Trumbull's HamletHub Mon, 26 Sep 2022 19:24:17 -0400 ACES Laces Up for Education Charity Walk Announced

New Haven, CT: Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) is proud to announce their inaugural ACES Laces Up for Education on October 16! The 2-mile charity walk starts on the water at historic Lighthouse Point Park. The walk will feature beautiful coastal scenery, a picnic on the beach and access to the country’s oldest working carousels!  Organizers expect nearly 500 walkers to raise thousands of dollars for ACES. 

All participants will receive a custom walk t-shirt with their registration.  After the walk, participants are encouraged to stay for the picnic for food, drink, music, fun beach activities, and more!

Proceeds from the event will benefit ACES.  ACES is dedicated to their mission of enhancing and transforming lives through educations, innovation, and leadership. They work to create an equitable and socially-just world, one life at a time. Learn more by

The event is organized by JB Sports and a team of ACES volunteers who make up our Board of Directors.  The event’s major sponsors include Crosspoint Federal Credit Union, PMA Companies, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Imagine Learning, Performance Environmental Services and Montagno Construction, Inc. and Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, Inc. 

To learn more about the event or to register, visit

]]> (John Bysiewicz) Events Fri, 09 Sep 2022 11:40:08 -0400
Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut Awarded More Than $900,000 to Support Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Vocational Program

Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut (GWNC) today announced it has received a grant of more than $900,000 to expand its Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Vocational Services.

These funds will allow GWNC to replicate the services it has been delivering in Greater Bridgeport to the Hartford area. The Hartford program, which will operate out of Capital Region Mental Health Center in Hartford, includes seven staff who will be embedded into teams of clinicians, psychiatrists, therapists, and other state employees who serve as support staff.

“Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut started its Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Vocational Program in 2010 and is proud to have supported more than 1,300 individuals during this time,” Heather Marquis, Vice President of Human Services, said. “We are thankful to DMHAS for engaging us to deliver these critical services to individuals in Greater Hartford and look forward to increasing our impact.”

“Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut has a history of excellence in delivering vocational services throughout its region. The funding we have received from DMHAS to support these services will allow us to serve three times as many individuals each year while expanding our geographic reach,” Rocco Tricarico, President & CEO, Goodwill of Western and Northern Connecticut, said. “We look forward to working with the team at the Capital Regional Mental Health Center and providing vocational training to empower individuals looking for employment.”

GWNC’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) Vocational Services are currently available to residents in the following communities: Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, Trumbull (Greater Bridgeport) and, Avon, Canton, Farmington, Hartford, Simsbury, West Hartford (Greater Hartford).

To learn more about GWNC’s employment services, including community employment services and vocational programs, visit:


]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Wed, 31 Aug 2022 09:26:58 -0400
The Original Billy Joel Band, Lords of 52nd Street, Coming To Orange on Oct 8th

The Lords of 52nd Street are Billy Joel’s original band… and they are coming back, by popular demand, for The Milford Performance Center on October 8th! Lords of 52nd Street is the name Billy Joel gave to the band back in the 70’s. They do not need to copy or reinvent the original music… since they are the guys you saw playing at Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, Nassau Coliseum and the countless other venues during those Billy Joel concerts of the 1970’s and 1980’s. THIS IS NOT A TRIBUTE BAND!

The Lords of 52nd Street are the legendary bandmates who recorded and toured the world for many years with the “Piano Man.” These guys helped to create one of the most recognizable sounds in music recording the sax, drum and guitar solos on over 100 million albums sold with Billy Joel as well. They also performed all over the world for decades with Billy as well as their own personal careers.

The band is led by Richie Cannata on tenor saxophone, Liberty DeVitto on drums and percussion, and Russell Javors on rhythm guitar. Their collaboration helped change the face of music. They have worked individually with multi-platinum artists, lending their talents to some of the greatest musicians in the world. After 30+ years the band has finally reunited, and haven’t missed a step, with this mind blowing show. Critics love them and their performances have been blowing away fans of all ages.

There is also a limited Meet & Greet before the show with only 25 tickets available on a first come first serve basis. All shows at MPC help multiple local Charities. This show helps 2 different causes... The Or Shalom Men's Club & The Charitable Hands Foundation.

Doors open at 6:30 PM & the Show Starts at 7:30PM. Refreshments, wine and beer is available. Tickets are available online at or at the door on show day.

