Stamfordnorth's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth Fri, 13 Dec 2019 19:59:34 -0500 HamletHub.com CC Sabathia and the PitCCh In Foundation, together with RPM Raceway of Stamford, host successful PitCCh In Holiday Party https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/2489-cc-sabathia-and-the-pitcch-in-foundation-together-with-rpm-raceway-of-stamford-host-successful-pitcch-in-holiday-party2489-cc-sabathia-and-the-pitcch-in-foundation-together-with-rpm-raceway-of-stamford-host-successful-pitcch-in-holiday-party https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/2489-cc-sabathia-and-the-pitcch-in-foundation-together-with-rpm-raceway-of-stamford-host-successful-pitcch-in-holiday-party2489-cc-sabathia-and-the-pitcch-in-foundation-together-with-rpm-raceway-of-stamford-host-successful-pitcch-in-holiday-party

RPM Raceway of Stamford Hosts 10th Annual Holiday Party for CC Sabathia and the PitCCh In Foundation

CC Sabathia and the PitCCh In Foundation, together with RPM Raceway of Stamford, hosted the 10th annual PitCCh In Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 10. The event, hosting 70 local youth from the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club – John E. Grimm III Clubhouse, created a memorable holiday experience for all attendees by offering complimentary go-kart racing, bowling, arcade games and dinner. The 10th annual PitCCh In Foundation Holiday party is part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to give back to the communities in which Sabathia and his wife, Amber, grew up and lived in, such as the Oakland-Bay area, the New York tri-state area and Cleveland.

The PitCCh In Foundation was established in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) in 2010 by New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and his wife Amber to help the communities that have given them so much. With the support of CC’s mother and a dedicated team of professional staff and volunteers, the foundation showcases three signature programs that provide young people with the tools to be successful in school and on the field: All Star Baseball Clinic, Youth Backpack Program and Field Renovations. CC and Amber were motivated by not only the idea of giving back, but by developing a long-term platform with the foundation to provide young people with the belief in their abilities and to make their dreams become a reality. 

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kerry@ducey.org (Alexis Paul) Charities Fri, 13 Dec 2019 07:24:38 -0500
The Palace Announces Lineup for Family-Friendly Series Playtime at The Palace https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2488-the-palace-announces-lineup-for-family-friendly-series-playtime-at-the-palace2488-the-palace-announces-lineup-for-family-friendly-series-playtime-at-the-palace https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2488-the-palace-announces-lineup-for-family-friendly-series-playtime-at-the-palace2488-the-palace-announces-lineup-for-family-friendly-series-playtime-at-the-palace

Stamford, CT (December 12, 2019) – Leave the iPads at home. Playtime at The Palace, the hit series of live performances geared toward children and families, returns to The Palace Theatre in Stamford on Sunday, January 26. The fun-filled season of magicians, musicians, clowns, puppets and more features six shows to entertain and delight even the youngest theatergoers.

Playtime at The Palace runs select Sundays January through March with performances at 3:00pm. The line-up includes:

January 26 – Amazing Max: This high-energy, interactive and all-around silly magic show is appropriate for audiences of all ages. Max Darwin earned the moniker “The Amazing Max“ for his extraordinary skills as a magician and also for his ability to entertain adult audiences while keeping the little ones spellbound. Max combines magic and comedy, making objects appear and disappear and generally defying the laws of physics inches from theatergoer’s faces.

February 8 – Flip Flop Circus: Comedy merges with imagination in the innovative new show Flip Flop Circus featuring Liz Bolick and Therese Schorn that brings slapstick, physical comedy, stunning visuals, wild costumes, original puppets, and comic antics all together. With classic vaudeville style and the worldwide language of clowns, Liz and Therese create hilarious family entertainment.

February 16 – Mr. Fish: Fantastic Forces: Gravity forces are demonstrated and explained in this fast paced and fun show. The law of gravity says, "everything that goes up must come down." When things start spinning, however, everything changes. Audiences learn how to do many of the circus skills shown in this program, including balancing, rope spinning, magic, and more. Spinning ropes demonstrate centripetal force. The spinning Australian bull roar is a unique musical instrument that demonstrates sound waves. Peacock feathers explain balance. A floating beach ball explains flight. A madcap plate spinning routine makes the audience laughs so much, they will never forget the importance of the center of gravity.

