Stamfordnorth's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth Tue, 19 Oct 2021 18:44:10 -0400 HamletHub.com Stamford Downtown to Host Parade Spectacular Park Party! https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3400-stamford-downtown-to-host-parade-spectacular-park-party3400-stamford-downtown-to-host-parade-spectacular-park-party https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3400-stamford-downtown-to-host-parade-spectacular-park-party3400-stamford-downtown-to-host-parade-spectacular-park-party

In close consultation with public health officials and community leaders, Stamford Downtown has designed a Parade Spectacular Park Party! that can safely accommodate an audience of young and old with the energy and excitement that we have brought to the community the Sunday before Thanksgiving for decades.

This free community event in Mill River Park will feature giant helium balloons, marching bands and dance/performance groups on Sunday, November 21 from 12 to 3pm. Participants will enjoy sixty minutes of performances and activities repeated three times to enable crowds to be effectively managed. Come at any time to watch a sequence for an hour, or come for the whole afternoon and enjoy the show three times over! All the best of the annual Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular will be brought together in one place.

In keeping with the holiday spirit, Stamford Downtown is again hosting a Thanksgiving meal donation event for pre-registered families identified by Person-to-Person.

“We know the Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular is a time-honored community tradition that many look forward to each year and it is our staff’s favorite event to produce. While we had to cancel what would have been the 27th annual Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular last year, we are so happy that the patience and perseverance of our community will allow us to host this alternative event this year. We’re confident that those who come Downtown will have an experience that matches their expectations in excitement and joy. For those not yet comfortable in joining in the crowd, we look forward to bringing back the Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular in 2022.” said David Kooris, President of Stamford Downtown.

More details to come soon, stay tuned!

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kerry@ducey.org (Stamford Downtown) Events Tue, 19 Oct 2021 08:46:42 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Daisy Bella https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/3299-why-small-businesses-matter-daisy-bella3299-why-small-businesses-matter-daisy-bella https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/3299-why-small-businesses-matter-daisy-bella3299-why-small-businesses-matter-daisy-bella

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 Daisy Bella!

We love keeping our customers comfy throughout their day. Our products are made with love and printed in Connecticut, committed to paying forward to help women in need. Plus, our empowering graphic designs are meant to encourage anyone who wears them!

Three questions with Mary Ann Tooker, founder of Daisy Bella.

Why did you start your business?

After working for many years in the fashion industry, and upon seeing its influence on women—in both positive and negative ways, I wanted to create a brand that would counter all the negatives and help women in need. And so Daisy-Bella was born.

And because my biggest inspirations were the women that surround me throughout life, I wanted to pay tribute to them by creating Daisy-Bella, a brand that reflects their power, beauty, and comfort on their own terms.

Daisy-Bella is my proudest business yet! It reflects me - my mission and as well as many women who have found themselves searching for seamless shopping experiences when looking for comfortable, ethically made garments.

What is your best-selling product/service?

The best-selling product is anything in BE YOU - a tank - tee or hoodie. 2 little words that are so powerful. It is a great reminder that being yourself is that superpower. No one else can be!

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

Being an e-commerce business, I do a mix of supporting businesses throughout the USA and a few local businesses I collaborate with - the biggest is Dance with EL. - many of my customers are into healthy living -- her business is natural.

Also, have work with Fairfield County lifestyles as well as Babes in Business CT.

Mary Ann would like to nominate Dance with El to be featured next!

Visit Daisy Bella online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages as well!

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

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Tue, 19 Oct 2021 06:46:59 -0400
U.S. and state flags in Connecticut lowered to half-staff in honor of General Colin Powell https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/politics/3399-u-s-and-state-flags-in-connecticut-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-general-colin-powell3399-u-s-and-state-flags-in-connecticut-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-general-colin-powell https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/politics/3399-u-s-and-state-flags-in-connecticut-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-general-colin-powell3399-u-s-and-state-flags-in-connecticut-lowered-to-half-staff-in-honor-of-general-colin-powell

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that – in accordance with a proclamation issued by President Joe Biden directing flags to be lowered throughout the country as a mark of respect for General Colin Powell – he is directing U.S. and state flags in Connecticut to be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on the evening of Friday, October 22, 2021.

Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the U.S. flag, all other flags, including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise, should also be lowered during this same duration of time.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Mon, 18 Oct 2021 10:13:39 -0400
Golf Performance Center Announces Women's College Prep Series November 5-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/3393-golf-performance-center-announces-women-s-college-prep-series-november-5-73393-golf-performance-center-announces-women-s-college-prep-series-november-5-7 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/3393-golf-performance-center-announces-women-s-college-prep-series-november-5-73393-golf-performance-center-announces-women-s-college-prep-series-november-5-7

Golf Performance Center's (GPC) College Prep Series is the Northeast’s premier event for college-bound golfers and their parents. This year, we’re excited to dedicate it entirely to girls age 13 and older.

Reserve your seat HERE.

The College Prep Series features top PGA professionals and elite women’s college golf coaches in a multi-day, immersive session designed with one purpose in mind: helping aspiring junior golfers achieve their dreams of playing at the next level.

Junior players at the College Prep Series will have the opportunity to undergo a Player Development Index (PDI) Assessment conducted by elite PGA and TPI-certified performance coaches. The PDI Assessment takes a deep, objective look at key skill areas including putting, chipping, bunker play, shot-making, mental proficiency and physical skills, and precisely identifies areas that need improvement. The assessment will result in an Index (PDI), giving players a number to quantify the state of their game and the ability to track progress toward their goals.

HARD DATA ONLY, NO GUESSWORK!

Players and parents will also participate in detailed, guided sessions explaining the college golf recruiting process and featuring head coaches at top college golf programs.

Players and parents will leave with a detailed report covering the weaknesses that may be holding them back from college golf and with a thorough understanding of the recruiting process.

Learn more and reserve your seat HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (Golf Performance Center) Places Mon, 18 Oct 2021 03:36:00 -0400
Stamford Arts & Culture Commission Accepting Grant Applications for Artistic and Cultural Projects https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/3396-stamford-arts-culture-commission-accepting-grant-applications-for-artistic-and-cultural-projects3396-stamford-arts-culture-commission-accepting-grant-applications-for-artistic-and-cultural-projects https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/3396-stamford-arts-culture-commission-accepting-grant-applications-for-artistic-and-cultural-projects3396-stamford-arts-culture-commission-accepting-grant-applications-for-artistic-and-cultural-projects

The Stamford Arts & Culture Commission is now accepting grant applications for artistic and cultural projects in Stamford.

The Stamford Arts & Culture (SAC) Grant — formerly known as CAPP — has provided dozens of Stamford-based arts and cultural organizations with funding to initiate special projects within the city for over 20 years.

To submit an application and for more information on eligibility requirements, please click here.

All applications are due before 11:59 pm on Monday, November 15, 2021.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Thu, 14 Oct 2021 15:52:08 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Vista Stone https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/3282-why-small-businesses-matter-vista-stone3282-why-small-businesses-matter-vista-stone https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/3282-why-small-businesses-matter-vista-stone3282-why-small-businesses-matter-vista-stone

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 Vista Stone!

Three questions with Nick De Giorgio, President of Vista Stone.

Why did you start your business?

We started our business in Stamford CT because for years it has been a go-to destination for our families to get together in a local eatery, enjoy the city vibes, and visit some neat local businesses. So our love of the area made us feel at home in Stamford and it felt right to open our new business here.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our best selling service is our customer service! The experience we provide along with producing and installing marble and granite countertops, floors, and walls add an artistic improvement within the home space.

