Stratford's HamletHub Sun, 19 May 2019 03:25:56 -0400 Stratford Area High Schools Honored with College Success Award

GreatSchools has just announced the winners of the second-annual 2019 College Success Awards. (See the list below for High Schools in Connecticut honored near Stratford).

According to GreatSchools, this award recognizes 1,722 high schools across 25 states that have a successful track record of going beyond simply graduating students to helping them enroll in college and succeed once they get there. Winners represent about 20% of eligible public high schools. Eligibility is determined by data availability and ranges on a state-by-state basis from 13% to 88%.

Avon High School took top honors, and three other CT High Schools received a ten for ten Great Schools Summary Ranking - Weston High School, Connecticut IB Academy, and Marine Science Magnet High School Of Southeastern Connecticut.

The high schools in Connecticut that have won the GreatSchools 2019 College Success Award include:

Rating School Total enrolled % Low-income % College enrollment - State average: 72% Persistence % - State average: 86%
9/10 Fairfield Warde High School 1518 13% 90% 93%
9/10 Trumbull High School 2151 8% 90% 95%
9/10 Fairfield Ludlowe High School 1508 7% 89% 94%
7/10 Joseph A. Foran High School 920 14% 81% 94%

For a full list of schools please go to

The College Success Award-winning high schools stand out based on school-level college readiness and postsecondary data collected and shared by their states. “This data tells us whether students enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist to their second year,” GreatSchools states.

Learn more about GreatSchools College Success Awards here.

]]> (Tara Daly) Places Fri, 17 May 2019 12:00:50 -0400
1st Annual Milford Performance Center Pizza Fundraiser Challenge on Thursday!

1st Annual Milford Performance Center Pizza Fundraiser Challenge on Thursday, May 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Colonial Toyota

Help the Milford Performance Center while trying pizza, wine or Beer from the areas best Pizza Restaurants. Over 1200 slices and more than 20 types of pizza!

Live music bt Vick & Barre and Celebrity Judges including Mayor Ben Blake of Milford and Elena from Bin 100.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Mon, 13 May 2019 08:31:09 -0400
Whip, Whistle & Watch Luncheon to Kick Off The Barnum Festival, May 17

Bridgeport, CT - Join the 2019 Ringmaster and the royal family as the local business community salutes the Barnum Festival. The Whip, Whistle & Watch Luncheon is recognized as the official kick off of the festival’s many events. The event is sponsored in part by Newtown Savings Bank and will take place on Friday, May 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn & Conference Center, 1070 Main Street, Bridgeport.
The 71st Ringmaster of The Barnum Festival is Martin D. Schwartz of Fairfield, the retired President and CEO of The Kennedy Center and a long-time community leader and advocate.
Several hundred business and community leaders are expected.  Area dignitaries who will be presenting Schwartz with the symbols of his office include:  Cindi Bigelow, President and CEO of Bigelow Tea, will provide the whistle; Michele Macauda, retired from AT&T as the Senior Vice President, Business & Network Solutions IT, will give the whip; and Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim will turn over P.T. Barnum’s watch. 
In addition, Rabbi James Prosnit of Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport will give the invocation.
During the luncheon, Robert D. Scinto, Chairman of R.D. Scinto,  a leader in Connecticut corporate real estate, will be announced as the Grand Parade Marshal of the Great Street Parade, which will take place on Sunday, June 30.  
Royal Family scholarships also will be presented by the Ernest and Joan Trefz Foundation.  Six students were selected from among 30 high school juniors selected by their schools on the basis of their academic achievement.  Candidates must be in the top 20 percent of their junior class and demonstrate significant extracurricular and volunteer activities. The 2019 King and Queen will receive $2,500 scholarships, while the Prince and Princess will be given $1,500 scholarships.  
Tomas Montilla of Bridgeport, a student at Bullard-Havens Technical High School will be serving as the King, and Mari Andrzejewski of Trumbull, a student at St. Joseph High School, will be the Queen.  
The two Princes named were:  Evan Small of Fairfield, a student at Fairfield Prep, and Lucas Gelmetti of Trumbull, a student at Notre Dame High School, who previously was chosen as Tom Thumb of the Barnum Festival in 2011. 
Likewise, the two Princesses are: Caron Kim of West Haven, a student at Lauralton Hall, and Alessandra Zaffina of Trumbull, a student at Trumbull High School. 
Serving as the youngest members of the Royal Family are Isbella Roman of Bridgeport, age 9, a student at Barnum School as Lavinia Warren and Nathan Horne of Stratford, 10, a student at Chapel Street School as Tom Thumb. The two were chosen from a field of 40  third and fourth graders in the Greater Bridgeport area.  Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren were part of original P.T. Barnum’s Road Show.
 Horne’s family have been big supporters of the Barnum Festival. For the past decade, they have been parade winners at the Wing Ding Parade for children.  In addition, Nathan’s two older sisters were Lavinia Warren contestants.
Tickets for the luncheon are $75 per person.  Proceeds help support the many family fun activities that have been planned throughout the region such as the Wing Ding Parade, the Barnum Skyblast Fireworks and the Great Street Parade. 
Visit www./ for more information or call 203-367-8495. Reservations are required by Friday, May 10.
The Barnum Festival is the annual salute to the life and achievements of P.T. Barnum –the legendary 19th century  showman, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and former mayor of Bridgeport. 
This year’s theme for the Barnum Festival, one of the region’s best-loved annual traditions, is “Everyone Counts,” which aligns with PT Barnum’s legacy to bring fun and laughter to everyone.  In fact, part of the proceeds will be donated to support special needs children in the community.   

