Stamfordnorth's HamletHub Sat, 16 Feb 2019 17:33:30 -0500 Lamont to Small Businesses: Connecticut Wants To Be Your Partner, Not Your Roadblock

Governor Proposes Initiatives Aimed at Cutting Down on Business Paperwork and Fees

Governor Ned Lamont today announced two proposals that will cut down on paperwork and fees for businesses across state. One proposal will eliminate a $250 biannual fee businesses are required to pay, along with certain filing requirements. The other proposal begins the process of digitizing services between agencies and residents. Both initiatives are designed to help make it easier for businesses to focus on development and innovation and alleviate administrative burdens.

“Over and over again, I’ve heard the same refrain – it’s not easy to do business with the State of Connecticut,” Governor Lamont said. “How can we try to build and stabilize our economy if businesses don’t feel as though we’re listening? These proposals will help the seventeen Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Connecticut, just as they will help the start-up company and the mom-and-pop shop down the street. This is the beginning of our work with the business community – not the end – but I hope these proposals send a powerful message to entrepreneurs, small business owners and CEOs alike: Connecticut state government wants to be your partner, not your roadblock.”

Governor Lamont is proposing to eliminate the $250 business entity tax that businesses are required to file every other year, along with a corresponding application.

He is also proposing the creation of a Connecticut Digital Service that reflects residents’ comfort with and expectation of a seamless digital experience. Housed within the Department of Administrative Services, the new digital service will work with all agencies to move their interactions with businesses and residents to the cloud, providing a digital one-stop-shop for residents and businesses. One of the goals is to advance cost-saving changes to digital procurement to avoid purchasing over-priced, underperforming IT systems. Further, as the current generation of IT professionals retires, it begins to modernize Connecticut’s digital workforce to support more rapid forms of technology delivery.

The initiatives will be included in the budget proposal that the governor will deliver to the General Assembly on February 20.


]]> (David Bednarz) Politics Fri, 15 Feb 2019 21:00:00 -0500
Be Heart-Healthy Stamford North! February is American Heart Month

There’s no better time to take control of your health Stamford North! February is American Heart Month and the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is putting a spotlight on the impact that high blood cholesterol can have on the heart.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

The CDC reminds residents that high blood cholesterol can be hard to detect, as it often shows no signs or symptoms. “Cholesterol should be checked starting early in life—even children and adolescents should have their cholesterol checked,” the CDC says.

Here are some health screening resources for Stamford North residents, many of which offer services for free. We recommend you call ahead to assure the center is open and to find out the screenings available:

Name Location Phone Website Hours Per Week
Family Centers Health Care At Wilbur Peck Court 111 Wilbur Peck Ct, Greenwich 203-717-1760 40
Optimus At Inspirica 8 Woodland Pl, Stamford 203-388-0170 2.5
Optimus Fairgate 9 Fairgate Dr, Stamford 40
Chc Of Stamford @ Fifth Street 22 5th St, Stamford 860-347-6971 40
Optimus Harbor Point 805 Atlantic St, Stamford 203-327-5111 50
Franklin Street Community Health Center 141 Franklin St, Stamford 203-969-0802 46.5
Trailblazers Academy/Domus Charter Schools Sbhc 83 Lockwood Ave, Stamford 203-324-4277 24
Optimus Pacific House Shelter 597 Pacific St, Stamford 203-348-2792 9
Optimus On The Boulevard 1351 Washington Blvd, Stamford 203-621-3700 37

According to the CDC, cholesterol testing should be done:

  • Once between ages 9 and 11 (before puberty)
  • Once between ages 17 and 21 (after puberty)
  • Every 4 to 6 years in adulthood

The CDC invites you to join the DHDSP throughout February and beyond by starting important conversations about your heart health. “Talk with your loved ones and health care team about how you can prevent and manage high blood cholesterol,” they say.

Prior to getting your cholesterol screening, take note of these five questions you should ask your doctor about your cholesterol.

]]> (Scott Schmidt) Neighbors Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:28:04 -0500
Western Connecticut Military Officers Association Announces Patriot Bank as Sponsor of Annual Young Patriot Awards for Fairfield County Students

The Western Connecticut Military Officers Association (WCMOA) announced that Patriot Bank N.A will sponsor this year’s “Young Patriot Awards” given to local high school students who demonstrate leadership, academic success, community service, and an underlying love of our country.

