Stamfordnorth's HamletHub Tue, 29 Nov 2022 14:12:42 -0500 Stamford JCC Host Parent Webinar: Understanding Dyslexia


Finding Your Voice as a Parent: Setting the Stage for Understanding Dyslexia webinar on Wednesday, November 30th 7:00 p.m. 

Co-hosted with the Stamford JCC (Stamford, CT)

Register on Zoom: 


Lawrence Berliner, Connecticut Special Education Law Attorney (Westport, CT) 

Jane Faherty, Stamford JCC JumpStart Director and Special Education Advocate (Stamford, CT)

Susanne Bailey-Rice, CIT/OGA, Owner, Shoreline Learning (Madison, CT)

A Starting Point of Conversation:
• Definition of Dyslexia… and what is decoding?
• Common characteristics that can indicate dyslexia
• Five Pillars of Reading
• Identifying a dyslexic learner: Comprehensive Evaluation
• How to help your child at home
• Types of reading instruction to assist the student
• Advocacy

Questions? Please email Rachel Berliner, Public Relations at


]]> (Rachel Berliner) Events Sun, 27 Nov 2022 13:02:40 -0500
Connecticut Press Club Announces 2022 Communications Contest

Annual competition has 61 writing, editing and visual art categories and is open to all Connecticut-based media professionals. 

Would you like to add “award-winning” to your resume? 

If you wrote a news article or personal essay, published a book, started a blog, created a social media campaign, or snapped a photograph you're particularly proud of, enter your work in the Connecticut Press Club’s popular Communications Contest, which rewards excellence in a wide range of categories. 

Entries in 63 categories will be judged by professionals with corresponding expertise. Categories include:

  • online and print news articles and columns

  • personal essay

  • social media campaigns

  • nonfiction, fiction, poetry, young adult and children's books

  • specialty articles in the arts, food, business, education, travel and more...

  • page design, editing, photography and graphics

  • radio and TV

  • podcasts and blogs

  • advertising and PR

In addition to the professional competition, the Connecticut Press Club is holding a High School Communications Contest. Entries must be produced by a current high school student or a recently graduated student who produced the work in their senior year after February 1, 2022. Entries must have been professionally published/produced or published/produced by a school or professional publication in a recognized medium for the category. i.e., a school, local, or national newspaper, website, etc. 

CLICK HERE to download instructions on how to enter your work in the contest. If you have questions, email

Here is a complete list of categories. 

A few requirements to keep in mind: 

  • Eligibility: Communicators who live and work in Connecticut is eligible to enter. Work published from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022, is eligible. 

  • Contest Fees: The fee is $25 for the first entry and $15 for Connecticut Press Club members (click here to join); non-members pay $30 for the first entry and $20 for each additional entry. High school entry fees are $10 per entry. 

  • You can apply to join the CT Press Club HERE.  

  • Deadlines: January 18th  at noon is the regular contest deadline. After this date, a $25 late fee will be charged for the first entry you submit. The final deadline is noon on February 8th. The final book deadline is February 1.

  • We will celebrate the winners with a cocktail party and awards ceremony in late spring or early summer.

  • Anyone who receives a first-place award in the Connecticut Contest will be eligible to enter the National Federation of Press Women National Communications Contest, provided annual NFPW membership dues have been paid. (Membership dues can be paid when you register for the contest.)

The Connecticut Press Club is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), and includes both male and female members. The club welcomes all types of communicators: writers, editors, bloggers, authors, educators, public relations professionals, media photographers, students and more. Plans for the coming year include lectures by sought-after speakers, professional development workshops, networking and social outings. For more information, e-mail



]]> (Connecticut Press Club) Neighbors Sun, 27 Nov 2022 13:00:29 -0500
56th Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale Kicks Off, Shop Through December 4 and Support Local Charities!

A community tradition continues to benefit local charities 

As the holiday season approaches, Old Greenwich prepares for a festive annual tradition.  Just across from Binney Park, on the front lawn of First Congregational Church of Greenwich (108 Sound Beach Avenue), the 56th Annual Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale is underway and continues through December 4.

Every purchase comes with a purpose, as funds raised through the sale will be given to six local charities that are serving families in this time of critical need. The charities include Abilis, Mothers for Others, Pacific House, Building One Community, Barbara’s House and the Fund for New Covenant Center Soup Kitchen. 

