Stamfordnorth's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth Sat, 17 Aug 2019 19:46:40 -0400 HamletHub.com Blood Drives Near Stamford North, Urgent Need Before Summer Ends https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2359-blood-drives-near-stamford-north-urgent-need-before-summer-ends-15659904322359-blood-drives-near-stamford-north-urgent-need-before-summer-ends-1565990432 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2359-blood-drives-near-stamford-north-urgent-need-before-summer-ends-15659904322359-blood-drives-near-stamford-north-urgent-need-before-summer-ends-1565990432

With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.

With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give through Aug. 29 with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Stamford North through August 31

Town Date Address
Riverside 8/15/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Walgreens, 1333 E Putnam Avenue
Riverside 8/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. St. Catherine's Church, 4 Riverside Avenue
Stamford 8/13/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bobby Valentine's Sports Academy, 4 Largo Drive S
Stamford 8/22/2019: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Deloitte, 695 East Main Street
Stamford 8/24/2019: 7:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court
Stamford 8/26/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Sportsplex-Stamford, 49 Brownhouse Rd

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Red Cross) Events Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:37:57 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Daniels Food Truck https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2358-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-daniels-food-truck2358-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-daniels-food-truck https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2358-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-daniels-food-truck2358-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-daniels-food-truck

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Daniels Food Truck!

Three questions with Yonatan Carrillo, co-owner of Daniels Food Truck.

Authentic Guatemalan food located in Stamford with the best SHUKO in the NORTHEAST. 

Why did you start your business?

Daniel's Food Truck is a family-owned business. We've been open for about three years now. 

My dad, Jose Carrillo had started a construction company which was successful and always busy. I helped in various aspects of his business while attending school and having a fulltime job. Unfortunately, at the beginning of 2016, my dad got hurt badly and with no one able to take over the company, we were forced to rethink our situation. My dad one day came home one day with a thought: food.

My mom had experience in the food industry having worked for fifteen years at Subway. My dad had some training in the food industry and I had five years of experience while working at Fairway Market as a customer service manager. We all agreed on owning a Food Truck business.  The last detail was to name it. That's where the youngest member of the family came in - Daniel. We couldn't come up with a name until he came home from school one day and asked if his truck was ready.

Finish this sentence in regard to your business: "I wish I could..."

When the first truck was built, we didn't invest much in the aesthetic look of the truck. We bought it and left almost everything on the outside the same; the inside became the main focus. The main focus, unfortunately, would come back to bite us in the rear a little later. Turns out we had run out of money so while we had a perfect truck inside, the outside still had a giant out of place decal from the company who first owned it! It was a burden but also became motivation. We placed ourselves in the underdog position from day one. Because of that giant decal, we had to work a lot harder than everyone else. We had to innovate and evolve.

Best selling product/service?

On the truck, our best selling product is always a combo. We offer great customer service! In addition, all of our Guatemalan items are a big hit: Gauchito de la Casa, Shuko Mixto (Guatemalan Hotdog) and the Bistec Encebollado. We also run UberEats and Doordash. On both platforms, the bestselling items are as follows: Lomo Saltado, Bistec Encebollado, and the Chicken Quesadilla.

We would like to tag Rene Soto Gallery!

Visit Daniels Food Truck online here or call (203)570-8892 to place your order.

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

 

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (HH) Places Fri, 16 Aug 2019 09:07:32 -0400
Bacon Brothers to Perform at Fairfield County’s Inner-City Foundation Gala in November https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/2310-bacon-brothers-to-perform-at-local-charity-gala2310-bacon-brothers-to-perform-at-local-charity-gala https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/2310-bacon-brothers-to-perform-at-local-charity-gala2310-bacon-brothers-to-perform-at-local-charity-gala

Bacon Brothers to Perform at Local Charity Gala

The Bacon Brothers, a popular band started by the award-winning actor Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael, an Emmy-winning composer, will perform a rare intimate concert in Greenwich on Saturday, November 9 at a fundraiser for Fairfield County’s Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education. For gala tickets, tables or sponsorship information, visit innercityfoundation.org

The event, the 28th annual fall gala to benefit The Inner-City Foundation, will be held at the Greenwich Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich, and is the charity’s largest fundraiser of the year. The Inner-City Foundation provides support to local Fairfield County programs and organizations that provide not only help but hope to the neediest residents of Fairfield County, including education, food, shelter, help for addiction, domestic violence and much more.

