Stamforddowntown's HamletHub Sat, 27 May 2023 22:40:56 -0400 United Way of Western Connecticut Awards Heart of Gold Scholarship to Stamford High School Seniors For Outstanding Volunteerism

United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWCT) awarded two Stamford High School Students as the recipients of the Roberta K. Eichler Heart of Gold Scholarship for 2023. Jose Portillo and Kayla Williamson, both students at Westhill High School in Stamford, were presented with their scholarships during a UWWCT Stamford community council meeting. 

"Each year we receive applications from outstanding students committed to making a difference where they live," said Isabel Almeida, President of United Way of Western Connecticut. “Jose and Kayla are remarkable young leaders who will undoubtedly go on to do amazing things. It is an honor to name them as this year's Heart of Gold Scholarship recipients.”  

The Heart of Gold Scholarship is named in honor of Roberta K. Eichler, Executive Director of the Stamford Volunteer Center, for over 20 years. Each year, United Way of Western Connecticut awards a $5,000 scholarship to two outstanding student volunteers from the Stamford community with the goal of promoting continued education.   

Jose Portillo works at his local Boys & Girls Club where he volunteers an additional 30 hours per month, serves as a program leader for the Keystone Club, and has been a musical volunteer leader at his church as a mentor for younger musicians for five years.  

“When people need help, you really have to put yourself in their shoes,” Jose wrote in his essay. When asked about his volunteer experience he said it makes him “happy to interact with other people who also want to help.” Jose was named “Keystone Member of the Year” by his local Boys and Girls Club for his work. In his recommendation letter for this scholarship Nadene McKenzie-Reid, volunteer advisor for the Keystone Club, wrote “Jose as a leader and a role model within the club is magical to watch... He demonstrates patience, care, and character with every interaction.” 

Kayla Williamson is a passionate advocate for mental health and environmental consciousness. She is an executive Member of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council, the founder and president of the Westhill Environmental Club, volunteered as a COVID-19 Vaccine Ambassador through Stamford Hospital, and an ongoing volunteer at the New Covenant Center. 

“Kayla truly has big ideas, but even more impressive is her ability to make them into a reality through her exceptional communication skills and determination,” said Carley Grant from the Westhill High School Science Department in her recommendation for Kayla. “Everything about her is impressive – she has the innate ability to analyze and make connections... Considering her kind spirit, huge heart, and bright mind, I have no doubt that she will continue to make a positive difference in the world.” 

Heart of Gold Scholarship selection is made by a committee of Stamford community volunteers, including Roberta K. Eichler herself, and is based on students’ active participation, dedication, and commitment toward volunteer events and projects along with demonstrated leadership qualities in connection with volunteerism. Applicants must be in their senior year of high school and live in or attend a school in Stamford, Connecticut.  

For media inquiries please contact Karissa Muniz, Marketing & Donor Engagement Manger, at or 203-297-6307. 

United Way of Western Connecticut (UWWC) improves the lives of hard-working households called ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) by mobilizing the resources of local communities to create lasting change. By focusing on the vital building blocks for a good life–Education, Financial Stability, and Health–United Way of Western Connecticut helps residents across Northern Fairfield County, Southern Litchfield County, and the City of Stamford. A United Way report published in September 2020 revealed that in Connecticut, more than 1 in 4 households has earnings above the Federal Poverty Level, but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. Combined with those who are struggling below poverty level, 38% of all households in the state are experiencing financial hardship. UWWC is committed to ensuring that every child enters school ready to learn, every family is financially stable, and every community is healthy and strong. For more information about United Way of Western Connecticut, please visit and follow United Way on FacebookTwitter, InstagramLinkedIn, and YouTube.
]]> (United Way of Western CT) Neighbors Tue, 23 May 2023 13:23:48 -0400
New Haven Nonprofit DAE Hosts Job Fairs for Seven New Positions

DAE, a Connecticut nonprofit democratizing access to 21st century digital career and life skills for underrepresented youth, will host a series of job fairs at their New Haven headquarters in May and June to fill seven open positions. The new roles are a result of the organization’s continued growth and span all experience levels and departments including Education, Operations, and Development.

DAE’s programming is designed to help high school students and young adults from historically underserved communities rapidly increase their mastery of technology skills and develop the personal and interpersonal skills required to form healthy and humane communities and workplaces. With a 91% retention rate, the nonprofit is giving students the tools and support needed to shape their own future and the world around them.

