Westport's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/westport Thu, 25 Apr 2019 19:54:40 -0400 HamletHub.com CT Legislation Passes Creating an Elder and Disabled Abuse Registry https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/politics/45937-ct-legislation-passes-creating-an-elder-and-disabled-abuse-registry45937-ct-legislation-passes-creating-an-elder-and-disabled-abuse-registry https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/politics/45937-ct-legislation-passes-creating-an-elder-and-disabled-abuse-registry45937-ct-legislation-passes-creating-an-elder-and-disabled-abuse-registry

Hartford, CT - On Wednesday, April 24 in the Connecticut General Assembly, the Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan SB 832, An Act Concerning Registries of Persons Found Responsible for Assaults or Other Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation or Abandonment of Elderly Persons or Persons with Disabilities. The bill would require the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors to provide information on their website concerning the seven publicly available registries, including the National Sex Offender Public Website maintained by the United States Department of Justice, the Connecticut Sex Offender Registry, and the professional licensure verification database maintained by the Department of Public Health.

The bill also expands the Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Long-Term Care Background Check Program to include individuals who have been convicted of certain crimes against seniors. The bill additionally requires that the Commission convene a working group to develop strategies to raise public awareness of the availability of such databases to persons hiring providers to care for elderly persons, children or persons with disabilities. Lastly, the bill adds certain crimes that would make an individual ineligible to work in a long term care facility, including nursing homes.

“This bill recognizes the rise of crime against our elders and those with disabilities and takes an important step forward for our State,” said State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28), an introducer and co-sponsor of the legislation this year and in years past. “Elder abuse and criminal action against those with disabilities are unacceptable, and the public should be aware who those perpetrators are in order to protect their family and friends from future act of crime against our most vulnerable populations. I appreciate the leadership of my colleagues in the Aging Committee and the Senate in passing this important legislation to protect integral members in our community and I look forward to passage in the House and Governor Lamont’s signature.”

State Senator Tony Hwang represents the Legislature’s 28th Senate District including the towns of Fairfield, Westport, Weston, Easton, Newtown & Sandy Hook. He also serves on the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Aging.

kerry@ducey.org (Grady Jacobsen) Politics Thu, 25 Apr 2019 06:35:10 -0400
Pop-Up at Eileen Fisher to Benefit WFM, May 4 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45936-pop-up-at-eileen-fisher-to-benefit-wfm-may-445936-pop-up-at-eileen-fisher-to-benefit-wfm-may-4 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45936-pop-up-at-eileen-fisher-to-benefit-wfm-may-445936-pop-up-at-eileen-fisher-to-benefit-wfm-may-4

Westport, Ct. – Anyone familiar with the Eileen Fisher brand knows that a commitment to sustainability is key to the company’s mission. And in keeping with their mission, each year Eileen Fisher of Westport creates a store within a store in support of the Westport Farmers’ Market. On May 4th, select vendors from the WFM will sell handcrafted food and fare in a pop up at the Eileen Fisher store at 160 Main Street in Westport. 10% of all proceeds from purchases in the store on that day will benefit the Westport Farmers’ Market. 

According to Lori Cochran-Dougall, executive director of the WFM, this is a prime example of the WFM’s own commitment to partnerships within the community. “We are so grateful to the Eileen Fisher team for recognizing the importance of local food and farms to the health and wellbeing of the Westport community and look forward to this WFM pop up every year.”

This year’s vendors include:

Dirt Road Farm

Staples High School Culinary with Chef Ganz

Nutty Bunny Vegan Ice Cream

Righteous Skin Care

K is for Cookies

The Hickories 

“This is a great opportunity for those who haven’t been to our market on Thursdays – and for everyone who has – to shop at this iconic store while supporting the area’s best farmers’ market,” says Cochran-Dougall. “Bring your friends and make a day out of it!”  

The Westport Farmers Market is committed to providing fresh, local, healthy and seasonal food. We aspire to create a fun, safe and healthy community environment for education and socialization. Our mission is to increase awareness, knowledge and support for local producers focused on sustainable and healthy growing practices.