“We’re excited to continue with this annual tradition of bringing high-quality trees to our neighbors while also sending meaningful grants to charities who need our financial support,” said Lauren Ghaffari, chair of the 2022 annual sale. “This year we will have more trees, larger trees, and a new wreath selection with balsam and mixed greens wreaths. Artisan handmade bows and decorated wreaths will also be available.” 

Legions of volunteers from the church and the surrounding community, including the GHS Freshman Football Team, will gather again at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 26th, to unload more than 500 New Hampshire-grown trees off the long flatbed delivery truck and onto display racks on the front lawn of the church. The sale will feature premium Fraser Fir and Balsam Fir trees of all sizes, plus wreaths and decorating kits, artisan handmade bows, natural pine roping and premium quality “Bowling’s Last Stand” tree stands.  

In recent years, the sale has grown into a traditional community event, staffed with volunteers of all ages, including church members, ambassadors from the benefiting charities and students from Greenwich public and independent schools. Shoppers are urged to come early for the best selection. Details can also be found at

Tree Sale Dates: 

November 26, 2022    9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

November 27, 2022    9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

December 3, 2022      9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

December 4, 2022      9:00 am – 4:00 pm 


]]> (Lauren) Events Sun, 27 Nov 2022 08:12:00 -0500
Fairfield County Bank donates billboard on I95 exit 15 to RVNAhealth

Thank you to Fairfield County Bank for generously donating their billboard space on I95N Exit 15 to RVNAhealth from November through January!  The Bank has been a loyal supporter of RVNAhealth for more than 25 years. 

The use of this billboard is another example of the many ways in which the Bank partners with RVNAhealth to support and help expand our services in the region.

As Theresa Santoro, RVNAhealth President & CEO explains, “RVNAhealth’s growth and innovation have been due, in no small part, to the support received throughout the years from Fairfield County Bank, its employees, and its board members. From banking, insurance, and investments to guidance, advice, and support across countless volunteer hours, the impact Fairfield County Bank has had on RVNAhealth has been immeasurable.  They are a true friend and partner of our agency and we are immensely grateful for their unwavering commitment to the health and wellness of our communities and the many lives we serve.”

Learn more about RVNAhealth.

]]> (RVNAhealth ) Places Sun, 27 Nov 2022 05:15:00 -0500
Fairfield County Bank celebrates community, customers with laughter and camaraderie at The Ridgefield Playhouse

This week, Fairfield County Bank rolled out the red carpet (literally) for their customers and banking community at a lively Client’s Reception at the Ridgefield Playhouse.

Friends gathered in the newly renovated and expanded Playhouse lobby where they enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres by Gallo Ristorante and a tasting table featuring locally owned, American Metal Whiskey.

After conversation and camaraderie, attendees were treated to a magical performance by Bill Hertz deemed “The Modern Day Merlin” by the Wall Street Journal. Hertz, who performs at 150 corporate events around the country each year, dazzled guests with his wizardry, some of whom found themselves in on the act on the Playhouse stage!

After much laughter and magical awe, the evening’s grand finale found guests back in the beautiful Playhouse lobby where an authentic Italian dinner by Chef Raffaele Gallo awaited.

The evening was immensely enjoyed by all!

Thank you to Fairfield County Bank for being part of the fabric of our community and for supporting nonprofits and small businesses throughout the county!

]]> (KA) Events Thu, 17 Nov 2022 07:32:27 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Jewels for Hope

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 Jewels for Hope!

Three questions with Stevie D'Andrea of Jewels for Hope.

Why did you start your business?

Jewels For Hope was founded by Sandy D'Andrea when she was a caregiver to her mother. She would make jewelry and give it to the Hospice nurses who would come through her home. A lightbulb came on in Sandy's head and she thought- I should start selling these pieces and donating a portion to Hospice.

The company was formed - and now Jewels For Hope is a mother/daughter-run company and has branched out to make other gift items while donating to numerous charities through their handcrafted creations.

What is your best-selling product/service?

We have two best-selling items...

1- Our bracelets were worn by Hallmark actor Will Kemp - he's worn them in Girlfriends Guide To Divorce, Netflix's Princess Switch 3, and many more shows.

2- Our Inspirational Wish Bracelets are another big seller - a small, inexpensive gift that spreads happiness to everyone receiving them.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

We support as many small/local businesses as we can- including donating to numerous local Connecticut charities through our creations. We donate 10% of the profits of every sale to charity- the local ones consisting of STAR Relief Pet Assistance, Save The Sound, and The Foodbank of Lower Fairfield County.

