Stamfordnorth's HamletHub Sat, 02 Jul 2022 17:23:12 -0400 Happy 4th of July! Stamford Fireworks Guide

 In celebration of July 4th, the City of Stamford will hold fireworks at Cummings Beach TONIGHT Friday, July 1st. The rain date will be Saturday, July 2nd.

Residents will be able to bring blankets and chairs to the beach. There will be food trucks onsite, and the fireworks will begin shortly after 9:00 pm.

Below is additional information regarding parking and traffic before and after the fireworks:

Parking Information

  • No parking either side of Shippan Avenue from Wallace Street to the Magee Avenue intersection as of 3:00 PM.
  • No parking on the left side of Iroquois, Wampanaw & Rippowam Road as of 3:00 PM.
  • No parking on the south side of Myrtle Avenue from the intersection with Elm Street to #162 Myrtle as of 3:00 PM.
  • Boaters please be aware that from 3:00 PM on directly off of Cummings Park’s beach, there will be a 1,000’ safety zone around the fireworks barge from Buoy #6 to 1,000’ from shore.
  • Boaters please be aware that the West Beach boat ramp will be shut down at 6:30 PM.
  • At 8:00 PM, the intersection of Shippan Avenue / Magee Avenue will be closed to southbound traffic and only resident access is available at that time. At 8:30 PM, Magee Avenue will be closed to traffic.
  • At 9:00 PM, Shippan Avenue from Wallace Street north will become one way northbound only (2 lanes). Magee Avenue will be one way northbound only (2 lanes).

After the Show

  • Traffic exiting Shippan Point will be directed north onto Magee Avenue and west onto Jefferson (Urban Transitway) for access to Canal Street, Atlantic Street, and Washington Boulevard toward I-95.
  • Traffic exiting Cummings Park via Shippan Avenue will be directed north onto Shippan Avenue to access Elm Street, Myrtle Avenue, I-95, and East Main Street.
  • Traffic exiting Cummings Park via Soundview Avenue will utilize Soundview Avenue or Willowbrook Avenue to Cove Road.
  • Foot traffic at Cummings Park will be released first, followed by vehicles.
]]> (City of Stamford) Events Fri, 01 Jul 2022 13:04:11 -0400
ParkConneCT Program That Offers Increased Bus Services To State Parks and Beaches This Summer

Governor Ned Lamont today is reminding Connecticut residents about the state’s ParkConneCT program, which is offering increased bus services to Connecticut state parks and beaches. A continuation of a pilot program launched last year, the program offers fare-free shuttles and enhanced existing transit service to various state parks and beaches this summer through Labor Day (Monday, September 5, 2022).

The program, which is a collaboration of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), aims to connect people to Connecticut state parks for the summer season, support seasonal employment, and promote recreational activity to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

The governor, along with CTDOT and DEEP officials, today highlighted the program by riding the Sherwood Island Shuttle from the Green’s Farms Metro North Station in Westport to Sherwood Island State Park. While at the park, the governor addressed the media and met with visitors enjoying the beach and boardwalk.

“Being able to catch a shuttle from the commuter station right to this beautiful shoreline park is a convenient resource to enjoy the outdoors that otherwise,” Governor Lamont said. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Connecticut’s state parks are one of the best things about living here, and connecting our residents to them is important. That’s what the ParkConneCT program is all about.”

“ParkConneCT increases access to the positive physical and mental benefits one can get from being out in our beautiful state parks,” DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes said. “It can also help people who have seasonal employment with DEEP get to their workplace. Thank you, Governor Lamont and our DOT partners for the vision and collaboration on this important program. We hope you consider utilizing this service this summer and have a safe, fun, rejuvenating time in your state parks.”

“I’m excited to kick off the Fourth of July weekend by taking public transportation to one of our beautiful state parks,” CTDOT Commissioner Joseph Giulietti said. “Now is a great time to give public transit a try. It’s a convenient and reliable way to move across Connecticut. With fare free buses running statewide and through expanded free ParkConneCT services, like microtransit, trolleys, and shuttles, we’re expanding access to beaches and parks across Connecticut.”

All buses associated with the ParkConneCT pilot program will run fare free through Labor Day (September 5, 2022). Additionally, as part of the fiscal year 2023 budget, all buses statewide are operating without collecting fares until November 30, 2022 (with the exception of premium on-demand ridesharing programs). Wheels 2U and Valley Transit District’s on-demand ridesharing services will only be free on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays observed on July 4 and September 5, when using the service to or from parks in the ParkConneCT program.

The parks included in the ParkConneCT pilot program are:

  • Fort Trumbull State Park
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park
  • Indian Well State Park
  • Osbornedale State Park
  • Sherwood Island State Park
  • Silver Sands State Park
  • Sleeping Giant State Park

The state parks for this pilot program were selected based on criteria prioritizing seasonal employment levels, recreational summer activities, frequently traveled tourist destinations, and existing service connections. Routes were selected by performing an analysis using geospatial information systems and prioritizing areas where the most cost-effective improvements could be made to connect people to the parks.