The WCMOA has bestowed the awards on local young people for 44 years, recognizing students who display these important values through action.

The Young Patriot Awards are the centerpiece of multiple scholarships presented by WCMOA at the Young American Awards banquet on June 9, 2019. The recipients will be chosen from over 30 Fairfield county high schools. Those interested in applying or nominating a student can reach out to their local high school counselor after March 15, 2019.

“These students demonstrate what is best in our community and in our country, and Patriot Bank is honored to work with the Western Connecticut Military Officers Association to recognize these outstanding school students,” said Richard Muskus, Jr., President of Patriot Bank. “Helping to support higher education for young people will have lasting positive impacts in their lives and throughout our community.”

“Partnering with Rick and the team at Patriot Bank, a strong pillar in our communities, assures that deserving young men and women, and their families, receive needed support as they go forth on their academic journey,” said John Simonetti, Lieutenant Colonel, US Air Force (Retired), President, WCMOA. “We are grateful for support of Patriot Bank.”

Since 1994, Patriot Bank has served local communities where it does business by helping neighbors and neighborhood businesses thrive. The bank offers more than just expert financial advice and guidance—it aims to be a true partner in helping communities prosper.

Western Connecticut Military Officers Association is a non-profit organization founded in November 1958, currently celebrating its 60th year. Its goals are to stimulate love of country and supporting and defending the US Constitution. Its membership consists of women and men who served as officers in all branches of the Armed Services in both peace time and war. The WCMOA Young American Awards program is in its 36th year of supporting the education of young Fairfield county patriots.

]]> (News Desk) Neighbors Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:08:43 -0500
AAA Offers Free Mature Driver Class At Edgehill Senior Living in Stamford

Experienced Fairfield County motorists can lower their auto insurance costs while improving their driving skills when they enroll in AAA’s Driver Improvement Program classes that teach the basics of defensive driving and provide current driving practice updates.

AAA will conduct a free four-hour class at the Edgehill Senior Living, 122 Palmer Hill Road, Stamford, on Monday, March 4 from 12 noon – 4 pm. Lunch will be served at 11:30 am prior to the class. The class will be instructed by AAA Stamford Branch Manager Michael Ferrari and AAA Northeast Spokeswoman Fran Mayko. Edgehill is AAA’s newest location in lower Fairfield County to host the class.

To register, go to  or call 866-901-8457.  However, walk-ins are welcome.

“Our program is aimed at drivers with several years of experience, who wish to improve or refresh their driving skills,” explains Fran Mayko, AAA’s public affairs spokesman and DIP coordinator. “But there’s an even greater benefit to taking class if you’re over 60: you qualify for a discount of up to 5% on your auto insurance per Connecticut state law.”

To obtain discount, a driver must present their insurance company with a completion certificate from a state-approved class. Some companies will also provide a discount to drivers aged 55 and older, but Mayko suggests motorists check with their individual carriers to determine age requirements and discount amounts. AAA will mail certificates to participants following the class.

]]> (Fran Mayko) Neighbors Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:54:50 -0500
Ferguson Library Celebrates National Entrepreneurship Week

In Recognition of National Entrepreneurship Week, on Saturday, February 23 from 2:30 to 5pm, teens pitch their ideas for a business. The audience participates in selecting the winner.

Come, support and encourage Stamford’s budding entrepreneurs.

Reception to follow. 

Registration required.

For more information, call 203 351-8232.

Generously supported by the Friends of The Ferguson Library and co-sponsored by Entrepreneurial Society of Stamford (ESS), The Connecticut Small Business Development Centers (CTSBDC), Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and Innovate Stamford.

Register Here!

Ferguson Library|One Public Library Plaza, Stamford

]]> (Ferguson Library) Events Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:20:05 -0500
Greenwich Art Society is Calling all Artists!


102nd Annual Juried Exhibition - March 8April 4 at The Bendheim Gallery / Greenwich Arts Center, 299 Greenwich Ave.