Tickets are available online:

The Lords of 52nd Street | 2022 Promo

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Thu, 25 Aug 2022 06:36:40 -0400
FC Buzz Weekend of Arts and Culture August 19-21: Jazz, Poetry, Swing, Picnic and More!

FC Buzz Weekend August 19-21 

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

Jazz Friday: Isabella Mendes at Fairfield Museum

Friday, August 19, 6:30 - 8:00 pm 

You will not want to miss this singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, and educator who is quickly becoming one of New Haven and Hartford County’s top Brazilian and Jazz entertainers in the industry. 

Survivors Swing Band at Bridgeport Public Library

Saturday, August 20, 3:00 pm

Get ready to dance and sing to some of the great tunes from the 1920's through 1940's. This seven-piece professional jazz band – with trumpets, saxes, piano, guitar, bass, and drums – plays the hot tunes and soothing ballads of the Swing Era--plus many wonderful melodies from the two decades that followed.

Poetry Reading: Emily Skillings at The Aldrich Contemporary Museum of Art

Saturday, August 20, 4:00 pm

As part of its All of the Sky: Five Poets, Five Saturdays series, The Aldrich hosts a poet lauded by Publishers Weekly for “her saucy, nonchalant feminist discontent.” Skillings is the author of the poetry collection Fort Not, and two chapbooks, Backchannel and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants. She is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective and small press, and has taught creative writing at Yale, Columbia, Parsons School of Design, Poets House, and through Brooklyn Poets.

Mariel Bildsten at MoCA Westport

Saturday, August 20, 7:00 pm

A ‘Jazz at Lincoln Center Emerging Artist,’ Bildsten is a New York-based trombonist, currently working as a bandleader and side-woman, playing in jazz big bands and small groups, as well as in Afro-Latin, rock, funk, and r&b bands. She is the lead trombonist in Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, and tours internationally with the rock band Brass Against. She has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Radio City, Birdland, the Apollo, and more. 

Greenwich Historical Society’s “Picnic in the Park” at Montgomery Pinetum

Sunday, August 21, 12:00 pm 

Gather with family and friends to learn about the history, and experience the natural wonder of the home to the Greenwich Botanical Center. The park was shaped over 30 years after Colonel Robert Montgomery and his wife Nell purchased the estate known as Wild Acres. Reserve your picnic today and pick it up at the museum store before heading out for an alfresco dining experience in the summer breeze.

The Met: Live in HD – La Fille du Régiment at Quick, Fairfield

Sunday, August 21, 1:00 pm

Head to Fairfield University to enjoy an encore performance of the madcap comedy and impeccable coloratura pairing in Natalie Dessay’s indelible portrayal of the feisty tomboy Marie, raised by a regiment of French soldiers. Tenor Juan Diego Flórez stars alongside her as the young Swiss villager who conquers her heart—and a slew of high Cs—in Laurent Pelly’s charming staging. Marco Armiliato conducts.

”Uncommon Ground” at Art/Place, Fairfield

Sunday, August 21, 2:00 - 5:00 pm

You are cordially invited to a reception for the exhibit of British born/American artist Jason Pritchard and George Radwan. Pritchard is an oil painter who captures the coastal charms and rugged landscapes of New England. Radwan shows his fascination for art with old, rusted, broken and dilapidated items. On view 12-5, every day through September 11.

Allison Russell at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, Westport

Sunday, August 21, 7:00 pm 

This 3-time Grammy Award-Nominated singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet, and activist will perform work from her new album, Outside Child. A founding member of the acclaimed groups Our Native Daughters (with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla and Amythyst Kiah), and Birds of Chicago (with her husband and musical partner JT Nero), this Montreal native has begun to emerge as a potent force among creative circles worldwide.

See these and discover hundreds more events on our FC Buzz-Events page at

]]> (Lorie Lewis) Events Thu, 18 Aug 2022 12:34:48 -0400
Faxon Law New Haven Road Race on September 5

New Haven, CT: The Faxon Law New Haven Road Race has selected Grey Kupiec’s colorful retro logo from a number of designs submitted for their t-shirt contest.  Kupiec, a long-time race participant, is now a 3x winner of the t-shirt contest.  The design will be featured on over 6,000 race shirts.

Kupiec states, “This race means a lot to me, it’s in the city I love, and I have run it a number of times. It’s always exciting to see my design on thousands of shirts, but this year winning round trip flights from Avelo is really special!”