Along with our donations, personally to help our mind function - we know if we're deep in the creative process of making new pieces, we'll head over to Donut Delight to get some coffee to refuel us for the day or to Hope Street Pizza to grab some dinner. Both of those local Stamford spots are two of our faves!

Stevie would love to nominate The Funky Hippie in Stamford to be featured next - "She sells some of our creations in her super fun crystal shop!"

Visit Jewels for Hope online here, and make sure to check out their FacebookInstagram, and Twitter pages as well!

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

]]> (Dan) Places Tue, 15 Nov 2022 05:29:24 -0500
Golf Performance Center Coach Receives 2022 Player Development Award from PGA

Director of Coaching at The Golf Performance Center (GPC) and seasoned PGA Professional, Nick Novak has received the PGA Player Development Award.

The coveted award recognizes a PGA Professional for extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development.

The GPC team said, “An incredible honor for an invaluable leader of the GPC team and student-athletes!” 

Nick’s passion for helping others in golf and in life has been recognized by Golf Digest who listed him as one of the Best Young Teachers in America, Northeast Golf Magazine ranked him as the #2 Teacher in CT and now, the MET PGA who selected Nick as the 2022 Player Development Award winner. 

In his role as Director of Coaching at GPC, Nick works with athletes to help them reach their goals through our 5 Elements of Success. In addition, Nick oversees golf coaching and programming with a team mindset to ensure all GPC athletes realize their goals by advancing in the Player Development System.

Learn more about the award and view the previous recipients here.


]]> (HH) Neighbors Tue, 15 Nov 2022 01:45:00 -0500
Downtown Stamford's All New Holiday Stroll November 18 - December 24

The All New Holiday Stroll is back, bigger and better than ever! Enjoy the season’s magic in an all-new, light-filled immersive experience that transports you to a world of holiday enchantment in downtown Stamford.

Holiday Stroll takes place from November 18 to December 24. We are open 4:00 PM and close at 9:00 PM. Designated time slots for entry start at 4:00 PM and end at 8:00 PM.

Get your tickets today =>

The Holiday Stroll is a new holiday tradition located at Mill River Park in Downtown Stamford, CT. A stroll through a festive, dazzling world of larger-than-life holiday light displays. After strolling enjoy our Holiday Village featuring a state-of-the-art Christmas Tree, holiday music, tasty food vendors, and the Blind Rhino winter beer garden.

The All New Holiday Stroll will benefit Connor’s Cure, a pediatric cancer organization whose vital work supports leading-edge research. With your help, the organization seeks to find better treatments for children battling life’s most difficult health challenges.

]]> (The Holiday Stroll) Events Mon, 14 Nov 2022 03:32:39 -0500
FC Buzz Weekend Lineup of Arts and Culture November 11-13

FC Buzz Weekend November 11-November 13

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

 “Kindled Eyes” at Schelfhaudt Gallery Exhibit at Paier College, Bridgeport

Friday, November 11, 4-6 pm

Don’t miss this powerful exhibition and auction of art by child refugees from the Bridgeport area who participated in an arts program supported by the Fairfield County Community Foundation and Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants. The program encouraged the children to explore self-expression and storytelling through a variety of visual media -  including drawing, painting, sculpting, photography and video. 

“Elements” at Sterling House Community Center, Stratford 

Friday, November 11, 6-8 pm

The Arts Alliance of Stratford invites you to join an opening reception and sale for an exhibit that interprets the many definitions and artist interpretations of “element.” Form your own interpretation as you stroll and explore.

Bridgeport Art Trail

Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 6-9 pm

Enjoy art, live music, storytelling, poetry, film screenings, hands-on demos, and family fun at many arts venues and galleries throughout Bridgeport. Tour artists’ studios at American Fabrics, Metro Art Studios, The NEST Art Factory, the Knowlton, and more. Arts venues include City Lights and URSA galleries, the Klein, Bijou Theatre and Park City Music Hall.

Open Studios, Loft Artists Association Gallery, Stamford

Friday, November 11, 6-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday, November 12 & 13,  1-5 pm

Come and explore the studios and galleries, meet artists and get a rare glimpse into the life of a working artist in a collaborative and professional environment. Art collectors, dealers and anyone with an appreciation for high quality artwork will enjoy the opportunity to see the work of 25 diverse artists all in one location. 

