Westport's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/westport Fri, 23 Aug 2019 04:54:24 -0400 HamletHub.com Woman Turns Herself Into Westport Police After Indecent Exposure Incident at Compo Beach https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/46116-woman-turns-herself-into-westport-police-after-indecent-exposure-incident-at-compo-beach46116-woman-turns-herself-into-westport-police-after-indecent-exposure-incident-at-compo-beach https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/46116-woman-turns-herself-into-westport-police-after-indecent-exposure-incident-at-compo-beach46116-woman-turns-herself-into-westport-police-after-indecent-exposure-incident-at-compo-beach

On Monday, July 15, 2019 at approximately 1:28pm officers responded to Compo Beach on what was reported by the complainant as an indecent exposure.  The caller reported to officers that she had observed a female on the beach remove the top portion of her bathing suit to tan. 

Believing that this behavior was inappropriate for a public beach, this individual attempted to confront the woman about what she was doing.  Upon speaking with this individual and attempting to convey her concerns, the woman allegedly became belligerent and proceeded to remove the bottom portion of her bathing suit exposing her buttocks.  The complainant was with her juvenile child at the time, who apparently witnessed this entire incident.  The complainant reported that in addition to her inappropriate behavior this woman appeared to her to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the interaction.

​An extensive investigation by an officer led to the identification of the suspect in this incident as Anna Lee Halderman.  In a subsequent interview with Halderman she stated that she did not recall what she may have done on the date in question but apologized for her behavior.  An arrest warrant was sought and granted for Halderman in connection with this incident.

On Saturday, August 17, 2019 Anna Lee Halderman came to police headquarters to turn herself in on this outstanding warrant for her arrest.  She was charged with violations of 53-21 Risk of Injury to a Minor and 53a-181(a) Breach of Peace in the Second Degree.  Bond was court set at $50,000.00 which she was able to post.  Halderman is scheduled to be arraigned on these charges at Norwalk Superior Court on the morning of Friday August 23, 2019.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Westport Police) Public safety Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:40:24 -0400
CT BBB Honors Local Military Heroes https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46117-ct-bbb-honors-local-military-heroes46117-ct-bbb-honors-local-military-heroes https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46117-ct-bbb-honors-local-military-heroes46117-ct-bbb-honors-local-military-heroes


CROMWELL, Conn.—The Connecticut Better Business Bureau's Military Line is sponsoring its sixth annual Military Appreciation Night on Friday August 23rd at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT. The first 1,000 visitors through the gate who attend the game will receive a commemorative baseball card set featuring the 2019 CT "Military All-Stars".
Before the game, there will be a dedication ceremony honoring the nine military heroes. Each one will be introduced to the baseball fans and receive an award on the field presented by CT BBB's Military Line in partnership with the CT Tigers. 
The nine servicemen being honored are Darryl Mayer (United States Marine Corps), Staff Sergeant William C. Stonier (National Guard), Sergeant William M. Tinnel (U.S. Navy & National Guard), Chief Petty Officer David Twiggs (U.S. Navy), Senior Airman Joe Wierzbinski (U.S. Air Force), CS2 Selon Arterberry (U.S. Coast Guard), Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Brown (U.S. Navy), Petty Officer 2nd Class Russel Joyner (U.S. Navy), and Corporal Nate Taylor (U.S. Army).
Not only will the CT BBB's Military Line be recognizing local military heroes, but they will also be raising money for the BBB Student Ethics Scholarships. These scholarships are given to students who personify high ethics demonstrated through leadership, community service, overall personal integrity and academic history. One of these two scholarships is given to a student who is a child or spouse of a military service member.
During the game, players will be wearing special military themed jerseys that fans have the chance to take home. The jerseys will be up for auction with the proceeds going towards the BBB Student Ethics Scholarships. 
All current or former military can purchase a reserved ticket and food voucher redeemable for a hot dog, bag of chips, and bottled non-alcoholic beverage for just $7 with military ID at the Dodd Stadium box office. There will also be a spectacular Pyrotecnico fireworks display presented by Liberty Bank after the game! 
Tickets for the game are available on the CT Tigers website.
To apply for the 2019 Student Ethics Scholarship click here. The deadline for entry is October 7th 2019.
To learn more about the BBB Military Line programs click here.