  • Viewing hours: Weekdays 10-5, Thursdays until 7, Weekends 12-4
  • Public Reception: Friday, March 15, 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • VIP Tour: Thursday, March 21, 5:30pm-7:00pm

JUDGE: Megan Fontanella, Curator, Modern Art and Provenance at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Megan has curated or co-organized nearly thirty exhibitions for the Guggenheim’s extended constellation of museums in Berlin, Bilbao, New York, & Venice. Megan’s collection-based exhibitions have included Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim (2017); Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949–1960(2012); and The Great Upheaval: Modern Art from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910–1918 (2011), among others. She also curated Visions of Modernity(2012-13), the final presentation of the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin. More recently, Megan co-curated Giacometti(2018) and supported Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting (2015-16), as well as Robert Motherwell: Early Collages (2013). Her current project is Van Gogh to Picasso: The Thannhauser Legacy (2018-20), an exhibition that will travel to Spain, France, and Italy. Megan likewise maintains the Guggenheim’s Thannhauser Gallery, a permanent display of 19th- and early 20th-century art. Apart from her exhibitions activities, Megan conducts provenance research for the Guggenheim & collaborates on cross-departmental initiatives related to collections stewardship. Megan received her B.A. in Art History modified with History from Dartmouth College & went on to receive her M.A. in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where she specialized in late 19th-century French art.

ENTRY: SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2pm-4pm and SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2pm-4pm. Please follow check-in points on FIRST FLOOR of Arts Center building before bringing work to the Bendheim Gallery, 2nd floor and follow the signs for entry circuit. IF YOU WISH TO FILL OUT FORMS BEFORE ENTRY DATES, FORMS MAY BE PICKED UP IN ADVANCE FROM A DISPLAY OUTSIDE OF THE GAS OFFICE STARTING MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 DURING HOURS WHEN ART CENTER BUILDING IS OPEN. NO EARLY DROP-OFFS FOR ENTRY!!

ELIGIBILITY: Entrants must be current Greenwich Art Society members. Members must pay the current years dues if in arrears and new members may join on entry day. (GAS Membership forms can be downloaded at Works are not eligible if previously accepted for one of our juried exhibitions; if they have been exhibited in the Bendheim or GAS Galleries; or if completed prior to 2017. All submitted work must be attractively and appropriately matted, framed and/or presented. All works must be for sale. If a portrait, the price of a similar commission must be stated. No PORs. The Bendheim Gallery reserves the right to final approval of the selection of artwork for the exhibition. Entry fees will not be returned if the Bendheim chooses to remove a work from eligibility for exhibition.

CATEGORIES: Oil/Acrylic, Drawing, Pastel, Watercolor, Sculpture, Photography, Computer Art, Fiber Arts, Other Media.

IMAGES OF ARTWORK: G.A.S. will produce an online catalogue. All works exhibited will be included. Each artist whose work is accepted will be asked to provide a high-quality digital image of the work. The G.A.S. reserves the right to use images of the work in its website, catalogue and other media. A high-resolution (but no more than 1MB) digital image should be in a jpeg format and emailed to – -- NO LATER THAN MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2019.

SIZE: Wall-hung works are limited to a 5’ height and 5’ width including frame. Works must be dry and wired securely for hanging.

WORKS NOT ON CANVAS MUST BE FRAMED. Freestanding sculptures are limited to 8' in height mounted and 12' square floor area.

Sculptors must provide bases if needed, secure small works firmly, and install difficult to handle pieces. Works not meeting these requirements will not be accepted.

ENTRY FEE: $35 for one piece, $15 for a second. THIS IS A HANDS-ON ENTRY, NOT DIGITAL. Work is handled on site to facilitate judging. Limit two, payable in cash or check. NO CREDIT CARDS. IF PAID IN CASH, EXACT CHANGE WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

AWARDS: Cash and other awards totaling over $2000 will be presented at the opening reception.

JUDGING: If selected, your name and work title will be posted to the GAS website by 10 AM TUESDAY, MARCH 5th.


REMOVAL OF WORK NOT SELECTED: If not selected, you must pick up your work TUESDAY, MARCH 5   from 5-7pm & WED. MARCH 6 from 5-7pm. The penalty of $25 a day for each work picked up late will be enforced without exception. Entry constitutes agreement to this condition.



No early removals. Same penalty for late pick-up as above. Entry constitutes agreement to these conditions.

