Stamfordnorth's HamletHub Mon, 27 Mar 2023 07:36:20 -0400 Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons Updates: Budget and Neighborhood Visits, Legislative Town Hall, and More


On March 8th, I presented my proposed budget to our local boards. To learn more, visit here.

Over the next six weeks, I will be visiting neighborhoods throughout the City to share my budget priorities and talk about how they support my vision of creating a more inclusive, equitable, affordable and a vibrant City, while delivering a fiscally responsible budget that aims to ease the property tax burden on residents by mitigating the effects of the 2022 property revaluation.

On Monday, I joined Governor Lamont to announce $2.4 million in state funding for Pacific House to build 39 units of affordable housing. We know we face a housing crisis in Stamford and across the state, and these state dollars will mean new opportunities for safe and reliable housing for our fellow residents. 

We also received $1 million in CIF funding to complete the design for pedestrian safety and mobility improvements on the West Side, including new and raised crosswalks and bump outs. This supports the City’s Vision Zero Program, which aims to eliminate roadway fatalities in Stamford by 2032.

Also on Monday night, I was proud to join Congressman Himes, State Senator Pat Billie Miller, and State Representative Corey Paris for a legislative town hall. I am always energized hearing from constituents and will take every opportunity to stand with our state and federal officials who have helped us secure hundreds of millions of dollars for our City - from commitments on school construction to pedestrian safety and sustainable infrastructure, and support for non-profits and small businesses.

Finally, I want to congratulate Stamford Hospital on their successful installation of their new fuel cell systems on the Bennett Medical Center Campus and at Tully Health. My administration is working closely with non-profits and major employers across our community to make sure we support them and encourage them to lead by example – including helping us build a resilient and sustainable future prepared for the ongoing impacts of climate change.



]]> (Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons) Politics Fri, 24 Mar 2023 14:22:58 -0400
FC Buzz Weekend of Art and Culture in Fairfield County March 24-26

FC Buzz Weekend March 24-26

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

Acoustic Alchemy

FTC StageOne, Fairfield

Friday, Marcy 24, 7:45 pm

This Grammy-nominated band is known for playing a distinctive blend of jazz, classical, flamenco, and new age. Top Ten Billboard jazz albums include The Beautiful Game, Grammy-nominated AArt, and Roseland, the latter of which marked the group's 30th anniversary. If you are into sophisticated instrumentals, this one’s for you.

“Pinky Patel: New Crown, Who Dhis Tour”

The Ridgefield Playhouse

Friday, March 24, 8:00 - 9:30 pm 

Get ready for hilarious commentary from the PTA mom turned creator, comedian and personality with a TikTok fan base of over 5 million. Pinky is best known for her viral videos from her glam cave. Don’t miss this fresh new comedian as she makes her Playhouse debut!

Cold “Year of the Spider” 20th Anniversary Tour

Wall Street Theater, Norwalk

Friday, March 24, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Who’s ready to rock? These hard rockers  and nu-metal champions are featured on a dynamic 4-band bill that includes Divide the Fall, Awake for Days, Sygnal to Noise and Death Valley Dreams. It’s a live peek of the new album that hit No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200, on its way to Gold.

The Garden Shed

The MAC – Milford Arts Council

Saturday, March 25, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Be the first to witness Connecticut's best up and coming bands, artists, and fashion presented by MC Doozy. This multi-genre show includes acts ranging from punk, to RnB, Indie and rock. Featuring: Pond View, Amar, Esmer, Brooke Dougan, SB Khi, with guest performer Edwin Camille. 

Bushwhacked! and Other Short Plays by Rosemary Foley

Greenwich Theatre Company

Saturday, March 25, 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 26, 2:00 pm

Celebrate Women’s History Month by entering the unique world of legendary local comedic playwright Rosemary Foley - featuring six absurd, satirical and darkly-funny short plays, along with three intimate monologues about Rosemary's life. Rosemary is a decades-long member of Connecticut's Theatre Artists Workshop, where she workshopped many of the plays in this production. 

Family Time at the Museum

The Norwalk Art Space 

Sunday, March 26, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Calling all families! Experience a deeper understanding about how museums and art can be fun and meaningful through observation, drawing and sharing. This free event is open to students ages 11 and up | 16 spots per class | Registration required.

“In Light Of” Art Exhibit

Metro Art Studios, Bridgeport

Sunday, March 26, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Don’t miss this stunning exhibit playing on light and dark, textures, and materials - dealing with themes of perception, environment, connection, and separation; many serene on the surface with depth and undercurrents for the viewer to explore. Participating artists include Tamara Dimitri, Nadia Martinez, and Debbie Smith. On view through May 6th in the ground floor Crown Gallery, Thursdays through Saturdays, 12-4 pm.

“Camera Works” Walk and Talk

Ridgefield Guild of Artists

Sunday, March 26, 2:00 - 4:00  pm

It’s the final view of this popular exhibit with a Walk and Talk featuring four of the participating artists in this year's show: Ralph Baskin, Debra Burger, Andrew Graham, and Phillip Stark. Come and hear them speak about their methods and inspirations.