Fiercely devoted to making music, Kevin and Michael Bacon share a singular body of work that’s found them spending more than 20 years of working the road and paying their dues, resulting in nine albums spanning rock, soul, folk and Americana. Kevin Bacon is an award-winning actor with 80 films and dozens of television and stage credits to his name, resulting in numerous Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations. An Emmy-winning composer, older brother Michael initially began making music in their native Philadelphia before moving to Nashville where his songwriting career blossomed. While casual observers may be awed by their Hollywood credentials, critics have been quick to note that the brothers — Michael on vocals, guitar and cello and Kevin on vocals, guitar and percussion — along with the band that’s been with them since the beginning — Paul Guzzle (bass, backing vocals), Joe Mennonna (keyboards, accordion), Tim Quick (lead guitar, mandolin and backing vocals) and Frank Vilardi (drums) — eschew any hint of glitz and glamour in favor of an ethic gleaned from the hard lessons come as a result of determination and drive.

The gala’s co-chairs are Icy Frantz and Pamela Pagnani. Icy Frantz is a longtime Greenwich resident and local philanthropist. She taught a substance abuse prevention program at Greenwich Academy, was a member of the Board at Greenwich Country Day School and ran the Parents’ Association there. Icy currently sits on the Board for the Greenwich Teen Center and writes for the Greenwich Sentinel. Pam Pagnani  is a member of the Board of The Inner-City Foundation for Charity & Education, where she chairs the Education Committee. Pam is vice president and brokerage manager of Sotheby’s International Realty in Greenwich. An attorney with more than 25 years of experience in real estate law, prior to joining Sotheby’s, Pam was a partner and attorney with Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan LLP, a Greenwich law firm. Devoted to community service, Pam also serves on the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce board, is secretary of Connecticut Public Broadcasting Inc.’s board of trustees, and a director of the Greenwich Riding Trails Association. Additionally, Pam is a member of the Greenwich Academy Alumnae Association and past trustee of Greenwich Academy. 

For more information and tickets, tables or sponsorships, visit innercityfoundation.org or call 203-416-1363.

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kerry@ducey.org (KBSchwarz) Charities Fri, 16 Aug 2019 07:33:00 -0400
Susan Ronald, Author of Condé Nast: A Man and His Empire, Speaks at Ferguson Library on Sept. 16 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2357-susan-ronald-author-of-conde-nast-a-man-and-his-empire-speaks-at-ferguson-library-on-sept-162357-susan-ronald-author-of-conde-nast-a-man-and-his-empire-speaks-at-ferguson-library-on-sept-16 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2357-susan-ronald-author-of-conde-nast-a-man-and-his-empire-speaks-at-ferguson-library-on-sept-162357-susan-ronald-author-of-conde-nast-a-man-and-his-empire-speaks-at-ferguson-library-on-sept-16

The Ferguson Library will host author Susan Ronald on Monday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Ronald will speak about her biography Conde Nast: A Man and His Empire, the first biography in over 30 years of Condé Nast, the pioneering publisher of Vogue and Vanity Fair and main rival to media magnate William Randolph Hearst. Refreshments will be served, and a book sale and signing will follow the talk.
 
Condé Nast’s life and career were as high profile and glamorous as his magazines. Moving to New York in the early twentieth century with just the shirt on his back, he soon became the highest paid executive in the United States, acquiring Vogue in 1909 and Vanity Fair in 1913. With his editors, he built the first-ever international magazine empire, introducing European modern art, style, and fashion to an American audience.
 
