final strides toward the educational finish line.

While frustrating, the recipients accepted the hand they were dealt as they capped their high school careers. They did not get the closure they wanted or expected, but teenagers -- particularly the exceptional scholarship winners -- are resilient. They adapted, made the best of the situation, and received diplomas to complete the final step in the passage to full-fledged adulthood.

“It’s something that was troubling at first,’’ said Leslie Guerra, a scholarship winner from the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering. “It’s a final goodbye, not necessarily to just friends, but also to the experiences you have as a child. But we have to remember what’s good for the community as a whole. It’s important to pay attention to these guidelines. We feel a little shortchanged because these are moments you grow up seeing. But at the end of the day, it pales in comparison to what is going on compared to other people. That kind of mends it.”

A look at the 10 winners of Stamford Board of Realtors scholarships: 

Alexia Boccuzzi, Westhill High School

Elementary and middle schools: Roxbury, Scofield Magnet. 

Up Next: University of Pennsylvania. 

In the community: Relay for Life, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, St. Leo Parish.

Scholastic extras: Editor at student newspaper, Debate Team, Mock Trial, National Honor Society Vice President, Spanish National Honor Society. 

About: Alexia’s treatments for leukemia spurred an interest in medicine and biology. She will double-major with a focus on biology and philosophy, economics, and politics. 

Memories: “One of my most prominent memories is our debate team competition. I’ve always loved sports from a spectator’s perspective, but I wasn’t a great participant. On the debate team, I got that sense of camaraderie and team spirit. For all incoming high school students, there is an activity at Westhill for every student’s talents.”


Chris Burke, Academy of Information Technology & Engineering (AITE)

Elementary and middle schools: St. Cecilia’s, Scofield. 

Up Next: Tufts University. 

In the community: Boy Scouts, Mayor's Youth Leadership Council, St. Bridget of Ireland Church. 

Scholastic extras: National Honor Society, Debate Team, Student Body President. 

About: Chris earned his Eagle Scout badge by designing, building, and installing 42 soundproof panels at First United Methodist Church. 

Memories: “One thing I appreciated about Stamford Public Schools is the diversity. It’s great to be in a classroom with people who are so different in backgrounds, the way we think, and how we do things. It’s how we work together to be better versions of ourselves.”


Hannah Bushell, Stamford 

Elementary and middle schools: Westover, Rogers International.

Up Next: University of Michigan.

In the community:  Building One Community, Friendly Faces.

Scholastic extras: National Honor Society, Vice President of Senior Class, Varsity tennis team, Editor with student newspaper. 

About: Hannah plans to enroll in medical school after her undergraduate studies. “I’ve always found science and math interesting. I like the fact that there is always a concrete answer. I like to ask a lot of questions. I like to answer why to questions. Math and science allows me to do that. There’s always room to dig deeper.”

Memories: “I loved Stamford High’s  annual Pink Out game to raise money for breast cancer research. It’s a great way of bringing our community together. Just seeing everyone being a united team is something I’ll remember for a very long time.”


Alex Edwards, Westhill 

Elementary and middle schools: Hart Magnet, Cloonan.

Up Next: University of Virginia (one-year deferred entry).

In the community: Stamford Junior Wrestling coach and referee, Bee Brothers educational workshops, tutor.

Scholastic extras: National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, four-year varsity wrestling athlete, lacrosse.

About: Alex has been instrumental in helping his family launch a successful start-up, Toasty Toes. The company sells and delivers kiln-dried firewood to homes in Fairfield and Westchester counties. Since its inception in 2015, the business has grown to serve 1,500 customers.

Memories: “One of my biggest memories is playing sports. I’ve been on sports teams since kindergarten. I’m definitely going to remember the strong relationships I made with kids on teams and being part of teams. Being captain taught me about being a leader.”


Andrew Fang

Elementary and middle schools: Westover, Cloonan. 

