Westport's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/westport Wed, 25 Nov 2020 05:39:44 -0500 HamletHub.com Black Lives Matter Virtual Series at Housatonic Community College https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47053-black-lives-matter-virtual-series-at-housatonic-community-college47053-black-lives-matter-virtual-series-at-housatonic-community-college https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47053-black-lives-matter-virtual-series-at-housatonic-community-college47053-black-lives-matter-virtual-series-at-housatonic-community-college

Last week, Housatonic Community College (HCC) hosted a virtual Black Lives Matter discussion that focused on protective and risk factors. The event was the first in a series of three virtual conversations that will concentrate on racial injustice and what can be done to heal. The next events in the series take place on November 30 and December 14 on HCC’s Facebook page.

Carlton Gill, project coordinator for HCC’s Success Center and Men’s Center, invited two of the area’s top community activists, Chaquanzha Stephenson, CEO and founder of D.O.P.E., Inc., and Wilner Joseph, CEO and founder of Young Athletes 4 Change, for a frank discussion about challenges in black and brown communities, and what changes can be made to advance justice and healing.

“Coming from where I grew up, you want to get out and become something in life. You want to be able to get educated, get the resources that you can get from any circumstances and be able to understand the value of life. As teens growing up in my community, we’re not taught in school about life skills, we’re not taught how to become an entrepreneur, so organizations like mine and Chaquanzha’s are resources where they can get information and grow as leaders,” said Joseph.

The panelists talked about what the Black Lives Matter movement means to them.

Black Lives Matter is imperative for anybody watching because it’s not really just a race thing, it’s a human thing,” explained Stephenson. “If you’re a human, you have feelings. How can you watch [racial injustice] and not see disparity, not feel bad about it, and think it’s okay?”

“It’s time for the world to really start shedding light on the importance of what black men and black women go through in America,” said Joseph. “It’s time for us to start really focusing on education and economics in our community.”

A dialogue about the systematic institutional structures that disadvantage black and brown communities was held, and looking to the future, the panelists hope the new presidential administration tackles prison reform and places more resources into black and brown communities.

“Having open dialogues is a critical part of reckoning social, racial and economic injustices. At Housatonic, we are hosting these virtual events to do our part in helping to transform the country into one that is more just for all its citizens. I invite everyone to tune in, listen and learn from each other,” said Dwayne Smith, Ph.D., HCC Chief Executive Officer.

The next event in HCC’s Black Lives Matter Virtual Series is entitled ‘Trigger Happy’ and will be held on Monday, November 30th at 6 PM to discuss gun violence. The final event in the series, ‘UJIMA’, will be held on Monday, December 14th at 6 PM to discuss our collective work and responsibilities. Both events are Facebook Live events and can be found by visiting https://www.facebook.com/HCCBridgeport/.

kerry@ducey.org (Kerry Anne Ducey) Neighbors Tue, 24 Nov 2020 14:52:33 -0500
Lamont Announces Fines for Businesses Violating COVID-19 Rules Increase To $10,000 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/politics/47055-lamont-announces-fines-for-businesses-violating-covid-19-rules-increase-to-10-00047055-lamont-announces-fines-for-businesses-violating-covid-19-rules-increase-to-10-000 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/politics/47055-lamont-announces-fines-for-businesses-violating-covid-19-rules-increase-to-10-00047055-lamont-announces-fines-for-businesses-violating-covid-19-rules-increase-to-10-000

Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has signed an executive order increasing the amount that businesses can be fined for violations of the state’s COVID-19 sector rules and capacity limits to $10,000 per violation.

The governor said he is taking this action – which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, November 26 – as the result of feedback he has received from municipal leaders, public health officials, and people from within the business community. The most recently authorized amount was a $500 fine.

“The sector rules and capacity limits we’ve implemented are intended to mitigate the spread of this disease to the greatest extent possible,” Governor Lamont said. “While the overwhelming majority of businesses in Connecticut have shown an incredible amount of leadership and have been fantastic partners in this front, we have seen a small number of businesses in flagrant violation of these public health rules, and that’s all you need to cause a super-spreading event that leads to a large number of cases and hospitalizations.

“Increasing compliance with the protocols we’ve already enacted is an important responsibility in keeping our communities safe. We want to do everything we can to mitigate the further spread of this virus while avoiding the implementation of more restrictions or lockdowns on our already hard-hit economy and small businesses.”

Fines for violations can be issued by local health directors or municipal designees, with the support of law enforcement. Other fines that remain in effect for violations of the state’s COVID-19 rules include $500 for organizing an event over capacity limits, $250 for attending events over capacity limits, $100 for failure to wear a face mask or covering when in public, and up to $500 for violations of the state’s travel advisory.