The Westport Farmers’ Market receives philanthropic support from: Boxcar Cantina; Cohen and Wolf; Club Pilates Westport; CTBites; Doc’s Maple; Eileen Fisher; Farah’s Farm; Fleishers; Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Sugar & Olives; Westport Sunrise Rotary; Terrain; Town of Westport; Waddell & Reed; Wave Hill Breads; Wells Hill Farm  

For more information, visit www.westportfarmersmarket.com, or email director@westportfarmersmarket.com. Find WFM on FBInstagram, and Twitter, too.

kerry@ducey.org (Westport Farmers Market) Events Thu, 25 Apr 2019 06:03:12 -0400
Maritime Aquarium Mourns the Passing of its Black Dragon https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45935-maritime-aquarium-mourns-the-passing-of-its-black-dragon45935-maritime-aquarium-mourns-the-passing-of-its-black-dragon https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/life/45935-maritime-aquarium-mourns-the-passing-of-its-black-dragon45935-maritime-aquarium-mourns-the-passing-of-its-black-dragon

The staff of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is mourning the death of its Asian water monitor lizard, more commonly known as its black dragon.

The 7-foot lizard died overnight Monday.

“We’re always saddened by the death of any animal at the Aquarium, but the black dragon was appreciated as a very special creature by staff as well as by our guests,” said Barrett Christie, the Aquarium’s director of Animal Husbandry.

Cause of death is unknown. A necropsy will be performed at the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory at UConn. Although the 6-year-old lizard had shown a loss of appetite over the last several days and was receiving veterinary care, Christie said, the death was unexpected.

This lizard was rare because it had a melanistic gene that made the animal nearly solid black. Normally, Asian water monitor lizards are brownish-dark gray with small yellow dots underneath.

The black dragon had been a featured animal at The Maritime Aquarium, first in the “Dragons: Real or Myth” exhibit that opened in February 2015 and then moving up into the “Just Add Water” exhibit that debuted last August.

The world’s second-heaviest lizard (after Komodo dragons), Asian water monitor lizards are native to Southeast Asia. They’re known to live to 10 to 15 years old in human care; less in the wild.

kerry@ducey.org (Dave Sigworth) Life Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:51:00 -0400
E.B. White’s Stuart Little comes to The Ridgefield Playhouse April 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45934-e-b-white-s-stuart-little-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-april-27-155612360845934-e-b-white-s-stuart-little-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-april-27-1556123608 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45934-e-b-white-s-stuart-little-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-april-27-155612360845934-e-b-white-s-stuart-little-comes-to-the-ridgefield-playhouse-april-27-1556123608

From the loving heart of E. B. White comes this merry musical about a noble mouse who jumps headlong into adventures big enough to match any imagination! Stuart Little, performed live by Virginia Rep on Tour, comes to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, April 27 at 1pm.

By turns funny, tender and exciting, Stuart Little mixes child-size puppets with live actors and catchy songs to work theatrical magic. This performance is part of Ridgefield Academy Family Series with support from Hamlet Hub, sponsored by Dr. Blaine Langberg, Orthodontist, and partially underwritten by Books on the Common, Noah’s Ark & South and Salem Animal Hospital. The Leir Foundation Arts for Everyone recipient for this show is Out and About Club. Additional sponsorship provided by Union Savings Bank. Visit Dimitri’s Diner (16 Prospect St • Ridgefield) before or after the show and enjoy 10% off your meal when you show your ticket! Media partners for this event are 98Q and Macaroni Kid.

The play brings to life the E.B. White fantasy classic in which Stuart, a mouse, is born into the Little family. Although he is quite different from other members of the family, Stuart is loved by all - except perhaps Snowbell, the family cat. Stuart’s adventures include getting caught in a window shade, sailing a boat, making friends, and embarking on the journey of a lifetime.

E.B. White was born in 1899 in Mount Vernon, New York. After college, he worked as a reporter, and in 1927 he became a writer for The New Yorker magazine; later he wrote a column for Harper’s magazine. Even though E.B. White was already a successful writer, he wanted to try something new. He decided to write stories for the children in his family. In 1945, he started publishing these stories as books. In addition to Stuart Little, he wrote Trumpet of the Swan and Charlotte’s Web. Today these three books are considered classics of American Children’s Literature. Parents are encouraged to have kids read the book then compare it to the stage play for lively discussion. Books are available at Books on the Common on Main Street in Ridgefield. Additionally, The Ridgefield Library will host a Stuart Little-themed storytime on Saturday, April 20 at 10:30am.

Virginia Repertory Theatre, Virginia’s largest nonprofit, professional touring theatre for young audiences, produces exciting, award-winning, national caliber plays and musicals that support teaching to the whole child while supporting the core curriculum.