The job fairs, held Tuesday, May 23 (10am – 2pm), Thursday, May 25 (4pm – 6pm), and Thursday, June 8 (10am – 2pm), will provide an opportunity for applicants to meet with DAE staff, learn more about the organization, and participate in a group interview. Fluency in Spanish is a plus for all positions. Interested candidates may submit their resume and request an interview slot by visiting:

Education Team: DAE’s education team works with high school students in the nonprofit’s year-long coding program in New Haven and Stamford to create a committed and inclusive learning environment around website development, video game design, and the Internet of Things. A variety of positions are available on this team for individuals with varying coding experience; at minimum, applicants must show a level of personal or professional experience with learning new technologies or coding. Applicants should have experience working with this age group in a setting where safety and relationship with students were a priority.

Operations Team: DAE’s operations team is hiring an Operations Manager accountable for the oversight and execution of all facilities and operations logistics. The ideal candidate will have 5–6 years of experience in an operations and/or manager role that required a high level of project management and coordination activity. There are also a variety of other part-time Operations positions available.

Development Team: DAE’s development team is hiring a Recruiting & Community Engagement Manager accountable recruiting, partner development, and project management for the development team. This is not a traditional recruiting position, but rather one more suited to someone with a background in community outreach. DAE is interested in candidates with 3–5 years of experience in a similar role and the ability to generate enthusiasm for community-oriented programs – and then translate that enthusiasm into action.

“As our impact and reach continue to grow, it’s essential that we expand our team to keep the positive momentum going,” said a.m. bhatt, DAE’s founder and CEO. “We are seeking passionate individuals dedicated to our shared vision of helping young people develop the skills, mindsets, and interpersonal capabilities needed to be successful upon graduation and form healthy, humane communities.”

DAE is located at 770 Chapel Street in New Haven. They can be reached at (203) 401-8768 or For the latest news and updates, follow on Facebook and on Instagram.


]]> (Michelle Lauricella) Neighbors Fri, 12 May 2023 14:15:44 -0400
FC Buzz Weekend of Arts and Culture in Fairfield County May 12-14

FC Buzz Weekend May 12 - May 14

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free eBuzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website.

“Guys & Dolls”

First Church Congregational, Fairfield

Friday, May 12, 7:30pm; Saturday, May 14, 7:00 pm; Sunday, May 15, 5:00pm

Don't miss  Fairfield Center Stage’s performance featuring a cast of 30 local performers and a live onstage band of seven musicians. This epic musical about gambler Nathan Detroit - who tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town - ran for 1,200 performances on Broadway in 1950 and received a bevy of awards including Tonys, Drama Desks, and Oliviers. Weekends through May 21st.

“The Gynokid”

Powerhouse Theatre, New Canaan

Friday, May 12; Saturday, May 13, 8:00 pm; Sunday May 14, 2:00 pm

As the child of small-town gynecologists, comedy writer Claire Ayoub (Empire Waist, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls) experienced an untraditional and often mortifying adolescence destined to end in therapy—and comedy. Join her for a delightfully cringeworthy walk down memory lane and learn what being a GynoKid is all about. 

13th Annual Member Juried Show Opening Reception

Ridgefield Guild of Artists 

Friday, May 12, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Join RGOA for the opening reception for this year’s RGOA Member Show with juror Melanie Prapopoulos of CAMP Gallery in Westport.

Mother’s Day Sip N’ Shop Event Hosted by the Betts Store

Wilton Historical Society

Friday, May 12, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

A perfect way to celebrate mom! Walk through a treasure trove of your favorite “Made in America” items while enjoying complimentary wine and cheese and a free entry into the “Mother’s Day Basket Raffle.”  Specials and discounts on many items.

Music at MoCA: Ameen Mokdad’s The Curve, with Cuatro Puntos

MoCA Westport

Friday, May 12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

A rare opportunity to see a performance by an Iraqi composer and multi-instrumentalist who was trapped in hiding under the brutality of ISIS for two years in Mosul. During that time he survived and told his story by writing an extraordinary repertoire of music… in secret. The 19 songs of ‘The Curve’ form a soundscape that transverses a range of emotions: fear, defeat, hope, and rebirth. Arrive early to explore the Rainbow in the Dark exhibition and to purchase snacks and drinks.

Can You See the Music?

Darien Arts Center

Friday, May 12 and Saturday May 13, 7:30 pm

Do not miss the next performance by East Coast Contemporary Ballet - an all-new varied program featuring the music of Joel A. Martin, Beethoven, Trentmøller and Wevel in a medley of brand-new works by Claire Mazza, David Fernandez and Alejandro Ulloa. Purchase tickets before they are gone!

Spring Field Day Festival

Greenwich Historical Society

Saturday, May 13, 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Calling all families looking for some springtime fun! Celebrate the season with classic and historic lawn games, spring crafts, and delicious artisan Italian gelato from local vendor Gelato & Cioccolato. Make your way through featured games and crafts and win fun field-day prizes. Plus The Trummytones will lead in song and dance throughout the day!