“Norwalk Symphony Meets Beethoven”

Norwalk Concert Hall

Sunday, March 26, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Members of the Norwalk Symphony will sit side-by-side with members of the Norwalk Youth Symphony's Principal Orchestra for this performance. Featuring the 2021 Concerto Competition Winner, Sadie Goodman, with Georges Hues' Fantasie for Flute and Orchestra and Beatrice Low performing the 1st movement of Wieniawski's Violin Concerto #2. Also on the program: Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Symphony No. 6. 

See these and discover hundreds more events on the FCBUZZ EVENTS page at Sign up for the Cultural Alliance eBuzz to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.

]]> (Lorie Lewis) Events Fri, 24 Mar 2023 12:23:46 -0400
RVNAhealth Proudly Introduces the Parkinson’s Center

RVNAhealth proudly announces the opening of the RVNAhealth Parkinson’s Center, located at 27 Governor Street, Ridgefield.

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease, affecting an estimated 10,000 people in CT, with the incidence of newly diagnosed cases rising. With the opening of its Center, RVNAhealth aims to become a premier and integral Parkinson’s resource to those diagnosed, their caregivers, and medical teams.

The Parkinson’s Resource Gap

Gigi Weiss, MSPT, CADDCT, LSVT BIG, AIB-VR, Parkinson’s Center Director, explained the importance of this new RVNAhealth community resource, “People with Parkinson’s and their and families are frustrated! We’ve heard numerous stories from patients who felt somewhat stranded and confused after their PD diagnosis. Truth of the matter is that a playbook for Parkinson’s doesn’t exist and there are very limited local resources available to help. At RVNAhealth, we realized we had the ability to fill this gap and make a difference in the lives of the PD community. Many do not realize that they can effectively slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease with the proper tools, resources, education, and support. We are here to provide that Parkinson’s support to the whole patient – mind, body, spiritual – with these needs met all in one place.”

About the RVNAhealth Parkinson’s Center

The RVNAhealth Parkinson’s Center is a multi-disciplinary team, certified through the Parkinson’s Foundation, that works together to help each center member from all angles of health. The rehabilitation team consists of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, and speech and language pathologists – all LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD certified. Additional resources of the Parkinson’s Center include a dedicated medical doctor, registered nurse, and registered dietitian; a team of mental health professionals, including social work and spiritual care; a resource library comprised of local and national resources; a video library of exercises and support tools; a monthly newsletter; and access to the RVNAhealth Continuum of Services.

Kate Campbell, DPT, SCS, Cert. MDT, CSCS, LSVT BIG, Parkinson’s Center Program Manager, provided more details, “The Parkinson’s Center aims to become a central resource to help develop, coordinate, and support the best possible proactive attack against Parkinson’s disease for our members. Here, people with Parkinson’s will take control of a difficult diagnosis with the help of trained specialists to support them, their caregiver and family. In addition to supporting our members and family, we look forward to partnering with the medical community to develop the most needed programs to support their Parkinson’s patients.”

The Center is comprised of three main components: exercise classes led by physical therapists; monthly programs, including support groups to address mental health, activities to promote social engagement, and education on disease awareness and management; and “PD Bootcamp”. Campbell described RVNAhealth’s unique PD Bootcamp, “PD Bootcamp is an eight-week intensive program that leads the person with Parkinson’s through bi-weekly exercise classes and one-on-one sessions with members of the Parkinson’s Center interdisciplinary clinical team to create an individualized care plan to help them continue living their best life with Parkinson's.”

RVNAhealth’s Parkinson’s Center Kickoff Starts in April!

April officially kicks off the opening of the Parkinson’s Center with a few key community events, including an exercise lecture on April 6th at the Ridgefield Library and a cooking class on April 12th at RVNAhealth--all focused on Parkinson’s disease. All event and registration details can be found online through the RVNAhealth calendar at

On April 20th, RVNAhealth will host a “Welcome to the Parkinson’s Center” event at its offices in Ridgefield. Attendees will meet the entire team, experience short lecture discussions, and learn more about what the RVNAhealth Parkinson’s Center has planned. Vendors with Parkinson’s-related offerings and expertise will also be available. Details and registration can be found on our website calendar or by contacting us at 203.438.5555 x1082. You may also learn more about the Parkinson’s Center at

Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA, President and CEO of RVNAhealth, “I am extremely proud of the work our team has put into creating this much-needed program for those affected by Parkinson’s. The Parkinson’s Center is an excellent example of how we continue to grow and evolve in our mission to serve the lifelong health and wellness needs of our communities. We look forward to sharing our Parkinson’s Center with those affected and giving each person and their family the tools and confidence to live their best life.”

RVNAhealth is a private, non-profit, mission-driven organization founded and focused on care and dedicated to serving the lifelong health and wellness needs of individuals in the 35+ communities we serve across Connecticut. While our name and services have evolved since our founding as a home health care agency in 1914, our guiding principles have remained steadfast: a mission to serve, exceptional patient care, and a commitment to excellence in quality and service.

