Stamfordnorth's HamletHub Sun, 20 Sep 2020 11:21:43 -0400 Stamford Mayor Martin Swears In Rodney Bass to Police Commission

Mayor Martin Swears In Rodney Bass to Police Commission

On Monday, David Martin welcomed Rodney Bass — a lifelong Stamford resident and former principal of Turn of River Middle School — to Stamford’s Police Commission. 

“Rodney Bass is exactly the type of person suited to serve on Stamford’s Police Commission,” said Mayor David Martin. “Rodney has deep knowledge of Stamford’s system, unique insight into how our institutions can assist the disadvantaged, and an understanding of the importance of his contributions to our community. Rodney has unwavering ethical backbone, and I am certain he will serve our community well on Stamford’s Police Commission.”

Bass is a lifelong Stamford resident who served as principal for 14 years at Turn of River Middle School from 1993 to 2007 — in addition to serving as an Interim Principal at Cloonan Middle, Rippowam Middle School, and Stamford High School at various points in his career. Throughout his decades-long career at Stamford Public Schools, Bass has earned the reputation as a community-focused man of integrity who treats individuals fairly.

“I am honored to be appointed to the Police Commission and given a continued opportunity to serve the Stamford community and my hometown,” said Bass.

Outside of his career at Stamford Public Schools, Bass began a 16-week academic review program to provide minority children in Stamford a comprehensive history of African ancestry up through modern-day African Americans. This program met once a week on Saturdays and culminated in a trip to West Africa where students visited the House of Slaves museum in Senegal, and The Gambia where author Alex Hayes traced his ancestry before writing the 1976 novel Roots.

“Rodney Bass is very passionate about this community and believes in fairness and justice for everyone,” said Chair of Stamford’s Police Commission Tim Abbazia. “He is a man with great integrity and will strengthen our community with his contributions to the Police Commission.”

In his personal life, Bass was ordained and elder at Macedonia Church in Norwalk in 1992. He worships at Bethel AME in Stamford.

Bass does not have any personal or professional ties to Stamford’s Police Department.

]]> (City of Stamford) Public safety Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:19:51 -0400
Stamford Community Update: Rodney Bass Joins Police Commission, COVID-19 Data, Free Breakfast/Lunch for Stamford Public School Students

From the Mayor’s Office

Mayor David Martin has sworn-in Rodney Bass — a lifelong Stamford resident and former principal of Turn of River Middle School — to Stamford’s Police Commission.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Today — September 17 — Stamford has 3,553 confirmed cases and 79 probable cases. Last week — September 10 — Stamford had 3,504 confirmed cases and 79 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:

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.


  • The Connecticut Travel Advisory has been updated to include Puerto Rico.
  • States removed from the advisory this week: California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, and Ohio.
  • Click here for the full list.
  • Governor Ned Lamont announced that his administration, working in collaboration with Spectra Venue Management services, has reached an agreement with Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC to play its home games this season at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

Services & Schools

  • Updated information is available for the paving schedules:
  • Main Street — from Greyrock Place to East Main Street — has been paved.
  • Bedford — from Forest Street to Hoyt Street — is currently being paved.
  • North Street — from Bedford Street to Prospect Street — is currently being paved.
  • Drainage work in progress on Shippan Avenue.
  • Drainage work in progress on Old Long Ridge Road.  
  • Stamford Public Schools announced that the Connecticut State Department of Education approved the district’s application to provide free breakfast and lunch meals to all SPS students for the remainder of 2020, as federal funding for this program allows.
  • Click here to read the full announcement.
  • SPS Superintendent Dr. Tamu Lucero has published two messages within the last week about COVID-19 protocols and the school year so far.

Events & Meetings

  • The City will host a Zoom public meeting on Tuesday, September 22nd at 5:00 p.m. to allow the public to give input and provide suggestions on how to improve the operations at Terry Conners Rink. Click here for more information.
  • To sign up to speak click here.
  • Webinar:
  • Call in: Dial 646.558.8656    
  • Webinar ID: 958 2827 5369 
  • Municipal meetings:
  • Stamford’s Board of Representatives next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Monday, October 5 at 8 p.m.
  • Stamford’s Board of Finance next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m.
  • Stamford’s Board of Education next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, September 22 at 7 p.m.   
]]> (City of Stamford) Neighbors Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:16:54 -0400
Stamford Public School Kindergarten Teachers Gather Virtually For Insight into Their Incoming Kindergartners

Throughout our lives “first days” are met with much anticipation, excitement, and sometimes trepidation. The first day of school for kindergarten students is no different. Children adapt to a new school, new teachers, and new friends. Each year over 1,300 new students enter the Stamford Public School (SPS) district.