March 1 – Bossy Frog: The Bossy Frog Band thrills young audiences with their interactive, over-the-top, banjo-driven, costume-character-dancing musical performance.Led by certified music therapist and NY State licensed creative arts therapist Jeffrey Friedberg, The Bossy Frog Band is guaranteed to get all the kids (and adults) moving to and singing along with their music. Jeffrey developed the "Bossy Frog" concept in order to inspire children to learn as they learn best - through experiential activities and movement.The Bossy Frog Band includes Jeffrey on lead vocals, banjo and guitar, Alice the hula-hooping fiddler, Joe on bass and costume characters Bossy Frog, Monkey and Crabby.

March 15 – Magic & Beyond: David Garrity uses visual magic and illusions combined with music, pantomime, situation comedy and audience participation to entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Highlights from the “Magic & Beyond” performance may include hilarious stunts of apparent mindreading, an incredible illusion where a table mysteriously floats around the stage and out into the audience, “dangerous” stunts, a beautiful and artistic illusion involving ordinary hula hoops that perform extraordinary magic and a hilarious Houdini-style “Escape Challenge.”

March 29 – Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers: The Legend of the Banana Kid: Little Chucky heads to the Wild West to outwit outlaws in this cowboy adventure. With a fistful of bananas, Chucky rides into town on his trusty goat for a showdown with Big Bad Bart and his gang of bandits. The Legend of the Banana Kid features twenty of Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers’ hand-crafted glove, mouth and rod puppets, and a slew of flying and twirling styrofoam bananas. Please note that there are no guns in the show.

Playtime at The Palace programs are designed to spark imagination and joy for live performance – especially in our youngest audience members,” said Michael Moran, President and CEO of The Palace. “By planting these seeds early, we hope to foster a lifelong passion for the performing arts.”

The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT. Tickets for all performances may be purchased on palacestamford.org or by calling the box office at 203-325-4466. For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Co-Communications, Inc.) Places Fri, 13 Dec 2019 05:16:24 -0500
New Canaan Santa Run on December 21! https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2485-new-canaan-santa-run-on-december-212485-new-canaan-santa-run-on-december-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2485-new-canaan-santa-run-on-december-212485-new-canaan-santa-run-on-december-21

New Canaan's 2019 5K Santa Run is celebrating its 7th year on Saturday, December 21 at New Canaan High School

  • KIDS 8 & UNDER SANTA DASH STARTS AT 8:30am
  • 5K RUN AND 1-MILE WALK/STROLL STARTS AT 9:00am
  • 13 & OLDER ARE $25 PRE-REGISTERED OR $30 DAY OF THE RACE

Register here.

The New Canaan Santa Run was created to inspire families and friends to enjoy a break from holiday busyness with a fun run/walk to support a community organization at Christmastime.

This year proceeds will benefit FILLING IN THE BLANKS whose mission it is to fight childhood hunger by providing children in need with meals on the weekends.

Learn more and REGISTER HERE.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:42:53 -0500
Fairfield County Bank Appoints Cheryl MacCluskey to Senior Loan Officer https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2484-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-greenwich-resident-cheryl-maccluskey-to-senior-loan-officer2484-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-greenwich-resident-cheryl-maccluskey-to-senior-loan-officer https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2484-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-greenwich-resident-cheryl-maccluskey-to-senior-loan-officer2484-fairfield-county-bank-appoints-greenwich-resident-cheryl-maccluskey-to-senior-loan-officer

Ridgefield, CT – December 11, 2019 – Fairfield County Bank recently appointed Cheryl MacCluskey to Senior Loan Officer. Before joining the Bank, Cheryl was a Loan Officer at First Republic Bank.

As a Senior Loan Officer, Cheryl will meet with Clients regularly to determine their loan product needs to ensure their goals are being met. Ms. MacCluskey is also responsible for maintaining a knowledge base of the Bank’s loan products and understanding of the qualifications required for each client.

“Cheryl is a great addition to our experienced team of lenders. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience and is excited to work with her clients to help them achieve their goals,” says Raymond LaFlamme, Chief Mortgage Sales Office at Fairfield County Bank.

In her spare time, Cheryl volunteers at the YMCA and Inspirica. She also belongs to the Greenwich Board of Realtors, National Notary Association and the Marist College Alumni. In 2016, Cheryl received the Volunteer of the Year award from the YMCA. Growing up, Cheryl competed in Dressage and actively participated in triathlons. She graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree and currently resides in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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kerry@ducey.org (Ryan Arconti) Neighbors Wed, 11 Dec 2019 08:30:04 -0500
Governor Lamont Notifies President Trump: Connecticut Will Continue Welcoming Refugees https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/politics/2486-governor-lamont-notifies-president-trump-connecticut-will-continue-welcoming-refugees2486-governor-lamont-notifies-president-trump-connecticut-will-continue-welcoming-refugees https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/politics/2486-governor-lamont-notifies-president-trump-connecticut-will-continue-welcoming-refugees2486-governor-lamont-notifies-president-trump-connecticut-will-continue-welcoming-refugees

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has submitted a letter notifying the Trump administration of the State of Connecticut’s intent to continue accepting refugees who are fleeing persecution and seeking safety from violence, saying that the state values the long history of the United States in welcoming those pursuing asylum as this tradition strengthens the state and nation socially, culturally, and economically.

