Stamfordnorth's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth Fri, 16 Apr 2021 11:20:58 -0400 HamletHub.com Stamford Art Association Call for Artists 21st Annual Vivian and Stanley Reed Marine Show June 12-July 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/3118-stamford-art-association-call-for-artists-21st-annual-vivian-and-stanley-reed-marine-show-june-12-july-173118-stamford-art-association-call-for-artists-21st-annual-vivian-and-stanley-reed-marine-show-june-12-july-17 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/3118-stamford-art-association-call-for-artists-21st-annual-vivian-and-stanley-reed-marine-show-june-12-july-173118-stamford-art-association-call-for-artists-21st-annual-vivian-and-stanley-reed-marine-show-june-12-july-17

21stAnnual Vivian and Stanley Reed Marine Show - June 12-July 17, 2021

Opening: June 12 4pm

Artist Submission Deadline: May 16, 2021

To help celebrate the Stamford Art Association's 50th year, we will select 50 artists to be in this virtual exhibit. This is a multimedia juried exhibit with cash prizes. We are asking artists to submit 1-5 pieces of artwork on the theme of any subject depicting the sea, the seashore, boats and activity on or near the water. The exhibit is named after Vivian and Stanley Reed, two founding members of SAA and avid sailors. Winning artists will be asked to be part of a video. The juror is Mike Bagley, Director of Marine Operations for SoundWaters, and an artist.

CATEGORIES: Painting, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Photography, Drawing, Printmaking

ELIGIBILITY
Each artist submitting work to the exhibit should provide artwork that follows the theme of the exhibit. Work that is considered offensive to gender, race, religion will not be accepted. Each artist can submit up to 5 pieces.

CRITERIA: Artists should submit original work that has not been shown before at the SAA gallery or SAA sponsored exhibitions (except for the Faber Birren show.) Except for photographs, prints of any kind (lithographs, etchings, computer generated art etc.) should be signed and numbered as a limited edition. Giclees will not be accepted.

ENTRY: Entry is through Entrythingy here

ARTISTS ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION:Artist Acceptance will be posted on the SAA's website www.stamfordartassociation.org by May 27. Go to Opportunities Call for Artists Learn More button.

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kerry@ducey.org (es gordon) Neighbors Thu, 15 Apr 2021 13:37:05 -0400
Kendra Scott Giveback Event to Benefit The Undies Project https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/3107-kendra-scott-giveback-event-to-benefit-the-undies-project3107-kendra-scott-giveback-event-to-benefit-the-undies-project https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/3107-kendra-scott-giveback-event-to-benefit-the-undies-project3107-kendra-scott-giveback-event-to-benefit-the-undies-project

Kendra Scott Giveback Event to Benefit The Undies Project
April 16th - 18th

Just in time for Mother's Day, Shop and Support The Undies Project Friday, April 16th through Sunday, April 18th at the Kendra Scott Giveback Event.

20% of every purchase on kendrascott.com, in-person at the SoHo Store or by phone at 646-846-3899, using the code GIVEBACK-1CFL, will benefit The Undies Project.  Free gift with purchases $100 or more.

The three day event will be kicked off with a free Virtual Styling Session, 7-8pm ET.

Details and to RSVP for the Styling Event click here.

Proceeds will be used to purchase new underwear for those in need.

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lucy@theundiesproject.org (Lucy Langley) Charities Thu, 15 Apr 2021 12:56:34 -0400
City of Stamford The Works: Pothole Week, AAA Bond Ratings, COVID Updates, Paving, and More! https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/3117-city-of-stamford-the-works-pothole-week-aaa-bond-ratings-covid-updates-paving-and-more3117-city-of-stamford-the-works-pothole-week-aaa-bond-ratings-covid-updates-paving-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/3117-city-of-stamford-the-works-pothole-week-aaa-bond-ratings-covid-updates-paving-and-more3117-city-of-stamford-the-works-pothole-week-aaa-bond-ratings-covid-updates-paving-and-more

Next week is Pothole Week!

Residents are encouraged to report potholes to Fix It Stamford in preparation for extensive pothole repairs following the reopening of local asphalt plants for the Spring season.

Residents can report potholes (or other concerns that require action from City staff) by visiting www.stamfordct.gov/fixit.

AAA Bond Ratings

Mayor David Martin announced the City of Stamford has been awarded “AAA” bond ratings, the highest possible ratings, by Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings. Both credit rating agencies commended the City’s management team, very strong economy, and strong budgetary performance and commented on Stamford’s stable outlook regarding the City’s proposed $43.3 million refunding bonds.

Click here to read the full release.

COVID-19 Updates

Today — April 15— Stamford has 15,108 confirmed cases. Last week — April 8  — Stamford had 14,767 confirmed cases. These numbers suggest Stamford has had 341 new cases in the past week, roughly 49 new cases per day on average. The City of Stamford has compiled a visualization of data up to April 13.

Vaccine Rollout

There will be a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic open to anyone who served in the military, veteran spouses & veteran caregivers on April 17 from 8 am to 4 pm in Bridgeport, CT ay Harding High School, 379 Bond Street. 

The State of Connecticut is using an age-based vaccination rollout.

The full schedule is available here, currently eligible residents include:

  • Healthcare personnel,
  • Long-term care facility residents,
  • Medical first responders,
  • Individuals 16 and older
  • Residents and staff of select congregate settings.

Need a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Vaccines are given by appointment only.

The following is a list of vaccine provides located in Stamford:

Drive-through COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinic. Enter at the northern entrance on Long Ridge Road.

  • Call the State's Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877.918.2224 to register.
  • Missed your vaccine appointment due to weather? Here's what you can do:
  • Did you schedule at Stamford Health? Stamford Health has a policy of calling every resident who has their appointment canceled by weather. If you have not been called, please call their phone assist line at 203.276.7300.
  • Did you schedule at a site other than Stamford Health? Please call 877.918.2224 (or "211" if you are a Connecticut resident) to reschedule.

Other resources

  • Questions about COVID-19 or the vaccine? Send them to AskMayorMartin@stamfordct.gov and they will be answered on the Mayor's weekly Tuesday night COVID-19 Livestream.
  • All information about Stamford's response to COVID-19 can be found on our website at www.stamfordct.gov/covid19.
  • Residents interested in volunteer efforts to assist with the COVID-19 public health emergency can visit Stamford Together for more information at https://www.stamfordct.gov/stamfordtogether.
  • Governor Lamont and Attorney General William Tong warned Connecticut residents to be on alert for potential scams related to COVID-19 vaccines.