]]> (Lisa Fleming) Life Thu, 23 Mar 2023 02:33:16 -0400
Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons Budget Update

Last Wednesday night I presented my proposed budget to our local boards. Learn more by visiting here.

My budget supports my vision of creating a more inclusive, equitable, affordable, and vibrant City, while delivering a fiscally responsible budget that aims to ease the property tax burden on residents by mitigating the effects of the 2022 property revaluation.

  • Investing in our Public Schools: The budget I proposed makes record city capital investments to improve our school facilities because if our students don’t have safe, usable, and functional buildings – we cannot expect them to realize their full academic potential. And that is why we are already getting to work!

Just this week I am proud to have joined the Board of Finance when they approved my administration’s request for $150,000 in city resources to match the Board of Ed in order to install 200 air conditioner units. As I shared at the Board of Finance Meeting: I feel really that this is the bare minimum that we owe to our teachers and students and administrators to be able to learn in quality conditions and in temperatures that are bearable.

  • And my budget for this next fiscal year includes a proposed $91.4 million capital budget, most of which would be invested in school projects. This is nearly 65% more than this year’s budget. Learn more here

  • Exciting Assistance for Small Businesses: I am proud that my administration was able to secure American Rescue Plan resources to support small businesses in our city. The Stamford Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant will be open for applications on April 3 and will provide limited, one-time direct financial assistance to eligible Stamford for-profit businesses that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be found here.
  • Standing Together as a Community: I want to thank leaders from across our city who came together to make it clear that hate literature has no place in our community. Please see below the statement I shared:

“The City of Stamford has a zero tolerance for hate speech against any person or group, whether it is based on race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, country of origin, gender identity or any other affiliation, and we vehemently condemn this disturbing behavior in our community. Ensuring residents feel safe after this unsettling behavior is our top priority.” 

]]> (Caroline Simmons) Politics Fri, 17 Mar 2023 13:12:44 -0400
A rainbow full of arts and culture this weekend: FC Buzz March 17-19


FC Buzz Weekend March 17 - March 19

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

Top ‘o the mornin’, evenin’, and afternoon to ya! This St Patrick’s Weekend is pure gold! A full rainbow of arts and cultural events that will delight lucky audiences all over Fairfield County. Enjoy!

St. Patrick’s Day with the Highland Rovers and Green Eyed Lady 21+

StageOne at FTC, Fairfield

Friday, March 17, 5:30 pm

Happy St. Patty’s Day! It’s a treasure trove of all that is fair, lively, and true about the sounds of the Emerald Isle. HRB’s multi-layered, upbeat, and danceable music showcases their universal appeal to both mainstream modern rock lovers and culturally diverse audiences searching for a distinct Celtic flavor.

Jim Royle Drum Studio Steel Pan Fundraising Concert

Saugatuck Congregational Church, Westport

Friday, March 17, 7:00 - 9:00 pm 

This concert features Jim Royle Ensembles D, C, B and A, along with special guests Mystic Bowie and Silver Steel! The proceeds of this concert will go to a student mission trip to the hills of Jamaica to teach and share the love of steel pan with students from the Accompong Maroon Youth Culture Camp, on behalf of the Mystic Bowie Cultural Center. 

DANCE is in the AIR

Darien Arts Center

Friday and Saturday, March 17-18, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Love, passion, and playfulness is at the heart of East Coast Contemporary Ballet’s Winter Season dance performance. Enjoy four neoclassical and contemporary love duets, including excerpts from Manon and Carmen, and an original and fresh world premiere.

The Rocky Horror Show

Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk

Friday & Saturday, March 17-18, 8 pm

Saturday & Sunday, March 18-19, 2 pm

A humorous, naughty, and wildly entertaining cult-classic musical closes out MTC’s 36th MainStage Season. This show takes place on a stormy night when Brad and Janet, a simple engaged couple, get their lives turned upside down by Frank ‘N’ Furter and his household of strange Transylvanians. Running four weekends through April 8th.

Colleens of Comedy

The Palace Theatre, Stamford

Friday, March 17, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Get ready to burst out laughing with Jane Condon and Kendra Cunningham. Greenwich native comedian Jane Condon has been dubbed by the Associated Press as “an upper crust Roseanne.” Boston-bred and Brooklyn-based, Kendra Cunningham has been named as a comic to watch by Time Out New York and has been compared to Groucho Marx and Mae West by the UK’s Chortle.

“Mio Yamato: 呼吸する星 / The Breathing Star”

Heather Gaudio Fine Art Gallery, New Canaan

Saturday, March 18, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Marking the Japanese artist’s first solo gallery exhibition in the United States, this show features newly created works along with a site-specific installation. In Yamato’s works, the ubiquitous dots of paint or ink are delicately deposited on the surface, making for quietly expressive compositions. The dotted arrangements render movement, gradation, and a sense of depth, mutating to create allusions to the natural world that extend beyond the picture plane. On view through April 29th


Loft Artists Association Gallery, Stamford

Saturday, March 18, 4:00-6:00 pm

Out the windows. Inside the windows. This exhibit is all about what the member artists of the Loft see, what they don’t see, and what they hope to see. On view through April 16th.

