Stamfordnorth's HamletHub Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:18:27 -0500 Children’s Learning Centers Presents Marc Cohn Benefit Concert in Stamford

Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Marc Cohn & Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Darlene Love will perform in Concert to Benefit Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County (CLC) at Stamford’s Palace Theatre Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Cohn, best known for his hit song "Walking in Memphis" from his eponymous 1991 album, will be joined by Darlene Love. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Love was recognized by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the greatest singers of all time. Tickets are on sale now at the Palace Box Office - or 203-325-4466.

CLC provides high-quality and affordable early childhood education and care programs for all families. Serving 1,000 children a year, CLC offers a comprehensive pre-K curriculum, on-site healthcare providers, family service workers and a nutrition program. Visit for more information.

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Holiday Blues (instead of greens)? Volunteer (locally)

Tis’ the season to be JOLLY! Yes, jolly, aka cheerful, happy, joyful. Not feeling it?

Last week, U.S. News and World Report published an article quoting the American Psychological Association who said that 38 percent of people said their stress level increases during the holidays. They also reported that 53 percent of people feel financially stressed by holiday spending, even though more than half of the 1,000 respondents had created spending budgets.

Here at HamletHub, we believe that there is no better way to beat the holiday blues that by serving others. And experts agree, “Volunteering gives you the opportunity to think of something and someone else other than being swallowed up by your own overwhelmingly depressed, negative thoughts,” says PsychologyToday. “When you volunteer your time you have to pull yourself together, get off of the couch and out of the house,” they add.

And, the benefits may stretch beyond your emotional persona. Harvard Medical School says, “A growing body of evidence suggests that people who give their time to others might also be rewarded with better physical health—including lower blood pressure and a longer lifespan.”

Bring joy to others this holiday season and it may indeed return to you. Connecticut 211 us a great resource for volunteer opportunities in Connecticut.

Click here for food-related volunteer opportunities (soup kitchens, etc) near Stamford North.

Click here to help families in need.

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Stamford EMS and The Boys & Girls Club Partner to Make the City Safer

Over 100 children took a break from homework and activities to learn how and when to call 911 and to practice Hands-Only CPR, thanks to a visit by Stamford EMS at the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford.

On December 12 at the Mary C. Rich Clubhouse, fourth and fifth-grade children learned what to do in case they ever find themselves facing an emergency. Members of Stamford EMS explained details about making a 911 call and then taught the children how to administer Hands Only CPR on manikins.

“It’s two steps,” explained Jessica Anderson, Stamford EMS Lieutenant and Academy Training Coordinator. “First you call for help, then you start compressions, and you don’t stop until help arrives.”

The children took turns participating in the hands-on learning exercise.  Afterward, they stepped outside to enjoy a guided tour of two Stamford EMS ambulances.

“This is a valuable lesson for these kids, you never know when you can save a life,” said Michael Cotela, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford. “This is a good age group to get them thinking about safety.”

The event was part of the Stamford EMS Safety Step-Up initiative. The Safety Step-Up initiative includes a series of safety events, community partnerships, and safety tips throughout the year to keep ourselves, our neighbors and our families safe.

Classes to learn CPR, first aid, and how to use an automated external defibrillator are offered regularly by Stamford EMS.  To learn more about taking a class, please visit or call (203) 968-1118.

]]> (Laura Roberts) Neighbors Mon, 17 Dec 2018 06:57:06 -0500
Housatonic Community College Receives Grant To Support 3rd Annual One Book, One College Program

Housatonic Community College (HCC) was awarded a $2,975 grant by Connecticut Humanities to support the College’s 3rd Annual One Book, One College program.

The program is comprised of a shared read experience and associated programming designed to promote discussion and a deeper understanding issues we’re facing in our nation and around the world. One Book One College connects the HCC community with residents of the greater Bridgeport area by creating engaging conversations both on campus and in our homes.

“Communities thrive through interaction, and creating connection around important topics that affect us locally and globally helps us all to have a deeper understanding of one another,” said Paul Broadie, President of Housatonic Community College. “We’re grateful to Connecticut Humanities for their generous support.”

The book selection will be announced early next year, along with a listing of a variety of events in connection with the One Book, One College program, including lectures, writing workshops and a visit by the book’s author. All events will be free and open to the public.

