Stamfordnorth's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth Thu, 16 Jul 2020 10:38:18 -0400 HamletHub.com Virtual Friends Author Series Event at Ferguson Library with Chef Teddi Wohlford July 17 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2785-virtual-friends-author-series-event-with-chef-teddi-wohlford-july-172785-virtual-friends-author-series-event-with-chef-teddi-wohlford-july-17 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2785-virtual-friends-author-series-event-with-chef-teddi-wohlford-july-172785-virtual-friends-author-series-event-with-chef-teddi-wohlford-july-17

Ferguson Library will host an at-home evening with Chef Teddi Wohlford as she creates a recipe or two from The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook: 150 Favorite Southern Recipes. The event will be held via Zoom on Friday, July 17 at 5:30 p.m.
 
From the first "hey, y’all" in the opening chapter of The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook, readers are instantly introduced to the fictional world of Serenity, South Carolina, where good food and friends await. In this stylish and charming cookbook, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Sherryl Woods teams up with Chef Teddi Wohlford to bring the kitchens of Serenity to life and share with readers the delicious meals enjoyed by their much-loved characters from Woods’s popular Sweet Magnolias series of books, now a #1 series on Netflix.
 
Teddi Wohlford is the chef and owner of Culinary Creations in Macon, Georgia. Her catering company offers a unique assortment of Southern cuisine. She specializes in fare that she calls “uptown down South,” updated and upscale versions of timeless Southern classics. Teddi is the Fine Foods Writer for the Telegraph (Macon, Georgia) and a frequent guest chef on 13WMAZ television. With family in the upstate of South Carolina and in-laws in the Lowcountry, Teddi spends as much time as possible in her “heart’s home” of South Carolina and travels the South teaching gourmet cooking classes.
 
Featuring flavorful, hearty, Southern-inspired dishes that infuse down-home comfort food with a gourmet flare, each chapter of The Sweet Magnolias Cookbook evokes popular places and characters from the series, such as Sullivan’s Sunday Brunch, Chef Erik’s Decadent Desserts or healthy options from the CornerSpa. The 150 recipes found in these pages will bring your family and friends together to celebrate the comforts of home.
 
From legendary margarita nights to indulgent Sunday brunches to heartening holiday meals, every recipe in this book is sure to infuse your life and your kitchen with the warmth of the South and the comfort of good food.
 
Registration is required. Click here to register. Zoom webinar details will be provided to all registrants in advance of the program.
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sally.stra@gmail.com (Ferguson Library) Events Sun, 12 Jul 2020 13:54:00 -0400
Connecticut Might Just be Cool Again, According to the Wall Street Journal https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2784-connecticut-might-just-be-cool-again-according-to-the-wall-street-journal2784-connecticut-might-just-be-cool-again-according-to-the-wall-street-journal https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2784-connecticut-might-just-be-cool-again-according-to-the-wall-street-journal2784-connecticut-might-just-be-cool-again-according-to-the-wall-street-journal

Connecticut was the subject of a story in the Wall Street Journal today after the pandemic prompted a record number of folks to flock to New York City and settle in the burbs. 

“One of the nation’s most troubled states hopes to capitalize on interest from New Yorkers looking to escape the city,“ writes WSJ writers Joseph De Avila and Jon Kamp in the article titled, The article titled, Connecticut Bet Big on the Suburbs. That Might Finally Pay Off - and this move, they say, might just make Connecticut “cool” again.

According to the article, moves from New York City to Connecticut have more than doubled from last year, since the COVID shut down the city in March.

Specifically mentioning Fairfield County as a prime destination spot, the article quotes Weston First Selectman, Chris Spaulding as saying, “You see these cars with New York plates going 15 miles an hour, stopping at houses with ‘for sale’ signs...before Covid we were kind of moribund.” In addition, spotlighted is Wilton where a 55-year-old NYC resident chose to rent a home during the pandemic and quickly became a suburban “convert”. She has since purchased a home in neighboring Easton. 

But, will the love affair with Connecticut last? The article quotes David Lehman, Gov. Ned Lamont’s top economic-development official, “The state’s leaders aren’t sure if New York transplants are there to stay or just riding out the storm, but they want to keep them. If this new craving for suburban living leads to just a 5% increase to the state’s labor force, including people working from home, that would be a huge boost in tax revenue.”

To read the article in its entirety (you need to subscribe to WSJ) click here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Sun, 12 Jul 2020 10:34:16 -0400
City of Stamford Mask Giveaway on July 11 and July 16, Testing Sites, and More COVID Updates! https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2783-city-of-stamford-mask-giveaway-on-july-11-and-july-16-testing-sites-and-more-covid-updates2783-city-of-stamford-mask-giveaway-on-july-11-and-july-16-testing-sites-and-more-covid-updates https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2783-city-of-stamford-mask-giveaway-on-july-11-and-july-16-testing-sites-and-more-covid-updates2783-city-of-stamford-mask-giveaway-on-july-11-and-july-16-testing-sites-and-more-covid-updates

Mayor David Martin presented the State of the City to Stamford’s Board of Representatives on July 6. Residents can view the video archive of this meeting  (presentation begins at 45:35). A PDF of the presentation is available here.

The City announced a program to incentivize residents to park in city garages and visit restaurants or businesses in Stamford’s downtown for the month of July.