The letter is in response to an executive order President Trump signed in September requiring every state and municipality in the nation that is willing to receive refugees to provide his administration with written consent, and for the first time allowing local and state governments to refuse to accept people who are seeking to resettle.

“Nobody chooses to be a refugee. This new requirement for states and towns to notify the federal government on whether they are willing to continue accepting refugees is simply an attempt by the Trump administration to deny safety to vulnerable families across the world,” Governor Lamont said. “Resettlement of people fleeing violence and seeking a safe place to raise their children is a bedrock principle on which the United States was founded. Attacking immigrants and refugees does nothing to make our communities stronger, and in fact only achieves the exact opposite. Connecticut will continue welcoming those escaping persecution and upholding the long tradition of the United States as a place that treats every human being with dignity and respect.”

Governor Lamont is encouraging chief elected officials from towns and cities in Connecticut to join him in providing such consent to the Trump administration and reaffirming the state’s longstanding commitment to welcoming refugees as valued members of society.

**DownloadGovernor Lamont’s letter notifying the Trump administration of Connecticut’s intent to continue welcoming refugees

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Office of the Governor Ned Lamont) Politics Wed, 11 Dec 2019 07:24:17 -0500
Ring in the New Year with Trombone Shorty at The Capitol Theatre! https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2483-ring-in-the-new-year-with-trombone-shorty-at-the-capitol-theatre2483-ring-in-the-new-year-with-trombone-shorty-at-the-capitol-theatre https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2483-ring-in-the-new-year-with-trombone-shorty-at-the-capitol-theatre2483-ring-in-the-new-year-with-trombone-shorty-at-the-capitol-theatre

Ring in 2020 at the biggest party in Westchester, New York at The Capitol Theatre! Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue – a hard-edged funk band that has rocked audiences while headlining New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, brings the music of the Big Easy to Port Chester with special guests North Mississippi Allstars and Devon Gilfillian.
 
The Capitol Theatre is known as "The Original Rock Palace," and is just steps away from the Port Chester stop on the Metro-North New Haven line, 15 minutes from downtown Stamford by car, and surrounded by Port Chester's finest restaurants. Few nights are more magical than New Year's Eve, so make sure you make plans that will keep you dancing well into 2020.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (Stamford Downtown) Events Tue, 10 Dec 2019 08:45:43 -0500
STEM Best Practice Workshop at at Housatonic Community College https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2481-stem-best-practice-workshop2481-stem-best-practice-workshop https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2481-stem-best-practice-workshop2481-stem-best-practice-workshop

Any and all learning institutions and individual educators interested in adopting best practices in STEM education are invited to attend a Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway workshop at Housatonic Community College (HCC) on Saturday, January 11. The workshop is the first in a series of three that allows an institution to certify as a Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Partner.

For schools, institutions and educators currently offering STEM instruction, the nationally acclaimed program offers a roadmap to achieve advancement. Through a collaborative approach, current practices are transformed through self-evaluation as part of a continuous improvement process. The model fosters thinking about long-term strategic goals, helps identify principles of quality STEM education, and provides a process for creating a practical plan for improvement.

Educators not currently practicing STEM instruction are also invited to attend the workshop as an opportunity to learn best practices in STEM education and to chart a course for success.

Earlier this year HCC offered this workshop to area educators with remarkable results. Due to its popularity, and recognizing the need for strong STEM competencies among students, the workshop is being offered again.

“I was very excited to be a part of the first cohort of the Carnegie STEM Pathway Training, the opportunity to learn and gain a better understanding of the four pillars of STEM in this environment was very helpful,” said Gwendolyn Brantley, Greater Bridgeport STEM Ecosystem Lead with United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. “I also had the opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences on how I provide STEM enrichment to my students with my peers in my own community.”

The workshop will take place Saturday January 11th from 9am – 3pm at the Beacon Hall Event Center on the HCC campus, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport, CT. The cost is $150, including all materials and lunch. Those interested should contact Dean Robin Avant, RAvant@Housatonic.edu or visit http://bit.ly/HCCSTEMTraining for additional details and to register. The deadline for registration is Monday, January 6, 2020.

