Stamfordnorth's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:26:02 -0400 HamletHub.com Stamford Health Presents: Movement is Medicine https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2430-movement-is-medicine2430-movement-is-medicine https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2430-movement-is-medicine2430-movement-is-medicine

Have you ever experienced pain and thought you should avoid movement?

Join us on Wednesday, November 13, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. to learn more about this misconception, and when you should keep your activity going or limit your motion, all with the goal of preserving mobility and avoiding injury.

Speakers include Lindsay Holmes, PT, DPT, EdD, OCS, MTC, Physical Therapist, Assistant Director, Rehabilitation Services, HSS Rehabilitation, and Sangeeta Kotian, PT, MSPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, Physical Therapist, HSS Rehabilitation.

This program is free of charge, and will be held at Stamford Health’s Tully Health Center, Brace Auditorium, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford, CT. Register online at hss.edu/pped or contact Pamela Villagomez at 203.705.2956 or villagomezp@hss.edu.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Fri, 18 Oct 2019 09:32:28 -0400
Stamford Residents Experience Lung Injuries Associated with Vaping https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/publicsafety/2428-stamford-residents-experience-lung-injuries-associated-with-vaping2428-stamford-residents-experience-lung-injuries-associated-with-vaping https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/publicsafety/2428-stamford-residents-experience-lung-injuries-associated-with-vaping2428-stamford-residents-experience-lung-injuries-associated-with-vaping

Lung Injuries Associated with Vaping

As Connecticut’s Department of Public Health continues to investigate 31 cases of lung injuries related to vaping — including four which have occurred in Stamford residents without fatality — Stamford’s Department of Health would like to share the following information.

Stamford’s cases of lung injuries related to vaping range from ages 16 to 63 years old, with the majority requiring hospitalization. Cases of hospitalization can occur as quickly as the same day of reported symptoms, to months after first symptoms. There is currently no classic clinical picture linked to lung injuries associated with vaping. Individuals who use e-cigarettes or other vaping products and develop respiratory, gastrointestinal, or other symptoms should see their healthcare provider.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not yet identified the specific chemical or chemicals responsible for the outbreak of lung injuries related to vaping. There is insufficient information to determine the long term effects of these chemicals on the body and the lungs.

Cases of lung injuries in Stamford are similar to national reports showing products containing THC exclusively, nicotine and THC in combination, or nicotine exclusively have caused symptoms. With this information in mind, the Stamford Health Department cannot exclude nicotine products from having a potential role in this outbreak of cases.

Stamford Department of Health recommends adhering to the CDC’s guidelines related to vaping:

  • Avoid using e-cigarettes or vaping products that contain THC.
  • Do not buy any type of e-cigarette or vaping product off the street.
  • Do not modify or add any substances to e-cigarettes or vaping products that are not intended by the manufacturer.
  • Avoid using e-cigarettes or vaping products that contain nicotine.
  • If you are an adult using e-cigarettes or vaping products in an effort to quit cigarette smoking, do not return to smoking cigarettes. Instead, see your healthcare provider for assistance with smoking cessation.
  • If you are an adult who is addicted to marijuana, see your healthcare provider for assistance with your addiction.

If you are a teen or young adult who is using nicotine or marijuana, try quitting by visiting the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Treatment Locator at https://www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov/ to locate a treatment location in your area, or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens at https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/treatment/what-to-do-if-you-have-problem-drugs-teens-young-adults/.

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kerry@ducey.org (Stamford CT) Public safety Thu, 17 Oct 2019 08:58:53 -0400
Join Stamford Health for COPD Day November 2 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2426-join-us-for-copd-day2426-join-us-for-copd-day https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/life/2426-join-us-for-copd-day2426-join-us-for-copd-day

Join Stamford Health on Saturday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. for COPD Day at the Tully Health Center, 32 Strawberry Hill Court, Stamford.

This free health event will include seminars covering vaping, lung cancer screening, oxygen therapy, the importance of staying active, a raffle and prizes, and a Q&A session with a panel of Stamford Health doctors. Refreshments will begin at 10 a.m. and valet parking is available. Lunch will be provided at 11:45 a.m. For more information and to register, please call 1-877-233-9355 (WELL).