The gathering sizes and capacity limitations that are exempt from this order, which include private gatherings at private residences, religious and spiritual gatherings, and graduations, shall continue to be subject to infractions for violations of sector rules and other COVID-related orders.

“Particularly as we approach Black Friday and the start of the holiday shopping season, we want to stress the importance of following public health protocols to protect both customers and workers,” Governor Lamont said. “Working together, we can get the spread of COVID-19 under control while mitigating the impact that it is having on our economy.”

**DownloadGovernor Lamont’s Executive Order No. 9N

kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Politics Tue, 24 Nov 2020 14:45:04 -0500
Creativity Connects Westport: Meet Westport resident Lisa Fielding, nature lover, community supporter https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47049-creativity-connects-westport-meet-westport-resident-lisa-fielding-nature-lover-community-supporter47049-creativity-connects-westport-meet-westport-resident-lisa-fielding-nature-lover-community-supporter https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47049-creativity-connects-westport-meet-westport-resident-lisa-fielding-nature-lover-community-supporter47049-creativity-connects-westport-meet-westport-resident-lisa-fielding-nature-lover-community-supporter

Creativity Connects Westport

What fuels a vibrant, connected and creative community? What makes people feel good about living in Westport?

When locals share the creativity that they uncover in the nooks and crannies of their community it brings about connectivity and makes us all feel good. Believe it or not, you discover creativity every day as you walk, shop, work, and play in Westport? 

Creativity connects us.

Meet Westport resident Lisa Fielding, nature lover, community supporter.

Tell us about an organization in your town that makes you feel good

TAILS (The Alliance Limiting Strays). It’s an all-volunteer non-profit organization in Westport. We rescued two kittens from TAILS. Brothers. And they are brilliant! TAILS’ mission is to spay and neuter all stray animals and find their furever homes. They are wonderful!

Where do you go for inspiration and creativity?

Walking in my beautiful neighborhood or playing tennis. Walking frees up my mind from the daily grind and the beauty of Westport always inspires me. From the streams and waterfalls to the soaring canopy of trees overhead --  it is nature's sanctuary. My favorite season to walk in is fall. 

We play tennis all over town and love the courts at Longshore in particular.

What do you love about your community?

It is small, sophisticated, gorgeous and offers a rural environment with city amenities. And there's the beach (Compo is my favorite)! Plus we are just 45 minutes to Manhattan. Westport has plenty of great shopping (Mitchell's and The Gap), gourmet markets (Balducci's and Whole Foods), and our cherished Trader Joe's! In addition, there are some reliably good restaurants including The Pearl and Artisan. Also amazing places - Westport Library, Levitt Pavilion, charitable organizations geared toward education. 

Creativity Connects Westport made possible by LIFEWTR.

If you are interested in being featured in our series, please email   localmatters@hamlethub.com

The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of HamletHub or LIFEWTR. 


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 24 Nov 2020 08:39:42 -0500
Metro North's Thanksgiving Schedule, No service North of Southeast https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/47052-metro-north-s-thanksgiving-schedule-no-service-north-of-southeast47052-metro-north-s-thanksgiving-schedule-no-service-north-of-southeast https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/47052-metro-north-s-thanksgiving-schedule-no-service-north-of-southeast47052-metro-north-s-thanksgiving-schedule-no-service-north-of-southeast

For this year's Thanksgiving Holiday, Metro-North will be there for you, from Wednesday, November 25, through Sunday, November 29, transporting you safely, reliably, and affordably to your destination.
We would like to remind all our customers to please wear a face mask on all trains, in stations and on platforms at all times, regardless of social distancing.

This year, on Wednesday, November 25, Metro-North will be offering regular weekday service on its Hudson, Harlem and New Haven Lines. There will be no early getaway trains this year. Off-peak fares are in effect all day.
From Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 - Sunday, November 29, we will operate a weekend schedule. Off-peak fares are in effect all day, each day.

In addition, there will be no service between Southeast and Wassaic from Thursday, Nov. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 29. No substitute bus service will be provided. Service between Southeast and Wassaic will resume on Monday, November 30, 2020.

The North End of Grand Central Terminal will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 25, but will be closed from Nov. 26 through Nov. 27.
For the full weekend service, please see our special schedule at http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/eoh_thanksgiving2020.htm.
For train times, visit us at mta.info/mnr, or download Metro-North's Train Time App for iPhone or Android.
All of us at Metro-North wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

commandercarey@gmail.com (Metro North RR) Life Mon, 23 Nov 2020 10:11:46 -0500
Owners of The Riverside Realty Group Return to their Roots https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47051-owners-of-the-riverside-realty-group-return-to-their-roots47051-owners-of-the-riverside-realty-group-return-to-their-roots https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47051-owners-of-the-riverside-realty-group-return-to-their-roots47051-owners-of-the-riverside-realty-group-return-to-their-roots

Owners of The Riverside Realty Group return to their roots in the building that jump-started their storied careers on the avenue shared with their namesake.