The event takes place Monday, September 5 on the New Haven Green. The races consist of a half marathon, relay, 5K, Town Fair Tire Kids Fun Run, and the signature 20K.  The Faxon Law New Haven 20K again hosts the USATF 20K National Championship. The race expects to feature a number of past champions and U.S. Olympians. This year marks the 31st year a national championship event has been held in New Haven, making the race the longest running USATF Championship.

U.S. Olympians Jared Ward (2016 Marathon) and Aliphine Tuliamuk (2021 Marathon) are committed to running this year’s race.  Erika Kemp (2021 20K Champion) joins Ward (2015 winner) and Tuiliamuk (2016) as past champions coming to New Haven.

Packet pickup is Friday-Sunday of Labor Day weekend, participants can pick up their bib and shirt at Corsair, the luxury apartment building in the East Rock neighborhood. The race expects a return to pre-COVID registration numbers.  Early registration is encouraged as the participant cap is 4,500 runners.

The event is organized by JB Sports and a team of local volunteers who make up our Board of Directors.  New Haven Road Race President, Michael Dolan states “We’ve been fortunate to continually grow and improve throughout our history. We are encouraged with participation levels so far this year, expecting nearly 5,000 people on Labor Day.  The event’s success over the past 45 years reflects the support we receive from the City of New Haven, our sponsors and the local running community.” The New Haven Road Race would not be possible without the support of Faxon Law Group, title sponsor since 2007. 

The event’s major sponsors include, Faxon Law Group, Avelo Airlines, McDermott Lexus, AVANGRID, ACES, Town Fair Tire, Corsair, Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists and the City of New Haven.  To learn more about the event or to register, visit

]]> (John Bysiewicz) Events Tue, 19 Jul 2022 04:01:46 -0400
Make-A-Wish® Connecticut Hosts a HYBRID Evening of Wishes Gala, April 30

TRUMBULL, CT – This month, after two years of gathering virtually, Make-A-Wish Connecticut is hosting a HYBRID Evening of Wishes Gala hosted by star-studded celebrities Titus O’Neill, Global Ambassador of WWE, and Deb Placey, host of the NHL’s Executive Suite Podcast. 

The Evening of Wishes Gala shines a bright light of hope for local wish children waiting for their wishes to be granted. This elegant evening will offer both in-person and virtual ticket options on Saturday, April 30 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The in-person event at Mohegan Sun will include an interactive cocktail hour, open bar, three-course meal, inspiring wish kid stories, mission moments, special guest appearances, surprise entertainment, exciting live and silent auctions and more!  

Can't attend this year at Mohegan Sun? You can still participate in the wish magic from the comfort of your own homes with dedicated content for your at-home enjoyment! Virtual tickets include access to the live-streamed program, an expansive silent auction and the opportunity to place a bid during the Live Auction. Purchase a Party Pack ticket for $50 and you’ll also receive special additional items to make your at-home experience an extra amazing one! But hurry, the Virtual Party Pack tickets expire on Friday, April 15!

A spark of hope can change everything. With hope, a child with a critical illness finds light in the darkness of their current circumstances. You will be moved and inspired by the bravery, courage and resilience of Connecticut wish kids. A wish begins with hope – and hope begins with you.

Restore hope with a wish by visiting   



Make-A-Wish® Connecticut creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because every child deserves a childhood. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illnesses. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and volunteers across the state unite to deliver hope to wish kids and their families when they need it most. In total, Make-A-Wish Connecticut has granted more than 3,800 wishes to local children. For more information about Make-A-Wish Connecticut, visit

]]> (Carin Buckman ) Events Wed, 06 Apr 2022 09:44:29 -0400
Trumbull's Kennedy Center Marks 70th Anniversary with Spring Fling, April 30

Trumbull, CT — The Kennedy Center, Inc. is hosting a fun and festive 70th Anniversary ‘Spring Fling’ on Saturday, April 30 at Penfield Pavilion on Fairfield Beach. Staff, friends, families, and the community are invited to join in from 7PM – 10PM for an evening of fellowship celebrating The Kennedy Center’s 70 years of serving people with disabilities and a glimpse into our next 70 years! Guests will enjoy live music performed by The Merwin Mountain Band, delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared by The Pantry, beverages provided by Harry’s Wine & Liquor Market, signature beach-style cocktail from Smoke Lab Vodka and coffee served by Café Piccolo.