LIABILITY: Although care will be taken, neither the Greenwich Art Society, the Arts Council nor the Town of Greenwich will be responsible for loss or damage. Entry constitutes agreement to this condition.

SALES: 30% of the price of each work sold as a result of this exhibition will be divided between GAS and the Bendheim Gallery. Sales of displayed works within 3 months of the close of the exhibition will be subject to this charge.

CHAIR: Anna Patalano / For further information call 203 629-1533 weekdays 9:30am -3:30pm



]]> (Greenwich Art Society) Neighbors Thu, 14 Feb 2019 10:56:50 -0500
Stamford North Residents Can Preserve Their Favorite Trail by Nominating it as an Official Connecticut Greenway

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Greenways Council today announced they are now soliciting nominations for official state greenway designations. Residents of Stamford North can nominate their favorite greenway by downloading this form and emailing it to

A “Greenway” is a corridor of open space which meets the criteria defined here.

“Greenways are an integral part of any community, offering recreational opportunities, providing alternative transportation options, helping to preserve the environment, and supporting economic development. Greenways make a community a more attractive place to live by connecting living spaces with the environment, and they preserve history while cultivating town pride,” said DEEP Commissioner-designee Katie Dykes. “The Connecticut Greenways Council encourages municipalities to embrace the designation process to facilitate sustainable development, enhancement, and preservation of these special places.”

As an example, here are the CT Greenways within 20 miles of Stamford North:

Mianus River Greenway (Greenwich/Stamford)
Mill River Greenway, Stamford
Norwalk Heritage Greenway
Norwalk River Valley Linear Trail
Pequonnock/Housatonic Railbed Greenway

For a map of all the greenways in CT, please click here. For more details about the above greenways, click here.

An official designation by the Greenways Council recognizes a greenway as an open space that not only meets the definition of a greenway, but also enhances the community and is supported by local government initiatives.  Designated greenways, both for recreation and resource protection, will be listed in a subsequent revision of the State Plan of Conservation and Development and may receive increased consideration for a variety of grants.  There are currently approximately 75 designated greenways in Connecticut.

The Greenways Council will evaluate all nominated greenways for consistency with designation criteria.  Those selected for designation will be announced by the Greenways Council in conjunction with their National Trails Day event in June.

The nomination form is available as a word document or a PDF.  The preferred method for submission of completed nomination forms is by e-mail to, and digital photos and maps are preferred (digital photos of hard copy maps are acceptable).  Nominations may also be submitted on CD or other electronic storage device and can be mailed to Laurie Giannotti, CT DEEP, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127. The deadline for submission of nominations is April 26, 2019.

For more information please visit

]]> (Tara Daly) Places Thu, 14 Feb 2019 02:21:07 -0500
Stamford North Drivers In Love With Lower Gas Prices this Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day and, according to AAA Connecticut, Stamford North drivers continue their love affair with declining gas prices in The Nutmeg State. “Today, a gallon of self-serve, regular in Connecticut averages $2.45, down 3 cents compared to this time last week and 30 cents lower compared to this time last year,” says AAA Connecticut.

Nationally, things are not synonymous with the lower local prices at the pump. There are several reasons sparking an increase in national prices, said Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast spokeswoman. “Frigid temps enveloping much of the nation have prompted a decline in consumer demand,” she said. “Couple that drop with ongoing refinery maintenance and cheaper crude oil prices, and drivers are seeing slightly higher prices at the pump.” The good news, however, is Connecticut prices haven’t yet reversed its downward trend, she added.

AAA’s weekly survey of prices in Connecticut’s six regions are:

Greater Bridgeport - $2.56

Lower Fairfield County - $2.53

New Haven/Meriden - $2.46

Greater Hartford - $2.38  

New London/Norwich - $2.49

Windham/Middlesex - $2.43

Statewide Average:  $2.45

Today, Arkansas and Missouri both register the lowest average per-gallon prices in the nation at $1.96 and $1.97, respectively.  California and Hawaii continue to trade places each week with the highest prices at $3.27 and $3.25, respectively. Connecticut moved down to the 10th spot on the list of states with the highest prices in the nation.

