Stratford's HamletHub Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:34:43 -0400 Malloy Announces Over $20 Million in Federal Funding for Connecticut to Fight Opioid Epidemic

 Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State of Connecticut is receiving over $20 million in federal funding to enhance the state’s efforts in fighting the opioid epidemic.

“Far too many Connecticut families continue to be affected by the opioid crisis. Far too many lives have been cut short. Far too many communities torn apart,” Governor Malloy said. “It is a public health emergency that knows no socioeconomic or geographical bounds. My administration has made combatting the opioid epidemic a top priority, focusing on the root causes behind this scourge of addiction. The good news is that this year, for the first time in years, we are projected to see a decrease in accidental overdose deaths. Even so, what remains abundantly clear is that we must persist in our efforts to combat this crisis. I want to thank our congressional delegation for their partnership in combatting this dreadful disease.”

The federal funding announced today includes $22 million – distributed in two $11 million grants across two years – from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that will go to the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to support a number of activities to prevent addiction and overdoses, as well as treat and support the recovery of those living with opioid use disorders including:

  • Expand access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) including shelter and street-based MAT in two urban locations;
  • Increase the number of hospital emergency departments having access to on-call recovery coaches;
  • Support the Department of Correction to provide pre and post-release treatment and overdose prevention to inmates with opioid use disorders; and,
  • Purchase 10,000 doses of naloxone (also known as Narcan), a medication to reverse opioid overdoses, for distribution throughout the state.

“This grant award will provide substantial support to our state as we work collaboratively to fight the battle against opioids,” DMHAS Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon said. “This much-needed funding will provide us with the opportunity to continue our efforts to prevent addiction, treat those who want help, and support people in their recovery from this illness.”

In addition, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is receiving a $3.6 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that will be used for capacity building and structural changes to aid their department’s efforts in fighting the opioid epidemic, including to support work by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

“DPH will be using this one-year grant to build the surveillance systems and increase capacity within the agency and with our partners to be able to more effectively monitor, understand, predict and target services to effectively combat this epidemic well beyond this grant,” DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino said. “Addiction is a chronic disease, and the opioid epidemic will not be solved easily, so we need to concentrate our resources on building the systems that will allow us to better understand the breadth and depth of this disease, who is most at risk, and what services, preventative measures and other methods we all can use to turn the tide and save our fellow citizens from this horrible disease.”

]]> (Gov Malloy) Politics Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:32:32 -0400
$12.4M in State Grants to Help Towns Throughout Connecticut Improve Safety and Accessibility for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that 40 towns and cities across Connecticut will receive $12.4 million in funding under a competitive state grant program that seeks to support pedestrian and bicycle safety and improve accessibility within urban, suburban, and rural community centers where people can meet for work, school, social, and recreational activities.

Administered by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), the Community Connectivity Grant Program seeks to make conditions safer for people of all ages to walk, bike, and take transit, thereby encouraging more people to use these healthy and environmentally sustainable modes of travel. At the same time, these improvements will make Connecticut’s community centers more accessible places to live and work.

“Modernizing and updating our transportation infrastructure – including making accessible neighborhoods for pedestrians and bicyclists – is critical if we want to have thriving towns where families want to live, businesses can flourish, and communities succeed,” Governor Malloy said. “These grants are targeted toward strengthening our towns and cities and fostering growth in our local economies.”

“The objective of this grant program is to provide construction funding directly to municipalities for infrastructure improvements that are aligned with the overall program goals,” CTDOT Commissioner James P. Redeker said. “We are excited to work directly with our municipalities to provide safer, more accessible travel for our residents.”

The grants were awarded on a competitive basis in a range between $75,000 and $400,000 based on applications that municipalities submitted to CTDOT. Municipalities were allowed to submit one application per community. CTDOT staff reviewed, rated, and ranked each of the proposals.

