Stamfordnorth's HamletHub Wed, 19 Jan 2022 15:56:59 -0500 Junior League of Greenwich’s Impact your World Workshop

For the third year in a row, the Junior League of Greenwich (JLG) is excited to be partnering with Girls with Impact to present “Impact your World”, a free, online workshop targeted to young women in Greenwich community, aged 11- 14 years old.

Taking place virtually on Saturday, January 29th from 12pm-1:30pm, participants will learn about entrepreneurship and business skill development. They will then be guided through the process of creating an impactful project with purpose in their communities. Girls will have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with fellow girls in the community and share their passions, thoughts, and visions.

The program is presented in partnership with Girls with Impact, an organization whose mission is to equip girls with the business and leadership skills required of today’s workforce, thereby increasing their college and career successes, financial literacy, and economic impact. This partnership provides an opportunity for the Junior League of Greenwich to work with a dedicated subject matter expert to continue providing valuable programming for the personal development of Tween and Teen girls in the Greenwich community.

“We are excited to continue to partner with Girls with Impact to help develop the next generation of women leaders”, said Karen Richard, JLG President. “The middle school years are an impressionable time for girls. The Impact Your World workshop uses hands-on projects and coaching to build entrepreneurial skills and enhance self-confidence – so these young women envision what they can be – and gain skills to help them get there.”  
Registration is now available for girls aged 11 to 14 years old at the Junior League of Greenwich website:

]]> (Junior League of Greenwich) Neighbors Tue, 18 Jan 2022 07:25:17 -0500
Women's Biz Dev Council & JPMorgan Chase Fueling CT Women-Owned Businesses

Women’s Business Development Council Grant Program Continues to Fuel Economic Growth for Connecticut Women-Owned Businesses

The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) today announced that it has received a $300,000 investment from JPMorgan Chase to support its Equity Match Grant (EMG) Program.

The WBDC Equity Match Grant Program was created to catalyze growth for women-owned businesses in Connecticut. The program provides grants between $2,500 and $10,000 to fund clearly defined projects that will have a measurable impact on the business, its growth and profitability.

Since December 2020, 98 grants have been awarded, providing $924K to small businesses throughout the state. This includes 42 businesses that were awarded grants in December 2021, as part of the program’s third round. Applications for the fourth round will be accepted from January 17 through February 13, 2022.

The grant program originated from the generous contributions of a number of private and public funders and received a significant boost from the State of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).

“Small businesses account for almost 50% of our state’s employment, and we all know the incredibly tough few years these businesses have endured,” said Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz. “The WBDC has been an incredible leader and partner with our state for decades, and this grant from JPMorgan Chase will help further the shared mission of providing opportunity, training, and education for women who own or choose to open a business.”

The investment from JPMorgan Chase aims to increase the capacity of WBDC to empower Connecticut’s women entrepreneurs, especially disenfranchised populations and those in distressed communities. The grant program’s success is due to the coupling of flexible capital with technical assistance for these business owners focused on leadership, business and financial planning, human resources, networking and mentorship opportunities.

“This generous support from JPMorgan Chase will allow us to continue to get needed resources to Connecticut’s small businesses,” said WBDC CEO and Founder Fran Pastore.  “It also symbolizes a long-standing partnership between our organizations,” she added. “WBDC is celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2022. Our first business checking account was opened at the Chase branch on Prospect Street in Stamford – with a $60 deposit. We still have that account. This is a meaningful way to celebrate this milestone with an organization that has been with us from the beginning.”

“Unlocking the potential of women-led businesses is a direct path forward to creating greater economic equity especially during this time of recovery from the Covid pandemic and given the critical role small businesses play in Connecticut’s economy,” said Laura Davis, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank. “The Women’s Business Development Council is a true partner in helping women, specifically women of color, access the resources and support needed to launch and grow their ventures.”

