Stamfordnorth's HamletHub Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:13:43 -0400 Deceased Newborn at City Carting: Stamford Police Seek Information

This morning at 8:39 am, an employee of City Carting contacted the Stamford 911 Communication Center and described that a baby was discovered while they were processing materials.

Stamford Police, Fire and EMS responded to 61 Taylor Reed Place and confirmed that the child was deceased. The child appeared to be a full term newborn boy. Stamford Major Crime and Crime Scene investigators responded to the scene and are currently conducting an investigation. A team from The State Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded to the scene and is assisting in this investigation.

Investigators are attempting to determine the origin of the recyclables that were processed this morning. At this point, investigators have established that material was dropped off from companies that operate in the following areas: Stamford, CT; Greenwich, CT; Somers, NY; Oyster Bay area of Long Island, NY; and Andover, MA.

The Stamford Police Department is urging for anyone with information to contact SPD Major Crimes at 203-977-4420. All calls will be kept confidential.

Cpt. Richard Conklin
Lt. Thomas Scanlon

]]> (Stamford Police Press Release) Public safety Tue, 16 Oct 2018 13:55:44 -0400
Women Who Matter Luncheon Features Kathie Lee Gifford

Greenwich Chamber of Commerce will host its next Women Who Matter Luncheon featuring TV celebrity Kathie Lee Gifford as guest speaker on Friday, November 16th at Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Road.

Come celebrate women who make a difference and our guest presenter who will speak about what truly mattered to her in creating her success.  Kathie Lee Gifford will share with us her life story, including her new movie “Then Came You”, her children’s book, “The Gift That I Can Give” and the creation of her own GIFFT wine.

Join us for inspiration, laughter and tears as Kathie Lee takes us on her life journey.  Key sponsor is TD Bank. 

Fee: $100 per ticket; table of ten-$950.  Valet parking. 

Register online at; email or call 869-3500.

]]> (Marcia O'Kane) Events Tue, 16 Oct 2018 08:26:20 -0400
Author Therese Ann Fowler at Ferguson Library on Oct. 22

The Ferguson Library will host an evening of food, wine, and conversation with Therese Ann Fowler, author of "A Well-Behaved Woman: A Story of the Vanderbilts," on Monday, October 22. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. A book sale and signing will follow the program.
Best known for the New York Times bestselling novel "Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald," the author’s new book, "A Well-Behaved Woman," is the dramatic and compelling Gilded Age tale of Alva Smith, the young woman who married William K. Vanderbilt and launched the Vanderbilt dynasty as we know it today.

Tickets are $15 and include a wine and appetizer reception. Proceeds will benefit the Library. To register, click here.

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.
]]> (Books, Ink editors) Events Mon, 15 Oct 2018 06:29:00 -0400
Intuitive Painting Workshop in Stamford

Thursday, October 25, 6 - 8:30 pm

Please join us for an evening of inspiration and creation! Listen to Stamford based Artist Rebecca Stern speak about her intuitive painting process, followed by a workshop led by the artist (no experience necessary!). Participants will be guided through intuitive painting materials, exercises, and techniques used to unleash your innate creative voice. Bring a smock or wear your painting clothes, because this can get messy! Price includes all materials, your paintings to take home, and two beverages. If you would like to learn more about Rebecca Sterns work please visit Members: $40 | Non-members: $45
Director's Circle: $30. For more information call 203 977-6521 or visit

* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:57:17 -0400
3rd Annual Masquerade Ball in Stamford benefits HELP for Kids

The Exchange Club of Stamford hosts its 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball, Saturday, November 17 at 6:30 pm, at The Sheraton Stamford Hotel.  The Venetian-style, fancy dress evening benefits HELP for Kids, the non-profit that builds safer, smarter and stronger families - protecting local children by halting the cycle of child abuse and neglect.  

Ball-goers will don festive masks and attire for a fabulous night of fundraising, featuring a sit-down dinner and dancing to Summertime Band.  Prominent Stamford Attorney Vincent J. Freccia III will be honored for his dedicated service to the Stamford area and his commitment to child abuse prevention. Other highlights will be the popular, red carpet photo booth sponsored by Stewart Title Guaranty Company, raffles, and a silent auction of unique experiences for all ages, luxury items, sought-after dining certificates, performances and classes, pampering services, and much more.  