Born and raised in the United States, Susan Ronald is a British-American biographer and historian of eight books, including A Dangerous Woman, Hitler’s Art Thief, and Heretic Queen. She lives in rural England with her writer husband.
 
The event will be held at the Harry Bennett Branch, located at 115 Vine Road in Stamford, Conn. For more information, phone (203) 351-8292.
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sally.stra@gmail.com (Ferguson Library) Events Fri, 16 Aug 2019 04:23:00 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: ComForCare Home Care https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2355-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-comforcare-home-care2355-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-comforcare-home-care https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2355-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-comforcare-home-care2355-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-comforcare-home-care

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT ComForCare Home Care!

Three questions with Nicol Rupolo, owner of ComForCare.

Why did you start your business? 

I started my business to make a difference.  I own a home care agency.  We provide service those in need of additional support to live their best lives possible.  Seniors, workers compensation cases,  those transitioning to home from hospitals.  I employ caregivers who care who really care about what they do.  At my agency, we really do care.  

What makes me proudest about my job is knowing we’ve had a positive impact on our clients, through the eyes of their family. When we have a client, we’re there for the whole family, not just the client. When they trust us so much with their loved ones, we are able to help them live their best lives too.

I’m also always looking to improve and grow. I am a staunch advocate of Home Care Pulse, which is a customer satisfaction survey that gives feedback on a month-to-month basis from clients and caregivers. It’s nice and warm and fuzzy when you get all the positive, glowing accolades and when we get negative feedback, we respond to it immediately and course correct.

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

I wish I could help more people - both my clients, their family, my caregivers and their family members.

What is your best selling product/service?

 My best selling service is my caregivers, our approach to care, my office team and our passion to do a good job.  I contract with a third party company to conduct my customer satisfaction programs - each month they randomly call my clients and caregivers. 

We believe in continuous improvement and hire a third-party company to conduct a customer satisfaction survey’s each month.  We have three achievements that we are very proud of:

  • Best of HomeCare Provider of Choice by our clients, four years in a row and
  • Best of HomeCare Provider of Choice by our employees, four years in a row and
  • Leadership In Excellence – based on our high scores from our clients and caregivers two years in a row
  • We pride ourselves on quality service.

ComForCare Home Care is located at 259 Main Street, Suite 4, Stamford. Learn more about ComForCare online here.

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

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (HH) Places Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:40:49 -0400
Many Connecticut Cities Ranked Highest for Number of Nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/2354-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-15658242502354-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-1565824250 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/2354-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-15658242502354-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-1565824250

Stamford North and other nearby cities data can be seen on the chart below.

The Bridgeport Region ranks 20th for the US regions with the highest concentrations of nonprofit organizations according to Governing Magazine.  The Bridgeport metro area has a total of 1,391 nonprofits, which translates to 14.7 per 10,000 population.

The number of nonprofits in towns near Stamford North are:

City # of Charities Value of Assets
Cos Cob, CT 58 $211,491,215
Darien, CT 224 $538,642,219
Darlen, CT 1 $11,084,872
East Norwalk, CT 1 $108,667
Glenbrook, CT 1 $645,793
Greenwich, CT 594 $3,967,399,669
Greewnich, CT 1 $0
New Canaan, CT 235 $1,093,350,329
Noroton, CT 1 $7,042,063
Norwalk, CT 437 $1,194,597,542
Old Greenwich, CT 77 $124,884,526
Riverside, CT 53 $139,003,304
Rowayton, CT 22 $12,606,132
S Norwalk, CT 1
South Norwalk, CT 5 $25,145,008
Stamford, CT 809 $4,561,483,886
Stanford, CT 3 $300,185
Stmaford, CT 1 $1,815,471

The magazine studied all of the regions in the United States to try to determine why some regions have more charities than others, and they found some interesting results. "What we found was that the concentration of locally focused nonprofits doesn’t just vary from one part of the country to another -- it varies a lot. The top 10 metro areas on our list have more than twice the number of nonprofits per capita as all those in the bottom quarter."