Round 3 grant recipients included:

•             A vegetable and flower farm and farm stand in Farmington who is using her grant for a hay wagon to offer classic hay rides to the pumpkin patch, and deer fencing to expand the land she is farming and protect the crops

•             A hair braiding studio in Bridgeport who is using her grant to improve her marketing and expand into selling hair products

•             A dog training and services business in New London who is using her grant to improve the company’s website and marketing

•             A bakery in Glastonbury who is using her grant to purchase a walk-in cooler to store ingredients and frozen baked goods to help expand their capacity

Among recipients from the first two rounds:

•             71% of businesses have increased their revenues since receiving the grant

•             56% increased their profits

•             44% created jobs – 76 new jobs across 23 companies

“The WBDC Equity Match Grant allowed me to put in place systems that have streamlined and optimized our sales process,” said Paula Pierce, owner of Hosting Connecticut LLC, of the impact the grant has had on her website design and hosting company. “Without the extra 'push' of preparing to apply for this grant, I would have less specific financial data and fewer strategic plans to use to grow the business. I'm grateful for WBDC, not just for the funds, but for the extra motivation,” she added.

The application period for the next round of Equity Match Grants opens on January 17. WBDC will be hosting several information sessions to help businesses prepare to apply. For dates and times of those sessions, visit For additional information on the EMG program, including eligibility requirements, visit

]]> (Briana Curran) Neighbors Tue, 18 Jan 2022 04:57:21 -0500
City of Stamford Mask Giveaway at Rippowam Middle School on Sunday

The City of Stamford will be hosting a mask giveaway event at Rippowam Middle School on Sunday, January 16 from 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM, or as supplies last.
Residents will be provided with 5 masks per person, and there will be surgical and KN95 masks available.
The giveaway will be set up as a drive-through event, although residents may walk or bike up as well.
Visit the City of Stamford on Facebook for up-to-date information.
]]> (HH) Events Fri, 14 Jan 2022 12:20:20 -0500
Governor Lamont Activates Severe Cold Weather Protocol From Friday to Wednesday

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that as arctic temperatures and stormy weather are anticipated to move into Connecticut over the next several days, he is directing the state’s severe cold weather protocol to be activated beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022, and remaining in effect through 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

The purpose of the protocol is to ensure that the most vulnerable populations receive protection from the severe cold conditions, which could be life-threatening if exposed to the elements for extended periods of time. While enacted, a system is set up for state agencies and municipalities to coordinate with United Way 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to make sure that anyone in need can receive shelter from the outdoors, including transportation to shelters.

Anyone in need is urged to call 2-1-1 to get connected to these services. Safety measures have been enacted at shelters and warming centers throughout Connecticut to adhere to the needs of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s looking like we are going to see another blast of arctic temperatures moving into the state, followed by the potential for a winter storm,” Governor Lamont said. “These conditions can be extremely dangerous if someone is outdoors for extended periods of time, which is why we are urging anyone in need to seek shelter. If you or someone you know is in need of shelter, call 2-1-1 and they will direct you to a nearby location and they can also provide transportation if necessary.”

The following actions are implemented while the protocol is enacted:

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security activates its WebEOC communications network, which is an internet-based system that enables local, regional, and state emergency management officials and first responders to share up-to-date information about a variety of situations and conditions. The system is used to monitor capacity at shelters across the state, enabling 2-1-1 to act as a clearinghouse to assist in finding shelter space for those who need it. Local officials, working through WebEOC, can alert 2-1-1 and the state when they open temporary shelters or warming centers.

The Connecticut Department of Social Services, Connecticut Department of Housing, and Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services coordinate with 2-1-1 and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, along with community-based providers, to provide transportation for people seeking shelter.

For emergency management news and resources, visit the state’s CTPrepares website at or download the CTPrepares app to mobile devices at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.


]]> (Gov. Ned Lamont) Life Fri, 14 Jan 2022 07:14:28 -0500
RVNAhealth Adds Custom and Semi-Custom Orthotics to its Rehabilitation & Wellness Lineup

The importance of a good foundation has long been established.  Whether a skyscraper, novel, wedding cake, or education, it’s that which comes first that provides structure and stability to that which follows.

“The human body is no different, with our feet playing a critical role as our foundation, says Kate Campbell, DPT, Outpatient Practice Manager at RVNAhealth. “The importance of our feet is paramount, yet they are often overlooked — and entirely unappreciated! Each foot is composed of 26 bones, 30 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. From our very first steps, they bear the brunt of every stride and skip, every leap and bound, every stub and twist. Our entire body lies above them, and any imperfection or deformity in the foot invariably impacts the whole body, often manifesting in pain or issues elsewhere.”

For this reason, RVNAhealth has added custom and semi-custom orthotics to its Rehabilitation & Wellness service offerings. Orthotics are inserts placed inside the shoes with the purpose of restoring natural foot function and enabling optimal biomechanics. “Orthotics are intended to prevent further change and deformity in the foot,” says Campbell, “and in some cases are successful in 're-training' the foot back to a healthier state.”