For those who say you cannot go home again, two of the founding partners at The Riverside Realty Group are proof that not only can you return to where you came from but that you can make the experience better, the family stronger and the footprint more impactful.

472 Riverside Avenue in Westport is quite literally the cornerstone of Saugatuck where bustling thoroughfares intersect as does history and current day. Once home to a centrally located gas station, then the real estate brokerage Riverside Shavell which was later acquired by Coldwell Banker, Sue Lieberman started her career in the building, welcomed her daughter to the business (as a partner), her son (also in a leadership role) and later launched her own independent, boutique brokerage with a few collaborators in tow. Today, as sole proprietors of The Riverside Realty Group, Sue Lieberman and daughter Justine Lieberman Fink are returning home to 472 Riverside Avenue giving it a modern-day facelift and taking with them a team of agents who have pledged their allegiance with decades of partnership and billions in sales.

"This building holds a lot of our past and we are ecstatic to usher in the future within these walls. It was the catalyst for everything Justine and I have worked so hard to build," said Sue Lieberman, "our agents are family and anyone who knows us or has worked with us, understands that we are in the business of building long-standing, meaningful relationships". The transition over to the new location in Saugatuck from the previous Greens Farms office was completed last week.

The Riverside Realty Group is an independent, boutique real estate firm founded in 2007 with the mission to provide unparalleled client service with state-of-the-art emergent technology, a dedicated network of best-in-class professionals and the latest in cross-platform, innovative marketing strategies. To date, the company remains one of the most notable and successful brokerage firms in lower Fairfield County with closed sales nearing the $3.0 billion mark.

kerry@ducey.org (Jody Peters) Places Mon, 23 Nov 2020 08:58:42 -0500
Westport's Restaurant Savings Time: Dine Earlier and BYOB! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47045-westport-s-restaurant-savings-time-dine-earlier-and-byob47045-westport-s-restaurant-savings-time-dine-earlier-and-byob https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47045-westport-s-restaurant-savings-time-dine-earlier-and-byob47045-westport-s-restaurant-savings-time-dine-earlier-and-byob

Another "shop local" initiative by the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce

Please dine earlier, as a way to help our restaurants deal with the Governor's imposed curfew on businesses.
And... while eating out earlier, dine outside (and BYOB - bring your own blanket!)
As a way to aid our restaurants and to keep people warmer while they dine outside, the Chamber, with the backing of the Town, have put out lawn signs and produced this video to get the word out.
European restaurants have done this for years, so we pivot and have people bring their own.
The Chamber website continues to list all restaurants doing outside dining.
logo by Miggs Burroughs

Bring Your Own Blanket

kerry@ducey.org ( Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce) Places Mon, 23 Nov 2020 06:15:00 -0500
Westport First Selectman Urges Residents to Keep Thanksgiving Celebration Small, No More than 10 People https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47050-westport-first-selectman-urges-residents-to-keep-thanksgiving-celebration-small-no-more-than-10-people47050-westport-first-selectman-urges-residents-to-keep-thanksgiving-celebration-small-no-more-than-10-people https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47050-westport-first-selectman-urges-residents-to-keep-thanksgiving-celebration-small-no-more-than-10-people47050-westport-first-selectman-urges-residents-to-keep-thanksgiving-celebration-small-no-more-than-10-people

Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe provided a community COVID update today saying, "This year, many of the traditional activities surrounding Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season have the potential to be a threat to our health and safety. I urge all residents to refrain from the typically large and plentiful holiday gatherings. Please keep your Thanksgiving celebration to no more than 10 individuals, and preferably celebrate at home only with the people with whom you live."

Please read the complete update below:

Yesterday, Governor Lamont announced that 145 of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities are now in the red zone alert level, the highest of the state’s four alert levels on the weekly COVID-19 Alert Map (see Westportct.gov/COVID10).  The red zone indicates municipalities that have an average daily COVID-19 case rate over the last two weeks of greater than 15 per 100,000 population.  Westport remains in the red zone and has witnessed further growth in cases. This week, Westport is calculated at 33 cases out of a population of 100,000, compared to 22.4 cases last week.  There are no municipalities in the State that were in the red zone last week that have been recategorized to a lower alert level this week. 

According to the CDC, more than 1 million COVID-19 cases were reported in the United States over the last 7 days. This statistic is alarming and demonstrates that we must remain vigilant. We must anticipate that cases will continue to spread as individuals are travelling, returning home from college, gathering and shopping in the weeks ahead. Wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding gatherings is a must if we are to control this pandemic.