To purchase tickets, reserve a mask, and support HELP for Kids’ mission, visit  

Harbor Point, WEBE 108, Asylum Distillery, Rapid Press, ACT Financial and Tax Services, Curtain Call, BMW of Darien, Volvo Cars of Westport, MINI of Fairfield County, Peter Suchy Jewelers, and countless other businesses are contributing to this year's Ball.  A portion of proceeds will benefit The Exchange Club of Stamford Scholarship, awarded through Stamford Dollars for Scholars.

“Our Masquerade Ball is a night of fun supporting HELP for Kids’ mission of safeguarding children from abuse and building stronger, more loving families,“ says Chairperson Cristina Andreana. “The Exchange Club of Stamford is proud to raise awareness and vital funding for these life-changing programs.” She invites community members to email her, at, with questions about attending or sponsoring this year’s Ball. 

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2019, HELP for Kids keeps local children safe while working to build stronger, more resilient, and more loving families. The Stamford-based non-profit agency has assisted over 10,000 Fairfield County 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. 203-327-9419.



]]> (Rebecca R. Ayars) Charities Fri, 12 Oct 2018 11:55:11 -0400
Tour King School, Meet Faculty, Students at OPEN HOUSE on Sunday!

King School, a PreK-Grade 12 school serving students from 30 towns around Stamford, has announced their fall Open House events! Don’t miss this opportunity to experience King - a school that prepares students to thrive in a rapidly changing world. What sets King apart is academic challenge, kindness, and personal growth are united within our unique community of engaged minds and meaningful connections.

Middle & Upper School - Sunday, October 14, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Middle and Upper School (incoming Grades 6-11) families are invited arrive on Sunday, October 14 anytime between 1:00-4:00 p.m. to explore the beautiful campus, visit classrooms that interest them and meet faculty, students, and parents who share their passions. Plus, attend breakout sessions that focus on the admission process and King's approach to teaching and learning.

Register for the Open House here.

Lower School - Sunday, November 4, 1-4 p.m.

King will host an Open House for their Lower School (incoming Grades PreK-5) on Sunday, November 4 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Arrive anytime between 1:00-4:00 p.m. to explore the beautiful campus, visit classrooms that interest them and meet faculty, students, and parents who share their passions. Plus, attend breakout sessions that focus on the admission process and King's approach to teaching and learning.

Register for the Open House here.

Can't attend any of these events? For families who cannot attend an Open House can join us for coffee and Conversation on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Learn more and register here.

Watch a video about King School here.

Learn more about King School here.

HamletHub is proud to welcome King School to our family of sponsors! 

]]> (HH) Events Fri, 12 Oct 2018 06:43:00 -0400
Ferguson Library hosts A Haunted Halloween Book giveaway!

Ferguson Library hosts A Haunted Halloween Book giveaway on Saturday, October 27, 2018

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Ferguson Library (Main Branch, 3rd Floor) 

Students, Pre-K through 5th grade, and their families, will enjoy: 

  • Selecting New Books for building their home libraries
  • Hearing Spooky Stories read by Stark Assistant Principal Joe Claps, Roxbury Principal Dr. Mark Bonasera, and Newfield Principal Lisa Saba-Price 
  • Participating in a Costume Parade (3:30): Dress up and join in the fun as we parade through the Ferguson! 

Also: Halloween Crafts, Music, Raffle, Halloween Snacks, and more!

]]> (Nicolette Melia) Places Wed, 10 Oct 2018 08:59:05 -0400
King School Knows a Growth Mindset is Key to Raising Healthy Children

It’s hard to spend even a brief moment in the world of education these days without hearing about the importance of “grit” or “resilience” or the role of a “growth mindset” in raising healthy children and adolescents. King School emphasizes self-knowledge, fearless learning, and respectful challenge, which encourage a growth mindset. This mindset leads to students' achieving their personal best in the classroom, on the stage, and on the athletic fields.