Stamford COVID-19 testing sites:

  • Free testing sites, no insurance necessary:
  • CIC Health. 845 Canal Street. Open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 6:45 pm. Open Fridays from 8 am to 7:45 pm. Open Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. Appointments are recommended, but some walk-ins are accepted. Schedule an appointment online. Results within 24-36 hours.
  • Sema4. Located in Stamford High School's Hillandale Avenue Parking lot every Wednesday from 3 pm to 7 pm. Saturday to Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.
  • Community Health Center. Cove Island Park and Scalzi Park. Open every day, 8:30 am to 4 pm. Testing is first come, first serve.
  • Family Centers. 60 Palmer's Hill Road. Open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 3pm. Pre-register online or walk-in with no appointment.
  • Other testing sites, generally covered by insurance (check with your provider):
  • DOCS Urgent Care. 2001 West Main Street. Open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 8 pm. Open Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 4 pm. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.658.8291.
  • Stamford Hospital. Operated by Stamford Health. Open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm. Schedule an appointment by calling 203.276.3300. Must have a doctor's order faxed.
  • Tully Health Center. Operated by Stamford Health. Open Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5 pm. Schedule an appointment by calling 203.276.3300. Must have a doctor's order faxed.
  • AFC Urgent Care. 3000 Summer Street. Open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 9 pm. Open Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 5 pm. Testing is first come, first serve.
  • Yale New Haven Health. 260 Long Ridge Road. Schedule an appointment online.
  • CVS Health. 1938 W Main Street, 229 Hope Street and 969 High Ridge Road. Drive-through testing. Schedule an appointment online.
  • Additional testing availability:
  • Accessible Pharmacy offers in-home testing for blind, low vision, elderly, veteran, and disabled residents. Schedule an appointment online or call 215.799.9900.
  • More information on testing in Stamford available here.

Community

  • Acting through the Department of Housing (DOH), the State of Connecticut is developing the UniteCT Program. This program will provide rental and utility payment assistance to qualified Connecticut households financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The intention of UniteCT is to help stabilize Connecticut’s Rental Housing Market. 
  • Click here to apply.
  • Governor Lamont announced he has scheduled Tuesday, April 27 as the date to hold a special election to fill a vacancy for state representative in the 145th Assembly District of the Connecticut House of Representatives — which represents portions of Stamford.
  • The seat became vacant on March 8 following the resignation of Patricia Billie Miller after she was elected to serve in the 27th State Senate District.
  • More information on elections in Stamford.

State & Federal

Governor Ned Lamont announced more than $49 million in state funding that will support the development of hundreds of units of affordable housing in towns throughout Connecticut is anticipated to be approved when the State Bond Commission meets later this week.

Stamford will receive $1,625,000 in this state funding for 34 Units at Lawnhill Terrace 4.

Governor Ned Lamont and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Katie Dykes announced Connecticut’s State Parks system and boat launches are planning to return to providing full services to visitors during the 2021 season.

Click here for a summary of outdoor services and amenities at various locations administered by DEEP.

Governor Ned Lamont announced $2 million in state funding is anticipated to be approved next week by the State Bond Commission, which will be used to fund statewide repairs and maintenance works at Connecticut state parks, forests, and wildlife management areas. The announcement was made concurrent with the release of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) operational plan for the 2021 outdoor recreation season, which will have state parks, state forest recreation areas, and boat launches return to providing full services to visitors this year.

Federal

  • The U.S. Federal Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Services (IRS) announced the federal income tax filing due date for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021. The IRS will be providing formal guidance in the coming days.

Services & Schools

Washington Boulevard between Main Street and Tresser Boulevard will be closed 6:00 pm on Friday, April 23 and continue through the next days until terminating on Monday, April 26 at 6:00 am. There will be a signed detour route and travelers should seek alternative routes and expect delays in the area.

This closure is to allow for the removal of a building crane at 100 Tresser Boulevard used on construction for "The Smyth."

Construction is ongoing in Boccuzzi Park. The basketball court will be permanently closed for public use. The court will be used for construction lay down space, and then eventually removed during road construction. A temporary basketball court will be constructed on the west tennis court within 30 days of the beginning of the building work. During that time, the entire court area may be closed off until complete. The park will be open during construction.

Updated information is available for the paving schedules:

  • Summer Street has been milled and paving should begin this week. 
  • Paving on 3rd Street is in progress.
  • Paving on Ursula Place is in progress.
  • Paving on Turn of River sidewalk is in progress.
  • Click here to see this year's paving list.

Schools

  • Stamford Public Schools’ (SPS) Office of Family and Community Engagement (OFCE) launched a series of free technology classes for parents, guardians and community agencies to help them better support their students and more effectively utilize school and district communications and learning platforms. 

Events, Listings & Meetings

Registration for A Novel Affair to benefit the Ferguson Library is open. The free virtual event will take place Thursday, April 15, honoring Tom Cassone, for his service to the Ferguson Library and the Stamford community. Click here to register.

Earth Day is Thursday, April 22. 

2021 Scofieldtown Yard Recycling Center Monthly Events will begin on May 1 at 55 Rockrimmon Road from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.  

The City of Stamford and Stamford Health will host a virtual town hall on Thursday, May 13 from 7 pm to 7:30 pm. Learn about the science of COVID-19 and vaccine safety from national, state and local experts. Speakers include Dr. Calder (Director of Health, City of Stamford, Dr. Fuller (Virologist on the FDA advisory committee, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan), Dr. Ko (Connecticut Governor's Advisory Group and Department Chair & Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and Infectious Diseases, Yale Medical), and Dr. Parry (Chair of Infectious Diseases, Stamford Health). 

The Ferguson Library and Darien Library Present an evening with Bestselling Author Chris Bohjalian in conversation with Cristina Alger. This is a virtual event on Thursday, May 20 at 6 p.m. Click here to register. 

The City of Stamford will host a COVID-19 Update Livestream on Tuesday, April 20 at 6 pm.

Send questions to AskMayorMartin@stamfordct.gov.

Stamford's COVID-19 Update Livestream is hosted every Tuesday at 6 pm. Residents can visit this link to see the livestream or archives of previous livestreams. The livestream is also accessible on the City of Stamford's Facebook page.

Municipal Meetings

  • Stamford's Board of Representatives' next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Monday, May 3 at 8 pm
  • Stamford's Board of Finance's next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Thursday, May 13 at 7 pm.
  • Stamford's Board of Education's next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, Aril 22 at 7 pm.
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kerry@ducey.org (City of Stamford) Neighbors Thu, 15 Apr 2021 12:52:53 -0400
Aldrich Undercover: A "Secret" Art Sale Returns May 6 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3074-aldrich-undercover-a-secret-art-sale-returns-may-63074-aldrich-undercover-a-secret-art-sale-returns-may-6 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3074-aldrich-undercover-a-secret-art-sale-returns-may-63074-aldrich-undercover-a-secret-art-sale-returns-may-6

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to announce the return of its signature biennial “secret” art sale, Aldrich Undercover.

For 2021, Aldrich Undercover has been re-envisioned as a virtual event featuring live musical performances and an online art sale. Over 100 alumni artists will contribute 9 x 12-inch original works of art in any media of their choosing for sale to benefit the Museum. All works are priced at $350 and sold anonymously, the artists’ identities only revealed after purchase. Guests are encouraged to trust their instincts, follow their hearts, and make selections based on how the works move them. 

Aldrich Undercover will take place online May 6 to 9, 2021. Tickets are required to access the sale and can be purchased at thealdrich.org
 
The event will begin with Aldrich Undercover Covers, a pre-sale online launch party held over Zoom on Thursday evening at 7 pm, featuring contemporary artists crossing over from art to music and performing covers of popular songs! Artist musicians include Roz Chast, Michelle Segre and Steve DiBenedetto, and B. Wurtz. The online art sale will follow the music performances, opening promptly at 7:50 pm for VIP ticketholders and 8 pm for Patron and General ticketholders. VIP and Patron ticketholders will have the ability to preview the works in the sale on Wednesday, May 5, a first in Aldrich Undercover history. All ticket levels will have full access to the virtual launch party, the Aldrich Undercover Covers performances, and the art sale.
 