The grant awards announced today are as follows:

  • Ansonia – $385,000: Main Street Multi-Modal Safety Improvement Project (sidewalks, bump outs, improve street lighting)
  • Avon – $378,512: Old Farms Road Connectivity Improvements Project(Multi-use trail and RRFB on Old Farms Road, Scoville Road, and FCHT at Country Club Road, Scoville Road and Thompson Road)
  • Berlin – $387,000: Berlin Pedestrian Improvements Project (Sidewalks on Norton Road, Four Rod Road, Farmington Avenue/Route 372, and Robbins Road)
  • Bristol – $299,916: Rolling Down the River (Bike lanes, wayfinding signage, ADA compliant ramps, sidewalks, bike parking on Memorial Boulevard, Riverside Avenue/Route 72, School Street, West Street/Route 69, Jacob Street)
  • Canton – $399,924: Canton Village Road Safety Improvements and Connections to Transit (Sidewalks on 178 Albany Turnpike and vicinity – RSA study area; Route 565 from Commerce Drive to Route 44; Commerce Drive from Bart Drive to Route 565)
  • Danbury – $400,000: Westside Community Connectivity Project – Saw Mill Road to Mill Plain Road to Farrington Woods Park (sidewalk, street lighting and sharrows)
  • Derby – $227,360: Route 34 Pedestrian Safety Improvements (sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian signals on Route 34 at Gilbert Street and Bank Street, and Route 34 at Sodom Lane)
  • East Hartford – $399,600: Route 5 and 502 Intermodal Connectivity Project (sidewalks and crosswalk)
  • Ellington – $376,200: Ellington Town Center, Main Street West sidewalks
  • Essex – $145,200: Completion Missing Links in Essex Town Wide Sidewalk Connectivity Project (Main – near 76 Main Street, Essex Village and Champlin Square – triangle near 2)
  • Fairfield – $360,000: Southport (West) Pedestrian and safety improvements (Sidewalks, pedestrian signals, ADA ramps, bulb–out on Post Road)
  • Farmington – $374,250: UConn Health Center Neighborhood Pedestrian Access Improvement Project (sidewalks and update ADA ramps on Route 4, South Road/State Highway 531 and Birdseye Road/SR 549)
  • Glastonbury – $300,000: Main Street (Route 17) sidewalks
  • Killingly – $395,803: Quinebaug River Trail Phase V (trail extension on Beatrice Avenue)
  • Manchester – $163,800: Pedestrian safety enhancements on Main Street in downtown Manchester (crosswalks, intersection improvement on Main Street connection between sections of SR 83)
  • Marlborough – $184,762: Town Center (Sidewalk Extension Project located on 5 Cheney Road, 30 Jones Hollow Road, and 26 North Main Street)
  • New Britain – $377,715: Upgrades to city–wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Network (signage, wayfinding signage, bike lockers, RRFB, intersection improvements)
  • New Haven – $317,085: Ella T. Grasso Boulevard (Route 10) Pedestrian Connectivity Project (new sidewalk to connect existing sidewalk)
  • New Milford – $210,000: John Pettibone Community Center (sidewalks on corner of Danbury Road/Route 7 and Pickett District Road)
  • Newington – $78,367: Mill Pond Park Connectivity Project (sidewalks, crosswalks, reduce lane widths, and bike racks on Garfield Street, Audubon Avenue, Willard Avenue/Route 173)
  • Old Lyme – $400,000: Sound View Gateway (sidewalks, signage, reduce curb radii and beautification on Hartford Avenue and Shore Road)
  • Old Saybrook – $224,479: Route 1 (Sidewalks on Route 1 from Pond Road to Lynde Street)
  • Portland – $204,358: Complete Streets (Main Street Sidewalk Improvement)
  • Ridgefield – $370,000: Sidewalk construction on New Street and Pound Street
  • Salisbury – $398,367: Connectivity and Safety: Salisbury Central School to Emergency Shelter (Sidewalk Route 44)
  • Simsbury – $169,764: Simsbury Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing Safety Enhancement Project (Locations are Quad Hill Road, Drake Hill Road/Iron Horse Boulevard, Wolcott Road,Iron Horse Boulevard/Route 10, Route 10/Route 315, Statton Brook Road/Town Forest Road)
  • South Windsor – $400,000: Pleasant Valley Road/Clark Street Sidewalk and Bikeway Connections (Sidewalk, bike lane, and intersection improvements on Pleasant Valley Road and Clark Street)
  • Southington – $314,339.21: Intersection improvements to Curtiss Street, Hart Street and Kane Street(Intersection improvement to improve Canal Trail project on Curtiss Street, Hart Street, and Kane Street)
  • Stamford – $400,000: Boxer Square Realignment and Multi–modal Facilities Project (intersection improvement, lane reduction, sidewalks on Stillwater Avenue)
  • Thomaston – $390,000: South Main Street Pedestrian Connections at Watertown Road Intersection to Thomaston Fire Department (sidewalks and curbs)
  • Tolland – $117,041: Municipal Center Pedestrian Pathway on the Tolland Green
  • Torrington – $375,871: Bicycle and Pedestrian improvements in municipal parking areas (four parking lots and surrounding areas and bike parking located at City Hall Avenue, Litchfield Street/Route 202, 100 Franklin Street, Mason Street)
  • Trumbull – $400,000: Long Hill Green Village District-Pedestrian Safety and access Project (sidewalks and crosswalk on Main Street, Route 111)
  • Wallingford – $400,000: Quinnipiac River Linear Trail Phase 38 (Pedestrian Bridge Connection to 380 Main Street )
  • Waterford – $280,000: Rope Ferry Road (Sidewalk Improvements on Rope Ferry Road between Avery Lane and B Lane)
  • West Hartford – $103,085: West Hartford Bicycle Network Shared Route Implementation (signage, network map, and pavement markings to be updated town-wide)
  • Westbrook – $200,000: Town Center (sidewalk improvements on Essex Road/Route 153, Boston Post Road/Route 1)
  • Weston – $397,860: Weston Community Connectivity Project (sidewalks and stone paths on CT–53/CT–57/Weston Road, School Road, Norfield Road)
  • Wethersfield – $393,300: Old Wethersfield Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Project (roadway and intersection improvements on Main Street, Marsh Street, Garden Street, Hanmer Road, Church Street and Nott Street/State Highway 422)
  • Windsor Locks – $321,949: Windsor Locks Transit-Oriented Development Final Mile Connection (A Multi–Use Trail and Canal Crossing on Bridge Street/Route 140, Main Street/Route 159)