The RVNAhealth orthotics methodology includes a detailed evaluation, including a complete treadmill gait analysis; digital photos of the feet; a review of worn shoes to assess wear pattern; evaluation of feet in both standing and non-weight bearing positions, followed by the ‘gold standard’ of casting methodology. “We make a plaster of Paris mold of the foot in a perfect gravity-eliminated state,” explains Campbell, “capturing the foot in its natural state, not its deformed state. With this approach, we can then build an orthotic that compliments the natural foot to optimize balance and alignment.” The RVNAhealth team uses exclusively Stride™ orthotics, and evaluation and fittings are conducted by specially trained RVNAhealth physical therapists.

“Those who already wear orthotics likely understand their value and how they work,” says Campbell. “But for those new to orthotics, RVNAhealth can help you identify if an orthotic is right for you and walk you through the process from start to finish to ensure a successful end result.  The right orthotic can be life changing.”

To learn more and see frequently-asked orthotics questions, visit or call the RVNAhealth Rehabilitation & Wellness Center at 203-438-7862.

]]> (RVNAhealth) Life Thu, 13 Jan 2022 08:49:00 -0500
FCBuzz Weekend: art, comedy, celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a bit of magic!

FCBuzz Weekend - January 14 - January 16

HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities! The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across the 15 towns in our region of coastal Fairfield County and each Wednesday issues our free E-Buzz newsletter with a selection of the hundreds of events posted to our website by our members.

This weekend is all about art, comedy, celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a bit of magic.

All are invited to the opening reception at The Contemporary Art Modern Project (CAMP Gallery) for Margaret Roleke’s solo exhibit March on Society on Friday at 6:00 pm. Roleke’s work provokes a deep investigation into what the American legacy truly is.

Then on Saturday 1:00-3:00pm, The Flinn Gallery at the Greenwich Library is offering an Artist Talk for their new exhibit, Alignments, featuring three artists whose abstract work overlaps in color, strata, and form. Meghan Brady (a Greenwich native), Ben Godward, and Erika Ranee will speak about their work in conversation with the curator, Tracy McKenna, and answer questions from the audience

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Fairfield’s SHU Community Theatre on Saturday at 4:00pm and 7:30pm with a showing of the film, SELMA. This epic film presents Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s crusades to secure voting rights. It is directed by Ava DuVernay’s and stars David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo and Oprah Winfrey.

Here’s a captivating show for the whole family! Ridgefield Playhouse presents REZA – Edge of Illusion on Saturday at 4:30pm. Reza brings rock concert level lighting and production merged with the most incredible cutting-edge magic and signature grand-scale illusions. Young and fresh, intriguing and engaging, it is no wonder Reza has been recognized as a world-class entertainer.

For guaranteed laughs all night long, come see Matt Pavich LIVE! at the Fairfield Comedy Club on Saturday at 7:00pm. A standup comedian, actor, and creator from Astoria, Matt is the winner of “New York’s Funniest” competition at the 2015 New York Comedy Festival, was recently featured in sketches on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” and was selected in the 2016 ABC diversity showcase. 

More laughs in Norwalk as The Wall Street Theater presents Colin Quinn: The Last Best Hope Tour on Saturday at 8:00 pm. From MTV’s “Remote Control” to “SNL” to Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn,” this comedian is about as famous as they come. 

On Sunday at 2:30 pm, honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. right from your home. The Westport Library offers its 16th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration virtually this year. This event features Heather McGhee, author of New York Times bestseller, THE SUM OF US: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. The program will also include a recital by the Bridgeport Boys Choir and a dance performed by the Regional Center for the Arts. 

It’s Christmas in January on Sunday at Fairfield’s FTC Stage One. At 7:45 pm, doors open for A Very Magnetic Post-Christmas Show with Morgan James. Called "the most promising young vocalist to come along so far this century" by The Wall Street Journal, Morgan has been described as having it all: “soul, charm, chops, blue-chip musicianship, and the kind of absolute individuality that makes her singing as recognizable as a fingerprint.”

Finally, one last chance to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday at 1:30pm. Organized by the young people of Bridgeport, Connect-Us Presents: Bridgeport Has A Dream is at The Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport. This special MLK Day performance celebrates Dr. King in the very location where he spoke in 1961 and 1964 and where he was honored in a memorial service four days after his 1968 assassination.