Since the launch of the pilot program, CTDOT has continued to collect and assess ridership and passenger trip data to measure the success of the program. Those efforts will continue this year and will include a survey to collect additional information from riders.

For more information on ParkConneCT, visit

ParkConneCT Service Schedule

Hammonasset Beach State Park (Madison)

  • Hourly service on the Clinton Trolley that now stops at Middle Beach (operates Thursday through Sunday and holidays)
  • 30-minute service on the Madison Shuttle that stops at Middle Beach (operates on weekends and holidays)
  • Service every two hours on the 9-Town Transit 645: Madison/Middletown that stops at Middle Beach (Diverts into the park on Saturdays)
  • CTtransit Route 201 from New Haven operates weekdays and Saturdays, connecting to the Madison Shuttle route serving Hammonasset
  • Direct Bus service available from the Madison, Clinton and Old Saybrook train stations

Silver Sands State Park (Milford)

  • Hourly service on the Silver Sands Shuttle (operates weekends and holidays)
  • Hourly service on the Milford Route 3 (operates Monday-Saturday)
  • 30-minute daily Coastal Link service to Milford Train Station
  • New Haven Line to Milford Train Station connects to Milford Route 3 and the Silver Sands Shuttle
  • CTtransit Routes 261 and 271 from New Haven meet the Silver Sands Shuttle route at the CT Post Mall on weekends

Fort Trumbull State Park (New London)

  • Hourly service on the SEAT Route 13: New London to Lawrence, Memorial Hospital and Ocean Beach (operates on Saturdays, no service on Sundays/holidays)
  • Shore Line East train to New London Union Station connects with SEAT Route 13
  • Bus service (or walkable) from New London Union Station
  • Thames River Heritage Park River Taxi Harbor Cruise (service begins June 11)
  • On-Demand Ridesharing: New London’s “Smart Ride” operates Monday through Saturday. Customers can schedule a ride by downloading the “SEAT Connect” app via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or via their web browser)

Sleeping Giant State Park (Hamden)

  • Hourly Monday to Sunday service on the New Haven Route 228: Whitney Ave (operates Monday to Sunday)
  • Hourly Monday to Sunday service on the New Haven Route 229: New Haven – Waterbury (operates Monday to Sunday)
  • Farmington Canal Heritage Trail is a walk across Whitney Avenue to Sleeping Giant State Park

Sherwood Island State Park (Westport)

  • Wheels 2U Westport and Norwalk Transit District are operating ride-sharing shuttles. Download the app, request a ride, and the shuttle will pick passengers up from anywhere in the Westport service area and take them to Sherwood Island State Park and back. To use the Weekend Wheels 2U service, for free on weekends and holidays, the pickup or drop off location must be Sherwood Island State Park.
  • Coastal Link: Take the bus to the stop at CT Route 1 and Sherwood Island Connector then use the Wheels 2U Westport app to get a ride
  • Take the train to Saugatuck Station or Greens Farms Station then use the Wheels 2U Westport app to get a ride

Osbornedale State Park (Derby) & Indian Well State Park (Shelton)

  • On weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Valley Transit District (VTD) will provide transportation, within its service area boundaries, from Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, and Shelton, to Indian Well and Osbornedale State Parks using its on-demand ride reservation service. Non-Valley residents can utilize VTD ParkConneCT service with same day pick-up and drop-off at the Derby/Shelton train station. The hours of operation are from 8am to 6pm. VTD buses are wheelchair accessible and air conditioned. Riders are to contact VTD’s reservation/dispatch department at (203) 735-6408 for same day service to Osbornedale and Indian Well parks. Valley Transit District service will be fare-free only on weekends and holidays, and when going to Osbornedale or Indian Well parks.
  • GBT Route 15: Connects downtown Bridgeport to Derby/Shelton train station (connects on weekends)
  • CTtransit Route 255: New Haven/Ansonia/Seymour connects downtown New Haven to Derby/Shelton train station (connects on weekends)
]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Fri, 01 Jul 2022 10:39:10 -0400
The Mayor's Gallery presents "Fabric and Thread: Quilts as Wall Art": artwork by Margaret Cibulsky

The Mayor’s Gallery presents:

“Fabric and Thread: Quilts as Wall Art”

Artwork by Margaret Cibulsky

 July 11th –September 7th, 2022 

Artists’ reception Monday July 25th from 5:30-7:00 pm

The Mayor’s Gallery of Stamford warmly welcomes Margaret Cibulsky with her first solo exhibition featuring original quilts as art intended to be hung on a wall. The emphasis is on design rather than functionality. The exhibition runs from July 11th through September 7th, 2022. There will be an artist’s reception on Monday July 25th from 5:30- 7:00 pm from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM which is open to the public.