Tarad@hamlethub.com (CT BBB) Events Wed, 21 Aug 2019 12:32:41 -0400
CT BBB: Scams College Students Should Avoid https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/46115-ct-bbb-scams-college-students-should-avoid46115-ct-bbb-scams-college-students-should-avoid https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/46115-ct-bbb-scams-college-students-should-avoid46115-ct-bbb-scams-college-students-should-avoid


CROMWELL, Conn —During the transition from high school to college many students and parents are faced with tuition payments, financial aid and scholarship applications, and often have to purchase a new laptop or tablet . These are all things that could lead to being scammed if not careful.
According to the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust, consumers ages 18 to 24 are three times more likely than seniors to fall victim to a scam. According to 2018’s BBB’s ScamTracker Risk Report, 41.6% of students reported a loss when exposed to a scam as compared to 28.3% of non-students.
With college students being the primary target for scams, Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut (BBB) has some useful tips and warnings for college students and their families.  
  • Fake Credit Card Offers - Students are often bombarded with credit card offers that promise gift cards and "free money" to qualifying applicants who are approved. On top of the fact that this could potentially stir up a credit problems, some of the deals could be a completely fake gimmick to gain access to student’s personal information. Do your research on those credit card flyers, emails, promotions and mailers before applying.
  • Roommate and Rental Scams - In an effort to save money many students opt for off-campus housing and begin searching online for the most convenient and cheapest option. Always be weary of online postings that boast extremely cheap rent and high quality amenities. Google image search the property photos to make sure the same apartment isn't posted on hundreds of other sites. Also, beware of "fake roommates" who are out of the country, but can provide rent up front with a money order.
  • Employment Scams - In 2018, employment scams were the #1 culprit for scams attacking 18-25 year old consumers. Job offerings can be sent directly to school emails, promising flexible hours and a beyond expected pay. There is no need to send a social security number via email without knowing exactly who you are sending it to or without even having a formal job interview. For more types of employment scams, visit BBB Tip: Employment Scams
  • Scholarship and Grant Scams - Phone calls from companies guaranteeing they can help reduce loan payments or set you up with a hefty grant are worth researching. Even searching the company online could bring up scam alerts from other victims. Contact the school’s financial aid office for advice on the company’s legitimacy or how they can help otherwise. Scholarship scams can affect college students even after graduation; read our tips on scholarship scams.  
Be proactive to prevent fraud in the future! 
  • Safe Credit Reports - After the age of 18, it’s a good idea to start becoming more aware of your credit score and start adapting some healthy money habits. It’s also a helpful signifier of any unusual activity and possible ID fraud. While there are multiple traps online trying to snag your social security number with a fake credit score, safely check your credit score at annualcreditreport.com.
  • Awareness of Current Scams - As tech savvy as current college students can be, a surprising number of scams reported to BBB’s ScamTracker are from students who learned their lesson too late. Use BBB’s ScamTracker to learn of the latest scam trends and read local reports of specific incidents.
You can read more about credit card scams here
It is important to be aware of scammers looking to take advantage of others. 
Contact your local BBB if you are unsure of something that could possibly be a scam.





Tarad@hamlethub.com (CT BBB ) Public safety Wed, 21 Aug 2019 07:48:01 -0400
Westport Police Welcome New Officers, Community Invited to Swearing In Ceremony Tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/46114-westport-police-welcome-new-officers-community-invited-to-swearing-in-ceremony-tomorrow46114-westport-police-welcome-new-officers-community-invited-to-swearing-in-ceremony-tomorrow https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/46114-westport-police-welcome-new-officers-community-invited-to-swearing-in-ceremony-tomorrow46114-westport-police-welcome-new-officers-community-invited-to-swearing-in-ceremony-tomorrow

 The Westport Police Department proudly announces the addition of three sworn officers to its ranks effective Thursday, August 22, 2019.  On that date, the department will be officially swearing in Officers Shawn Booth, Jamar Edwards and Hon Luong.

Officer Shawn Booth joins us from the New Haven Police Department where he served the city since March of 2014.  Booth is a native to Connecticut and a graduate of Masuk High School in Monroe.  Following high school, Booth enlisted and served in the United States Army from 2006 to 2011 and was honorably discharged at the rank of E-5/Sergeant.  He served as an infantryman and was deployed to Iraq twice.  He received various commendations during the course of his military service.  Following Booth’s honorable discharge from the Army, he attended Housatonic Community College and studied Criminal Justice until being hired by the New Haven Police Department where he was assigned to the patrol division.  He received a meritorious service award from the New Haven Police Department, which was a Unit Citation, on May 11, 2016.  Booth currently resides in Stratford, Connecticut with his wife.