“This shared reading program has been a great way to bring together our students, faculty, and staff and we are looking forward to welcoming members of the greater Bridgeport community to our campus to share in this exciting program,” said Jennifer Lutris, HCC Librarian.

“Connecticut Humanities is happy to support Housatonic Community College’s One Book, One College program for 2018/2019. Community reading projects like this are great ways to connect people through a common reading experience and lead to a deeper understanding of literature, learning, and our shared humanity, said Dr. Jason R. Mancini, Executive Director of Connecticut Humanities."

To learn more about the One Book One College program, or to sponsor an event, please contact Jennifer Lutris at

Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Kids Home Furnishings

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 Kids Home Furnishings!

Three questions with Seth Berger, owner of Kids Home Furnishings.

Why did you start your business?

We’ve been here since 1942. I am the third generation helping Stamford families with their growing families.

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

I wish I had a lot more product so that every consumer’s need is met by my business.

Best selling product/service?

Our hands-on approach to help design a room that will last from birth to college.

Kids Home Furnishings is located at 15-25 Crescent St (rear building) in Stamford. Visit them online here or call (203) 327-1333.

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


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A Haircut and Holiday Cheer at Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa

Did you know? There is an amazing barber shop located on the Mezzanine level of the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa. And, now until New Year's Day, you can get a haircut and some holiday cheer. 

Pass the Hotel on your way to and from work while traveling on I-95? Stop in and see master stylist Anthony Rizzi, owner of the Hotel's Federal Hairstylists I. An added bonus this week, - a complimentary cocktail. 

"This week is extra special because they are giving complimentary beverages to their customers to celebrate the holidays! Be sure to stop by for a haircut and a drink!" the Hotel explains. 

The Hotel barber shop is open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00am-5:00pm and Saturday 8:00am-2:00pm. To make an appointment, just give them a call at 203-348-4576 or stop by during open business hours.

The Stamford Advocate recently featured a story on Rizzi family who work together at Federal Hairstylists I and sister shop located across the street from the Hotel, Federal Hairstylists II. The Advocate said, "The Rizzi's wouldn’t trade their trade for anything.  They are just as true to the place they learned it — J.M. Wright Technical High School, where Anthony Rizzi graduated as a barber in 1960." 

Learn more about the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa HERE.

The Hotel is located at 243 Tresser Boulevard, in the heart of downtown Stamford, combining New York City energy with New England charm.



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State and Local Police Respond to Email Threats

On Thursday, December 13, 2018 at approximately 1:10 p.m., Troopers from Troop E-Montville responded to the Griswold Elementary School located at 303 Slater Avenue to investigate the report of a suspicious email sent to school administrator.

Shortly thereafter, both the State Police Emergency Services Unit and the Bomb Squad responded to the scene. In the course of the investigation, which is active and ongoing, it was determined that multiple states across the country were receiving similar threatening correspondents- affecting all sectors- both public and private. Each email contained similar verbiage. To date, none of the threats were found to be credible but we strongly encourage anyone who may receive a suspicious email, to immediately call 911.

The Connecticut State Police are currently working with our Federal, State and Local partners in the investigation of this incident and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Cyber Crimes Investigative Unit and Connecticut Intelligence Center (CTIC) are also working to identify the source of the emails that are circulating across various locations in the state.

As always, we would like to remind everyone, “If You See Something, Say Something.” Anyone who sees something out of the ordinary should call the state's 24-hour Homeland Security Tip Line at 1-866-HLS-TIPS (1-866-457-8477). If immediate attention is necessary, you should always call 9-1-1.

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Stamford North, Visit a Connecticut Christmas Tree Farm for a Joyful Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us! Get into the spirit of the season by visiting one of Connecticut’s picturesque Christmas tree farms. For a complete list of Christmas tree farms closest to Stamford North, please see below.

Connecticut’s some 500 Christmas tree farms are officially open for business, offering customers fresh Connecticut Grown trees. Not only is searching for the perfect tree a festive and time-honored family tradition, but it supports our state’s economy, the hardworking farmers, and our agriculture.

According to the Connecticut DEEP, nearly 4,000 acres of Connecticut farmland are planted with Christmas trees – the 13th largest acreage in the U.S. “The Christmas tree industry in Connecticut has grown significantly in recent years and now contributes about $10 million in annual economic activity,” they say.