Stamford based Margaret Cibulsky learned how to operate a sewing machine watching her mother make garments and practical items such as curtains. After losing her husband to cancer, Ms. Cibulsky’s first foray into quilting was joining a church group that made comfort quilts for seriously ill congregants. Her first original quilt was a tribute to her husband and the life they had made together. The fabrics came from her husband’s clothing and is a place holder for past memories and future hopes.

Ms. Cibulsky is a self-taught quilter who learned from other members of the NYC Metro Modern Guild, books, blogs and then workshops. Before that she taught kindergarten and first grade for 32 years but now devotes herself to designing and making quilts.

Margaret moved to Stamford in 2018, is a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, NYC Metro Modern Quilters and is Co-President of the Northern Star Quilters in Westchester.

View more of Margaret’s work on Instagram at #margaret_stamford on instagram.

  •  10th floor Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford, CT
  • Parking on-site
  • handicap accessible
  • open weekdays 9am - 4pm by appointment
  • Questions? Call 203.536.8277
]]> (Ellen Gordon) Events Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:40:36 -0400
Stamford Police Association Soccer Team 2022 Champions!

Tonight, we are proud to introduce the Stamford Police Association Soccer Team, as 2022, indoor soccer league champions.
This COED, SPA team had an amazing start, but after a series of injuries and order backs, the team was tired, and slumped mid season.
In June, we added all-state High School goalie, Tom “The Vacuum” Landry, to the line up, after returning from two major surgeries. Tonight, he registered his first shutout.
They limped into the playoffs, with a record of 7 wins, 4 losses, and 1 tie. They persevered as they overcame undercover professional players, unfavorable refs, and bad whistles to peak at the right time. 
Tonight they beat “AMATEUR HOUR” and posted a convincing 3-0 win. 
Hot play by strikers, Javve “CC” Canales, Kevin “The Dentist” Louchard, and Emily “Not Covid Compromised” Guerra, all scored net. 
However, it was the 20-shot on goal onslaught, that just wore out “The Amateurs”, capturing the League trophy.
Everyone on this team is an “All-Star” and every player contributed to the success of the team. It’s refreshing to see such a diverse group of players, come together, and win as a team 
Congrats Champs!
To view additional photos, visit Stamford Police Department online here.
]]> (Stamford Police Dept) Neighbors Wed, 29 Jun 2022 16:36:27 -0400
Lamont Announces Return of Program Allowing Children To Receive Free Admission at Connecticut Museums During the Summer Months

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the popular state program Connecticut Summer at the Museum is returning for the 2022 summer season, enabling Connecticut children to receive free admission at more than 130 museums across the state during the summer months.

The governor established the program in 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way of providing children with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences. It is funded through a $15 million investment in federal COVID-19 recovery funding Connecticut received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

Under the program, from July 1, 2022, to September 5, 2022, Connecticut children aged 18 and under – plus one accompanying Connecticut adult – can receive free admission to any of the participating museums, including historic house museums, historic sites, historical societies, art museums, children’s museums, science centers, special-interest museums, natural history museums, university museums, arboretums/botanical gardens and zoos.

The full list of participating museums is available at

Some of the notable attractions include:

  • Connecticut Science Center, Hartford
  • Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
  • Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington
  • Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center, Washington
  • Kidcity Children’s Museum, Middletown
  • Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Norwalk
  • Mystic Aquarium, Mystic
  • Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic
  • Prudence Crandall Museum, Canterbury

“We are thrilled to bring back this popular summer enrichment program for Connecticut kids and families at a time when affordability is top of mind for so many households,” Governor Lamont said. “The world-class museums and cultural institutions across Connecticut offer unmatched educational and recreational experiences that will keep kids engaged all season long and spark curiosity for years to come.”

“Governor Lamont and I are very proud to be able to offer this program to Connecticut children and families,” Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz said. “Free museum admission is a great way to spark children’s curiosity and keep them engaged before next school year, continuing their learning at no cost to mom and dad.”

“We fought for federal ARPA funding to help increase educational and cultural opportunities for Connecticut children,” the members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation said in a joint statement. “Free access to Connecticut’s world class museums and cultural institutions will provide our youth with countless educational, creative, and recreational experiences.”

The Connecticut Summer at the Museum program is being administered by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts and Connecticut Humanities in partnership with the Office of the Governor, Connecticut State Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood, and Office of Tourism.

While any museum in Connecticut can choose to participate in the program by offering free admission, eligible properties had an opportunity to apply for grant funding. More than 120 grants were awarded, calculated based on the applicant’s average revenue from children’s admissions over the same period for multiple years, plus a base award tied to operating budget. The minimum grant award is $1,000.

“Museums and other arts and cultural institutions play an important role in our local communities and economies, plus they are rich canvases for socio-emotional development in young people,” Liz Shapiro, director of arts, preservation, and museums at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, said. “This is the only program of its kind in the United States. We applaud all participating museums and encourage everyone to take advantage.”