Officer Jamar Edwards joins us from the Bridgeport Police Department where he has served the city since February of 2016. At that agency, Edwards was assigned to the patrol division.  In January of 2019 he received a meritorious service award for “Excellent Arrest” at the Bridgeport Police Department’s annual awards ceremony.  He is a graduate of Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, Arizona where he excelled at football.  He has also attended both Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona as well as Housatonic Community College.  Edwards currently resides in Stratford, Connecticut with his fiancé and daughter.

Officer Hon Luong joins us from the West Haven Police Department where he has served the city since July of 2016. A native of Connecticut, he is a 2011 graduate of Stratford High School.  He previously attended college at both Housatonic Community College and Sacred Heart University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.  Luong also previously interned with the Stratford Police Department before being hired by the West Haven Police Department.  At that agency he was assigned to the patrol division. Luong currently resides in Stratford, Connecticut and enjoys spending time with his family.

These three new officers fill vacancies created by several recent retirements.  Each will have to successfully complete a modified field training and familiarization program where they will be required to learn department policies and procedures prior to being assigned to our patrol division.

The Westport Police Department would also like to take a moment to thank the representatives from the Board of Selectmen, Representative Town Meeting, Board of Education and TEAM Westport who assisted us in the interviewing and selection process of candidates for these vacancies.  Their valued input was an integral part of the ultimate decision to hire these three fine officers.

Please join us in welcoming these three new members of our law enforcement family at an official swearing in ceremony scheduled for Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 1:30pm.  This event will be held at the Westport Police Department training classroom, located at 50 Jesup Road in Westport.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Westport PD) Public safety Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:08:05 -0400
5th Annual Step Up For The Brave Stair Climb Challenge Benefitting Homeless Veterans https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/46113-5th-annual-step-up-for-the-brave-stair-climb-challenge-benefitting-homeless-veterans46113-5th-annual-step-up-for-the-brave-stair-climb-challenge-benefitting-homeless-veterans https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/46113-5th-annual-step-up-for-the-brave-stair-climb-challenge-benefitting-homeless-veterans46113-5th-annual-step-up-for-the-brave-stair-climb-challenge-benefitting-homeless-veterans

Looking for a great workout? Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Step Up For The Brave Stair Climb Challenge. On Saturday, September 14, participants will exercise for a cause, navigating a guided course in the Webster Bank Arena while raising critical funds for Connecticut’s homeless veterans.

The cost to register is just $35, which includes an event shirt, light breakfast, and a medal. The Climb starts at 9am and finished by 12pm. The event is open to those ages 8 and up, and everyone is encouraged to participate. Visit https://www.homesforthebrave.org/stepup to sign-up today.

To add to the fun, prizes will be awarded to the top climbers in the following brackets: 15 and Under, Female 16-30, Male 16-30, Female 31-45, Male 31-45, Female 46 and Above, Male 46 and Above. Participants can join as individuals or in teams, and individuals who raise $100 or more are entered to win a grand prize. Webster Bank Arena is located at 600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT.

“This event is a great way to shake up your fitness routine while honoring male and female Veterans who need our help,” said Vince Santilli, CEO/Executive Director of ABRI/Homes for the Brave. “Register today, or donate to the event, to let homeless Veterans know that they are not alone, that we appreciate their sacrifices for our freedom.”

The 5th Annual Step Up For The Brave Stair Climb Challenge is the signature fundraiser for the Bridgeport-based nonprofit, Homes for the Brave. For nearly 20 years, the organization has been dedicated to providing safe housing, case management, life skills coaching and vocational services to homeless individuals, primarily Veterans. In January, they expanded to add mental health treatment to their offerings

A variety of high-profile sponsorship opportunities are currently available. For more information visit www.HomesForTheBrave.org or contact Elizabeth Gorenbergh at egorenbergh@homesforthebrave.org or (203) 338-0669.