Kindergarten teachers play an important role in helping these students have a positive classroom experience, igniting their lifelong love of learning. Over the last few weeks, Stamford Public Schools’ (SPS) teachers have been diligently preparing for school re-openings in the hybrid model. The Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF), along with Stamford’s Cradle 2 Career, have been assisting SPS teachers in their planning.

Through their Kindergarten Readiness Campaign, these organizations have worked together throughout the summer to help families navigate community and school district resources to ensure their children successfully transition into kindergarten.

This summer, SPEF and SPS hosted two Kindergarten Readiness Fairs to help parents get the in-person support needed for enrolling their children in Kindergarten. These socially distanced fairs provided parents with the ability to work on Kindergarten registration forms, hand in documents to onsite staff, and register their children for physicals at a school-based health center. While there, students entering kindergarten took the Preschool Early Literacy Indicator (PELI) Assessment, which SPEF facilitated through a grant from a local corporate partner. It identifies a child’s pre-literacy and oral language skills. This assessment provides teachers the opportunity to get to know their students’ skills prior to the first day, helping them gain an understanding of the type of instruction needed for each specific child. 175 children, along with their families, attended the K-Readiness Fairs during a pre-assigned timeslot. SPEF-branded masks and toys from Scholastic were distributed to children at the Fairs.

For those not attending the Fairs this summer, incoming kindergarteners also had the opportunity to complete the PELI assessments virtually or in an open-air setting. Last year 85% of incoming kindergarteners completed the assessment. This summer over 89% of students completed the assessment. This increase in number means that kindergarten teachers will have a better understanding of student needs and can create instructional planning around those results. The eventual goal is to have 100% of incoming kindergarteners complete the PELI assessment.

Wrapping up the K-Readiness campaign, on Thursday, August 20th SPEF, SPS, and Stamford Cradle 2 Career hosted a virtual Student Insight Day for kindergarten teachers to review the results from the PELI assessments. The teachers also reviewed results from the Preschool to Kindergarten Transition Summary (PKTS), which measures a child’s social-emotional learning, cognition, language, literacy, numeracy, gross motor, and fine motor skills. Over 40 kindergarten teachers across the district joined in this virtual meeting to discuss the assessment results and work in teams to create a set of goals for their upcoming fall instruction.

“With the ever-changing climate of instruction this fall, it is important that teachers are as prepared as possible to meet the needs of their incoming students,” said SPEF Director of Programming Lindsay Wyman. “The combined efforts of everyone involved in this summer’s Kindergarten Readiness Campaign will provide students, families, and teachers with resources for making the transition into public school as smooth as possible.”


About SPEF: Founded in 1996, the mission of the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) is to deliver educational programs and resources that elevate student, educator, and parent success by bridging the gap between needs in the Stamford Public Schools and resources in our community. Through its work, the non-profit agency strives for each and every student in the Stamford Public Schools to graduate high school prepared and inspired to be a productive member of society. For further information, visit

]]> (Stamford Public Education Foundation) Neighbors Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:12:16 -0400
CIAC Announces Full Contact Football Canceled for 2020-2021 School Year

CIAC Football Board of Control Update

At its September 16, 2020, meeting, the CIAC Board of Control reaffirmed its September 3 decision to cancel full-contact football for the 2020-2021 school year. This decision was made in alignment with the Connecticut Department of Health’s recommendation that football is a high-risk sport and should not be played this fall. The board did, however, agree it would consider allowing competition at a later time for a sport that cannot hold its regularly scheduled season, such as football, provided it does not negatively impact spring sports.

DPH continues to recommend substituting “higher risk” athletic activities with “moderate risk” or “lower risk” options and /or postponing those activities to a later time. In alignment with those recommendations, by the end of this week, through its football committee, the CIAC will recommend low and moderate-risk football activities in which schools may continue to engage their football athletes.

“CIAC made every effort to weigh all factors in this decision, including the passionate voices of students, parents, and school personnel, and ultimately made the determination to align its decision with the recommendations of the Governor’s office and DPH to not hold high-risk sports at this time,” CAS-CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lungarini stated. “In conversation with other state associations across the country, it was clear that a key factor in playing interscholastic football was alignment with the opinion of their state’s governor and state health agency.”