Here is a list of the farms near Stamford North from Please make sure to call ahead, as HamletHub did not call each farm to verify the information below.

Audubon Society H. Smith Richardson Tree Farm
Choose and cut Christmas Trees, pretagging allowed,  gift shop 
Sasco Creek Road, Westport
Phone: 203-623-0646.  Alternate phone: 203-259-6305. Email: Open: Saturday after Thanksgiving to Dec. 23, Tuesday to  Friday from 12 pm to 4:00 pm, Saturday and Sundays 10 am to 4:00 PM; Closed Mondays. Directions : Take I-95 to..please see website for details

Many Christmas tree farms also offer more joys of the season including hayrides, Santa visits, hot cocoa, and a local market.

The Connecticut Christmas Tree Growers Association Department of Agriculture’s website has a brochure with more information on tree farms.

For a comprehensive list of tree farms in Connecticut, visit here.

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The Avon Theatre and Focus on French Cinema present The Guardians

The Avon Theatre and Focus on French Cinema present THE GUARDIANS Post-film discussion hosted by Joe Meyers on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m

An affecting human drama of love, loss, and resilience unfolds against the backdrop of World War I. The women of the Paridier farm, under the deft hand of Hortense, the family's matriarch (Nathalie Baye,) must grapple with the workload while the men, including two sons, are off at the front. Hortense reluctantly brings on an outsider, the hard-scrabble teenage orphan, Francine (Iris Bry), to help her daughter Solange (Laura Smet). New tools allow the women to triumph over the land, newfound independence is acquired, yet emotions are stirred especially when the men return from the front on short leaves. Acclaimed filmmaker Xavier Beauvois (OF GODS AND MEN) revels in the mysteries and beauties of the French countryside, here unravaged by war, with painterly images bathed in natural light, yet keeps his focus on the intricate drama that plays out against the upheaval of the Great War. 

Rated R | In French with English subtitles | 134 minutes

Ticket prices are as follows: Carte Blanche Members: FREE, Avon Members: $8,

Students & Seniors: $10, Nonmembers: $13, Alliance Francaise of Greenwich: $8 

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Mayor’s Gallery presents 4 Visions Photography from 4 members of the Stamford Art Association January 7 - February 28

The Mayor’s Gallery presents "4 Visions” Photography from 4 members of the Stamford Art Association January 7 - February 28, 2019

Jean-Marc Bara, Carol Battin, Christine Irvin, Gregory Presley

Reception: Thursday, January 17, 5:30-7:30pm at the Government Center, 10th Floor, 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford CT

The Stamford Art Association is pleased to present "4 Visions" at the Mayor’s Gallery. The exhibit explores how different artists view the world through their camera lens. It is also a compendium of the work of artists whose personal views continue to be reshaped by the world around them. It parallels the Stamford Art Association as it moves towards its 50th year - creatively investigating how visions change and resonate.

About the work:

Jean-Marc on his street photographs:

Life: People are immensely fascinating to photograph, and I enjoy strolling in a city while taking photographs. I look for interesting subjects, gestures, interactions, and moments. Light: Unusual light and strong shadows help me frame or simplify a scene, or show it in an unusual way.  Lines or Design. I like to organize; some say I am a little obsessive about it. Careful framing and an architectural approach to photography help me organize what is often a chaotic scene.  Approach:  When I photograph I try not to be too obvious to avoid disrupting my subjects’ thoughts and actions. On the other hand I am not secretive about it; should someone choose to look in my direction he or she will clearly see that I am busy taking photos.

Carol: I have been taking pictures all my life. As with all interests I need to keep motivated by continued learning, trying new techniques and shaking up my status quo. Living in Stamford and commuting to New York City regularly gives me a chance to get out of my habit of using color and focusing on people. Even when traveling further afield I try to envision different techniques and editing when photographing. I have tried to add a new dimension to my art by trying to take pictures of structures, considering converting them to black and white, using different post processing methods and more recently adding metal framing. These images of City Living/ Black and White Photography are my attempt to change up things from the usual.

Christine: I have had a camera with me since I was 17.  People, structures, landscapes and color and the ability to make a photographic decision based on visual curiosity and experience have always powerfully pushed me.  Coincidences of events and how they appear in an instant give meaning to my work. These images were taken in Skopelos, Greece last summer when I was part of a printmaking workshop.