This year, many of the traditional activities surrounding Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season have the potential to be a threat to our health and safety. I urge all residents to refrain from the typically large and plentiful holiday gatherings. As of November 6th, the State-wide cap on gathering in private residences is 10, down from 25. Please keep your Thanksgiving celebration to no more than 10 individuals, and preferably celebrate at home only with the people with whom you live. Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of contracting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

Avoid the crowds on Black Friday or prepare for strict adherence to the 50% capacity rule at retail stores. Consider cyber Monday as an alternative. Always maintain a 6-foot distance from others and wear a face covering.

I urge you to review the CDC and the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) guidelines for the Thanksgiving holiday, including travelling, gathering, and alternatives to gathering and protocols for college students returning to or visiting Connecticut:




For information on testing sites, please visit the WWHD (wwhd.org/covid-19-testing-sites/) for a list of local test sites, or the state-wide listing at: https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Covid-19-Knowledge-Base/COVID-19-Testing

If you have a pending test due either to symptoms of COVID or exposure to COVID, please refrain from going out into the community until you have received test results.

Winter Sports

As mentioned in several of my last messages, much of the increase in COVID cases and the resulting school closures are a result of gatherings, parties and sports team activities.  Effective Monday, November 23, the Governor has ordered all club and team sports, including CIAC sports, to postpone all organized winter sports until January 19, 2021. 


As you may be aware, Staples High School and the Bedford and Coleytown Middle Schools are on distanced learning through the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Westport Public School Superintendent Tom Scarice and I remind everyone that the ability for our schools to remain open for in-person learning depends primarily on the actions of our entire population. We continue to urge all to follow the appropriate protocols so that our community can remain open, but safe.

COVID Notification App

For your added protection as you visit supermarkets or anywhere else you have the potential to be exposed to a positive COVID case, download the State’s exposure notifications app to your smartphone to be alerted when you’re near someone who has tested positive.  Privacy is protected.  The app can be found at ct.gov/covidalertct.

Please follow the guidance to social distance, wear a face covering and practice good personal hygiene.

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Fri, 20 Nov 2020 10:11:29 -0500
Creativity Connects Westport: Meet Jana Ireijo, local artist, triathlete, community volunteer https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47048-creativity-connects-westport-meet-jana-ireijo-local-artist-triathlete-community-volunteer47048-creativity-connects-westport-meet-jana-ireijo-local-artist-triathlete-community-volunteer https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/47048-creativity-connects-westport-meet-jana-ireijo-local-artist-triathlete-community-volunteer47048-creativity-connects-westport-meet-jana-ireijo-local-artist-triathlete-community-volunteer

Creativity Connects Westport

What fuels a vibrant, connected and creative community? What makes people feel good about living in Westport?

When locals share the creativity that they uncover in the nooks and crannies of their community it brings about connectivity and makes us all feel good. Believe it or not, you discover creativity every day as you walk, shop, work, and play in Westport? 

Creativity connects us.

Meet Jana Ireijo, local artist, triathlete, community volunteer

Tell us about an organization in your town that makes you feel good

myTEAM TRIUMPH CT (MTT)! The mission of this nonprofit is to eliminate social isolation for people with diverse abilities through the teamwork environment of endurance events such as 5k's and triathlons. All events and races have been put on hold, but if anything, this year of pandemic and quarantine have highlighted the issue of isolation even more. When the world opens up again, and you are looking to get involved as an individual, family, or office group, check out MTT. It's such a fun and inclusive organization that embraces diversity and community, and there's a spot on the team for everyone of all abilities and ages.

Where do you go for inspiration and creativity?

I'm a proud member of both the Artists Collective of Westport and MOCA Westport. Whether you are interested in gallery exhibitions, public art, classes, or talks by local or international artists, they are wonderful resources. During this past year, it's been inspiring to see artists respond creatively to the events of 2020, and reach out to connect via socially distant exhibitions and virtual channels. The emphasis on the arts, and the support artists get from the community and local leaders, is really what makes Westport special.

What do you love about your community?

I love that we live in a community where people care about their neighbors. We may not always agree on solutions to problems, but when someone asks for help, Westport responds.

Creativity Connects Westport made possible by LIFEWTR.

If you are interested in being featured in our series, please email   localmatters@hamlethub.com

The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of HamletHub or LIFEWTR. 


kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Fri, 20 Nov 2020 07:12:11 -0500
Junior Golf Hub FREE Webinar on Monday: 5 Things You Must Do to Get Signed Next Year! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47047-junior-golf-hub-free-webinar-on-monday-5-things-you-must-do-to-get-signed-next-year47047-junior-golf-hub-free-webinar-on-monday-5-things-you-must-do-to-get-signed-next-year https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47047-junior-golf-hub-free-webinar-on-monday-5-things-you-must-do-to-get-signed-next-year47047-junior-golf-hub-free-webinar-on-monday-5-things-you-must-do-to-get-signed-next-year

The National Letter of Intent window is here and for those who are on their journey to college golf, Junior Golf Hub is hosting a FREE webinar on the "5 Things You Must Do to Get Signed Next Year!" on Monday, November 23 at 7pm EST

Register here

Learn from a panel of recruiting experts, college coaches and signees on everything you need to know and what you need to do to sign your letter of intent!