After consulting with DPH and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), it was apparent that CIAC’s football plan, though endorsed by the CSMS Sports Medicine Committee, will not sufficiently mitigate the risk to lower the categorization of the sport from “high risk” to “moderate risk.” DPH encouraged CIAC to seek affirmation from the NFHS that its proposed mitigating strategies would meet the standards required to recategorize football from its classification as high risk. CIAC immediately consulted with the NFHS which responded by stating that, “As each state association has its own SMAC and state department of health/health agency, the NFHS SMAC will not exercise approval or disapproval of individual state guidelines.” Furthermore, in discussions with the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS), it was made clear to the CIAC that its members are not public health experts and, as such, on the matter of playing football, CAPSS would defer to the appropriate state and local public health authorities.

The CIAC is concerned that DPH’s recommendation to postpone higher risk sports to a later time is reserved for CIAC sanctioned interscholastic athletics. In fact, as the CIAC is not sanctioning a football season at this time, schools, with approval from their local DPH, may opt to play full contact football as a “club” sport, similar to girls ice hockey, without adherence to CIAC COVID mitigating plans. The CIAC has previously tried to make DPH and the governor’s office aware of the inconsistency that permits our same student population to engage in non-interscholastic high risk sports with less oversight and fewer COVID mitigating strategies. Furthermore, the CIAC has expressed its concern that this inconsistency promotes an inequity in sport opportunities.

In consideration of playing football at a later time, the board seeks to better understand factors such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • How many sports are impacted to the extent where it cannot compete during its regularly scheduled season?

  • What other public health strategies have become available and are supported with better research?

  • How will facility scheduling be impacted?

  • The impact to field maintenance and playability.

  • The viability of synthetic surface fields passing the G-max test during winter months.

  • How has the COVID climate in Connecticut improved to support interscholastic high-risk athletics at a later time?

]]> (CIAC Sports) Life Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:38:26 -0400
The Ridgefield Playhouse Celebrates 20 Years!

Although they had to close their doors to inside shows on March 13th, move/cancel more than 120 shows so far (equaling a loss of more than $3 million in ticket income), and cancel their Summer Gala, the other big fundraiser that they depend on, The Ridgefield Playhouse, a nonprofit theater in Ridgefield CT,  is not going to let the hard times of COVID-19 get in the way of celebrating a giant milestone. 

For 20 years, The Ridgefield Playhouse has been the heart and soul of the community, culture and economy in Ridgefield, CT. “We were hoping to have a BIG Gala celebration for our 20th Anniversary Season,” says Executive Director Allison Stockel. “But I think we have turned lemons into lemonade and have come up with a great way to have a really fun 20th Anniversary Gala!” 

On Saturday, October 3rd, the Playhouse will indeed mark its 20th Anniversary season by having performers from the past 20 years make special virtual guest appearances- everyone from Graham Nash, Stephen Schwartz, Todd Rundgren and more- as well as a full LIVE performance on the stage inside the Playhouse with Bruce Hornsby

“We are really excited to have someone perform on our stage again!” Says Stockel.  The Playhouse is offering a variety of ways to participate depending on your comfort level.  There will be a limited number of Sponsor tickets inside the theater, as well as outdoor tented seating for Gala ticket holders (both include open bar and a sit-down dinner with food from Bernard’s and Gallo), and virtual streaming tickets for those who want to stay at home.   

“We want everyone to be able to be able to celebrate with us,” says Stockel.  “For those who feel comfortable coming out, the evening kicks off at 6:30pm - with a red-carpet arrival hosted by Christine O’Leary in the tent on the field next to The Playhouse.  There will be restaurant-style seating, where you only sit with your party and will get served dinner with food from Bernard’s and Gallo at your table.  Gala ticket holders will watch the performance in the tent via a live feed from the Playhouse stage, and Sponsor ticket holders will have a socially distanced seat inside the theater.”

 The Playhouse is also selling streaming tickets for those who want to watch from the comfort of their own home. If you buy a Gala ticket or Sponsor ticket and would like to pick up your dinner and watch via streaming from home- that is also an option.

“I think when the Playhouse opened its doors 20 years ago no one ever thought that we would have gotten to the point where we would be presenting more than 200 shows annually,” says Stockel. “And in addition to that, doing 33 Arts in Education performances, giving away more than $90,000 in free tickets to Title 1 schools and people from low-income areas, and have some of the most iconic performers from all genres like Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Blondie, Stephen Sondheim, Jay Leno and so many more.”  

Those numbers are of course pre-Covid.  There is no doubt that The Ridgefield Playhouse has grown in size and scope over the past 20 years.  Just ask any restaurant owner and they will tell you that when the Playhouse has a show, their restaurant is full. “In addition to being such an important part of this town’s culture, The Playhouse has been a huge economic generator for the town,” says First Selectman Rudy Marconi, “We know times are tough right now and look forward to getting The Playhouse and the Town of Ridgefield back to where it was.”