For tickets ($15) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.orgThe Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

kerry@ducey.org (Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Wed, 24 Apr 2019 06:28:00 -0400
Greenwich Polo Returns June 9 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45912-greenwich-polo-returns-june-945912-greenwich-polo-returns-june-9 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45912-greenwich-polo-returns-june-945912-greenwich-polo-returns-june-9

Greenwich, CT - The 2019 summer polo season at Greenwich Polo Club is right around the corner, and we could not be more excited to welcome players, fans, and guests alike back for another incredible season of polo. Greenwich Polo Club's 39th season features nine Sunday matches open to the public, with four exciting tournaments and a one-of-a-kind polo experience that offers something special for absolutely everyone. 

This season's Opening Day will take place on Sunday, June 9th, with the first match of the Shreve, Crump & Low Cup (June 9 & 16). Huntsman team (Dillon Bacon, Segundo Merlos, Toro Ruiz and Tomas Garcia del Rio) won the title in its inaugural year. The tournament season continues with Monty Waterbury (June 23 & 30) and the new American Cup (July 14 & July 23), and crowning the season will be the East Coast Open® (August 25, September 1 & September 8). 

Mark your calendars for a family friendly and action packed way to spend your Sundays this summer. Greenwich Polo Club promises an unforgettable experience for each guest. Check out the news items below for more of what to expect this season.

Tickets: https://www.greenwichpoloclub.com/tickets?utm_campaign=fb50bb3d5e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_04_02_06_15&utm_medium=email&utm_source=GPC&utm_term=0_22aa75f217-fb50bb3d5e-101198301

kerry@ducey.org (Greenwich Polo) Events Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:13:00 -0400
Newton Roux Art Gallery Presents Artist JPO May 9 Through June 29 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45932-newton-roux-art-gallery-presents-artist-jpo-may-9-through-june-2945932-newton-roux-art-gallery-presents-artist-jpo-may-9-through-june-29 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/places/45932-newton-roux-art-gallery-presents-artist-jpo-may-9-through-june-2945932-newton-roux-art-gallery-presents-artist-jpo-may-9-through-june-29

Newton Roux Art Gallery Presents Artist JPO

Newton Roux Gallery is a contemporary art space in Bedford Square in downtown Westport focused on emerging realist and abstract painters. Its next solo exhibition "Keep Drawing During Class" features 14 works by New York City-based artist JPO and runs from May 9th through June 29th, 2019.

The opening reception will be held on Thursday, May 9th from 6pm to 8pm and is open to the public. All are welcome to come and meet the artist in person and enjoy complimentary wine and beer while viewing JPO’s work.

From JPO’s artist’s statement: “This show is a message to our youth to stay creative as much as they can and not to let anybody take that away from them. With my use of a wide color pallet and a child like take on art I try to inspire everyone to pick up their medium of choice and create! Most of the works in this show are snapshots of never before seen worlds full of characters and creatures of all kind straight out of my subconscious. I hope everyone enjoys viewing the show as much as I did creating it.

All pieces are for sale through the gallery by appointment or online at https://www.newtonroux.com/collect/jpo

Newton Roux Gallery, at 14 Elm Street, occupies the 2nd floor corridor connecting Barbour and Whip Salon in the new Bedford Square retail complex in downtown Westport. The entrance is at the top of the stairs across the street from The Spotted Horse. Owners Amy Pal and Kevin Manley created the gallery to help promote talented emerging local artists, create synergies between the gallery and surrounding Bedford Square and Church Lane merchants, and make the buying process transparent and easy for collectors while leveraging an underutilized space with natural foot traffic. The gallery is open during the normal business hours of Bedford Square, or by appointment. For more information visit https://www.newtonroux.com/, email info@newtonroux.com, or call 203-403-0863.

Artist’s Biography- JPO

John Paul Ogrodnick better known as JPO is a Visual artist based out of New York City known for his vibrant and elusive painting style. JPO translates raw emotions into colorful, powerful and expressive works of art while visually connecting concepts of human perception. JPO’s passion for the arts emerged at a young age, for he was inspired by the eclectic tastes of his father and sister, who introduced him to improvisational styles of music and meditation. JPO draws much of his inspiration from his zeal to the practice of meditation. When he paints, he channels his third eye.