In addition to the Aldrich Undercover “secret” art sale, artists Bryan Nash Gill (1961-2013), Harmony Hammond, Andy Mister, and Hayal Pozanti have each contributed significant works to be offered for sale. These works are not part of the $350 flat rate sale. 
 
All proceeds benefit The Aldrich’s dynamic exhibitions and education programs. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, the Museum depends on support from fundraisers such as Aldrich Undercover. The Aldrich has been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, having to postpone exhibitions and cancel on-site public programs. To support the Museum in uncertain times, the alumni artists responded enthusiastically to our ask to create works for Aldrich Undercover.
 
For more information, tickets, and to see the list of participating artists, visit thealdrich.org.

Questions? Contact Jamie Pearl, Head of Special Events, at jpearl@thealdrich.org, or 203.438.4519, extension 118.
 
Host Committee: Sabeth and Aaron Albert; The Amadeo Family; Mitch Ancona; Apex Projects, Jackee and Brian Hyla; Diana Bowes and James Torrey; Elena Bowes and Ken McPhail; Justin Christopher Carafotes; Melinda Carroll; Janis and Charles Cecil; Antonia and Scott Davis; Eric Diefenbach and James Keith Brown; Linda and Michael Dugan; Jenn and Greg Ezring; Gail and David Gluckman; Rachel and Peter Goulding; Lin Jamison; Patricia and Lawrence Kemp; Kristina and Philip Larson; Amanda and Donald Martocchio; Kathleen O’Grady; Julie Phillips; Ann Sheffer; Carla Shen and Chris Schott; Rachel and Joe Sondheimer; Kathryn and Jamie Streator; Maya and Robert Tichio; Cecelia Wolfson; and Audrey and Richard Zinman.
 

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kerry@ducey.org (The Aldrich) Events Thu, 15 Apr 2021 11:10:00 -0400
CLC To Host This Magic Moment Dance Party at Greenwich Audubon https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3116-clc-to-host-this-magic-moment-dance-party-at-greenwich-audubon3116-clc-to-host-this-magic-moment-dance-party-at-greenwich-audubon https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3116-clc-to-host-this-magic-moment-dance-party-at-greenwich-audubon3116-clc-to-host-this-magic-moment-dance-party-at-greenwich-audubon

Grab your dancing shoes and join Children's Learning Centers of Fairfield County for a special evening under the stars at the Greenwich Audubon Center. 

Children's Learning Centers of Fairfield County (CLC), the second-largest center-based early childhood education nonprofit in Connecticut, will host "This Magic Moment" Dance Party on Friday, June 4, at the Greenwich Audubon Center on Friday, June 4 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. The event will take place outdoors under the open-sided tent featuring the music of popular DJ April Larken, dancing, cocktails, delicious small plates, and enticing desserts. The event is being sponsored by Moffly Media.

Guests can register individually or come as a Dance Pod Team to compete for a prize or just dance the night away. This is not a seated dinner unless guests reserve a table. Lite bites, small plates, and delicious desserts will be individually plated and safely served throughout the evening. In-person capacity is limited, and precautions will be taken following CDC, state, and local guidelines for a safe and enjoyable evening. 

Ticket options are $300 per person or a reserved VIP Dance Pod Table with seating for six people at $2,500. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.clcfc.org

"Children's Learning Centers of Fairfield County plays a critical role in helping and educating children and their families in our community. We are looking forward to reuniting in person with our supporters for our most important fundraiser of the year," stated CLC Chief Executive Officer Marc E. Jaffe. "Our annual benefit has always been our signature fundraising evening raising critical funds to support CLC's extensive ongoing efforts for our families."  

CLC is more than an early childhood education center; it is "an economic engine" continuing its mission where together, we will shape a generation through early childhood education. "We enable more parents of young children to work than any other nonprofit in Southwest CT," explained Jaffe. In 2020, during eight weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, CLC provided reliable and safe childcare to children of healthcare & frontline workers as part of Project 26. CLC re-opened all eight of its Stamford locations in  

June, enabling more parents to go back to work. CLC also continues to provide remote learning and support services to children who can't join in classrooms right away. "The pandemic did not change our resolve and commitment to prepare the next generation for a promising future," stated Jaffe. 

CLC is currently enrolling children six weeks - five years old. For more information, call 203-967-6960. Families interested in enrolling in the Early Head Start or Head Start program can call 203-989-0228. 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Sue Bodson) Events Wed, 14 Apr 2021 13:34:49 -0400
Stamford Health COVID-19 Memorial Event https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3115-stamford-health-covid-19-memorial-event3115-stamford-health-covid-19-memorial-event https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3115-stamford-health-covid-19-memorial-event3115-stamford-health-covid-19-memorial-event

COVID-19 arrived at our doorstep over one year ago and our world was forever changed. To commemorate our experience and the experiences of our patients and community, we would like to invite you to virtually attend our COVID-19 Memorial Event.

The event will be live-streamed on Stamford Health’s Facebook, YouTube and Instagram channels on Friday, April 16 at 12 Noon. Livestream information can be found at StamfordHealth.org/COVID19Memorial.

At the ceremony, we will honor those who fought on the frontlines, remember those who passed, and dedicate a place of reflection for those seeking solace during difficult times. The program will begin with remarks from several leaders and a blessing and will close with an unveiling of the new memorial.

We are so incredibly proud to honor our staff and our community and hope you consider joining us for this very special event.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Wed, 14 Apr 2021 08:16:34 -0400
Greenwich United Way Announces more than $645,000 in Initial 2021 Community Grants https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/3114-greenwich-united-way-announces-more-than-645-000-in-initial-2021-community-grants3114-greenwich-united-way-announces-more-than-645-000-in-initial-2021-community-grants https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/3114-greenwich-united-way-announces-more-than-645-000-in-initial-2021-community-grants3114-greenwich-united-way-announces-more-than-645-000-in-initial-2021-community-grants

The Greenwich United Way will award more than $645,000 in grants to local health, education and self-sufficiency programs across 22 partner agencies during its Grant Impact Presentation on April 20th via ZOOM.

Grant recipients include: Abilis, Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Building One Community, Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, Children’s Day School, Family Centers, Filling in the Blanks, Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Food Rescue, Horizons at Brunswick School, Inspirica, Jewish Family Services of Greenwich, Kids In Crisis, Laurel House, Liberation Programs, Neighbor to Neighbor, Pacific House, Pathways, Inc., River House Adult Day Center, The Rowan Center, Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG), and YWCA of Greenwich. Grants are made to programs in priority areas – mental health, self-sufficiency and early childhood education – as identified by the results of comprehensive research conducted by the Greenwich United Way.

Beginning April 20th the GUW will be accepting applications for a second round of grants to be issued later this year. To apply please contact Senior Director of Community Impact Robert Moore at rmoore@greenwichunitedway.org. 