The Ultimate Boyband Tribute – Larger Than Life at Bijou Theatre, Bridgeport

Friday, November 11, 8pm

Step back in time at the biggest 90s Party since the Backstreet Boys shut down Times Square. Performing over 40 Boyband songs by the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, New Kids On The Block, 98 Degrees, O-Town, Boyz II Men, LFO, One Direction and many more! And for extra fun the boyz take you back even further with hits by The Jackson 5, Temptations, Four Seasons and other classic male groups! This is the only act of its kind featuring actual boy band singing, dancing, costumes and that pop look. 

Black Violin: Give Thanks Tour at The Palace Theatre, Stamford

Friday, November 11, 8-10 pm

Expect to dance along to hits from this band’s Grammy Nominated Take the Stairs album as well as holiday favorites from their Give Thanks album. Led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin), and joined by DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes, this band employs playful storytelling, whimsical string melodies, and hard-hitting beats to highlight the unifying pillars of the holiday season. 

Piano Bar at Ridgefield Theater Barn

Friday, November 11 & Saturday, November 12, 8-10 pm

It’s an entertaining evening filled with live music, talented performers, and good company where brave attendees may even be shaken out of their comfort zone to hop on the stage themselves. Experience the Manhattan cabaret scene with accompanist Lisa Riggs Hobbs and co-hosts Pamela Jones and Jeffery Albanesi who guide audiences along a spontaneous musical evening of unpredictable laughter and fun. 

“Subject Matter” at Metro Art Studios, Bridgeport

Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 10am-5pm

Miggs Burroughs curates a stunning new exhibit at the Crown Gallery with participating artists and several CAFC members: Sue Benton, Miggs Burroughs, Vince Calenzo, Erica Katz, and Jay Petrow. The work includes photography, painting, and mixed media, and is on view through January 6th. While you’re there, enjoy the Open Studios events as part of the Bridgeport Art Trail, including a body painting demo with Alicia Cobb and storytelling with Denise Susalka on Saturday and a concert with The Alternate Routes on Sunday.

 “DefineArt” at The Knowlton, Bridgeport 

Saturday, November 12, 4-11:45pm

The first ever hybrid art and NFT exhibit in Connecticut! Over 6,000 square feet of pure artistic creativity will be on display, beginning with a Panel Discussion centered around traditional visual arts and the convergence of NFTs in the marketplace, followed by an exhibit of Contemporary Art and Photography, alongside Digital NFT Creations Minting Live. ‘Get Behind the Canvas’ with Art of Everyone and paint the First Ever Laser Guided NFT which will be “Minted” as an NFT Piece of Art. Wrap up the day with an After Party not to be missed!

“Absolute Queen” at Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport

Saturday, November 12, 5-8pm  

Experience the hyper-realistic sights and sounds of Queen, filled with all of the many hits, incredible vocals, stories about Queen and the songs, costume changes, and high energy sing along songs that will lift you off your seat.

“SPAG Right NOW!” at St Philip Artists Guild, Norwalk

Saturday, November 12, 6:00 - 9:00pm

Norwalk’s St Philip Artists Guild (SPAG) brings you an exhibit featuring 22 artists participating in a pop up, one-night-only exhibition and open studios event, plus live music, silent auction, sips and nibbles.

Robert Klein at SHU Community Theatre, Fairfield 

Saturday, November 12, 8-10pm

Come and see the comedian that Jerry Seinfeld calls the “Beatles of Comedy.” For more than 40 years, Robert Klein has been making audiences laugh and critics cheer on Broadway, television and film. 

‘Search For Maestro’ at Klein Memorial Auditorium, Bridgeport 

Saturday, November 12, 8-11pm 

World-Renowned Conductor and Pianist Benjamin Hochman takes the helm and solos with the ‘First Turn’ of Turn, Turn, Turn in which Greater Bridgeport Symphony auditions a successor to replace Music Director Eric Jacobsen. Three concerts will showcase conductors hand-picked by Jacobsen to be his successor. 

Holiday Artisans Market at Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan 

Saturday November 12 & Sunday November 13, 11am-4 pm

Get a jump on your holiday shopping at a fine art craft show with a wide range of artists and meet and speak with the artists and artisans. Ceramics, Jewelry, Fiber Arts, Glass all on display with an extended Holiday Gallery Gift Store for you to enjoy. 