Housatonic Community College is the only community college in the nation that is a certified Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Provider. At HCC students can choose from over 70+ associate degree or certificate credit and non-credit options. Adding Arts to STEM learning, HCC hosts an annual two-day STEAMfest event, offers STEAM research trips and plans to open a STEAM Center of Excellence next year. Additionally HCC is a co-leader in the Greater Bridgeport STEM Ecosystem.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Neighbors Tue, 10 Dec 2019 08:37:41 -0500
The Mayor's Gallery in Stamford Presents: Eugenie Diserio “REBOOT” https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2482-the-mayor-s-gallery-in-stamford-presents-eugenie-diserio-reboot2482-the-mayor-s-gallery-in-stamford-presents-eugenie-diserio-reboot https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2482-the-mayor-s-gallery-in-stamford-presents-eugenie-diserio-reboot2482-the-mayor-s-gallery-in-stamford-presents-eugenie-diserio-reboot

The Mayor's Gallery in Stamford Presents: Eugenie Diserio “REBOOT” - a collection of bold, intuitive, intellectual and spiritually driven abstract artwork January 7- February 28, 2020

I am an abstract painter. My language is evocative marks, gestural brushstrokes and personal calligraphy. Colors, mixed in advance, can be brilliantly saturated or monochromatic. Then, I surrender to not necessarily knowing where I am going and trust the process. I have reinvented myself through diverse career ventures in the visual arts as well as in music, astrology and as an internet entrepreneur. I have learned to embrace change while trusting and following intuition during the journey of a creative project. The universe is rigged in our favor for resolution. Recognize the signs that are leading you home.”

Also, a devoted Yogi and meditator, she considers the painting process to be transcendental. “You lose your sense of time and space and suspend in the present moment and vision.” She uses metallic, iridescent and interference paint colors to create reflective areas in the paintings. In the “Crystal Matrix Series” metallics and glitter embody a surface of shimmering, sparkling light. Historically and now, reflections have to do with human beings communicating with the spirit world and connecting with life’s deeper mysteries.

Eugenie’s work is really about consciousness more than anything and has been described as “bold, intuitive and grounded in spiritual, intellectual and physical truths.” She feels that art is channeled energy and balancing that energy is a daily spiritual practice. Ultimately, she hopes her paintings create a pause for the viewer to reflect, recalibrate and reboot.

Eugenie is a life-long visual artist. After a diverse career in the performance arts and internet business development she resumed abstract painting full time. She studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, earned a BFA from Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University and an MFA from Columbia University.  While a graduate student, she co-designed the catalog “Rooms,” for the inaugural show in what was to become MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York. She also co-formed the seminal 80’s art rock bands, Model Citizens, The Dance and Chandra, whose music continues to be licensed and sampled in films and recordings today.  In the late 90’s, she founded the astrology website Astronet. As CEO and with her persona Genie Easy, and was named an Internet content pioneer, a “Dot-Com Diva” and one of Harvard Business School’s Top 10 Entrepreneurs of the Year.

From all of her diverse life ventures, she has learned to trust and follow intuition during the journey of a creative project. “Regardless of what medium or context you are working with, the process and expression must reflect your authentic voice and be true to who you are. When what you are playing with is real, it usually merges with the psycho-emotional territory of others.”

Eugenie Diserio lives and works in Stamford, CT.

Visit her website:  eugeniediserioart.com

Instagram: @eugeniediserioart

Government Center, 10th fl, 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford, CT

  • Parking on-site and handicap accessible     
  • Additional information: 203 858 3082
  • Hours: Weekdays 9am-4pm
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kerry@ducey.org (es gordon) Places Tue, 10 Dec 2019 08:36:59 -0500
Guest Rappeller Brian Cashman, GM of the New York Yankees, Make the Holidays Bright in Stamford https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2480-guest-rappeller-brian-cashman-gm-of-the-new-york-yankees-make-the-holidays-bright-in-stamford-15756504252480-guest-rappeller-brian-cashman-gm-of-the-new-york-yankees-make-the-holidays-bright-in-stamford-1575650425 https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/events/2480-guest-rappeller-brian-cashman-gm-of-the-new-york-yankees-make-the-holidays-bright-in-stamford-15756504252480-guest-rappeller-brian-cashman-gm-of-the-new-york-yankees-make-the-holidays-bright-in-stamford-1575650425

Rappelling Santa and Holiday Tree Lighting at Landmark Square & Latham Park in Stamford on Sunday, December 8 beginning at 5:00 pm.