Homes for the Brave would like to thank our generous corporate sponsors: iHeartMedia, Webster Bank Arena, Haynes, Peter P. Monaco Marine Corps League Detachment 40, Knights of Columbus Park City Council #16, Liberty Print Company, Mutual Security Credit Union, Prudential, PSEG, Turner, Bernadette Baldino, BTX Global Logistics, Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C., Fallen Heroes-Wilfredo Perez Jr. Memorial Fund, Newtown Savings Bank, People's United Bank, Pullman & Comley, Vazzy's-The Original, The Workplace, Deadlocked Escape Rooms, CT Community Bank, Knights of Columbus St. Catherine of Siena Council #5806.

Tarad@hamlethub.com (Tara Daly) Charities Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:53:40 -0400
$50 Off Brazilian Blowouts at Whip Salon! https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46112-50-off-brazilian-blowouts-at-whip-salon46112-50-off-brazilian-blowouts-at-whip-salon https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46112-50-off-brazilian-blowouts-at-whip-salon46112-50-off-brazilian-blowouts-at-whip-salon

Did you know? August 21 is National Brazilian Blowout Day (yes, it's a thing!). Whip Salon is celebrating by offering $50 off a Brazilian Blowout service!

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Tarad@hamlethub.com (Whip Salon) Places Mon, 19 Aug 2019 03:35:27 -0400
Fall Fun for Ones Program Begins September 18 at Landmark Preschool https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46087-fall-fun-for-ones-program-begins-september-18-at-landmark-preschool-156458364646087-fall-fun-for-ones-program-begins-september-18-at-landmark-preschool-1564583646 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46087-fall-fun-for-ones-program-begins-september-18-at-landmark-preschool-156458364646087-fall-fun-for-ones-program-begins-september-18-at-landmark-preschool-1564583646

Fall Fun for Ones at Landmark Preschool

Registration is now open for Landmark Preschool’s dynamic and creative Fun for Ones program. 

In this first introduction to school, our youngest “students” learn together with a parent or caregiver about themselves and the world around them through exploration, play, music, and the arts. Held in one of our open, light-filled Ridgefield Academy preschool classrooms, this program offers parents and children a time for creative and stimulating play. Our friendly group setting encourages socialization. Each class centers on a different theme including colors, numbers, letters, animals and holidays to delight and engage children’s natural sense of wonder and innate curiosity. 

Come play with us! The fall session begins on September 18. Contact Julie Alzapeidi at 203.894.1800 x102 to receive a registration form.

For more information on the program and schedules at other Landmark Preschool campuses in Westchester and Fairfield Counties, please visit https://www.landmarkpreschool.org/fun-for-ones

kerry@ducey.org (Andrea Grady) Places Sun, 18 Aug 2019 04:23:00 -0400
CT Towns Hop On the Chowdafest Bandwagon https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46095-ct-towns-hop-on-the-chowdafest-bandwagon46095-ct-towns-hop-on-the-chowdafest-bandwagon https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46095-ct-towns-hop-on-the-chowdafest-bandwagon46095-ct-towns-hop-on-the-chowdafest-bandwagon

Westport, Conn – Not just any restaurant can enter the New England Chowdafest, only those who are invited.   “About six years ago, chowder lovers started telling us that Chowdafest was the best such competition in New England” said executive director, Jim Keenan. “We knew what they meant but it made us wonder how we could be the best if the rest of New England wasn’t in the competition.  Soon after that we started searching for great chowder, soup and bisque from restaurants from all over New England.” 

Restaurants frequently ask to compete in Chowdafest and Keenan is happy to consider them after he’s samples what they want to enter.  “Just having a good chowder doesn’t mean it’s good enough to be invited.  As a rule, we don’t invite anyone if we don’t think they can win one of our four categories.  One of our competing restaurants who literally travels all over the country participating in chowder events probably says it best, “when you win the New England Chowdafest, you’ve earned it”. ‘”Every year the bar is raised and the level of completion gets better and better”.

About 50% of those invited this year are new to Chowdafest and joined by those chefs & restaurants who have already distinguished themselves in prior years.  “I call it the hunt for next October,” said Keenan as he explained the annual event is usually held on the first Sunday in October.  The hunt includes those who have won local events or received great press but he puts an emphasis on word of mouth Keenan says.  “When we hear people tell us about great restaurants, we listen. Foodies know what they are talking about.  It’s why Chowdafest is a true people’s choice event and why they determine our winners.  We don’t have celebrities or trained pallets determining who is best.  It’s people who love chowder and soup, just like you and me."