For more information on the Community Connectivity Grant Program, please visit:

]]> (Gov. Malloy) Politics Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:31:04 -0400
Apple Festival & Vendor Fair Tomorrow in Stratford!

It's the 2018 Apple Festival and Vendor Fair at Lordship Community Church tomorrow, Saturday, August 22 from 9am to 3pm.

Come and celebrate Fall's favorite fruit - the Apple!

  • Apple Pie Baking Contest
  • Baked goods featuring Apples
  • Frozen treats from Zack's Frozen Yogurt
  • Craft Fair Vendors
  • Direct Sale Vendors
  • Tag Sale & Flea Market items

Lordship Community Church is located at 179 Prospect Drive in Stratford.


]]> (Lordship Community Church) Places Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:21:05 -0400
3rd Annual Touch-A-Truck, brought to you by St. James School

St. James School is hosting the 3rd Annual Touch-A-Truck tomorrow, Saturday, September 22 from 10 am to 3pm at Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field 1000 Main St, Stratford/

Over 60 amazing trucks on display for young and old- children of all ages will enjoy this event! 

These are not your ordinary highway trucks and construction vehicles. These are awesome souped-up trucks that will blow your mind! Swat vehicles, bucket trucks, garbage trucks, fire & rescue, military ... come see it all at Connecticut’s largest Touch-A-Truck Event! 

$5 a person/$20 max per family
*Quiet time 10-10:30am

Visit Facebook here to learn more about this event.

]]> (Frank DeLuca Hall of Fame Field 1000 Main St, Stratford) Neighbors Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:15:20 -0400
2nd Annual Roadsmary's Baby Pumpkin Fest in Stratford!

Two Roads Brewing Company is hosting the 2nd Annual Roadsmary's Baby Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, October 20 from 4 to 9pm at the Brewery, 1700 Stratford Ave in Stratford. Purchase tickets HERE.

This festival celebrates all things Fall + Halloween with pumpkin activities, a horror film competition + a screening of the movie A Rocky Horror Picture Show!

$20.00 ticket includes:
- Entry into the pumpkin festival
– First Pint of Beer on Us!
- An outdoor screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show starting at 7:30 pm! 
- Access to Fall themed activities!