Greg: Since retiring three years ago, I have devoted my waking hours to my two extracurricular passions: photography and travel.  I have traveled to 15 countries in the past three years.  Some of these journeys have been with other photographers and others with my wife.  I strive to capture “one of a kind” landscapes, but my favorite challenges are “unposed” people shots - sometimes referred to as street photography. My images here today are from my recent travels to Chile, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Namibia.

Visit for more information about this 50-year-old cultural institution.

Open weekdays from 9am-4pm handicap accessible on-site parking

For more information call 203 858 3082

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King School's Advanced Math and Science Research Program: Spotlight on Mallory Ehlers '19

King School's Advanced Math and Science Research (AMSR) Program: Spotlight on Mallory Ehlers '19

Mallory Ehlers, New Canaan resident and senior, is one of four students in the King School's Advanced Mathematics and Science Research (AMSR) Program and she is very excited to have been given this opportunity. Each year, a small group of students who clearly demonstrate an ability and interest in achieving true excellence within science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics will be selected for independent study and competition preparation, and/or a laboratory research experience, based on the rigorous standards of AMSR.

Mallory is working with Dr. Jan Grimm, M.D., Ph.D., a physician scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY. Working alongside graduate students at Weill Cornell Medical College, Mallory's work focuses on the development of novel and innovative molecular imaging approaches for cancer diagnostics, primarily based on activatable imaging agents. These approaches combine and utilize modern biology, nanotechnology, chemistry, and physics with modern imaging methods (MRI, optical imaging, PET, and Cerenkov) to create novel imaging agents that allow much earlier detection and improved therapy monitoring of cancer.

Mallory spent 40 hours per week for nine weeks last summer at the Grimm Lab and spends 2-3 hours per week during the school year. Her project involves studying and researching new ways to transport medication to prostate, breast, and colon cancer tumors without causing additional harm to the patient, as is often the case with current chemotherapy methods. She is studying a transport technique that involves loading medications onto ferumoxytol (iron oxide) particles and then treating different cells lines with these loaded nanoparticles. Mallory comments, "I cannot explain the rush I felt from using the results of one test to find the next step in my research process. As I form graphs with the data points I collect, I see the hours of ideas and hypotheses fuse to form decipherable results and next steps that I need to take."

Towards the end of the summer, Mallory began working with a new drug: Catechin. Catechin, a natural antioxidant found in green tea, has never been used in the United States and has never been tested with the transport technique she is studying. Mallory remarks, "This experience has definitely impacted me greatly. I am truly motivated by the fact that my own research, though one small step in the overall process, could advance treatments for cancer patients, and I am very excited to continue my research throughout the school year via the AMSR Program."

Mallory finished Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, and AP Computer Science A last year as a Junior and is currently taking Multivariable Calculus, AP Physics C, AP Biology, AP Psychology, AP French, and AP Literature. Mallory runs cross country and serves as the captain of the softball team. She also enjoys music and has a passion for ceramics. She recently earned her Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification and will be volunteering for a local volunteer ambulance corps this fall.

As for her future, Mallory wants to pursue biomedical engineering and possibly minor in neuroscience. She has applied to some of the top 25 colleges in the country and plans to go to graduate school for either medicine or research.

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Holiday Pop Up Art Show and Sale at the LAA in Stamford

The Loft Artists Association hosts a "Holiday Pop Up Art Show and Sale" December 14, 15 and 16.

Holiday Open House Reception: Friday, December 14, 6-8 pm 
Studios will be Open Friday Evening 
Saturday and Sunday 1:00 - 4:30 pm 
Loft Artists Gallery, 575 Pacific Street, Stamford CT 
This pop up exhibit will highlight small artwork and crafts perfect for holiday gift giving," LAA Director, Mark Macrides stated. Loft Artist members were invited to bring together small drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, collages and other mixed media pieces, as well as a variety of handcrafted items such as cards, ceramics, jewelry and ornaments to create a gallery filled with exciting and diverse artwork and crafts. Work will be plentiful to encourage a wide variety of choices; the perfect gifts to bring joy to friends and family over the holiday season. Plan to stop by and select that special and unique gift! 
Handicapped access is available by appointment. 
Now in its 40th year, the Loft Artists Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to building connections within Fairfield County's visual arts community and introducing the general public to artists and their work. 
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Christmas Wishes Granted by St. Leo Parish in Stamford

For more than 20 years, a very special tradition at St. Leo Parish in Stamford has been its annual Christmas Wish Tree to benefit several local charities. This year close to 900 gifts were purchased and donated by parishioners and given to local organizations, including The Villa at Stamford (formerly Smith House), Domestic Violence, Childcare Learning Centers, ROSCCO, Birthright, Latham Wyler Daycare, and Laurel House. In addition, more than 1,000 much-needed toiletries were also collected for New Covenant House and over 95 grocery cards were donated to area families. 