His work has been shown in galleries across the country and his murals, painted on famous walls in New York city. JPO has also collaborated with such brands as: GAP, MTV, The NBA, The Grammys, Lululemon and Saks Fifth Ave.

Newton Roux gallery space - 14 Elm Street, 2nd Floor in Bedford Square, Westport 

kerry@ducey.org (Newton Roux) Places Tue, 23 Apr 2019 07:56:43 -0400
CT Sen. Tony Hwang to Moderate Distracted Driving Discussions https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/45933-ct-sen-tony-hwang-to-moderate-distracted-driving-discussions45933-ct-sen-tony-hwang-to-moderate-distracted-driving-discussions https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/publicsafety/45933-ct-sen-tony-hwang-to-moderate-distracted-driving-discussions45933-ct-sen-tony-hwang-to-moderate-distracted-driving-discussions

Fairfield/Newtown, CT - State Senator Tony Hwang will moderate two expert panel discussions on Distracted Driving in Newtown and Fairfield/Southport/Westport. The forums come at the end of April, which has been dubbed Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The Panel will include representatives from local Law Enforcement, AAA Northeast, Dr. Neil Chaudhary of Preusser Research Inc. that performs comprehensive traffic safety studies, CT Dept. of Transportation, and Mourning Parents ACT (!MPACT).

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,400 people across the United States were killed in 2016 due to some form of distracted driving.

WHO:          Moderator: State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28)

  •          Dr. Neil Chaudhary, Preusser Research, Inc.
  •          Local Law Enforcement
  •          Fran Mayko, AAA Northeast
  •          CT Department of Transportation
  •          Mourning Parents ACT (!MPACT)

WHAT:         Forums concerning the Consequences of Distracted Driving

WHEN          Newtown and surrounding towns

April 25th, 2019 @ 6:30pm-8:00pm


April 30th, 2019 @ 6:30-8:00pm



Edmond Old Town Hall

45 Main Street

Newtown, CT


Pequot Library

720 Pequot Ave,

Southport, CT

To register for the events, please follow the Eventbrite links below or visit the events page atwww.SenatorHwang.com. Please also see the Fairfield Citizen article reporting on Fairfield’s increasing effort to enforce distracted driving laws here, and Senator Hwang’s press release.


Newtown Distracted Driving Forum April 25, 2019 EventBrite: https://bit.ly/2Vef1mD

Fairfield Distracted Driving Forum April 30, 2019 EventBrite:  https://bit.ly/2GrtfHq


kerry@ducey.org (Grady Jacobsen) Public safety Tue, 23 Apr 2019 07:09:52 -0400
Fairfield County Bank Hosts First Time Homebuyer Seminar in Norwalk this Wednesday https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45931-fairfield-county-bank-hosts-first-time-homebuyer-seminar-in-norwalk-this-wednesday45931-fairfield-county-bank-hosts-first-time-homebuyer-seminar-in-norwalk-this-wednesday https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45931-fairfield-county-bank-hosts-first-time-homebuyer-seminar-in-norwalk-this-wednesday45931-fairfield-county-bank-hosts-first-time-homebuyer-seminar-in-norwalk-this-wednesday

Learn the homebuying process – from application to closing

Fairfield County Bank hosts First-Time Homebuyer Seminar on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Avenue in Norwalk.

You will learn:

• Down payment program options

• How much can you afford

• What your monthly payment may be

• What you need to do to be prepared for the future

You will receive a $200 closing cost credit* when you attend one of the first-time homebuyer seminars to use when you obtain a mortgage with Fairfield County Bank.

To receive a personalized home buying action plan click here.

RSVP to Kevin McMahon via phone 203.854.7617 or email Kevin.McMahon@fairfieldcountybank.com.

kerry@ducey.org (Fairfield County Bank) Events Mon, 22 Apr 2019 09:44:43 -0400
Weston Kiwanis Club to Present Millie Awards https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45930-weston-kiwanis-club-to-present-millie-awards45930-weston-kiwanis-club-to-present-millie-awards https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45930-weston-kiwanis-club-to-present-millie-awards45930-weston-kiwanis-club-to-present-millie-awards

Weston, CT - The Weston Kiwanis Club’s 15 Annual Millie Best Environmental Award will be presented to The Chauncey Belknap Family for its contributions to open space in the area. The presentation takes place on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the club’s weekly 8:30 a.m. meeting at Norfield Parish Hall, 64 Norfield Road, Weston. Chauncey Belknap’s grandson, Howard Giles Carter who is an avid birder and conservationist, will accept the award on behalf of the Belknap family. A representative from the Aspetuck Land Trust, which worked with the family to create open space preserves on former family land, will also be present.