Up Next: University of Connecticut

In the community: Bartlett Arboretum, Summer Street internship, mission trip to Ecuador, Stillmeadow Elementary volunteer. 

Scholastic extras: National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, track and field (2-year team captain), Beyond Limits tutor. 

About: Andrew spent countless hours volunteering for several groups. “Whenever I go on these volunteer opportunities, I am with those who are less fortunate,’’ he said. “They are so grateful for someone helping out in their daily lives. I enjoy giving back to the community and giving a helping hand.”

Memories: “I really enjoyed being with the track team. I was able to become captain and also compete in a lot of events. Winning the City Cup and competing as a team is something I’m always going to remember.”


Ayusha Gautum, AITE

Elementary and middle schools: Stark Elementary, Dolan Middle. 

Up Next: Middlebury College

In the community: Person to Person; Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County; Keep America Beautiful Youth Advisory Council; RSPACEE, an afternoon science program for students at Scofield Magnet and Hart Elementary; Sound Waters; The Borgen Project. 

Scholastic extras: Interact Club President, Spanish National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Award of Excellence in Interactive Art Robotics. 

About: Volunteer experiences helped Ayusha define her academic interests. “One of the things I realize that could help people was by working on Spanish translation. I met different people from different walks of life. I was able to apply my education outside of school.” 

Memories: “I loved my literature class. It just opened my mind every single day.”


Paulina Gerner, Stamford High School

Elementary and middle schools: Turn of River, Westover Magnet

Up Next: University of Connecticut

In the community: Stamford Hospital, Ferguson Library, Alzheimer’s Awareness Walk, Jewish Community Center youth swimming coach

Scholastic extras: National Honor Society, Student Government, Biology Club

About: Paulina’s parents moved to the United States from Russia. She is a first-generation American. 

Memories: Paulina recounted several examples of caring and appreciation of Stamford High teachers that touched her. One remembrance centered on an AP chemistry test that perplexed every member of the class. “It was a very long day,’’ Paulina said. “The teachers saw how we were struggling. They brought in pizza for all of us. There are people that are so kind to us and just  love the students.”


Keiry Gonzalez, AITE

Elementary and middle schools: Rogers Elementary, Roxbury Middle

Up Next: Manhattanville College

In the community: Student volunteer in technology class, mentor, computer assistant at Carroll Center for the Blind

Scholastic extras: Interact Club, Latin Honor Society, Youth Leadership Council

About: Keiry, who is blind, plans to major in music production at Manhattanville.

Memories: “I think before the pandemic hit I wasn’t taking advantage of as many opportunities as I am right now,’’ Keiry said. “During the pandemic I learned that communication is key. Everyone was working virtually, so it was a little bit harder for me. Everyone was using different apps. Once I got adjusted, everything flowed from there.”


Leslie Guerra, AITE

Elementary and middle schools: Stark, Scofield

Up Next: Yale University

In the community: Person to Person, Interact Club, Creative Learning at First Presbyterian Church, SoundWaters, Teens Making a Difference

Scholastic extras: National Honor Society, Student Newspaper, Choir, Science Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society

About: Leslie said her extensive volunteer experiences helped give her appreciate the opportunities she has been given. “Volunteer work makes you more aware of what makes up the Stamford community,’’ she said. “By helping someone, you’re giving back to the community in ways that always come back around. It has made me aware of the blessings. By giving back it has given me a better perspective of life. 

Memories: “One of the biggest reasons I loved school was being able to be in a classroom with people with diverse backgrounds and diverse experiences,’’ Leslie said. “I was able to click with people I would not have usually connected with. It’s something I know will serve me well in the future. It’s an incomparable experience.”


Yael Roll, Westhill

Elementary and middle schools: Carmel Academy (Greenwich), Scofield

Up Next: University of Delaware

In the community: Brighton Gardens, Friendship Circle, Stamford Education for Autism Buddies

Scholastic extras: National Honor Society, LanD Crew Mentor and Ambassador.