Residents can park for FREE at the Bedford, Bell, or Summer parking garages for up to three hours a day when they use the promotional code “WearAMask” in the Parkmobile mobile application. Read the full release: here.

Stamford’s Board of Representatives approved Mayor Martin’s appointment of Sandra “Sandy” Dennies as Stamford’s Director of Administration. Dennies served as the Director of Administration under Mayor Dannel Malloy from 2007 to 2009. Dennies was appointed in March as Interim Director of Administration following the resignation of Michael Handler.

COVID-19 Updates

Today — July 9 — Stamford has 3,263 confirmed cases and 70 probable cases. Earlier this week — July 6 — Stamford had 3,247 confirmed cases and 70 probable cases.

Residents can read daily updates on new cases in Stamford by visiting the State of Connecticut’s dedicated website for COVID-19 updates located here: here Daily updates are also provided on Channel 79 for Optimum subscribers.

As of July 6, the State of Connecticut’s COVID-19 metric report will now be issued five times per week: Monday through Friday. Monday reports will contain data from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

All information about Stamford’s response to COVID-19 can be found on our website at www.stamfordct.gov/covid19.

All information about Reopening Guidelines can be found on our website at www.stamfordct.gov/reopenstamford.

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.

Residents can click the following links to read data on reported cases in Nursing Homes or Assisted Living Facilities.

Stamford testing sites

  • Stamford Hospital on Bennett Medical Center Campus. Operated by Stamford Health. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment by calling 203.276.4111.
  • Murphy Medical Associates. 30 Buxton Farms Road. Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 203.658.6051 or go online to schedule an appointment.
  • DOCS Urgent Care. 2001 West Main Street. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Open Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.298.4600.
  • AFC Urgent Care. 3000 Summer Street. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Open Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.969.2000.
  • Optimus Health Care. 805 Atlantic Street. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment, call 203.327.5111.
  • Community Health Center. 22 Fifth Street. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Schedule an appointment, call 203.323.8160.
  • CVS Health. 1928 W Main Street and 229 Hope Street. Drive-thru testing. Schedule an appointment online.
  • More information on testing in Stamford available here.

Community

  • The City will host a mask giveaway on Thursday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rippowam Middle School, 381 High Ridge Road.
  • A mask giveaway/testing event will be held on Saturday, July 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the United House of Prayer for All People, 202 Stillwater Avenue.

State

  • State campgrounds are now open for reservations. Rules and regulations available here.
  • Governor Ned Lamont delayed Phase 3 of Reopen Connecticut. No new date has been announced at this time.
  • Phase 3 was orginally intended to begin July 20.
  • Three new states were added to Connecticut’s travel advisory: Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma.
  • There are now a total of 19 states whose travelers will be advised to self-quarantine for 14 days when entering Connecticut, New York or New Jersey.
  • Click here for the full list of states.

Services & Schools

  • Below is the paving schedule for the City of Stamford from July 13 to August 14. Please note the paving schedule is tentative and may change based on weather conditions.
  • Milling/Paving  – Group 1 – 7/13 – 7/24
  • Greyrock Place – Broad Street to North State Street
  • Atlantic Street – Tresser Boulevard to North State Street
  • Main Street – Greyrock Place to Grove Street
  • Greenwich Avenue – Richmond Hill Avenue to 1st Overpass
  • Top Gallant Road
  • Intersection of Top Gallant Road / Dolphin Cove Quay
  • Milling/Paving – Group 2 – 7/20 – 7/31
  • Selleck – Southfield to Fairfield
  • Orchard/Milton – Sunnyside Avenue to Greenwich Avenue
  • Taft Avenue – entire road
  • Homestead Avenue – entire road 
  • Milling/Paving – Group 3 – 7/22 – 8/7
  • Cedar Heights Road – High Ridge Road to Wire Mill Road
  • Wire Mill Road – High Ridge Road to Long Ridge Road
  • Milling/Paving – Group 4 – 7/30 – 8/11
  • Colonial Road
  • Milling/Paving – Group 5 – 8/3 – 8/14
  • Shippan Avenue
  • Please see below the updated list of location for Stamford Public Schools’ Summer Food Service Program:
  • Chester Addison Community Center, 245 Selleck St., 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Lathan Wider Community Center, 137 Henry St., 11:30 a.m. – 1:00p.m.
  • Yerwood Center, 90 Fairfield Ave., 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Trailblazers (DOMUS), 83 Lockwood Ave., 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Building 1 Community, 75 Selleck St., 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Rogers International School, 102 Blachley Rd., 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Julia A. Stark School, 398 Glenbrook Rd., 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Stillmeadow School, 800 Stillmeadow Ave.,10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Hart School, 61 Adams Ave., 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Dolan Middle School, 51 Toms Rd., 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Cloonan Middle School, 11 West North St., 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Rippowam Middle School, 381 High Ridge Rd., 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Under the SFSP, nutritious meals are provided free of charge to children 18 years and under. All sites serve breakfast and lunch meals Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Meal service dates from 6/ 29/2020 to 8/28/2020.