Greenwich United Way Community Investment grants are awarded to local organizations based on submission of grant applications and a rigorous review process by dozens of community volunteers. Greenwich United Way volunteers on the Community Investment Process committee review grant applications from human services agencies that serve Greenwich residents and visit program sites. Following intensive evaluation of the financials, applications and other data, trained volunteers recommend funding to the Greenwich United Way Board of Directors. The Community Investment Process is guided by the research of local needs as published in Greenwich United Way Needs Assessment Report and Executive Summary.

“Our Community Investment Process is one of the reasons people donate to the GUW. Our team of volunteers does extensive research to prioritize the many unmet needs in our town and then fund the solutions to address those needs,” said David Rabin, CEO of Greenwich United Way. “In this most challenging time, our mission to ‘find it, fund it, fix it’ is more important than ever. It is only possible due to the generosity of the people of Greenwich donating time, talent and capital, that we are able to help nearly one-third of all Greenwich residents.” 

“Our Grant Impact Presentation is a great way for the community to learn how the Greenwich United Way’s Community Investment Process works and the impact their dollars have on the programs we fund at each agency in town,” said David Rabin, CEO of Greenwich United Way. “Each grantee will share stories of how the grants made by the Greenwich United Way impact their respective organizations. This is all made possible by the generosity of the people of Greenwich who believe in our mission and help us aid the nearly one-third of Greenwich residents who need support.”

The Grant Impact Presentation will take place virtually on April 20 at 8:30 a.m. Community members interested in attending are welcome to email kbarrick@greenwichunitedway.org to register.

The Greenwich United Way will fund a second round of Community Investment Grants in June 2021. Information to apply will be released within the next month and will focus on funding programs that address the focus areas that were uncovered in the most recent Needs Assessment.

The following information details the specific programs receiving 2021 Community Investment Grants.

Abilis

The Abilis Early Intervention Birth to Three Program offers collaborative, community-based supports for toddlers and children with developmental disabilities. The State of Connecticut refers parents to Abilis for initial evaluations to determine program eligibility. If a child qualifies for the Abilis Birth to Three program, Abilis works with the family and other caregivers to create an individualized service plan. The individualized plans determine service funds, which range on average from 5-6 hours per month for a child with minimal delays to 35-40 hours per month for a child diagnosed with autism.

Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich

The organization’s targeted STEM program provides exceptional educational and career exploration opportunities. It is part of after-school programming available on weekdays from 2:45 to 9 pm during the academic year and from 8:30 am to 5 pm on school vacation days. Everything is included for an annual fee of $50 per child. On a typical afternoon, children will eat healthy snacks and rotate with their grade levels for homework help, art and crafts, reading or computer time. Children may also enroll in swim lessons, yoga, cooking, flag football, Lego Robotics or character development. In summer, the Club offers camps to families.

Building One Community

Building One Community: The Center for Immigrant Opportunity is a welcoming point of entry for newcomers from all parts of the world, bringing together services to meet their various needs. The grant will fund the Workforce Development Program, which propels immigrants towards living wage work, improving their quality of life and positioning their families for success.

Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut Inc.

Through Access to Specialized Children’s Mental Health Services (Access Initiative), Child Guidance Center provides crucial support to Greenwich children, teens, and their families whose mental health needs are on the more acute end of the spectrum. CGC’s clinical expertise in providing trauma informed care brings high quality specialized outpatient treatment to at-risk Greenwich youth.

Children’s Day School
The Children’s Day School’s program provides high-quality early childhood care and education for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  

Family Centers

The Early Education Center of Excellence consists of The Grauer Preschool, The Gateway Preschool, Joan M. Warburg Infant Toddler Center and The Armstrong Court Preschool. As part of the Center of Excellence, the Early Care and Education program is an accredited, full-day, year-round program for children aged 6 weeks through 5 years. It combines a high-quality educational experience with full day care for working parents.

Filling in the Blanks

Filling in the Blanks fights childhood hunger by providing children in need with meals on the weekends. 

Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County

The Food Bank addresses food insecurity by providing emergency food to agencies and programs to distribute to those in need. The Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization located in lower Fairfield County.

Food Rescue US

Food Rescue US is committed to reducing food waste and food insecurity in America. Using technology, the organization engages volunteers to transfer excess fresh food from grocers, restaurants, and other sources, to social service agencies that feed people who are food insecure. The grant will support the organization’s Greenwich Restaurant Meal program.

Horizons at Brunswick

The Horizons at Brunswick Student Enrichment Program addresses the achievement gap in town by helping students from Greenwich Title I schools to improve their educational outcomes by providing academic and swimming instruction, enrichment opportunities, mentoring and guidance in a nurturing community of dedicated professionals and volunteers.

Inspirica

Inspirica is one of the largest providers of services to the homeless in Connecticut and the largest in lower Fairfield County. The organization serves individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Each night Inspirica houses approximately 350 people and each year it serves more than 1,050 people (including 250 children). It operates 12 facilities in lower Fairfield County and provides an extensive array of support services, including vocational training, workforce education, job placement, housing placement, job & housing retention support, early childhood & parenting services, children’s services, counseling, case management, and much more. Inspirica is one of only a handful of organizations in the nation that addresses the physical component of homelessness and its underlying root causes on a single, powerful end-to-end platform.

Jewish Family Services of Greenwich

Supermarketing for Seniors is a free, non-discriminatory, grocery shopping and case monitoring program for homebound Greenwich seniors. New clients may meet with a registered dietician and are matched with a trained, screened shopper.

Kids In Crisis

Located in Cos Cob, Kids In Crisis provides emergency shelter, crisis counseling, and community education programs for children of all ages and families facing crisis. Crisis can include domestic violence, mental health concerns, homelessness, substance abuse, economic difficulties, and other critical challenges. The Kids In Crisis Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day with trained Crisis Counselors, and provides free, confidential phone and face-to-face intervention, counseling, and referrals. Since its founding in 1978, Kids In Crisis has provided vital 24-hour services to more than 158,000 children and teens, and their families. Providers, educators, community members, and family members are encouraged to call the 24-hour helpline: 203-661-1911 for support. The grant will help fund the SafeHaven for Kids program.

Laurel House
Thinking Well was created to address the long-term cognitive impairment that interferes with the daily lives of people with serious mental illness. The program blends two basic techniques to address cognitive impairment: cognitive remediation and compensatory cognitive training. 

Liberation Programs

The Recovery Coach program aids recoverees through the tumultuous first steps of recovery, which includes assessing and striving to improve the recoveree’s overall health. The agency provides services for youth, adults and families, including inpatient treatment programs, outpatient services, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), specialized treatment programs for older adults and people living with HIV/AIDS. Also provided is treatment and resources for adolescents and their families, education, prevention, and wellness efforts in the community and permanent supportive housing.

 
Neighbor to Neighbor

The Food Pantry provides Greenwich residents with income below 200% of federal poverty guidelines with three days’ worth of food for each member of the family each week. Eligible clients are able to choose from a healthy array of food in their “client choice” pantry. A nutritionist-designed point system assures that clients receive food that will allow them to prepare healthy meals.

Pacific House

The Young Adults program aims to meet the immediate critical needs of homeless young adults ages 18-24 with enhanced facilities (separate dormitory space within the shelter outfitted with desks and study area) and dedicated case managers with experience dealing with the unique needs of this age group. The goal is to connect clients with services they may not know are available to them and to keep them off the streets where they are most vulnerable.  