“As Ringmaster of the Barnum Festival, I have an opportunity to give back to the community in a big way,” said Schwartz. “I am truly honored to lead this major state festival and have introduced several new and exciting events.  In March, The Discovery Museum hosted and sponsored ‘A Special Day for Special Needs.’ This free, first-time event was extremely successful and attracted over 420 participants.” 

In addition, on Saturday, June 8, the Wing Ding Parade for children will take place at the Beardsley Zoo with  registration starting at 9 a.m. and the parade kicking off at 11 a.m. Due to the generosity of  Bannow Larson Foundation, there will be free admission to the 
Also in June, “Barnum: An American Musical,” will be performed at the Fairfield Museum. This musical pays tribute and celebrates the life of P.T. Barnum. Javier Colon, a native of Stratford, stars in this production along with an amazing cast. Javier was the winner of the inaugural season of The Voice on NBC.  
The opening night gala reception on Thursday, June 27 starts at 6:30  p.m. with dinner and a cocktail party, live and silent auction items, plus 8 p.m. show at $125 per person.  Free performances will be held on Friday, June 28  at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 29 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Seats are first come, first serve.
The Barnum Festival depends on the generosity of over 200 volunteers plus over 30 business sponsors.  Legacy sponsors include:Aquarion, IBEW Local Union #488, Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, People’s United Bank and Elizabeth M. Pfriem.
About the Barnum Festival
The Barnum Festival is a celebration of the City of Bridgeport and the surrounding area that was organized in 1948 to help support local businesses and honor P.T. Barnum—a world-renowned showman and city leader. The first Festival was held in 1949. 
The Barnum Festival events focus on building community spirit, fostering philanthropy, and celebrating the diverse cultures represented by residents. The festival culminates in a weekend-long Barnum Palooza that hosts parades, plays, fireworks, and other family-friendly festivities. 
]]> (Cara Mocarski) Events Fri, 10 May 2019 07:38:52 -0400
Annual Car Show at Boothe Park, May 19

Bridgeport, CT - Opening Day at Boothe Park is almost here! The Friends of Boothe Park cordially invite you to a day of fun at the 2019 Park Opening and Antique Car Show at Boothe Memorial Park & Museum, 5800 Main Street, Stratford, CT, on Sunday, May 19!

- Car Show begins at 9:00 AM

- Flag Raising Ceremony in honor of all of our veterans at NOON, at the Park Entrance

- Welcome with Mayor Laura Hoydick

- Events from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

- Student Art Show, and Balloon Man for the Kids in the Pavilion

- Orientation Film and more in the Visitor Center

- All Museum Buildings open for tours, with a

- Working Blacksmith in the Blacksmith Shop

This also includes:

Boothe Rose Garden

Astronomy Building

Railroad Museum

Ham Radio Club

- Stratford Community Band from 1:30 to 3:30 PM

- Free birthday cake and lemonade outside the Homestead!