In 1951, Evelyn Kennedy embarked on a mission to overcome obstacles and create a safe space where children with disabilities would have the same opportunities as every other child. The story is inspirational; that our mission continues today is remarkable – having grown from a program serving 15 children to a multifaceted organization that positively impacts over 2,000 individuals annually. 

The Kennedy Center welcomes all to celebrate with them on April 30. Please CLICK HERE to reserve your tickets today! 

About The Kennedy Center

2021 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Kennedy Center. Since first opening in 1951, The Kennedy Center has remained steadfast in its mission of serving and creating opportunity for persons with disabilities through its Adult and Community Services, Workforce Development, and Social Enterprise divisions.  Today, The Kennedy Center provides services, supports and employment to more than 2,000 individuals annually in more than 110 communities throughout Connecticut and the State of New York.

]]> (Liz Benyon ) Events Mon, 04 Apr 2022 08:51:56 -0400
Volunteers to Repair Vandalized Sports Field at Make-A-Wish® Connecticut Wishing Place

Trumbull, CT - Make-A-Wish Connecticut’s brand-new sports field, at its new Wishing Place at 56 Commerce Drive, was vandalized sometime Saturday evening March 12. After the organization reached out on community Facebook pages for any/all information that might help the Trumbull Police find the culprits, Trumbull Helps came to the rescue.    

The Trumbull Helps community has rallied to provide a group of volunteers with topsoil, rakes, and seed to help right this wrong. 

Volunteers will congregate for the work on Sat. March 26 at 10am. 

56 Commerce Drive, Trumbull, CT

]]> (Carin Buckman) Places Tue, 22 Mar 2022 10:33:48 -0400
11th Annual Boothe Memorial Park & Museum Antique & Classic Car Show

Stratford, CT - It’s back! After an interlude because of the pandemic, the Port Five Naval Veterans return this year on Sunday, May 15 with their annual car show at Boothe Memorial Park & Museum in Stratford, CT. The car show begins at 9 am and is $15 per show vehicle. Port Five is now under the command of Jim “JB” Bogos who along with the Officer of the Deck, John Buehler, and many veteran volunteers are running the event. Best of all, public admission is FREE!

We all look forward to Spring with its longer daylight, milder weather, and colorful flowers. It’s great to get outdoors again in beautiful surroundings. What better place for activities with family and friends than at Boothe Memorial Park and Museum on its Opening Day weekend. 

Opening Day honors the birthday of David Beach Boothe, who, along with his brother Steven, owned the Stratford estate. The Visitor’s Center in the East Barn has a wonderful video previewing the many highlights to be seen at the park and museums. A timeline of the family’s history in Stratford and their accomplishments is displayed on the interior walls.

There will be tours of the Boothe homestead museum, set at the turn of the century with many items owned by the Boothe family still in place.  In addition, many of the unique buildings will also be open including the clock tower, carriage house, Americana Museum, planetarium, windmill, trolley station, chapel, model train museum, and a working blacksmith shop.  Local student art exhibits and other activities round out the selections for all ages.

To start the day, DJ Seth Carley will be spinning some great oldies. In the later afternoon, the music will continue with a lively concert by the Stratford Community Band until 4 pm.

Enjoy delicious hot food available for both breakfast and lunch provided by the Port Five Naval Veterans. The Ladies Auxiliary will provide culinary delights with a bake sale along with having a basket raffle with terrific prizes.

At Noon, the park celebrations commence with a military flag raising ceremony. Military groups and Veterans are invited to attend with their families; they are our true heroes of today. Join a tribute ceremony with Color Guard with a live performance of the National Anthem by singer Karen Milosky. Honor your families’ veterans by enjoying a fun-filled day together reminiscing, and creating new memories to cherish. 

Feast your eyes on the unique variety of vehicles that display on the South grass lawn of the park. Relieve your past through the decades of stunning cars in pristine condition. Marvel at exotic super cars and Concours d’Elegance beauties. Experience a fabulous exhibit of automotive history in cars, trucks, service vehicles, and military vehicles. Reminisce days gone by in viewing interesting nostalgia such as Ford Model T’s, Model As, and Packards.