Average gas prices may be obtained daily through

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Stamford Public Education Foundation Receives $12K from Near & Aid

Stamford, CT - The Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF), a non-profit organization serving thousands of students in Stamford since 1996, announced it is the recipient of a $12,000 grant from Southport-based Near & Far Aid. The grant will support SPEF’s Stamford Mentoring Program, which serves students in grades 3 - 12. The program supports SPEF's vision for each and every student in the Stamford Public Schools being able to graduate high school prepared and inspired to be a productive member of society.

Near & Far Aid is an all-volunteer fundraising and fund granting organization dedicated to eliminating poverty in Fairfield County. Like SPEF they strive to achieve lasting change. “As an all-volunteer organization we take great pride in the work we do. Our partnership with SPEF enables us to help underserved students in Stamford’s public schools be better prepared for post high-secondary success,” said Kim Meier, President of Near & Far Aid.

The Stamford Mentoring Program provides students with the resources and guidance necessary to be successful during elementary, middle school, high school, and in all future endeavors. Individuals from college, corporations, and the community volunteer their time and talent in the Stamford Public Schools for engaging mentoring sessions with students in grades three through twelve.

Some of SPEF’s Mentoring Program highlights from the 2017-2018 school year include:

  •  Providing mentoring to over 860 students at a needs based in grades 3-12 (of which 70% were economically disadvantaged)
  •  Engaging over 400 volunteers from college, corporate, and community partners
  •  Pairing students from Stamford High’s Early College Studies program with volunteer mentors from NatWest Markets and Deloitte.
  •  Introducing the Leadership Mentoring program that pairs high school students with caring adults for at least 2 mentoring sessions per month, engaging in activities outside traditional school hours.
]]> (Nicolette) Charities Wed, 13 Feb 2019 05:25:20 -0500
Stamford Author and Retirement Planner Writes International Best-Seller



For more than 30 years Stamford, Connecticut’s Nahum Daniels has specialized in helping people invest, save and grow their money for retirement. Nahum’s unconventional approach is the subject of his new book, ‘Retire Reset!’, now an international best-seller. With 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day with an average of $172,00, his book is more timely than ever!

With so much economic uncertainty and market volatility, Nahum provides a unique approach to retirement investing. He argues, it is possible to achieve a secure lifestyle without the fear of running out of money. One of the most respected Professors of Finance at the Yale School of Management, Roger Ibbotson, PhD, says, “the book is easy to read and entertaining. It does an outstanding job of laying out the financial challenges retirees face today.”

About the author:

International best-selling author Nahum Daniels is based in Stamford, Connecticut. A Certified Financial Planner practitioner, Nahum Daniels has specialized for over thirty years in serving clients facing the challenge of making income last in retirement and wealth span generations. He has traveled the world, lived abroad and offers a global perspective. A teacher at heart and ever mindful of his professional responsibility to put clients’ interests first, he seeks to transmit the actionable knowledge today’s retirees need to pursue a more confident economic future. In a high-risk financial world rife with misinformation, half truths and unaffordable complacency, his mission is to instill in today’s retirees the informed resolve they need to take the right steps toward achieving lasting retirement success.


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Wed, 13 Feb 2019 03:58:33 -0500
Greenwich Land Trust Hosts Maple Sugar Day


Get a first-hand look at bringing syrup from the woods to your waffles!

Greenwich Land Trust is hosting its annual Maple Sugar Day, Saturday, February 23 from 11 am – 2 pm, featuring demonstration stations, candy crafting, arts and crafts and activities for the whole family.

Take a walk through Greenwich Land Trust’s beautiful four-acre Mueller Preserve at 370 Round Hill Road, and watch how to tap a maple tree and make your own syrup. You’ll also learn about the biology of these majestic trees and how syrup factored into the history of American independence. The tradition of tapping maple trees for sap has been around for hundreds of years and is an important part of our local history, dating back to the indigenous people of the Northeast and was adopted by incoming European colonists.

Stay for lunch and purchase a slice of wood fired pizza from Dough Girls food truck. Maple candy and other treats will also be available.

Maple Sugar an ancient American tradition. Learn about the important role maple sugar played in the lives of indigenous people and the early colonists.

Science of Sweet - See the fascinating process of making maple syrup and learn about the biology of the trees that produce it. Get a first-hand look at all the steps that bring this delicious treat from the woods to your waffles!