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ghardy@catalystmc.com (Stamford Health ) Life Thu, 17 Oct 2019 06:43:23 -0400
King Upper School Students Stage Climate Week Strike To Raise Awareness & Encourage Action https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2425-king-upper-school-students-stage-climate-week-strike-to-raise-awareness-encourage-action2425-king-upper-school-students-stage-climate-week-strike-to-raise-awareness-encourage-action https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2425-king-upper-school-students-stage-climate-week-strike-to-raise-awareness-encourage-action2425-king-upper-school-students-stage-climate-week-strike-to-raise-awareness-encourage-action

King School Upper School (US) students Samantha Berman '21 and Sarah DiModica '21 are taking a stand on climate change. On Friday, Sept. 27 they organized a Climate Week strike during the US Advisory period. The entire Upper School community was encouraged to join in for a variety of speeches and interactive features, which included:

  • sign-ups for further action, both on campus and beyond.
  • opportunities for students to record video messages in response to several prompts.
  • resources for contacting local governmental officials and advocating for political action.
  • opportunities to speak with student leaders as general sources of information on both the climate change issue as well as a variety of other pressing environmental concerns driven by student interest.

"We're really happy with the outcome of our climate strike. The enthusiasm we saw is evidence of the power and urgency of this movement," comments Samantha. "We are fighting for our right to a secure, sustainable future. The government and major corporations continue to prioritize the economy over the lives of billions of people, and that isn't permissible. Our planet is dying and we will not accept inaction or empty promises any longer."

King's commitment to service affirms the belief that all students can learn and become responsible, productive citizens, locally and globally. Samantha and Sarah certainly illustrated that belief on Friday as they planned the strike to raise awareness about the climate crisis and get King students involved in the movement.

"The support from our volunteers, King faculty and the student body was an amazing thing to see. In the future, we want to continue to fight for various ecological crises and decisive political action. This is a fixable issue, but only if everyone in the world commits to the solution," adds Samantha. 

Learn about King School HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (King School ) Neighbors Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:30:20 -0400
Stamford Police Department Open House on Saturday: Live Demos, Tours, Touch-A-Truck https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2424-stamford-police-department-open-house-on-saturday-live-demos-tours-touch-a-truck2424-stamford-police-department-open-house-on-saturday-live-demos-tours-touch-a-truck https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2424-stamford-police-department-open-house-on-saturday-live-demos-tours-touch-a-truck2424-stamford-police-department-open-house-on-saturday-live-demos-tours-touch-a-truck

The Stamford Police Department will host an Open House event this Saturday, October 19 at Police Headquarters (725 Bedford Street) from 10 am to 2pm.

  • Tour headquarters
  • Police demos
  • Touch-A-Truck
  • Meet officers
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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Events Wed, 16 Oct 2019 07:04:28 -0400
Join Stamford Health Orthopedics for FREE Event: Back Pain in the Active Adult https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2423-back-pain-in-the-active-adult-athletes-and-weekend-warriors2423-back-pain-in-the-active-adult-athletes-and-weekend-warriors https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2423-back-pain-in-the-active-adult-athletes-and-weekend-warriors2423-back-pain-in-the-active-adult-athletes-and-weekend-warriors

Whether you follow a consistent exercise schedule, or you are a weekend warrior, back pain and injury are common and can put a temporary halt on your activity. Most cases of back pain are related to muscle strains, herniated discs, osteoarthritis, or spinal stenosis.

Join Stamford Health Orthopedics on Wednesday, October 23 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. to learn about these types of injuries, understand when treatment is needed and the types of treatment available along with how to prevent back pain and injury.

Speakers include Steven McAnany, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, Spine, and Chris Heymann, PT, DPT, OCS, Physical Therapist, HSS Sports Rehab.

This program is free of charge, and will take place at Chelsea Piers Connecticut, One Blachley Road, Stamford, CT, The Loft. To register, visit hss_stamhealth.eventbrite.com or contact Pamela Villagomez at 203.705.2956 or VillagomezP@hss.edu.