Musical Borderlands at Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield

Sunday, November 13, 3-4:45 pm  

In this solo recital, Pianist Orin Grossman shares his fascination for musical borderlands: places where popular culture and so-called high culture connect. He ‘travels’ the Americas to present music from Brazil, Cuba, and the United States. Among the featured composers are Ernesto Lecuona (who was called “the Cuban Gershwin”), Ernesto Nazareth, an early pioneer of Brazilian music, Scott Joplin, and George Gershwin.

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page at

]]> (Lorie Lewis) Events Fri, 11 Nov 2022 04:51:56 -0500
Fairfield County Bank Reports Check Washing Fraud on the Rise, Find Out How to Protect Yourself!

Check fraud has been on the rise in recent weeks, particularly check washing. In 2021, nearly 2.8 million reports of fraud were filed with the Federal Trade Commission, marking a record high.

Check washing is a type of check fraud that occurs when a written check has been stolen and “washed", oftentimes with common household chemicals, to remove the ink. The scammer can then change the check amount and payee. This antiquated approach to fraud has seen a resurgence recently and stands as the second most common form of consumer fraud. Check washing results in $815 million lost in the United States each year alone.

“Safety and security for our clients is imperative to our organization,” said Fairfield County Bank President, Daniel Berta. “We are doing everything within the Bank we can to protect our clients. At home, one of the best things to do is to educate yourself on the types of fraud and how to prevent it.”

There are a few steps to take in preventing check washing.

You can start by utilizing online banking and electronic forms of Bill Pay as a more secure way to pay. If writing a check cannot be avoided, it should be done using a black gel pen. The gel seeps into the fibers of a check and will ruin an attempt of washing. Any valuable mail should be taken directly inside a USPS Postal Office and handed to an employee.

Using stand-alone USPS receptable boxes should be avoided, as scammers can “fish” for mail by dropping a string with a sticky substance on the end into the receptacle and pulling back out envelopes. Do not place valuable mail in your mailbox. Never raise the red flag on the box, as this is an invitation and draws criminal attention to take your mail over other boxes where the flag is down.

Positive Pay, an automated fraud prevention system used to protect against forged, altered, and counterfeit checks, is available for businesses.

For more information and tips on preventing check washing please visit:

]]> (Jillian Fernandez) Public safety Thu, 10 Nov 2022 05:09:16 -0500
Holiday Fair in Stamford on November 19

Start your holiday shopping a little early at St. Bridget of Ireland’s Holiday Fair.

The annual event, hosted by the Church’s Ladies Guild, will be held on Saturday, November 19, in the Church’s Parish Hall, 278 Strawberry Hill Avenue in Stamford, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Fair features dozens of vendors with beautiful, handmade items, along with a raffle and bake sale.

The event is free and open to the public, and proceeds help fund special projects at the Church throughout the year.

]]> (Melissa LoParco) Events Wed, 02 Nov 2022 14:21:38 -0400
Stamford Family Starts Distribution of Ultra-Premium Water from Alabama Aquifer

A Stamford family has started a distribution company that will be the exclusive provider of ultra-premium water drawn from an Alabama aquifer and is touted as the purest on the commercial market.

KAO Distribution, headed by Khairi, Anisa and Omar Fortt, will lead the business that distributes Eleven86 Real Artesian Water. Dr. Tabitha Fortt and her husband, Guy, are assisting their children in the start-up process and are also stakeholders in Eleven86.

KAO Distribution is seeking to distribute the water to stores in Fairfield and New Haven with plans to eventually expand its reach into additional regions of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and New England. People can find Eleven86 at Jimmy’s Pizza, Juice Kings and Riviera Maya in Stamford and can also have it distributed through a subscription service.

Khairi, a former professional football player, is President of KAO Distribution. Anisa serves as Chief Operating Officer and Omar, a former football player at the University of Connecticut, is the company’s Chief Marketing Officer.

“We believe everyone should have access to clean and pure water,’’ said Anisa, who established her own athletic credentials as a track and field athlete at the University of Delaware. “I don’t think people should ever have to compromise. My parents have done a great job in helping us build a legacy, and we’re excited to take what we’ve learned and pass that knowledge and determination down to future family members.”

            “This can only happen by the grace and mercy of God who is the author and finisher of our faith,’’ added Khairi.

            Eleven86 Real Artesian Water comes from Autaugaville, Ala., a town of about 800 residents and only eight square miles in central Alabama. The source is an aquifer that has been protected from surface contaminants and pollutants. The aquifer can only be reached by a well. A well drilled into the aquifer is called an artesian well, and water that reaches the ground surface under the natural pressure of the aquifer is called a flowing artesian well.