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

Since we are brand new in the space and in the area, our patronage of local businesses is gradually increasing. Our Neighbor Business Williams Auto mechanic has been great to us and Servicing our fleet. I highly recommend them located at 134 Jefferson St, Stamford CT.

Vista Stone is located at 134 Jefferson Street in Stamford. Visit Vista Stone online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook page as well!

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

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Thu, 14 Oct 2021 06:58:37 -0400
Find Fall Faster with Connecticut's Top Fall Foliage Drives https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/3397-find-fall-faster-with-connecticut-s-top-fall-foliage-drives3397-find-fall-faster-with-connecticut-s-top-fall-foliage-drives https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/3397-find-fall-faster-with-connecticut-s-top-fall-foliage-drives3397-find-fall-faster-with-connecticut-s-top-fall-foliage-drives

Ready for some leaf peeping? Head no farther than Connecticut, where you'll find New England’s longest fall foliage season. Running from north to south steadily over about 6 weeks, the foliage coverage varies, but there’s always somewhere to see the colors change. Thanks to our friends at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, here are a few suggested driving “loops” to get you safely out and about during prime leaf peeping season. Be sure to program your mapping app, or set your gps, for an amazing drive through the wonders of fall in Connecticut.

Loop #1: Scenic Fairfield County
Loop #2: Litchfield Hills Ramble
Loop #3: Hartford West
Loop #4: Exploring the Quiet Corner
Loop #5: Mystic Country & the Coast
Loop #6: Connecticut River Color
Loop #7: New Haven & Neighborhood

Visit https://www.ctvisit.com/ for more information including directions to the best locations for viewing Ct's fall foliage.

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commandercarey@gmail.com (ctvisit.com) Life Thu, 14 Oct 2021 05:25:16 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Doctor's Orders Baked Goods https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/3318-why-small-businesses-matter-doctor-s-orders-baked-goods3318-why-small-businesses-matter-doctor-s-orders-baked-goods https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/3318-why-small-businesses-matter-doctor-s-orders-baked-goods3318-why-small-businesses-matter-doctor-s-orders-baked-goods

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 Doctor's Orders Baked Goods!

Three questions with Katherine Behar, founder of Doctor's Orders Baked Goods.

What is your best-selling product/service?

My best-selling products definitely change with the seasons and trends. Last winter was all about the hot chocolate bombs! Cake pops and custom cookies seem to be here to stay.

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

I always choose to support local businesses whenever possible! Turning Point keeps me caffeinated, the Stamford Diner keeps me fueled and all of the amazing vendors at the Stamford Farmers Market keep my baked goods seasonal. When I’m tired and don’t want to bake myself, Matthew’s Bakery is my go-to!

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

The plan was always to open a brick-and-mortar shop but with changing needs of customers and struggles small businesses face, the new plan is a food truck! A VW bus to be exact. A friend of mine made me a little model of a food truck as a gift a while back and the plan is to use it as the design.

Katherine would like to nominate Chicos Cocina in Shippan to be featured next!

Visit Doctor's Orders Baked Goods online on their Facebook page here!

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

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daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Wed, 13 Oct 2021 06:43:01 -0400
Live Music: Jack Ryan at Landmark Beer Garden in Stamford on Saturday! https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3394-live-music-jack-ryan-at-landmark-beer-garden3394-live-music-jack-ryan-at-landmark-beer-garden https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3394-live-music-jack-ryan-at-landmark-beer-garden3394-live-music-jack-ryan-at-landmark-beer-garden

Enjoy live music at Landmark Beer Garden on Saturday, October 16 from 5 to 8pm featuring Jack Ryan. Plus, enjoy an extensive beer menu, snacks, and games!