From 22 stories high above Stamford Downtown, watch and cheer for Santa Claus, Rudolph, Grinch and guest rappeller, Brian Cashman,General Manager, NY Yankees as they make their daredevil descent, twisting and flying from the top of one of Stamford’s tallest buildings, Landmark Square this Sunday, December 8 at 5pm.

Then follow Santa and friends up Bedford Street to Latham Park for an evening of holiday music by The Candy Cane Carolers and join in the countdown of the annual lighting of Stamford’s Holiday Tree. 

Free Hot Chocolate at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation!

To learn more about this event visit Stamford-Downtown.com.

From 22 stories high above Stamford Downtown, watch and cheer for Santa Claus, Rudolph, Grinch and guest rappeller, Brian Cashman, General Manager, NY Yankees as they make their daredevil descent, twisting and flying from the top of one of Stamford’s tallest buildings, Landmark Square. 
 
Then follow Santa and friends up Bedford Street to Latham Park for an evening of holiday music by The Candy Cane Carolers and join in the countdown of the annual lighting of Stamford’s Holiday Tree.
 
Free Hot Chocolate at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation!
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kerry@ducey.org (Stamford Downtown) Events Fri, 06 Dec 2019 06:40:25 -0500
Stamford Residents Win French "Mousse-Off" Contest at New Canaan Country School https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2479-stamford-residents-win-french-mousse-off-contest-at-new-canaan-country-school2479-stamford-residents-win-french-mousse-off-contest-at-new-canaan-country-school https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/neighbors/2479-stamford-residents-win-french-mousse-off-contest-at-new-canaan-country-school2479-stamford-residents-win-french-mousse-off-contest-at-new-canaan-country-school

The results are in! The winners of New Canaan Country School’s 2019 French Mousse-Off are seventh graders Daniel Marin of Easton and Chandeny Vasquez Rhamen of Stamford, eighth grader Maria Flores of Stamford and ninth grader Annika Mannix of Wilton. Scoring for the annual culinary contest was based on taste and execution as well as overall presentation of the delicious dessert, often associated with haute cuisine.

Students may choose to use the traditional chocolate recipe or experiment with other flavors. Several entries were adorned with flourishes such as berries, marshmallows, KitKats or grated chocolate sprinkles.

Resilience, it turns out, was the most important ingredient.

“It took me about ninety minutes to make mine,” said Daniel Marin. “I messed it up almost right at the very beginning. I broke open all of the eggs into a bowl and then read the instructions which said that I had to carefully separate the yolks from the egg whites, so then I had to go back and do that by hand which was really hard.” Daniel’s mousse followed the traditional recipe.

“I chose the raspberry topper because that was how it looked in the photo our teacher showed us in class. I decided to stay true to the original. I really thought that some of the other entries were going to win, because they were so neat and used fancy cups or glasses. I was really surprised and happy when I found out that mine won because it was the best tasting.”

“The Mousse-Off is a fun way to introduce the students to French culture and cuisine,” said Upper School World Language Teacher Christie Lundquist. “My goal is to make the French language come alive for them through the traditions, customs and foods of France.”

All Upper School French students participate in the activity, both as chefs and as judges. A rubric is used to objectively evaluate the anonymous entries, organized by grade. While only four winners earned Mouse-Off bragging rights for the year, everyone goes home with a smile, a full stomach and a newfound appreciation for French dessert making.

New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent day school for students in Pre-K through Grade 9. Located on a 75-acre campus in New Canaan, the school provides transportation to families living throughout the region. For more information about the school, please visit www.countryschool.net.

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kfindlay@countryschool.net (Communications at Country school) Neighbors Thu, 05 Dec 2019 12:09:28 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Vertex Marketing https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2478-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-vertex-marketing2478-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-vertex-marketing https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2478-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-vertex-marketing2478-why-small-businesses-matter-in-stamford-vertex-marketing

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 Vertex Marketing!
 
Three questions with Ronald and Barbara Occhino, owner of Vertex Marketing.
 
Vertex Marketing Communications is certified by the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services as a Set-Aside, Hispanic Woman-Owned Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). The boutique agency provides graphic design, translations, media buying, logos, branding, video production, television and radio commercials, public relations, trade show materials, promotional gifts, web design, Internet marketing, direct mail, and other marketing and advertising services for start-up businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.
 
Why did you start your business?
 