  • Roger Knick, Founder of Junior Golf Hub, The Golf Performance Center, Ethan Allen Preparatory
  • Rick Dowling, Junior Golf Hub, Customer Success Leader
  • Danny Randolph, Former College Golf Coach Texas Christian University, Lynn University, Johnson & Wales - Miami
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  • Jackson Roman, Loyola University—Maryland, Class of 2025, Men's Golf Team
 Learn more and register for Monday's webinar HERE.
kerry@ducey.org (GPC) Events Thu, 19 Nov 2020 04:05:50 -0500
Sustainable Westport Becomes a Partner of Earthplace https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/47044-sustainable-westport-becomes-a-partner-of-earthplace47044-sustainable-westport-becomes-a-partner-of-earthplace https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/47044-sustainable-westport-becomes-a-partner-of-earthplace47044-sustainable-westport-becomes-a-partner-of-earthplace

First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today that the non-staff members of the town committee known as “Sustainable Westport Advisory Team” will become volunteers for “Sustainable Westport”, a partner of Earthplace.

Sustainable Westport educates, inspires and empowers Westport residents, businesses, and the Town to adopt sustainable practices consistent with the goal of becoming a Net Zero community by the year 2050.  

Essential to the path of sustainability in Westport is that the related goals and objectives become a part of town departments and municipal operations. Sustainable Westport will continue to work closely with the Town and provide support and encouragement where needed.

Mr. Marpe stated, “I have designated Public Works Director Peter Ratkiewich and Operations Director Sara Harris as “Sustainability Coordinators” for the Town of Westport. They will facilitate reviews with members of Sustainable Westport at Earthplace, discuss ongoing sustainability initiatives, and collaborate on actions. All town department heads (e.g. Police, Conservation, Building, etc.) will have the opportunity to collaborate with the Sustainability Coordinators and Sustainable Westport on issues that span across the pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic and social.” 

According to Sustainable Westport Chair Peter Boyd, “We became an independent non-profit and established a partnership with Earthplace in order to help broaden and deepen our volunteer and community engagement, and to raise funds independently as needed. Sustainable Westport benefits from the standing and non-profit status of Earthplace, and we both share the vision of a sustainable community that gets to ‘Net-Zero by 2050’; reducing our impacts across energy, water and waste using approaches that are economically viable, of social benefit, and environmentally responsible”.

Earthplace Director Tony McDowell commented, “With the Sustainable Westport partnership, Earthplace gains the energy of the leading local movement for sustainability and its focus on community engagement and mobilization.” Earthplace, established in 1958 and located at 10 Woodside Lane, is a donor-supported, non-profit organization committed to building passion and respect for the natural world and a more sustainable future for our community.

First Selectman Marpe added, “Today, the goals of Sustainable Westport and ‘Net-Zero by 2050’ are more important than ever. The town will continue its relationship with the organization so that programs such as the most recent Zero Food Waste Challenge and composting – led by volunteer Pippa Bell Ader - can be implemented on a municipal level.  I wish Sustainable Westport much success on implementing the plan it has so meticulously crafted. I remain committed to working closely with the organization and its members and encourage more residents to take up the Challenge.”

This past September, the Town licensed to Earthplace the use of the “Sustainable Westport” trademark and logo for the purpose of better facilitating the Town’s pursuit of its ‘Net Zero by 2050’ goals.

For a more on how to get involved and a complete history of Sustainable Westport and its predecessors please visit: www.sustainablewestport.org/about/history/. Effective November 6, 2020, the Sustainable Westport Advisory Team is dissolved as a Town entity. 

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Westport) Life Tue, 17 Nov 2020 13:16:16 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Westport (Reimagined): The Riverside Realty Group https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47034-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-reimagined-the-riverside-realty-group47034-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-reimagined-the-riverside-realty-group https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47034-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-reimagined-the-riverside-realty-group47034-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-reimagined-the-riverside-realty-group

Why Small Businesses Matter Reimagined

Small businesses matter - now more than ever. They are answering the call with innovation and determination like never before.

We hope you join us in supporting them by sharing their story far and wide and shopping local! We are thankful to Fairfield County Bank for their continued support and making this series possible.

Step inside The Riverside Realty Group!

Three questions with Jody Peters from The Riverside Realty Group.


What do you want the community to know? Are there ways for the community to help you and other local businesses to prosper?