Keenan’s search covers all six New England states but 80% of the competition he says comes from Connecticut.  “Connecticut is spoiled” said Keenan amusingly.  “So many great chefs call it home." The incredible concentration of culinary talent in Connecticut lead this annual event being held at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport. People travel from all over the country to Connecticut to determine the best chowder, soup & bisque in New England.  Chowdafest has made Connecticut the chowder capital of New England.  To reinforce this distinction, the state includes a Chowdafest Cafe  in their Connecticut building at the Big E, the fifth largest state fair in the U.S. Over 1.6 million people visit the building and can purchase a cup of great chowder, soup & bisque, just a small example of what they can try at Chowdafest in October. 

This year, restaurants from New Canaan CT (Gates), Danbury (21 Lake Restaurant), Redding (Redding Roadhouse), Georgetown (Milestone), New Hartford (BLT), Old Saybrook (Saybrook Soup & Sandwich Co. and Penny Lane Pub), Ansonia (Crave 102) and Westrook (Braise & Brew) are among towns represented in the New England wide competition for the first time. “You never know where you’ll find a great chowder or soup,” said Keenan. “I think everyone will be more than impressed with this year’s lineup."

Chowdafest, presented by Stop & Shop, will be held on Sunday, October 6 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.  CT The event benefits Food Rescue US in the ongoing fight against food insecurity.  Over 2 million meals have been funded through Chowdafest in the past 4 years.  For additional information about Chowdafest, please visit www.chowdafest.org or email event director, Jim Keenan at chowdafest@gmail.com.  

Chowdafest is presented by Stop & Shop and sponsored by Cabot Creamery Co-operative, Chabaso Bakery, Chica de Gallo, City Carting, CT Bites, Copp's Island Oysters, Dave’s Planet Pizza, Eight O’Clock Coffee, Even Hotels,  Foods of the Vine, Hood Cream, Local Food Rocks, Lowe's, Lucy’s, Michele's Pies, Mi Nina Tortilla, MINI of Fairfield County, Natalie’s Juices, New England Dairy Council, People’s United Bank, Polar Beverages, PKF O’Connor Davies, Silly Cow Farms, Tetley Tea, Toast, Wades Dairy, WEBE 108 and Westminster Crackers. 

kerry@ducey.org (Jim Keenan) Events Sun, 18 Aug 2019 03:06:00 -0400
Blood Drives Near Westport, Urgent Need Before Summer Ends https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46111-blood-drives-near-westport-urgent-need-before-summer-ends-156598987746111-blood-drives-near-westport-urgent-need-before-summer-ends-1565989877 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46111-blood-drives-near-westport-urgent-need-before-summer-ends-156598987746111-blood-drives-near-westport-urgent-need-before-summer-ends-1565989877

With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.

With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give through Aug. 29 with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

Upcoming blood donation opportunities for Westport through August 31

Town Date Address
Norwalk 8/22/2019: 11:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. Walgreens, 55 Westport Avenue
Norwalk 8/30/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Norwalk Hospital, 34 Maple Street
Westport 8/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Westport Police Department, 50 Jesup Road

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Red Cross) Events Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:37:57 -0400
Many Connecticut Cities Ranked Highest for Number of Nonprofits https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/46108-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-156582305246108-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-1565823052 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/46108-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-156582305246108-many-connecticut-cities-ranked-highest-for-number-of-nonprofits-1565823052

Westport and other nearby cities data can be seen on the chart below.

The Bridgeport Region ranks 20th for the US regions with the highest concentrations of nonprofit organizations according to Governing Magazine.  The Bridgeport metro area has a total of 1,391 nonprofits, which translates to 14.7 per 10,000 population.