For details on these and hundreds more events check fcbuzzevents at

]]> (Lorie Lewis) Events Thu, 13 Jan 2022 08:40:21 -0500
Stamford's INTEMPO is Lewis Prize for Music Awardee!

Stamford's INTEMPO is a The Lewis Prize for Music’s 2022 Awardees, receives $500,000 Accelerator Award

The Lewis Prize for Music’s 2022 Awardees are influencing youth-serving systems so young people have access to learning, creating, and performing experiences that reflect their culture and identity. 

INTEMPO offers children the opportunity to express themselves artistically through traditional and classical music and instrumentation. Founded in 2011 by Angelica Durrell, INTEMPO teaches music to over 1,000 young people ages 3-17. In their core afterschool program and summer music camp, almost every student comes from an immigrant background. Their newest music program at three Stamford, CT, public schools is specifically for children who are new arrivals/English Learners—children who have flown largely under the public schools’ radar during the pandemic.

The organization is committed to connecting the dots between intercultural music education and its influence on the socio-emotional and intellectual development of children. They offer a repertoire that reflects the diversity of their students’ cultures and communities. Through the joy of making music together, INTEMPO aims to broaden children’s understanding of the world, as well as build skills that will serve them well in every aspect of their lives.

Accelerator Awards provide multi-year support to enable leaders and organizations to make sustained progress toward ambitious community change initiatives that align with The Lewis Prize for Music’s values and vision.

Learn more on The Lewis Prize for Music website here.

]]> (HH) Places Wed, 12 Jan 2022 14:03:19 -0500
Save The Date: Stamford Senior Center Lives Blossom Fundraiser on May 5, 2022

The Stamford Senior Center invites the community to save the date for its annual ‘Lives Blossom’ fundraising event on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 6pm at The Village in Stamford, CT.

Tickets will go on sale February 1st for this festive annual tradition filled with networking, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a lively silent auction. The event raises critical funds for the Stamford Senior Center’s wide array of active and engaging programs. A lifeline for nearly 900 members, the non-profit organization offers programs that promote healthy aging and opportunities for social engagement and reducing loneliness.

During the pandemic many seniors experienced prolonged social isolation, and the organization took action to keep them connected and cared for. They became a ‘senior center without walls’, delivering prepared meals and groceries, moving programs online, outdoors  and also offering cheerful drive-through events.

The pandemic also put a damper on the organization’s fundraising efforts. The 2020 Lives Blossom fundraising event was cancelled for the safety of the community, and was not held in 2021 either, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are thrilled to announce that our signature fundraiser is planned for the spring, and we could not be happier,” said Christina Crain, Stamford Senior Center Executive Director. “This beloved tradition is a fun evening that helps us to enrich the lives of seniors in our community throughout the year.”

Please save the date to attend this special evening which makes a tremendous difference for those seniors who call the Stamford Senior Center their home away from home.  Visit to purchase advance tickets and learn more.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

The Stamford Senior Center would like to thank its generous sponsors to date, including Gold Sponsor: First County Bank, Silver Sponsors: AJM Realty, Osborn Homecare, Totilo & Company, and Robert & Clare A. Kretzman, as well as exclusive media sponsor, Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media. 

]]> (Laura Roberts) Events Wed, 12 Jan 2022 13:55:29 -0500
United Way of Western Connecticut Announces New Stamford Cradle to Career President

Stamford, CT – United Way of Western Connecticut and Stamford Cradle to Career (SC2C) are excited to announce that Edith Presley has been named President of Stamford Cradle to Career. Ms. Presley brings a strong educational background, a core understanding of the organization’s mission and vision, and an unwavering commitment to Stamford’s youth.

Prior to joining SC2C, Ms. Presley spent more than twenty years in education, educational leadership, and community organizing. Throughout her career, Ms. Presley’s work focused on equity and inclusion and a commitment to ensuring that all students can succeed and thrive in social and academic environments. In her most recent capacity, Ms. Presley served as an Education Advisor with DOMUS Kids in Stamford, where she worked closely with students, families, Stamford Public School staff, and community stakeholders to ensure that every child has an opportunity to succeed in school. Her educational leadership experience also includes time at Lighthouse Community Corporation and Stamford Public Educational Foundation where she helped to meet the resource needs of Stamford residents and coordinate services for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Presley spent twelve years at Stamford Public Schools as Human Resources Administrator at Central Office, Co-Principal at Roxbury Elementary Schools, Principal at Julia Stark Elementary School, Assistant Director of Special Education Services, and Assistant Principal at Dolan Middle School. She holds a Master of Administration in Education from Mercy College.