Spring Exhibition: “Rainbow in the Dark”

MoCA Westport

Saturday, March 18, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Get ready for the opening reception for a solo exhibit by German contemporary artist Anselm Reyle. Reyle’s best-known works include foil-and-strip paintings and sculptures. Remnants of consumer society, discarded materials, symbols of urbanity, and industrial change play a central role in his works. The exhibition includes 20 of his works, including a site-specific neon installation. Curated by Emann Odufu, an art activist, independent filmmaker, producer, screenwriter and digital media specialist. On view through May 28th.

 “When Folklore Meets Choral” 

Norwalk Concert Hall

Saturday, March 18, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

The Fairfield County Chorale, led by David Rosenmeyer, presents Argentine-born Rosenmeyer with music of Latin America and the 80-member Chorale performing Ariel Ramírez’ Misa Criolla, one of the earliest masses to be written in Spanish following the Second Vatican Council. The concert will also explore the music of the Andes and the Pampas of Latin America, through the songs of indigenous people.

Robert Klein

SHU Community Theatre, Fairfield

Saturday, March 18, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

It promises to be an evening you won’t forget. Get ready to laugh, chuckle, giggle, and roar with the comedian that Jerry Seinfeld once exclaimed, “... was The Beatles of comedy to me.” For more than 40 years, Robert Klein has been making audiences laugh and critics cheer on Broadway, television and film. 

An Evening with Dennis Collins

The Palace Theatre, Stamford

Saturday, March 18, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

It has been said that the smooth, soulful voice of singer Dennis Collins goes straight to the heart of all who hear him! A truly gifted artist, Collins is a member of a rare breed of singers, with the ability to interpret many different musical styles. Dennis has recorded and performed with a wide range of artists such as Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Whitney Houston, James Taylor, Carole King, Billy Joel, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Jon Batiste, and many others!

Marvelous Metamorphoses

Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan

Sunday, March 19, 1:00 pm

Bring the family to an engaging Sova Dance & Puppet Theater performance that brings nature's cycles to life through song, dance and the art of puppetry. Celebrate beautiful transformations in our world and the ecological health of our planet! All ages welcome.

“The Complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas”

Suzuki Music Schools, Westport 

Sunday, March 19, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

The second in a concert series, join award-winning violinist Andrew Smith, director of the Suzuki Music Schools, and Grammy-nominated pianist Joshua Pierce as they continue to explore the genius of Beethoven.

“Women of Abstract Expressionism”

The Ridgefield Library

Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 pm 

Examine the careers of four groundbreaking women artists affiliated with the Abstract Expressionist movement: Perle Fine, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler. Wine and cheese will be served.

See these and discover hundreds more events on the FCBUZZ EVENTS page at Sign up for the Cultural Alliance eBuzz to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.

]]> (Lorie Lewis) Events Fri, 17 Mar 2023 10:06:47 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Stamford: Hulk Hauling

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 Hulk Hauling!

Three questions with Kris, founder of Hulk Hauling.

Why did you start your business?

I started my business because I saw a need within the community I live in for responsible, equitable junk removal.  My team and I properly dispose of all types of materials from household goods to construction debris.  We are appropriately licensed and insured and have made a commitment to the environment to "recycle and operate green" when we can, which saves tons of waste from local landfills each year.

What is your best-selling product/service?

Our best-selling service is our furniture removal for both personal residences and businesses alike.

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

We love to keep our business local whenever possible.  We get all our "print needs" done from SignPros in Stamford.  Our mechanic for our trucks is West High Service Station, also in Stamford and we fuel up our trucks at the Royal Mart/Gulf on High Ridge, just above the merit parkway.

Erica would like to nominate RJB Plumbing & Heating to be featured next!

Visit Hulk Hauling online here!

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

]]> (Dan) Places Thu, 16 Mar 2023 06:35:00 -0400
The Palace Theatre’s 11th Annual Gala Raises $111,000

Nonprofit welcomes Emmy Award-winning comedian Trevor Noah

On Wednesday, March 8, The Palace Theatre in Stamford welcomed Emmy Award-winning comedian and New York Times best-selling author Trevor Noah for the nonprofit’s 11th Annual Gala. The Palace’s largest annual fundraiser, the event raised $111,000 to support the organization and its arts education programs.

Trevor Noah recently bid farewell to his role as host of the Emmy Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central after seven years to focus on traveling the world with his live stand-up – which has spanned sold out shows in five continents. Host for the Grammy Awards in 2021 and 2022, Noah has written, produced, and starred in 12 comedy specials, including “I Wish You Would,” his third for Netflix. He is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.”