“Between zoos, aquariums, museums, and more, Connecticut’s children and families have access to enriching educational opportunities to ensure learning continues to happen every day, everywhere during the summer months,” Connecticut Education Commissioner Charlene M. Russell-Tucker said. “This is critical to our collective efforts to accelerate learning this summer and into the next school year.”

“Connecticut has an incredibly diverse array of museums reflecting our state’s different histories, cultures and communities – all of which contribute to our vibrant tourism scene,” Noelle P. Stevenson, director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism, said. “We are thrilled to help spread the word about this unique program for state residents and the magnificent institutions it supports. ‘Find Your Vibe’ this summer at Connecticut museums!”

Participating museums have discretion to administer the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program to the best of their ability and according to their needs. Certain restrictions may apply, and capacity may be limited (e.g., limit to one adult per household, block-out dates, exclusions for special events, etc.). Connecticut residents should check each museum’s website to learn of any restrictions before visiting.

Additionally, Governor Lamont is reminding residents that all public transit buses in Connecticut are operating fare-free through November 30, 2022, and are a convenient way of receiving transportation to many of these great destinations.

Anyone taking advantage of this program is encouraged to share their experiences on social media using the program hashtag, #CTSummerMuseums.

]]> (Office of the Governor) Places Wed, 29 Jun 2022 13:28:21 -0400
Stamford Board of REALTORS® (SBOR) Awards 2022 Frank N. Green Community Service Scholarships to 10 Stamford Graduating Seniors

Congratulations to the 2022 Scholarship Winners: Olivia Anne Conte, Kayla Glynn, Jade Hutchinson, Ananya Kotian, Alejandro Jose Lopez Gonzalez, Carrington Mattis, Aishwarya Sivasubramanian and Jeremy Young.

Not Pictured are Claire Cody and Kaitlyn M. Pepa

Shown with the students at the presentation on Tuesday evening at The Stamford Board of REALTORS® offices are Jeffrey Wirz, SBOR Director and Chair of the Scholarship Committee, Jacqueline Naudet, SBOR Director, Roxanna Bajra, SBOR President, Rhonda Green, daughter of Frank N. Green, Nancy Hadden, SBOR Treasurer, Pina Basone, SBOR Director and Ken Fried, SBOR Vice President.

Since 1994 SBOR has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors who are Stamford residents that attend one of the city's public, private, parochial, or state schools. The scholarships are based on service and leadership in the community and their school. This year 10 students each received $1,000 for their extraordinary commitment to giving back while in pursuit of a higher education.  

The Stamford Board of REALTORS established in 1919, is the local chapter of the National Association of REALTORS®(NAR), the largest professional trade association in the country serving over 1.6 million real estate professionals nationwide.


]]> (Laura Rubinfeld ) Neighbors Wed, 29 Jun 2022 12:16:46 -0400
Fairfield County Bank is collecting school supplies for local families in need

Fairfield County Bank is holding a Back to School Drive benefitting Friends of Karen now through July 15, 2022.

Friends of Karen is a local nonprofit organization that provides emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families in order to help keep them stable, functioning, and able to cope.

Needed School Supplies

• Sturdy Backpack Large Enough to Hold Laptop and Supplies

• Package of Ticonderoga Pre-Sharpened #2 Pencils

• 12 pack of Crayola Pre-Sharpened Colored Pencils

• Large Glue Sticks

• Two-Pocket Plastic Folders

• Set of Crayola Fine Tip Markers in Classic Colors

• Latex Free Pink Eraser

• Yellow Highlighters

• Pencil Sharpener with Cover

• Wide Rule Composition Book

There are donation bins in each of Fairfield County Bank's 17 locations:

Bridgeport | Danbury | Darien | Fairfield | Georgetown | Norwalk | Ridgefield Rowayton | Stamford | Weston | Westport | Wilton

Benefitting Local Families through Friends of Karen

Learn more about Friends of Karen


]]> (HH) Charities Wed, 29 Jun 2022 06:11:00 -0400
Red Cross helps Stamford family after fire on Main Street

The American Red Cross is helping one family – two adults – after a fire today on Main Street, Stamford. The Red Cross provided assistance to meet the family's immediate needs. Responders included: Melissa Hunter, Nour Al Zouabi, Susan Shaw, and Mary Griffith.

The Red Cross also provided a recovery envelope containing information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more. The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant; shaving supplies and other items a resident might need when suddenly displaced from their home by a fire.

Those affected will connect with Red Cross caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan. The Red Cross is able to provide assistance through the generosity of our donors and commitment of our volunteers.

]]> (Red Cross) Neighbors Sat, 25 Jun 2022 15:08:07 -0400
Lamont says reproductive rights will be protected in Connecticut

Governor Ned Lamont today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturns the landmark protections on reproductive rights that were prescribed nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision drastically oversteps the constitutional right for Americans to make their own reproductive healthcare decisions without government interference. Decisions on reproductive healthcare should only be made between a patient and their doctor without the interference of politicians. This ruling will not only result in a patchwork of unequal laws among the states, but more importantly, it will result in dangerous and life-threatening situations similar to what this country witnessed countless times in the era prior to the landmark Roe case in which women died or were left severely injured because they could not access the medical care that they should have every right to access on their own.

