Stratford's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford Sun, 21 Jul 2019 02:55:24 -0400 HamletHub.com Network of Executive Women's Business Luncheon and Speaker in Stratford on August 6 https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/events/840-network-of-executive-women-s-business-luncheon-and-speaker840-network-of-executive-women-s-business-luncheon-and-speaker https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/events/840-network-of-executive-women-s-business-luncheon-and-speaker840-network-of-executive-women-s-business-luncheon-and-speaker

The Network of Executive Women’s monthly luncheon meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 6th 2019 at Riverview Bistro 946 Ferry Blvd in Stratford at 12:15pm. Speaker Kim Kasparian will present Network Your Way to Success One Relationship at a Time. Open to all.

Please register in advance at https://networkofexecutivewomen.org/new-lunch-registration. Cost is $24.99 for members and $29.99 for non-members and walk-ins.

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kerry@ducey.org (Jocelyn Murray) Events Mon, 15 Jul 2019 12:34:32 -0400
State Lawmakers Applaud Sikorsky Groundbreaking on Route 110 Realignment https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/politics/839-state-lawmakers-applaud-sikorsky-groundbreaking-on-route-110-realignment839-state-lawmakers-applaud-sikorsky-groundbreaking-on-route-110-realignment https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/politics/839-state-lawmakers-applaud-sikorsky-groundbreaking-on-route-110-realignment839-state-lawmakers-applaud-sikorsky-groundbreaking-on-route-110-realignment

Local state lawmakers joined together with town officials and Sikorsky executives to break ground on the long-awaited Main Street realignment and expansion project on Monday, July 8.

The Route 110 project will realign Sikorsky’s South entrance with Oronoque Lane, widen the roadway, add turning lanes, and add a crosswalk. The project seeks to alleviate traffic problems in the area and support growth at Sikorsky.

“This project is a great example of how well public private partnerships can work when we have a common goal,” said Senator Kevin Kelly. “By easing the flow of traffic, we can help reduce commute times. Less time on the road means more productivity at work and more time at home with your family. This will also help Sikorsky prepare for growth in both production and jobs. This will help move cars more efficiently off the Merritt Parkway to avoid traffic backup on the Sikorsky Bridge. This is a very exciting and crucial project to help our entire community over the long term.”

“I am excited and I am sure the local residents and employees are excited to see this project moving forward,” said Representative Ben McGorty. “We have thousands of commuters using Route 110 daily and the current alignment of Route 110 has caused headaches for everyone for far too long. The realignment of Route 110 is greatly needed and I can’t wait to see the project completed.”

“This is a problem that reflects good things happening in our local economy,” said Representative Joe Gresko. “More employees at Sikorsky means more traffic during shift changes. This project will streamline the traffic pattern and alleviate some of the daily traffic headaches.”

“I’m glad to see this project move forward,” said Representative Phil Young. “Traffic at a standstill is bad for tempers and bad for the economy.  We want to keep things moving forward.”

PICTURED: Members of the Stratford legislative delegation attended the groundbreaking of the Route 110 realignment project, a collaboration with Sikorsky, on July 8, 2019. Pictured from left to right: Representative Phil Young, Representative Joe Gresko, Representative Ben McGorty, Senator Kevin Kelly

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Politics Thu, 11 Jul 2019 07:18:15 -0400
Registration Open for 5th Annual Step Up For The Brave Stair Climb Challenge https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/events/838-registration-open-for-5th-annual-step-up-for-the-brave-stair-climb-challenge838-registration-open-for-5th-annual-step-up-for-the-brave-stair-climb-challenge https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/events/838-registration-open-for-5th-annual-step-up-for-the-brave-stair-climb-challenge838-registration-open-for-5th-annual-step-up-for-the-brave-stair-climb-challenge

"Step Up" and honor our brave service men and women at the Homes for the Brave’s 5th Annual Step Up For The Brave Stair Climb Challenge at Webster Bank Arena on Saturday, September 14, 2019. This fun and challenging event raises critical funds for Connecticut’s homeless veterans.

Registration is now open. Participants will follow a guided route up and down the Arena’s stairs at their own pace. Individuals, friends, families, and corporate teams are all encouraged to join in the festivities.

Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m., with the Climb starting at 9:00 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top climbers in the following brackets: 15 and Under, Female 16-30, Male 16-30, Female 31-45, Male 31-45, Female 46 and Above, Male 46 and Above, and there are opportunities for individuals who raise $100 or more to win a grand prize.  The event is open to those ages 8 and up, and everyone is encouraged to participate.