“We are proud to present world class entertainment such as Trevor Noah so close to home,” said Michael Moran, President and CEO of The Palace. “While most people know us for our outstanding shows, they may not know that The Palace is a nonprofit organization. We rely on the assistance of our generous supporters to entertain, educate, enrich and inspire the diverse population of our region.”

The Palace also honored Senator Richard Blumenthal as its 2023 Arts Ovation Award recipient.

“Senator Blumenthal was a co-sponsor of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant and has been an unwavering supporter of arts and culture here in Stamford and throughout the State of Connecticut during the pandemic closure,” noted Moran. “He truly understands the importance of what performing arts venues mean to the communities they serve. We are where we are today because of his advocacy.”

The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT. For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter and Instagram.


]]> (Michelle Lauricella) Charities Wed, 15 Mar 2023 12:46:21 -0400
Listen to your gut: How to spot and prevent colon cancer on March 23 in Stamford

Listen to your gut: How to spot and prevent colon cancer on Thursday, March 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Stamford Health has gathered several of our colorectal physicians together to share everything you need to know about the prevention and early detection of colorectal cancers.​

Robert Michael Dettmer, MD​ | Colon cancer screening: Everything you need to know​
​Darlene Negbenebor, MD​ | Common anorectal disorders – and what to do about constipation​
Gaurav Ghosh, MD​ | When do you need to have an endoscopy?​
​Antonio Picon, MD​ | FAQs after a colon cancer diagnosis​
​Elvira Curcio, RN ​| What is biofeedback? How the practice could improve your health​
Lisa Shepard, RD, CSO | How nutrition affects your colon ​

The event will take place at Stamford Health Tully Health Center, Brace Auditorium| 32 Strawberry Hill Ct, Stamford, CT 0690

]]> (Stamford Health) Events Wed, 15 Mar 2023 12:44:23 -0400
JCC Stamford Parent Webinar on March 29: College & Postsecondary Transition for Students with Learning Differences

Transitions: Finding Your Student’s Academic Path After High School

Webinar Date: Wednesday, March 29th 7:00 p.m. EST

Co-hosted online with the Stamford JCC (Stamford, CT)

Register here on Zoom:

This webinar is part of the Finding Your Voice as a Parent Webinar Series


Lawrence Berliner, Connecticut Special Education Law Attorney

Jane Faherty, Stamford JCC JumpStart Executive Director and Special Education Advocate

Stephanie Mitchell, Independent College Consultant/Owner, Grapevine Educational Consulting and College & Transition Advising Affiliate, The Bertram Group

Helping parents and students with learning differences find the right placement in pursuing postsecondary academic settings.

We will help families understand:

• Postsecondary transition planning for students with learning differences
• How to select the appropriate college option or transition program
• Finding a setting that fits a student’s strengths and individual needs
• Qualities and characteristics needed to ensure a successful transition
• Seeking support and accommodations in college
• Guiding parents through the process

Questions? Please email Rachel Berliner, Public Relations at

]]> (Rachel Berliner) Events Wed, 15 Mar 2023 12:41:24 -0400
FC Buzz Weekend of Art and Culture in Fairfield County March 10-12

HamletHub FC Buzz Weekend March 10 - March 12

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

FOCUS ’23 Photography Exhibit

Wilton Library

Friday, March 10, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Meet local photographers at a reception and awards presentation where photographers of all ages will have their work on display. The photographs are judged by a panel of notable area photographers in three divisions: Adult, High School, and Youth. On view during library hours through March 31st.

“I Thee Wed: Western Bridal Fashion from the Collection” Exhibit

Westport Museum for History and Culture

Friday, March 10, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Explore wedding gowns from the Museum’s collection and discover how these iconic dresses relate to wealth, class, gender, and women’s rights. Create your own wedding dress with fashions from around the world at an interactive magnet wall. Enjoy late hours and light refreshments as part of this exhibit too!

Blue Coupe at VersoFest 2023

Verso Studios at Westport Library

Friday, March 10, 6:30 - 9:30 pm  

Don’t miss Blue Coupe, the supergroup formed of Alice Cooper bassist, Dennis Dunaway, and Blue Öyster Cult founders, Joe and Albert Bouchard, perform along with Sisters Tish and Snooky Bellomo, of Manic Panic. Blue Coupe’s live concerts are a mix of the best-known songs from their respective groups as well as new music. 

Decades In Concert: 1980’s

Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport 

Friday, March 10, 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 11, 5:00 and 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 12, 5:00 pm

It’s the third installment of DCT’s signature series following the huge success of Sounds of the '70's and Spirit of the '60's. You’ll hear songs by Madonna, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, U2, The Police, and many more in a story of the history and culture of America in the “Me First” decade. Weekends through April 8th.

The Kingdom Choir

Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield

Friday, March 10, 7:30 - 9:30 pm 

A must-see! Best known for their show-stopping performance of Stand By Me at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the group was instantly catapulted to worldwide fame. The choir draws from various Christian traditions and is dedicated to creating a sound that reflects the community they serve.