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ghardy@catalystmc.com (Greer Hardy) Events Wed, 16 Oct 2019 06:34:07 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Cultural Pursuit https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2422-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-cultural-pursuit2422-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-cultural-pursuit https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2422-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-cultural-pursuit2422-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-cultural-pursuit

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 Cultural Pursuit!

Three questions with Laura Schroeder, founder of Cultural Pursuit.

Cultural Pursuit is a member-supported community of art lovers who have a genuine appreciation for art and culture, including visual arts, music, film, and the performing arts.

Why did you start your business?

I started Cultural Pursuit LLC in the spring of 2016 because I discovered there was a demand for a knowledgeable person who knew about the arts in both Fairfield and Westchester counties, to give a larger view of what is available. Having a fine art degree, having lived and worked in professional and volunteer arts positions in both counties (as well as museum administration in NYC), I have a unique perspective of the range of options that are available to someone who is interested in exploring cultural offerings in the region. I started with a group of supporting members who attended private museum tours and cultural events and performances together, and I continue to offer a service to the community with my website and free weekly mailings, featuring select upcoming arts and cultural events. It's helpful for newcomers, empty nesters, or those with free time on the weekends who like to keep current with new exhibitions, music and film series, and performing arts options.

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

I wish I could find a way to convince more people to explore a bit farther and discover and support the programming of more cultural organizations. I have visited almost all of the 50 + organizations I feature on my  page on my website, so I know this: we're so lucky to live where we are.. and if you're fortunate enough to be centrally located (like in Stamford!) you can travel a half-hour in either direction and discover a lot!

What is your best selling product/service? 

My best product and service is my free weekly newsletter that is based on what I feature on my Cultural Events & Art Exhibitions page of my website. I stay current with the new offerings of major arts organizations in the area, and do my very best to feature a balanced and consistent variety of 4 - 8 upcoming selections of art exhibitions, theatre and dance performances, select classical/ jazz concert series and film festivals.

Visit Cultural Pursuit online here.

Cultural Pursuit LLC, 65 High Ridge Road #484

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

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:00:24 -0400
Pacific House To Honor Round Hill Community Church At 18th Annual Pacific House Gala https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/2420-pacific-house-to-honor-round-hill-community-church-at-18th-annual-pacific-house-gala2420-pacific-house-to-honor-round-hill-community-church-at-18th-annual-pacific-house-gala https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/2420-pacific-house-to-honor-round-hill-community-church-at-18th-annual-pacific-house-gala2420-pacific-house-to-honor-round-hill-community-church-at-18th-annual-pacific-house-gala

On Friday, October 25th Pacific House, a leader in ending homelessness in Fairfield County, will recognize Round Hill Community Church as the 2019 Community Honoree at their 18th Annual Pacific House Gala.

The church, which is located on Round Hill Road in Greenwich, CT, has volunteered with Pacific House since 2008. That service began with a single parishioner, Roland Kistler, who served meals with his family at Stamford’s Pacific House emergency shelter to upwards of 100 homeless men. They were struck by the impact of the experience, and soon other church members began participating. Since then, the church has officially served one meal each month for over eleven years.

“Outreach is in our DNA,” explained Kistler. “We’re here to be a force for good in the greater community and in the greater world. Everyone at Pacific House is so kind and working towards a goal of service to others; it is beautiful.”

Round Hill Community Church is an ever growing congregation with diverse backgrounds. The community comes together to pursue spiritual growth in a welcoming environment, believing that they are called to be a force for good and that every person has a role to play in creating the church it was meant to be.

Over the years, the relationship between Round Hill Community Church and Pacific House has deepened. During the holidays, church members decorate affordable supportive housing units owned and operated by Pacific House. More recently, the church entered into a formal mission covenant with the organization to strengthen the partnership, committing to financial assistance and providing hands-on volunteer hours. In return, Pacific House provides progress updates and visits with the Outreach Committee regularly.

“We are deeply indebted to Round Hill Community Church for their ongoing support of the work that we do,” said Rafael Pagan, Jr., Executive Director of Pacific House. “As we have transitioned from solely an emergency shelter to now providing more and more deeply affordable housing for homeless individuals, they have taken that journey with us, and are continuing to do so. It will be a pleasure to recognize them at the gala as our 2019 Community Honoree.”