Events & Meetings

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kerry@ducey.org (City of Stamford) Life Thu, 09 Jul 2020 13:27:50 -0400
Elisee Jean of Stamford Named to the Spring Semester 2020 Dean's List at Western New England University https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2782-elisee-jean-of-stamford-named-to-the-spring-semester-2020-dean-s-list-at-western-new-england-university2782-elisee-jean-of-stamford-named-to-the-spring-semester-2020-dean-s-list-at-western-new-england-university https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2782-elisee-jean-of-stamford-named-to-the-spring-semester-2020-dean-s-list-at-western-new-england-university2782-elisee-jean-of-stamford-named-to-the-spring-semester-2020-dean-s-list-at-western-new-england-university

Western New England University is pleased to announce that Elisee Jean, of Stamford, CT has been named to the Spring Semester 2020 Dean's List. Jean is one of over 950 students to achieve this mark of academic excellence. Students are named to the Dean's List for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.30 or higher.

Jean is pursuing a BSE in Mechanical Engineering.

Having just celebrated its Centennial, Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England serves 3,825 students, including 2,580 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the School of Law.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Western New England University) Neighbors Tue, 07 Jul 2020 08:34:05 -0400
City of Stamford Mask Giveaway and Testing Event on Saturday, Mayor Martin State of City Tonight, Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation Videos https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2781-city-of-stamford-mask-giveaway-and-testing-event-on-saturday-mayor-martin-state-of-city-tonight-class-of-2020-virtual-graduation-videos2781-city-of-stamford-mask-giveaway-and-testing-event-on-saturday-mayor-martin-state-of-city-tonight-class-of-2020-virtual-graduation-videos https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2781-city-of-stamford-mask-giveaway-and-testing-event-on-saturday-mayor-martin-state-of-city-tonight-class-of-2020-virtual-graduation-videos2781-city-of-stamford-mask-giveaway-and-testing-event-on-saturday-mayor-martin-state-of-city-tonight-class-of-2020-virtual-graduation-videos

Masks and Testing

mask giveaway/testing event will be held on Saturday, July 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the United House of Prayer for All People, 202 Stillwater Avenue

State of City Tonight

Mayor David Martin will deliver his State of the City address to the Board of Representatives tonight at 8 p.m.

COVID-19 Updates

  • Today — July 6 — Stamford has 3,247 confirmed cases and 70 probable cases. Last week — July 2 — Stamford had 3,228 confirmed cases and 69 probable cases.
  • Residents can read daily updates on new cases in Stamford by visiting the State of Connecticut’s dedicated website for COVID-19 updates located here: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Data-Tracker.
  • Daily updates are also provided on Channel 79 for Optimum subscribers.
  • All information about Stamford’s response to COVID-19 can be found on our website at www.stamfordct.gov/covid19.
  • All information about Reopening Guidelines can be found on our website at www.stamfordct.gov/reopenstamford.

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.

Residents can click the following links to read data on reported cases in Nursing Homes or Assisted Living Facilities.

Stamford testing sites

  • Stamford Hospital on Bennett Medical Center Campus. Operated by Stamford Health. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment by calling 203.276.4111.
  • Murphy Medical Associates. 30 Buxton Farms Road. Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 203.658.6051 or go online to schedule an appointment.
  • DOCS Urgent Care. 2001 West Main Street. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Open Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.298.4600.
  • AFC Urgent Care. 3000 Summer Street. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Open Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Schedule an appointment online or call 203.969.2000.
  • Optimus Health Care. 805 Atlantic Street. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule an appointment, call 203.327.5111.
  • Community Health Center. 22 Fifth Street. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Schedule an appointment, call 203.323.8160.
  • CVS Health. 1928 W Main Street and 229 Hope Street. Drive-thru testing. Schedule an appointment online.
  • More information on testing in Stamford available here.

Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation videos are now available

    • AITE available here.
    • SPS Anchor at Harbor Landing available here.
    • Stamford High School available here.
    • Westhill High School available here.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (City of Stamford) Life Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:54:19 -0400
Secretary Merrill Announces Recruitment Effort for Poll Workers https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/politics/2778-secretary-merrill-announces-recruitment-effort-for-poll-workers2778-secretary-merrill-announces-recruitment-effort-for-poll-workers https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/politics/2778-secretary-merrill-announces-recruitment-effort-for-poll-workers2778-secretary-merrill-announces-recruitment-effort-for-poll-workers

Recognizing that the August and November elections will have unique challenges related to COVID-19, Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill today announced a statewide effort to recruit poll workers for Connecticut's primary and general elections.

Voters interested in working at the polls should sign up at myvote.ct.gov/volunteer.

"One of the major effects of COVID-19 we have seen in other states is the struggle to staff polling places and local election offices," said Secretary Merrill. "We are working with our local election officials to make sure that they have the resources they need for the elections in August and November, including adequate staffing. No Connecticut voter will have to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote."

COVID-19 is a disease that passes via direct person-to-person contact and has disproportionate adverse effects on senior citizens and people with pre-existing conditions. The poll worker population, in Connecticut and nationally, tend to be older than the population at large and more likely to have risk factors for COVID-19.

At the same time that a portion of the poll worker community may not be able to work in August or November, COVID-19 is changing our elections. Polls will now feature social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE), and Town Clerks offices are preparing for a much higher volume of absentee ballots than there are in a typical election.

The Office of the Secretary of the State is able to pay for towns' additional expenses related to COVID-19 through federal CARES Act funds, including the hiring of additional poll workers to work in polling places, registrars' office, and Town Clerks' offices. Opportunities are available across the state.