An Evening of One Acts 2023

Ridgefield Theater Barn

Friday March 10 & Saturday March 11, 8:00 pm

Following the first phase of a major renovation, RTB re-opens its door for this ever-popular annual production of one-act plays. Features a talkback with the playwrights after the show.

Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra String Quartet

Edmond Town Hall, Newtown

Saturday, March 11, 7:00 - 8:30 pm 

Come, lean back and enjoy a chamber music concert, featuring RSO principal string players performing a mix of traditional and contemporary classical music.

American Chamber Orchestra’s “A German Requiem”

Norwalk Concert Hall

Saturday, March 11, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

The American Chamber Orchestra presents  Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem, with the Mendelssohn Choir of CT and Connecticut Chamber Choirs. Soloists include Stephanie Gregory and Ricardo Herrera. 

The BackCountry Jazz BeBoppers

Voices Cafe, Westport

Saturday, March 11, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

The best young musicians in our area showcase the rich tradition of Jazz, bringing a unique, contemporary talent vibe to an evening of creative, energetic entertainment!

Christopher Ladd, Classical Guitarist

The MAC – Milford Arts Council, Milford

Saturday, March 11, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Enjoy a concert by a renowned classical guitarist who has been a featured performer at guitar festivals around the world and is recognized as versatile and talented both as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been a semi-finalist twice  in the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America International competition. 

Red Baraat: Festival Of Colors

SHU Community Theatre, Fairfield

Sunday, March 12, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This pioneering band from Brooklyn, New York has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound - a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz and raw punk energy. Created with a purposeful agenda of manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve.

See these and discover hundreds more events on the FCBUZZ EVENTS page at Sign up for the Cultural Alliance eBuzz to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.

]]> (Lorie Lewis) Events Thu, 09 Mar 2023 06:30:57 -0500
Stamford Police Sergeant Patrick Loughran To Lead St. Patrick’s Day Parade

STAMFORD—This year, Stamford Police Sergeant Patrick Loughran will be leading the Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade as Grand Marshal. In tribute to Patrick’s service to the community, the Irish American Cultural Society of Stamford (IACSOS) will be donating ten Grand Marshal’s Dinner tickets to Stamford-based first responders.

The Grand Marshal’s Dinner will be held on Friday, March 3 at Serafina at the Italian Center, 1620 Newfield Ave, Stamford, beginning at 6 pm.

Donated ticket recipients will be selected via raffle. Stamford-based first responders will be eligible to receive one donated ticket each. Each ticket is valued at $150. Those who are interested should e-mail with their request to participate, indicating their full name, mailing address and first-responder affiliation (i.e., EMT, firefighter, paramedic, police). Requests should be made by Friday, February 17 at 6pm.

Individuals may submit on behalf of themselves or another person, however only one submission per person will be honored. Winners’ active participation as Stamford-based first responders will be verified. Winners will be notified by Sunday, February 19.

2023 marks the 28th anniversary of the parade, which will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at 2 pm in downtown Stamford. With participation from more than 80 community marching units, pipe bands, dancers and school organizations, the parade is Stamford’s premier spring event and is the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Fairfield County.

The Parade and its associated events are run by the IACSOS which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Those interested in becoming a sponsor, making a donation, purchasing dinner tickets, or getting involved as a volunteer should contact Michael Feighan by e-mail at

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The Taco Project Restaurant Week, a spirited fast-casual Mexican restaurant group with locations throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties

The Taco Project, a spirited fast-casual Mexican restaurant group with locations throughout Westchester and Fairfield Counties, presents The Taco Project Restaurant Week.

From March 15 through March 22, The Taco Project is offering a 3-Course Prix Fixe Menu which includes choice of appetizer, an order of their signature tacos, and a choice of dessert for just $20.

A growing taco restaurant concept that first introduced its brand in Tarrytown, NY in 2014, has since expanded into Yonkers (2017), Bronxville (2019), Pleasantville (2021), and Stamford, CT (2022), will be offering this week-long promotion in all locations.

The Taco Project is wrapped in a lively Mexican design aesthetic, from eclectic wall art and neon signage to colorful tile work, exuding a modern, upscale vibe. Craft cocktails, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic frescas add to this unique dining experience.

For more information, visit

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Comedian Trevor Noah Headlines The Palace Theatre’s 11th Annual Gala on March 8

Senator Richard Blumenthal announced as 2023 gala honoree

On Wednesday, March 8, Emmy Award-winning comedian and New York Times best-selling author Trevor Noah will take the stage at The Palace Theatre in Stamford for the nonprofit’s 11th Annual Gala. The event, which this year highlights Senator Richard Blumenthal as the gala’s honoree, is The Palace’s largest annual fundraiser with proceeds benefiting the organization and its arts education programs.

The most successful comedian in Africa, Trevor Noah recently bid farewell to his role as host of the Emmy Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central after seven years to focus on traveling the world with his live stand-up – which has spanned sold out shows in five continents.