“People don’t realize that such a need exists in our back door,” said Rev. Dan Haugh, Associate Pastor. “We realize that we blessed, and feel it’s a privilege to be able to give back with our time and resources. The connection with Pacific House is changing the culture of our congregation, allowing us to plug into our humility and our spirit.”

The18th Annual Pacific House Gala will take place on Friday, October 25, raising funds for the work of the organization to end homelessness in our area. This inspirational evening begins at 6pm at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich, CT and tickets are on sale, beginning at $250. Visit www.pacifichousegala.org to purchase tickets.

Pacific House would like to thank its generous corporate sponsors: Carlton Fields, BMW of Darien, Building and Land Technology, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, First County Bank, Greenwich Hospital, Nielsen Florist and Garden Shop, Pitney Bowes, Rimrock Capital Management, Stamford Hospital Foundation, Tradition Energy, and Webster Bank for their generous sponsorship, and media partner Stamford Magazine / Moffly Media.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Charities Fri, 11 Oct 2019 13:07:56 -0400
Travel Author Patricia Schultz at Ferguson Library on Oct. 20 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2421-travel-author-patricia-schultz-at-ferguson-library-on-oct-202421-travel-author-patricia-schultz-at-ferguson-library-on-oct-20 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2421-travel-author-patricia-schultz-at-ferguson-library-on-oct-202421-travel-author-patricia-schultz-at-ferguson-library-on-oct-20

Patricia Schultz curates the world. When she published the original New York Times bestseller, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, she created not only a new kind of travel book but also a new way of thinking about our experiences and interests. On Sunday, Oct. 20, she will be at Ferguson Library from 2 - 3 p.m. A book sale and signing will follow her talk, and light refreshments will be served.
 
Schultz is also the author of the 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die, another New York Times bestseller. A veteran travel journalist with over 30 years of experience, she’s written for Frommer’s, Berlitz, and Access travel guides, as well as the Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast Traveler, and Travel Weekly, where she is a contributing editor. Her newest book is 1,000 Places to See Before You Die (Deluxe Edition): The World as You’ve Never Seen It Before. Her home base is in New York City, but good luck finding her there!
 
The Ferguson Library's Main Library, DiMattia Building is located at One Public Library Plaza in Stamford, Conn. For more information, call (203) 351-8243. To register online, click here.
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sally.stra@gmail.com (Ferguson Library) Places Fri, 11 Oct 2019 11:26:00 -0400
4th Annual Masquerade Ball to Unmask Child Abuse 30th Anniversary of HELP for KIDS https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/2419-r-ayars2419-r-ayars https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/2419-r-ayars2419-r-ayars

The Exchange of Stamford hosts its 4th Annual Masquerade Ball to Unmask Child Abuse — celebrating the 30th Anniversary of HELP for KIDS: An Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center — on Saturday, November 16 at 6:30 PM, at Serafina at the IC, 1620 Newfield Avenue in Stamford.  

All proceeds from the Venetian-style, fancy-dress evening benefit HELP for KIDS programs that halt the cycle of child abuse and neglect throughout Fairfield County.  Funding from the event supports effective, research-based, multi-lingual services, including home-centered visits that provide on-going counseling to individual families, a nationally-recognized Fatherhood program, parenting skills classes, and more.  For 30 years, the 501(c)3 organization (formerly known as The Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center), has helped keep local children safe while building stronger, more resilient, and more loving families.

 To purchase tickets, reserve a mask, or donate to HELP for KIDS mission, visit ecsunmaskchildabuse.dojiggy.com.  Please contact Committee Chair Cristina Andreana, at unmaskchildabuse@ecpsc.org or at (203)561-4666, with questions. 

Attendees will enjoy a sit-down dinner, an open bar and dancing to one of our area’s most loved rock bands, Free Ride, and a DJ.  The popular, red carpet photo booth, exciting raffles, and the silent auction of unique experiences, luxury items, sought-after dining certificates, performances, classes and pampering services, are other highlights.

Dr. Harry Adamokas is the 2019 Honoree. The widely-respected clinical and forensic psychologist will be honored for his commitment to protecting Fairfield County children and his long career advocating for local children and families.  Donna L. Miller, HELP for KIDS’ Executive Director for 30 years, will be recognized for bringing help and hope to countless area families and thousands of children. 