Ronald and Barbara Occhino founded Vertex Marketing Communications in 1982 with just $30 in the bank and only two weeks after getting married. They had met at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey while majoring in communications, marketing, and economics. Both were raised by the hard-working middle class, entrepreneurial families who had owned retail businesses, restaurants, hair salons, real estate and more. It was only natural to transfer those skills and experiences to their own business. Today, they have two grown daughters who are also entrepreneurs and altogether the family has founded a dozen businesses. Besides VertexMarketing.com, Ron and/or Barbara also own/co own HighRidgeDrivingSchool.comStamfordJunkpros.comBarbaraEntertains.comStamfordGutterCleaners.comStamfordDrivingSchool.com, plus a small Thoroughbred racing stable. 
 
What is your best selling product/service?
 
With all the electronic communications, now mailboxes are sparse, presenting the opportunity for effective communication via direct mail. Unlike e-blast or social media campaigns that are so difficult to track and measure, a hard-copy postcard or other mailer has a shelf life and people tend to save and share them.
 
In regional and national marketing and branding competitions against hundreds of agencies from Madison Avenue to the West Coast, Vertex campaigns have won First Place. Vertex has been awarded as one of Connecticut's top 50 most successful businesses (DiversityBusiness.com), 2009 Best of Stamford Advertising Agencies by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) for exceptional marketing success, INC. Magazine's Inner City Top 100 National Entrepreneurs, Fairfield County Business Journal’s “32 Top Advertising Agencies” 2007, and the Connecticut of 2004 Inner City 10 Entrepreneurship Award for fastest growing privately-owned, urban city companies.
 
How many people do you employ? Any youth or seniors from the community?
 
Among all the businesses, we employ over two dozen people from various ethnic backgrounds, from youth in their twenties to mature persons over sixty. Barbara supports the youth in the community as a volunteer business coach and competition judge for NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship). In past years, Ronald volunteered to teach economics to young students via Junior Achievement. 
 
Vertex Marketing is located at 992 High Ridge Road, 3rd Floor, Stamford. Visit them online here.
 
HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!
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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Tue, 03 Dec 2019 11:09:13 -0500
Winter Wonderland Mkt & Beer Garden Return to Mill River Park https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2477-winter-wonderland-mkt-beer-garden-return-to-mill-river-park2477-winter-wonderland-mkt-beer-garden-return-to-mill-river-park https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2477-winter-wonderland-mkt-beer-garden-return-to-mill-river-park2477-winter-wonderland-mkt-beer-garden-return-to-mill-river-park

STAMFORD, Conn. – Half Full Brewery and Mill River Park Collaborative have announced the return of the Winter Wonderland Market & Beer Garden to Stamford, Conn.’s Mill River Park.  The Winter Wonderland is intended to celebrate and unite local residents and professionals through a diverse and expanded slate of programming, which will run from Friday, Dec. 6 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

An anchor of the Winter Wonderland activation is a pop-up Winter Beer Garden, which Mill River tapped Half Full Brewery to operate.  The festive “après-skate” inspired garden will feature an enclosed bar serving Half Full beer, cider and wine and will be housed in a 6,000 square foot tent alongside the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Skating Center in Mill River Park.  In addition to the Winter Beer Garden, the tent will include a new kid zone with special visits from Santa, a holiday market and a lounge space.

“We were thrilled with how we were able to help Mill River activate the park last year.  Building on this success, this year we wanted to raise the bar by making the tent and our programming an even bigger and better environment for the entire family and community to enjoy this holiday season," said Conor Horrigan, Founder & Chief Hoptimist at Half Full Brewery. “We are grateful for the opportunity to bring the Stamford community together through unique beers, experiences and places.”

The Winter Wonderland will be open Fridays from 4 to 10 p.m. ET, Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET, and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET. 

Below is a list of currently scheduled events* that will take place in the pop-up space:

Friday, Dec. 6th

GRAND OPENING: Half Full Brewery’s Winter Beer Garden

Saturday, Dec. 7th

Holiday Movie Marathon including classics like Elf, Home Alone and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Saturday, Dec. 14th

Silent Disco Party. It’s your own personal dance party in headphones with a couple hundred of your friends!

Saturday, Dec. 21th

Ice Bar. Master sculptors will build a bar and tables carved out of ice for you to “chill” at. Don’t forget to take a selfie with our ice carved Santa.

*Events are subject to change

 

 

 

 

In addition to the beer garden and events, the Holiday Market will include Fairfield County’s own The Two Oh Three, Connecticut's local lifestyle brand, who will feature a customized 203 branded ski chalet.