Other regions in the top 20 according to Governor Magazine include:

Metro Area Nonprofits
Nonprofits Per 10k Pop
Barnstable Town, MA 517 24.2
Pittsfield, MA 286 22.6
Santa Fe, NM 285 19
Missoula, MT 219 18.4
Ithaca, NY 187 18.2
Springfield, IL 358 17.2
Trenton, NJ 634 17.1
Bismarck, ND 222 16.7
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 366 16.6
Madison, WI 1,094 16.6
Napa, CA 231 16.6
Boulder, CO 538 16.5
Duluth, MN-WI 447 16
Fairbanks, AK 157 15.9
Great Falls, MT 130 15.9
Glens Falls, NY 198 15.8
Jefferson City, MO 234 15.4
Portland-South Portland, ME 813 15.2
Anchorage, AK 595 14.9
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 1,391 14.7

 

Other Connecticut regions on the list include:

  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford with 1,576 nonprofits
  • New Haven-Milford with 1,082 nonprofits
  • Norwich-New London with 318 nonprofits

The governing analysis is based on data published by The National Center for Charitable Statistics.

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Scott Schmidt) Charities Thu, 15 Aug 2019 04:30:00 -0400
Local Animal Shelters Participate in Clear the Shelters on Saturday! https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2356-roar-joins-shelters-all-over-country-for-clear-shelters-event-on-saturday2356-roar-joins-shelters-all-over-country-for-clear-shelters-event-on-saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2356-roar-joins-shelters-all-over-country-for-clear-shelters-event-on-saturday2356-roar-joins-shelters-all-over-country-for-clear-shelters-event-on-saturday

Hundreds of animal shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo for the 4th Annual Clear the Shelters adoption event this Saturday, August 17 from 10 am to 3pm. 

During this nationwide event, animal shelters and rescue organizations will open their doors, and, in many cases eliminate and/or reduce adoption fees in an effort to find loving homes to animals in need.

more about Clear the Shelters and find participating shelters here.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Life Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:08:56 -0400
RVNA Health Source: What You Need To Know About Flip Flops https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2352-rvna-health-source-when-you-think-of-the-scourges-of-summer-mosquitoes-ticks-and-dizzying-heat-are-probably-among-the-first-annoyances-that-come-to-mind-but-another-health-hazard-that-affects-countless-individuals-during-the-warmer-months-are-drumroll-ple2352-rvna-health-source-when-you-think-of-the-scourges-of-summer-mosquitoes-ticks-and-dizzying-heat-are-probably-among-the-first-annoyances-that-come-to-mind-but-another-health-hazard-that-affects-countless-individuals-during-the-warmer-months-are-drumroll-ple https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2352-rvna-health-source-when-you-think-of-the-scourges-of-summer-mosquitoes-ticks-and-dizzying-heat-are-probably-among-the-first-annoyances-that-come-to-mind-but-another-health-hazard-that-affects-countless-individuals-during-the-warmer-months-are-drumroll-ple2352-rvna-health-source-when-you-think-of-the-scourges-of-summer-mosquitoes-ticks-and-dizzying-heat-are-probably-among-the-first-annoyances-that-come-to-mind-but-another-health-hazard-that-affects-countless-individuals-during-the-warmer-months-are-drumroll-ple

When you think of the scourges of summer, mosquitoes, ticks and dizzying heat are probably among the first annoyances that come to mind. 

But another health hazard that affects countless individuals during the warmer months are … drumroll, please… flip flops, according to Gigi Weiss, MSPT, RVNA’s Director of Rehabilitation Services. 