            The Fortts became involved when a family friend looking for investors asked for partners to start the business. Dr. Fortt and her husband joined three other investors and purchased land where the well is located. Using satellites to help find the precise location, the group found the spot to tap into the aquifer. The company that bottles the water, MRaine Industries of Autaugaville, operates out of a 225,000 square foot building that brought 25 jobs to the community.

“Everyone in Alabama knows artesian water is there,’’ Dr. Fortt said. “It used to be great drinking spring water. But no one ever took the time find an aquifer big enough to create a supply for widespread sale.”

            MRaine Industries launched distribution in April 2018. In less than a year, Eleven86 became a multi-million bottle brand. The water is the purest on the market, with a pH reading of 6.9. The pH value of 7.0 is considered the purest balance of water. Most commercial brands have pH values substantially lower or higher than the 7.0 figure.

            The water is delivered by truck to Stamford and stored in a warehouse. KAO Distribution has affiliated with a local trucking company to deliver pallets to customers interested in offering water to consumers. KAO Distribution plans a regional expansion and is seeking to leverage its relationships with professional athletes and organizations to help build the business.

            “Eleven86 water is an ultra-premium water at a mainstream price,’’ Guy Fortt said. “It is the best-tasting water on the market.”

            KAO Distribution also takes pride in being recognized as a minority-owned business. According to the Connecticut Small Business Association, racial minorities own just 12.1 percent of businesses in the state. The Fortt children will be the primary force behind the distribution company along with their brother Jafar.

            “We’re doing this to help the main organization get into new markets, but we also wanted to build this legacy and have something for the kids, like their own 401(k),’’ Guy Fortt said. “We see this as an opportunity to build a strong business with a great product that people are going to enjoy.”

            For more information, contact KAO Distribution at or by phone at 203-807-8137. 

]]> (Thomas Renner) Neighbors Tue, 01 Nov 2022 06:49:59 -0400
The Mayor's Gallery presents "A Look Back"

The Mayor’s Gallery presents: “A Look Back", a retrospective selection of artist’s work since 2005, curated by Lina Morielli on view November 8th – January 6th, 2023

Artists’ reception Thursday, November 17th 5:30-7:30 PM

The Mayor’s Gallery of Stamford has been managed by local artist, arts activist and curator Lina Morielli since 2005 when Mayor Dannel Malloy wanted to create an on going community gallery for local artists.  Morielli has now decided to devote her time to other arts projects and her studio practice, but wanted the opportunity before she left to take “A Look Back” at some of the wonderful art that has been exhibited through the years. She and the new gallery manager, Ellen Gordon have assembled as many artists as they could find who have had solo shows.

“This is a powerful and eclectic display of artwork from a group of highly accomplished professional artists. I’ve been so lucky to have had the opportunity to work them and to bring their work to the community.”  Lina Morielli

The Mayor’s Gallery will now be curated by arts administrator and artist Ellen Gordon.  She’s already put together an exciting schedule of new work by local artists to grace the walls of the 10th floor. The Mayor’s Gallery not for profit art space which gives area artists an opportunity to exhibit their work. There are six exhibitions annually featuring emerging and professional artists.

The artists who will be exhibiting in “A Look Back”: Claudio Altesor, Michael Callahan

Bob Callahan, Lynda James Carroll, Rosa Colon, Lisa Cuscuna, Margaret Cibulsky, Nat Connacher, Joe Dermody, Eugenie Diserio, Carol Dixon, Heide Follin, Maria Friscia, Ellen Gordon, Mari Gyorgey, Bruce Horan, Benice Horowitz, Yuko Ike, Kwame Henry Jones, Maureen Renahan Krinsley,  Paul Larson, Cate M. Leach,  Inna Linov, Mary Louse Long, Barbara Mathis, , Susan McCaslin ,Mark Macrides, Kathy Milligan, Karen V. Neems, Wendi Ohlson, Jay Petrow, Dana Scinto,  Alissa Siegal, Julliette Tehrani, and Xiomaro.

A public reception is scheduled for Thursday, November 17th 5:30 – 7:30 PM. 