In considering her role with Stamford Cradle to Career and United Way, Ms. Presley offered the following, “I am ecstatic to serve our community as President of Stamford Cradle to Career. This opportunity will bridge my career in leadership, passion for education, and lived experiences of being a graduate, educator, and parent of Stamford. I am very excited to join such an amazing team, and looking forward to continuing the growth of this accomplished organization.”

Isabel Almeida, President of United Way of Western Connecticut said, “We are thrilled that Edith Presley is joining the United Way and Stamford Cradle to Career team. Edith is an accomplished professional with a reputation as a leader and organizer who inspires confidence, solves problems, and builds long-lasting relationships. Under Edith’s leadership, we look forward to Stamford Cradle to Career’s continued growth and lasting impact throughout the Stamford community.”

“I couldn't be more excited about Edith's appointment as President of Stamford Cradle to Career,” said Nadene Reid, Chair of Stamford Cradle to Career’s Executive Team. “Edith brings with her a life of experiences across Stamford both personally and professionally that will inform the work that we do. I anticipate great outcomes under her leadership.”

Stamford Cradle to Career is a collective impact partnership that works to align community resources to ensure that all youth succeed in education, career, and life. United Way of Western Connecticut serves as the backbone entity for Stamford Cradle to Career, providing management and fiscal support for the partnership.

]]> (United Way of Western Connecticut ) Charities Wed, 12 Jan 2022 13:55:02 -0500
Ava LaBelle, a senior in the ACHIEVE program at The Golf Performance Center competes in Dixie Amateur tourney, three consecutive rounds in 70's

Ava LaBelle, a senior in the ACHIEVE program at The Golf Performance Center, competed in the Dixie Amateur tournament in Pompano Beach Florida.  Ava played against collegiate and international players from December 16 to December 20.

The Palm Aire Country Club, Club Cypress plays 6200 yards and has a rating of 74.6 and proved to be way more difficult than any junior event Ava has competed in to date.   
Ava broken 80 only 4 times in golf tournaments and in this event she had three consecutive rounds in the high 70’s:
Day 1:   76
Day 2:   79
Day 3:   78
While she missed the cut by 2, Ava left the Dixie Amateur tournament with many memories and great experience takeaways!

About The Golf Performance Center

The Golf Performance Center integrates state-of-the-art training facilities and expert coaching to help athletes reach their goals. Beginning with the unique “5 Elements of Success” evaluation, The GPC delivers customized golf coaching designed to provide aspiring athletes with improvement strategies built for long-term success. The GPC’s goal is to provide valued instruction, guidance and the necessary facilities to develop junior athletes, both physically and mentally, to successfully navigate challenges on the journey to competitive golf. The ACHIEVE program at The Golf Performance Center is committed to an individualized, passion-driven learning environment in which student-athletes in grades 6-12 are challenged to maximize their learning through exhibiting proficiency in academic skills, high moral character, and a deep understanding of the academic content and topics in which they engage. For more than 20 years, The GPC has successfully guided nearly 100 competitors as they prepare for golf at the highest levels. Alumni include multiple NCAA All-Americans, current and former student-athletes at 80 different colleges and universities and professionals who have won on the Korn Ferry Tour, Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada and European Tour.

]]> (Ava Prospero) Neighbors Mon, 10 Jan 2022 10:01:12 -0500
City of Stamford receives state grant for $950,000 for brownfield remediation at 650 Atlantic Street

In last night's community update (Stamford, The Works), Mayor Caroline Simmons announced that the City of Stamford received a state grant for $950,000 from the CT Department of Economic and Community Development for brownfield remediation at 650 Atlantic Street.

"Access to affordable and accessible housing is a top priority, and I believe this state funding will provide incredible opportunities for businesses, renters, and homeowners to promote economic growth," she said.