It’s a wonderful family outing & it’s free!  

]]> (Gwen Ackley ) Events Tue, 07 May 2019 08:28:48 -0400
St. Vincent's to Host Joint Replacement Seminar on May 15 in Trumbull

St. Vincent’s will host a complimentary seminar on total joint replacement featuring its surgeons, therapists and nurses, who will share options for knee and hip replacement for those considering these procedures for themselves or their family members.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 6:00pm at the Trumbull Library, 33 Quality Street, Trumbull, CT. Visit to register. Space is limited.

St. Vincent’s orthopaedic coordinator will guide patients through every step of their care. Guests will learn about the range of options available:

  • Non-surgical and surgical options for knee and hip pain
  • Surgeries with shorter recovery
  • Care and preparation for a safe and effective home recovery plan
  • Benefits of having surgery at St. Vincent’s Medical Center – including all private rooms for a better patient experience.
  1. Vincent’s is Joint Commission Certified as a Center of Excellence in Orthopedics.


About St. Vincent’s Medical Center

Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1903, St. Vincent's Medical Center is a mission-driven organization committed to exceptional health care for all with special attention to persons living in poverty and those who are most vulnerable.  St. Vincent’s, with more than 3,200 associates, includes a licensed 473-bed community teaching hospital, a 76-bed inpatient psychiatric facility in Westport, a large multispecialty provider group, and St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services. In 2012, and again in 2018, St. Vincent's achieved Magnet® Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the highest national honor for nursing excellence. In 2013, St. Vincent's Medical Center was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America, and has been recognized by both The Joint Commission and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) as a model of a highly reliable organization dedicated to patient safety. St. Vincent’s has been accredited by The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer since 1947, and has also earned its designation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer.  St. Vincent's Medical Center is part of Ascension, one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S. For more information on programs and services,

]]> (Edna Borchetta) Events Tue, 07 May 2019 08:24:10 -0400
See Where Stratford Schools Rank in U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has just released their 2019 Best High Schools Rankings. The rankings of the schools closest to Stratford are:

High School CT Rank Nat Rank Grad Rate Readiness Enrollment
Joseph A. Foran High School #36 #1,507 97% 57.3 903
Jonathan Law High School #52 #2,657 94% 51.6 865
Stratford High School #116 #6,660 91% 29.7 920
Bunnell High School #119 #6,848 94% 15.7 1,019
Achievement First Bridgeport Academy #141 #9,810 81% N/A 200
Aerospace/Hydrospace Engineering And Physical Sciences High School #145 #10,180 88% 7.1 499
Biotechnology Research & Zoological Sciences at the Fairchild Wheeler Campus #157 #12,100 94% N/A 491
Bassick High School #164-206 #12,935-17,245 59% 10.2 961
Bridgeport Military Academy #164-206 #12,935-17,245 96% N/A 329
Bullard-Havens Technical High School #164-206 #12,935-17,245 97% N/A 780
Capital Preparatory Harbor School Inc. #164-206 #12,935-17,245 N/A N/A 131
Central High School #164-206 #12,935-17,245 77% 16.4 1,515
Harding High School #164-206 #12,935-17,245 63% 17.9 973
Information Technology And Software Engineering High School #164-206 #12,935-17,245 94% 6.3 502
Platt Technical High School #164-206 #12,935-17,245

View the complete ranking of high schools in Connecticut here. View the complete ranking of high schools in the United States here.

U.S. News ranked 17,245 public high schools, out of a review of more than 23,000 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. According to U.S. News, the number of ranked schools is up from more than 2,700 last year. The new rankings, developed in conjunction with nonprofit research firm RTI International, are based on a revamped methodology that weighs six indicators of school quality for the 2016-2017 school year. View the methodology here.