As a locally owned and operated, independent boutique real estate brokerage we understand wholeheartedly how important it is to be anchored into the community. This means investing in the well-being and prosperity of our team members (all of our agents and staff live locally), small business retail shops, restaurants, town residents, schools, local government, and other circles of importance. The Riverside Realty Group has always been deeply committed to supporting the area we live in and work in. We remain focused on our founding concept - WE BUY LOCAL, WE SELL LOCAL, WE ARE LOCAL.

We believe that the key to seeing our community thrive is to support the hometown establishments and care for our neighbors. The Riverside Realty Group promotes a culture that values relationship building and community service in all facets. We are your Realtors ®, your neighbors, helping you safely home.

Are you offering any new products or ways for customers to purchase your products or services that are popular during this crisis?

The Riverside Realty Group is proud to offer a menu of virtual resources that can be easily accessed for review in greater depth on our new website. We made a quick, very successful pivot when the pandemic first impacted our industry. Innovation in technology has always been a priority for our brokerage so when we needed to rely more heavily on digital strategies to connect with our clients, we had everything we needed in place. Client consultations, showings, open houses, and offers could all be executed safely with our cutting edge, easy to navigate technology in place. We were able to transact in very effective and efficient ways.

Please share the ways your business is adapting to keep your customers and employees safe in addition to the standard guidelines.

We have relied heavily on our cutting-edge technology to keep our agent team and clients safe during this unique and challenging year. We feel very connected and have enjoyed offering a full menu of virtual services to our clients. Technology has been at the forefront of how we run our day-to-day operations for a long time. This has enabled our team to work fluidly from remote locations with access to all of the tools and platforms necessary in executing our objectives. Practicing social distancing and following strict guidelines to protect everyone's health is always of utmost importance.

Are there certain individuals or organizations that supported you and your business through this trying time?

We feel incredibly fortunate to have such an extraordinary team of hand-selected agents. United around our collaborative desire to serve our clients better, our agents operate with the highest level of ethical standards, financial acumen, and technological innovation by working together in a climate of integrity, trust, and dedication. The Riverside Realty Group agents are experts in their field with a wealth of knowledge in all areas of real estate and a core focus on providing the absolute best service the industry has to offer. Our outstanding track record, unique brand promise, and exceptional agent support attract the top talent, the very best in the industry. We feel so truly lucky to have each member of our team! They are the reason we are who we are and why we have experienced such monumental success as the only Fairfield County, independently owned, boutique real estate brokerage.

The Riverside Realty Group is located at 472 Riverside Avenue in Westport. Visit them online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook page as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Tue, 17 Nov 2020 08:26:59 -0500
Westport Playhouse Premieres Discussion Series, Nov. 19 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47043-westport-playhouse-premieres-discussion-series-nov-1947043-westport-playhouse-premieres-discussion-series-nov-19 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/47043-westport-playhouse-premieres-discussion-series-nov-1947043-westport-playhouse-premieres-discussion-series-nov-19

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse will present the premiere of “Cocktails with Mark,” a virtual discussion series hosted by Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director, on Thursday, November 19, at 7 p.m. The event will be streamed from Lamos’ home in Sherman, Connecticut, on Facebook Live and YouTube. The conversation will run approximately 20 minutes and is free of charge.

Kicking off the series will be a Q&A with Lamos about the upcoming season’s plans, productions, directors, casting, as well as his theatrical career. Lamos will answer questions that have been submitted by the Playhouse family: its donors, audience members, fellow art-makers, community, and friends.

“I’m hosting a cocktail party at my home, virtually, and you’re invited!,” said Lamos. “We’ll mix it up and have a chat about topics you’d like to explore. Let’s keep connected during the winter months until the Playhouse opens again.”

Lamos has helmed many plays at Westport Country Playhouse since 2008, earning Connecticut Critics Circle Awards for his direction of “She Loves Me” (2010), “Into the Woods” (2012), “The Dining Room” (2013), “Man of La Mancha” (2018), and “Mlima’s Tale” (2019).  Under Lamos’ artistic direction, the Playhouse was named “Theater Company of the Year” by The Wall Street Journal in 2013. Lamos’ extensive New York credits include “Our Country's Good,” for which he received a Tony Award nomination. A former artistic director at Hartford Stage, he earned the 1989 Tony Award for the theater's body of work. He was awarded the Connecticut Medal for the Arts as well as honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, University of Hartford, and Trinity College. In 2016 he was the recipient of the John Houseman Award.

“Cocktails with Mark” will continue monthly during the fall and winter, exact dates to be announced. “I’ll be asking other theater artists and Playhouse favorites to join in our chats,” Lamos added. “Cocktails with Mark” carries on in the tradition of the “Coffee Break” virtual conversations on Playhouse social media last summer.

To access the event, visit westportplayhouse.org, go to bottom of the homepage, and click on the Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), or YouTube (WestportPlayhouse) icons.

Due to the global pandemic, the Playhouse remains closed since last March. Reopening plans will “follow the science,” according to Lamos.