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norwalk@maxexposure.net (Landmark Beer Garden) Events Mon, 11 Oct 2021 16:20:59 -0400
American Red Cross is helping two people after a fire Sunday in Stamford https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/3395-american-red-cross-is-helping-two-people-after-a-fire-sunday-in-stamford3395-american-red-cross-is-helping-two-people-after-a-fire-sunday-in-stamford https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/3395-american-red-cross-is-helping-two-people-after-a-fire-sunday-in-stamford3395-american-red-cross-is-helping-two-people-after-a-fire-sunday-in-stamford

The American Red Cross is helping two families – two adults after a fire yesterday on Haig Ave., Stamford. The Red Cross provided assistance to meet the families' immediate needs. Responders included: Richard Agatstein, Candy Wood, Heather Dunn and Joe Gavagni.

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.

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kerry@ducey.org (Red Cross) Neighbors Mon, 11 Oct 2021 16:17:34 -0400
When You Enter ACT's Smokey Joe's Cafe, You'll Beg To Stay Past Closing Time! https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/3392-go-to-act-s-smokey-joe-s-cafe-you-ll-beg-to-stay-past-closing-time3392-go-to-act-s-smokey-joe-s-cafe-you-ll-beg-to-stay-past-closing-time https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/3392-go-to-act-s-smokey-joe-s-cafe-you-ll-beg-to-stay-past-closing-time3392-go-to-act-s-smokey-joe-s-cafe-you-ll-beg-to-stay-past-closing-time

The words of the legendary Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller are dead on. 

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway

They say there's always magic in the air

After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, ACT of Connecticut brings Broadway BACK with a BANG. And, indeed, the lights are shining bright and the magic is contagious inside the equity theater in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

1950s rock n’ roll music at its core combined with soulful choreography by Stephanie Pope Lofgren will make you literally dance in your seat, wave your hands (add hoot and clap when appropriate). When you step inside Smokey Joe's Cafe you’ll beg to stay past closing time.

The talented cast of eight has heart, rhythm and soul. They do so much more than sing -  with no dialogue, only music, they tell a story of an era in American history that has left an indelible mark thanks to Leiber and Stollers masterpieces including “Jailhouse Rock", "Stand By Me", “Yakety Yak”, “Hound Dog,” “On Broadway,” and “Spanish Harlem” (to name just a few).

The epitome of girl power is Keyonna Knight, Courtney Long, Kelly MacMillan belting out “I am a Woman”. These ladies have swag - they are sultry and empowering. Inside Smokey Joe’s Cafe, they join Broadway veterans Juson Williams (who recently appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent), Albert Guerzon (Dance Captain), Avionce Hoyles, Jordan Fife Hunt,  and Arnold Harper II. Together, they create sparks that reach beyond the walls of the contemporary theater.

ACT of Connecticut has made a triumphant return to live theater. 

Added Performances: Sunday, October 17 at 7pm and Thursday, October 21 at 2pm

Purchase tickets here.

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) professional Equity theatre located in Ridgefield, CT. Founded in 2018 by Katie Diamond, Daniel C. Levine, and Bryan Perri, ACT of CT presents limited engagement runs of well-known musicals, as well as world-premiere productions by the next generation of writers and composers.

*Image courtesy ACT of Connecticut

 

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kerry@ducey.org (KA) Life Sun, 10 Oct 2021 08:46:53 -0400
FCBuzz Weekend: Things with Wings in Stamford, Sheryl Crow in Westport, Outdoor Arts in Greenwich and MORE! https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3390-fcbuzz-weekend-things-with-wings-in-stamford-sheryl-crow-in-westport-outdoor-arts-in-greenwich-and-more3390-fcbuzz-weekend-things-with-wings-in-stamford-sheryl-crow-in-westport-outdoor-arts-in-greenwich-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3390-fcbuzz-weekend-things-with-wings-in-stamford-sheryl-crow-in-westport-outdoor-arts-in-greenwich-and-more3390-fcbuzz-weekend-things-with-wings-in-stamford-sheryl-crow-in-westport-outdoor-arts-in-greenwich-and-more

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each Friday, look 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. 