“Songs of Spring and Summer”

Klein Auditorium, Bridgeport

Saturday, May 13, 7:00 pm

The Fairfield County Children’s Choir presents its Annual Spring Concert showcasing nearly 300 children. From the opening selection, Circus Band by Charles Ives, through Schubert’s Maying Song, and to the closing Walking on Sunshine, this concert features music that lifts the spirit and welcomes the sweetest months of the year. 

Kodály's Missa Brevis and Poulenc's Gloria

Norwalk Concert Hall

Saturday, May 13, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Join Fairfield County Chorale for a presentation directed by Maestro David Rosenmeyer of two neo classical masterworks: Kodály's Missa Brevis and Poulenc's Gloria, featuring soloists Inna Dukash, Malena Dayen, Pedro Sequera, and Christopher Lau.

Songs & Stories of Laurel Canyon

Voices Cafe, Westport

Saturday, May 13, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

The Bar Car Band shares their unique “Songs & Stories of Laurel Canyon” featuring the music of iconic artists whose roots stem from Laurel Canyon, including Carole King, Carly Simon, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Neil Young. Benefitting the Green Village Initiative.

Cassatt String Quartet

Carriage Barn Arts Center New Canaan

Sunday, May 13, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Come to a performance by the New York-based Cassatt String Quartet, with Magdalena Baczewska on the piano. The program includes: Mozart’s String Quartet in F Major, K. 590, Dorothy Rudd Moore’s Modes for string quartet, and Amy Beach, Piano Quintet in F Sharp Minor, Op. 67.

Citizen Cope

The Warehouse, Fairfield

Sunday, May 13, 8:00 pm

Come and connect through the power of music! Citizen Cope’s new tour is an intimate solo acoustic experience that is meant to lift all spirits in a world that can look so divided. You’ll hear favorite songs from all the old records and some new ones from the upcoming LP, The Victory March.

See these and discover hundreds more events on the FCBUZZ EVENTS page at Sign up for the Cultural Alliance eBuzz to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.

]]> (Lorie Lewis) Events Fri, 12 May 2023 11:20:44 -0400
Stamford Downtown Announces Alive at Five Summer Lineup

Stamford Downtown has announced Alive at Five July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 2023 at Mill River Park

Thursday nights in the summertime have become a ritual in Stamford Downtown with great music, great dancing and great times! Alive at Five is a four-week outdoor summer concert series featuring live music from national and regional headliners.

Alive at Five kicks off on July 13 with Lil Jon. The fun starts at 5pm with DJs, opening bands, food trucks and beverages.

Tickets are on sale Friday, May 12 at 10am. 

Over 21 only please. Get your tickets early before the price increases!

For more information, visit Stamford Downtown Alive At Five



]]> (HH) Events Mon, 08 May 2023 07:42:44 -0400
The Mayor’s Gallery presents: Moments and Memories paintings inspired by reflections of motherhood by Sarah King

The Mayor’s Gallery presents: "Moments and Memories

Paintings inspired by reflections of Motherhood

by Sarah King

 May 8th – July 5th, 2023

 Artists’ reception May 18th 5:00 - 6:30 PM

The Stamford Mayor’s Gallery presents “Moments and Memories”: Paintings inspired by reflections of Motherhood by Sarah King at The Mayor’s Gallery of Stamford. The exhibition runs from May 8th thru July 5th, 2023. The artist’s reception is scheduled for May 18th , from 5:00-6:30 PM where the public is invited to meet the artist.

 For Stamford artist Sarah King memory has become the driving force in her artwork since the onset of the pandemic. She became to ask herself if there is a difference between a memory and a moment. She asked herself, "How could I paint both a moment and a memory? How could I decipher between them? Through color? Through tone? Through the image?" I experimented and played and found more strands of a familiar theme- motherhood- yet reflected on me. This is how I see my mother right at this moment as her child, and as an adult and mother myself. This series of work is based on these initial questions.”

 Stamford artist Sarah King balances raising two young children with a active studio practice, teaching pre-school art at the Sarah Walker Nursery School at the JCC, and actively volunteering the community. She was awarded the distinguished Kerry Fellowship for 2023 at the Norwalk Art Space where she curated exhibitions, mentored high school art students, offered workshops and educational opportunities to the community and youth at large.

 The Mayor’s Gallery is located on the 10th floor of Stamford’s Government Center. The City of Stamford which gives area artists an opportunity to exhibit their work in this space. There are six exhibitions annually featuring emerging and professional artists. Please contact curator Ellen Gordon at to view the exhibit weekdays 9am – 4pm.

  attached images provided by the artist

1. Wait, 

Acrylic on canvas 

30x40 inches


 2. Mangos at Solstice

Acrylic on Canvas 

30x40 inches


 3. Portrait of the Artist 

Photos by Katy Sullivan 

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

*covered on-site parking

*handicap accessible

*weekdays 9am - 4pm by appointment





]]> (Ellen Gordon) Events Fri, 28 Apr 2023 07:18:21 -0400
Play for a Cause: Live United Golf Tournament

United Way of Western Connecticut will host its inaugural Live United Golf Tournament presented by Webster Bank on May 8, 2023 at Redding Country Club. Whether you're a seasoned golfer or just enjoy a casual day on the greens, you won't want to miss out on this fantastic opportunity. Your registration at includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, cocktail hour, an open bar, and dinner. 