“I am grateful to live in Connecticut, where our laws make it clear that women have a right to choose. As long as I am governor, reproductive rights will be protected in Connecticut and I will do everything in my power to block laws from being passed that restrict those rights.”

In May, Governor Lamont signed Public Act 22-19, a first-in-the-nation law that protects medical providers and patients seeking abortion care in Connecticut who may be traveling from other states that have outlawed abortion. Additionally, the law expands abortion access in Connecticut by expanding the type of practitioners eligible to perform certain abortion-related care.

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Fri, 24 Jun 2022 13:44:49 -0400
Lamont says reproductive rights will be protected in Connecticut

Governor Ned Lamont today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturns the landmark protections on reproductive rights that were prescribed nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision drastically oversteps the constitutional right for Americans to make their own reproductive healthcare decisions without government interference. Decisions on reproductive healthcare should only be made between a patient and their doctor without the interference of politicians. This ruling will not only result in a patchwork of unequal laws among the states, but more importantly, it will result in dangerous and life-threatening situations similar to what this country witnessed countless times in the era prior to the landmark Roe case in which women died or were left severely injured because they could not access the medical care that they should have every right to access on their own.

“I am grateful to live in Connecticut, where our laws make it clear that women have a right to choose. As long as I am governor, reproductive rights will be protected in Connecticut and I will do everything in my power to block laws from being passed that restrict those rights.”

In May, Governor Lamont signed Public Act 22-19, a first-in-the-nation law that protects medical providers and patients seeking abortion care in Connecticut who may be traveling from other states that have outlawed abortion. Additionally, the law expands abortion access in Connecticut by expanding the type of practitioners eligible to perform certain abortion-related care.

]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Fri, 24 Jun 2022 13:44:49 -0400
MasterChef Junior Season Eight Winner and Scarsdale Resident Liya Joins All-new Cast for 2022 MasterChef Junior, Tour Stops in Stamford on October 11!

TCG Entertainment, the leader in live entertainment properties and touring productions, in association with Endemol Shine North America, producers of the FOX series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, have announced the all-new cast for the 2022 MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE! Tour.

The 25+ city tour makes a stop in Stamford on October 11, 2022 at The Palace Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at

Season Eight Winner, Liya (of Scarsdale, NY), along with finalist Grayson and fan-favorites A’Dan and Molly will all hit the road with returning Host Mac Dassatti to serve up a perfectly balanced good time for fans of all ages.


Name: Liya
Age: 13
Hometown: Scarsdale, NY

What you are looking forward to on MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE TOUR 2022?

I am so happy to be on the stage cooking again, and finally getting a chance to meet all our fans.

Name: Grayson

Age:  14

Hometown: Austin, TX

What you are looking forward to on MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE TOUR 2022: 
Reuniting with my MasterChef Junior castmates and cooking up great new dishes together! I'm also excited to travel and meet other kids who love to cook as much as I do.

Name: Molly

Age: 13 (Will be 14 in August)

Hometown: Springfield, MO

What are you looking forward to on MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE TOUR 2022?

Traveling to places I haven't been before, to cook in front of a live audience, to reunite with my friends, and to enjoy the experience.

Name: A’Dan

Age: 13

Hometown: Lilburn, GA

What you are looking forward to on MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE! 2022?

I'm looking forward to cooking on stage with my friends, meeting kids in the different states, sharing my culinary skills and experience, and giving fans a good time and great show.

Whether you’re a foodie or just a fan, the 2022 MasterChef Junior Live! tour will feature more mouth-watering cooking demonstrations and challenges to tickle your taste buds and funny bone. A limited number of VIP Packages will be available in all markets and will include signed merchandise and more. Exclusive MasterChef Junior Live! merchandise will also be available for purchase.

To purchase tickets and exclusive merchandise, visit

Catch up on episodes of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR on FOX NOW, Hulu and Tubi.

About The Palace Theatre

The 1,630-seat Palace Theatre is dedicated to performing arts of all genres – music, dance, theatre and comedy. In addition to hosting world-renowned performers in each of those fields, the Palace partners with arts organizations like the Stamford Symphony and Connecticut Ballet for their performances. The Theatre’s three floors encompass a deeper-than-typical Broadway-size stage, a café, a Learning Center, a theatre-long art gallery and a magnificent glass-walled promenade. The Palace is dedicated to providing exciting entertainment that enriches the cultural, educational, economic, and social life of the community. For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter.


About TCG Entertainment

TCG Entertainment is a leading producer of creative content for live entertainment properties and touring productions. Owning multiple intellectual properties, and partnering with top IP holders and studios, TCG has generated decades worth of live family entertainment. With a laundry list of productions enjoyed by millions of audience members around the globe, TCG is the leading authority in providing brands a visionary, one-stop source for live touring and experiences. Visit, for more information.