Interested voters should sign up here: myvote.ct.gov/volunteer

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kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Politics Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:04:52 -0400
Chowdafest Announces Clambake to Go on July 26 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2779-chowdafest-announces-clambake-to-go-on-july-262779-chowdafest-announces-clambake-to-go-on-july-26 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2779-chowdafest-announces-clambake-to-go-on-july-262779-chowdafest-announces-clambake-to-go-on-july-26

The New England Chowdafest is proud to announce they will be holding another “Clambake to Go” effort on Sunday, July 26th.

“We are beyond surprised on how well our Taste of Summer effort went,” said Jim Keenan from Chowdafest. “The number of emails and texts surpassed even our wildest expectations and so many have asked for us to do it again. We really can't believe how happy everyone was about our “Clambake to Go” effort. It really gave them the taste of summer we've all been missing”.

Each clambake includes a meaty and banded 1.5 lb lobster, clams, mussels, sausage, potatoes and corn on the cob plus it comes all in one pot that the customer gets to keep. Cooking is easy and quick as you just add either water, beer or wine to each pot which takes between just 20 and 40 minutes to steam depending on how many clambakes you order.

“Clambakes To Go” can only be picked up in Westport CT at The Westport Hub on Sunday, July 26th during available pick-up times chosen by the customer, same as last time. Dinners are still just $42 each and only available online at www.ClambakeToGo.com up until the cut off date of Thursday, July 23rd. “Given the unbelievable response to our last effort and how much people enjoyed the clambakes, we might sell out so the best thing to do is order early. It's such an easy and delicious way to experience summer especially given the pandemic”

Customers are recommended to bring a cooler if they have one, to help keep their clambakes cool until they cook them later in the day. They are also reminded to bring their ticket so they can be quickly scanned and their order brought to their car.

While, supplies last, this effort includes two Summer Ales with each meal, compliments of both Sam Adams and The Blind Rhino Restaurant in Black Rock. This way you can either cook with them or toast someone with them. The folks at Polar Beverages are anxious to provide everyone with a new slim can of one of their summertime flavored seltzers as well. Adding another sweet benefit to ordering early is Cabot's Creamery will again, provide their delicious butter for your lobster, clams, mussels, potatoes and corn of the cob that comes in your clambake. Of course, you'll still receive your lobster bibs, wet naps and “Shuckneer” lobster tool.

For additional information about this “Taste of Summer 2” effort by Chowdafest please visit www.ClamBakeToGo.com or visit www.Chowdafest.org.

The Taste of Summer brought to you by Chowdafest and is sponsored by Cabot Creamery, CCO Habitats, Copp's Island Oysters, Polar Beverages, Sam Adams, The Blind Rhino and The Westport Hub.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Jim Keenan) Events Mon, 06 Jul 2020 10:32:42 -0400
The Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth Kicks Off August 29 with $25,000 Grand Prize! https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2780-the-greatest-bluefish-tournament-on-earth-kicks-off-august-29-with-25-000-grand-prize2780-the-greatest-bluefish-tournament-on-earth-kicks-off-august-29-with-25-000-grand-prize https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2780-the-greatest-bluefish-tournament-on-earth-kicks-off-august-29-with-25-000-grand-prize2780-the-greatest-bluefish-tournament-on-earth-kicks-off-august-29-with-25-000-grand-prize

On Saturday, August 29 The Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth will kick off at 12:01am throughout Long Island Sound.

The perfect sport for social distancing is fishing so the famous Greatest Bluefish Tournament is HAPPENING! The Tournament offers anglers up to $40,000 in cash prizes. The grand prize of $25,000 goes to the heaviest bluefish, 2nd place takes home $7,500 and 3rd place gets $2,500. In addition, there are cash prizes for 4th through 20th place.

The Tournament also offers a ‘port prize’ for the heaviest fish at each participating weigh-in station in Connecticut and New York. Tournament Director Jill Dotlo said, “The 2020 Greatest Bluefish Tournament is a Go!” She continued, “we are excited to bring this exciting tournament back to Long Island Sound and believe people are ready to go out and win some money this summer!” Registration is $36 which has been reduced from previous years--anglers can register by calling 203-366-BLUE or apply in person at any one of the 21 registration stations around the sound in CT and NY. Registration is also offered online and includes a unique 2020 Greatest Bluefish Tournament t-shirt.

To get a complete list of registration/weigh-in stations, FAQ’s, rules on the Tournament or to register visit bluefishtournament.com. Registration locations include: CONNECTICUT- - AW Marina New London, Bobby J’s Milford, Captain’s Cove Seaport Bridgeport, Dee’s Bait & Tackle New Haven, Fisherman’s Paradise Milford, Fisherman’s World East Norwalk, Fishin Factory Milldale, J&B Niantic, Pete’s Place Bait & Tackle Stamford, River’s End Bait & Tackle Old Saybrook, Shoreline Bait Runners Bait and Tackle, Sportman’s Den Cos Cob, and Ted’s Bait & Tackle Old Saybrook. NEW YORK--Cow Harbor Bait & Tackle Northport, Duffy’s Bait & Tackle Glenwood Landing, East Coast Fishing Supplies Little Neck, Harbour Bait & Tackle Huntington, Jack’s Bait & Tackle City Island, Miller Place Bait & Tackle Miller Place, and Warren’s Tackle Center Aquebogue.