For Westport Country Playhouse information, visit westportplayhouse.org, leave a message on the box office voicemail at (203) 227-4177, or email at boxoffice@westportplayhouse.org. The Playhouse’s physical box office is closed during the pandemic, but staff is working from home, returning phone messages and answering emails. Please understand with the high volume of inquiries, it may take up to 72 hours to respond. Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), follow on Twitter (@WCPlayhouse), and on YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).


The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater of the highest caliber and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus.  The not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; the New Works Initiative, a program dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new live theatrical works; special performances and programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; youth performance training through Broadway Method Academy, Westport Country Playhouse’s resident conservatory program; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round.  Charity Navigator has recently awarded its top 4-star charity rating to the Playhouse in recognition of its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

kerry@ducey.org (Pat Blaufuss) Events Tue, 17 Nov 2020 07:21:20 -0500
Whip Salon Launches Online Shop for Popular Hair Products https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47041-whip-salon-launches-online-shop-for-popular-hair-products47041-whip-salon-launches-online-shop-for-popular-hair-products https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47041-whip-salon-launches-online-shop-for-popular-hair-products47041-whip-salon-launches-online-shop-for-popular-hair-products

On Trend and On-Time for the Holidays

Whip Salon is dedicated to delivering top quality hair, makeup and eyelash extension services and has earned a reputation for exceptional dedication to customer service since it opened in 2016.

The savvy stylists of Whip Salon who are obsessed with keeping current on all the latest trends in hair care and hairstyling launched their own brand of products in 2018 and have continued to roll out more products ever since. The salon believes it has pinpointed the top hair products in the market to help keep their clients' lifestyle and needs in mind. Now with the current climate around Covid-19, the salon wanted to find a way to deliver products to their clients’ doorstep, just in time for the holidays.

"Our clients at Whip Salon have been tremendously supportive and patient with us as we navigate all the government and industry protocols for keeping everyone healthy and safe,” said Amy Pal, owner of Whip Salon. “We are so excited to launch our online shop for Whip Salon brand products. We wanted to provide a way to continue to sell our products remotely especially during these uncertain times and it's a great way to allow our clients to shop and support local without leaving their home.”

The entire range of products is now available online through the salon’s website or by visiting https://shop.whipsalon.com.

True to the Whip Salon brand, the product names are current, stylish and sassy. "You can't help but fall in love with everything from their hipster names, yummy packaging and the products themselves," said Pal.

The collection is focused on an array of modern, must-have products. The packaging is hip and appealing and they have sassy names like "The Struggle Is Real" Dry Shampoo, "Humble Brag" Volume Spray and "Sorry Not Sorry" Dry Texture Spray to name a few.

“They make cool gifts because of their top quality and cool names, and are available for purchase at the salon as well as through our website,” said Pal.

A few examples in the Whip Salon Product Suite

"The Struggle Is Real" Dry Shampoo

Dry Shampoo is our go-to product for extending a blowout or shampoo for the next day (or two or three). It allows you to revive your hair so you can skip the trouble of shampooing for a few days. Dry shampoo also helps control greasy looking locks and is ideal for adding a bit of volume while refreshing your style.

"Sorry Not Sorry" Dry Texture Spray

Dry Texture Spray is something we just cannot live without. It's incredibly versatile and easy to use and perfect for creating the “undone/done” look. It helps with creating that popular beachy waves style by creating piecey locks with natural movement and isn't hard like normal hairspray.

“Slay All Day” Black Clay and Charcoal Exfoliating Shampoo

This is a must-have for keeping your hair healthy especially for clients that are combating hard water in their household. Whip Salon’s “Slay All Day” Black Clay and Charcoal Exfoliating Shampoo promotes hair growth, exfoliates and cleanses the scalp and removes product build up leaving you with a blank canvas. It also helps hold your style.

“Follow Back” Violet Toning Platinum Conditioner

Every client with blonde, gray or silver hair color needs this for hydration and vibrancy. The “violet” ingredient is what helps to cancel out yellow tones and adds luster and shine to combat dull-looking locks especially in winter.

“Humble Brag” Volume Spray Mist

If you don’t have volume spray mist in your repertoire, it’s time to get you into this century in hair products. Spray mist is a great alternative to old school styling products like mousse or gel. It goes on damp, clean hair and adds volume, shine and gentle holding power. It’s great for a va-va-voom blowout or for holding your style.

About Whip Salon

Whip Salon is committed to offering top quality salon services such as cuts, color, blowouts, makeup and eyelash extension services for women, men and children. Whip Salon is focused on ease for their customers and offers an easily downloadable app called Whip Salon so customers can book at the spur of the moment.