Every dollar raised from this event will go directly towards improving health, education, and financial stability for low-to-moderate-income families in 15 towns across Western Connecticut, including Stamford, greater Danbury, and greater New Milford.

Don’t play golf? You can still join in on the fun and give back to our community by reserving a dinner-only ticket. And trust us, you won't want to miss out on the chance to bid on some incredible items during our silent auction like tickets to comedy shows, top-shelf liquor, grill/smoker, excursions, and much more!  

To register, visit and help make a difference in your community today.

]]> (United Way of Western CT) Events Fri, 28 Apr 2023 07:16:16 -0400
National Public Radio’s Ira Flatow to Moderate Panel on Climate Science Education in Connecticut: New State Law Takes Effect in July

SoundWaters has been teaching climate science for three decades. On May 15, the Stamford-based nonprofit will host “Building a Resilient Community Through Climate Science Education” to discuss Connecticut’s new state law requiring climate science to be taught in all public schools as of July 2023. Connecticut is the only state that has made such a cutting-edge and forward-thinking mandate.

Ira Flatow, host of NPR’s popular Science Friday program, will moderate a panel of education and legislative leaders including Stamford Public Schools Superintendent Tamu Lucero, Connecticut State Representative Corey Paris, Ridgefield High School science teacher Arlyn Kilduff, and SoundWaters President Leigh Shemitz. The panel will be followed by audience Q&A and a light reception.

Flatow will lead an important discussion with panelists about what the new law entails, how it is being implemented in our schools and the possible challenges in doing so, and what it means for communities across Connecticut.

“Building a Resilient Community Through Climate Science Education” will take place on Monday, May 15, 2023, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cohen SoundWaters Harbor Center, 200 Southfield Avenue in Stamford. The event is free and open to parents, educators and community members. Space is limited so advance registration is required. For more information and to register, visit


]]> (Katherine Bonamo) Events Wed, 19 Apr 2023 10:34:20 -0400
DIG expands into Connecticut with launch of Stamford restaurant

Stamford, CT – DIG, the chef-centric eatery based in New York City, will expand into Connecticut with the launch of a restaurant in Stamford, CT. Located on High Ridge Road next to the Bull’s Head Shopping Center, DIG will make its debut on April 24. The restaurant will offer an elevated menu similar to DIG on 4th, featuring cafe-style options, BYO, and coffee, beer, and wine. 

DIG's menu is scratch-cooked, featuring nourishing foods that are both familiar and surprising. The menu is rotated regularly to showcase the freshest vegetables of the season. Highlights include everything from salads and composed market plates like the Classic DIG (charred chicken, roasted sweet potatoes, charred broccoli w/ lemon, brown rice w/ garlic aioli) to house made focaccia club sandwiches and pastry selections like cookies, flourless chocolate brownies and sticky carrot cake. Brunch dishes include steak and eggs, waffles with fruit, avocado toast and more. The restaurant offers lunch and dinner daily and brunch on the weekends.

The vibe is casual, with a “make yourself at home” feel. Guests can grab a beer from the fridge or pour themselves a mug of coffee. From family-style menu offerings to a kids corner with games and coloring pages, the space aims to be a place for parents to visit when they don’t feel like cooking.

For its grand opening on April 24, DIG will host a knife-cutting ceremony and give away free tote bags with Spindrift to the first 100 customers. The first day of proceeds from walk-in sales will be donated to Future 5, an organization that helps motivated, under-resourced students in Stamford connect to their full potential.

The restaurant will be a first-of-its-kind for the brand as it marks DIG’s only standalone location with its own parking lot. There is also a pick-up window to make ordering ahead as seamless as possible. 

DIG is located at 43 High Ridge Road and will be open daily from 11a to 10p.

]]> (HH) Places Mon, 17 Apr 2023 15:39:00 -0400
DAE Welcomes New Board Members Claire O’Hare of New Canaan and Stuart Sidle of Hamden

DAE, a Connecticut nonprofit democratizing access to 21st century digital career and life skills for underrepresented youth, is pleased to announce the addition of two new board members, Claire O’Hare (of New Canaan) and Stuart Sidle, Ph.D. (of Hamden). O’Hare and Sidle will be instrumental in guiding DAE’s mission to equip young people with the skills, mindsets, and interpersonal capabilities needed to be successful upon graduation and form healthy, humane communities.