Pathways, Inc.

Pathways provides housing and rehabilitation services for adults with chronic and debilitating mental illness such as schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and major depression. The Community Connections program aims at helping clients foster a connection into the community, be that a faith community, social club, volunteer opportunity, or employment. Each client drives the connection based on their individualized needs, capabilities and interests.

River House

River House Adult Day Center is an accredited medical model adult day care center, open six days a week, providing medical support, personal care, emotional support and therapeutic recreation improving the quality of life for aging adults and those who care for them.

The Rowan Center

Serving the eight towns of lower Fairfield County since 1979, The Rowan Center provides free, 24-hour confidential help to men, women and children who have experienced sexual assault. The organization can assist a victim from the time he/she enters the emergency room, throughout making a police statement, to preliminary court proceedings for trial. They can also be with the victims as the healing takes place, delivering goal-oriented counseling. Additionally, The Rowan Center provides age- and developmentally-appropriate awareness and prevention education for children ages 4-18 and for the community at large.

Transportation Association of Greenwich

The Greenwich Health Rides (GHR) Dial-a-Ride Program provides approximately 16,000 trips to the seniors and disabled of Greenwich. The program operates Monday through Saturday from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm. They sometimes provide rides for dialysis patients.

YWCA of Greenwich

The Domestic Abuse Services Mental Health Counseling provides 24-hour counseling. Callers are screened for safety and level of present danger. Through a strengths-based, empowerment model of client-defined advocacy, counselors guide victims to set their own goals while moving toward independence.

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About Greenwich United Way

The Greenwich United Way (GUW) shares a name with approximately 1,200 other similar organizations across the nation, although the Greenwich, Connecticut division is a privately incorporated, locally governed, nonprofit agency. As a volunteer-driven organization, the Greenwich United Way exists to help identify and address the health, educational and self-sufficiency needs specific to its local community and to create and affect meaningful, lasting solutions. Through various fundraising efforts and on-going research, the organization is able to directly grant the funds necessary to accomplish this goal. The Greenwich United Way also invests in and conducts collaborative efforts to address broad-based community needs with partnering nonprofit agencies. For more information, visit https://greenwichunitedway.org, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

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kerry@ducey.org (KH) Charities Wed, 14 Apr 2021 07:42:40 -0400
Webinar: How to Prepare for the Annual Review PPT Meeting https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3109-webinar-how-to-prepare-for-the-annual-review-ppt-meeting3109-webinar-how-to-prepare-for-the-annual-review-ppt-meeting https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3109-webinar-how-to-prepare-for-the-annual-review-ppt-meeting3109-webinar-how-to-prepare-for-the-annual-review-ppt-meeting

"How to Prepare for the Annual Review PPT Meeting" on Wednesday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m. EST.

Register here on Zoom: https://bit.ly/3989G67

Speakers:

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

Jane Faherty, Stamford JCC JumpStart Director & Educational Advocate

Special Guest: Dr. Michael Cohen, Psychologist (Fairfield, CT)

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

Points of Discussion:
Let’s start the Discussion:
• Dr. Cohen will discuss types of evaluations he typically conducts as a psychologist
• How to implement the recommendations provided by a psychologist
• Updating educational performance, based on virtual, hybrid or in-school learning models
• Addressing social, emotional, and anxiety issues throughout the school year
• Does your child generalize skills learned at school to other settings?
• Providing input, concerns and observations in order to enhance your child’s education
• Assessing your child’s progress or regression during the past school year
• Is your child’s IEP being implemented as written?


Q & A: We know you will have questions about this area of discussion, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with u ahead of time. Let us know your questions, your concerns and your experiences.

Please email questions to Rachel Berliner at rachel@berlinerspecialedlaw.com

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rachel@berlinerspecialedlaw.com (Rachel Berliner) Events Tue, 13 Apr 2021 12:50:39 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Jumpin' Jams https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/3099-why-small-businesses-matter-jumpin-jams3099-why-small-businesses-matter-jumpin-jams https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/3099-why-small-businesses-matter-jumpin-jams3099-why-small-businesses-matter-jumpin-jams

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 Jumpin' Jams!

Four questions with Monica and Jason Pharr, founders of Jumpin' Jams.

Why did you start your business?

We started our business because we wanted to bring a fun and exciting music program to babies and toddlers in Fairfield County. Starting a business together allowed us to really focus on our curriculum and make the classes the best they can be!

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our best selling service is our baby and toddler music classes! They are for kids from 8 months to 5 years and fun for parents and caregivers too!

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

We hold our classes at several different locations including the New Canaan Historical Society, Darien Community Association, Darien/Norwalk YWCA, and the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center. They all support their community and that ties in well with the program we offer. We're grateful for their help and support.

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

Well, during covid we really had to think creatively and pivot our business to an online model. At one point we were running 10 online classes a week!

Now that some of the regulations are opening up, we're really enjoying having Covid-safe classes both indoors and outdoors. It's been great to see everyone in person!

Monica and Jason nominate Honey Joe's in Stamford!

Visit Jumpin' Jams online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook 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, 13 Apr 2021 09:20:00 -0400
Bruce Museum Digital Family Day: Earth Day, Sunday, April 18 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3113-bruce-museum-digital-family-day-earth-day-sunday-april-183113-bruce-museum-digital-family-day-earth-day-sunday-april-18 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3113-bruce-museum-digital-family-day-earth-day-sunday-april-183113-bruce-museum-digital-family-day-earth-day-sunday-april-18

First celebrated in 1970, when 20 million Americans mobilized to call for greater protections for our planet, Earth Day has since grown into an unparalleled global collaboration. The theme of Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth, and will be officially commemorated on Thursday, April 22.

Spark your children’s interest in protecting the environment by joining the Bruce Museum online for Digital Family Day: Earth Day on Sunday, April 18, to enjoy a variety of fun activities your family can do at home. Environmentally friendly crafts include creating a paper “garden” using recycled materials; using recycled paper to make a ball filled with seeds that you can plant; and fashioning a butterfly feeder, also using recycled materials easily found at home.

Hands-on Earth Day activities with a special Bruce Museum twist include creating your own contemporary/abstract art painting, an art activity led by Education Associate Gabriela Perez and inspired by the recent exhibition “She Sweeps with Many-Colored Brooms”: Paintings and Prints by Emily Mason. Megan Brown, Manager of Youth and Family Services, reads from the children’s book Grandpa’s Too-Good Garden, written and illustrated by renowned New Yorker cartoonist James Stevenson, whose work was recently highlighted in the exhibition Fun / No Fun: Children’s Book Art by James Stevenson.

All Digital Family Day activities and their instructions via text and video will be posted at brucemuseum.org and Live on the Bruce Museum’s Instagram page starting at 9:00 am on Sunday, April 18. There is no charge to take part in the Digital Family Day: Earth Day, as Youth and Family Programming at the Bruce Museum is generously supported by GIVE: Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation, and The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.

Other online programs offered on a regular basis include Digital Bruce Beginnings, a program for children ages 3–5 and their caregivers that explores the Bruce Museum’s exhibitions with a story time and imaginative play. New programs every Tuesday, 9:00 – 10:00 am; on April 13 the buzz is all about Pollinators! Register at brucemuseum.org.