The cost to register is just $35, and participants receive an event shirt, light breakfast, and medal. Don’t delay, please visit https://www.homesforthebrave.org/stepup to sign-up today.

“Help honor those who've sacrificed so much at our signature fundraising event of the year,” said Vincent Santilli, CEO/Executive Director of ABRI/Homes for the Brave. “Step Up for the Brave is an unforgettable, high-energy experience for you and your teammates, offering an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of Veterans who need our help.”

Proceeds from this event will support Homes for the Brave’s mission to help homeless individuals, almost all of whom are Veterans, return to productive and meaningful lives. Webster Bank Arena is located at 600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT.

A variety of high profile sponsorship opportunities are currently available. Companies and individuals can sponsor the event or a flight of stairs in honor or memory of a personal hero or loved one.  For more information visit www.HomesForTheBrave.org or contact Elizabeth Gorenbergh at egorenbergh@homesforthebrave.org or (203) 338-0669.

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Mon, 08 Jul 2019 04:32:42 -0400
Stratford Native and Goalie Helps US National Soccer Team Win Women's World Cup Final https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/neighbors/836-wfairfield-county-native-and-goalie-helps-us-national-soccer-team-win-women-s-world-cup-final836-wfairfield-county-native-and-goalie-helps-us-national-soccer-team-win-women-s-world-cup-final https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/neighbors/836-wfairfield-county-native-and-goalie-helps-us-national-soccer-team-win-women-s-world-cup-final836-wfairfield-county-native-and-goalie-helps-us-national-soccer-team-win-women-s-world-cup-final

Stratford Connecticut native Alyssa Naeher, a goalkeeper for the UniteUSd State National Soccer Team has made our country and the Nutmeg state proud! Today, The team claimed victory over the Netherlands 2-0 in the FIFA Women's World Cup Final.

To celebrate the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s World Cup victory, Mayor de Blasio announced the City will host a ticker tape parade in their honor and present the team with the keys to the City on Wednesday, July 10th. 

According to the US Soccer official website, In 2014, Alyssa Naeher was awarded the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year award, making a record 106 saves in 24 games. That performance helped earned her a spot on the USA’s 2015 World Cup team. In 2019, the Chicago Red Stars GK has emerged as the USWNT’s starting keeper. Strong in the air and with the ball at her feet, Naeher’s quiet confidence in goal will steer the U.S. through its quest to retain the World Cup title.

Read Mayor de Blasio’s press release here.

*Image courtesy USSoccer.com

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Sun, 07 Jul 2019 14:18:13 -0400
Mayor Ganim and St. Vincent’s Kick Off Paint the City Blue, July 8 https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/events/834-mayor-ganim-and-st-vincent-s-kick-off-paint-the-city-blue-july-8834-mayor-ganim-and-st-vincent-s-kick-off-paint-the-city-blue-july-8 https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/events/834-mayor-ganim-and-st-vincent-s-kick-off-paint-the-city-blue-july-8834-mayor-ganim-and-st-vincent-s-kick-off-paint-the-city-blue-july-8

Bridgeport, CT - City of Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is helping support St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation’s 32nd Anniversary SWIM Across the Sound with the Paint the City Blue campaign.  The Mayor will be unveiling a new giant city banner and showcasing a newly painted blue Bank Street.  The ceremony will be held by McLevy Hall at the corner of Bank Street and Broad Street on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm.  Mayor Ganim will be sharing information about the City’s Banner program, which allows businesses and individuals to sponsor streetlights in the city with a personalized banner in honor of or in memory of a loved one, with proceeds helping cancer patients in our community. 

Paint the City Blue culminates with the 32nd SWIM Across the Sound Marathon on Saturday, August 3, 2019, which is the SWIM’s marquee fundraising event.  Swimmers, escort and perimeter boats will be leaving Port Jefferson, NY, to make the 15.5-mile journey to Captain’s Cove Seaport in Black Rock Harbor.  The weekend ends with an Interfaith Memorial Service at Captain’s Cove on Sunday, August 4, 2019. 