For more about the Winter Wonderland Market & Beer Garden and The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Skating Center please visit halffullbrewery.com or millriverpark.org . This project made possible by the support of CTNext.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Half Full Brewery ) Places Mon, 02 Dec 2019 10:01:41 -0500
Eversource Connecticut Prepared for Heavy Snow, Sleet ad Gusty Wind https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/publicsafety/2476-eversource-connecticut-prepared-for-heavy-snow-sleet-ad-gusty-wind2476-eversource-connecticut-prepared-for-heavy-snow-sleet-ad-gusty-wind https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/publicsafety/2476-eversource-connecticut-prepared-for-heavy-snow-sleet-ad-gusty-wind2476-eversource-connecticut-prepared-for-heavy-snow-sleet-ad-gusty-wind

Eversource is Fully Staffed and Ready to Respond 

Readiness Condition: Monitoring
  • Eversource is preparing for heavy, wet snow mixed with rain and sleet with potential wind gusts of 30 - 35 mph this evening, Sunday, December 1, through Monday and into Tuesday.
  • Highest snow/ice amounts will occur across the Northwest Hills, Central and Northeast Hills.
  • Any wintry mix will change over to snow by Monday afternoon, with snow continuing through the night and into Tuesday.
  • Eversource has crews ready to respond to any outages the snow, sleet, ice and wind may cause. 
OPERATIONS
  • Eversource has staffing plans to ensure crews are ready to respond to any outages.
  • Connecticut Electric Operations is currently at an Event Level 5 (Emergency Response Plan), the least severe of the five emergency conditions.
  • Gas Operations does not anticipate any impacts but is monitoring the system, and crews are prepared to assist with electric restoration if requested.
PUBLIC INFORMATION
  • Community Relations is reaching out to our community partners and is ready to assist with emergency planning, as needed.
  • The Connecticut Incident Command Center will open at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 2.
  • Employees are encouraged to check in with their emergency preparedness coordinator and prepare to fill their storm roles.
  • We will launch other internal and external communications as appropriate.
  • This Preparedness Briefing will be sent to communities, including state regulators and the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
  • Storm preparedness messaging will be on Twitter (@EversourceCT) and Facebook 
    (facebook.com/EversourceCT).
  • Customers are encouraged to download the Eversource mobile app to report outages or check for updates. You can also sign up to receive storm outage updates on the channel of your choice (text, email, phone call) at Eversource.com.

SAFETY INFORMATION

  • If the power goes out, we want customers to stay safe and comfortable. Get ready for the storm by visiting Outages & Storms on Eversource.com, then click on Storm Preparedness.
  • If you see a downed wire, call Eversource at 800-286-2000 or 911 to report it. Stay as far away as possible until Eversource arrives to make the area safe.
  • Before you use a generator, make sure it is connected by a qualified electrician. Always operate it outdoors, as far from the house as possible. Keep it away from doors, windows and air vents to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Gas customers are reminded to keep natural gas meters, all gas appliances and outdoor vents clear of snow and ice buildup to maintain safe operation and access.
  • If you smell a gas odor in your home or business, leave immediately. From a safe place, call Eversource to report the leak at our 24/7 emergency number, 877-944-5325, or call 911. Please remain outside until Eversource can check the source of the odor.
Outbound Call to Medical Customers (sent out at 11:40 a.m. today)

Hello, this is an important message from Eversource. Severe weather is expected in your area and may cause power outages. Please prepare a backup power source or move to an alternate location if necessary. Information on emergency disaster services—including shelters—is available at 211CT.org or by calling 211. Download the Eversource mobile app in the App Store or Google Play to easily report or check an outage and view the outage map. Our crews are prepared to restore power as quickly as safety allows. Thank you and stay safe. Goodbye.

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kerry@ducey.org (Eversource CT) Public safety Sun, 01 Dec 2019 08:41:12 -0500
Nearly ONE TON Of Turkeys Plus Sides Provided to Food Bank https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/2474-nearly-one-ton-of-turkeys-plus-sides-provided-to-food-bank2474-nearly-one-ton-of-turkeys-plus-sides-provided-to-food-bank https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/charities/2474-nearly-one-ton-of-turkeys-plus-sides-provided-to-food-bank2474-nearly-one-ton-of-turkeys-plus-sides-provided-to-food-bank

The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County received a staggering donation yesterday… nearly one ton of turkeys plus additional dry goods were provided through a team contribution effort. Stamford EMS, Stop and Shop – Ridgeway Shopping Center and Our Lady of Grace Preschool & Kindergarten worked together to make the donation.