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

Parking on site and handicap accessible

Weekdays 9am - 4pm by appointment please contact:

]]> (Ellen Gordon) Events Mon, 31 Oct 2022 12:58:37 -0400
Stamford Museum & Nature Center Relocate Historic Telescope

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center (SM&NC) marked a major milestone in its history this week as it took the first step to relocate its historic Gregory-Maksutov Telescope to the Astronomical Lyceum, a historical telescope museum in Magdalena, New Mexico. Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons joined SM&NC officials on Tuesday to witness the telescope being craned through the dome of the current observatory.

Stamford-based Frank Compo & Sons Inc., the same family company that hoisted and lowered the telescope through the dome in 1965 – returned to extract and relocate it under the expert guidance of engineer and astronomer John W. Briggs and the SM&NC’s distinguished Science Advisory Council.

“Our priority is the safe transport of this historic Maksutov telescope to New Mexico, where we will enjoy a great partnership with the Lyceum,” said SM&NC CEO Melissa H. Mulrooney. “Not only will they be able to keep the telescope in good repair, but we will benefit from being able to look at the dark sky, with viewing unlike what we could ever see here in Connecticut.”

The telescope’s move also makes way for the demolition of the museum’s decommissioned observatory, followed by any necessary site work, and the construction of a new Planetarium & Astronomy Center, the second major signature venue to be added to the SM&NC’s 118-acre campus in the last five years.

At nearly 10,000-square-feet, the new Planetarium & Astronomy Center will combine and expand the SM&NC Observatory with a full planetarium. The facility will feature three levels that include a first-floor, 100-seat planetarium auditorium with state-of-the-art technology, a second-floor Science Lab classroom, and a third level that includes housing for a 22-inch lunar telescope, a solar telescope and a rollback roof to a public viewing deck. In addition to being a cultural attraction, the facility will serve as a center for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and astronomy, and math) education, supporting the Connecticut State standards and new Generation Science Standards.

The Planetarium & Astronomy Center and the Knobloch Family Farmhouse, which opened in November 2018, are part of the SM&NC’s visionary master plan to build future capacity for the museum’s educational and public spaces.           

 For more information, please visit

]]> (Melissa LoParco) Life Mon, 31 Oct 2022 12:55:30 -0400
Holiday Wish: An Immersive, Light-Filled World of Holiday Enchantment in Stamford November 11 through December 24!

Parachute Concerts and LUMAGICA- USA announce the premiere of Holiday Wish: Follow the Magic, taking place this Holiday Season at Stamford Town Center, Downtown Stamford, CT. 

Open daily from November 11 through December 24, 2022, Holiday Wish is an immersive walk-through event that delivers a sensory entertainment experience. This 20,000 sq ft. interactive event comes to life, glowing with a series of luminous environments that capture the wonder of a spectacular holiday-themed village. 

A new Holiday Tradition designed to put families into the Spirit of the Season, Holiday Wish incorporates visual storytelling at its best.  Along the journey though Holiday Wish, guests follow the magic through each feature. From the Elves’ Quarters, where they care for the reindeer, to an epic Twinkling Forest and Frozen in Time winter world.  Children will love the Holiday Wish filled interactive wonderland, featuring a digital snow snowball fight with a virtual snowman, and much more.   Children will love the friendly challenge of being enlisted by the elves at Santa’s Workshop who need inspiration to overcome their creative blocks. Only one thing sparks their inspiration: children believing in the magic of the season.

The experience culminates in the grand finale at the North Pole where – if all goes as hoped! – the elves will be busy making toys in their workshop. Here, guests revel to their heart’s content in giant walk-in presents, a visit to Santa’s throne, and an animatronic snow bear band. Guests experience the magic of The North Pole, completing an inspired exploration that ensures holiday wishes come true. And restores the wonder of the season.

Also located within Holiday Wish is the Christmas in America Retail Shop, a shopping area featuring treasured mementos, snacks, candy and more.

Juan Novoa, Lead Designer, LUMAGICA, orchestrates the event, created to illuminate the holidays for everyone. “From the power of inspiration to the joy of creating, Holiday Wish delivers a treasure trove of uplifting, family-friendly experiences for the season.” 

Ilario Altamura, Partner, Parachute Concerts, is delighted to participate in the partnership with LUMAGICA to author a new kind of live and in-person Christmas tradition.  “The event is both an activation and an invitation. We want to redefine how a new generation experiences the wonder and magic of the Holidays,” says Altamura.

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]]> (PJ Kennedy) Events Mon, 31 Oct 2022 12:54:01 -0400