This weekend features quite a few October treats. First, take in the crisp October air by heading over to The Stamford Museum and Nature Center on Friday at 6pm for Outdoor Adventures: Things with Wings Night Hike View the last of the daytime birds as they get ready for the evening, see what fall insects are out and about, and try your hand at calling for local owls. 

If you prefer a musical adventure, then dig out your lawn chair, pick up some delicious food and drinks, and enjoy an outdoor concert with Marielle Kraft at MOCA Westport onFriday, 7pm. This Nashville-based indie pop singer/songwriter displays craftsmanship beyond her years, evident through her use of salient detail, raw emotion, and poignant word choice to describe moments “exactly as they feel.” Come early and check out the new exhibition, Between the Ground and the Sky. A double treat!

Also on Friday evening, an American icon is coming to Westport’s Levitt Pavilion For The Performing Arts for a special gala event on Friday at 8pm. Sheryl Crowhas had more No. 1 singles in the Triple A listings than any other female artist. Her studio albums have sold 35 million copies worldwide. In addition to such No. 1 hits as “All I Wanna Do,” “Soak Up the Sun” and “The First Cut Is the Deepest,” Crow has lofted 40 singles into the Billboard Hot 100.

Another big star will be heading to CT this weekend on her “How Dare You” tour. Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer, producer and director Whitney Cummings makes her journey to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Best known for creating and starring in the NBC series “Whitney” and co-creating the Emmy-nominated comedy series “2 Broke Girls,”  Whitney packs her show with her signature incisive commentary on gender dynamics and other award-winning comedy.

Then on Saturday, the 40th Annual Outdoor Arts Festival opens at 10am at the Bruce Museum. Recognized nationally as one of the top 25 fine arts festivals, this celebration boasts 40 new and returning artists showcasing their work. Featuring fine contemporary art in oils/acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, drawings and prints, photography and sculpture, along with family art activities and delicious food. The festival runs all day, 10am-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

If you’re thinking you’d like more of an indoor experience, then come to the opening reception for Chuck Webster’s exhibition Pantheons at One River School of Art + Design on Saturday, October 9th, 12pm-3pm. Stop by to meet the artist and view his amazing exhibit that crosses the mediums of painting, drawing, collage, and printmaking.

As the sun sets and the stars appear on Saturday at 6pm, the back lawn of Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center At Fairfield will come alive with music, food and spirits during Starry Night at Farm Pond. Celebrate the outdoors with your favorite food truck fare and the band Barnstorm! Come at twilight and stay till the bonfire goes out.

On Sunday at 4pm, celebrate the opening of the 50th Anniversary Season of The Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony at Round Hill Community Church Greenwich! The "Romantic Allusions"  concert features guest artists Heather Braun, violin, and Zohar Schondorf, horn. There will also be a performance on Monday, Oct 11, 7:30pm at the Greenwich Arts Council.

Finally, on Sunday from 6-8pm, at Kelsey Farm in Greenwich, enjoy wine, drinks, and delicious bites in a jazz club setting for an evening with some of the finest jazz artists on the scene today at the BackCountry Jazz Benefit Concertwith Music Director Bennie Wallace on tenor sax, Terell Stafford on trumpet, Godwin Louis on alto sax, Donald Vega on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Herlin Riley on drums. 

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page at https://culturalalliancefc.org

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kerry@ducey.org (FCBuzz) Events Thu, 07 Oct 2021 12:17:25 -0400
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Organization Raises Over $26K At Third Annual Smart Walk https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/3388-smart-kids-with-learning-disabilities-organization-raises-over-26k-at-third-annual-smart-walk3388-smart-kids-with-learning-disabilities-organization-raises-over-26k-at-third-annual-smart-walk https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/3388-smart-kids-with-learning-disabilities-organization-raises-over-26k-at-third-annual-smart-walk3388-smart-kids-with-learning-disabilities-organization-raises-over-26k-at-third-annual-smart-walk

On October 3rd, hundreds gathered to participate in the Third Annual ‘Smart Walk for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities’ at Westport’s Sherwood Island State Park. The festive event raised over $26,000 to support the Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities nonprofit organization, which helps children with learning and attention differences reach their full potential by inspiring and educating their parents.