“Trevor Noah is an incredible talent and we’re thrilled to have him headline this year’s gala,” said Michael Moran, President and CEO of The Palace. “It’s a privilege to be able to present premier entertainment so close to home. We encourage those interested to purchase tickets early as our gala performance sells out each year.”

Host for the Grammy Awards in 2021 and 2022, Trevor Noah has written, produced, and starred in 12 comedy specials, including “I Wish You Would,” his third for Netflix. Noah is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” and its young readers adaptation, released in 2019, “It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” which also debuted as a New York Times bestseller.

In 2018, Noah launched the Trevor Noah Foundation to improve equitable access to quality education for underserved youth in South Africa. His vision is a world where education enables youth to dream, see and build the impossible.

“As a nonprofit organization, we rely on our generous supporters to help realize our mission – to entertain, educate, and enrich our multicultural community,” said Moran. “We are incredibly grateful to have Senator Blumenthal’s unwavering support and are proud to announce him as this year’s gala honoree.”

With a father who fled Nazi Germany at age 18, and a mother who left Nebraska’s farmland to become a social worker, Senator Blumenthal was raised with a deep dedication to public service, a duty to give back by helping others, and a bedrock belief in hard work. He served as a U.S. Attorney for Connecticut as well as in the Connecticut House of Representatives and State Senate. In 2010, Senator Blumenthal was elected to represent Connecticut in the United States Senate. He was reelected in 2016 and is currently a member of the Committee on the Judiciary, Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation, Committee on Armed Services, Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Special Committee on Aging.

Moran continued, “Our goal is to raise $200,000 to continue providing arts education programming to under-resourced youth throughout the region and award scholarships that will positively impact their social, emotional, and academic outcomes. Together with our patrons and donors, I know we can realize this goal.”

Gala tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Kristin Levinson at 203-517-3415 or for additional information. Gala tickets include premium seats to Trevor Noah, pre-show VIP cocktail party, and free parking. Tickets are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT. For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter and Instagram.

For the latest news and updates, follow @ThePalaceTheatreStamford on Facebook and @PalaceStamford on Twitter.

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FC Buzz Weekend of Arts and Culture March 3-5

FC Buzz Weekend March 3 - March 5

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

Connecticut Guitar Festival at MoCA Westport

Fri, March 3, 7:00 - 9:00 pm 

Don’t miss the Guitar Festival of the year! Organized by Suzuki Music Schools of Westport & Orange, this festival kicks off with two masters of the guitar performing in a beautiful gallery space. The concert features contemporary guitarist Jordan Dodson and classical guitarist Rene Izquierdo. Dodson is described by Performance Today as “one of the top young guitarists of his generation,” and Izquierdo, one of the world’s classical guitar virtuosos was described in Classical Guitar Magazine as playing with “unforgettable versatility, sensitivity and sublime musicianship”.

All Things Equal – The Life and Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” at The Ridgefield Playhouse

Fri, March 3, 8:00 - 9:30 pm

Celebrate Women’s History month in Ridgefield. This award-winning one-woman play, starring Michelle Azar, peeks into RBG’s life and many trials. Written by Tony Award-winning playwright Rupert Holmes. From losing her mother the day before she graduated as valedictorian of her Brooklyn high school, to fighting for women’s rights in the 1970s, to taking courageous stands for human rights, this play will prove why RBG is not only “notorious” but victorious as she takes a stand for ordinary people facing the many challenges of a changing world.

“Creative Color Puppets” Workshop at The Norwalk Art Space

Sat, March 4, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come create your own finger or hand puppet made of colorful felt shapes in a supportive and creative community setting. It’s a free community workshop led by Volunteer Coordinator Patricia Kurowski. All ages are welcome to experiment but kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Speakeasy Jazz Club at Westport Museum & History Center

Sat, March 4, 7:00 - 11:00 pm

Step back in time when the Jazz Age's smartest set partied at underground jazz clubs in rowdy downtown Westport. As part of the Connecticut Guitar Festival, celebrate and support the work of Westport Museum and Suzuki Music School by bringing history to life. Come in costume and pose with the vintage photobooth! Enjoy the smooth tunes of Guitar Festival artists and sip vintage cocktails. Try your hand at six different casino games with all proceeds going to support these two local non-profits.

GCTYO Winter Concerts at Klein Auditorium, Bridgeport

Sun, March 5, 12:00

See and hear all 14 Greater Connecticut Youth Orchestras ensembles as they perform their annual show. At 1pm: orchestral and band music includes violist Devin Cowan playing the Stamitz Viola Concerto, plus music by Florence Price, Scott Joplin, Stevie Wonder, Shostakovich, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Mahler. At 3:30pm, the spotlight is on steel pan, jazz, winds, and full orchestra, playing Sviridov’s Snowstorm Suite, Bizet’s Farandole, the Pink Panther theme, and more. And at 6pm: enjoy advanced steel pan and jazz, and the principal orchestra, guest conducted by Harvey Felder, with Solomiya Ivakhiv playing Violin Concerto #2 by Florence Price, Herold’s Zampa Overture, and the last movement of Sibelius Symphony #2.