Claire O’Hare has spent her career building nascent businesses into industry leaders. O’Hare was early to join Facebook in 2008 where she launched and led sales development and strategy for the rapidly growing global sales teams. On the management side, O’Hare created tentpole programs to increase engagement and alignment between Facebook and its customers, catapulting the company into the upper echelon of partners for the world’s largest advertisers. She is perhaps best known, however, for the development of the Client Council, a first-of-its-kind business collaboration between Facebook and its most influential global marketing partners.

Prior to Facebook, O’Hare launched Yahoo!’s first sales training and executive leadership development initiative, YES (Yahoo! Enrichment Series). She also founded Livewell Design, an e-commerce fine jewelry line, which scaled to over $3 million in sales and was sold to OpenStore in January 2022. Early this year, O’Hare created COH & Co, a consulting firm based on her mantra “you can’t create the future without trust.” COH & Co creates “councils” – a space for creators to exchange and explore new ideas. Claire brings together the best and brightest builders in tech to solve the most important and immediate issues impacting business growth.

“I am thrilled to be involved with DAE – leveraging my experience to both scale their programs and deepen their impact with current and future students,” shared O’Hare.

An industrial-organizational psychologist, Stuart Sidle, Ph.D., is the Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences and a professor at Mercy College. In addition to these roles, he is currently directing a significant government grant-funded initiative designed to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students attaining degrees in STEM majors. Sidle was previously at the University of New Haven, where he wore many hats, including Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Faculty Development, and has also held faculty positions at DePaul University and Saint Xavier University.

“I am honored to join the DAE Board and support its mission of equipping underserved youth with marketable skills and interpersonal capacities that will help them thrive in their careers and communities, which aligns with my focus on developing evidenced based educational strategies for closing equity gaps in student outcomes,” noted Sidle.

Sidle’s research interests include the impact of leadership behavior on worker job satisfaction, engagement, and job stress, leadership assessment and development, employee surveys, and stereotyping in the employee selection process. He has presented his research at national conferences, including the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Academy of Management, and has published articles in journals such as the Academy of Management Perspectives, Organizational Research Methods, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and the Journal of Business and Psychology. Outside of academia, Sidle has extensive management consulting and executive coaching experience.

“We are excited to welcome both Claire and Stuart to our Board of Directors,” said a.m. bhatt, DAE’s founder and CEO. “Claire’s unique expertise and extensive background in bringing people together to inspire collaboration and tackle complex challenges will be a huge asset to DAE as we continue to grow in the years ahead. Stuart’s wealth of knowledge in the areas of program, curriculum, and faculty development also make him an ideal choice to help ensure that our growth over the next five years occurs in a way that maintains our educational standards.”

Open to all high school students, DAE’s programming is designed to both rapidly increase the mastery of technology skills and develop the personal and interpersonal skills required to form healthy and humane communities and workplaces. With a 91% retention rate, the nonprofit is giving students the tools and support needed to shape their own future and the world around them.

DAE is located within the Synchrony Skills Academy at 777 Long Ridge Road in Stamford and at 770 Chapel Street in New Haven. To learn more or submit a scholarship application, call (203) 401-8768 or visit For the latest news and updates, follow on Facebook and on Instagram.



]]> (Michelle Lauricella) Neighbors Mon, 17 Apr 2023 15:36:05 -0400
Tickets On Sale: Stamford Senior Center Lives Blossom Fundraiser

Tickets are on now sale for the Stamford Senior Center’s ‘Lives Blossom’ fundraising event. The celebration takes place on Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 6pm at The Italian Center in Stamford.

This festive annual tradition offers cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and an exciting silent auction. The event raises critical funds for the Stamford Senior Center’s wide array of vital programs and services to help older adults remain active, healthy and connected to community.

“Lives Blossom helps the Stamford Senior Center enrich the lives of so many of our senior neighbors,” said Christina Crain, Stamford Senior Center Executive Director. “As a nonprofit organization, we are a lifeline for over 500 members who call the Center their home away from home.”

The evening will honor three extraordinary volunteers, Rouja Brzozowski, Stuart Madison, and Peter Ebstein. For the past seven years, this dedicated group have been assisting their peers with technology needs, helping them use their smartphones and tablets to stay connected with family and friends through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

Tickets are $150 and can be purchased by visiting  For more information, call 203-977-5151. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. The Italian Center is located at 1620 Newfield Avenue in Stamford.

The Stamford Senior Center would like to thank its generous sponsors to date, including Silver sponsors Corcoran Centric Realty, First County Bank, Pitney Bowes and Field Point Private. Special thanks to Bronze sponsors AMJ Real Estate Services, Oasis Senior Advisors, Osborn Home Care, Pepsico, Sovereign Financial Group, Stamford Health, Totilo & Company LLC, Waterstone on High Ridge, as well as Robert and Clare Kretzman and exclusive media sponsor, Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media. 