The fishing tournament is open to all and kids are encouraged to fish as well! WICC600am broadcasts hourly update results all weekend long.

The most up to date information can also be found at www.bluefishtournament.com or @bluefishtournament on Facebook.

Deadline to register for the Tournament is Friday, August 28th. Registration is required to participate. The Tournament begins Saturday, August 29 th at 12:01am and ends Sunday, August 30th at 5pm.

The first-place winner will be interviewed live on WICC600, and all winners are announced immediately after the Tournament.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (WICC 600) Events Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:07:21 -0400
Stamford COVID Update: 16 New Cases this Week https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2777-stamford-covid-update-16-new-cases-this-week2777-stamford-covid-update-16-new-cases-this-week https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2777-stamford-covid-update-16-new-cases-this-week2777-stamford-covid-update-16-new-cases-this-week

City of Stamford COVID-19 Updates

Today — July 2 — Stamford has 3,228 confirmed cases and 69 probable cases. The State’s Department of Public Health has reported 16 new cases in Stamford over the past 7 days.

Residents can read daily updates on new cases in Stamford by visiting the State of Connecticut’s dedicated website for COVID-19 updates located here: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Data-Tracker.

Daily updates are also provided on Channel 79 for Optimum subscribers.

All information about Stamford’s response to COVID-19 can be found on our website at www.stamfordct.gov/covid19.

All information about Reopening Guidelines can be found on our website at www.stamfordct.gov/reopenstamford.

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.

Residents can click the following links to read data on reported cases in Nursing Homes or Assisted Living Facilities.

Events & Meetings

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kerry@ducey.org (City of Stamford) Neighbors Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:41:15 -0400
Food donation to feed hundreds of Connecticut and New York families https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/2776-food-donation-to-feed-hundreds-of-connecticut-and-new-york-families2776-food-donation-to-feed-hundreds-of-connecticut-and-new-york-families https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/2776-food-donation-to-feed-hundreds-of-connecticut-and-new-york-families2776-food-donation-to-feed-hundreds-of-connecticut-and-new-york-families

During the height of Connecticut’s coronavirus pandemic, a generous community supported Greenwich Hospital as residents and business owners came together to deliver 17,000 meals to healthcare workers. 

Now it’s Greenwich Hospital’s turn to give back.

On Wednesday, Greenwich Hospital donated thousands of pounds of food to two community food banks: Neighbor to Neighbor in Greenwich and Caritas of Port Chester in New York. The food drive was organized by the Greenwich Hospital Diversity and Inclusion Council and all the food was donated by thankful hospital employees.

“The community response to the public health crisis has been incredible and heartwarming,” said Norman Roth, Greenwich Hospital’s chief executive officer. “This food donation is our way of thanking the community for supporting our healthcare workers during this unprecedented time. We will never forget their acts of kindness and generosity.”

“We are fortunate to be a part of an amazingly thoughtful community,” said Margaret Goldberg, Neighbor to Neighbor executive director. “We continue our good work knowing we are a catalyst for neighbors to help one another. The record number of unemployed and underemployed, those working but barely able to make ends meet, and families facing financial crisis for the first time – all need Neighbor to Neighbor to help feed their families and maintain a basic quality of life that assures their dignity and respect. Greenwich Hospital is a vital partner to the health and well-being of the Greenwich community and we are grateful.”

Demand for food has grown ten-fold since the start of the pandemic, said Patricia Hart, treasurer of the Caritas board of directors. “The number of unemployed, underemployed and those sheltering in place have swelled the ranks of those who were already experiencing food insecurity,” she said. Caritas typically provides 4,000 meals a month at its community dining room and supplies groceries, meat and fresh produce to nearly 400 families through its pantry. In contrast, Caritas distributed 12,000 meals in June.

“This food drive donation will be used immediately to fill the hundreds of grocery bags and prepared meals we deliver to homes every week,” Hart said. “Community support is always essential. But during these difficult times, this donation from Greenwich Hospital employees is a visible and tangible sign of concern and care for our neighbors in need.”

Caption: Greenwich Hospital donated thousands of pounds of food to Neighbor to Neighbor in Greenwich and Caritas of Port Chester in New York. Pictured here with the food donation (l-r): Marc Kosak, SVP, Operations, Greenwich Hospital; Margaret Goldberg, executive director, Neighbor to Neighbor; Norman Roth, CEO, Greenwich Hospital; Patricia Hart, treasurer, Caritas of Port Chester; Duncan Lawson, operations coordinator, Neighbor to Neighbor; Diane Kelly, President, Greenwich Hospital; and Anna Cerra, SVP, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer, Greenwich Hospital.

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kerry@ducey.org (Magaly Olivero) Charities Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:01:37 -0400
Swim Across America Fairfield County Pivots Annual Open Water Swim to A Virtual Personal Challenge https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/2775-saa-fc-personal-challenge-20202775-saa-fc-personal-challenge-2020 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/2775-saa-fc-personal-challenge-20202775-saa-fc-personal-challenge-2020

In recognition of these challenging times and the need to keep swimmers, volunteers, boaters and supporters safe due to COVID-19, Swim Across America Fairfield County has pivoted to a virtual fundraising event — a Swim Across America Fairfield County Personal Challenge 2020.