The Millie Best Environmental Award was started in 2005 in honor of Millie Best, a Weston resident who started Green Up Day in the early 1970s in Weston to encourage volunteers to come out to clean up litter along roads in Weston. Her efforts through the years engaged thousands of volunteers in the annual clean up on the last weekend in April. Eventually, Ms Best was successful in getting Green Up Day declared in the mid 1990s an annual state-wide observance on last Saturday of April. After Ms Best death the Weston Kiwanis Club honored her memory by conferring the annual Millie Best Environmental Award. See the list of those honored through the years below.

The Belknap Family originally came to Weston in 1927 when Chauncey Belknap purchased the 100+ acre Wilbur Sturges Farm on Wampum Hill Road. A partner in the law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb and Tyler, Chauncey was looking for a get-away for his family in the bucolic undeveloped landscape of Connecticut. 

The property has been owned by only two families since it was granted to the Sturges family through a land grant from the English monarchy. The Belknap family has always been involved in local land conservation efforts. In 1999, the family sold 37-acres adjacent to the farm to the town of Wilton in a conservation bargain sale, creating the Belknap Preserve accessible from Wampum Hill Road.

Recently, the family worked with Aspetuck Land Trust to preserve 38-acres in Weston adjacent to the land trust’s Honey Hill Preserve. This property increased the size of the Honey Hill Preserve to 119-acres and includes hiking trails for the public and wildlife like the Eastern Box Turtle which is listed as a Species of Special Concern by the state of Connecticut.  The newly preserved Belknap property is at the center of a forest preservation project being spearheaded by Aspetuck Land Trust to preserve a 705-acre forest block, the last frontier of unprotected wild open space that exists in the area.

Chauncey’s daughters Barbara Belknap, Louise Belknap Carter and the extended family still enjoy the farm and surrounding land to this day. Barbara, who was born in 1933, remembers the property fondly and recalls that her dad liked to walk in the woods and read.  “The property that we worked with the land trust to preserve was part of the original woodlot which went with the farm. It’s where the farmer would cut his wood for the long winter.  I’m glad the property is being preserved so the public can enjoy it as we have. My brother Bob especially loved this land and wanted it protected. He would be happy that the property is being preserved by Aspetuck Land Trust.”

Millie Best Environmental Awardees

2005    J. Thomas Failla, Conservation Volunteer

2006    George C. Guidera, First Selectman and Open Space Champion

2007    Margaret Wirtenberg, Environmental Volunteer

2008    Robert P. Turner, Land Use Volunteer

2009    Cory Attra, Conservation Volunteer

2010    Claudia Hahn, Garden Club Volunteer

2011    Bruce Ando, Nature Photographer

2012    Alice Barreca, Garden Club Volunteer

2013    Weston Garden Club

2014    Carol Baldwin and Ellen McCormick. Lachat Farm Champions

2015    Solarize Weston Interns: Andrew Braverman, JT DeLara, Jack Dempsey, Luke Dempsey, Peter Roberts

2016   Joshua Lach, Environmentalist

2017  Lachat Farm

2018  Bill Lomas, Weston Tree Warden 

PHOTO: Barbara Belknap (seated) with well-wishers at the dedication of the Belknap Preserve in Weston. 
kerry@ducey.org (Nancy Moon) Events Fri, 19 Apr 2019 06:00:22 -0400
Westport Playhouse Script In Hand Reading of "Murder Too", May 6 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45929-westport-playhouse-script-in-hand-reading-of-murder-too-may-645929-westport-playhouse-script-in-hand-reading-of-murder-too-may-6 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45929-westport-playhouse-script-in-hand-reading-of-murder-too-may-645929-westport-playhouse-script-in-hand-reading-of-murder-too-may-6

Westport, CT - Westport Country Playhouse will present a Script in Hand playreading of a new comedy thriller, “Murder Too,” by David Wiltse of Weston, former Westport Country Playhouse playwright-in-residence, on Monday, May 6, at 7 p.m. The cast includes Playhouse alumni David Beach, Joanna Gleason, Deirdre Madigan, and Andrew VeenstraThe reading will be directed by Anne Keefe, Playhouse associate artist and curator of the playreading series. Tickets are $20 each. 