]]> (Laura Roberts) Events Mon, 17 Apr 2023 15:33:06 -0400
The Palace Theatre’s 11th Annual Gala Raises $111,000

Nonprofit welcomes Emmy Award-winning comedian Trevor Noah

On Wednesday, March 8, The Palace Theatre in Stamford welcomed Emmy Award-winning comedian and New York Times best-selling author Trevor Noah for the nonprofit’s 11th Annual Gala. The Palace’s largest annual fundraiser, the event raised $111,000 to support the organization and its arts education programs.

Trevor Noah recently bid farewell to his role as host of the Emmy Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central after seven years to focus on traveling the world with his live stand-up – which has spanned sold out shows in five continents. Host for the Grammy Awards in 2021 and 2022, Noah has written, produced, and starred in 12 comedy specials, including “I Wish You Would,” his third for Netflix. He is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.”

“We are proud to present world class entertainment such as Trevor Noah so close to home,” said Michael Moran, President and CEO of The Palace. “While most people know us for our outstanding shows, they may not know that The Palace is a nonprofit organization. We rely on the assistance of our generous supporters to entertain, educate, enrich and inspire the diverse population of our region.”

The Palace also honored Senator Richard Blumenthal as its 2023 Arts Ovation Award recipient.

“Senator Blumenthal was a co-sponsor of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant and has been an unwavering supporter of arts and culture here in Stamford and throughout the State of Connecticut during the pandemic closure,” noted Moran. “He truly understands the importance of what performing arts venues mean to the communities they serve. We are where we are today because of his advocacy.”

The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT. For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter and Instagram.


]]> (Michelle Lauricella) Charities Wed, 15 Mar 2023 12:46:21 -0400
SoundWaters Announces New Board Members

SoundWaters, the region’s leader in climate science education, has announced the addition of six new members to its Board of Directors. Newly elected members include Stamford residents Kristi Calver, Emile de Neree, David Martin, and Maria Vazquez-Goncalves; and Riverside residents Sara Keller and Thea Kruger.

Ms. Calver is the President of Versability, a sales effectiveness consulting company that helps sales and service organizations achieve sustained success. Her consulting practice spans many industries as well as projects with private equity firms, with emphasis in healthcare, manufacturing, financial services and media. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies including Medtronic, GE Capital, NBC, Wells Fargo, Merrill Lynch, and Dow Jones.

Mr. de Neree has been involved with sailing, racing and boating for many years.  Professionally, he worked in marketing at Avon Products and started Polly Concepts, which grew to be the largest US importer of novelty consumer electronics. In 2000, he became COO of the largest real estate branding agency in New York City, and subsequently sold residential real estate in Greenwich and Stamford with a focus on waterfront properties.

Mr. Martin served as Mayor of Stamford, Connecticut from 2013 to 2021. Prior to that, he served on the Board of Representatives for more than 25 years including as its President. In 2008, he and his late wife, Judy, founded The Starfish Connection, a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide educational support for students from low-income families and helps them enroll in higher education. SoundWaters has partnered with this organization for many years.

Mrs. Vazquez-Goncalves is a long-time SoundWaters Young Mariners parent, as she has three sons who have gone through their programs.  She currently works for the City of Stamford as an Administrative Account Clerk for the Road Maintenance Department, which includes the Stormwater Department.  Additionally, she is the recorder for the Stamford Harbor Management Commission, SHMC-ARC, and the Stamford Transit District.

A former high school Spanish teacher, Ms. Keller has always been passionate about educating young people about our environment, climate change, and the need to embrace conservation efforts in our daily activities. Her volunteer work with several area organizations underscores her commitment to education and conservation. 

A Fairfield County native, Ms. Kruger has spent many summers enjoying all that Long Island Sound has to offer. She currently is a partner at Citrin Cooperman Advisors LLC / Berdon Advisors LLC, where she advises clients in the real estate and hospitality industries on matters of tax planning, structuring, and compliance.

For more information, visit

]]> (Melissa Loparco) Neighbors Wed, 15 Mar 2023 12:45:07 -0400
Comedian Trevor Noah Headlines The Palace Theatre’s 11th Annual Gala on March 8

Senator Richard Blumenthal announced as 2023 gala honoree

On Wednesday, March 8, Emmy Award-winning comedian and New York Times best-selling author Trevor Noah will take the stage at The Palace Theatre in Stamford for the nonprofit’s 11th Annual Gala. The event, which this year highlights Senator Richard Blumenthal as the gala’s honoree, is The Palace’s largest annual fundraiser with proceeds benefiting the organization and its arts education programs.