The top five high schools in Connecticut

  1. Darien High School
  2. Weston High School
  3. Achievement First Hartford Academy
  4. Ridgefield High School
  5. Connecticut IB Academy

The highest-ranked schools are those whose students excelled on state tests and performed beyond expectations; participated in and passed a variety of college-level exams; and graduated in high proportions, according to U.S. News.

U.S. News also assigned a separate STEM ranking for 250 high schools whose students excelled on AP science and math tests. To be eligible, schools had to appear in the top 1,000 of the overall national ranking, according to the article.

Read the article in its entirety here.


]]> (Tara Daly) Neighbors Tue, 30 Apr 2019 13:39:14 -0400
Connecticut to Receive New Funding for Tick Research, Stratford Tick Data Shown Below

More help is on the way to study the tick problem in Connecticut.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently funded the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) to collect and test for more organisms that cause human diseases, including Lyme disease, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal.

According to the article, CAES will begin testing for more tick species and for more pathogens.

The chart below shows the data from collected ticks for towns near Stratford in 2017, the latest available:

Town Total_Identified Total_Tested Total_Positive Percent_Positive
Milford 93 83 21 0.253
Stratford 63 57 17 0.298
Bridgeport 10 8 7 0.875

The full list including all towns is available here. A total of 5,577 ticks feeding on humans were submitted by residents, health departments, and physician offices for identification in 2017. Of these, 3,993 were tested for the evidence of infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative organism for Lyme disease, and 1,277 (32.0%) were found positive.  For information on submitting ticks please go to the CAES website here.

Connecticut provides a number of fantastic resources to help prevent tick-borne diseases including this fact sheet on prevention and use of insect repellents, and a handbook on tick management by Dr. Stafford. The CDC page on lyme disease

The Wall Street Journal said that Connecticut reported more than 35,000 cases of diseases contracted through tick bites from 2004 to 2016, according to the CDC. That makes it the state with the fifth most cases, behind Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Tick season stretches from April to October, although infections peak during the summer months.

]]> (Scott Schmidt) Public safety Mon, 29 Apr 2019 08:50:00 -0400
Geronimo Tequila Bar Marking Cinco de Mayo in Big Way

Fairfield & New Haven, CT - Geronimo Tequila Bar & Southwest Grill (Fairfield and New Haven) will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo in a big way this year, once again hosting five days of Cinco:

New Haven:

  • Wednesday, May 1:  Half-Price Tequila All-Day and a Don Julio tasting from 5-7pm
  • Thursday, May 2:  Maestro Dobel and 1800 tequila tastings from 4-6pm
  • Friday, May 3:  “Friday Flights” specials on tequila flights featuring Don Julio, Maestro Dobel & 1800
  • Saturday, May 4:  Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with our twist on a Mint Julep
  • Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5:  Our party in the alley continues this year as “Tequila Way,” featuring street tacos, Coronas and margaritas (weather permitting).  On Sunday only, Cuco the Donkey returns, enjoy our limited run collaboration beer with Hoax Brewing Co. (a take on our famous Spicy Blood Orange Margarita) and famous Pig Roast, and score t-shirt and swag giveaways!


  • Wednesday, May 1:  Half-Price Tequila All-Day! And Meet the Maker Tequila tasting with Aldez Tequila (5-8pm)
  • Thursday, May 2:  Maestro Dobel and 1800 tequila tastings from 4-6pm
  • Friday, May 3:  “Friday Flights” specials on tequila flights featuring Don Julio, Maestro Dobel & 1800
  • Saturday, May 4:  Celebrate the Kentucky Derby with our twist on a Mint Julep
  • Sunday, May 5:  Our Party on the Patio returns with a Pig Roast, street tacos and Guacamole Bar (weather permitting).  We’ll also host a live Mariachi Band (3-7pm), enjoy our limited run collaboration beer with Hoax Brewing Co. (a take on our famous Spicy Blood Orange Margarita) and score t-shirt and swag giveaways!

To learn more, call 203.777.7700 (New Haven) or 203.955.1643 (Fairfield).

Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill brings the authentic taste of Santa Fe, New Mexico to Connecticut.  With acclaimed Executive Chef Arturo Franco-Camacho at the helm, Geronimo’s cuisine is 100% Southwestern, even sourcing its Chile peppers directly from New Mexico, with the menu including tacos, award-winning chile, quesadillas, Navajo frybread, tamales and more.  In addition to its award-winning cuisine, Geronimo has received several accolades for its cocktails, as the restaurant features the largest selection of Tequila on the East Coast.  With over 400 options, the bar also offers more than 40 varieties of Mezcal, an extensive wine list and top-shelf liquors.  The restaurant recently became one of 40 establishments in the world to receive its CRT Award T Certification from the Mexican government’s Tequila Regulatory Council, recognizing their commitment and knowledge of Tequila.

With locations at 271 Crown Street in New Haven and 2070 Post Road in Fairfield, both restaurants feature indoor and outdoor dining, indoor fireplaces, private event space and catering services.  Geronimo is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and offers brunch on Sunday’s.  For more information, visit  The restaurant can also be found on Facebook (Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwestern Grill) and Instagram (geronimotequilabar).

]]> (Shelley Kapitulik) Places Thu, 25 Apr 2019 06:17:27 -0400
EnCon Arrests Two in Connection with Vandalism, Container Fires at Silver Sands State Park

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (EnCon) Environmental Conservation Police arrested two individuals in connection with the vandalism and fire that occurred on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Silver Sands State Park in Milford.  The investigation leading to the arrests was conducted with the assistance of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit, Milford Police, and Stratford Police.

The accused, Chris Sakowicz (DOB: 1/30/2001 of Stratford), and Vincent Keller (DOB: 3/17/2001 of Stratford) were placed under arrest by EnCon Police and processed at G.A. 22 in Milford. Both men were both charged with the following violations: C.G.S. 53a-108, Criminal Trespass 2nd, 53a-115 Criminal Mischief 1st (two counts), and 53a-124 Larceny 3rd, 53a-49/53a117 Criminal Attempt to Commit Criminal Mischief 3rd.  Sakowicz was also charged with and 53-132a (two counts) Removing and/or Obliterating Manufacturers Serial Numbers.

At approximately 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2019, the Milford Fire Department and EnCon Police responded to a report of a fire in two metal storage containers at the park.  The Milford Fire Department quickly extinguished the fires and investigators observed evidence of vandalism at the scene.

An earlier fire that destroyed three buildings under construction at the park on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, remains under investigation, and at this time there is no information concerning a connection between the two incidents.
]]> (CTDEEP) Public safety Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:50:51 -0400
Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Trumbull presents Dancing with our Stars Charity Gala

Dancing with Our Stars Charity Gala to take place May 11th

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Trumbull presents Dancing with our Stars Charity Gala on Saturday, May 11th to benefit Bridgeport Rescue Mission and The Center for Family Justice.

Local celebrities will participate in a ballroom dancing competition to benefit both organizations’ programs and services to the community.

Our Stars this year are Christopher Dunning, Bill Finch, Lisa Lampanelli, Gary MacNamara, Nicole McGreevy and Anna Rycenga. Dancing will be judged by Anastasia Abrashin and Goran Potrebic, with Raymond Baldwin Jr as Master of Ceremonies.

Tickets are $100 per person (includes dinner and show). The event will take place Saturday, May 11th at the Holiday Inn in Bridgeport.

Sponsorship is available at the following levels: Table Sponsor - $1,000 (1 table of ten and a listing in the program); Event Sponsor - $1,500 (1 table of ten, preferential table placement, 1/4 page ad in the program and 15 votes); Gold Level Sponsor - $5,000 (1 table of ten, preferential table placement, 1/2 page ad in the program, logo on all promotional materials and 50 votes); Platinum Level Sponsor - $10,000 (2 tables of ten, preferential table placement, a full-page ad on the inside program cover, logo on all material, welcome remarks from the podium and 100 votes).

To register, become a sponsor, or cast a vote for your favorite dancer visit:

]]> (Michelle Chabla) Neighbors Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:51:44 -0400
Bridgeport Rescue Mission Executive Director Terry Wilcox to Retire October 31st

Bridgeport Rescue Mission Executive Director Terry Wilcox to Retire October 31st

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve as Executive Director of Bridgeport Rescue Mission.”                              