Flip flops are breezy and cool, so what makes them so dangerous? 

Explains Weiss: “Their appealing characteristics – lightweight, minimally structured, easy to slip in and out of – often lead to debilitating conditions, including back pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis.” 

Your aching back 

For starters, says Weiss, many flip flops have thin soles and minimal arch support. “This can wreak havoc on your kinetic chain - the muscles, connective tissues, joints, bones and nerves that work together – and cause back or knee pain.” 

Heel and lower-leg pain 

Another threat unique to flip flops is that tiny thong that separates your big toe from the rest of its partners. While this design allows your feet plenty of room to breathe, it also means that the tendons in your toes need to work constantly to grip the bottom of your footwear. 

This, says Weiss, often leads to plantar fasciitis – a painful condition resulting from inflammation of the fibrous tissue along the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes. 

Traveling a bit farther up the leg, another area where you might experience discomfort is in the Achilles tendon. This largest tendon in your body connects your calf to your heel bone, notes Weiss. “Flip flops that lack support and structure cause the Achilles tendon to strain in unnatural ways, particularly if you have low arches or flat feet.” 

What to do? 

Patients who visit RVNA Rehab with the conditions described above are generally prescribed a routine that includes biomechanical stretches to address the underlying symptoms, says Weiss. But, she adds, prevention is the best medicine. “If you must wear flip flops, purchase a pair with good orthotic support. And try to avoid wearing flip flops exclusively.”

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kerry@ducey.org (Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA, President & CEO) Life Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:36:37 -0400
Circus Camp at The Palace Brings the Big Top to Life for Local Youth https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2351-circus-camp-at-the-palace-brings-the-big-top-to-life-for-local-youth2351-circus-camp-at-the-palace-brings-the-big-top-to-life-for-local-youth https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2351-circus-camp-at-the-palace-brings-the-big-top-to-life-for-local-youth2351-circus-camp-at-the-palace-brings-the-big-top-to-life-for-local-youth

This summer, dozens of children from across Fairfield County experienced the joy of the big top in a whole new way – as performers. The Palace Theatre’s Circus Camp, in a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich and the Stamford Family Y, brought the circus arts to area youth for the fourth consecutive year. The organization provided scholarships to 60 children in third, fourth and fifth grade through grants from the First County Bank Foundation, sponsor of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich program, and the Legg Mason Charitable Foundation, sponsor of the Stamford Family Y program.

Held this year at both The Palace Theatre and Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Circus Camp focused on teaching campers a number of hands on, exciting skills – from juggling and plate spinning to physical comedy and classic slapstick. Campers worked closely with two professional circus artists and performers from the Big Apple Circus, Liz Bolick and Therese Schorn, to create original circus and clown routines.

“Arts Education is extremely important to The Palace,” said the organization’s President and CEO, Michael Moran. “As a non-profit, we understand the importance of collaboration and see the tremendous value of reaching out through the arts to benefit our community. We are thrilled to share Circus Arts Camp with the Stamford Family Y and Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich and look forward to future partnerships.”

The Palace’s Arts Education programs are held year round and strive to Inspire, Challenge and Engage through the arts area youth by offering opportunities in performing, choreography, playwriting, master classes and intensives in circus arts, acting, voice and dance. Students learn skills that are important in academic and life success such as confidence, problem solving, teamwork, perseverance and focus.

The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT. They can be reached at (203) 325-4466 or by visiting www.palacestamford.org. For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Co-Communications, Inc) Places Tue, 13 Aug 2019 10:30:24 -0400
Free Community Celebration, Bruce ConsTRUCKS! https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2350-free-community-celebration-bruce-construcks2350-free-community-celebration-bruce-construcks https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2350-free-community-celebration-bruce-construcks2350-free-community-celebration-bruce-construcks

On Sunday, September 8, 12:00 – 4:00 pm, the Bruce Museum will present Bruce ConsTRUCKS, a day of free family fun to celebrate the start of the Museum's exciting new renovation and construction project.