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL! We will also be holding our first Roadsmary’s Baby Horror Film Competition with $500 going to the winner! To learn more or register visit: here.

*This festival is OUTDOORS - please dress accordingly! Bring your own chair + blanket in with you the first time- NO RE-ENTRY! 
All items subject to search! Items NOT permitted in the festival: Coolers, Umbrella's, Outside Beverages.

 Purchase tickets HERE.

REMEMBER: Last call is at 8:30 PM, Beer Stations shut down at 8:45PM. PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY!

This is a 21+ festival. No children, babies, or animals permitted! Two Roads Brewing Company is not responsible for any lost, stolen or left behind items.

]]> (Two Roads Brewing Company) Life Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:03:17 -0400
“Man of La Mancha” at Westport Country Playhouse Sept. 25 – Oct. 13

Westport Country Playhouse will stage “Man of La Mancha,” the Tony Award-winning musical about Don Quixote’s quest for “The Impossible Dream,” from September 25 through October 13. Directed by Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director, the story of Quixote’s battle for good and the love of his fair maiden is written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh, and lyrics by Joe Darion.

“Man of La Mancha” is inspired by Cervantes’ masterpiece “Don Quixote,” celebrating the perseverance of a man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion. Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza set out on an imaginative journey to restore the age of chivalry, to battle evil, and to right all wrongs. Their adventure leads them to Aldonza, a prostitute, to whom Quixote is the first to show respect as his lady “Dulcinea.” The 1965 Broadway treasure is the winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, with an enchanting score most famous for Quixote’s credo, “The Impossible Dream.”

“’Man of La Mancha’ is one of the greatest of all American musicals,” said Lamos. “Based on a few early chapters in Cervantes’ novel ‘Don Quixote,’ Dale Wasserman’s play with a rousing score by Mitch Leigh has become one of the most beloved and perhaps the most-produced musical of all time. Playing around the world continually in scores of languages. Its story is not only universal but inspiring, and the journey of its central characters remains ever-resonant to every period in which it is produced.”

Lamos added, “It’s a thrilling piece of musical theater, and our production features an extraordinary company of actor-singer-dancers who will bring it to fiery life.”

Performance schedule is Tuesday at 7 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.  Special series feature Taste of Tuesday (September 25), LGBT Night OUT (September 27), Opening Night (September 29), Sunday Symposium (September 30), Together at the Table Family Dinner (October 2), Sitter Sunday, sponsored by the Westport/Weston YMCA (October 7), Open Captions (October 7), Backstage Pass (October 10), Playhouse Happy Hour (October 11), Thursday TalkBack (October 11), and Open Captions in Spanish (October 13).

Single tickets start at $30.

Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1 in Westport. For more information, visit, or call the box office at (203) 227-4177 or toll-free at 1-888-927-7529.

Photo by Stephen Emerick

]]> (Books, Ink editors) Neighbors Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:37:00 -0400
Nighttime Bridge Maintenance on Route 8 in Bridgeport and Trumbull

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that a nighttime bridge maintenance project will be performed on Route 8 northbound in Bridgeport and Trumbull, beginning Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

The project consists of bridge maintenance on Route 8 Bridge #03773 (River Rd. overpass) in Bridgeport and Bridge #03776 (Rt. 127 underpass) in Trumbull.  This project is scheduled to occur from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2018 to the morning of Friday, October 26, 2018. 

This project is included in the Department of Transportation’s 2018 bridge maintenance program to support state forces with bridge repairs and is being performed by Dynamic Surface Application.


Motorists can expect lane closures on Route 8 NB from .01 mile north of the northbound end overpass Capital Ave to .03 mile south of northbound begin overpass SR 711 (Huntington Turnpike) in Bridgeport and Trumbull.  Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone. The regular work schedule for this project is from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (Monday through Thursday evenings).

Motorists should be aware that modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions.  Motorists are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this vicinity.

]]> (CT DOT) Life Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:46:47 -0400
Taste, Sip & Support Fundraiser This Saturday at Black Rock Yacht Club

Be a trendsetter and help end hunger in our area by purchasing tickets to the 1st Annual Taste, Sip & Support fundraiser this Saturday, September 22nd from 12-4pm at Black Rock Yacht Club.