For more information, please contact:  John Brannelly or Rowena White 

About St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound

St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound is a charitable not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization run by the 
St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation of Bridgeport, CT. Founded in 1987 and celebrating its 32nd Anniversary this year, the SWIM has had a unique niche helping individuals and families struggling through the difficult changes that cancer brings with it.  The SWIM serves approximately 30,000 people annually by providing 44 programs, including cancer education, screening, prevention and support programs at low- or no-cost for the uninsured and underinsured. In addition, the SWIM helps individual cancer patients on a case-by-case basis with specific financial assistance, funding of wigs and prostheses, medication assistance, free transportation to treatments and appointments, day-care scholarships, support groups and more. For more information, contact the St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation at 203-576-5451 or visit www.SwimAcrossTheSound.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Edna Borchetta ) Events Thu, 04 Jul 2019 06:56:40 -0400
Pepe’s Fresh Tomato Pie is Back in Restaurants for the Summer https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/places/835-pepe-s-fresh-tomato-pie-is-back-in-restaurants-for-the-summer835-pepe-s-fresh-tomato-pie-is-back-in-restaurants-for-the-summer https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/places/835-pepe-s-fresh-tomato-pie-is-back-in-restaurants-for-the-summer835-pepe-s-fresh-tomato-pie-is-back-in-restaurants-for-the-summer

Beginning on Monday, July 1, world-famous New Haven, Connecticut-based Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (widely-known as “Pepe’s”), will be serving up their seasonal Fresh Tomato Pie again for a limited time at all Pepe’s restaurants. For the 11th summer in a row, the famous pizza will be offered July through September at each of the restaurant’s locations in New Haven, Fairfield, Manchester, Danbury, West Hartford and Uncasville (Mohegan Sun), CT, Yonkers, N.Y., Warwick, RI, Chestnut Hill and Burlington, MA.

Pepe’s Fresh Tomato Pie starts with the pizzeria’s acclaimed crust (offering the unbeatable combination of crunch, char, and chew) and is topped with fresh native tomatoes, mozzarella, a touch of garlic, basil, grated cheese and a kiss of imported olive oil.

The Pepe’s team is thrilled to welcome guests to their pizzerias this summer to try the delicious tradition for themselves!

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kerry@ducey.org (Skye Stewart) Places Wed, 03 Jul 2019 13:26:03 -0400
Former Trumbull PD Officer Michael Gonzalez Arrested for Computer Crime https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/publicsafety/833-former-trumbull-pd-officer-michael-gonzalez-arrested-for-computer-crime833-former-trumbull-pd-officer-michael-gonzalez-arrested-for-computer-crime https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/publicsafety/833-former-trumbull-pd-officer-michael-gonzalez-arrested-for-computer-crime833-former-trumbull-pd-officer-michael-gonzalez-arrested-for-computer-crime

On 09/14/2018, members of the Connecticut State Police, Central District Major Crime, in Troop I, Bethany were requested by the Bridgeport Superior Court, State’s Attorney’s Office to investigate a possible sexual assault incident involving Michael Gonzalez of Stratford, CT.

The reported sexual assault occurred in August of 2017. At the time, Michael Gonzalez was employed as a police officer at the Trumbull (CT) Police Department. (It is noted that Gonzalez resigned from his position as a police officer on 10/12/2018).

During the investigation, it was determined that on (2) different occasions (03/17/2017 and 04/24/2017) Gonzalez illegally utilized Trumbull Police Department’s NCIC (National Crime Index Computer) computer to search for addresses and vehicles listed to the complainant of the sexual assault.

Although the statute of limitations had expired for Inappropriate Sexual Contact, (Sexual Assault in the Fourth Degree) an arrest warrant was applied for Gonzalez for the commission of the crime of (2 counts of Computer Crime in the Third Degree, in violation of Connecticut General Statute, 53a-245. On 06/24/2019, Gonzalez’s arrest warrant was issued by the Bridgeport Superior Court On 06/27/2019, at approximately 9:47 am, Gonzalez voluntarily surrendered himself at CSP-Troop F, Westbrook, where his arrest warrant was executed.

Gonzalez was released on a court-ordered $75,000.00 bond and will be arraigned at the Bridgeport Superior Court on 07/11/2019. No further arrests are anticipated.