Open to the entire community, Bruce ConsTRUCKS will feature construction trucks provided by Eversource and other vehicles for kids to explore, an array of children's crafts and other hands-on activities, a visit by the "Bubble Bus," a live performance by the popular children's band Songs for Seeds, kegs and cans of cold brew coffee courtesy of Rise Brewing Co., cookies from Sweet Lisa's, food and ice cream trucks, and more.

The day will feature a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the public to draw on our gallery walls before renovation work begins. This may be your only chance to leave your mark on the Museum's walls – sketch a picture, write us a note, express yourself!

Bruce ConsTRUCKS will also feature a noise- and horn-free quiet hour from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm for children and families with special needs looking for a sensory-friendly experience.

This free, public celebration will also give the community the opportunity to learn more about the Bruce Museum's renovation and expansion plans – and to join the community-wide support of the Campaign for the New Bruce. Visitors will be able to view informational displays about the renovation and expansion project, and Museum leaders and volunteers from across the community will be on hand to describe the transformative impact that the New Bruce will have.

Families with young children will be drawn not only to the construction trucks, but also to the hands-on craft activities stationed near the vehicles. Staffed by the Museum's Educators and volunteers, the activities include:

  • Truck Sculptures: Children can design their very own truck from paper and then fill it up it with soft materials to create a "puffy truck" sculpture.
  • Tools of the Trade: With this craft activity, kids can make their own tool belts that they can wear home.
  • Paint Chip Collages: Pick out your favorite colors to create your own collage out of paint chips.
  • Design Time: Build like the best artists and engineers with our playful Imagination Playground blocks.
  • Truck Finders: A hands-on sensory activity for toddlers.
  • Build a Museum: We'll set you up with materials so you can build your own New Bruce!

"We're excited to celebrate the public launch of the Campaign by hosting Bruce ConsTRUCKS," says Julia Nusseibeh, who, along with Felicity Kostakis, Cricket Lockhart, and Candace Procaccini, is helping organize the community-wide event. "It's going to be a wonderful day of family fun, and a day to remember for all who love the Bruce Museum."

The transformative capital expansion and renovation project – the first since a $4.3 million expansion in 1992 – is well under way. The centerpiece of the New Bruce is a three-story, 40,000 square-foot addition that will more than double the size of the current Museum, offering more space for both art and science. Designed by the prestigious New Orleans firm of Eskew + Dumez + Ripple, the building will open directly onto Bruce Park and feature a delicate striated façade of cast stone and glass inspired by the surfaces of Connecticut's rock quarries.

In June, the Bruce Museum announced a $15 million lead gift from William L. Richter. The gift, the largest to the campaign to date, will support the construction of the new art wing.

The next phase of the New Bruce project will begin in September with the renovation of the Museum's current changing gallery spaces. These galleries will close on September 1 and re-open on February 1, 2020 with the installation of major new art and science exhibitions. The Museum will remain open during this renovation phase, with exhibitions in the Bantle Lecture Gallery and permanent science gallery and an array of educational and enrichment programs for visitors of all ages.

We would like to thank Bruce ConsTRUCKS Co-Chairs Felicity Kostakis, Cricket Lockhart, Julia Nusseibeh, and Candace Procaccini for their vision and leadership. And we are grateful for support from Eversource, Cummings & Lockwood, LLC, Felicity Kostakis, Dominick and Matt Lio of Empire ECS Construction Management, Julia and Jamal Nusseibeh, Candace Procaccini, Rise Brewing Co., and Sweet Lisa's Exquisite Cakes, as well as media sponsor Moffly Media/Greenwich Magazine. For details about Bruce ConsTRUCKS, click on this link or call 203-869-0376.