Bridgeport Rescue Mission has announced that Executive Director Terry Wilcox will retire from the faith-based nonprofit at the end of October. He has served as the Mission’s leader for the past 18 years.

Under his guidance and direction, the Mission has become one of the state’s leading providers of food, shelter, addiction recovery programs and other support services for individuals and families who are homeless, burdened by poverty or struggling with other life-dominating challenges.

Wilcox led the Mission through the acquisition of 725 Park Avenue which, once fully funded and renovated, will be the home of a community care center well poised to have a significantly increased impact in the community over the next five years.

“Throughout his tenure, Terry’s insightful and godly influence has shaped the Mission and been a positive light within the community, raising awareness and support for our homeless neighbors,” said the Mission’s Board president, Joan McKenzie. “The Board members thank him for a job well done and for the scope of his foresight, which will carry the Mission into the future.”

The Board, pursuant to the provisions of BRM’s management succession plan, has formed a Search Committee tasked with finding an appropriate successor for this important leadership role. To ensure a smooth transition, Frank Williams, currently BRM’s Chief Financial Officer, has been assigned the additional position of acting Chief Operating Officer effective May 1st.  Frank, the former New York Director and United Nations Representative for World Vision International, brings decades of leadership experience to this post.  In this new capacity, Frank will continue to report to Executive Director Terry Wilcox.

Wilcox, 72, plans to move to Florida with his wife, Danielle, where he will begin the next season of ministry as pastor of Restoration Fellowship Church of Lakeland. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve as Executive Director of Bridgeport Rescue Mission,” he said. “I’ve worked with many boards of directors and teams of people over the past 51 years, but in these past 18 years at BRM I’ve had the great privilege of working with the best board and staff of my career.”

For more information on the Mission’s programs and services for homeless and hurting men, women and children, visit 

]]> (Michelle Chabla) Neighbors Wed, 17 Apr 2019 11:45:48 -0400
College Street Music Hall in New Haven will Increase Accessibility to Comply with ADA

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office has reached a settlement agreement with the New Haven Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., which owns and operates College Street Music Hall (“CSMH”) in New Haven, to resolve allegations that CSMH was not operating in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”).

The U.S. Attorney’s Office opened an investigation after receiving a complaint from an individual regarding lack of accessibility at CSMH.  The settlement agreement requires that, over the next three years, CSMH will improve the accessibility of its entrances and access routes, increase the number of accessible seating, add accessible features to restrooms, reduce barriers for patrons to access ticket purchases, and ensure that all patrons have full and equal enjoyment of the facility.

Under federal law, entities that own or operate of places of “public accommodation” are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of disability.  The ADA authorizes the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate complaints and undertake periodic reviews of compliance of covered entities.  The Justice Department is also authorized to commence a civil lawsuit in federal court in any case that involves a pattern or practice of discrimination or that raises issues of general public importance, and to seek injunctive relief, monetary damages, and civil penalties.

“The ADA ensures that individuals are able to access and enjoy all places of public accommodation,” said U.S. Attorney Durham.  “We appreciate the willingness of College Street Music Hall to increase the accessibility and usability of the theater for individuals with disabilities.”

Any member of the public who wishes to file a complaint alleging that any place of public accommodation or public entity in Connecticut is not accessible to persons with disabilities may contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 203-821-3700.

Additional information about the ADA can be found at, or by calling the Justice Department’s toll-free information line at (800) 514-0301 and (800) 514-0383 (TTY).  More information about the Civil Rights Division and the laws it enforces is available at

This matter was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ndidi N. Moses of the District of Connecticut in coordination with the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

]]> (US Attorney District of CT) Life Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:57:32 -0400
Congratulations to the National Corporate Merit Scholarship Winners Near Stratford

Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) released the names of the first group of winners in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

More than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 160 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for Finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Congratulations to these students close to Stratford! Included is the name of the winner, their school, scholarship name, probable career field, home town, and a description of the scholarship.

Angela Xulei Ji
S&P Global provides these scholarships for children of its employees.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited

U.S. college or university of their choice.