“Scaredy Kat Presents” at Westport Country Playhouse

Sun, March 5, 2:00 - 4:00 pm 

A wonderful event for the whole family! It’s the story of eleven-year-old Kathryn who is paralyzed by social anxiety. Estranged from her classmates, Kat spends all her time in her basement with her two passions: Alfred Hitchcock and stop-motion animation. When her attempt to win a trip to Hitchcock’s old film set falls apart, she is sent a possible gift with the arrival of the new neighbor, Nadia, whose interest in art could be the secret to Kathryn’s success. 

Kimberly Wilson: A Musical One-Woman Show at The Ridgefield Library

Sun, March 5, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

A little song. A little movement. A little dialogue. This award-winning creator, actor and singer, captures the historical experience of Black women in America. Her show tells stories about women like Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks and more - all women who had the courage to make their dreams a reality that not only elevated their own lives, but also helped lay the foundation for future generations. Kimberly brings these characters, and their triumphs and truths to life. Includes an audience talkback.

Croce Plays Croce at SHU Community Theatre, Fairfield

Sun, March 5, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

It’s a special night of music featuring a complete set of Jim Croce classics by his son. This special event features such timeless songs as “Operator,” “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” “Time in a Bottle” (a song written for A.J.),“ and more. 

Western CT Youth Orchestra Winter Concert at the David F. Clune Auditorium of Wilton High School

Sun, March 5, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Enjoy the 2023 WCYO concert featuring the Orchestra’s wind ensemble, string orchestra, symphony orchestra and soloist, Francesca Rossi of Ridgefield, winner of the 2023 WCYO Concerto Competition. Performances include “Colonial Dances,” by Florence Price, “Jubilee from Symphonic Sketches,” by George W. Chadwick, “The White Peacock,” by Charles T. Griffes, “Hoe Down” from Rodeo by Aaron Copland, “Night in the Tropics,” from Symphony No. 1 by Louis M. Gotschalk, and Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor.

Ivy League of Comedy: J-L Cauvin / Ryan Reiss / Shaun Eli at FTC’s StageOne, Fairfield

Sun, March 5, 7:45 pm 

Need a laugh? Head to Fairfield for some comic relief. J-L Cauvin has performed on The Late Late Show, The Howard Stern Show, and The Adam Carolla Show. Ryan Reiss has performed on The Late Late Show, Fox Red Eye and Howard Stern. Shaun Eli has performed on Netflix and his special, The Ivy League of Comedy Live from the Emelin Theatre, was just released on Amazon.

See these and discover hundreds more events on the FCBUZZ EVENTS page at Sign up for the Cultural Alliance eBuzz to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.

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Celebrate Food Rescue US, May 3

Stamford, CT – Join Food Rescue US for Celebrate Food Rescue US, an evening to help end hunger and reduce food waste in Fairfield County and communities across the country. The inaugural benefit will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 from 6:00PM - 9:30PM at The Loading Dock located in Stamford, CT. 

During the event, two remarkable individuals will be honored for the difference they have made in helping to end hunger and food waste. Danielle Blaine, former Food Rescue US - Fairfield County site director and Greenwich resident, will receive the Leadership Award for her efforts to unite and inspire the Fairfield County communities both during the pandemic and afterwards. 

Dayanny De La Cruz, vice president, Culinary Core Solutions for Levy Restaurants and former executive chef for SodexoLive!, Hard Rock Stadium, and Miami Dolphins, will receive the Visionary Award for her innovation and determination to reduce food waste and support those in need in the community. Dayanny worked with Food Rescue US - South Florida to rescue a combined 130,000 pounds of excess food from the 2020 Super Bowl and the 2022 Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix.

The event will also feature exclusive silent and live auction items and a seated dinner with fine wines and cocktails.

“We are excited to start off our return to live events with this year’s Celebrate Food Rescue US benefit,” shared Carol Shattuck, chief executive officer for Food Rescue US. “It’s through events like this one that we can raise awareness of the important work our team, volunteers, and collaborators are doing throughout Fairfield County and across the country and raise funds to support our efforts to fight hunger and food waste.”

For further event information or to purchase tickets & sponsorships, visit:

About Food Rescue US:

Food Rescue US, a national nonprofit organization, is a leader in reducing both hunger and food waste in America by connecting the vast amount of healthy, fresh surplus food with the critical hunger demand. Through the use of its proprietary web-based app, Food Rescue US engages volunteers to transfer excess fresh food from grocers, restaurants, and other sources to social service agencies that feed individuals and families who are experiencing food insecurity. By providing food that would otherwise be wasted and delivering it to the food insecure, Food Rescue US is keeping this wasted food from ending up in landfills where it decomposes, creating methane gas that warms the planet. To date, Food Rescue US has provided more than 113 million meals to those in need and kept more than 143 million pounds of excess food out of landfills in 42 locations across 24 states and D.C. For more information, visit and follow us on Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok at @FoodRescueUS. To sign up, go to our web-based app at


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