Stop and Shop, located in Ridgeway shopping center, generously provided the turkeys to community partner Stamford EMS to be delivered, by ambulance, to the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. Our Lady of Grace School contributed cranberry sauce, green beans, mashed potatoes, stuffing and other canned and packaged side dishes that were collected by their school community. All turkeys and donations will be distributed to soup kitchens, emergency pantries and shelters across the region.

“At this time of giving thanks, and in the spirit of community, we came together to help our neighbors in need,” said Patricia Squires, Chief and CEO of Stamford EMS.

The donations from the families of Our Lady of Grace Preschool & Kindergarten in Glenbrook are a portion of the total provisions that the school community collected, which measured over one ton. A sizeable contribution of food was designated to help those in their school community in need.

Donations to the Food Bank are still being accepted, with donation drop off hours of Monday - Friday 8:00 am -4:00 pm. Those interested in donating should contact the food bank at (203) 358-8898.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Charities Sat, 30 Nov 2019 03:28:48 -0500
Housatonic Community College Nurtures Aspiring Entrepreneurs at 3rd Annual VentureLab Showcase https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2473-housatonic-community-college-nurtures-aspiring-entrepreneurs-at-3rd-annual-venturelab-showcase2473-housatonic-community-college-nurtures-aspiring-entrepreneurs-at-3rd-annual-venturelab-showcase https://news.hamlethub.com/stamfordnorth/places/2473-housatonic-community-college-nurtures-aspiring-entrepreneurs-at-3rd-annual-venturelab-showcase2473-housatonic-community-college-nurtures-aspiring-entrepreneurs-at-3rd-annual-venturelab-showcase

On Wednesday, November 20, Housatonic Community College (HCC) celebrated student entrepreneurs as they displayed their business concepts at the 3rd Annual VentureLab Showcase.

Over 210 community members, students, faculty and staff visited the fourteen teams of student entrepreneurs, who were in all phases of their businesses, ranging from recently created ideas to well-established business plans. Visitors to the showcase were inspired by alternative clothing designs, monthly snack-box deliveries, event and party planning, custom pins to help teens express themselves and home furnishings using 3-D printing, to name a few.

“The Student Entrepreneur Showcases continue to demonstrate the creativity and drive of our students at Housatonic to create new businesses, and the critical role of community colleges to inspire and coach job-generating ventures,” said Mike Roer, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at HCC and President of the Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc. 

The VentureLab assists students with the capital, knowledge, and skills necessary to test and launch their business dreams. Leveraging college and community resources, students receive one-on-one business counseling and a secure on-campus space to work on their businesses while preparing to step into manager/owner roles in Main Street businesses, either as founders or purchasers of existing businesses. Donors of our VentureLab, including People’s United Community Foundation and AVANGRID, make these opportunities possible for our students.

“The VentureLab program is providing students with an educational experience that extends beyond the classroom,” said Karen Galbo, Executive Director of People’s United Community Foundation. “Whether or not the students go on to run successful businesses, they’re gaining valuable skills that can be applied to any career path they choose.”

As many HCC students are low-to-moderate income, and are often single-parent households juggling multiple jobs and school, the VentureLab support goes a long way. For many of these students, although they have the passion, work ethic, and creativity, starting a business is viewed as an impossible dream.

Other students face obstacles such as poverty, food insecurity, homelessness, inadequate health care, and other challenges that can derail them from their educational and life goals. Participating in VentureLab provides a path for students with an entrepreneurial spirit to move from poverty to self-sufficiency, while at the same time contributing to the region’s economic development.

“It was wonderful to see the excitement of the students when talking to them about their business concepts and ways of promoting the products they created. We are proud of our partnership with HCC and the students that work diligently to make their dreams of starting a business a reality.” said Eileen Lopez-Cordone, Economic & Community Development Specialist for Orange-based AVANGRID, parent company of United Illuminating and Southern Connecticut Gas.

“It was gratifying to see the connection between the community, the college and Avangrid resulting in meaningful results for students and consistent with our company’s commitment to global sustainability principles,” said Devang Patel, General Manager at AVANGRID.

Housatonic Community College and the Housatonic Community College Foundation (HCCF) are grateful to Avangrid, People’s United Community Foundation and Bigelow Tea for their ongoing support of VentureLab. To learn more about supporting VentureLab, please contact Kristy Jelenik, HCCF Executive Director at KJelenik@Housatonic.edu or call 203-332-5078.

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LauraRobertsMarketing@gmail.com (Laura Roberts) Places Sat, 30 Nov 2019 03:28:18 -0500