With a motto of ‘ending hunger one taste bud at a time,’ the event is open to the public and will raise funds for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Foodshare and Operation Hope, as well as scholarships to the CT Chefs Association, and Lincoln Culinary Institute.

Enjoy delicious signature dishes from award-winning chefs, taste flavorful beers presented by Aspetuck Brew Lab and sip inventive cocktails featuring selections by Asylum Distillery, all while mingling with friends and neighbors and taking in beautiful harbor views.

Black Rock Yacht Club is located at 80 Grovers Avenue in Bridgeport, CT. Tickets are $65 to this 21+ event, and will also be available at the door. Visit for tickets and additional details.

Black Rock Yacht Club would like to thank promotional partners Abbey Tent & Rentals; American Culinary Federation, Connecticut chapter; Connecticut Chefs Association; East Coast Food Distributors; Foodshare; Norwalk Linen Service, US Foods and White Gloves Valet Parking Services, as well media partners, Fairfield Living Magazine/Moffly Media and CTbites.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:12:56 -0400
Kick off fall with a weekend getaway at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa!

Kick off fall with a weekend at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa!

Fall weekend guests can enjoy colorful New England while staying (and dining) at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa.

Top-notch accommodations coupled with Sam’s American Bistro, featuring culinary delights by renowned Chef Michael Trimarchi, and the Agora Spa, will make you fall in love with this award-winning hotel.

Get your fall weekend ON with some of the area attractions:

Apple Picking at Silverman’s Farm in Easton, CT

Stamford Museum & Nature Center (Animals & Art on October 8 and Trick or Treat on the Farm October 28)

Maritime Aquarium (Checkout AquaScarium in October)

Palace Theater Stamford (click here for upcoming shows)

Take in the foliage with a tour at Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens

Enjoy a hike or picturesque run at Mianus Park River Park

Located in the heart of downtown Stamford, The Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa combines the pizzazz of New York City with the appeal of picturesque Connecticut.  

Learn more about the Hotel and Sam’s American Bistro here.

Book your fall weekend stay HERE. 

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Places Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:16:18 -0400
SilverSource Luncheon on November 7th Featuring Roz Chast, Author and Cartoonist for "The New Yorker"

Roz Chast, author and renowned cartoonist for “The New Yorker,” will bring her story to life through humor at the SilverSource Benefit Luncheon planned for November 7,2018 at Serafina at the IC in Stamford, CT.

Save the date to hear this acclaimed humorist share insights from her award-winning memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (Bloomsbury, 2014), a graphic novel portraying Chast’s own experiences with her aging parents.

Advance tickets are on sale now. Proceeds from this Inspiring Lives benefit luncheon will provide critical funds to support the work SilverSource does to improve the quality of life of older adults and provide critical financial support for those in great need of community support.

Gene Rubino, founder of Plaza Realty & Management Corporation, will serve as honorary chair for the event alongside co-chairs, Adele Gordon and Polly Rauh. Additionally, winners of the 2018 SilverSource Awards will be honored for their contributions to bettering the lives of Fairfield County’s older residents.

Visit for details and to purchase advance tickets. A variety of high visibility sponsorship packages are also available. SilverSource would like to thank its media sponsor, Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media.

SilverSource, founded in 1908, advocates for older adults and provides case management, emergency financial assistance, guidance and other direct services to improve the safety, health and quality of life for older adults in lower Fairfield County CT. In addition, SilverSource is an information resource center and referral source for older residents and their families. SilverSource, Inc., a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, is located at 2009 Summer Street in Stamford, CT  06905.  For more information visit or call 203.324.6584. 