This year’s car show will be judged by a team of judges due to the increasing size and prestige of the event. In order for a vehicle to be eligible for judging, it must arrive early and stay throughout the event. There are a large number of field trophies to honor the winners. There also will be both prestigious and memorial awards; the Richard Iannucci Best in Show Trophy, Best Antique, Best Paint, Best Ford, Best Mopar, Best GM and Best Truck trophies.

The first 200 car owners will receive a dash plaque and a goody bag. All Car Clubs are welcome with no cut off year. There is no rain date; the show is held rain or shine. $15 for show vehicles. The museum activities are open from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and the car show hours are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Entrance to the park and the car show are free and open to the public. Boothe Park is located at 5744 Main Street Putney in Stratford. Bring the family to the Opening Day events to be held on May 15, 2022 from 9 am to 4 pm.

For information, ad book and trophy sponsorships please go to:

For additional information please call John Buehler at 203-650-2009. For more photos from past years’ shows, go to:

]]> (Ann Minton & Gwen Ackley, volunteers of Friends of Boothe Park) Events Fri, 18 Mar 2022 06:09:15 -0400
New Haven ShamRock & Roll 5K on March 6

New Haven, CT – The annual 99.1 PLR CrossPoint Federal Credit Union Shamrock & Roll is back again for the annual 5K this Sunday, March 6! The event expects to collect over 50,000 diapers for The Diaper Bank from the race, participants, and sponsors. Sunday’s race is expected to have 1,300 participants and is one of the largest Winter 5Ks in Connecticut. The race begins at 9 a.m. from Toad’s Place on York Street in New Haven. The ShamRock & Roll once again hosts the Connecticut 5K State Championship and many of Connecticut’s top runners will compete in the race.

"We are excited that the 99.1 PLR CrossPoint Federal Credit Union Shamrock and Roll is back and in person! Our St. Patrick's celebration combines fitness along with fun, music and helping local families,” states 99.1 PLR's Drew Carrano, Director of Marketing and Promotions. 

Participants are encouraged run or walk the 5K in St. Patrick’s Day costumes! Custom pint glasses for best group and individual costumes are distributed. Pint glasses are also awarded to the fastest male and female finishers. Runners, walkers and spectators can enjoy rock music played at Toad's Place and along the 5K course. One complimentary Guinness is offered to participants 21+! The first 1,300 participants receive long sleeve tech tees. Participants can enjoy a rockin’ post-race party at Toad’s Place, complete with live entertainment, great food and refreshments courtesy of 99.1 PLR and Toad’s Place. 

The race benefits The Diaper Bank. On average, an adequate supply of diapers for a child can cost over $100 per month. State-assisted programs do not cover the cost of diapers. Many parents who are already struggling to pay for rent and food cannot afford the high cost of diapers for their children. The Diaper Bank is a local organization providing diapers to families in need throughout Connecticut. Participants are encouraged to bring diapers to the event. In addition, the participant who donates the most diapers receives the Sam Tilery Award. The race honors Sam Tilery, who was a long-time promotional director at 99.1 PLR and supporter of The Diaper Bank.

John Bysiewicz, coordinator of the Faxon Law New Haven & Fairfield Road Races, organizes the event. The event is sponsored by 99.1 PLR, CrossPoint Federal Credit Union, Orange Fence & Supply, iCRYO, Chevrolet of Milford, Yale New Haven Health, Guinness, Toad’s Place, Woodbridge Running Company, Julia’s Bakery, Garden Catering, Shake Shack and Lesser Evil. For race information about the event, visit or call (203) 481- 5933.

]]> (JB Sports ) Events Thu, 03 Mar 2022 09:09:42 -0500
Eagle Scout Builds Bridge at CT's Beardsley Zoo in its NE Farmyard

The New England Farmyard at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has a new covered bridge over the duck pond, thanks to Trumbull Eagle Scout Luke Strong. A junior at Trumbull High School, Strong has been coming to the Zoo since he was a small child, and he explained that he was looking for a way to give something back to the place he loved. With a future career in mind as an architect, he envisioned a covered bridge over the waterway that’s home to a large variety of ducks and geese. “I thought it would be a good challenge,” he said, planning the bridge as his Eagle Scout Service Project.

An Eagle Scout Service Project, or Eagle Project, is an opportunity to demonstrate leadership while creating a project for the benefit of the community. The project is the culmination of Boy Scout training, and it must represent a significant effort on the part of the Scout. As a non-profit 501 c (3) organization, the Zoo qualified for the project. Strong raised roughly $2,000 on a GoFundMe page to begin work, with the Zoo contributing funds as well. 