Marnie Sadlowsky, King Associate Head of School for Program, Head of Upper School, adds, “Young people who are more resilient usually have a stronger sense of their ‘self-concept’ or their ‘core of self.’ As we rightly focus on parenting, coaching, teaching, and counseling our adolescents to become resilient, we must realize that a key part of the equation is that adolescents need to have a sense of who they are, what they value and hold dear, and how they, in turn, can empathize with and play important roles in their families and larger communities.”

At King, expert faculty encourage students to meet challenges head-on and learn to say, “I haven’t mastered this skill YET” or “I’m still working on understanding derivatives” rather than “I’m a bad writer” or “I guess I’ll never be good at math.” King teachers understand that it’s not as effective to say, “my goal is to get an A in math” as it is to say, “My goal is to put my phone away when I practice math problems, seek extra help from my teacher regularly, and establish better study habits for larger tests.”

Adolescents who understand that repeated practice requires delayed gratification are often more successful in school and in life. To oversimplify Julie Lythcott-Haims’ work in How to Raise an Adult, learning often requires real challenges, and these challenges do not always feel immediately pleasurable or gratifying. But students who have a growth mindset—who don’t see their abilities as fixed—are more likely to sustain improvement and achievement rates while avoiding the poison of perfectionism. That’s because they’re able to work through discomfort.

One of the primary tasks of adolescence is to individuate or to experience oneself as an increasingly independent being outside of the primary parent relationship. In order to develop a strong sense of self, adolescents need to feel that the adults in their lives offer a consistent, faithful presence (not a friendship) and a willingness to really get to know them. King understands that relationships between students and teachers are at the core of academic excellence since students who feel known, supported, and safe are able to take appropriate risks that will lead to academic and personal growth. "Learning to be a fearless learner is such an important skill for students today. At King, we teach that the world is complicated and you can navigate it," said Ms. Sadlowsky

King School is hosting open houses for its Middle and Upper Schools on Oct. 14, and the Lower School on Nov. 4. The Open Houses are truly open. Arrive anytime between 1:00-4:00 p.m. and explore the many elements of a King education at your own pace and on your own self-guided tour. 

Register for the October 14 Open House here.

Register for the November 4 Open House here.

Learn more at


]]> (Lakeya Graves) Places Wed, 10 Oct 2018 06:23:29 -0400
Hot Oil Bar Pie at Stamford's Colony Grill Among Best in America!

Connecticut Among Top 5 States for Pizza 

Nine pizzerias in Connecticut named "Best" by The Daily Meal - Congratulations to The Colony Grill in Stamford!

Folks from The Daily Meal had a tough job this year, sinking their teeth into pizza pie after pizza pie until 101 “Best Pizzas In America” were identified.

The finest pizza of them all? Why, according to  The Daily Meal, the ultimate slice of heaven is made right here in Connecticut. Enter New Haven’s Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and their White Clam pizza.

2018 marks The Daily Meal’s 7th ranking of America’s best pizzas. “This year, the experts finalized a list that spanned 20 states, narrowing the geographic scope from 2017 by three,” they explain. The foodie experts at The Daily Meal have identified 101 eateries across the nation with

The top five states for pizza included New York (36); California (10); Connecticut (9); New Jersey (7); and Illinois (6)

The Connecticut 9

#1 White Clam, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (New Haven, Connecticut)

#12 Tomato Pie, Sally’s Apizza (New Haven, Connecticut)

#13 Italian Bomb, Modern Apizza (New Haven, Connecticut)

#26 Hot Oil Bar Pie, Colony Grill (Stamford, Connecticut)

#57 Plain Pie, Ernie’s Pizzeria (New Haven, Connecticut)

#58 Special, Zuppardi’s (West Haven, Connecticut)

#64 Plain Pie, Roseland Apizza (Derby, Connecticut)

#66 Mashed Potato and Bacon, Bru Room at Bar (New Haven, Connecticut)

#80 Blue Skies, Coalhouse Pizza (Stamford, Connecticut)

Find out how The Daily Meal ranked their best pizza picks and who the expert judges were HERE.

View the complete list of eateries serving up the Best Pizza in America HERE.

]]> (HH) Places Tue, 09 Oct 2018 10:57:42 -0400
Literary Pub Crawl Oct. 16 in Stamford

The Book Shop and Friends of The Ferguson Library will host the Library's fourth annual Literary Pub Crawl on Tuesday, October 16 beginning at 6:15 p.m. The event has sold out in the past, so get your tickets early!