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:31:26 -0400
DCP and DEEP Urge Homeowners to Make Tree Health Assessments Now While Trees Still Have Leaves

Several preceding years of drought and invasive forest pests have dealt a heavy toll on Connecticut’s oak and ash trees. The Departments of Consumer Protection (DCP) and Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) advise homeowners to make assessment of risky dead trees prior to leaf drop later this fall. 
“Now is the time to identify and make a plan for those dead trees that may pose a risk to your home and yard,” Chris Martin, Director of DEEP’s Forestry Division. “Tree removal contractors are very busy these days and you could be placed on a long waiting list. While there are many reputable tree removal contractors, homeowners should practice due diligence before choosing one.” 
“Scammers and bad actors target consumers who are in a rush, and feel the need to act quickly,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull, “That’s why it’s so important that consumers conduct this assessment, and any subsequent tree removal work done now instead of at the last minute. If consumers spend a little extra time doing research and homework before making a commitment, there’s a smaller chance that they will experience problems with their contractor.”
Signs you have a risky dead tree
Most healthy hardwood trees retain their leaves until the end of September, while unhealthy or dead trees have already shed or may have never produced leaves this growing season.  The lack of greenery during the growing season is clear indication a tree is dead and should be removed if it is a threat to property.
What you should do before hiring a contractor:
Shop around: When looking for a contractor, get multiple quotes to ensure that you are hiring the best person to work on your property. Remember, the cheapest option may not always be the best.
Verify a contractor has the proper credential: Anyone making changes to your property, including removing trees, must have a home improvement contractor registration, which can be verified by visiting However, if someone is doing more detailed work such as correctively pruning a tree, or doing other work associated with prolonging a tree’s life, they must have an Arborist’s license from DEEP.
Have a contract: Home improvement contractors are required to have a written contract with you before work may begin. Make sure you read it in its entirety, and ask any questions you may have. It will be helpful to know how long the work is anticipated to take, the costs, the final outcome and what responsibilities you may have in the process.
Ask for references: Ask your potential contractor for references from homeowners who have had that contractor do tree removal work on their property.
Be aware of scams: Avoid contractors who display signs of being a scammer. If someone makes the first contact with you, knocks on your door, won’t use a contract, doesn’t have references, or encourages you to pay in an untraceable form of payment such as wire transfer or cash, chances are it’s a scam.
If you have a complaint regarding a home improvement contractor that you haven’t been able to resolve by contacting that individual or business, you are encouraged to file a complaint with DCP by emailing
Background info
Starting in 2015, Connecticut experienced three consecutive years of expanding Gypsy moth caterpillar defoliation caused by dry springs.  This drought inhibited a moisture dependent soil fungus that solely impacts gypsy moth caterpillar from emerging. In addition, the statewide establishment of Emerald ash borer is causing extensive ash mortality.
Connecticut has been long recognized as having the highest WUI indices in the United States. WUI otherwise known as the Wildland-Urban Interface, is a term that recognizes the proximity of peoples' homes to forests, wetlands and grasslands. A common term used in fire prone areas of the US, many are surprised at Connecticut’s WUI ranking which is caused by a high percentage of tree canopy cover over a densely populated area. WUI helps explain why so many Connecticut residents are impacted by forest pest outbreaks and severe storms.  


]]> (CT DEEP) Neighbors Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:48:33 -0400
CT's Beardsley Zoo to Host Endangered Species Gala & Fundraiser, Nov. 3

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – When a passionate group of animal lovers, board members, and Zoo supporters get together, the outcome is a fabulous way to raise funds for Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. A group of women and men from around the region have joined forces to create an elegant evening affair, designed to raise money to support the Zoo’s endangered species and enhance habitats. The Gala Committee, co-chaired by Kathy MacGhee of Shelton and Cathy Fell of Fairfield, is planning an Endangered Species Gala to be held on November 3, 2018, at The Patterson Club in Fairfield. 

Committee members include Melissa Bradshaw-Mack of Weston, Laurie Heiss of Redding and Greenwich, Michelle Cremona Walker of Fairfield, and Donna Rosenbloom of Weston. Also serving on the committee are Gail Craig of Shelton, Kimberly Rodney of Bridgeport, Cindy Czaplinksi of Wallingford, Craig Elkind of Greenwich, Sean-Michael Green of Orange, and David Norton of Pound Ridge, New York.

“This is the first evening Gala held for the Zoo in a long time,” said MacGhee, committee co-chair. “Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is home to important species protection work that we wanted to celebrate. Once you realize the steps that are being taken by our Zoo to help sustain the future of wildlife, it’s impossible not to want to help them continue their work.” 

“The evening will feature cocktails, a seated dinner, a live and silent auction, and special entertainment. Come meet the Zoo’s animal ambassadors along with animal experts who can answer questions and share information about the Zoo’s mission,” said Co-Chair Fell. 