The number of nonprofits in towns near Westport are:

City # of Charities Value of Assets
Bridgeort, CT 1
Bridgeport, CT 663 $2,059,631,205
Brigeport, CT 2 $204,824
Dance, CT 1 $1,269,405
Darien, CT 224 $538,642,219
Darlen, CT 1 $11,084,872
East Norwalk, CT 1 $108,667
Easton, CT 46 $12,314,814
Fairfield, CT 342 $2,947,055,634
Georgetown, CT 16 $5,607,875
Greens Farms, CT 11 $148,933,167
New Canaan, CT 235 $1,093,350,329
Noroton, CT 1 $7,042,063
Norwalk, CT 437 $1,194,597,542
Rowayton, CT 22 $12,606,132
S Norwalk, CT 1
South Norwalk, CT 5 $25,145,008
Southport, CT 62 $82,160,995
West Redding, CT 6 $11,993,703
Weston, CT 93 $61,920,069
Westport, CT 314 $1,463,592,749
Wilton, CT 170 $4,853,979,403

The magazine studied all of the regions in the United States to try to determine why some regions have more charities than others, and they found some interesting results. "What we found was that the concentration of locally focused nonprofits doesn’t just vary from one part of the country to another -- it varies a lot. The top 10 metro areas on our list have more than twice the number of nonprofits per capita as all those in the bottom quarter."

Other regions in the top 20 according to Governor Magazine include:

Metro Area Nonprofits
Nonprofits Per 10k Pop
Barnstable Town, MA 517 24.2
Pittsfield, MA 286 22.6
Santa Fe, NM 285 19
Missoula, MT 219 18.4
Ithaca, NY 187 18.2
Springfield, IL 358 17.2
Trenton, NJ 634 17.1
Bismarck, ND 222 16.7
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 366 16.6
Madison, WI 1,094 16.6
Napa, CA 231 16.6
Boulder, CO 538 16.5
Duluth, MN-WI 447 16
Fairbanks, AK 157 15.9
Great Falls, MT 130 15.9
Glens Falls, NY 198 15.8
Jefferson City, MO 234 15.4
Portland-South Portland, ME 813 15.2
Anchorage, AK 595 14.9
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 1,391 14.7


Other Connecticut regions on the list include:

  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford with 1,576 nonprofits
  • New Haven-Milford with 1,082 nonprofits
  • Norwich-New London with 318 nonprofits

The governing analysis is based on data published by The National Center for Charitable Statistics.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (Scott Schmidt) Charities Thu, 15 Aug 2019 04:30:00 -0400
Westport Beaches Closed Due to Sewage https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46107-westport-beaches-closed-due-to-sewage46107-westport-beaches-closed-due-to-sewage https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46107-westport-beaches-closed-due-to-sewage46107-westport-beaches-closed-due-to-sewage

Westport Beaches Closed

Upon the directive of the Westport-Weston Health District, Westport beaches have been closed this afternoon, August 14, 2019. They are expected to reopen tomorrow morning. It is advisable to suspend river activities during this time as well. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Westport Fire Department issued the following

[This morning], the Westport Fire Department personnel were notified that sewage was coming up from the drain in front of Saugatuck Elementary School (170 Riverside Avenue). The Public Works Department was immediately notified and a representative responded. As is standard practice, the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) was notified. All relevant parties, including the Parks & Recreation Department, Conservation Department, Marine Police and businesses abutting the Saugatuck River, were notified. The Sewer Department is working to fix the problem. This sewer is separate from, and the resulting discharge is significantly smaller than last week’s sewer leakage event.

In an abundance of caution and to protect public health and safety, the Westport-Weston Health District closed the beaches for swimming until further testing can be done.

Follow the Town of Westport on Facebook here for updates to this situation.

kerry@ducey.org (Town of Westport) Places Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:44:11 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Westport: The Inn at Longshore https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46106-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-the-inn-at-longshore46106-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-the-inn-at-longshore https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46106-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-the-inn-at-longshore46106-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-the-inn-at-longshore

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT The Inn at Longshore!

Why did you start your business? 

In 1984 my wife and I owned a restaurant called “Tagert’s” in NYC on 49th & 50th. We were approached by Westport Bank and Trust who was searching for a great operator to take the business over. We wanted to move out of NYC and raise our children in Connecticut and fell in love with the building and knew we could create a great life for our family here. 35 years later, Longshore is considered one of the top venues in Connecticut.

Finish this sentence in regard to your business: “I wish I could…”

I wish I knew now what I knew then…yes, this sound cliché but I have such an incredible partnership now with OntheMarc and our culinary program is exceptional. While we knew the catering and food industry and had a very successful business over the years, partnering with an excellent chef like Marc Weber and improving our culinary program has just grown our business and created a buzz in the industry. Our reputation for our food has impressed thousands of guests. We are excited to continue this trend.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products or services) and can you name them?