Attendees, who must be 21 or older to participate, receive a Literary Pub Crawl Passport at the Ferguson Library. Tickets are $15. Proceeds will benefit the library. Click here to purchase tickets.

The evening will take place in downtown Stamford with stops at Bar Rosso, Cask Republic, and Hudson Grille. Pub crawl specials will be provided at the stops, along with entertainment, provided by The Stamford All-School Musical, Curtain Call, and Westfair Singers.

The Ferguson Library is located at 96 Broad Street in Stamford, Conn. For more information, call (203) 351-8243.
]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Tue, 09 Oct 2018 10:19:00 -0400
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group Held At SilverSource

SilverSource is proud to announce a new Caregiver Support Group for individuals caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias in the Fairfield County area. The group will be held at 6:00pm on the 3rd Monday of each month at SilverSource, located at 2009 Summer Street, 3rd floor in Stamford, CT.

The newly formed group is led by Nicol Rupolo, owner of ComForCare Home Care Services and Maria Scaros, Executive Director of The Greens At Greenwich. Both women are certified Alzheimer’s Association support group leaders.

The need is great. According to Alzheimer’s Association statistics, 77,000 people aged 65 and older are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in Connecticut, and 5.7 million are living with Alzheimer’s in the country.

“We started this group because we felt there was a need not being met,” said Rupolo. “There are a number of support groups that meet during the day, but there aren’t many for caregivers who work or cannot leave their care person during the day.”

The group focuses on the self-care of the caregiver, creating a community of support. Topics such as family issues and medical concerns arise, as well as a sharing of resources.

“SilverSource is happy to host this important resource for the community,” said Kathleen Bordelon, Executive Director of SilverSource. “It’s important to focus on one’s own health; caring for a loved one is difficult to achieve when you are running on empty.”

“We’re grateful to SilverSource for making the space available to us,” said Scaros. “SilverSource is a resource for the community, it just makes sense to be in a place that is like-minded and supportive to caregivers.”

For additional information, contact Nicol Rupolo at or Maria Scaros at

]]> (Laura Roberts) Life Tue, 09 Oct 2018 07:22:38 -0400
DMV Expands License and ID Services in Fairfield, New Haven Counties

The Department of Motor Vehicles announced today the expansion of its DMV Express license and ID card renewal program focused on bringing convenience to residents seeking these services. 
The agency and its partners plan to soon open new locations in Southington and North Haven as well as expand service times in Stamford. This follows the start earlier this year of DMV Express offices in Milford and West Haven. 
This customer-convenience driven program is designed to make services more available in New Haven and Fairfield counties while also enhancing existing partner AAA Club Alliance’s current locations elsewhere in the state. The new locations are planned to open in late November and mid-December.
"We see this as a win-win for all our customers because it offers additional locations where they can go for license and ID card renewal services," said DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra. “We are pleased with the continuing growth of DMV Express,” he added.
Last year DMV sponsored an open request-for-qualifications process to find third-party vendors for license and ID card renewal services. It selected Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union of Rocky Hill and The WorkPlace of Bridgeport for new DMV Express offices. The agency wants to spur innovation and create a network of convenient offices in New Haven and Fairfield counties, which are no longer served by AAA Northeast for DMV license and ID services. In northern Connecticut, however, license and ID renewals are offered through a separate franchise, AAA Club Alliance, in its West Hartford, Avon, Enfield, Manchester, Cromwell, Old Saybrook and Waterford locations.
In late November The WorkPlace plans to assume DMV operations in Stamford at 137 Henry St. It intends to have an appointment system only, as DMV offers there now, with scheduled hours Monday - Friday, expanded from DMV’s two-day per week operations. DMV appointments there will end November 16.  In addition, the Stamford office will no longer provide registration transactions, accept license plate returns and cancelations, and issue driving histories and disabled parking permits. DMV branch offices have those services.
In mid-December AAA Club Alliance plans to open its new Southington Car Care, Insurance and Travel Center at 749 Queen St.  The new Southington center is scheduled to provide DMV license and ID card renewal services Monday through Saturday as it does in their other offices.
Then also in mid-December Nutmeg Credit Union plans to open in North Haven a new five-station service center at 109 Washington Ave. It will be open Monday-Saturday and offer the same six-day per week services as in the Milford location. It will allow walk-ins as well as in-office and online appointments for services. 
Nutmeg Credit Union in June opened the DMV Express Center in Milford and earlier the City of West Haven opened a similar center in city hall. For more information about DMV and partner services and locations, please visit
]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Mon, 08 Oct 2018 08:01:41 -0400
6th Annual Connecticut High School Essay Contest