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kerry@ducey.org (CT State Police) Public safety Thu, 27 Jun 2019 08:32:02 -0400
SHU Receives $1.2 Million Grant for New Stem Teacher Program https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/places/832-shu-receives-1-2-million-grant-for-new-stem-teacher-program832-shu-receives-1-2-million-grant-for-new-stem-teacher-program https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/places/832-shu-receives-1-2-million-grant-for-new-stem-teacher-program832-shu-receives-1-2-million-grant-for-new-stem-teacher-program

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University has received a 1.2-million-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program for a new STEM program, in partnership with Norwalk, Bridgeport and Stratford school districts. The program—Scholars Integrating Science Tech Engineering Math in Elementary Classrooms (SISTEMEC)—will prepare 18 scholars over a five-year period to teach STEM in high-need, multicultural elementary schools. 

Connecticut and other states across the country are experiencing a shortage of highly qualified elementary STEM teachers who can use the newest practices based on Common Core math and Next Generation Science standards. An article in The Connecticut Mirror (August 2017) reported that “hundreds of teaching positions go unfilled each yearbecause school districts can’t find qualified candidates…The shortage of qualified teachers has meant that thousands of students each year are being taught by long-term substitutes—most of them in the state’s lowest-performing districts.” 

The Noyce program responds to this critical need for K-12 teachers of STEM disciplines by encouraging talented STEM students and professionals to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools. The program awards grants to institutions of higher education to provide scholarships, stipends and program support to recruit and prepare STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 teachers.

SISTEMEC, an interdisciplinary project from SHU, will increase the number and effectiveness of qualified STEM elementary teachers in the local, high-need areas through a revised education curriculum and engagement in service learning and inquiry-based research experiences. The scholars will be better prepared to help their elementary students understand and solve problems holistically, integrating the various STEM perspectives. This will especially aid students in multicultural and high-need classrooms who may need multiple perspectives and reinforcement to improve math and science skills.

“This Noyce STEM grant builds upon our very successful Noyce Biology and Mathematics for Educators scholars grant by allowing us to expand our focus on educating future STEM teachers to the elementary grade levels (K-5). Improving our teachers’ ability to teach STEM disciplines and make interdisciplinary connections between STEM subjects will provide our students with the skills necessary to tackle the ever-changing scientific and technological world that lies ahead,” said Mark Beekey, chair and professor of biology at SHU.

The program will recruit prospective first-year and transfer students, as well as matriculated first- and second-year students, with an emphasis on underrepresented minority students, first-generation college students, lower-income students, and veterans. Scholars earning their Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary STEM and a Master of Arts in teaching will receive financial aid and student support that includes a nine-month graduate teacher internship; faculty advising; a master’s mentoring program (which will pair Noyce scholars in their junior year with a STEM teacher in a high-need school district); and targeted STEM education workshops.

“The SISTEMEC grant represents the best of SHU: an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the Isabelle Farrington College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Computer Sciences and Engineering in the Jack Welch College of Business, responding to the growing need for STEM-prepared teachers. This opportunity helps SHU continue to grow a sustained vision and interdisciplinary culture for teaching and leading in STEM education” said Kristin Rainville, the program’s principal investigator and associate professor and director of the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching at SHU.

Students interested in this opportunity should email Rainville at rainvillek@sacredheart.edu or (203) 365-7517.

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About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus, which is located about an hour from Manhattan and 2.5 hours from Boston. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. More than 8,500 students attend the University’s eight colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business; Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, yet at the same time develops students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives and professions and in their communities. A spirit of service, entrepreneurship and social justice is the essence of who we are and can be seen inside and outside the classroom as students learn how to make a difference far beyond Fairfield. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 384 Colleges–2019 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 267 Business Schools–2018 Edition. It also placed SHU on its lists for “Happiest Students” and “Most Engaged in Community Service,” each of which comprises only 20 U.S. schools. Sacred Heart has a Division I athletics program. www.sacredheart.edu

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kerry@ducey.org (Kim Swartz) Places Tue, 25 Jun 2019 07:31:00 -0400
Network of Executive Women of Milford Network at Night Event in Stratford on July 16 https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/events/831-network-at-night831-network-at-night https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/events/831-network-at-night831-network-at-night

The Network of Executive Women of Milford will be hosting a free Network at Night event on Tuesday, July 16th 2019 at Riverview Bistro 946 Ferry Blvd in Stratford from 5-7PM. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar. Local women business professionals and entrepreneurs are invited to attend.