About Endemol Shine North America

Endemol Shine North America delivers world-class content and compelling storytelling to multiple platforms in the U.S. and across the globe. 

A division of Banijay, the world’s largest international content producer and distributor, subsidiary production companies in the U.S. include Authentic Entertainment, Truly Original, 51 Minds Entertainment, Bunim/Murray Productions, and Stephen David Entertainment. Its Endemol Shine Latino division oversees all original Spanish and Portuguese-language operations across Latin America, including Endemol Shine Brasil, Mexico City-based Endemol Shine Boomdog and Banijay Mexico and U.S. Hispanic.

Endemol Shine North America is behind such hit series as “Big Brother” (CBS), “MasterChef” (FOX), “MasterChef Junior” (FOX), “Wipeout” (TBS), “LEGO Masters” (FOX), "The Courtship" (USA/Peacock), "Foodtastic" (Disney+), "Married to Real Estate" (HGTV), “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo), “The Real Housewives of Potomac” (Bravo), “Below Deck” (Bravo), “Below Deck Mediterranean” (Bravo), “Below Deck Sailing Yacht” (Bravo), "Below Deck Down Under" (Peacock), “Swamp People” (History), “The Challenge” (MTV, Paramount+, CBS) and the upcoming launches of "The Surreal Life" (VH1), "The Real Housewives of Dubai" (Bravo) and “Ripley” (Showtime).


MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, based on the hit FOX television show MASTERCHEF, blends exciting moments and inspirational stories with talented young contestants. Young home cooks face fun and technical challenges proving that when it comes to cooking, age doesn’t matter!

Produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Endemol Shine. Elisabeth Murdoch, Natalka Znak, Danny Schrader, Gordon Ramsay, Pat Llewellyn, Ben Adler, Sharon Levy and DJ Nurre serve as executive producers.

]]> (Michelle Lauricella) Neighbors Fri, 24 Jun 2022 12:06:52 -0400
City of Stamford The Works: Repainting Scalzi Park Basketball Court, COVID Resources and Test Kits, Miles Make Smiles Walk, and MORE!

Exciting News from the Mayor's Office

  • The Connecticut Child Tax Rebate is now accepting applications. Please click here to learn more and apply.
  • Join the City of Stamford and Full Court Peace on July 2nd from 10:00 am – 2:00pm to repaint the basketball court at Scalzi Park. Please click here to sign up or email Aaron Miller ( to sign up for a shift.

Important Information for Stamford Residents

  • Taxes bills have been released, view the notice here.
  • Stamford households can order an additional 12 at-home COVID-19 test kits. Orders can be placed here.
  • Residents can submit road paving suggestions for the Tier 2 list of the “Pave Stamford” initiative here.
  • To subscribe to the Mayor’s Newsletter, click here.

COVID-19 Updates

Case NumbersFollow the City of Stamford’s Covid-19 Dashboard, which provides the latest up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates in the City.

Vaccination: The Center for Disease Control (CDC) expanded eligibility of booster doses to those 12 to 15 years old.

  • Friday, June 24th, 2022:

The vaccination site at Scalzi Park will be open from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The vaccination site will be open at Cummings Beach from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. The Henry Street vaccination clinic is open from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.

  • Saturday, June 25th, 2022:

The vaccination site at Westover School will be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The vaccination site at Cummings Beach will be open from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. The Scalzi Park site will be open from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The Faith Tabernacle site will be open from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, and the Lione Park site will be open from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.

  • Sunday, June 26th, 2022:

The vaccination site at Scalzi Park site will be open from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Cove and West Beach Vaccine Tents will be open from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. The Cummings Park vaccination site will be open from 9:30am – 3:30 pm.

Next week, 6/27– 6/30 vaccines are available at the following locations free without an appointment:

  • All Ages
  • 137 Henry Street Clinic: Tuesday & Thursday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • 137 Henry Street Clinic: Monday & Wednesday: 8:30 – 3:00 pm
  • Scalzi Park: Monday & Thursday 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Cummings Park: Monday & Thursday 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • 1st and 2nd doses are available to all, as well as booster shots for ages 12+ (Pfizer) and 18+ (Moderna/J&J) at all walk up vaccination clinics.

Please visit our website for more information on free pop-up locations around town.

Covid-19 Testing Sites

  • St. Mary’s Church (566 Elm St) testing site will be open at the following times:
  • Monday – Friday 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Accu Reference (689 Canal St) testing site will be open at the following times:
  • Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

More information on COVID-19 vaccines and testing in Stamford are available here.

Other Resources

  • If you are unable to leave your home or are uncomfortable traveling to a vaccine site, the Stamford Department of Health will bring the vaccine to you. Please call 203-977-4378 or 203-977-4369 to schedule your free in-home COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
  • All information about Stamford's response to COVID-19 can be found on our website at
  • Please visit the State of Connecticut's Vaccine Portal for information on how to request a new copy of your card.  