“Today is about celebrating the strengths of children who in the eyes of many have a disability, but have found ways to overcome their differences and gone on to succeed,” said Chris Bogart, Board Chair.

Over 200 parents, children and engaged community members came together to make connections, raise awareness and to celebrate the strides of children with learning differences. With perfect weather for a walk by the beach, the day featured crafts, games, refreshments, touch-a-truck, prizes, speakers and performances. Personnel from schools specializing in serving children with learning disabilities were also on-hand to provide information.

Robert Tudisco, a nationally known disability rights attorney for Barger & Gaines with offices in Norwalk, led the walk’s opening ceremony.

“From a parents’ perspective, when you come to an event like this and you meet educators, administrators, and you meet with the individual students, you realize that there’s an enormous amount of comfort in knowing that you’re not alone,” said Tudisco.

An important point from the day was the recognition that learning disabilities are not deficits in intelligence, but rather deficits in performance, and that with support, students can maximize their potential and may go on to accomplish great things.

With that conviction as their mission, the Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities organization offers educational and youth mentoring programs, parent networking support, and extensive, award-winning digital resources for families. The organization has become a go-to resource for parents of children with learning disabilities.

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling praised the nonprofit for their work in helping parents to realize their children’s gifts and their role in supporting them to live happy and productive lives.

“The work they do is so very important, because part of helping children is educating adults. People develop differently and when you can identify someone early on that might have a disability, you can start putting together the resources that child may need,” said Rilling.

Ashley Raymond, a student at Western Connecticut State University who also has dyslexia, was the keynote speaker saying that the battle to learn to read also provided gifts. The performance major shared that pretending to read in elementary school was the start of her acting training and a driver in her passion for the craft.

Students from Norwalk’s Crystal Theater, a Fairfield County premiere children theater group, provided musical entertainment, and a tai chi demonstration was presented. Local author Melissa Shapiro, DVM, of Westport, also appeared with her inspiring deaf, blind, and pink puppy, Piglet.

“Piglet is an ambassador for people and animals with disabilities. Dogs are an extraordinary vehicle for teaching acceptance, inclusion, empathy and kindness, and we’re happy to support this organization as it fits with our mission,” said Shapiro.

“We are grateful to our supporters, volunteers, and sponsors who helped to make this event such a success,” said Jane Ross, Executive Director of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. “Today was an important opportunity for families to understand that they are part of a community that is to be celebrated.”

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities would like to thank its generous sponsors including Silver Sponsors: The Jay & Sari Canell Family Foundation and the Wooster School Bridge Program; Bronze Sponsors: The Southport School, Wilson & Son Jewelers of Scarsdale, the O'Hare Family, The Gow School, Gray Matters, Anxiety Institute, Winston Preparatory School, Ring’s End Inc., Windward School and Cajal Academy; Radio Broadcast Sponsor WSHU and exclusive magazine sponsor Moffly Media.

photo credit Suzanne M. Sheridan Photography

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Charities Thu, 07 Oct 2021 12:08:55 -0400
Special Education Law & Advocacy Parent Webinar on Oct. 25 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3385-special-education-law-advocacy-parent-webinar3385-special-education-law-advocacy-parent-webinar https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3385-special-education-law-advocacy-parent-webinar3385-special-education-law-advocacy-parent-webinar

"Finding Your Voice as a Parent: Special Education Law & Advocacy" 

Webinar on Monday, October 25th 7:00 p.m. co-hosted with the Stamford JCC (Stamford, CT)

Register on Zoom here.