“This year’s Masquerade Ball will be bigger and better than ever, as we continue to heighten awareness about HELP for KIDS’ vital, child abuse prevention efforts and celebrate its 30-year legacy of giving our children and families a brighter future,” says Cristina Andreana.  “I’m proud that our Ball won a National Exchange Club Award earlier this year and credit our hard-working committee, as well as the generosity of the countless businesses and individuals who support our wonderful evening of fundraising,”  

Premier sponsors include : ACT Financial and Tax Services, Connecticut Wine and Liquor, Harbor Point, Rapid Press Printing and The Stewart Title Guaranty Company.  Andreana invites interested sponsors to learn more, at ecsunmaskchildabuse.dojiggy.com    

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2019, HELP for Kids keeps Fairfield County children safe while working to build stronger, more resilient, and more loving families. The Stamford-based non-profit agency has assisted over 12,000 local children since its founding and serves hundreds of at-risk families every year.  Experienced parent educators work closely with individual families to provide research-based, home-centered intervention programs and teach safe-parenting skills - an approach that is highly-effective at halting the cycle of child abuse and neglect.  HELP for KIDS (previously The Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center) is an independent 501(c)3 organization, located at 141 Franklin Street in Stamford, CT. (203)327-9419.

 

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ayarsrebecca@gmail.com (R Ayars) Charities Wed, 09 Oct 2019 06:05:32 -0400
Stamford EMS Run For Your Life! 3K https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2418-stamford-ems-run-for-your-life-3k2418-stamford-ems-run-for-your-life-3k https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2418-stamford-ems-run-for-your-life-3k2418-stamford-ems-run-for-your-life-3k

Stamford EMS invites all Halloween enthusiasts to run for your life in a new Halloween tradition: the Stamford EMS Run For Your Life! 3K. This family friendly fun-run takes place on Sunday, October 27th at the Stamford Town Center Plaza.

The festive, untimed run is sure to thrill all ages. Come in your favorite Halloween costume and follow a guided course in downtown Stamford filled with music, giveaways and spirit! Everyone is welcome, strollers are allowed and decorations are encouraged!

Registration opens at 9am and the fun begins at 10am. Stamford native Bobby Valentine is the Grand Marshal, and participants are automatically entered into a costume contest with great prizes.

Enjoy an incredible Stamford Town Center Fall Festival at the finish line, complete with fall-themed fun and activities. There will be face painting, pumpkin decorating, live music and entertainment, magic shows, pumpkin bowling, games, a Lego building station and much more. Enjoy yummy treats from local vendors, and giveaways hosted by Star 99.9 with a special appearance by Anna Zap.

Visit https://stamfordems.org/run/ to register today. The cost is just $25/per person until October 20th, after then the price is $30. Kids 10 and under are always FREE with a registered adult. Proceeds from the run will benefit Stamford EMS to replace two ambulances and essential medical equipment that were damaged earlier this year in an electrical fire.

“Halloween is a chance to be creative, and this new inclusive fundraiser invites the entire community to come out and have some fun for a good cause,” said Patricia Squires, Stamford EMS Chief and C.E.O.

Parking is available at the Stamford Town Center, located at 100 Greyrock Pl, in Stamford, CT. The Stamford EMS Run For Your Life! 3K will begin and end at the outdoor plaza at Stamford Town Center, and the Stamford Town Center Fall Festival will take place there too.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, contact Lisa Yerinides at Lisa@stamfordems.org or call (203) 968-1118.

Stamford EMS would like to thank sponsors Stamford Health, RFR Realty, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, Michael and Ronnie Wiederlight, Cross Insurance, Blue Chip Financial, The TNS Group, Blueprint Benefit Advisors, and Wells Fargo; community partners Stamford Downtown Special Services District and the Stamford Town Center; and media sponsors 95.9 THE FOX and Hey Stamford.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Events Wed, 09 Oct 2019 06:04:12 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Beth Madison Photography https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2416-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-beth-madison-photography2416-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-beth-madison-photography https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2416-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-beth-madison-photography2416-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-beth-madison-photography

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 Beth Madison Photography!