Crafting Candy - Make your own maple sugar candies and create beautiful forest-themed crafts from natural materials.

Tickets are available at
Tickets will also be available on site.
Cost: $10 for individuals; $20-member families; $30 non-member families.

About Greenwich Land Trust
Conserving the Land. Connecting the Community.
Greenwich Land Trust conserves open space, connects our community with the natural world, and inspires the next generation of conservationists. The Land Trust permanently protects and cares for more than 750 acres of woodlands, marshlands, orchards, and meadows throughout Greenwich, preserving the ecological integrity, historic character, and scenic beauty of our community.

]]> (M. Erickson) Events Tue, 12 Feb 2019 06:06:23 -0500
"Space Invasion in Stamford Downtown" Last Call for Artists

Stamford, CT - The Stamford Downtown Special Services District is calling all artists to submit designs for SPACE INVASION IN STAMFORD DOWNTOWN Art in Public Places for jury and possible sponsor selection and exhibit inclusion.

Similar to the Cow Parade, Horsin’ Around, Street Seats, Dinosaurs Rule and Art Shapes, SPACE INVASION IN STAMFORD DOWNTOWN is an interactive sculpture exhibit. Artists, through a juried selection process, will paint, sculpt and decorate three shapes of fiberglass space ships that will be displayed throughout Stamford Downtown June through August, 2019. The exhibit will once again engage the talent of the local and regional art community and captivate the imagination of young and old alike.

Applications are due to the Stamford Downtown office by Friday, February 15, 2019.

For more information or to download an application for “SPACE INVASION IN STAMFORD DOWNTOWN” please visit:  or call 203-348-5285

]]> (Annette Einhorn) Places Mon, 11 Feb 2019 10:40:25 -0500
106 Area Nonprofits Receive Over $1.3 Million in Grants from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation has announced the details for its current grantmaking cycle. Competitive grants totaling $1,330,037were awarded to 106 nonprofit organizations who align with the Community Foundation’s result areas and its vision to close the opportunity gap in Fairfield County by eliminating disparities in income, education, employment, housing and health.

The Community Foundation’s new strategic plan focuses on fostering a vital and inclusive community where every individual has the opportunity to thrive while promoting philanthropy as a means to create lasting change in Fairfield County. “It gives us great satisfaction to award 106 grants this season. It is Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s privilege and our honor to provide grants that help advance the work of these critical nonprofit organizations throughout the region. These grantees are creating lasting change and are working collectively to close the opportunity gap in Fairfield County,” stated Juanita James, CEO & President, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation’s result areas drive where the organization focuses its grantmaking, community leadership work, and fundraising efforts. The types of grants include program support, capacity building support, general operating support and the Fund for Women & Girls small grants. The following is a breakdown of recent grants by result area:

Result Area: All Fairfield County residents have safe, stable, healthy and affordable housing in communities of opportunity

Total Grants Awarded: $304,207

In this result area, the Community Foundation awarded grants to organizations that represent the Community Foundation’s ongoing commitment to supporting and sustaining thriving communities and ensuring equitable access to safe, healthy and affordable housing for all Fairfield County residents.  Grantees include Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust, Inc ($30,000); Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County ($14,000); Connecticut Association for Human Services ($20,000); Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants ($20,000); Connecticut Legal Services ($40,000); Connecticut Radio Information Systems ($6,657);

Connecticut Veterans Legal Center ($10,000); DataHaven ($35,000); Food Rescue US ($15,000); Norwalk Housing Foundation ($20,000); Partnership for Strong Communities ($25,000); Positive Directions - The Center for Prevention & Counseling ($7,250); Renewal House ($30,000); RYASAP ($6,000); and Southwestern CT Area Agency on Aging, Inc. ($25,000). Connecticut Legal Services, for example, will be utilizing its grant to support two efforts over the next year, including organizational strategic planning and legal advocacy on behalf of low-income housing residents in Bridgeport. Partnership for Strong Communities will be concentrating on its Reaching Home Campaign: Ending Homelessness in CT and utilizing the grant in this regard.