City Services

  • The Take it Or Leave it Shop and the Book Swap Shop are now open:
  • The Take It or Leave It Shop is open on Tuesday & Friday from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • The Book Swap is open on Tuesday & Saturday from 11:00 am -1:00 pm
  • The Scofield Special Collection (55 Rock Rimmon Rd) will be held from 8:00 am-2:00 pm on July 9th, August 6th, September 10th and October 1st
  • The Hazardous Waste Collection event will be held at Rippowam on July 16th, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm


  • The Stamford Recycling Department has released its Spring Recycling and Sanitation Newsletter, click here to view.
  • The Building One Community has released its Skills Development Program, click here to view.
  • Meet Mill River Weekend will occur this weekend. For a schedule of events click here.
  • The Miles Make Smiles Community Walk Events for Mental Well-Being kickoff will be held Wednesday, July 6th at 5:00 pm in Cove Island Park.
  • Residents and visitors are able to view upcoming Stamford Downtown events here. Additionally, view upcoming Stamford concerts, in-person, and virtual events here.

State News

Legislative Digest

Upcoming Meetings

  • Fiscal Committee: Monday, June 27th @ 7:00 pm
  • HCD/SS Committee: Tuesday, June 28th @ 6:30 pm
  • L&R Committee: Tuesday, June 28th @ 7:00 pm
  • Appointments Committee: Wednesday, June 29th @ 6:30 pm
  • Parks and Recreation Committee: Thursday, June 30th @ 7:00 pm
]]> (Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons) Neighbors Thu, 23 Jun 2022 13:52:20 -0400
Stamford resident wins $825,000 in Connecticut Lottery

Wow! A Stamford resident purchased a $20 scratch-off lottery ticket at Newfield Petro gas station in Stamford on June 21 and won $825,000! Connecticut Lottery does not list the name of the winner.

For a complete list of this week's Connecticut Lottery winners click here.

The Connecticut Lottery began in 1972 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary! 

]]> (HH) Neighbors Thu, 23 Jun 2022 09:39:27 -0400
16th Annual Swim Across America Fairfield County on Saturday in Stamford

16th Annual Swim Across America Fairfield County Open Water Swim Scheduled for June 25, 2022
Swim Across America Fairfield County is #makingwaves to #fightcancer! Celebrating its 16th year in Fairfield County, this year’s swim will be held Saturday, June 25, 2022. 
The swim takes place in Stamford in the waters of Long Island Sound at the headquarters of the Swim’s local beneficiary, Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. There are three different swim distances available: a half-mile, one-and-a-half mile and a three mile swim. Boaters, kayakers, paddle boarders and land volunteers participate in this inspirational event with close to 300 swimmers and 100 volunteers. To register as a swimmer or a volunteer, visit
Why does Swim Across America Fairfield County swim to raise money in the fight against cancer? Cancer sadly touches everyone — whether it is a loved one or a friend, everyone knows someone who has been impacted by cancer. 
In 2022, it is estimated that 1.9 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed and there will be 609,360 cancer deaths in the U.S. These staggering statistics offer compelling proof of the need to continue devising new approaches to treatment. Whether it is through swimming, volunteering, donating or cheering on loved ones and friends, Swim Across America Fairfield County welcomes anyone and everyone who wants to be a part of the fight against cancer. 
Funds raised by Swim Across America Fairfield County go directly to support scientific cancer gene therapy grants administered by the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. Swim Across America Fairfield County has raised $4.7 million over the past 15 years. This year’s Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy research fellow funded by Swim Across America Fairfield County is Brian Brown, PhD., professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and associate director of the Precision Immunology Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York, New York). Dr. Brown’s research is working to identify the factors that control immunity and tolerance, and translate these findings into strategies that can be used to turn the immune system against cancer or viruses, working toward a potential breakthrough in the fight against solid tumors. Despite some amazing successes, not all patients respond to current immunotherapies and Dr. Brown thinks he and his team have identified a cell type responsible for poor responses.
“The Swim Across America Fairfield County open water swim is such an inspiring event,” said Cristy Fraser, co-chair of the open water swim. “The gathering of so many families and so many individuals who are honoring those who are special to them is incredible — whether they are currently battling it out, or survivors or have lost someone. To hear the stories and to learn about those whom cancer has touched and to experience that love is just palpable. The feeling of wanting to make a change and to do something for those who have experienced cancer is huge.”
Cristy is the mother of Julian Fraser, a 2014 Greenwich High School graduate and All-American swimmer and water polo player, who sadly passed away in 2017 after a short battle with osteosarcoma. Team Julian, which is one of the largest teams that participates at Swim Across America Fairfield County, swims in Julian’s memory.
"I wasn't a swimmer when I first joined Swim Across America Fairfield County, noted Nancy Carr, co-chair. "But I quickly realized after my friend Cristy Fraser's son was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, that I could contribute in many other ways. If you would like to participate but swimming isn’t your thing, we have a lot of other ways to get involved: you can be a land volunteer, or boat, kayak or stand-up paddle board on June 25th, the day of the big swim. We also have pool swims, a Sip & Shop event or you can donate and support a swimmer or team. What began as a singular summer event has turned into a year-long roster that is supported by a community getting together to fight a really serious disease with such fun and such joy, it is something you really have to experience to feel."
While Swim Across America is a national organization and offers open water and pool swims in 24 communities, from Boston Harbor to under the Golden Gate Bridge, its roots are firmly anchored along the shores of Connecticut. Darien, Connecticut, resident Matt Vossler and his lifelong friend and college roommate Jeff Keith founded Swim Across America in 1987 swimming in Long Island Sound. Throughout its 35 years, Swim Across America has raised more than $100 million in the fight against cancer. More than 120 Olympians support Swim Across America, including Michael Phelps, Craig Beardsley (who is being inducted into the International Swimmer’s Hall of Fame this fall), Donna De Varona (a Greenwich resident and honorary Fairfield County co-chair), Rowdy Gaines, Janel Jorgensen McArdle (who grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut), Bobby Hackett, Ryan Lochte, Glenn Mills, Cristina Teuscher (who participates in the Fairfield County event) and many more.
To learn more about Swim Across America Fairfield County or to register to swim, volunteer or donate, visit