Four questions with Beth Madison, owner of Beth Madison Photography.

Why did you start your business?

Photography is my passion!  I actually started my first photography business when I was sixteen.  Although I worked in NYC as a copywriter, communications director and editor, I always continued studying and building my skill as a photographer, taking classes at ICP (International Center of Photography) and attending workshops and conferences.  In 2008, living back in Stamford, I decided to return to professional photography.  I specialize in both business and family photography. 

I’m known for my headshots, both for business and social media.  I am skilled at capturing your real personality within the confines of the headshot.  I’m also well-known for my children, family and pet photography.

I believe strongly in the importance of photography.  For family photography, having photos that capture real, authentic emotions and connections with those we love is truly priceless.  It’s the photos that people grab when fleeing from a disaster.  For business photography, a great, outstanding headshot makes all the difference.  It shows the world that you take yourself seriously, that you are a force to be reckoned with.  What’s more, a headshot session with me is a relaxed, positive and self-affirming experience, one that my clients walk away from feeling great about themselves.

I truly believe in the value of creating beautiful, expressive, touching images that my clients will treasure forever.

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

I wish I could show people why they need professional photography in a world where we all have a camera in our pockets.

People snap images on their iPhone all the time – and that’s great!  Capturing those moments, slapping a filter or meme overlay on them and posting them to Instagram is lots of fun.  But when it comes to those moments that are really important, you need more.

I wish I could sit down with parents and show them photo books and framed images I’ve created from family shoots.  The pictures that parents have taken of their kids themselves are sweet, but when they see what I’ve been able to produce, honestly, they get all misty.  I wish I could show them “watch me grow” albums I’ve created after photographing children for years.  I wish I could show them albums I’ve made after photographing family reunions or other events.

I wish I could sit down with every person and show them why they need professional headshots.  If you work, if you’re looking for work, if you’re an entrepreneur, if you’re starting out or switching fields or re-entering the workforce – you need an excellent headshot.  If you’re dating, you really need a good headshot.  If you’re in the creative fields – if you’re a musician or singer or artist or clothing designer, you need a great headshot.  Of course, actors and models know they need great headshots.

Your iPhone snapshots are fine for every day.  But no matter how great a person you are, we meet people and interact first online.  If you ever want to be noticed, to stand out, to begin to achieve your goals, you need professional photography.

What is your best-selling product/service?

My best selling products/services are my headshot sessions, and my family photography photo book and wall art.  My headshot session is popular because they are a fantastic value for the high quality of the product.  And my clients are blown away by the luxurious look and feel of the photobooks I produce from a family photoshoot.  Lay-flat photo books are a great way to enjoy lots of images from your shoot.

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

Camera Wholesalers on Summer Street is my go-to vendor here in Stamford.  When I was first getting started, they were invaluable in answering questions and providing guidance.  High Ridge Printing and Copy Center has also been an important partner in printing promotional material for my business and show booth.

Beth Madison Photography tags Camera Wholesalers in Stamford.

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

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Tue, 08 Oct 2019 10:16:04 -0400
The Stamford Partnership Appoints New Executive Director https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2417-the-stamford-partnership-appoints-new-executive-director2417-the-stamford-partnership-appoints-new-executive-director https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2417-the-stamford-partnership-appoints-new-executive-director2417-the-stamford-partnership-appoints-new-executive-director

Economic and community development expert, Jon Winkel, has been named Executive Director of the Stamford Partnership, a public-private partnership designed to enhance the city for all of those that enjoy it as a place to live, work, shop, dine and learn.

Winkel enters the role with well over a decade of organizational development experience, most recently serving in the private sector as a Managing Partner of SquareWheel Group, a Stamford-based marketing strategy firm. In the public sector, Winkel serves as Chairman of Stamford’s Economic and Urban Redevelopment Development Commissions and is the Founder of the region’s most prominent innovation festival, Stamford Innovation Week, which has enjoyed tremendous growth over the last two years. Winkel also serves as a member of The Stamford Public Education Foundation’s Board of Directors.