And times have been tough indeed.  “The entire Arts and Culture sector is hurting right now,” says Stockel. “So, we really need to do this Gala. We do not yet know what we will be able to do inside the Theater this winter, we are hoping to know soon. Right now, we can do a few outdoor shows, which is good, but not what we would normally do.” In fact, The Ridgefield Playhouse did only four outdoor shows in the month of August, when they originally had 18 shows booked.

  This September they were planning to do 20 live performances and will only be able to do five outdoor shows.  “At least it’s something,” Stockel says, “but it’s not enough to keep us going if we aren’t able to, at some point, start doing regular indoor shows again soon.” Even so, Stockel and her team are proud of what they have accomplished and feel positive about where the Playhouse is going.  “We have wonderful and loyal sponsors, members and donors. 

This Gala is as much for them as it is for us,” says Stockel. “And even though we’re doing it a little differently during these unprecedented times, we’re here and we’re not going anywhere.  We have been through a lot over the past 20 years, and we’ve stood the test of time.  I know we will be okay and come out on the other end, it’ll just be a bit of a journey to get there.” 

The Ridgefield Playhouse Gala is sponsored by  PLATINUM SPONSORS: Berisford, Rabinowitz, Ross & Stockel Families, Missy & Andy Williams; GOLD SPONSORS: Eric Diefenbach & JK Brown; SILVER SPONSORS:  Deb and Howard Bubb; BRONZE SPONSORS: Caroline & Rommin Adl, Amy & Eric Freidenrich, Kathleen & Dave Lyons, Jill & Larry Mango, Dr. Margaret A. Reed & Patricia Fernandes, The Sawtelle Family, Linsey Tully & Joe Racioppo, Mercedes-Benz of Danbury.

For more information about The Playhouse Gala go online to or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.


]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Mon, 14 Sep 2020 11:00:58 -0400
Tickets Now on Sale! Cocktails & Comedy Fundraiser to Benefit The Undies Project

On October 10th The Undies Project will be hosting its annual fundraiser event Cocktails & Comedy which for the very first time will be held remotely.  At 7:00pm from the comfort of your own home Laugh for a Cause with comics Jane Condon and Kelly MacFarland.

There will be a fabulous online silent auction that will include items with a creative twist for the new normal.

Aux Délices have put together some delicious meals, available for purchase, especially for Cocktails & Comedy. They are generously donating 40% of proceeds to The Undies Project.

97% of the money raised will be used to purchase new underwear for those in need.

Tickets and meals are now on sale at

Event sponsored by: The First Bank of Greenwich; An Anonymous Angel;  Aux Délices; Katie Creighton Garden Design & Shoreline Video Productions.

]]> (Lucy Langley) Charities Fri, 11 Sep 2020 10:19:48 -0400
Frank Stella's Stars, A Survey Opens at The Aldrich on September 21

Frank Stella's Stars, A Survey opens at The Aldrich on September 21 and runs through May 9, 2021

Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey, the artist’s first solo exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, will be on view in the Museum’s galleries and Sculpture Garden from September 21, 2020 to May 9, 2021.

Spanning more than sixty years, Frank Stella’s studio practice has pushed abstraction to the limits, investigating every category from painting and printmaking to sculpture and public art. Among the myriad of forms found in Stella’s work, one element continuously reappears, a motif that is simultaneously abstract and figurative: the star. Immediately identifiable, the star stands out amidst the tangle of abstract, invented forms the artist has explored over his long career. Under the spotlight for the first time, this exhibition surveys Stella’s use of the star, ranging from two-dimensional works of the 1960s to its most recent incarnation in sculptures, wall reliefs, and painted objects from the 2010s. 

Stella’s use of the star form emerged during his first decade in New York as he was exhibiting his groundbreaking striped and shaped paintings. It then vanished and resurfaced many decades later at a moment when he committed himself to three-dimensional abstraction. Today, the star is the lead in scores of works from small objects to towering sculptures. Scaled to the table or the open air, Stella’s star works transport us—we imagine how disparate elements shift, how parts are assembled, how paint is applied. The works parade an outsized material resourcefulness that collapses analogue and twenty-first century fabrication techniques: RPT (rapid prototype technology) plastics, teak, aluminum, stainless steel, birch plywood, fiberglass, carbon fiber, and more. With their automotive neon hues, shimmering and natural finishes, the stars, big and small, flex and project a spatial dynamism that intimates a potential maneuverability—as if they were built to perform.