The most successful comedian in Africa, Trevor Noah recently bid farewell to his role as host of the Emmy Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central after seven years to focus on traveling the world with his live stand-up – which has spanned sold out shows in five continents.

“Trevor Noah is an incredible talent and we’re thrilled to have him headline this year’s gala,” said Michael Moran, President and CEO of The Palace. “It’s a privilege to be able to present premier entertainment so close to home. We encourage those interested to purchase tickets early as our gala performance sells out each year.”

Host for the Grammy Awards in 2021 and 2022, Trevor Noah has written, produced, and starred in 12 comedy specials, including “I Wish You Would,” his third for Netflix. Noah is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” and its young readers adaptation, released in 2019, “It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” which also debuted as a New York Times bestseller.

In 2018, Noah launched the Trevor Noah Foundation to improve equitable access to quality education for underserved youth in South Africa. His vision is a world where education enables youth to dream, see and build the impossible.

“As a nonprofit organization, we rely on our generous supporters to help realize our mission – to entertain, educate, and enrich our multicultural community,” said Moran. “We are incredibly grateful to have Senator Blumenthal’s unwavering support and are proud to announce him as this year’s gala honoree.”

With a father who fled Nazi Germany at age 18, and a mother who left Nebraska’s farmland to become a social worker, Senator Blumenthal was raised with a deep dedication to public service, a duty to give back by helping others, and a bedrock belief in hard work. He served as a U.S. Attorney for Connecticut as well as in the Connecticut House of Representatives and State Senate. In 2010, Senator Blumenthal was elected to represent Connecticut in the United States Senate. He was reelected in 2016 and is currently a member of the Committee on the Judiciary, Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation, Committee on Armed Services, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Special Committee on Aging.

Moran continued, “Our goal is to raise $200,000 to continue providing arts education programming to under-resourced youth throughout the region and award scholarships that will positively impact their social, emotional, and academic outcomes. Together with our patrons and donors, I know we can realize this goal.”

Gala tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Kristin Levinson at 203-517-3415 or for additional information. Gala tickets include premium seats to Trevor Noah, pre-show VIP cocktail party, and free parking. Tickets are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT. For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter and Instagram.

 For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter.

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United Way Offer Families Funding for Youth Enrichment Activities

United Way of Western Connecticut is offering families funding to cover their children’s out-of-school enrichment activities through the ALICE Enrichment Fund. 

Eligible families can apply for up to $300 per child ($900 per household) to cover the cost of extracurricular activities like sports, music and art classes, camps, and related supplies and equipment. Families can apply for funding through local partner agencies and those living in Danbury, New Fairfield, and Stamford can apply online at   

The ALICE Enrichment Fund allows ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families to receive financial assistance for out-of-school enrichment activities. A family with children ages 5 years old and older can receive $300 per year for a single child, and up to $900 per year for up to three children, to cover the costs of sports, music lessons, robotics, art classes, and other extracurricular activities that promote the emotional and mental health of their children. Eligibility is based on a family’s household budget and county of residence. More details are available at

 “The isolation brought on by the pandemic took a noticeable toll on the mental health of children in our area,” said Isabel Almeida, President of United Way of Western Connecticut. “The ALICE Enrichment Fund is making an impact on our students by allowing them to reconnect with their community and activities they love. The program eliminates the cost barrier that so many families face when enrolling their children in extracurricular activities and quite literally levels the playing field for children. We are piloting running the program application through Prosperi-Key for families in certain towns with the hope that more families can easily access funds to cover the cost of activities for their children and do so with dignity and anonymity.”  

 Residents of Danbury, New Fairfield, and Stamford can allocate funds to the activity of their choice directly through the Prosperi-Key portal. Once verified, they will be provided with the funds to spend directly on their children’s activities, including things like instrument rentals, sporting equipment, and more. Residents of other towns in United Way of Western Connecticut’s 15-town region will be given instructions on where to go to receive funding.  

The ALICE Enrichment Fund launched in 2017 and has helped more than 1,490 children participate in activities of their choice without their parents facing the stress of fees and tuition.   

 United Way of Western Connecticut launched Prosperi-Key in 2021 to connect ALICE households with social services, business discounts, government supports, and other resources. Interested families can enroll by visiting and registering on the site. Once registered, they will go through an income verification process to become Key Members where they will gain full access to the digital marketplace.   

 To learn more about the ALICE Enrichment Fund, visit  

For media, contact Karissa Muniz, Marketing & Donor Engagement Manager at or 203-297-6307. 


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The Village announces launch of aunch of The Village Community Foundation

The Village, a waterfront destination for work and play that aims to be a catalyst for culture and community north of New York City, is pleased to announce the launch of The Village Community Foundation (TVCF), an impact-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and driving economic and entrepreneurial opportunity for groups and individuals locally.