While these times are filled with uncertainty, one thing remains true: groundbreaking cancer research still needs funding to save lives. That’s where Swim Across America Fairfield County comes in to help #makewaves to #fightcancer by raising crucial funds to supports its local Fairfield County beneficiary, the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT). Registration is only $25 per person and can be made at swimacrossamerica.org/fc.

The Swim Across America “Personal Challenge” can include walking, running, playing golf, kayaking, biking, dancing, climbing, volunteering, and of course, swimming. Any activity counts! Every age can participate — as an individual, team or family. The Swim Across America Fairfield County Personal Challenge 2020 event starts immediately and runs all summer. Each participant will receive a 2020 commemorative T-shirt, which will be available for pick-up later in the summer at a “socially-distanced” event. Progress of each participant’s Personal Challenge will be tracked and miles or hours logged online which will take participants “Coast to Coast” across the United States on a virtual map, showing how much progress is being made.

Every 15 minutes, 50 Americans are diagnosed with cancer. In 2020 alone, it is estimated that 1.8 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed and there will be 606,520 cancer deaths in the U.S. These staggering statistics offer compelling proof of the need to continue devising new approaches to treatment. Whether it is through swimming, volunteering, donating or cheering on loved ones, Swim Across America Fairfield County welcomes anyone and everyone who wants to be a part of the fight against cancer. 

Established in 2008, the Swim Across America Fairfield County event has donated $4.165 million in its 13 previous years for its local Fairfield County-based beneficiary, Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. One hundred percent of funds contributed by Swim Across America to ACGT go directly to crucial cancer gene therapy research. This year’s ACGT Swim Across America grant recipient is Noriyuki Kasahara, MD, PhD, at the Brain Tumor Center at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Kasahara is conducting a clinical trial using virotherapy for brain cancer.

“I am extremely grateful to ACGT and Swim Across America for funding this next phase of our work,” says Dr. Kasahara. “At a time when federal funding has become scarce, it’s wonderful and inspiring to see organizations like ACGT and Swim Across America step up to support the potential of innovative science. Together, we will continue our fight to find better ways to help cancer patients.”

Event co-chair Michele Graham, is a parent of a young adult cancer survivor. Her daughter Nicole was diagnosed with leukemia in 2013 at the age of 16. After a relapse in 2018, she underwent a successful bone marrow transplant to treat the disease. “We all have a personal connection to cancer. We all know and love someone who will be impacted by it. Swim Across America Fairfield County is a way that everyone can join together to make a difference. It is more than a cause, it is a movement. Everyone can help make waves in the fight against cancer.”

Nancy Carr, co-chair of the open water event, was planning on swimming for the first time for her team “Bonnie’s Buddies,” in honor of her friend Bonnie Bancroft of Old Greenwich, Connecticut, who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in February of this year. “Bonnie embodied everything good and right in the world and made each of us want to be a better person,” noted Nancy. "In the words of some of her friends, Bonnie was ‘class, elegance, sunshine, kindness and fun personified.’ We are all richer for having known her.” In lieu of swimming, Nancy and her team have challenged themselves to walk 20 Fairfield County towns in Bonnie’s memory. 

Swim Across America is a national organization and offers 21 open water swims from Boston Harbor to under the Golden Gate Bridge, and more than 100 pool swim fundraisers across the country. Its roots are firmly anchored in Connecticut and along the shores of Long Island Sound, with Darien, Connecticut, resident Matt Vossler and his lifelong friend and college roommate Jeff Keith, who founded Swim Across America in 1987. Throughout its years, Swim Across America has raised more than $85 million in the fight against cancer. More than 100 Olympians support Swim Across America, including Michael Phelps, Craig Beardsley, Donna De Varona (a Greenwich resident and honorary Fairfield County co-chair), Rowdy Gaines, Janel Jorgensen McArdle (who grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut), Bobby Hackett, Ryan Lochte, Glenn Mills, Christina Teuscher (who participates in the Fairfield County event) and many more.

To learn more about Swim Across America Fairfield County and to register for the Swim Across America Personal Challenge 2020, visit swimacrossamerica.org/fc.

About Swim Across America

Swim Across America, Inc. (SAA) is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events. With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, Swim Across America is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service. To learn more visit swimacrossamerica.org/fairfieldcounty or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @SAAFairfieldCo or email michele@swimacrossamerica.org or nancycarr@swimacrossamerica.org.

Photo Caption: 

Swim Across America Fairfield County is holding a virtual Personal Challenge fundraiser event in lieu of its open water swim this summer. Individuals and families can create their own “personal challenge” and fundraise around it. Swim Across America Fairfield County co-chair Michele Graham and her family have created the “Graham Fam Olympics” where they will be competing against each other in all 33 sports of the Olympics.  Pictured are: Marissa Graham (front row); Nicole Graham, Michele Graham and Bruce Graham (2nd row); and Clayton Graham, Liz Karnes and Chris Kostoglou (3rd row).