Funding for these National Merit Scholarships is provided by corporate organizations that represent nearly all sectors of American industry. Sponsors from the business community have underwritten awards offered in all 64 competitions, expending or committing more than $804 million to support the intellectual development of the nation’s scholastically talented youth.

2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition

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. In September 2018, some 16,000 Semifinalists were designated 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.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists had to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifinalist was asked to complete a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT® scores that confirmed their qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 met Finalist requirements.

By the conclusion of the 2019 competition, about 7,600 Finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling over $31 million. Winners are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of National Merit Scholarships offered each year are underwritten by some 400 independent corporate and college sponsors that support NMSC’s efforts to honor the nation’s scholastically talented youth and encourage academic excellence at all levels of education.

]]> (National Merit) Neighbors Wed, 17 Apr 2019 03:00:00 -0400
Stratford's Little Red School is HIRING Music Teachers!

Stratford's Little Red School is hiring teachers!

According to their Facebook Page, The Little Red School is currently interviewing music professionals to join their music program (especially voice and piano).

PLEASE call or email your experience and qualifications to or call 203.375.0692

The Little Red School is located at 2979 Main Street.
]]> (FB) Neighbors Tue, 16 Apr 2019 10:55:15 -0400
Connecticut State Police Accepting Applications at Locations Near Stratford for State Police Troopers until May 31

Today is the DAY! The Connecticut State Police is accepting applications for the position of State Police Trooper Trainee. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2019.

The State of Connecticut, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police is currently accepting applications to establish a pool of qualified applicants to fill future vacant State Police Trooper Trainee positions across the State.    

The Connecticut State Police offers numerous Career Opportunities across our beautiful State, with opportunities for promotional advancement and geographic transfers.   Adding to the attractive locations and upward mobility are excellent Compensation and Benefits including a full Health Benefitspackage, along with additional Supplemental Benefits and a 25 year Hazardous Duty retirement.  

The CT Troop  locations nearest to Stratford are:

Troop Street City Phone
TROOP A – Southbury 90 Lakeside Road Southbury (800) 375-9918
TROOP G – Bridgeport 149 Prospect Street Bridgeport (800) 575-6330
TROOP I – Bethany 631 Amity Road Bethany (800) 956-8818

There is a six stage process for hiring:

  1. Application Period:How to Apply for the SPTT Job Opening
  2. Physical Fitness Assessment: Candidates must take and pass a Physical Fitness Assessment that measures muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility.  Valid CHIP cards will be accepted prior to the CT State Police Physical Ability Test, tentatively scheduled for August.  To register, please follow the instructions on the CHIP Test Schedule.     

   Instructional Video Links:

  1. Polygraph Examination: Inquiries concerning employment history; driving history; medical history; financial history; gambling history; illegal possession, use and sale of drugs/narcotics; criminal activity; military history; illegal sexual activity; use of alcohol; general personal data; prior conduct in police/security/corrections fields; subversive, revolutionary or gang activity; basic honesty and integrity.
  2. Background Investigation:  Comprehensive review of employment, education, training, criminal, motor vehicle and credit history.
  3. Psychological Evaluation: Combination of written tests and interviews to assess suitability for employment in law enforcement.
  4. Medical Evaluation: Comprehensive physical examination, including drug screening.

Operational needs of the agency will weigh heavily on the initial assignment of hired Troopers.  However, we work with our staff to identify locations that are geographically compatible to their desired location.  The agency seeks trustworthy, motivated, driven individuals who are able to work well on their own as well as in a team environment.   We strive to provide superior Public Safety Services for Connecticut and achieve them through our Mission.

DESPP is committed to protecting and improving the quality of life for all by providing a broad range of public safety services, training, regulatory guidance and scientific services utilizing enforcement, prevention, education and state of the art science and technology.

In striving to accomplish this mission, State Police embody core values with great PRIDE:

  • Professionalism through an elite and diverse team of trained men and women.
  • Respect for ourselves and others through our words and actions.
  • Integrity through adherence to standards and values that merit public trust.
  • Dedication to our colleagues, our values, and to the service of others.
  • Equality through fair and unprejudiced application of the law.

To learn more about what it takes to become a Connecticut State Police Troopers, please view the video below and visit    

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