The Gala’s Guest Speaker is Richard Weiss, world-class explorer, Emmy award-winning producer, and author of the book Born to Explore: How to be a Backyard Adventurer. Since he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro at age 11, he has journeyed to all seven continents, tagging jaguars in the Yucatan jungles, leading expeditions to Australia’s Northern Territory and participating in the largest medical expedition ever conducted on Mt. Everest. Weiss is a resident of Westport, Conn.

The evening’s Master of Ceremonies is David Pogue, an American technology and TV science presenter. He is a personal technology columnist for Yahoo Tech, a tech correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, a columnist for Scientific American and a former technology columnist for The New York Times. Pogue has written or co-written seven books in the For Dummiesseries (including Macintosh computers, magic, opera and classical music.) Pogue is also a resident of Westport, Conn. 

The recent birth of a baby Giant anteater, two Amur tiger cubs and three maned wolf pups has helped to focus attention on the Zoo’s participation in the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a species management program administered by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for its member zoos.  Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is home to a number of endangered species, including two of the world’s rarest big cat, the Amur leopard, in addition to two Red wolves, Amur tigers, Chacoan peccaries, Golden-lion tamarins, Mexican wolves, and Red pandas. A number of other Zoo residents are considered vulnerable or threatened. 

The Zoo is seeking sponsors for the event. From an exclusive presenting sponsorship priced at $25,000 to the Amur Tiger at $10,000, the Golden Lion Tamarin at $5,000, and the Red Wolf at $2,500, there are multiple opportunities for corporations and individuals to contribute. Interested supporters can contact Jessica Taylor, event fundraising coordinator, at 203-394-6574, or at

“Today’s zoos are dedicated to conservation, research, education, and recreation,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “As animals continue to disappear in the wild, and as the “wild” itself disappears due to deforestation and human interaction, the role of accredited zoos becomes more important in ensuring our grandchildren can see a live tiger, for instance, instead of just a picture of what one used to look like.” 

 “Our mission to educate and contribute to conservation efforts is helped in a very large way by our volunteers and committee members,” Dancho added. “We’re grateful for their assistance.”

About Connecticut’s Beardsley ZooSpend the day a world away! Connecticut's only zoo, celebrating its 96thanniversary, features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Guests won't want to miss our Amur (Siberian) tigers and tiger cubs, Amur leopards, Maned wolf family, Brazilian ocelot, Red wolves, Mexican wolves, and Golden Lion tamarins. Other highlights include our South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with "pop-up" viewing areas, the New England Farmyard with goats, pigs, sheep, and other barnyard critters, plus the hoofstock trail featuring bison, deer, and more. Guests can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful carousel. For more information, visit

]]> (Lisa Clair) Charities Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:35:58 -0400
Connecticut Fire Engine and Crew Members Return Home from California

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced that Fire Engine 1508 returned home on September 15 after a two week firefighting assignment on the 100,000 + acre Ferguson Fire, in central California.  The crew of three spent the assignment stationed in Yosemite National Park. 
Engine Crew Members and towns of residence:
Richard Schenk - Hampton
Anthony Flamio - Farmington
Corey Pelletier - Griswold
This is the first engine Connecticut has sent out this year.
DEEP maintains a roster of agency staff members and personnel from local fire departments who have been certified to fight forest or wildfires.  Crew members must complete a rigorous training program and participate in an annual renewal course.
Connecticut maintains this firefighting capability to participate in a reciprocal aid program operated by the U.S. Forest Service.  Under this program, trained personnel from other parts of the nation are available to assist Connecticut in the event of a fire emergency or other natural disaster in return for the support of Connecticut personnel when needed.


]]> (CT DEEP) Public safety Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:41:06 -0400
Wet Paint: Art Fresh from the Studio Preview Party, Oct. 13

Southport, CT - Be the first to view and purchase art by local and regional artists! This fundraiser for Pequot Library includes full bar, hors d’oeuvres by Fox Pond Farm, silent auction, music by DJ Rob Alexander, and art viewing and purchasing. 21st Annual Art Show on view October 14-21, 2018.

