Trumbull's HamletHub Fri, 20 May 2022 01:17:04 -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.

For more information about upcoming WCSU productions, go to

]]> (Western Connecticut State University) Neighbors Mon, 31 Jan 2022 14:26:13 -0500
Elm Shakespeare Company Receives CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant from CT Humanities

Connecticut Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has awarded Elm Shakespeare Company a $29,800 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant.

Like so many cultural organizations, Elm Shakespeare has experienced severe challenges over the course of the last 20 months. Elm responded by producing continuously since the start of the pandemic, and innovating new ways to not only bring people together, but also examine what they create and how they create it.  New programs included the online event series Building a Brave New Theatre: Exploring Race & Shakespeare that explored how these plays can serve today’s artists and audiences of color,  a Youth Festival of Shakespeare featuring over 70 student performers in 5 productions for 13 performances, and a Halloween walk-thru Spooktacular named best 2021 professional theatre production in Connecticut.

Rebecca Goodheart, Producing Artistic Director said, "We're so grateful and indebted to CT Humanities for their generous support. At a time when arts and cultural organizations are sustaining heavy and continued losses in earned revenue, this size of an investment allows us to maintain production values, programming and artistic integrity as well as support our staff. Thanks to CT Humanities for this support!”

Elm Shakespeare Company was one of 624 organizations in Connecticut that was awarded CT  Cultural Fund support totaling $16M from CT Humanities. The CTCFOSG are part of $30.7M of support allocated to arts, humanities, and cultural nonprofits through CTH over the next two years by the CT General Assembly and approved by Governor Ned Lamont. The CTCFOSG will assist organizations as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public.

This grant was administered by CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

]]> (Elm Shakespeare Company) Charities Mon, 31 Jan 2022 14:25:08 -0500
A Super Bowl Dream Comes True for Ridgefield Resident Conner Curran!

Dreams just came true for Ridgefield resident, Conner Curran who had his wish to attend the Super Bowl granted by Make-A-Wish Connecticut.

The Cincinnati Bengals are set to play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, February 13, 2022. One young football fan from Ridgefield is about to get a front-row seat. 

“Conner has always enjoyed watching sports and football is his absolute favorite sport to watch. When deciding what wish he would like granted, going to the Super Bowl was at the top of the list, and in just a couple of weeks, he will be there experiencing one of the greatest American sporting events ever!” says his dad, Chris.

Make A Wish grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Conner is a true warrior who is battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive muscle-wasting disease that affects mostly boys.  

Conner was presented with the tickets and experience itinerary at the brand-new Connecticut Make-A-Wish facility in Trumbull Connecticut. 

“The facility is a kid’s paradise with freezers full of ice cream, ping pong, air hockey, basketball pop-a-shots and fun activities around every corner. Conner and his brothers were all smiles when they were treated to presents, ice cream, pizza and loads of fun,” says Chris, who adds “as a Make A Wish kid, was welcome to come back with his family at any time to enjoy the all the fun activities.”

Next week, Make A Wish will fly Conner’s entire family to Los Angeles and the family will all enjoy a day trip to Universal Studios and a tour of SOFI Stadium along with an opportunity to take pictures with the Lombardi Trophy!

Conner and his Mom will be walking the red carpet to attend the NFL Honors ceremony which will be televised on ABC on Thursday night February 10th and then for an incredible finale of the trip Conner and his Dad will attend the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 13. 

“The entire Curran family is grateful to the generous donors and the Make A Wish Foundation of Connecticut who made this incredible wish become a reality for Conner. He is over the moon with excitement to experience the Super Bowl in person!” says Chris.

Chris and his wife Jessica founded Kindness Over Muscular Dystrophy to not only find a cure for this disease, but to spread kindness and awareness in an effort to help advance research and treatment. The mission at KOMD is simple: a cure for Conner and all the children with Duchenne, but those words are so much more than a mission statement – it’s a dream, a hope and a prayer!

To learn more about Duchenne and to contact them with corporate sponsorships and donations visit


]]> (HH) Neighbors Mon, 31 Jan 2022 08:16:57 -0500
Do you know a person or business that has made significant artistic and cultural contributions to our community? ACE Award nominations OPEN!