"This outreach program is very special and meaningful to our parishioners and they are so generous," said chair, Gail Hofmann. "Many take more than one tag and give gifts to multiple people. It gives them great joy to help those less fortunate. In fact, for many of the gift recipients, this will be the only Christmas present they will receive this holiday."

All the gifts were collected this past Sunday, the first day of Advent, at the church. Volunteers of all ages then helped to sort through them before they were sent off to the organizations for distribution to some very excited and grateful children and adults, helping to make their Christmas just a little brighter this year.

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Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Total Advantage Massage

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 Total Advantage Massage!
Three questions with Tama Mackay, owner of Total Advantage Massage LLC.
Why did you start your business?
I have worked simultaneously in Corporate America and the fitness arena. I have enjoyed teaching fitness classes and helping others reach their fitness goals for over twenty years, but never was the business owner. I incorporated massage in my wellness regime and realized that it allowed me to recover faster and reduce risk of injury from overuse and overtraining. With the support from family and friends, I got my license and found my passion…shortly thereafter I founded Total Advantage Massage. I knew I wanted to specialize in Sports Massage and be able to focus on injury rehab and injury prevention. I started my business because I saw a need for offering a specialized sport/specific massage to athletes who were overtraining and unable to compete, whether it was tennis, running or hockey. I believe that massage is another piece of the puzzle in their training that is overlooked and underrated.
Finish this sentence in regard to your business: I wish I could…
I wish I could reach more people and educate them on the benefits of massage. We need to slow down, unplug and breathe! We need to take care of ourselves and our bodies and incorporate regular massage into our routine. It shouldn’t be a treat that we take care of ourselves once a year (or less). Massage is shown to relieve stress, reduce anxiety, improve cardiovascular health, promote relaxation, lowers blood pressure, helps us sleep better and that is just a start! So many things that we take medications for!
What is your best selling product/service?
My best service is a Sports Massage that is individualized and may incorporate Active Release Techniques, Cupping, Kinesiotaping, Craniosacral and/or Graston. I have worked with both AHL and NHL players, the WTA, Division 1 athletes and the USTF elite runners. I specialize in injury rehab and injury prevention and love to help my clients feel better and return to their sport a bit better, faster and stronger! Everyone can benefit from this work, whether you are an athlete or not. 
Visit Total Advantage Massage LLC online here or call (203) 998-5826.

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

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Stamford's College Hunks Spread Joy with Toys

College Hunks Movers Spreads Joy with Toys and Warmth

Christmas cheer is in the air thanks to Stamford’s College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving. Just as the name suggests, the company hauls and moves people’s stuff. But some recent acts of kindness will help you remember them in a “giving way”. In November, College Hunks along with 111 Harbor Point Complex held a massive coat drive to donate to coats and jackets to people throughout Connecticut and New York.

Shortly after the coat drive, College Hunks partnered with 2 fire houses by donating 100 ducks to give out to kids when they went to the fire houses to bring some holiday happiness to boys and girls. Franchise manager Thomas Yewdell and his College Hunks team brought 900 plush yellow ducky puppets to Toys for Tots on Canal Street.

“It was my pleasure to donate these ducks to Toys for Tots and the coats to help people stay warm this winter,” Yewdell remarked. “I’m glad I’m able to help others during the holidays.”

Yewdell owns two College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving franchises, one in Stamford, CT and one in Mamaroneck, NY. He will also soon be opening a second-hand store called First Shot, where people will have their first shot at buying antiques and second-hand treasures. He hopes to continue using his resources to donate to his community.

College Hunks Moving and Junk Hauling is locally owned and operated, helping homeowners and businesses move, haul junk, spring cleaning, and local residential moves. Call for your estimate 203-817-0400. It’s a great time of year to donate old furniture and knick-knacks for year-end tax donations.

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