Result Area: All Fairfield County older youth and young adults have training and credentials that lead to meaningful career opportunities

Total Grants Awarded: $223,728

Young people in Fairfield County often graduate without the skills or preparation needed to secure a living-wage entry job. By aligning youth with educational tools and job opportunities, Thrive by 25 aims to empower every young adult to achieve self-sufficiency by age 25 – strengthening the future of our whole community. Within its comprehensive approach to empower every young adult to achieve self-sufficiency by age 25, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Thrive by 25 initiative stresses the importance of providing paid internships for youth and young adults in the region. Several organizations advancing that goal by providing critical paid internships were selected for grants, including: Inroads ($17,500); Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program in Stamford ($25,000); and Mill River Park Collaborative ($14,500). Additionally, a wide range of exemplary learning programs offered by local nonprofits were funded through this area of opportunity received grants. They include Beardsley Zoo ($25,000); Boys & Girls Village ($20,000); Housatonic Valley Association, Inc ($15,000); Justice Education Center ($10,000); Norwalk Community College Foundation ($44,178); SoundWaters ($5,000); Sterling House ($15,000); United We Dream, Inc ($17,500) and Urban League of Southern Connecticut ($15,000).

Result Area: All Fairfield County students graduate with a high school degree and are prepared for post-secondary education and employment.

Total Grants Awarded: $574,000

In this result area, the Community Foundation awarded grants to organizations that represent an ongoing commitment to education support to close the opportunity gap. The grants were awarded to Boys & Girls Club of Stamford ($5,000);City Lights and Company ($15,000);Educators for Excellence ($25,000);Connecticut Voices for Children ($20,000);Horizons at New Canaan Country School ($25,000);Horizons at Greens Farms Academy ($20,000);LifeBridge Community Services ($20,000);Project Morry ($25,000);SoundWaters ($20,000);Stamford Public Education Foundation, Inc. ($15,000);Green Village Initiative ($25,000);Norwalk Community College Foundation ($20,000);Center for Popular Democracy ($25,000);Center for Children's Advocacy, Inc ($30,000);Building One Community ($15,000); Carver Foundation ($25,000);Greenwich Alliance for Education ($20,000);Danbury Family Learning Center ($24,000);  Danbury Youth Services ($15,000);Horizons at NCC ($10,000);Bridgeport Caribe Youth League ($25,000);Best Buddies Connecticut ($15,000);McGivney Community Center ($15,000);ACCESS Education Service, Inc. ($15,000);Stamford Family YMCA ($15,000);Horizons at Sacred Heart University ($20,000);South End Community Center, Inc. ($15,000);Horizons at Brunswick School ($10,000); and Horizons National ($20,000).

Result Area: All Fairfield County women and girls are economically secure, healthy and safe

Total Grants Awarded: $$166,002.01

Through the Fund for Women & Girls, philanthropists come together to invest in sustainable solutions that support the safety, health and economic security of women and girls across Fairfield County. Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls (FWG) awarded five grants through its Renewable Grants Program to the following organizations: Center for Family Justice, Inc ($20,000); Center for Sexual Assault Crisis and Education ($20,000); Triangle Community Center ($20,000); Women's Center of Greater Danbury ($20,000); and YWCA of Greenwich ($20,000) for its Sexual Violence Prevention Program. An additional $30,002 was granted through FWG’s Small Grants Program to organizations that actively promote leadership development and improve the education and employment prospects for women and girls.  They include: Women's Campaign School at Yale University ($3,500); Connecticut Women's Education & Legal Fund (2,797); Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame ($2,500); Franklin Street Works($1,500); Girls Lead ($4,000); LiveGirl  ($355); Mount Aery Baptist Church ($2,250); Ms President US ($3,500); Norwalk Community College Foundation ($2,100); Norwalk Housing Foundation ($2,500); and Saturday Academy ($5,000). A grant was also provided to DataHaven for a research report.