We refer and use so many vendors from our bakery referrals, photography, local food purveyors, local oil companies, local hotels, electric, food trucks, gift shops, printers, dress shops, invitation shops, local restaurants for rehearsal dinners/breakfasts, floral designers, design companies, event-planners, car dealerships, limo companies, Justice of the Peace, lighting, DJ, bands, Steel Drums, linen companies, rental companies and the list goes on and on.

What is our best selling product/service?

Excellent food, exceptional service, and of course….location. We offer events from galas, proms, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, corporate holiday parties, corporate meetings/outings, winter/spring/summer/fall events each have their own personality.

How many full-time employees do you employ?

42 Employees with VERY LITTLE TURNOVER. Many employees have been employed here for a long time.

Tag Local Business in Westport?

  • Gold’s Deli (owner’s favorite spot for a deli sandwich)
  • Four Brother’s (our engineer’s favorite pizza and chicken parm)
  • Garelick & Herbs (our brides favorite gourmet shop who deliver lunch to our brides while getting ready).

The Inn at Longshore is located at 260 Compo Road South in Westport. Phone (203) 226-3316, email: info@innatlongshore.com  or visit them online here.

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

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 14 Aug 2019 09:14:15 -0400
Blues Fest in Westport Features Anders Osborne, Lawrence https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46105-blues-fest-in-westport-features-anders-osborne-lawrence46105-blues-fest-in-westport-features-anders-osborne-lawrence https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/46105-blues-fest-in-westport-features-anders-osborne-lawrence46105-blues-fest-in-westport-features-anders-osborne-lawrence

The banks of the Saugatuck River will once again be filled with cool tunes and smiling faces this Labor Day weekend when the Blues & Views Festival returns to Levitt Pavilion, 40 Jesup Rd., Westport CT 06880, for the 12th consecutive year.  Concert days are Saturday 8/31 and Sunday 9/1.

The festival is returning to its hometown roots with a smaller footprint and smokin’ tunes at a great value. Attendees will see and hear some of the best blues, soul, rock and funk artists in the business including Anders Osborne, Lawrence, Neville Jacobs, The Main Squeeze, Flow Tribe, High & Mighty Brass Band, Southern Avenue, The Commonheart, Kat Wright, The National Reserve, Jake Kulak and the Lowdown, and Fairfield’s School of Rock, all on the stage of Westport’s Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. 
The popular JESUP JAM on the grounds of the Westport Library parking lot offers activities for every age; bouncy amusements, face painting, slime table and other arts and crafts for kids.  There will be a specialty food marketplace and a food court filled with delicious wood-fired, grilled and roasted food, handcrafted beer, premium liquor, wine and other refreshments and a local musician stage featuring talented musicians from Westport, Norwalk and neighboring towns. 
Tickets to JESUP JAM at the Westport Library parking lot and LEVITT LIVE access to the Main Stage in the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts sold separately.  Kids 12 and under free. Rain or Shine.
Over the years the event has introduced attendees to rising stars and touring acts including Galactic, the Funky Meters, Sister Sparrow, The Revivalists, Anders Osborne, Marc Broussard, Samantha Fish, the Spin Doctors and Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito.
Admission: $10 - 100

A portion of the proceeds from the Blues & Views festival will go to Staples Tuition Grants and Wakeman Town Farm.  For tickets and information, please visit www.BluesViewsCT.com.

kerry@ducey.org (Peter Propp) Events Wed, 14 Aug 2019 03:20:52 -0400
Why Small Businesses Matter in Westport: Belle Home Housecleaning https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46104-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-belle-home-housecleaning46104-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-belle-home-housecleaning https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/46104-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-belle-home-housecleaning46104-why-small-businesses-matter-in-westport-belle-home-housecleaning

Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT Belle Home Housecleaning!

Three questions with Karen Larkin Jaser, owner of Belle Home Housecleaning.

Why did you start your business?

Having seen the need for a reliable, detailed, friendly housekeeping service, I started Belle Home Housecleaning in 2005. We hire friendly, pleasant, energetic people that we train in the "Belle Home" cleaning method - detailed, efficient common-sense cleaning - and we assign one cleaner to each Customer for a very personalized, cheerful, professional experience.