In “Murder Too,” Mara Baron, the artistic director of a regional theater, has been receiving death threats in the mail---scary enough threats that she feels the necessity of installing a safe room in her house. The very attractive Luke Lawless has been hired to do the work.  Enter Eve Harris Snedeker, the president of the theater’s board, Mara’s college roommate, best friend, and her major donor. Eve is distraught.  It may be that Eve’s husband Todd is having an affair. It seems Todd Snedeker, mystery writer, playwright, and possible killer, might well be having that affair…with Mara. Hit men are hired, shots are fired, affairs are uncovered, and murder committed in this funny, scary, and theatrical thriller. 

The cast includes Westport Country Playhouse alumni David Beach as Todd Snedeker  (Westport Country Playhouse’s “A Flea in Her Ear,” “Room Service,” and Script In Hand playreadings of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,” “You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running,” “The Supporting Cast,” “Social Security”; original cast of Broadway’s “Urinetown”; film “The Post”); Joanna Gleason as Mara Baron (Westport Country Playhouse’s “Come Be My Love,” and Script in Hand playreadings of “Better Late,” “Any Wednesday,” “Fallen Angels”; Tony Award® as Best Actress for Stephen Sondheim’s "Into the Woods,” Tony nominations for “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and "Joe Egg,” Theater World Award for "The Real Thing," Drama Desk Award for "Social Security”); Deirdre Madigan as Eve Harris Snedeker  (Westport Country Playhouse’s “And a Nightingale Sang,” “A Marriage Minuet,” “A Few Good Men,” Script in Hand playreadings of “The Cemetery Club,” “The Supporting Cast,” “Social Security,” “The Late Christopher Bean”; Broadway’s “Hillary and Clinton,” “A Delicate Balance,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”); and Andrew Veenstra as Luke Lawless (Westport Country Playhouse’s “Thousand Pines,” Lincoln Center Theater’s “Hamlet,” First National Tour of “War Horse,” Off-Broadway’s “An Error of the Moon”).

Playwright David Wiltse is the former playwright-in-residence at Westport Country Playhouse, where his plays “Triangles for Two,” “Temporary Help,” “The Good German,” “Scramble,” “A Marriage Minuet,” and “Sedition” have been produced.  He is also the author of 12 novels. He is the recipient of the Drama Desk Award for "Most Promising Playwright,” Edgar Allan Poe Award, Westport Arts Achievement Award, and Nebraska Alumni Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. His best- known play, "Doubles,” was produced on Broadway as well as at the Playhouse.  Wiltse is currently at work on his 13th novel.

Director Anne Keefe is the associate artist at Westport Country Playhouse and curates the Script in Hand playreading series. She has directed nearly 50 Script in Hand readings.  She served as artistic director of Westport Country Playhouse with Joanne Woodward in 2008, and as associate artistic director from 2000-2006, also with Ms. Woodward.

The next Script in Hand playreadings will be on November 18 and December 16. Titles will be announced in the fall.

All dates, titles, and artists subject to change. 

The Script in Hand Playreading Series is sponsored by Marc and Michele Flaster in 2019 with support from the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.westportplayhouse.org or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport. 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 worth talking about 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.

kerry@ducey.org (Pat Blaufuss) Events Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:27:06 -0400
Westport Artist Kris Davenport Toohey Featured in All About Color Exhibit, Opening May 10 in Wilton https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45928-wilton-library-s-art-exhibition-is-all-about-color-opening-may-1045928-wilton-library-s-art-exhibition-is-all-about-color-opening-may-10 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45928-wilton-library-s-art-exhibition-is-all-about-color-opening-may-1045928-wilton-library-s-art-exhibition-is-all-about-color-opening-may-10

When the group of eight artists came together to discuss the upcoming exhibition at Wilton Library, they decided that their collective works were “All About Color” and so was born the name of the exhibit opening on Friday, May 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The eight local artists exhibiting their colorful works are Sally Aldrich, Ridgefield; Rich Alexander, Mt. Kisco; Sharon Cavagnolo, Chappaqua; Hans Fischer, Ridgefield; Jennifer Moné Hill, Danbury; Nancy Moore, Ridgefield; Erin Nazzaro, Redding; and Kris Davenport Toohey, Westport. Whether the artists have embraced their passion from their early days, through their college lives, or more recently become immersed in the discipline, their works highlight a range of styles, subject matter and media choices that are bold and impressive.