By supporting the Art Show Preview Party Fundraiser, you help Pequot Library raise the essential funds that make it possible for us to serve over 100,000 patrons per year with our circulating collection of books, author talks, concerts, educational programs, Special Collections exhibitions, and services for all ages that reflect the interests and needs of our community. Proceeds from sales in this fundraiser will be shared by the artists and Pequot Library.

Ticket Levels:

Magenta: $500 each
Private "Art of the Book" presentation in the Dillon Reading Room, VIP tour by jurors, early admission at 5:00 p.m., opportunity to purchase art in advance

Cerulean: $250 each
VIP tour by jurors, early admission at 5:00 p.m., opportunity to purchase art in advance

Fuchsia: $125 each

Indigo: $75 each
For exhibiting artists and guests under 35 years old

Go to to register.

]]> (Pequot Library) Events Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:34:21 -0400
Fairfield County Get Out The Vote Events Planned for National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day is September 25th and events will be held throughout Fairfield County, as well as, nationwide to encourage residents to register to vote. Recently, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) awarded 18 grants to civic-minded organizations that are resolute to energize and educate the community to vote.

GET OUT THE VOTEis new civic engagement grants program for FCCF. It is an innovative nonpartisan initiative designed to fund efforts to increase voter registration and information access for all Fairfield County residents, particularly those who are historically disenfranchised.

GET OUT THE VOTE events sponsored by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to be held on September 25th throughout theday across the county include:

7:30am-9:00am Breakfast at YWCA Darien/Norwalk

49 Old Kings Highway North (Front Lawn)

Darien, CT 06820

This breakfast will kisck-off the day with many local policatl dignitaries and members of the community.

It is anticipated that 50-100 plan to attend.

10am-6pm Voter Registration All Day @Habitat for Humanity of Costal Fairfield County ReStore

1785 Stratford Avenue
Stratford, CT 06615

Youth Leaders organizingthis event and will be grilling burgers and hot dogs and plan have taco table throughout the day, complete with volunteers holding signs curbside.


5:30pm-7pm Panel Discussion with Elected Officials @ Burroughs Community Center

2470 Fairfield Avenue 
Bridgeport, CT 06605

6pm-8pm Meet & Greet with Candidates at DOMUS

Food and refreshments will be served

83 Lockwood Avenue (in the gym)

Stamford, CT 06902

“Whether you are registered to vote or not, we would love to see our neighbors across the county come out and bring their friends to the events we have planned with our GET OUT THE VOTE grantees,”stated Mendi Blue-Paca, Vice President of Community Impact, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. She continues, “As a result of the collective and collaborative power of Fairfield County’s nonprofits, we are witnessing an exciting, inspiring and energizing level of participation in our democratic process.” 

FCCF’s objective for the GET OUT THE VOTE (GOTV) program is to increase civic engagement and improve models for nonprofits to register and engage voters. The organizations selected to receive GOTV grants translates to engaging over 5,000 people in the region to vote in the mid-term elections and for years to come.

The grantees are from across Fairfield County and many serve multiple areas in the region. They include Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, Bridgeport; Bridgeport Generation Now, Bridgeport; Burroughs Center, Bridgeport; CT Nonprofit Alliance, which is countywide and partners with 62 nonprofit organizations; Domus, based in Stamford; FaithActs, Bridgeport; Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County, based in Stratford serving Fairfield County; Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport with students from across the state; League of Women Voters Bridgeport, serving Bridgeport, Trumbull, Stratford, Shelton and Monroe; League of Women Voters Northern Fairfield County, serving Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, New Fairfield, Newtown and Sherman; League of Women Voters Norwalk, Norwalk; League of Women Voters Stamford, serving Stamford and Norwalk; Make The Road CT, Bridgeport; NAACP Norwalk, Norwalk; National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., based in Bridgeport; Norwalk Community College, based in Norwalk with students from across the state; YWCA Darien/Norwalk, based in Darien; and YWCA Greenwich, Greenwich.

 FCCF’s GET OUT THE VOTE program offers support to nonprofits to boost local efforts to engage underrepresented voters in Fairfield County. Organizations eligible to apply for the grants supported voter registration in general, and not with select political parties or candidates. These grants are meant to strengthen organizations that are giving a voice to individuals who are underrepresented in the political process. 


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