To learn more, click here

]]> (HH) Politics Sat, 08 Jan 2022 05:48:32 -0500
Connecticut Press Club Announces 2021 Communications Contest for High Schoolers


Entries Being Accepted in 23 Writing, Editing, Broadcast, and Visual Art Categories 

The Connecticut Press Club is holding its first Communications Contest for high school students. Teens statewide are encouraged to enter work in 23 categories, including op-ed columns, blog posts, news and feature stories, radio, video, photographs, and cartoons. 

All entries must have been published or broadcast between February 1, 2021, and January 31, 2022, by a publication in a recognized medium for the category. i.e., a school, local, or national newspaper, website, radio or TV station, etc. 

The deadline for high school entrants is at noon in the entrant’s time zone on February 9, 2022, and the fee is $5. Click HERE for the complete list of categories. 

The contest is open to all high school students in the state and recent graduates. This includes public, private, and home-schooled students who reside in Connecticut.

“We are excited to welcome the next generation of storytellers, journalists, and other creative teenagers to our annual contest and to honor them for their work,” said Michele Turk, president of the CT Press Club. 

The contest will be judged by communications professionals who are members of the Connecticut Press Club.

First-place entries in the state contest are eligible to advance to the national contest sponsored by the National Federation of Press Women. 

The Connecticut Press Club’s popular Communications Contest, which rewards excellence in 61 categories, is also accepting entries from communications professionals statewide. Click HERE to enter.

The Connecticut Press Club is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) and includes both male and female members. The club welcomes all types of communicators: writers, editors, bloggers, authors, educators, public relations professionals, media photographers, students, and more. Plans for the coming year include lectures by sought-after speakers, professional development workshops, and networking/social events. For more information, e-mail 

For more information about the high school or professional contest, email




]]> (Connecticut Press Club) Neighbors Fri, 07 Jan 2022 11:22:16 -0500
City of Stamford: The Works on January 6

City of Stamford: The Works January 6, 2021

Distribution Plan of Covid-19 At-Home Tests and Masks

From the Mayor's Office

  • In advance of the expected severe weather on Thursday night and Friday morning, please remember to exercise caution on the roads. You can find more information on winter weather updates and resources here.
  • Stamford schools received over 15,000 rapid COVID-19 tests for students and over 2,000 for staff from the Connecticut Departments of Education and Health on January 4th.
  • The Board of Representatives approved the Mayor’s cabinet picks for Directors of Operations, Public Safety, and Legal Affairs.

COVID-19 Updates

Case Numbers

Follow the City of Stamford’s Covid-19 Dashboard, which provides the latest up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates in the City.


The Center for Disease Control (CDC) expanded eligibility of booster doses to those 12 to 15 years old.

  • Friday, January 7th, 2022: The vaccination sites at Hunt Park, Scalzi Park, and Cummings Beach will be closed due to the weather, but the Henry Street vaccination clinic is open from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.
  • Saturday, January 8th, 2022: The vaccination sites at Hunt Park and Scalzi Park will re-open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The site at Cummings Beach Park remains closed.
  • Sunday January 9th, 2022: The vaccination sites at Hunt Park, Scalzi Park, and Cummings Beach will be open to all ages on Sunday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Next week, January 10th – January 14th, vaccines are available at the following locations free without an appointment:

All Ages

  • 137 Henry Street Clinic (2nd Floor), Monday - Saturday 8:30 am - 7 pm

 Ages 5-11 only

  • 137 Henry Street Clinic (2nd Floor). Monday & Thursday 1 pm - 7 pm

Ages 12 and up only

  • 137 Henry Street: Mon - Thurs 8:30 am – 7 pm, Fri 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Scalzi Park: Mon - Fri 10 am – 4 pm
  • Cummings Beach: Mon - Fri 10 am – 4 pm
  • Hunt Park: Mon - Fri 10 am – 4 pm
  • Stamford Train Station: Tues & Thurs 12pm – 6pm

1st and 2nd doses are available to all, as well as booster shots for ages 18+ at all walk up vaccination clinics. Visit our website for more information on free pop-up locations around town.

Covid-19 Testing Sites

  • Cove Island testing site will be open next week at the following times:
  • Monday – Friday 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Demand has been high at this site which has resulted in temporary pauses throughout the day. Before going, please check the City's social media accounts or visit our website to make sure the site is currently open.

New Testing Site

The City of Stamford is pleased to announce that Accu Reference, a PCR testing provider, has opened up a COVID-19 testing site at 689 Canal Street, the location of the former Fairway Grocery Store in the South End. Accu Reference began testing today at 12:00 pm and closed tonight at 7:00 pm.