“I worked with an engineer, Kevin Chamberlain. First, we worked together to design the bridge, then I made a materials list. Mike Robinson from Carpenters Union Local 326 helped, along with three additional union carpenters. We also had help from some scouts from my troop,” said Strong. The Zoo’s Associate Curator Rob Tomas also helped with planning and construction, Strong said. 

It took almost a full year from conception of the idea in winter 2021 to designing the bridge in summer 2021. Building commenced in November. 

“I’m very happy with it, and I’m very proud,” Strong said. “I’d been picturing it in my head for so long!” 

“We’re extremely pleased with the way the bridge turned out,” said Tomas. “It adds the right touch of historic New England charm to the Farmyard. Every aspect of the project went very smoothly, and it’s a well-planned and well-built bridge.” 

Strong not only has achieved his Eagle Scout rank, he also is part of the Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science and Technology Education Center, following the Technical Engineering path offered there. He’s currently at work on his next project, building a paddleboard as part of his Marine Construction classwork. 

The Zoo’s New England Farmyard showcases heritage breed animals, domestic species that are in danger of disappearing from the landscape. Rare farm animals represent an irreplaceable piece of earth’s biodiversity, just like their wild cousins, and offer variety that may be needed in the future: robust health, mothering instincts, foraging, and the ability to thrive in a changing climate.  The Farmyard includes newly built barns, pastures, and enclosures for goats, cows, miniature horses, Guinea hogs, chickens, geese, and ducks.

]]> (Lisa Clair) Neighbors Fri, 25 Feb 2022 04:24:46 -0500
CT's Beardsley Zoo Receives $20K Grant from the Laub Foundation

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo has received a $20,000 grant from the Laub Foundation, a private charitable trust established by Bernice Laub thirty years ago. The foundation’s family trustee, Marilyn Ann Elias of Trumbull, selected the Zoo to receive the funds based on one of four causes the foundation supports: the care and welfare of animals. 

“The foundation has been administered by the family and JP Morgan Private Bank after my cousin Bernice passed away, and left money to be invested and donated for causes close to her heart,” Elias said. “She loved all animals,” she added, explaining that the care of animals was a personal cause for Laub throughout her life. 

“I chose the Zoo as a grant recipient because I admire, applaud and am comforted by the Zoo’s mission statement of helping fragile wildlife populations and ecosystems, and all the steps the Zoo takes to accomplish this mission,” Elias said, explaining that she, her husband, and her adult son visit frequently. “The foundation offers an opportunity and a responsibility to donate the money where it can do the most good.”

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, with a mission of conservation, education, research, and outstanding guest experience. An accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a population management program for endangered species. In addition, the Zoo educates thousands of children and adults each year and works with the state on local conservation programs. The Zoo is celebrating its 100th year in 2022, when the mission of helping fragile wildlife populations and eco-systems is more important than ever.

Zoo Director Gregg Dancho said, “We are grateful for the Laub Foundation's support. We welcome donations to help provide additional funds for our family of animals and their habitats.”  

The Zoo is grateful to its many members, supporters, and corporate partners that help to educate, delight, and bring animal welfare and conservation to the state of Connecticut.

]]> (Lisa Clair) Charities Thu, 17 Feb 2022 06:22:10 -0500
Christian Heritage School Open House

Come meet with K-12 faculty and staff at every grade level and across all disciplines of study. Student guides, current parents, and administrators will also introduce you to a variety of extra-curricular programs available at Christian Heritage School (CHS) through tours.

A presentation from our Head of School will provide insight into the heart and vision behind the robust academic program and the strong community of CHS.

]]> (Stephanie) Places Wed, 16 Feb 2022 07:26:55 -0500
Renee Dobos recognized as one of Industry Era Women Leaders' 10 Best CEOs of 2022!

Renée Dobos, CEO of Connecticut Housing Partners, is recognized as one of
Industry Era Leaders’ Best CEOs of 2022!   

February 11, 2022 - Trumbull, CT – Connecticut Housing Partners’ 31-year mission is to create and sustain innovative housing, revitalize neighborhoods, prevent homelessness, and enhance the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents of Connecticut.  