Result Area: Community Advocacy

Total Grants Awarded: $62,100

Nonprofit organizations received a total of $62,100 as part of the Community Foundation’s Community Advocacy initiatives, including its GET OUT THE VOTE 2018 campaign which had 18 grantees. Those organizations receiving grants include: All Our Kin, Inc; Bridgeport Generation Now; Burroughs Community Center; Center for Children's Advocacy, Inc; Center for Popular Democracy; CF Leads; Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness; Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance; Council on Foundations; DataHaven; Domus Kids, Inc; FaithActs for Education; Greater Bridgeport Latino Network, Inc.; Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County; Housatonic Community College Foundation; League of Women Voters – Stamford; League of Women Voters of Bridgeport; League of Women Voters of Northern Fairfield County; League of Women Voters of Norwalk; LifeBridge Community Services; NACCP- Norwalk Chapter; National Coalition of 100 Black Women - New Haven Metropolitan Chapter; New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; Norwalk Community College Foundation; The Chicago Community Trust; University of Connecticut Foundation; YWCA of Darien – Norwalk; and YWCA of Greenwich.

As a valuable best practice, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence educates and informs nonprofits on Results Based Accountability as a framework for articulating and measuring the changes they are working toward. A complete list of grantees and information about applying for a grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is available at

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Stamford Downtown Celebrates Winter Restaurant Weeks, Feb. 18 - March 3

STAMFORD CT – Join Stamford Downtown's Restaurant Association for its 14th year hosting Winter Restaurant Weeks, a popular two-week event running from Monday, February 18th through Sunday, March 3rd, featuring special prix fixe lunch & dinner menus at incredible values.  There will be something savory for every palate!

As an added bonus for braving the cold, this year, The Avon Theatre Film Center is offering Winter Restaurant Weeks' patrons an opportunity to receive one Free medium popcorn with a purchase of a General Admission ticket, so don’t forget to ask for an Avon voucher when dining. Hey Stamford and OpenTable again joins as co-sponsors, so make your reservations now:

Winter Restaurant Weeks menus can be found at at  Enjoy prix fixe menus ranging in price from $14.19 & $22.19 for lunch and $28.19 & $38.19 for dinner. 

Participating restaurants includeAcuario RestaurantAtlantic Pizza, Bar Rosso, Bar Zepoli, Bedford Hall Craft Kitchen & Bar, Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar, Blackstones Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Capriccio Café, Cask Republic, Cilantro, Columbus Park Trattoria, EOS Greek Cuisine, FISH Restaurant & Bar, Flinders Lane, Gaucho Steakhouse, Hudson Social, Kashi Japanese Restaurant, Peter Chang Stamford, Quattro Pazzi, and Villa Italia.

]]> (Annette Einhorn) Events Mon, 11 Feb 2019 05:51:11 -0500
Israeli-raised, Stamford Artist at the Gallery @ the J

“RENEWAL”: A solo art exhibit by internationally collected, Israeli-raised, Stamford based artist, Liron Sissman at the Gallery @ the J at the Stamford JCC

The Stamford Jewish Community Center gallery proudly presents “RENEWAL” : A solo art exhibit by internationally collected, Israeli-raised, Stamford based artist, Liron Sissman. 

This exhibit depicts landscape paintings inspired by the Hudson Valley under changing lights.  The exhibition is from May 1 through June 29, 2019 at the Gallery @ the J at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905. Wine & Art, an artist reception will take place on Wednesday, May 8 at 6pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Liron’s landscapes like her flowers are not merely intended to reflect nature but rather to project an inner reflection, a metaphorical journey. Her paintings transport viewers by engaging the senses, uplifting the spirit and bringing the transformational power of nature indoors. They are collected by organizations nationwide and by individuals on three continents.  Ms. Sissman’s says, “I admire the intensity of emotions found in the works of the Expressionists.  Like them, I too mix my soul with my paints. However, I strive to be subtle in my expressions."

Liron Sissman’s paintings have won multiple awards and are written about extensively. Her art is featured in Something Borrowed, a Warner Bros. film starring Kate Hudson. It was also the subject of a 40-minute TV interview (The Monday Night Live, PKRG-TV). Her painting Late Summer Sail was recently selected by Ambassador Juster for his official residence in New Delhi as part of the prestigious Art in Embassies program curated and funded by the US State Department. Liron Sissman is an elected Fellow of The American Artists Professional League.

Ms. Sissman is the founder of  which promotes the success of visual artists working in all mediums and styles and the author of ‘Getting YOUR Art into Corporate Collections: Why it pays, How to do it, Who to Contact’ available for download through her website.

For more on the artist visit her website at

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