Speakers:

Attorney Lawrence Berliner, Connecticut Special Education Law

Jane Faherty, Stamford JCC JumpStart Director and Special Education Advocate

Allie Grafman, Educational Consultant and Special Education Advocate

A Parent Forum to Discuss:
Taking ownership of your child’s educational journey
• Continuing the transition to back to school and beyond
• Parent observations, input and concerns in assessing their child’s progress
• Preparing for the PPT meeting
• Comprehensive evaluations and the IEE, review of progress and accountability
• School recovery and compensatory services
• Starting the framework for collaboration and communication with your child’s school
• Turning Point: Next Steps – What to do if your child is struggling and the school is not responding to your child’s needs

Please email questions to Rachel Berliner rachel@berlinerspecialedlaw.com

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rachel@berlinerspecialedlaw.com (Rachel Berliner) Events Thu, 07 Oct 2021 12:08:10 -0400
Abilis Holds 2-Day Job Fair October 13 & 14 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3389-abilis-holds-2-day-job-fair-october-13-143389-abilis-holds-2-day-job-fair-october-13-14 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3389-abilis-holds-2-day-job-fair-october-13-143389-abilis-holds-2-day-job-fair-october-13-14

Abilis is hiring! Prospective employees/job seekers are encouraged to attend the Abilis Job Fair and interview on-site for open positions during the two-day job fair being held Wednesday, October 13, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Abilis Therapy Center at 1150 Summer Street in Stamford, and Thursday, October 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Abilis’ headquarters at 50 Glenville Street in Greenwich, Connecticut. Those interested in working for Abilis can view some of the open positions at here.
 
The Job Fair is open for drop-ins, no registration is required. Interviews will be conducted on-site; light refreshments will be served. To learn more, call 203-531-1880.
 
“Abilis has been an integral part of Fairfield County for 70 years providing services and supports for our special needs community,” said Amy Montimurro, CEO and president of Abilis. “This past year, we have experienced rapid growth serving the 800 individuals with special needs and their families and expanded of our programs and services in towns such as Greenwich, Darien, Norwalk, Stamford, Ridgefield and Westport. We’ve expanded programs and services as the needs of the community have grown, so we are hiring to help fill these wonderful and fulfilling positions.”
 
Abilis serves individuals with special needs from birth throughout their lives. Job openings are in many different areas of Abilis’ programs and services, ranging from therapists for the Abilis Therapy Center, to life coaches in the LEAP program in Darien, Norwalk, Westport, and Wilton, to counselors, occupational and physical therapists, behavioral supports, residential and food service positions and more. Full-time and part-time positions include management and assistant management roles, professional and hourly roles. 
 
Abilis is looking for applicants who are interested in setting the standard of excellence for person-centered services through innovation, teamwork, and respect for the special needs community Abilis serves. Competitive benefits package include paid time off, tuition reimbursement, medical/dental, 401K retirement plan, career path and professional development offerings, work-life balance, a diverse and inclusive environment, and a commitment to excellence: these are just some of the reasons to join the Abilis team and work happy! 
 
“Our employees are our greatest assets,” noted Abilis CEO and president Amy Montimurro. “All of us here at Abilis become a family and we have a proud history of having long-term dedicated and talented employees. . Those interested in applying, please join us at our Job Fair October 13 in Stamford and October 14 in Greenwich.”
 
Applicants should come prepared with their resume and be prepared to be interviewed during the job fair. All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background check. In compliance with the executive order from the state of Connecticut as of September 27, 2021, all Abilis employees must also present CDC proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon date of hire. For questions on the Abilis Job Fair, please call 203-531-1880.
 
Abilis is celebrating its 70th year in 2021 of being a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports more than 800 individuals with special needs and their families from birth throughout their lives. Abilis is a leader serving the special needs community in Fairfield County, Connecticut, in towns including Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport, Weston and Wilton, and has a long-standing reputation for individualized, high quality care. For more information, click here.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Jeni Howard) Events Thu, 07 Oct 2021 12:05:46 -0400