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kerry@ducey.org (Bruce Museum) Events Tue, 13 Aug 2019 08:26:08 -0400
Stamford Traffic Advisory August 16-18 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2349-stamford-traffic-advisory-august-16-182349-stamford-traffic-advisory-august-16-18 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2349-stamford-traffic-advisory-august-16-182349-stamford-traffic-advisory-august-16-18

Stamford Police Issue Traffic Advisory

Starting on August 16 at 6 pm to August 18 at 6 pm, ROUTE 1 (East Main Street) BRIDGE WILL BE CLOSED between Courtland Ave and Seaside Ave for bridge construction.

I-95 travel lanes WILL NOT be affected.

More info at www.i95exit9.com.

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kerry@ducey.org (Stamford Police Dept) Places Tue, 13 Aug 2019 07:50:55 -0400
Edgehill Honors Group of Employees Who Counter National Staffing Trend https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2348-edgehill-honors-group-of-employees-who-counter-national-staffing-trend2348-edgehill-honors-group-of-employees-who-counter-national-staffing-trend https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2348-edgehill-honors-group-of-employees-who-counter-national-staffing-trend2348-edgehill-honors-group-of-employees-who-counter-national-staffing-trend

Edgehill, a Benchmark community in Stamford, Connecticut, hosted its annual Danziger Society Appreciation Dinner with a New England Lobster Bake. Currently, the society has 42 members, each holding a tenure of 15 or more years.

“It’s a great honor to know we have a team that wants to grow with the community,” said Chris Barstein, executive director at Edgehill. “Having the largest society in the Benchmark family is a great achievement and our employees are well-deserving.”

According to the most recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average employee tenure with a company is 4.2 years. Edgehill’s Danziger Society more than triples that statistic.

“In the senior living and caregiving industry, workforce shortages and turnover are one of the top challenges,” said Barstein. “Our associates are the heart and soul of our community, and it’s rewarding to work with a team of employees who make every day a pleasure and have for so many years.”

In 2015, Benchmark Senior Living Founder and CEO Tom Grape launched the Danziger Society, honoring Benchmark associates with 15 or more years of service. The society is named after Bob Danziger, who retired from the company board of directors in 2015 after serving as a member from the time Benchmark was founded in 1997.

In June 2017, Edgehill held its first annual Danziger Society Appreciation Dinner to welcome seven new associates. The tenure of all 42 Danziger members at Edgehill totals over 580 years! The Benchmark Danziger Society now has 259 members – Edgehill holds the title of having the largest society in Benchmark.

This year will mark 20 years for 12 members of the society, which means they’ve been with Edgehill since the opening of the community in 1999.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kelsey G. ) Places Tue, 13 Aug 2019 06:46:44 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Ridgefield: Oasis Senior Advisors https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2343-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-oasis-senior-advisors2343-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-oasis-senior-advisors https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2343-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-oasis-senior-advisors2343-why-small-businesses-matter-in-ridgefield-oasis-senior-advisors

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Oasis Senior Advisors!

Three questions with Oasis Senior Advisor owners, Susan & Paul Doyle.

Why did you start your business?

Susan and I started Oasis Senior Advisors after experiencing first hand how stressful and complicated it can be to find the right senior living options for a loved one.  It’s such a common responsibility for members of “The Sandwich Generation” and yet there was no place to turn to for unbiased information, for advice, for resources, for…help; Homecare, Home Modifications, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, Funding Options, Legal Issues… what to do?!?!?!  We started Oasis in 2016 to address that need.

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

I wish I could erase all the misinformation out there on how best to provide care for older adults - especially the misleading information found on the internet. Everything is a sales piece and as soon as I type in any information my phone is ringing off the hook with solicitations.

What is your best selling product/service?

Since there’s never a charge to the family for our work it’s hard to say we have a ‘best seller’. Our best “product” is the personal attention we give families in their search for the right senior living option for their loved one.  Our families are all different, so there can’t really be a single, best solution, they all have to be “best”. 