TVCF will be run by President Jon Winkel, formerly CEO of The Stamford Partnership (one of the nation’s fastest-growing regional economic and community development organizations), and will tap into the network of Wheelhouse - the media, marketing and investment venture founded and run by CEO and The Village Founder Brent Montgomery, in partnership with Jimmy Kimmel. Montgomery and his wife, Wheelhouse Properties CEO and Village Developer, Courtney Montgomery, have cultivated deep relationships with many local nonprofits dedicated to making a difference. An important part of the mission of The Village is to give back to the community; thus, TVCF will focus on three key Verticals of Impact*: Education & Opportunity; Arts, Culture & Community; and Economic & Workforce Development, all of which mirror core pillars of The Village.

After over a decade in private sector business development roles, Winkel founded Stamford Innovation Week and led its rise to become the largest innovation festival in New England. He currently serves as convenor of the Southwestern Connecticut Tech Partnership, a coalition of the region’s tech executives. Previously, he was Chairman of Stamford’s Economic Development Commission, served on the Governor’s Commission on Connecticut’s Future, and on the Urban Redevelopment Commission. He also led the SWCT Tech Partnership’s successful Good Jobs Challenge grant application to Connecticut’s Office of Workforce Strategy, resulting in $2.4M in funding to upskill current and future tech talent in the greater Stamford area and one of only 10 grants made to Regional Sector Partnerships throughout the state. Prior to joining The Village, he spent 3.5 years as head of The Stamford Partnership.

Said Winkel, “The Village is the region’s premier economic and cultural hub, but it’s also so much more. In our ever more virtual and digital world, the need for human connection, and physical space for personal and professional growth, has never been greater or needed more urgently. With high-impact programming focused on helping those that need it the most, The Village Community Foundation is well positioned to deliver opportunity to our community and uplifting, transformative experiences.”

Brent Montgomery said, “The entire mission of The Village and Wheelhouse is to bring people together who might not have met otherwise because we believe everything great starts with great connections. TVCF will largely focus on those who are the least exposed to meaningful opportunity and we will tap into that philosophy in a major way across The Village and Wheelhouse verticals.”

Courtney Montgomery added, “We see the work and resolve of The Village Community Foundation as merely anchored at The Village; we want and expect it to extend to so many more great companies and leaders here in Stamford. To be able to work with Jon to bolster TVCF’s impact, and to professionalize its scope, is beyond exciting for all of us.”

Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons said, "We're so fortunate to have an economic and cultural hub like The Village here in Stamford. The Village already has such a huge impact on our community, and with the creation of this Foundation we couldn't be more excited about what the future holds. These programs will help many succeed and will make our great city even more vibrant."

Governor Ned Lamont said, “The Foundation’s programs align perfectly with our administration’s focus on economic opportunity and Connecticut’s position as a quality of life destination. The Village is an important driver of growth and culture, and the launch of the Village’s new foundation nonprofit, furthers the economic and cultural impact the institution is already making.”

*The Village Community Foundation’s key “Verticals of Impact”:

  1. Education & Opportunity – Create access to and opportunity in the media industry for underprivileged and underrepresented individuals via the Wheelhouse infrastructure/ecosystem // Page Program: Signature, entry-level career development program to help individuals learn and grow within the media industry // Media & Influencer Program: Initiative providing opportunity for hands-on experience across numerous skilled jobs including film & TV production, public relations, marketing, influencer relations and digital media

  1. Arts, Culture & Community – The Village was designed to be a new heart of culture that unites storytellers, entrepreneurs and artisans under one roof // Art at The Village: Build on an already-established arts program to continue to support local artists through artist-in-residence programs, curated exhibitions, pop-ups and large-scale installations // Culture & Creation: Continue to establish The Village as a hub for culture and creation through experiential programming for the community, inviting local artisans and entrepreneurs to showcase their talents and grow their reach // Community Impact: The Village is activated with compelling, inclusive programs in collaboration with other local nonprofits 

  1. Economic & Workforce Development – Build public and private-sector coalitions for transformative economic development projects, with special attention to entrepreneurship, media, and real estate. // Coalition and Network Building: Convene and lead partnerships to address key opportunities and challenges facing our region // Startup Acceleration: Provide mentorship, coaching, and in-kind services to universities, incubators, and accelerators in alignment with Wheelhouse verticals // Community Kitchen: Provide commercial kitchen space and acceleration services to food industry workers and entrepreneurs // Community & Career Discovery: Welcome primary and secondary school students to participate in tours, talks, and events in television, film, venture capital, and real estate and other industries represented by The Village’s tenant community (tenants will help make an impact through providing access to their respective sectors including internships and career opportunities)


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