About: “Volunteering at Bright Gardens was fascinating because of the patients and the interest people had in me,’’ Yael said. “It felt like they were living vicariously through me. That’s what made it so special. The bonds. Kind of taking them out of the bubble I live in.”

Memories: “On my first day at Scofield. I was so overwhelmed,’’ Yael said. “It was so big compared to my private school. I had no idea there could be so many kids. I was excited and nervous and I completely broke down. I got to know more and more students, and that was something I enjoyed.”

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trenner@catalysmc.com (Stamford Board of Realtors) Neighbors Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:53:26 -0400
Stamford Chamber Hosts Mini Taste of Stamford on August 20 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/events/955-stamford-chamber-hosts-mini-taste-of-stamford955-stamford-chamber-hosts-mini-taste-of-stamford https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/events/955-stamford-chamber-hosts-mini-taste-of-stamford955-stamford-chamber-hosts-mini-taste-of-stamford

Stamford Chamber of Commerce hosts "Mini" Taste of Stamford at Stamford Courtyard Marriott and Residence Inn (275 Summer Street) on Thursday, August 20 from 5 to 7pm.

$50 per person - two drinks and an array of delicious fare from local eateries.

Register HERE.

Visit Stamford Chamber online here for additional information.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Sat, 15 Aug 2020 04:22:39 -0400
SilverSource Welcomes Thomas Getreuer as Chairman of its Board of Directors https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/neighbors/953-silversource-welcomes-dr-thomas-getreuer-as-new-board-chair953-silversource-welcomes-dr-thomas-getreuer-as-new-board-chair https://news.hamlethub.com/stamforddowntown/neighbors/953-silversource-welcomes-dr-thomas-getreuer-as-new-board-chair953-silversource-welcomes-dr-thomas-getreuer-as-new-board-chair

SilverSource, Inc., the nonprofit agency providing services and resources for older adults in the Stamford area, recently named Stamford resident and retired dentist Thomas Getreuer, DDS, MAGD, as the Chairman of its Board of Directors.  Getreuer has served on the SilverSource Board since 2013, and also serves as Chair of the Stamford Health Commission. He recently retired from a 40-year distinguished career as a dentist in Stamford.

“Due to his many years of involvement in the Stamford Health Commission, Tom has a keen understanding of the growing needs of Stamford’s senior population,” said Kathleen Bordelon, SilverSource’s CEO.  “We look forward to his leadership, along with our committed board of directors, to guide us in meeting those needs and continuing to provide a safety net to seniors.”

An active supporter of community organizations, Dr. Getreuer is also past president of both the Stamford Dental Society and Stamford Rotary Club. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Dental and Oral Surgery, his career has been highlighted by a dedication to continuing education. He attained Fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2000 and has attained Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry in July 2011.

“We are filling an incredibly vital role in the community,” said Dr. Getreuer. “COVID-19 is the best example of how SilverSource can switch gears on a dime and assist local seniors. Once the pandemic hit, the needs of this most vulnerable population changed overnight and getting groceries was suddenly life-threatening. SilverSource, with the help of a team of volunteers, quickly jumped into action and more than 135,000 meals have been delivered to date.”

Getreuer and his wife have two daughters and a grandchild on the way.

About SilverSource 

SilverSource provides a safety net to seniors in need, through case management, financial assistance, guidance and other direct services to improve the safety, health and quality of life for older residents. Our programs and services ensure that older adults keep a roof over their heads, with the heat and lights on, food on the table and the medical care they need. In addition, the SilverSource “Ride to Wellness” program provides free transportation for older residents traveling to and from medical appointments. SilverSource, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located at 2009 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06905. www.SilverSource.org.

 

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ghardy@catalystmc.com (Greer Hardy) Neighbors Mon, 10 Aug 2020 11:38:54 -0400
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
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