Register by 7/14 to rsvp@networkofexecutivewomen.org. Visit us online at http://www.networkofexecutivewomen.org

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kerry@ducey.org (Jocelyn Murray) Events Mon, 24 Jun 2019 08:40:34 -0400
500 Golden Ticket “Bananas” Hidden at Area Libraries on June 22 https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/events/830-500-golden-ticket-bananas-hidden-at-area-libraries-on-june-22830-500-golden-ticket-bananas-hidden-at-area-libraries-on-june-22 https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/events/830-500-golden-ticket-bananas-hidden-at-area-libraries-on-june-22830-500-golden-ticket-bananas-hidden-at-area-libraries-on-june-22

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Five hundred Golden Ticket “Bananas” are hidden in children’s books about monkeys, both fiction and non-fiction, in libraries throughout the area. Prizes include one GRAND PRIZE of a Behind-the-Scenes Tour at the Zoo, one FIRST PRIZE of a free children’s birthday party, along with multiple family yearly memberships, free passes for families and individuals, free monkey plush toys, discounts at the Zoo gift shop, soft serve ice cream cones and carousel rides.  

When: Saturday, June 22, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

(Hours may vary; check with participating libraries)

Where: Libraries in participating towns: Trumbull, Wilton, Milford, Weston, New Canaan, Monroe, Stratford, Easton, Newtown, three branches in Fairfield, Danbury, Cheshire, Derby, Beacon Falls, Seymour, both branches in Shelton, Hamden, and all branches in Bridgeport.

Why: To celebrate the opening of the newest species arriving at the Zoo later this summer, a pair of Black-handed Spider monkeys in a new, 21stcentury habitat, while supporting literacy and a love of reading. 

How: Simply go to a participating library and search through children’s books on monkeys to find a Golden Ticket Banana. Peel off the sticker on front and see what you’ve won! Librarians are fully engaged in the contest and are happy to assist any child who needs help. 

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut's only zoo, celebrating its 97thanniversary this year, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Guests won't want to miss our Amur (Siberian) tigers and leopards, maned wolf family, Mexican and Red wolves, and Golden Lion tamarins. Other highlights include the new Natt Family Red Panda Habitat, the South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas, plus the Pampas Plains, featuring Giant anteaters, Chacoan peccaries and more. Guests can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful, indoor carousel. For more information, visit beardsleyzoo.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Lisa Clair) Events Fri, 21 Jun 2019 07:47:04 -0400
Rare Amur Leopard Cubs Debut at CT's Beardsley Zoo https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/life/829-rare-amur-leopard-cubs-debut-at-ct-s-beardsley-zoo829-rare-amur-leopard-cubs-debut-at-ct-s-beardsley-zoo https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/life/829-rare-amur-leopard-cubs-debut-at-ct-s-beardsley-zoo829-rare-amur-leopard-cubs-debut-at-ct-s-beardsley-zoo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. –— Two of the rarest (and littlest) of the big cats on earth are ready to make their debut at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo! The Zoo’s six-year-old Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis), Freya, gave birth to three cubs on January 25, 2019 with two cubs surviving.  The surviving cubs, a male and a female, have been hand-reared by animal care professionals in the Animal Health Care Center. The male, Orion, and the melanistic (an extremely rare black color variant) female, Kallisto, have slowly been acclimating to their new habitat, and are ready to meet the public. 

“We’ve worked with the cubs for the past few weeks, gradually acclimating them to the outdoors, their new surroundings, and the sounds, sights, and smells they’ve encountered for the first time,” said the Zoo’s Deputy Director Don Goff, who as exotic cat expert and co-chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)’s Felid Taxon Advisory Group (TAG) has overseen the care of the cubs from birth. “Our guests and supporters have anxiously awaited a chance to meet Orion and Kallisto, and we appreciate everyone’s patience. As always, the physical, emotional and mental welfare of the cubs is our first responsibility.”

The cubs will be out in their habitat from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and then again from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. each day, but Goff cautioned that the cubs will have free choice to their holding areas, and they may choose to go inside where they can’t be seen. “We want everyone to have a chance to visit these precious and rare leopards, but they’re still quite young and may need rest time out of sight of our guests,” he explained. “If they’re not visible from the viewing window, visit other parts of the Zoo and make another trip to the leopard habitat at a later time,” he advised. 

To make room for the cubs, the Zoo said goodbye to adult male Amur leopard, Sochi, as he moved to a new permanent home. The cubs’ mother, Freya, is still at the Zoo. Managed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)’s Species Survival Plan (SSP), inter-regional transfers like Sochi’s are arranged with careful attention to gene diversity in the hope that additional successful breeding will take place to boost population numbers. Sochi and Freya’s offspring, Orion and Kallisto, will remain at the Zoo for the near future. 