At The Aldrich, Stella’s star works will be on view outdoors throughout the Museum’s grounds and inside the galleries. Outside, large-scale sculptures will be sited from Ridgefield’s historic Main Street, the Museum’s semi-enclosed interior courtyard, and two-acre Sculpture Garden. Inside, the exhibition will occupy the entire ground floor including the Museum’s Project Space where the largest sculpture in the exhibition, Fat 12 Point Carbon Fiber Star (2016), challenges the room’s perimeter with its twelve puffed up rays stretching twenty-one feet in all directions. The star is characterized in this survey as a breakthrough element. From a simple, planar shape to an ornamented spatial object, its manifestation reveals stylistic continuity amidst decisive variation.

The Museum’s founder Larry Aldrich showed early interest in Stella’s work and exhibited Tetuan (1963) one year after he founded The Aldrich. Additionally, the Larry Aldrich Foundation Fund, established in 1959, supported the Museum of Modern Art in purchasing Stella’s painting The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, II—the first work by the artist to enter their collection. Since the Museum’s founding in 1964, Stella’s work has been included in fifteen group exhibitions.

Frank Stella (b. 1936, Malden, MA) has created an exceptional body of work over his six-decade career. Spanning painting, sculpture, and printmaking, his work is held in more than fifty public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Stella currently lives and works in New York.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color 150-page hardbound catalogue, featuring essays by the exhibition’s curators Richard Klein and Amy Smith-Stewart.

Curated by Richard Klein, Exhibitions Director, and Amy Smith-Stewart, Senior Curator at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

]]> (The Aldrich) Life Thu, 10 Sep 2020 18:05:26 -0400
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.


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:

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.


  • 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

]]> (City of Stamford) Uncategorised Thu, 10 Sep 2020 13:28:04 -0400
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


]]> (Greer Hardy ) Events Thu, 10 Sep 2020 11:59:55 -0400
Lamont Commemorates 100th Anniversary of New Haven Union Station, Establishes State-City Partnership To Renew Historic Transportation Hub

Governor Ned Lamont today joined federal, state, and local leaders at a ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the opening of Union Station in New Haven, during which his administration signed a letter of intent with the City of New Haven establishing a new partnership agreement designed to launch “a new era in managing the (two) State of Connecticut-owned rail stations in New Haven.”

The terms of the partnership include operations at Union Station and State Street Station, capital improvements to the Union Station Campus, and other improvements contemplated for the station area.

Other participants in today’s ceremony included Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Joseph Giulietti, Mayor Justin Elicker, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.

“Union Station is as alive today as it was a hundred years ago, and few stations in the country are as magnificent as this one,” Governor Lamont said. “For the last hundred years, this station has served as a central transportation hub not only for Connecticut, but for the entire northeast, and I am determined that we renew its mission and prepare it for success throughout the next century.”

Originally opened on April 5, 1920, Union Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by noted American architect Cass Gilbert and includes ornate ceilings, elegant chandeliers, a grand clock suspended from the ceiling, and long oak benches in the cavernous grand hall that is brightly illuminated by high, arched windows. The railroad station connects the New Haven Line running into New York City, the Hartford Line heading north to Hartford and Springfield, and Shoreline East, which goes east to New London. It is also one of the key links on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, from Boston to Washington and points beyond.

Today’s ceremony was originally planned to be held closer to the actual anniversary in April, but was postponed several months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Lamont and other officials praised the hard work and dedication of transit workers on the front lines and behind the scenes as Connecticut continues working through the ongoing pandemic. The event included the unveiling of a bronze plaque commemorating the station’s centennial.

Under the letter of intent, a new lease and funding agreement will be established between the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the City of New Haven to last 35 years, with two ten-year extension options, that will allow the city (through Park New Haven) to lease and operate the Union Station Transportation Campus and staff the partnership. Plans call for the revamping of the basement, first, and second floors of the station to allow for new retail options; and improvements to stairs, elevators, and escalators that will enable future adaptive reuse of the upper station floors and public restrooms. In addition, the agreement will establish an executive oversight panel consisting of the Connecticut transportation commissioner and mayor of New Haven that will be responsible for strategic planning, annual budget direction, major issue resolution, and redevelopment of the station campus.

“New Haven’s Union Station is one of Connecticut’s architectural jewels.” Lt. Governor Bysiewicz said. “Its rich history and its ability to continue providing reliable service to millions of people – both local commuters and visitors from around the globe – is what makes Union Station a true treasure. As we proudly celebrate its centennial, we also thank the transit workers across our state for their dedicated service.”