For Digital Weekends with the Bruce, Museum educators provide families with fun and creative activities based on current exhibitions. Use the linked videos and activity descriptions to enjoy at-home art and science projects. New programs are posted on Saturdays, 12:00 pm, at brucemuseum.org. Programs for May include Create Your Own Character on May 1, and Grow Your Own Seed on May 29.

The Bruce Museum is also hosting a family-friendly Art Workshop with Sandy McDermott: New England Animals on Saturday, May 22, 2021, 12:00 - 1:30 pm via Zoom. Nature illustrator Sandy McDermott leads a virtual session about how to draw your own scientific illustrations of animals native to New England. No prior skills necessary; participants will receive a list of materials required for the workshop prior to the program. Cost is $15 for Museum members, $20 per individual for non-members. Advance registration at brucemuseum.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Mon, 12 Apr 2021 13:02:24 -0400
Lamont Announces $49M in State Funding To Build More Units of Affordable Housing In Connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/politics/3112-lamont-announces-49m-in-state-funding-to-build-more-units-of-affordable-housing-in-connecticut3112-lamont-announces-49m-in-state-funding-to-build-more-units-of-affordable-housing-in-connecticut https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/politics/3112-lamont-announces-49m-in-state-funding-to-build-more-units-of-affordable-housing-in-connecticut3112-lamont-announces-49m-in-state-funding-to-build-more-units-of-affordable-housing-in-connecticut

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that more than $49 million in state funding that will support the development of hundreds of units of affordable housing in towns throughout Connecticut is anticipated to be approved when the State Bond Commission meets later this week.

The governor, who serves as chair of the commission, said the funding supplements his administration’s ongoing efforts to expand access to mixed-income housing options in a wide range of Connecticut communities while also building on initiatives to prevent and end homelessness.

“Helping all Connecticut residents afford high-quality housing in the community of their choice supports families, kickstarts the economy, and makes neighborhoods vibrant places to live and work,” Governor Lamont said. “As more and more families decide to build their future in Connecticut, it’s vital we invest in housing. An investment in housing is an investment in family stability, children’s success, and the economic health of our entire state.”

The funding will be used to support the following projects:

  • Branford: Parkside Phase 1, 67 Units, $3,795,000
  • Farmington: New Horizons Expansion, 22 Units, $2,200,000
  • Hartford: Martin Luther King Apartments, 155 Units, $4,000,000
  • Hartford: Northeast Hartford Affordable Housing II, 78 Units, $2,700,000
  • Hartford: Westbrook Village Phase IV, 60 Units, $3,900,000
  • New Haven: 340+ Dixwell, 69 Units, $3,358,000
  • New Haven: Hill Central Phase I, 64 Units, $2,831,200
  • New Haven: MLK/Tyler, 56 Units, $3,320,000
  • New Haven: Richard Street Apartments, 23 Units, $2,000,000
  • Newington: Cedar Pointe, 72 Units, $4,000,000
  • Orange: Lascana Homes, 46 Units, $3,600,000
  • Salisbury: Sarum Village Phase III, 10 Units, $1,500,000
  • Stafford: Woodland Springs II, 79 Units, $4,000,000
  • Stamford: Lawnhill Terrace 4, 34 Units, $1,625,000
  • Waterbury: Linden, 44 Units, $3,775,000
  • Willimantic: Hevrin Terrace, 90 Units, $2,664,000

The State Bond Commission will vote on the allocation during its meeting that will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 16. The meeting will be held virtually and will stream live online via the Connecticut Network (CT-N) at ct-n.com.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Mon, 12 Apr 2021 09:55:35 -0400
Artistic Celebration of Motherhood - A Creative Joint Venture- May 1-May 30 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3111-artistic-celebration-of-motherhood-a-creative-joint-venture-may-1-may-303111-artistic-celebration-of-motherhood-a-creative-joint-venture-may-1-may-30 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/3111-artistic-celebration-of-motherhood-a-creative-joint-venture-may-1-may-303111-artistic-celebration-of-motherhood-a-creative-joint-venture-may-1-may-30

The creative collaboration between Christine Irvin, President of The Stamford Art Association (SAA) and Jeanine Careri Jackson President of the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists (CSOPA) began several years ago when working together on ArtWalk, the yearly art gallery walk begun in 2012 by Christine and others with Jackie Wetenhall of Stamford Downtown to showcase local galleries and artists.

Last November, Christine was looking to partner with other community art groups on joint exhibitions when SAA Board Member, Barbara Mathis - who also is a member of CSOPA - suggested that the two groups work together. 

Since then, they have collaborated to create a unique art show called Artistic Celebration of Motherhood (ACM) with two concurrent virtual exhibits spanning a wide range of styles from classic representational portraits on  www.CSOPA.org to a variety of other styles on www.StamfordArtAssociation.org. "Motherhood means many things to many people," observes Ms. Jackson of CSOPA. "Working with SAA opened a creative portal for artists from both organizations that we know people will enjoy."

The interactive virtual opening reception May 1 from 4- 6 pm co-hosted by CSOPA and SAA features artists and many of the mothers who inspired them. Pre-registration is required to get free Zoom invitation with links on both websites here.

In addition, Stamford Downtown has arranged a prominent storefront window display at 96 Bedford Street featuring selected works from both groups on view May 1-May 30. “It has been amazing to bring so many talented artists together through both organizations,” says Ms. Irvin. 

21 Participating CSOPA Artists from 4 States

Stefani Allegretti

Ceighton, PA

Paige Bradley

Stamford CT

Eileen Brennan

Trumbull, CT

Linda Champanier

Olivebridge, NY

Angela Classi

Manhasset, NY

Polly Curie

Stratford, CT

Victoria Ghetu-Vuono

Norwalk, CT

Joan Elizabeth Goodman

New York, NY

Sonia Hale

Wellesley, MA

Deb Howland-Murray

Westport, CT

Jeanine Jackson

Riverside, CT

Barbara Mathis

Stamford, CT

Ashley MacLure

Milford, MA

Christine McBryan

New York, NY

Terence McManus

MT Sinai, NY

Lois Pluskey

Plains, PA

Nancy Stember

Norwalk, CT

Joseph Sundwall

Montgomery, NY

Nicole Troup

Greencastle, PA

ShawnaLee Waterbury-Kwashnak

Middlebury, CT

Yuko Ike

Darien, CT

26 Participating SAA Artists from 5 States

    

Tina Armando                                    Medford, NJ     

Gigi Barrett                                         Stamford, CT

Carol Battin                                         Stamford, CT     

Murray Beaver                                  New Rochelle, NY

Dawn Bisharat                                   Madison, CT

Linda Champanier                            Olivebridge, NY

Heidi Lewis Coleman                      Stamford, CT

Michael Connors                              Long Island City, NY

Grace Drake                                       Bedford, NY

Mary Ann Glass                                                Wappingers Falls, NY

Gayle Gleckler                                   North Salem, NY

Ellen Gordon                                      Stamford, CT

John Grieco                                        NY, NY

Carina Imbrogno                              Stamford, CT

Pam Ingalls                                         Vashon, WA

Sholeh Janati-Weinbaum             Westport, CT    

Sarah King                                           Stamford, CT

Linzie Long                                          Eagle, ID

Liz Jorg Masi                                       Garden City, NY

Susan McHale                                    Greenwich, CT

Lisa McLaughlin                                 Liverpool, NY

Cheryl Miller                                      Stamford, CT

Lina Morielli                                        Stamford, CT

Vivien Ponniah                                  Greenwich, CT

Kris Schnitzler                                    Stamford, CT

Richard Ventre                                  Norwalk, CT 

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kerry@ducey.org (es gordon) Events Mon, 12 Apr 2021 06:10:31 -0400
Pacific House Kicks Off Health and Homelessness Week https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/3110-health-and-homelessness-week3110-health-and-homelessness-week https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/3110-health-and-homelessness-week3110-health-and-homelessness-week

In honor of World Health Day on April 7, Pacific House kicked-off “Health and Homelessness Week”. The series of week-long events will raise awareness about homelessness in our community, and the health needs of homeless individuals, especially during the pandemic.