Once the cubs are permanently housed in the public habitat, the nursery webcam will no longer livestream their daily activities. The Natt Family Red Panda Habitat’s webcam will continue to operate every day from 8:30 a.m.to 6:00 p.m. The Red panda webcam can be accessed through the Zoo’s website: www.beardsleyzoo.org

About Amur leopards

A rare subspecies of leopard that has adapted to life in the temperate forests from Northeast China to the Korean peninsula and the Russian Far East, Amur leopards are often illegally hunted for their beautiful spotted fur. The Amur leopard is agile and fast, running at speeds up to 37 miles per hour. Males reach weights of 110 pounds and females up to 90 pounds. 

They prey on sika, roe deer, and hare, but the Amur leopard has to compete with humans for these animals. They live for 10-15 years in the wild, and up to 20 years in human care. In the wild, Amur leopards make their home in the Amur-Heilong, a region that contains one of the most biologically diverse temperate forests in the world, vast steppe grasslands, and the unbroken taiga biome. 

About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo:

Let your curiosity run wild! Connecticut's only zoo, celebrating its 97thanniversary this year, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Guests won't want to miss our Amur (Siberian) tigers and leopards, American alligators and Spur-thigh tortoises, Mexican and red wolves, and Golden Lion tamarin. Other highlights include the Natt Family Red Panda Habitat, our South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas, plus the Pampas Plains featuring maned wolves, Chacoan peccaries and Giant anteaters. Guests can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful, indoor carousel. For more information, visit beardsleyzoo.org.

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kerry@ducey.org (Lisa Clair) Life Thu, 20 Jun 2019 08:20:23 -0400
Kick Off Summer at The Ridgefield Playhouse with Jon Batiste and Stay Human on June 21 https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/events/826-kick-off-summer-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-jon-batiste-and-stay-human-on-june-21826-kick-off-summer-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-jon-batiste-and-stay-human-on-june-21 https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/events/826-kick-off-summer-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-jon-batiste-and-stay-human-on-june-21826-kick-off-summer-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-with-jon-batiste-and-stay-human-on-june-21

Premium Show-only tickets JUST RELEASED!

Kick off summer with dinner, open bar and a great night of live music at The Ridgefield Playhouse Summer Gala, featuring “Late Show” band leader Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human on Friday, June 21 – the first day of summer!

The gala, which benefits The Playhouse (a non-profit, 501 (c) (3)), begins at 5:30pm and includes dishes prepared by local restaurants, beverages provided by local brewers, wineries and distilleries and a chance to bid on fabulous silent auction items outside under a tent on the baseball field next to The Playhouse. Jon Batiste and Stay Human will perform in the theater at 8pm.

Batiste is a globally celebrated musician, educator, bandleader and television personality whose musical skill, artistic vision and exuberant charisma make him a triple threat with unlimited potential. Recognized for his originality, jaw-dropping talent and dapper sense of style, he transitions from commanding the piano with virtuosic skill to soulfully crooning to wailing on the “harmonaboard” (a kind of harmonica and keyboard) to curating unique "social music" experiences all over the world. Born into a long lineage of Louisiana musicians, Batiste eventually went on to receive both his undergraduate and masters degrees in piano from the Juilliard School and formed his band, Stay Human. This show is part of the Moffly Media Evening of Art Wine & Jazz Series and Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity. Media sponsor for this show is WFUV.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is grateful for the support of Silver Sponsors: Berisford & Stockel Families, Ann & Steve Carlson, De Clercq Office Group, Adam R. Rose & Peter R. McQuillan and Lisa & Michael Shinall; Restaurant Sponsors: Atria Senior Living Culinary Chefs, Bareburger, The Cake Box, Odeen’s Barbecue, Some Things Fishy Catering, Southwest Café, Tablao, Tequila Escape, The Village Tavern and Whistle Stop Bakery; Beverage Sponsors: Asylum Distillery, Campari, Corona Premier, Founders Brewing Company, Got Attitude Vodka, Half Full Brewery, Nod Hill Brewery, Pacifico Clara, Pera Wines, Reverie Brewing Company, The Wine Trust, and Treasury Wine Estates; Additional Support by Abbey Tent & Party Rentals, Hollandia Nurseries, Pepsi, Reliance Merchant Services & Reli-Bid.