“A railroad station connects us and keeps us moving forward,” Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Joe Giulietti said. “This one tells a story. It is the story of a railroad system that has come through New Haven for more than 150 years. For the last 100 years, Union Station has been a familiar, welcoming junction where literally millions of people have embarked on journeys and come home again.”

“While in this midst of this unprecedented crisis, it’s important to take a moment to step back and think about our history,” Mayor Elicker said. “Today we are not just celebrating the 100th anniversary of Union Station – we are celebrating the important place this building holds in the history and life of New Haven. It is one of the busiest rail facilities in Connecticut, on the busiest rail line in the United States – transporting 125,000 passengers weekdays and 40 million a year – and generating nearly $50 million of annual revenue into our local economy. Union Station is so much more than a building, it is a gateway to our great city and a centerpiece of its evolution in the century to come.”

“Union Station holds a special place in my heart,” Congresswoman DeLauro said. “I am lucky to have grown up just down the road in Wooster Square, traveling back and forth through the station’s Grand Hall every day to get to school at Lauralton Hall. I especially adored the model trains on the long benches. I still do to this day as I pass through – too many times to count in the past 30 years on my way to Washington or coming back home. My thanks go out to all the workers who keep Union Station running every day – especially those declared essential at this difficult time.”

“Union Station is a historic treasure and pivotal transit hub — powering economic development for the entire state,” Senator Richard Blumenthal said. “Millions yearly start or finish personally momentous journeys there, with memories that make this station historic in their own lives. I’ll continue fighting for federal investment in rail transportation, making Union Station all the more important in the next 100 years.”

“For 100 years, Union Station has been a cornerstone for transit in Connecticut,” Senator Chris Murphy said. “This magnificent hub has kept riders in New England moving for a century now. I’m excited to see what the future brings.”

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Thu, 10 Sep 2020 10:31:24 -0400
Ridgefield, Bethel and New Milford Visiting Nurse Associations (VNAs) Announce Plan to Join Forces

Ridgefield, Bethel and New Milford Visiting Nurse Associations (VNAs) Announce Plan to Join Forces and Expand Home Health and Hospice Services in Western Connecticut

Driven by a common commitment to deliver the highest quality health care to their patients and communities, Bethel Visiting Nurse Association, New Milford Visiting Nurse & Hospice, and RVNAhealth, announced plans today to merge their three organizations. The tri-union will result in a single not-for-profit, mission-driven organization, best able to meet the needs of the 36 communities they collectively serve in Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven counties, and highly sustainable for the long term. The agencies anticipate a close date by the end of 2020 and the unified organization will operate as RVNAhealth as approved by their respective Boards of Directors. This merger will make RVNAhealth one of the two largest home health and hospice organizations in Fairfield County and the seventh-largest in the state of Connecticut.  

The collective organization will be headquartered at the RVNAhealth building in Ridgefield, CT. The New Milford Visiting Nurse & Hospice location will serve as a fully operational branch office. Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA, current President & Chief Executive Officer of RVNAhealth, will assume the role of President & CEO of the new organization.  

The announcement reflects the mutual acceptance of a “Definitive Agreement,” the final step in a process which included extensive research, analysis, and review by the Boards of Directors of the three VNAs. “Our driving force is the health and well-being of our patients and communities — today, tomorrow, and 50 years from now,” says Santoro. “As we worked through the details of the union, and as the COVID-19 pandemic made abundantly clear, pooling our collective talent and resources will allow us to invest deeply in the technologies and services that our communities need to thrive, and that we as agencies need to effectively respond to future health challenges.”

The unified agency will offer:

  • Improved access to exceptional home-based and community-based care for individuals and communities across western Connecticut, to address the increasing needs of the state’s rapidly growing aging population as well as the needs of younger families for access to quality preventative care.
  • Expanded offerings of preventative and wellness care and educational programs across populations and communities.
  • An enhanced continuum of care to address all ages, stages, and levels of health, including: community wellness services, home health, rehabilitation, palliative and hospice care; personal caregiving and nursing; and a range of educational and preventative programs — nutrition services; immunizations; annual flu and pneumonia vaccines; health fairs. 
  • Organizational and operational benefits — including a comprehensive and coordinated service model; a significant depth of clinical leadership and talent; ability to support the needs of all healthcare partners; flexibility to compete among payors; and long-term viability in the communities served.
  • Organizational and operational benefits — including a comprehensive and coordinated service model; a significant depth of clinical leadership and talent; ability to support the needs of all healthcare partners; flexibility to compete among payors; and long-term viability in the communities served.