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kerry@ducey.org (Swim Across America Fairfield County) Charities Tue, 30 Jun 2020 08:39:30 -0400
City of Stamford COVID Updates: Charge for Plastic Bags Resumes on July 1, Case Data, and More https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2772-city-of-stamford-covid-updates-charge-for-plastic-bags-resumes-on-july-1-case-data-and-more2772-city-of-stamford-covid-updates-charge-for-plastic-bags-resumes-on-july-1-case-data-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2772-city-of-stamford-covid-updates-charge-for-plastic-bags-resumes-on-july-1-case-data-and-more2772-city-of-stamford-covid-updates-charge-for-plastic-bags-resumes-on-july-1-case-data-and-more

City of Stamford COVID-19 Updates

Today — June 29 — Stamford has 3,206 confirmed cases and 70 probable cases. Last week — June 25 — Stamford had 3,194 confirmed cases and 71 probable cases.

Residents can read daily updates on new cases in Stamford by visiting the State of Connecticut’s dedicated website for COVID-19 updates located here: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Data-Tracker.

Daily updates are also provided on Channel 79 for Optimum subscribers.

All information about Stamford’s response to COVID-19 can be found on our website at www.stamfordct.gov/covid19.

All information about Reopening Guidelines can be found on our website at www.stamfordct.gov/reopenstamford.

 

Charge for plastic bags to resume on July 1

Connecticut’s 10-cent charge for plastic bags will resume on Wednesday, July 1.

  • Connecticut’s Plastic Bag Ban was temporarily suspended on March 26 during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Assistance for renters, homeowners, landlords

Governor Lamont announced a comprehensive plan to put more than $33 million in state and federal resources to work providing emergency assistance to renters, homeowners, and residential landlords impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

  • Click here to read the elements of the plan.

Events & Meetings

  • Stamford Downtown Special Services District is collaborating with Reckson to put together a 10-minute fireworks display off the top of the Landmark Building on Saturday, July 4th at 9 p.m.
  • Rain date: Friday, July 3rd.

Municipal meetings:

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kerry@ducey.org (City of Stamford) Neighbors Mon, 29 Jun 2020 13:23:14 -0400
Connecticut's Comprehensive Plan for Returning to In-School, Full-Time Instruction for the 2020-21 Academic Year https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/politics/2774-connecticut-s-comprehensive-plan-for-returning-to-in-school-full-time-instruction-for-the-2020-21-academic-year2774-connecticut-s-comprehensive-plan-for-returning-to-in-school-full-time-instruction-for-the-2020-21-academic-year https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/politics/2774-connecticut-s-comprehensive-plan-for-returning-to-in-school-full-time-instruction-for-the-2020-21-academic-year2774-connecticut-s-comprehensive-plan-for-returning-to-in-school-full-time-instruction-for-the-2020-21-academic-year

State Department of Education Releases Comprehensive Plan for Returning to In-School, Full-Time Instruction for the 2020-21 Academic Year

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) today released “Adapt, Advance, Achieve: Connecticut’s Plan to Learn and Grow Together”, a comprehensive plan that will serve as a roadmap for districts as they plan to reopen schools at the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year. This document follows the announcement last week of a framework to allow all students – in all school districts statewide – the opportunity to have access to in-school, full-time instruction in the fall as long as public health data continues to support this model.

In addition to Connecticut’s successful COVID-19 containment efforts, this operating model was selected based on feedback from a wide range of educational stakeholders and public health officials in support of the effectiveness of in-school instruction. The benefits include structure in place to ensure safety protocols, providing for students’ social-emotional well-being, and mitigating any barriers to accessing equitable opportunities that increased during the pandemic. This model will be supported with more intensive mitigation strategies and specific monitoring, containment, and class cancellation plans.

“Healthy schools translate to healthy communities, and the safety of our students, educators and school personnel remains the primary focus as we implement this plan. Balancing the reopening of schools will require us to be flexible and prepare to adjust as needed,” said Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona.  “After consulting extensively with public health officials and our school communities, the evidence is clear that having students physically present in school greatly improves outcomes and our ability to provide for their academic and non-academic needs. When COVID-19 first hit, we were all called on to rise to the challenge and, after witnessing the herculean efforts of teachers, school personnel and families over the past two months, I am confident we will come together stronger than ever to lead the evolution of education in Connecticut. ‘Adapt, Advance, Achieve’ is the first step.”

“Adapt, Advance, Achieve” was created with input from students, teachers, parents, principals, superintendents and other educational stakeholders, including consideration of a broad range of feedback via public survey. Public health officials and state and national data and guidance were closely consulted throughout the development of the plan which included a review of nationally and globally published school reopening models for the 2020-21 school year. Ultimately, CSDE determined that there is strong evidence suggesting PK-12 priorities, such as access to opportunities for equitable education, is best achieved with in-person schooling for all ages. The in-school model also allows for the provision of a wide range of sup­ports for students and is fundamental to their development, safety, and social-emotional well-being. Recent guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly supports the effectiveness of having students physically present in school given that they have consistent access to “academic instruction, social and emotional skills, safety, reliable nutrition, physical/speech and mental health therapy, and opportunities for physical activity, among other benefits”.

The guidance and considerations outlined in “Adapt, Advance, Achieve” are grounded in six guiding principles:

  1. Safeguarding the health and safety of students and staff;
  2. Allowing all students the opportunity to return into the classrooms full time starting in the fall;
  3. Monitoring the school populations and, when necessary, potentially cancelling classes in the future to appropriately contain COVID-19 spread;
  4. Emphasizing equity, access, and support to the students and communities who are emerging from this historic disruption;
  5. Fostering strong two-way communication with partners such as families, educators and staff; and
  6. Factoring into decisions about reopening the challenges to the physical safety and social-emotional well-being of our students when they are not in school.