]]> (Jeni Howard) Charities Wed, 22 Jun 2022 09:14:44 -0400
United Way of Western Connecticut Announces Addition of Four New Board Members

United Way of Western Connecticut announced the addition of four new members to their Board of Directors. Elected at the June 10, 2022 Board of Directors meeting, Doreen Bentson, Luis Diez, Dr. Michael Stern, and Katherine Webster-O’Keefe will assume their roles through 2025. The Board of Directors is comprised of local community leaders who work together to support the organization while providing expertise and perspective on a regional level.  

“The announcement of our new Board Members comes with great excitement as they join us in our mission to support ALICE households, provide quality services throughout our footprint, and lift up the Western Connecticut community,” said Isabel Almeida, President of United Way of Western Connecticut. “Each of the four members brings a different area of expertise to the table that will greatly benefit our organization and the communities we serve.”  

Doreen Bentson is the Managing Director of Strategic Technology and Operations at Genworth, located in Stamford, Connecticut, where she manages the Investments Technology team. Bentson has a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pace University. Her history with United Way of Western Connecticut spans over 20 years as a volunteer, having served as a corporate chairperson for the United Way Corporate Giving Campaign and the Northern Fairfield County Community Council. In addition to serving on the United Way of Western Connecticut Board of Directors, Bentson also serves as an Innovation and Technology Advisor for Prosperity Digital Marketplace.  

Luis Diez is currently the Director of Fixed Income at Northern Trust, located in Stamford, Connecticut, where he is responsible for manager identification, research and due diligence, and investment monitoring for fixed income strategies. He is also the team leader for WMBE (Women, Minority Business Enterprise) manager research. He received his Master of Business Administration from Fordham's Graduate School of Business along with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance with a minor in Accounting from Western Connecticut State University. Diez has served on United Way of Western Connecticut’s Stamford Community Council for many years and has assumed the role of Chair of the Council. 

Michael L. Stern, PhD. is a clinical psychologist in greater Danbury specializing in individual and couples therapy with over 30 years’ experience as a therapist, researcher, and program administrator. Dr. Stern currently serves as a private practitioner working with clients committed to enhancing their lives. He received his undergraduate education at Cal State University, Long Beach and his PhD in psychology from the University of Washington. He was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Stern will also assume the role of Chair of United Way of Western Connecticut’s Northern Fairfield County Community Council, which he has served on for more than a decade. 

Katherine Webster-O’Keefe is an attorney currently practicing in the areas of real estate and divorce mediation and has practiced law in New Milford since 1983. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and received a Master's in social work and a Juris Doctor from West Virginia University. She is an advanced practitioner with the Association of Conflict Resolution and the Association of Professional Family Mediators. O’Keefe has served on United Way of Western Connecticut’s Southern Litchfield Community Council for several years and will now become Chair of the Council along with joining the Board of Directors.  

In addition, the current Board of Directors includes Cheryl Bakewell (Chair), Ken Weinstein 
(Vice-Chair), Mark Ouellette (Secretary), Eric Duenwald (Treasurer), Tracey Alston, Paul H. Bruce, George Garrett, Carmen Hughes, Aaron Meyer, Chloé Tashjian Soares, Antonio Santiago, Kevin Walston, and Lisa Zana. 

For more information on the Board of Directors and Community Councils, click here




]]> (United Way of Western Connecticut) Neighbors Thu, 16 Jun 2022 11:59:30 -0400