Kerri Ann Brinckerhoff, MSN, RN, Chief Executive Officer, New Milford Visiting Nurse and Hospice, agrees, “Partnerships are essential to navigate the changing regulatory environment and competitive forces in home and community-based care. We have a unique opportunity to strengthen our investments to better meet the needs of referral sources — hospitals, physician practices and families. Our focus is clinical quality and long-term financial health.”


Another key aspect of the plan is supporting the organizations’ collective commitment to providing access to care in communities across western Connecticut. “The healthcare landscape is evolving to meet the needs of our aging population, and home care will remain an essential component of high-quality care,” says Margaret Burke, MS, Executive Director, Bethel Visiting Nurse Association. “The longstanding relationships we’ve developed in our communities will be upheld through this merger — sustained by bringing greater efficiency and financial strength to our collective operations. The union will help preserve our ability to serve our current communities—and embrace new ones — for the long term.”

About the Merging Entities

For over a hundred years, the three agencies have been neighbors and collaborators — each founded on, and serving, a parallel mission in their respective communities. Over the decades, each grew — expanding their range of services, extending their territorial reach, and deepening their impact and loyalty to the patients and families they serve.

Founded in 1927, Bethel Visiting Nurse Association provides home health, rehabilitation, personal support, specialty services, and community health programs, presently serving eight towns in Fairfield and New Haven counties.  New Milford Visiting Nurse and Hospice opened as the New Milford Visiting Nurse Association in 1918, during the Spanish Influenza pandemic, and now serves 18 towns in Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven counties. Services include home health, rehabilitation, palliative care, hospice, and community wellness programs.  Founded in 1914 as the District Nursing Association and later becoming Ridgefield VNA, the organization evolved to RVNAhealth in 2019 to convey the breadth and depth of its home health, rehabilitation, hospice, and extensive community health and wellness programs focused on lifelong care. RVNAhealth currently serves 28 communities in Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven counties. When united, the new RVNAhealth will serve 36 towns across Connecticut, offering a full integrated spectrum of care and wellness services to serve individuals and communities across a lifetime.

In joining forces, the three organizations are confident they can be stronger and more valuable to all those they serve – without surrendering their personal approaches or altering the deep-rooted foundations they have built-in their present communities. 


]]> (RVNAhealth) Neighbors Wed, 09 Sep 2020 07:00:00 -0400
ACT of Connecticut Reopens this Fall with "The Last Five Years"

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is thrilled to reopen this fall with The Last Five Years, a spellbinding, emotionally powerful and intimate musical. After being granted special permission to livestream this production, ACT patrons will have the option to either attend this production in person or from the comfort of their own home.

Purchase tickets HERE.

Like most other not-for-profit regional theatres, ACT closed its doors in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ACT’s leadership has worked closely and tirelessly with all agencies responsible for reopening in order to implement a comprehensive safety, health and return plan. We can’t wait to invite our patrons safely back to ACT after seven months of an “extended intermission”!

The Last Five Years is a modern 90-minute musical that has enraptured audiences around the world with its spellbinding and emotional score. This musical ingeniously chronicles the five-year relationship between two New Yorkers: Cathy, a struggling actress, played by Katie Diamond (Jersey Boys, The Pirate Queen), and Jamie, a budding novelist, played by Daniel C. Levine (Les Miz, The Rocky Horror Show, Jesus Christ Superstar). The Last Five Years is told through an unconventional structure in which Cathy tells her story in reverse-chronological order (beginning the show at the end of their marriage), while Jamie's is told in chronological order (starting just after the couple has met for the first time).

With book, music and lyrics by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County, Honeymoon in Vegas, 13), the musical was adapted into a film in 2014, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. The Last Five Yearswill be music directed and conducted by ACT’s Resident Music Supervisor, Bryan Perri (Jagged Little Pill, Wicked and the upcoming Almost Famous). TIME Magazine named The Last Five Years one of the ten best shows of 2001.

“We could not be more excited to reopen ACT with this gem of a musical”, says Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine. “The Last Five Years is a show that I have loved since it’s premiere Off-Broadway in the early 2000’s. This is the perfect two-character musical for us to produce at this moment in time. The Last Five Years has one of the most poignant and exciting scores written in this century, and I cannot wait to share this show with our audiences.”

Katie Diamond, Executive Director adds, “We are so excited to welcome our patrons back to ACT this fall. We understand that some of our audience members may prefer to watch this production from their living room, and so we are thrilled to be able to offer this unique livestream opportunity. As we enter our 3rd season, we are so grateful to all who have supported us and look forward to welcoming new audiences to Ridgefield.”

The Last Five Years will be performed at ACT of Connecticut from October 28th through November 15th, with both limited in-person seating and livestream tickets available. Click HERE to purchase.