Pacific House, located in Stamford, provides the only regional shelter for men and young adult men in lower Fairfield County and serves the areas of Stamford, Darien, Greenwich, and New Canaan. Pacific House has also begun serving the area of Danbury. For 35 years, the organization has worked to end homelessness in Fairfield County.

The week-long event features moving stories of hope and examples of the significant impact that Pacific House has had on our community.  Viewers will learn about issues impacting the homeless community and what can be done to help. Funds raised throughout the week will support Pacific House in its efforts to keep clients safe during the pandemic.

On its final day, April 14, the Health and Homelessness Week culminates with a Virtual Wine & Food Experience. An opportunity to connect and socialize with other wine lovers and foodies, the evening will take taste buds on a mini-vacation! World-class wines can be shipped right to your door, and eatery partners, will offer special, curated menus just for this exceptional evening.

“With the help of our generous supporters, we have helped thousands of Fairfield County citizens experiencing homelessness to find their way back to a productive life. This educational event shows the critical, life-changing services we offer, and the issues we face to keep clients safe during the pandemic. I invite everyone in our community to participate,” said Rafael Pagan, Executive Director Pacific House.

To register for the Pacific House Health and Homelessness awareness event, visit www.PacificHouse.org and to make a donation visit www.pacifichouse.org/donate.

Pacific House would like to thank its generous event sponsors including, Title Sponsor: Allice Melly; Platinum Sponsor: Alexander Family Foundation; Gold Sponsors: Chris and Lauren Tate, First County Bank, and Webster Bank, N.A.; Silver Sponsors: Grade A Market, Inc. (ShopRite) and Sarita and Greg Hanley; and exclusive media partner: Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Fri, 09 Apr 2021 11:25:00 -0400
City of Stamford The Works: Recycling Center, Gun Violence Prevention and Safety, Vaccine Rollout and More https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/3108-city-of-stamford-the-works-recycling-center-gun-violence-prevention-and-safety-vaccine-rollout-and-more3108-city-of-stamford-the-works-recycling-center-gun-violence-prevention-and-safety-vaccine-rollout-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/3108-city-of-stamford-the-works-recycling-center-gun-violence-prevention-and-safety-vaccine-rollout-and-more3108-city-of-stamford-the-works-recycling-center-gun-violence-prevention-and-safety-vaccine-rollout-and-more

City of Stamford: The Works!

Recycling Center

Mayor David Martin announced the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center will add an additional day of operations and be open every Friday beginning April 9. This will update the Recycling Center’s operational hours to Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 7 am to 2 pm.

"My budget proposal this year will fully restore service to the Katrina Mygatt Recycling Center as of July 1, but I am happy to work with our operations staff to immediately include this additional day of operations for our residents," said Mayor David Martin. 


Mayor David Martin released a statement following President Joe Biden's remarks on Gun Violence Prevention earlier today:

“Every death from gun violence is a senseless tragedy reflecting the failure of our nation to assure the safety of our residents. In just the past 30 days, we’ve seen this failure result in the deaths of eight people in Georgia, 10 people in Colorado, and four in California — including a nine-year-old child. These tragedies are heartbreaking, but gun violence is a disease we know how to cure — it requires bold action and repeated commitment.

I commend President Biden for addressing this issue so early in his administration. His proposals include laws that have already been enacted in Stamford and Connecticut such as banning ghost guns and implementing “red flag” laws. We know these laws save lives. I support the measures he put forth, including requiring universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, and re-enacting the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. As the President said, we have expressed enough ‘thoughts and prayers’ — our community and our nation is only made safer through action.

Stamford is the safest city in New England, and we take every action available to us to remove gun violence from our community.

As Mayor, I implemented an anonymous tip line to report illegal guns — coupled with other gun seizures — the police have removed hundreds of illegal guns from our community. We have removed even more guns through our gun buyback program. Early in 2019 we passed a local ordinance banning ‘ghost guns’ - weapons that can be sold in parts and assembled at a person’s home without serial numbers. Stamford’s local action helped inform state legislation, and I thank Governor Lamont for subsequently signing legislation to ban ‘ghost guns’ throughout our State. And we have supported statewide red flag laws, allowing our police to temporarily remove firearms from a person who may present as a danger to themselves or others.

Guns have been part of our country’s identity since its founding, but we should distinguish this history from the modern epidemic of gun violence. We have seen so many mass shootings that tell a similar story — an individual who should have never owned a weapon in the first place, used a gun to cause devastation in our communities. We know that strong gun safety legislation will help protect everyone and save many lives.

As your Mayor, I promise to do everything I can to keep our community safe.”

  • Mayor Martin hosted a COVID-19 Update Livestream on Tuesday.
  • A recording of this livestream is available on Facebook.
  • Mayor Martin will host another COVID-19 Update Livestream on Tuesday, April 13.

COVID-19 Updates

Today — April 8— Stamford has 14,767 confirmed cases. Last week — April 1 — Stamford had 14,475 confirmed cases. These numbers suggest Stamford has had 292 new cases in the past week, roughly 41 new cases per day on average. The City of Stamford has compiled a visualization of data up to April 6.

Vaccine Rollout

The State of Connecticut is using an age-based vaccination rollout.

The full schedule is available here, currently eligible residents include:

  • Healthcare personnel,
  • Long-term care facility residents,
  • Medical first responders,
  • Individuals 16 and older
  • Residents and staff of select congregate settings.

Need a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Vaccines are given by appointment only. The following is a list of vaccine provides located in Stamford:

  • Stamford Health - 1 Elmcroft Road
  • http://stamfordhealth.org/covid19vaccine
  • Call Stamford Health's assistance line at 203.276.7300
  • Stamford Health - One Hospital Plaza
  • http://stamfordhealth.org/covid19vaccine
  • Call Stamford Health's assistance line at 203.276.7300
  • Community Health Center ("CHC") - 22 Fifth Street
  • https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine
  • Community Health Center ("CHC") - Lord & Taylor Parking
  • Drive-through COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinic. Enter at the northern entrance on Long Ridge Road.
  • Call the State's Vaccine Appointment Assist Line at 877.918.2224 to register.
  • Missed your vaccine appointment due to weather? Here's what you can do:
  • Did you schedule at Stamford Health? Stamford Health has a policy of calling every resident who has their appointment canceled by weather. If you have not been called, please call their phone assist line at 203.276.7300.
  • Did you schedule at a site other than Stamford Health? Please call 877.918.2224 (or "211" if you are a Connecticut resident) to reschedule.