Band leader, Jon Batiste has performed with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Prince, Willie Nelson, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, and Mavis Staples. The Louisiana native began as a percussionist in his family’s band The Batiste Brothers Band at the age of eight. He switched to piano at age eleven and in addition to taking classical lessons began transcribing songs from video games such as Streetfighter Alpha and Sonic Hedgehog. He studied with Trombone Shorty at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and later attended Julliard. He made his debut at The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam at age 20, producing and performing his own show and went on to conduct music classes and clinics throughout the Netherlands, eventually returning to play Carnegie Hall in New York City.

For Batiste’s latest album Hollywood Africans he worked with the legendary T Bone Burnett. Batiste states, “The goal was just to collaborate on something that felt authentic to both of us. What we came up with was an intimate, stripped-down portrait of who I am, and the lineage of musicians and performers who are really vital to my work and to his. On this record, I want us to bop, dance, laugh and cry to the sound of the music while we remember our black heroes and wield the superpowers they left us with. Because of them, I don't have to wear a mask. I get to be who I am.”

For tickets ($75- $175) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

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kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Mon, 17 Jun 2019 09:11:50 -0400
SHU Taps Martha Crawford to Lead Welch College of Business https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/places/827-shu-taps-martha-crawford-to-lead-welch-college-of-business827-shu-taps-martha-crawford-to-lead-welch-college-of-business https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/places/827-shu-taps-martha-crawford-to-lead-welch-college-of-business827-shu-taps-martha-crawford-to-lead-welch-college-of-business

FAIRFIELD, Conn.— Martha J. Crawford will be the new dean of the Jack Welch College of Business (WCOB) at Sacred Heart University, effective August 5. She has both a business and academic background, having served as senior vice president of Research & Development for several multinational companies (Air Liquide, Areva and L’Oréal) based in France. In those roles, she fostered technological innovation, sponsoring internal innovators, coaching and helping to develop tech startups with VC partners and creating new startups with innovation partners. 

In 2016, after living and working in France for 20 years, Crawford repatriated to the United States to accept a teaching position at the Harvard Business School. Since 2016, she has taught the MBA core-curriculum course, “Leadership and Corporate Accountability,” which covers legal and ethical aspects of corporate responsibility. In addition, she developed a course—“21st-Century Energy”—that was nominated in 2019 for a national prize by the Harvard Business and Environment Initiative. 

Crawford is a resident of Cambridge, Mass. She earned her master’s degree in business administration from the Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris in 1998. Prior to that, she received her MS and doctorate degrees in environmental and chemical engineering from Harvard University (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) in 1994 and 1997 respectively.

Crawford is excited to lead the growing College of Business at Sacred Heart. “I look forward to helping transform West Campus into a regional center of excellence for teaching entrepreneurship and innovation with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, co-working space, start-up accelerator and incubator space and joint innovation programs with industrial partners,” she said. “I also look forward to building or reinforcing academic bridges and degree program with other SHU colleges. This will help prepare students to thrive in an increasingly complex world that requires interdisciplinary knowledge and skills.”

Crawford said the creativity and boldness of the SHU senior leaders enticed her away from the Harvard Business School where she has been very happy. “I was impressed with their putting the School of Computer Science and Engineering within the College of Business and acquiring the former GE headquarters to build out an innovation campus that will become an important platform for business growth in the region,” she said. “During my interviews, I was excited by the sense of mission, energy and the capacity to embrace change. I look forward to working with the team at SHU, and I believe my former C-suite experience managing R&D, intellectual property and innovation partnerships for multi-national companies has given me the skills and network necessary to help the WCOB achieve its goals.”

SHU’s mission is also important to Crawford. “My parents taught us that we had to give back to society in proportion to our capacities—that we need to use our resources to create value, reinforce our communities and help make the world a better place,” she said. “A tour of campus with my daughter (a rising high school junior) and interaction with several students convinced me that SHU is teaching that same philosophy and equipping students to make a positive difference. That resonated with me.”

“We are excited to welcome Martha to the SHU community. We believe she is the right person to actualize our vision of integrating business and technology education—something that began with the move of the School of Computer Science & Engineering into the College of Business,” said Rupendra Paliwal, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “Her expertise in creating value through technical innovation will be critical as we continue to develop an innovation center at West Campus. She is dedicated to providing a transformational learning experience for our students and also contributing to the regional economy.”