Performance dates and times: Wednesdays at 7pm, Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 7pm. All ticketing for The Last Five Years will be handled by the ACT box office. Please call or email the box office: 475-215-5497 /

ACT’s comprehensive re-opening protocols include (but are not limited to) daily sanitization and cleaning of the building, virtual purchasing and e-ticketing procedures, limited seating capacity in the theatre and e-commerce concession ordering with in-seat delivery. For the safety of our guests, employees and community, ACT will provide hand sanitizer stations throughout and require that face masks be worn by all staff and audience members. Please visit our website for more information (

About ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded in 2018, and led by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known musicals, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers in the newly renovated Diamond Properties Performing Arts Center and Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium. In addition to fully produced mainstage productions, ACT of CT hosts an annual new works series, a “Broadway Unplugged” series, and an extensive education program including individual training, masterclasses, summer camp, professional workshops, and a year round conservatory program for high school students. ACT of Connecticut is dedicated to inspiring, creating and nurturing a diverse and equitable environment for its staff, creative teams, cast, musicians, crew members and audiences. For more information about ACT of CT to purchase tickets and to learn more about ACT’s programs, please visit

]]> (ACT of Connecticut) Events Tue, 08 Sep 2020 10:37:01 -0400
Stamford Downtown Restaurants Weeks Ends Monday, September 7

Stamford Downtown Restaurants Weeks Ends Monday, September 7

Last Call to Visit our 24 Restaurants! Participating restaurants will be offering prix fixe lunches and dinners for the public to enjoy.

Click Each Price Point to View Participating Restaurants & Menus:

* Dinner only
** Not participating in SRW on Fridays & Saturdays
*** Not participating in SRW on Saturdays

All SRW menu items are subject to change at participating restaurants’ discretion.
Please call restaurant directly if their menu isn’t posted.

For more information, visit
]]> (Stamford Downtown) Events Thu, 03 Sep 2020 07:05:40 -0400
Creativity Connects Stamford: Meet Maria Sette

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. 

Maria A. Sette, Stamford resident and Fairfield County Mom contributor.

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

Easy! The Stamford Museum and Nature Center. My boys and I love going there with friends and family, especially to their wonderful festival days, like National S’mores Day, Spring in the Farm and of course, for the maker space inside the house. Whenever we go, we leave with new ideas for animal names, plants we could grow, and ways to upcycle materials. 

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

So many organizations make me feel good, but the one that is closest to my heart these days is Fairfield County Moms Collective. This amazing group of moms throughout all of Fairfield County truly inspire me hourly. I have been a part of the group for over five years and have loved every minute. If I ever need an idea of what to do with my family, I checked their website first for all the amazing round ups. If my husband and I want to have a date night, it helps us branch out to new restaurants. What I love most though about Fairfield County Moms is, it’s moms supporting moms in all aspects of womanhood and motherhood.

Finish this sentence: When I think of creativity in town I think of…

...the Stamford Downtown. They offer so many creative outlets for the City of Stamford, especially during the pandemic. My boys (ages 5 and 9) love the Thanksgiving inflation party, the Thanksgiving Parade, the annual Art Walk, and Heights & Lights. As a native Stamfordite, I am proud of how our city continues to evolve.

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 

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

]]> (HH) Neighbors Mon, 31 Aug 2020 11:10:12 -0400
Governor Lamont Declares Today Overdose Awareness Day in Connecticut

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has signed a proclamation declaring Monday, August 31, 2020 as Overdose Awareness Day in the State of Connecticut to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of the nationwide problem surrounding opioid overdoses.

“Addiction is an illness that should be treated just as any other public health emergency, and we cannot allow this epidemic to continue consuming our families and residents,” Governor Lamont said. “We need to send the message that this disorder can no longer hide in the shadows and be treated like something that shouldn’t be discussed. Resources are available for those seeking treatment, as well as for the families and loved ones who want to provide support. We need to spread this message of hope far and wide so that we can save lives or prevent someone from going down the path of addiction altogether.”

“As we fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that many families have been and continue to be under severe stress due to economic hardships and being in isolation. People are hurting and are overburdened, and this has contributed to a spike in overdose deaths,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “Today, we remember all of the lives that were lost to addiction and we recommit ourselves to reducing stigma, securing the funding needed to provide treatment and prevention, and ensuring everyone has access to telehealth.”

To connect with resources that provide valuable information on opioid use disorder in Connecticut, visit or call 1-800-563-4086 any time, day or night.

]]> (Office of the Governor. ) Politics Mon, 31 Aug 2020 06:26:55 -0400