Shop online: https://shop.whipsalon.com/


kerry@ducey.org (Whip Salon) Places Tue, 17 Nov 2020 03:07:16 -0500
Connecticut COVID Update: Additional 4,639 Cases, 49 Hospitalizations, 22 Deaths Since Friday https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/47040-connecticut-covid-update-additional-4-639-cases-49-hospitalizations-22-deaths-since-friday47040-connecticut-covid-update-additional-4-639-cases-49-hospitalizations-22-deaths-since-friday https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/47040-connecticut-covid-update-additional-4-639-cases-49-hospitalizations-22-deaths-since-friday47040-connecticut-covid-update-additional-4-639-cases-49-hospitalizations-22-deaths-since-friday


Data updates on testing in Connecticut

The following is a summary of the day-to-day newly reported data on cases, deaths, and tests in Connecticut. It is important to note that these newly reported updates include data that occurred over the last several days to a week. All data in this report are preliminary, and data for previous dates will be updated as new reports are received and data errors are corrected.

Overall Summary


Change Since Friday

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COVID-19 Tests Reported (molecular and antigen)



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For several additional graphs and tables containing more data, including a list of cases in every municipality, visit ct.gov/coronavirus and click the link that is labeled, “COVID-19 Data Tracker.”

Learn more here.

kerry@ducey.org (State of CT) Life Mon, 16 Nov 2020 12:37:25 -0500
Why Small Businesses Matter in Westport (Reimagined): Wisdom and Youth https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47033-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-reimagined-wisdom-and-youth47033-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-reimagined-wisdom-and-youth https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/47033-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-reimagined-wisdom-and-youth47033-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-reimagined-wisdom-and-youth

Why Small Businesses Matter Reimagined

Small businesses matter - now more than ever. They are answering the call with innovation and determination like never before.

We hope you join us in supporting them by sharing their story far and wide and shopping local! We are thankful to Fairfield County Bank for their continued support and making this series possible.

Step inside Wisdom and Youth!

Three questions with Brittany Varga-Eaton, owner of Wisdom and Youth.


Are you offering any new products or ways for customers to purchase your products or services that are popular during this crisis?

I offer an amazing private label luxury skincare line. The products are formulated with proprietary ingredients and made in the US with the highest standards. I can customize a regimen to fit each individual‘s needs! You can also come to the MedSpa and try out the line yourself, or call and I can curate a contactless order specifically formulated for you!

I also sell very fun and ultra-comfortable tie-dye sweatshirts and hoodies, which is great for the season!

Other than injectable such as Botox and fillers, I also recently purchased a state of the art FDA approved incredible radiofrequency micro-needling device that helps with:

- reducing fine lines & wrinkles
- minimize pore size
- even out skin tone & texture
- minimizes the appearance of scars & stretch marks
- stimulates collagen
- Emits red & blue LED lights reduce inflammation & kill acne-causing bacteria deep down, where topical medication cannot penetrate!

I also offer IPL and laser hair removal!!

Now is the BEST TIME to get these services done!

Are there certain individuals or organizations that supported you and your business through this trying time?

It’s been very tough this past year, so it’s inspiring when many of us come together and help each other out! Lisa from Swept Away Day Spa in Monroe has been absolutely wonderful in referring clients to me for services she does not perform and vice versa! In addition,  the owner of Westport Hair Co. has been absolutely amazing in welcoming me since I approached her back in 2019. She has been referring clients to me and educating me on social media. She has been such a wealth of knowledge and so amazing to team up with. 

I have reached out to other businesses around town such as, Club Pilates who I will hopefully be collaborating with soon, so keep a lookout!!

Instagram has also been huge! Just having new people follow me helps tremendously! I also always try to post relevant topics & have a Q&A on my stories for services & products people may be interested in, but don’t know much about!

Follow me on Instagram: @wisdom_and_youth

**Sign up to receive newsletters with information on upcoming events & discounts at www.wisdomandyouthllc.com!!

Please share the ways your business is adapting to keep your customers and employees safe in addition to the standard guidelines.

I solely own and operate Wisdom and Youth MedSpa so there is automatically very tight control. I am the only one working, so it is thoroughly disinfected in between every client. I have my clients call or text as soon as they’re in the parking lot so I can open all the doors for them. I take their temperature & offer masks & hand sanitizer. I always wear a 95 along with eye protection when appropriate.

The office also has great ventilation and I try to keep windows open for a nice airflow. Safety is of the utmost importance now. Not many businesses would be able to withstand another shutdown. It is imperative small business owners stick together and get creative! Stay healthy everyone and please visit my website (which is in the middle of getting a facelift).

Wisdom & Youth MedSpa is located at 131 Kings Highway North in Westport. Visit them online here, and also make sure to check out their Facebook and Instagram pages as well, or give them a Text/call at 203.520.9096

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

daliborboldis@gmail.com (Dan) Places Mon, 16 Nov 2020 10:07:22 -0500