Other resources

Stamford COVID-19 testing sites:

  • Free testing sites, no insurance necessary:
  • CIC Health. 845 Canal Street. Open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 6:45 pm. Open Fridays from 8 am to 7:45 pm. Open Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. Appointments are recommended, but some walk-ins are accepted. Schedule an appointment online. Results within 24-36 hours.
  • Sema4. Located in Stamford High School's Hillandale Avenue Parking lot every Wednesday from 3 pm to 7 pm. Saturday to Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.
  • Community Health Center. Cove Island Park and Scalzi Park. Open every day, 8:30 am to 4 pm. Testing is first come, first serve.
  • Family Centers. 60 Palmer's Hill Road. Open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 3pm. Pre-register online or walk-in with no appointment.
  • Other testing sites, generally covered by insurance (check with your provider):
  • DOCS Urgent Care. 2001 West Main Street. Open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 8 pm. Open Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 4 pm. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.658.8291.
  • Stamford Hospital. Operated by Stamford Health. Open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm. Schedule an appointment by calling 203.276.3300. Must have a doctor's order faxed.
  • Tully Health Center. Operated by Stamford Health. Open Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5 pm. Schedule an appointment by calling 203.276.3300. Must have a doctor's order faxed.
  • AFC Urgent Care. 3000 Summer Street. Open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 9 pm. Open Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to 5 pm. Testing is first come, first serve.
  • Yale New Haven Health. 260 Long Ridge Road. Schedule an appointment online.
  • CVS Health. 1938 W Main Street, 229 Hope Street and 969 High Ridge Road. Drive-through testing. Schedule an appointment online.
  • Additional testing availability:
  • Accessible Pharmacy offers in-home testing for blind, low vision, elderly, veteran, and disabled residents. Schedule an appointment online or call 215.799.9900.
  • More information on testing in Stamford available here.

Community

There will be a Virtual Town Hall regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine tonight, Thursday, April 8 at 7 pm. Click here to attend. 

The South End Branch of the Ferguson Library will be closed for renovation until April 15. The Bookmobile will be in the Lathon Wider Community Center parking lot on Mondays from 12 pm to 4 pm and Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 am 4 pm while the branch is closed.

Governor Lamont announced he has scheduled Tuesday, April 27 as the date to hold a special election to fill a vacancy for state representative in the 145th Assembly District of the Connecticut House of Representatives — which represents portions of Stamford.

The seat became vacant on March 8 following the resignation of Patricia Billie Miller after she was elected to serve in the 27th State Senate District.

More information on elections in Stamford.

Federal

  • The U.S. Federal Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Services (IRS) announced the federal income tax filing due date for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021. The IRS will be providing formal guidance in the coming days.

Services

  • Construction is scheduled to begin in Boccuzzi Park the week of April 5. Once construction begins in the park the basketball court will be permanently closed for public use. The court will be used for construction lay down space, and then eventually removed during road construction. A temporary basketball court will be constructed on the west tennis court within 30 days of the beginning of the building work. During that time, the entire court area may be closed off until complete.
  • The park will be open during construction.
  • Paving season has begun.
  • Cedar Heights was milled last week, starting near Turn of River Road.
  • New asphalt sidewalk is going in on Turn of River Road.
  • Click here to view road paving schedule for 2021.
  • Connecticut’s Department of Transportation has committed to a paving project for High Ridge Road. The new City-designed pavement markings plan will increase safety on High Ridge Road and improve the cycling facilities on the road. The State is currently working on drainage structures for Route 137. They will be paving High Ridge Road (State Route 137) from the Stamford Museum and Nature Center up to the New York state boarder. They will then pave Washington Boulevard/Cold Spring Road from Tresser Boulevard (Route 1) to Bulls Head and from Bulls Head to the Merritt Parkway in the summer.
  • Residents should expect delays due to the milling and paving work and should plan accordingly.
  • Residents should expect work to be done overnight to reduce traffic congestion and increase safety for the road crews.
  • All questions can be directed to the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Events

  • Today is the last day to register for the Annual Taste of Stamford which will take place on April 14 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Residence Inn by Marriott, 25 Atlantic Street. Register here. You must be 21 years or older to attend.
  • There will be a Virtual Town Hall regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine tonight, Thursday, April 8 at 7 pm. Click here to attend. 
  • StrEATeries in Stamford Downtown will return on April 1. StrEATeries transforms parking spaces and streets into expanded space for walking and sitting/eating while maintaining social distancing and adhering to the state and local public health protocols.
  • To view special notes regarding closed streets and parking lots, click here.
  • Veterans have the opportunity to share their stories through Stamford Veteran's Park Partnership, Inc. & Military History Program. Click here for more information.
  • Registration for A Novel Affair to benefit the Ferguson Library is open. The free virtual event will take place Thursday, April 15, honoring Tom Cassone, for his service to the Ferguson Library and the Stamford community. Click here to register.
  • 2021 Scofieldtown Yard Recycling Center Monthly Events will begin on May 1 at 55 Rockrimmon Road from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.  
  • The Ferguson Library and Darien Library Present an evening with Bestselling Author Chris Bohjalian in conversation with Cristina Alger. This is a virtual event on Thursday, May 20 at 6 p.m. Click here to register. 
  • The City of Stamford will host a COVID-19 Update Livestream on Tuesday, April 13 at 6 pm.
  • Send questions to AskMayorMartin@stamfordct.gov.
  • Stamford's COVID-19 Update Livestream is hosted every Tuesday at 6 pm. Residents can visit this link to see the livestream or archives of previous livestreams. The livestream is also accessible on the City of Stamford's Facebook page.

Municipal Meetings

  • Stamford's Board of Representatives' next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Monday, May 3 at 8 pm
  • Stamford's Board of Finance's next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Thursday, April 8 at 7 pm.
  • Stamford's Board of Education's next regularly scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, Aril 22 at 7 pm.
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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 Eveready Transportation! 

Three questions with Paul Bochicchio, owner of Eveready Transportation.

What do you want the community to know? Are there ways for the community to help you and other local businesses to prosper?

Eveready Transportation is a family-owned and operated business. Started by Vito Bochicchio JR, in 1995. Including, but not limited to, Stamford Yellow Cab, Inc, offering local taxi service in Stamford, CT and Eveready of Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, and Norwalk. Eveready Transportation systems is for all of your ground transportation requirements including airport and local taxi services.

Are there certain individuals or organizations that supported you and your business through this trying time?

Stamford Yellow Cab, Inc dba Eveready Transportation, wholeheartedly supports and uses local small businesses. We use Summit Electrical, JR Auto and Truck Repair, and PAYUSA - to name a few.

Please share the ways your business is adapting to keep your customers and employees safe in addition to the standard guidelines

Yes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Eveready Transportation focused on securing relationships with medical transportation companies such as Modivcare and ProCare, providing ambulatory transportation services to the elderly and those who have been injured in an accident.

Eveready Transportation is located at 130 Lenox Ave, Suite 32 in Stamford. 

Visit Eveready Transportation online here. Visit their Facebook page here.

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

 

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