The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County has announced that its Sixth Annual Daniel E. Offutt III Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards Breakfast will be held at the Norwalk Shore and Country Club on June 15, 2022.
Nominations for the awards are now open! Do you want to recognize and thank those individuals, organizations, and businesses who have made significant artistic and cultural contributions to our community, as well as those who have supported the arts and culture sector through volunteerism and/or patronage? 
The ACE Awards have renamed the Daniel E. Offutt III Arts & Culture Empowerment (ACE) Awards in 2021 after a significant contribution from the Daniel E. Offutt III Private Foundation Trust.
Nominations are now open for everyone in the region to recommend candidates for the ACE Awards.
Nominations are made in five categories: Artist, Citizen, Corporate, Educator, and Nonprofit. Nominations, that include a brief statement (up to 150 words) explaining the reason for the nomination here.
Details of the award categories are below:
Artist Award: Recognizes a creative individual or group in Fairfield County who has demonstrated a commitment to artistic excellence as well as working for access, awareness, and/or advocacy for the arts and culture community.
Citizen Award: Recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to the enrichment and prosperity of arts and culture in Fairfield County through volunteerism, financial support, and/or advocacy. 
Corporate Award: Recognizes a business that has helped to excite the interest and support of arts and culture in Fairfield County through encouragement, exposure and patronage; or that has made a significant contribution to the economic development of Fairfield County with an emphasis on elevating the creative sector.
Educator Award: Recognizes an individual, nonprofit or creative business that has made a substantial impact on the arts and cultural education of students and citizens of Fairfield County through innovative approaches to programming, access and/or advocacy.
Nonprofit Award: Recognizes an organization or leader that has made a distinct contribution to arts and culture in Fairfield County through visionary leadership, commitment to advancement, community engagement and/or creative innovation.
See awardees from previous years at:
The keynote Breakfast speaker will be David Lehman, Commissioner for Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). Also speaking will be Elizabeth Shapiro, Director of Arts, Preservation and Museums (DECD), and Jason Mancini, Executive Director, CT Humanities. All three speakers worked together over the last two years of the pandemic to discover and fulfill as much as they could the fiscal needs of cultural organizations devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and its social and economic ramifications. 
]]> (David Green) Neighbors Sat, 29 Jan 2022 07:47:15 -0500
Center for Family Justice receives $30,000 grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

Bridgeport, CT - The Center for Family Justice has received a $30,000 grant from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation to help the nonprofit provide crisis and supportive services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse in the Greater Bridgeport area.

The funds from FCCF’s Fund for Women and Girls will help CFJ address a significant increase in demand for its free, confidential services, which spiked by 25 percent since the Covid-19 pandemic first impacted the region in March 2020.

“The current public health crisis has affected us all, but it’s been especially devastating for victims of abuse,” said Debra A. Greenwood, President & CEO of The Center for Family Justice. “The isolation, economic instability, stress and anxiety the Covid-19 pandemic has caused have been especially detrimental to those living in abusive relationships. We’ve witnessed that firsthand in significantly increased demand for the safe shelter and crisis services we offer.”

“The generous grant we have received from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation will go a long way toward helping us meet the increased demand for services we offer victims who come to us for help,” said Greenwood. “We are grateful to the foundation for its constant support of women and girls impacted by abuse in our communities.” 


]]> (Beth Fitzpatrick) Charities Wed, 12 Jan 2022 08:56:07 -0500
Trumbull's Kennedy Ctr. Selling Low Cost Covid Rapid Tests

Trumbull, CT — The Kennedy Center in Trumbull CT is now selling Covid 19 Antigen Rapid Test Kit to town agencies, senior living facilities, schools, businesses, and the public. These tests, in addition to the agencies full range of PPE, can be preordered immediately through The Kennedy Center’s retail web portal and will be available for shipping/pick-up the week of January 3, 2022. Rapid Response tests and PPE will also be available for in-person purchase at The Kennedy Center’s Palm & Able retail stores located at 874 Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton CT and 39 Lindeman Drive in Trumbull, CT.

“With the explosive spread of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, the demand for testing has skyrocketed,” commented Kennedy Center President & CEO, Rick Sebastian. “The public is literally scrambling to find testing of any kind with great frustration. The relationships we have forged to secure and sell PPE to the community, schools, businesses and government agencies, have provided a quick and reliable pathway for The Kennedy Center to now offer rapid response tests to the public on demand.”

PPE equipment available through The Kennedy Center include KN95, N95 and disposable masks, gloves, disinfectants, face shields and SafePass San-Air decontamination systems. San-Air is an innovative, 100% biodegradable and recyclable solution technology comprised of all-natural, non-toxic ingredients. Rigorously tested, the system’s cutting-edge technology is proven to eliminate 99% of bacteria, mold and germs from surfaces and removes pathogens, including COVID-19, from the air treating home, office, and workspaces safely and free of toxic chemicals. 

About The Kennedy Center, Inc.

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) Places Thu, 30 Dec 2021 05:47:57 -0500