While districts retain discretion in implementing approaches to reopening given unique local considerations, these guiding principles require all districts to develop their plans with a certain level of regional consistency. Understanding that health developments may influence decisions to transition to a different instructional model, districts are asked to be flexible in balancing their planning with contingency plans to provide robust, blended learning or remote learning for all grades in the event that a school, district, or region has to cancel or limit in-person classes due to health precautions.

As this plan is implemented, CSDE will continue working collaboratively with public health and educational stakeholders in order to provide support and guidance to assist districts with planning at the local level and providing education to all students in a way that is accessible, equitable and meaningful.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (CSDE) Politics Mon, 29 Jun 2020 13:06:26 -0400
Fairfield County Financial Services Advisors Receive Certified Social Security Claiming Strategist Designation https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2773-fairfield-county-financial-services-advisors-receive-certified-social-security-claiming-strategist-designation2773-fairfield-county-financial-services-advisors-receive-certified-social-security-claiming-strategist-designation https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2773-fairfield-county-financial-services-advisors-receive-certified-social-security-claiming-strategist-designation2773-fairfield-county-financial-services-advisors-receive-certified-social-security-claiming-strategist-designation

Wilton, CT – June 29 2020: Fairfield County Financial Services is pleased to announce that Stephen Nitz, CFP®, CRC®, Nelson Ehinger, CFP®, RICP®, and Jamie Hunter, are now Certified Social Security Claiming Strategists (CSSCS). Stephen, Nelson, and Jamie successfully passed a rigorous examination after completing the course to earn the CSSCS designation.

The Corporation for Social Security Claiming Strategies is the creator and provider of the training course for the CSSCS designation. The organization is the only comprehensive retirement income training organization in the financial services industry dedicated exclusively to educating professionals on the nuances of Social Security retirement planning.

With corporations eliminating more than 84,000 pension plans since 1985, over a decade of unprecedented and ongoing market volatility, a Social Security system that has over 2,000 filing rules and a government workforce prohibited from dispensing advice, the ability to offer true expertise on the topic of when and how to develop a Social Security filing strategy is paramount to helping retirees remain financially viable throughout retirement.

We congratulate Stephen, Nelson, and Jamie on their accomplishment and welcome anyone at or near retirement to contact them to discuss their planning needs. Learn more about that by clicking here.

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kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Neighbors Mon, 29 Jun 2020 06:59:32 -0400
University of Bridgeport and Area Community Colleges Sign Articulation Transfer Agreement for In-Demand Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2770-university-of-bridgeport-and-area-community-colleges-sign-articulation-transfer-agreement-for-in-demand-bachelor-s-degree-in-medical-laboratory-sciences2770-university-of-bridgeport-and-area-community-colleges-sign-articulation-transfer-agreement-for-in-demand-bachelor-s-degree-in-medical-laboratory-sciences https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2770-university-of-bridgeport-and-area-community-colleges-sign-articulation-transfer-agreement-for-in-demand-bachelor-s-degree-in-medical-laboratory-sciences2770-university-of-bridgeport-and-area-community-colleges-sign-articulation-transfer-agreement-for-in-demand-bachelor-s-degree-in-medical-laboratory-sciences

The University of Bridgeport (UB) and Gateway Community College, Housatonic Community College, and Norwalk Community College marked the start of a new articulation agreement during a virtual signing on June 26. The agreement provides a pathway for transfer to a bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS). Of special note, this will be the first UB - CSCU Shore-West regional articulation agreement.

Following completion of an associate degree program at one of the three community colleges, transfer students who meet UB’s admission criteria may enroll In the MLS program. Students will be prepared for an exciting career in one of the most rapidly expanding areas of healthcare. Medical laboratory scientists, vital members of medical teams, perform scientific sample testing and report the findings to physicians. The data provided by the medical laboratory scientists assist physicians and other direct patient caregivers identify the best treatment for patients with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, infectious diseases, and other medical conditions.

”We are pleased to partner with the three community colleges in expanding academic options for their students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a high-growth career area in healthcare. An MLS education enables an outstanding career path and an opportunity to impact the health and well-being of others,” said Stephen Healey, interim president of the University of Bridgeport.

Students may apply to the MLS program in their sophomore year of their Associate degree program. Full-time transfer students will be eligible for UB scholarships, subject to satisfying the UB scholarship and other selection criteria based on the sole discretion of UB.

“This articulation agreement creates another career pathway for our students who are drawn to careers in the medical field,” said Thomas Coley, regional president for the Shoreline-West region of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities. “This seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences will not only expand opportunities for our community college graduates, but will also make an impact on the regional workforce which relies heavily on qualified healthcare professionals.”

Students who graduate with a customized MLS four-year degree may pursue opportunities in biomedical research graduate programs, physician assistant programs, or medical school.

Noteworthy statistics for UB’s MLS program include the following over a three-year period: a 100 percent career outcome rate, a 100 percent average graduation rate, and a 93 percent average certification pass rate.

 

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Life Sat, 27 Jun 2020 13:31:55 -0400