The Jack Welch College of Business is named after the legendary former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch. Its goal is to develop the next generation of leaders, and all activities and programs focus on enhancing student learning. Students work with a dedicated community of scholars and practitioners rooted in the Catholic intellectual traditions, ethics and values with learning taking place both inside and outside of the classroom. Business students participate in learning communities, in-service experience with area non-profits and international exposure through courses at SHU’s Luxembourg and Dingle campuses. The curriculum of the WCOB is to prepare students to achieve their goals, give back to their community and make a difference in global society.

About Sacred Heart University

As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus, which is located about an hour from Manhattan and 2.5 hours from Boston. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. More than 8,500 students attend the University’s eight colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business; Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time develops students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives and professions and in their communities. A spirit of service, entrepreneurship and social justice is the essence of who we are and can be seen inside and outside the classroom as students learn how to make a difference far beyond Fairfield. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 384 Colleges–2019 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 267 Business Schools–2018 Edition. It also placed SHU on its lists for “Happiest Students” and “Most Engaged in Community Service,” each of which comprises only 20 U.S. schools. Sacred Heart has a Division I athletics program. www.sacredheart.edu

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kerry@ducey.org (Kim Swartz) Places Mon, 17 Jun 2019 07:18:11 -0400
Dynamic Detritivores at Connecticut Audubon’s Coastal Center on Saturday https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/events/825-dynamic-detritivores-1559682630825-dynamic-detritivores-1559682630 https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/events/825-dynamic-detritivores-1559682630825-dynamic-detritivores-1559682630

Detritus! What in the world is that? Come find out Saturday, June 8, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Connecticut Audubon’s Coastal Center, 1 Milford Point Rd. in Milford. The Center’s salt marsh will be your lab to learn about detritus and the critters that feast on this key component of the ecosystem.

Explore fiddler crab tunnels, and catch and release these animals that play a crucial environmental role through their unique diet. Nets and buckets provided. Wear rain boots or waterproof shoes that can get wet and muddy. The more mud, the merrier!

All ages welcome. CAS Members $7/child; Non-members $10/child. Pre-registration is required at: https://www.ctaudubon.org/2019/04/dynamic-detritivores/

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kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Wed, 05 Jun 2019 06:44:42 -0400
Stratford Area College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Announced https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/neighbors/824-stratford-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-1559688609824-stratford-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-1559688609 https://news.hamlethub.com/stratford/neighbors/824-stratford-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-1559688609824-stratford-area-college-sponsored-merit-scholarship-winners-announced-1559688609

23 Students from Connecticut awarded College Sponsored Scholarships

Stratford area students were awarded College-sponsored Merit Scholarships. These students are part of a distinguished group of about 7,600 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $31 million.

Award recipients close to Stratford are as follows:

PublishedDate Student City Probable Career College Sponsor High School
2019-06-05 12:00 Cason G. Stone Darien Engineering National Merit Vanderbilt University Scholarship Darien H. S., Darien
2019-06-05 12:00 Noah V. Sobel-Lewin New Haven Economics National Merit University Of Chicago Scholarship Hopkins School, New Haven
2019-06-05 12:00 Daniel Bouzolin Seymour Mechanical Engineering National Merit University Of Texas At Dallas Scholarship Seymour H. S., Seymour
2019-06-05 12:00 Soumya L. Ganti Trumbull International Relations National Merit Boston University Scholarship Trumbull H. S., Trumbull
2019-06-05 12:00 Liam Patrick McEniry Trumbull Computer Engineering National Merit Northeastern University Scholarship Trumbull H. S., Trumbull
2019-06-05 12:00 Andrew Moy Westport Business Administration National Merit University Of Richmond Scholarship Staples H. S., Westport
2019-06-05 12:00 Joshua C. Zhang Westport Economics National Merit University Of Chicago Scholarship Staples H. S., Westport

 

Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced over 3,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2019 competition to about 4,100.

Today’s announcement is the third National Merit Scholar release in 2019 by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). NMSC named recipients of corporate-sponsored awards on April 17 and winners of National Merit® $2500 Scholarships on May 8. Additional recipients of college-sponsored awards will be announced on July 15. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,600 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships.

This year, 173 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 95 private and 78 public institutions located in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

Over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, approximately 16,000 Semifinalists were named on a state-representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

 

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cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (National Merit Scholarship Corporation) Neighbors Wed, 05 Jun 2019 03:00:00 -0400