 Finish this sentence in regard to your business. “I wish I could…”

I wish I could let people know about "Cleaning for a Reason" (Cleaningforareason.org) - a wonderful national organization to which we belong.  CFR matches women undergoing cancer treatments with local participating housecleaning services.  Belle Home provides free house cleaning services for typically two to three cancer patients at a time. These patients are dealing with energy-robbing medical treatments, and we come in at no charge to the patients - and scrub, polish, vacuum, dust and make their homes sparkle. We love to make their lives a little easier!

 What is your best selling product/service?

Weekly and biweekly housecleaning services are our best selling services, although we also do office cleaning, Air Bnb cleanings and moving cleans as well. Our typical Customer will have us in to do the housekeeping either daily, weekly or biweekly.  Although we clean, organize, change bed linens, and keep our Customers' homes in order for them, what we really provide is the relief of coming home to a clean, comfortable space - and more free time!  

Learn more about Belle Home Housecleaning by visiting online at www.bellehome.net or calling 203-647-0383.

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

kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Tue, 13 Aug 2019 12:04:53 -0400
Senator Haskell Joins Protest of Westport Restaurant Matsu Sushi https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/politics/46103-senator-haskell-joins-protest-of-westport-restaurant-matsu-sushi46103-senator-haskell-joins-protest-of-westport-restaurant-matsu-sushi https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/politics/46103-senator-haskell-joins-protest-of-westport-restaurant-matsu-sushi46103-senator-haskell-joins-protest-of-westport-restaurant-matsu-sushi

Today, State Senator Will Haskell (D-Westport) joined a protest outside Westport restaurant Matsu Sushi in response to the restaurant owners’ non-compliance with court orders requiring the reinstatement of two workers fired for refusing to work what organizers referred to as a “36-hour shift.”

The dispute, ongoing for two years, started when Jianming Jiang and Liguo Ding, who both have worked at the restaurant for over a decade, refused in December 2017 to work three consecutive shifts over two days that would take place over a total of 36 hours. Despite multiple rulings from the National Labor Relations Board for the workers to be rehired and for back wages and owed deposits to be paid back to them, the restaurant’s owners have not complied. Protestors called for Matsu Sushi to follow the law and comply with the court orders.

“As a State Senator, I spend most of my days thinking about, and fighting for, what the law should be,” said Sen. Haskell. “Today’s fight is different. We’re fighting about whether the law should be followed. Living in a society with a rule of law means we all abide by a set of principles that protects us from harm. Well, these workers have been harmed. I’ve sat with them and met with them; they were deprived of dignity and respect. Judge Kenneth Chu ruled in October 2018 that they were wrongfully terminated and deserved reinstatement. On June 28, the NLRB reiterated their position that these workers were not treated fairly and deserve reinstatement.”

“It breaks my heart to be here today,” Sen. Haskell continued, “not just because these workers were denied dignity and respect but because I love Matsu Sushi. When I grew up here in Westport, this was a staple for my family. But the sad reality is we cannot continue going here if they continue to mistreat their workers. Here’s my message to the owners: listen to the NLRB, reinstate these workers and I will be the first in line for a table. To Westport residents: please do not break the picket line. Instead, get to know these remarkable men whose rights were violated. If you work in Westport, you are a part of this town and we care about how you are treated.”

“Ding and I, back in 2017, were fired illegally because we refused to work a 36-hour shift,” said Jiang. “In 2018, the NLRB said the owners violated the law and ordered for us to be reinstated and compensated for lost wages. The boss not only didn’t admit his mistake but chose to appeal. After a year of waiting, we won the appeal, and courts ordered the boss to reinstate us within 14 days, but again the boss ignored the court order. Until today, we have not heard from them. Enough is enough. We ask the community to continue to boycott the restaurant until the boss admits his mistake and reinstates Ding and I.”

In addition to Jiang and Ding, four additional chefs from Matsu Sushi joined the protest. Jiang said all of them made deposits to Matsu and were promised they would be repaid, but the boss refused to pay any of them back after one employee left the restaurant.

Caption: State Senator Will Haskell joins protestors Tuesday afternoon in Westport, standing with them in opposition to Matsu Sushi’s non-compliance with legal orders made by the National Labor Relations Board.

kerry@ducey.org (Joe O'Leary) Politics Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:31:14 -0400