"I am incredibly excited about joining this storied organization and continuing its important work” said Winkel upon joining The Stamford Partnership. He went on to say, “The Stamford Partnership is a key contributor to the city's role as a leader in smart and sustainable growth in this region. We have a queue of cutting-edge projects that will be announced shortly."

Regarding Jon’s appointment, Dan Stolzenbach, Chairman for the Stamford Partnership, stated, “On behalf of the entire board of directors, we are extremely pleased to welcome Jon as our new executive director. He brings with him strong organizational capabilities, excellent community relations skills, and a brilliant track record of building sponsorship and support.  We’re excited to see how Jon will enhance the legacy of the Stamford Partnership, while leading extremely important initiatives that will add value to the community.”

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Dan Stolzenbach) Neighbors Tue, 08 Oct 2019 06:51:01 -0400
Ferguson Library Celebrates its New Bookmobile on Oct. 11 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2415-ferguson-library-celebrates-its-new-bookmobile-on-oct-112415-ferguson-library-celebrates-its-new-bookmobile-on-oct-11 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2415-ferguson-library-celebrates-its-new-bookmobile-on-oct-112415-ferguson-library-celebrates-its-new-bookmobile-on-oct-11

The Ferguson Library will celebrate its new Bookmobile with a grand opening on Friday, Oct. 11. They will be at one of their regular stops, Childcare Learning Center, at 11 a.m.

The public is invited to take a peek at its new traveling branch. All are welcome.

Childcare Learning Center is located at 90 Maple Avenue in Stamford, Conn.

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sally.stra@gmail.com (Books, Ink editors) Places Fri, 04 Oct 2019 08:50:00 -0400
Stamford Hospital Only Acute Care Hospital in Connecticut to Receive No Readmission Penalty https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2414-cms-releases-hospital-readmission-reduction-program-results-stamford-hospital-only-acute-care-hospital-in-connecticut-to-receive-no-readmission-penalty2414-cms-releases-hospital-readmission-reduction-program-results-stamford-hospital-only-acute-care-hospital-in-connecticut-to-receive-no-readmission-penalty https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2414-cms-releases-hospital-readmission-reduction-program-results-stamford-hospital-only-acute-care-hospital-in-connecticut-to-receive-no-readmission-penalty2414-cms-releases-hospital-readmission-reduction-program-results-stamford-hospital-only-acute-care-hospital-in-connecticut-to-receive-no-readmission-penalty

For the second year in a row, Stamford Hospital is the only acute care hospital in the state of Connecticut to receive no readmission penalty from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The CMS Readmission Reduction Program evaluates U.S. hospitals annually on rates of 30-day readmission among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. The current results assess readmission rates from 2015-2018 for six common medical and surgical conditions: heart attack, heart failure, chronic lung disease, pneumonia, coronary bypass surgery and total joint replacements.

“This recognition is another endorsement of the excellent care that we provide to our patients.  It is a validation of the daily dedication of members of our care team, including physicians, case managers, social workers, and nurses.  They strive to ensure that patients have been successfully treated, are on the way back to health, and do not need to be re-admitted,” said Rohit Bhalla, MD, MPH, Stamford Health Vice President, Quality & Chief Quality Officer. “We have been very proactive in this area, and our results are driven by a number of coordinated initiatives including a dedicated focus on care transitions from hospital to home, and enhanced readmission protocols.”

Nationally, 83 percent of hospitals evaluated by this program were penalized, with penalties averaging 0.7 percent of Medicare reimbursement, up to 3 percent. There are no bonuses in this CMS program.

 

About Stamford Health

Stamford Health is a non-profit independent healthcare system with more than 3,500 employees committed to compassionately caring for the community and offering a wide range of high-quality health and wellness services. Patients and their families can rely on comprehensive person-centered care through the system’s 305-bed Stamford Hospital; Stamford Health Medical Group, with more than 30 offices in lower Fairfield County offering primary and specialty care; a growing number of ambulatory locations across the region; and support through the Stamford Hospital Foundation.

Stamford Health is also a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dedicated to being the community’s most trusted healthcare partner, Stamford Health puts patients first to build long-lasting relationships. For more information, visit StamfordHealth.org. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

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ghardy@catalystmc.com (Greer Hardy) Places Fri, 04 Oct 2019 07:05:13 -0400