For her dedication to addressing the housing crisis in Connecticut and for being a “Champion of Affordable Housing,” Renee is honored to accept this recognition for her achievements in helping low and moderate-income families reside in safe and stable housing. Under Renée’s leadership, CHP has been awarded the “Best Of” for Non-Profit Affordable Housing Development for 2019, 2020, and 2021. To read the article, click here.

"Our work in Fairfield County is impactful as providers of affordable housing. The need for safe, clean, affordable rental housing is growing every day. We recognize that having a safe, affordable place to live is essential to achieving financial security,” says Dobos. Renée is truly a Champion for affordable housing. She has immeasurable experience in Affordable Housing development, property management, and resident services.  She also brings many partnerships in the community to the organization that helps stabilize and support families.   

Renée is laser-focused on advancing the mission to develop affordable housing, operate with efficiency, reduce the organization’s carbon footprint, build the Rent Bank, rental assistance program, work with volunteers, enhance the resident services program and much more! She is a leader and community builder. She pledges to be an exceptional steward of these important community assets, foster strong partnerships, and broaden the organization’s impact throughout Connecticut.

Dobos adds, “We are proud to be a chartered member of NeighborWorks America, who creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.” As a congressionally chartered and funded nonprofit, NeighborWorks supports organizations like CHP that provide communities with affordable housing, financial counseling, and resident engagement, and collaboration in the areas of health, employment, and education. 

]]> (Robin Jerrild) Neighbors Fri, 11 Feb 2022 12:36:15 -0500
Alexis Reda Wins BroadwayWorld Award

Western Connecticut State University announced that BroadwayWorld 2021 Connecticut Awards were presented to WCSU faculty and students for productions at the Visual and Performing Arts Center during the 2020 academic year, including Best Streaming Musical, Best Direction of a Stream and Best Performers of a Stream. The BroadwayWorld Regional Awards are the largest theatre audience-voted awards, with over 100 cities worldwide participating.

WCSU Department of Theatre Arts productions in 2020 were live-streamed to the public due to the pandemic. Two productions received several awards from BroadwayWorld:

Best Direction of a Stream (Non-Professional): Tim Howard – “The Radium Girls: A Jaw-Dropping New Musical”   

Best Editing of a Stream (Non-Professional): R.J. Romeo  “The Radium Girls: A Jaw-Dropping New Musical”  

Best Performer in a Streaming Musical (Non-Professional): Alexis Reda,“The Radium Girls: A Jaw-Dropping New Musical.” Reda, now a senior Musical Theatre major from Trumbull, impressed two of the show’s writers so much that they invited her to perform one of her character’s songs at their concert “D'ARCHANGELIS AND HORNEFF (AND FRIENDS!)” at The Green Room 42 in New York City.

Best Performer in a Streaming Play (Non-Professional): Chrystal Campbell in “Dognap on Dekalb.” Campbell, of Weston, graduated WCSU in spring 2021 and has since signed with the talent agency of CLA Partners in New York and California.

Best Streaming Musical (Non-Professional): The Radium Girls: A Jaw-Dropping New Musical”

Most Anticipated Upcoming Production of a Play (Non-Professional): “Noises Off”

Tim Howard is an associate professor and head of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre program in WCSU’s Department of Theatre Arts. He has a diverse career as a director, actor, singer and music director, and has received numerous Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Awards for directing musicals and plays. “I am beyond thrilled to have been acknowledged for my direction of ‘The Radium Girls: A Jaw-Dropping New Musical.’ It was truly a labor of love working on this charming, funny and brand-new musical,” he said. “In addition, we are very excited to know the production itself also was awarded, as it was a group effort from editing, design, music and, of course, the talented performers. We are particularly proud that Alexis Reda, our leading lady, also was acknowledged for her work. Well deserved!” Howard will direct the next WCSU musical, “Sweeney Todd,” running from Feb. 25 through March 6.

Sal Trapani, professor of Theatre Arts at WCSU and director of one of the first full productions of “Dognap on Dekalb,” noted that the awards bestowed by BroadwayWorld “once again demonstrated the talents within WCSU’s performance program.” Trapani defines the play as a “beautiful meditation on dealing with and healing from the sorrow and pain of loss,” and praised Chrystal Campbell. “Her performance was brilliant; Chrystal shows us the pain and suffering a mother suffers at the loss of a child. She goes through all the stages of grief with dignity and grace. Her performance takes your breath away,” he said.

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