 

Oasis Senior Advisors is located at 1127 High Ridge Rd. #273, Stamford, CT. Visit Oasis Senior Advisors online here.

Oasis Senior Advisors tags ComforCare.

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

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Mon, 12 Aug 2019 10:12:41 -0400
Stamford Police Department formally charges Alonso Perez-Mateo with murder https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/publicsafety/2345-stamford-police-department-charge-stamford-police-department-formally-charged-alonso-perez-mateo-with-murder2345-stamford-police-department-charge-stamford-police-department-formally-charged-alonso-perez-mateo-with-murder https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/publicsafety/2345-stamford-police-department-charge-stamford-police-department-formally-charged-alonso-perez-mateo-with-murder2345-stamford-police-department-charge-stamford-police-department-formally-charged-alonso-perez-mateo-with-murder

August 8, 2019, Stamford- On May 22, 2019 at about 10 PM, the Stamford Department responded on report of a man down bleeding in the street.  Officers located the victim, Enrique Gutama, unconscious and bleeding on the sidewalk on Frederick Street near Cove Road.  Officers were able to follow a blood trail to 107 Frederick Street where it was later determined the victim was stabbed during a dispute over a “love triangle”.  The victim, Enrique Gutama, age 55, of Stamford, CT was pronounced dead shortly upon arriving at Stamford Hospital.  Stamford Police Investigators within hours of the incident were able to develop a suspect and with the assistance of the Stamford Police Special Response Team were able to safely take Alonso Perez-Mateo, age 30, of 14 William Street, Stamford, CT into custody.  Perez-Mateo has been held since the date of the incident on unrelated criminal charges stemming from an unrelated incident.  

After countless interviews and with the assistance of the State’s Attorney Office the Stamford Police Department formally charged Alonso Perez-Mateo with Murder and he is being held on a $1,000,000.00 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on August 22, 2019.  It is our hope that this arrest can bring some sense of justice to the victim’s family. 

We are extremely proud of the actions of our officers involved with this case.  The Stamford Police Uniform Division did an outstanding job responding to the incident, identifying the crime scene and identifying witnesses.  This was paramount in assisting the Bureau of Criminal Investigations in resolving this case so quickly. 

The teamwork involved in this case is what led to such a speedy resolution.  We would also like to acknowledge the hard work of Sgt. Sean Boeger, Officer Damien Rosa, Louis Burdi and Jerry Junes, their investigation led to the quick apprehension of the suspect and the subsequent arrest.

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kerry@ducey.org (Stamford Police Dept) Public safety Sat, 10 Aug 2019 06:21:44 -0400
Book Discussion of The Nickel Boys at Barnes and Noble in Stamford on Aug. 13 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2346-book-discussion-of-the-nickel-boys-at-barnes-and-noble-on-aug-132346-book-discussion-of-the-nickel-boys-at-barnes-and-noble-on-aug-13 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2346-book-discussion-of-the-nickel-boys-at-barnes-and-noble-on-aug-132346-book-discussion-of-the-nickel-boys-at-barnes-and-noble-on-aug-13

Barnes and Noble stores will host a discussion of its August book club pick The Nickel Boys, the latest novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead, on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.

About the book: As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."

In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.

The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.

Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

Barnes and Noble locations in Connecticut:

Farmington (1599 South East Rd)

Glastonbury (175 Glastonbury Blvd)

West Hartford (60 Isham Road West)

Waterbury (235 Union Street)

North Haven (470 Universal Drive North)

Manchester (270 Buckland Hills Dr. Suite 1024)

Canton (110 Albany Tpk #305)

Milford (1375 Boston Post Road)

Enfield (25 Hazard Ave)

Danbury (15 Backus Ave)

Westport (1076 Post Road East)

Stamford (100 Greyrock Place Suite H009)

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sally.stra@gmail.com (Books, Ink editors) Events Sat, 10 Aug 2019 04:39:00 -0400