"Why volunteering and making an impact on your community important to you?"

Volunteer Square is thrilled to kick off our 6th annual high school essay contest in partnership with our friends at Hearst Connecticut Media. The essay contest invites high school students in Connecticut to tell us "Why volunteering and making an impact on their community is important to them?"
To enter the contest, tell us, in 500 words or less, "Why volunteering and making an impact on your community important to you?" To be eligible to participate you must be a student, 13 to 21 years old and attend a Connecticut public or private school.
Essays will ONLY be accepted Thursday, November 1, 2018, through Thursday, November 8, 2018. To submit your essay, email it to
Judges from Hearst Media Services Connecticut LLC and Volunteer Square Inc. will select a first, second and third place winner, based on the quality of the essay and how well it addresses the topic of "why volunteering and making an impact on your community is important." Winners will be notified by email by November 16, 2018.


]]> (Volunteer Square) Neighbors Mon, 08 Oct 2018 04:13:10 -0400
Walk/Run for Abilis at Greenwich Point Park on Sunday!

Join Abilis for the October 14 Walk/Run for Abilis being held at Greenwich Point Park.

The event includes a 3-mile run for runners of all levels and a 1-mile walk that is accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. This year, a larger children’s area with carnival games, arts and crafts, a bouncy castle, face painting and the very popular Bubble Bus will be featured. On-site registration opens at 7:30 a.m., Sunday, October 14, with the run at 9:00 a.m. and the Walk beginning at 10:00 a.m., from the Clambake Area at Greenwich Point Park in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. There is a $45 registration fee for the Run and the Walk is free to participate, but a donation to Abilis is appreciated. To register for both the Walk and the Run at

This year’s Abilis Ambassador is Joe Lupinachi who will lead the Walk. Joe has been a life-long Abilis client, starting in the Birth to Three program. Today, at 21 years old, he just transitioned from St. Rose and is now enrolled in the Abilis Life Transitions program. Joe works at the New Canaan YMCA as a pool deck attendant. He has been a great role model for other children and adults going through Abilis’ programs.

“We are so excited for this year’s 13th annual Walk/Run for Abilis,” noted Amy Montimurro, president and CEO of Abilis. “We have hundreds of participants already registered and expect it to be a great morning!”

The Walk/Run for Abilis brings together Abilis families, local business partners, and community members to build awareness and raise critical funds for Abilis programs. 

Sponsors of the event include Holland & Knight, Toyota of Greenwich, Connecticut Pharmacy, Greenwich Magazine/Moffly Media, Polisi | Jones, J. Dwyer and Ernst & Young Global Limited.

Abilis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports more than 700 individuals with special needs and their families annually from birth throughout adulthood. Abilis has been a leader in serving the special needs community in Fairfield County in towns including, Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, Weston and Wilton, and has a long-standing reputation for individualized, high quality care. For more information, visit, or,, or

]]> (Abilis) Charities Fri, 05 Oct 2018 13:45:02 -0400
Spaghetti Art Supper at Stamford Museum & Nature Center on October 11

Spaghetti Art Supper at Stamford Museum & Nature Center on Thursday, October 11, 6 - 8 pm

Come join us for an informal spaghetti art supper with the Loft Artists! Get an after-hours viewing of current exhibition "The Loft Artists: Then & Now" and enjoy a casual and fun dinner and conversation in the Bendel Mansion with local artists represented in the show. Members: $10 | Non-members: $15, Director's Circle: FREE 

For more information call 203 977-6521 or visit

* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Fri, 05 Oct 2018 10:56:14 -0400