Tomorrow, they will operate from 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. due to the storm. 

The Canal Street testing site's normal hours are:

  • Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

More information on testing sites in Stamford is available here.

Other Resources

  • If you are unable to leave your home or are uncomfortable traveling to a vaccine site, the Stamford Department of Health will bring the vaccine to you. 
  • All information about Stamford's response to COVID-19 can be found on our website at

Please visit the State of Connecticut's Vaccine Portal for information on how to request a new copy of your card. 

City Services

Due to the weather forecast of incoming snow early Friday morning, the regular scheduled residential garbage and recycling collection will occur on Saturday morning. Please do not place your toters curbside Thursday night.

Please try to stay off the roads during the storm as this allows our plows to work efficiently to fully clear our roads.

Stamford Public Schools are canceled tomorrow, January 7th due to the winter storm. 


  • Residents and visitors are able to view upcoming Stamford Downtown events here.
  • Residents and visitors are able to view upcoming Stamford concerts, in-person, and virtual events here.

State News

Municipal Meetings

  • The Zoning Board will have a public hearing on Monday, January 10th at 6:30 pm. Click here for more information. 
  • The next Board of Representatives meeting will be held Monday, February 7th, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.
]]> (Mayor Caroline Simmons) Neighbors Thu, 06 Jan 2022 14:14:08 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: CT Property Network

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 CT Property Network!

Three questions with Deirdre JP Virvo, founder of CT Property Network.

Why did you start your business?

I started my business as a transition from owning an advertising/marketing agency to owning a real estate investment company. Since the age of 23, I have invested all my extra income into real estate, loving the bricks and mortar of the business.

When I decided to make a change, I set out to educate myself, and read everything. I took every class and real estate Bootcamp offered. I started short selling because the market was ripe for that. I soon became the short sale queen, helping more than 100 families a year get out of their debt. I added buying apartment buildings and flipping houses to my business.

My latest venture has been residential senior homes for those that need assisted living and memory care. This is a new passion project of mine. With one house up and running to full capacity, I am looking to expand and purchase more, as I have a long waiting list of residents that are looking for a small, intimate, more affordable environment for their loved ones.

As a local senior specialist and author of two books (my latest: Home To Home, A Step By Step Housing Guide) I also host a weekly Facebook Live and YouTube Channel show called: Let’s Talk Seniors; Memory Care Issues, Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s every Wednesday at 5 pm. It is an interview format feature local and national experts on the subject of Memory Care issues.

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

Local businesses that support my business are many!

As I am the general contractor on my fix and flips, I hire all local contractors (and couldn’t do anything without them) including KSM Home Improvement, JDB Painting, Gault, AMS Property Maintenance, Patrick Meenan Electric, Plumtrees Plumbing, MK Tile Studio, Anthony E Schwartz, and Esquire (for my senior business: Just Like Home Care, LLC).

Have you "reimagined" your small business?

I wish I could…

Help more people. Open more senior residential homes ASAP. Cure Dementia. Short sale more homes, get more families out of debt and sleeping better. Fix-and-flip houses and beautify more neighborhoods by renovating homes and help people grow wealth and live stress-free lives.

Deirdre would like to nominate Gosha Lesiecka of MK Tile Studio to be featured next!

CT Property Network is located at 22 Regent Court in Stamford. Visit CT Property Network online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook page as well!

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

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Stamford Symphony Chamber Concert at the Barn Arts Center on January 23

The Stamford Symphony in partnership with the Carriage Barn Arts Center is pleased to present a string quartet as part of the Symphony’s free chamber concert series on January 23, 2022 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Featured music from composers Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962), “Amazing Grace” for String Quartet, W. A. Mozart (1756 – 1791), String Quartet No. 14 in G Major, K. 387, “Spring,” William Grant Still (1895-1978), “Danzas de Panama,” Giacomo Puccini, (1858 – 1924), “Crisantemi” (Chrysanthemums), and Wood Works (traditional folk music), (Danish String Quartet, arr.).

Stamford Symphony’s performers to include: Robert Zubrycki (violin), Lisa Tipton (violin), Adria Benjamin (viola), and Eliot Ballen (cello)

We thank the New Canaan Community Foundation for their generous grant. Additional funding has been provided by Penny and Bob Young through the “Crescendo Fund” for the Future of the Stamford Symphony.

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