Ed MacEwen, Wilton Library’s art chair noted, “I was fortunate to see this group of artists in an exhibition in Ridgefield last year and I was taken by their collective works. I thought they would be well-received by the Wilton community and their paintings would show very well in the gallery throughout the library.”

The artists come to their craft from a range of backgrounds:

Sally Aldrich studied Fine Arts at Connecticut College and taught art in Pleasantville, NY becoming the Art Department Chair for K-12, inspiring the students through Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, and Advanced Placement Studio Art. Since retiring almost 25 years ago, she intensified her study of pottery and sculpture. She continues to teach at her studio in Ridgefield. Sally served as president of the Katonah Museum Artists Association, writes its newsletter and works on the Hammond Museum’s exhibition committee. Her work is exhibited in galleries in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Rich Alexander is a trained draftsman and owned and operated a sign company, hand lettering signs and trucks with letter enamels. He became a NYC fire fighter and during his 21-year career, he designed, built and painted dozens of firehouse tables and murals. In 2009, while designing the 9/11 Firefighter Memorial in Mt. Kisco, NY, he met illustrator Alan Reingold who encouraged Rich to attend Reingold’s portrait classes in Mt. Kisco and at Parsons School of Design in NYC. That led to Rich meeting fine artist Geoff Barbey who instructed Rich in oil painting. Barbey introduced Rich to landscape painter John Osborne who taught traditional painting at the Ridgewood Art Institute where Rich has been painting ever since.

Sharon Cavagnolo received her BFA in Painting and Illustration from Parsons School of Design in NYC and studied with Larry Rivers, Elaine de Kooning and Jane Wilson. Sharon did postgraduate work at Pratt Institute, New York University and Isabel O’Neil Studio. She has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in Connecticut, Westchester and New York City.

Hans Fischer was born in Holland, raised in Harrington, NY, and currently lives in Ridgefield, CT where he maintains his studio. By his own admission, his budding career as a “fine artist” was sidetracked by the U.S. Army and the decade of The Sixties. His artistic talents took him into careers in industrial design, interior architecture, graphic design, art direction and corporate communications and management. He established his own graphic design firm in the late ’80s. Over the past fifteen years, he has been able to concentrate on his love of art. His work is in galleries and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.

            Jennifer Moné Hill lives and works in Danbury, CT. Born and raised in White Plains, NY, she studied Visual Arts at SUNY Purchase, and then began working as a commercial photographer for over twenty years. Jennifer’s curiosity has led her simultaneously to pursue many creative outlets of which painting is now her greatest passion. Jennifer comes to painting with great enthusiasm, curiosity, love of color, nature, and positive energy. Her work has been in recent exhibitions at the Mattatuck Museum, Rene Soto Gallery, Carriage Barn Arts Center, and Ridgefield Guild of Artist.

Nancy Moore’s artwork has garnered many awards, along with the interest of a broad collector base from Vermont to California. In 2018, Moore was lucky enough to exhibit her work in four museums: the Katonah Museum (Katonah), the New Britain Museum of American Art (New Britain), the Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury), and the Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton MA). This year, the artist marked her debut in New York City, at the Susan Eley Fine Art gallery. In 2014, Moore was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists. She is an artist guild member of the Silvermine Arts Center (New Canaan), Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Katonah Museum Artists Association, Surface Design Association, and Artists Collective of Westport.

Erin Nazzaro was born and raised in Connecticut and started her artistic pursuit with pencil. Working in this medium, she learned to develop and refine her images. Drawing is the foundation of her work today. She moved from pencil to paint in the 1980s and color changed everything for her. Her next big influence was traveling to the American Southwest where she embraced “the people, their beautiful families and the land they lived and worked on.” The artist noted that she appreciates all the swirling bright colors so integrated into the landscape, fabrics, dress and folk art. Her work is driven by this energy.

Kris Davenport Toohey is a landscape painter who works primarily in oils. She discovered her love of painting and art history as a student, graduating with a BA in Art from Williams College and an MBA from Columbia University. She now lives and works in Westport, CT where she is a part of The Art Studio – a shared artists’ workspace. Kris is an Exhibiting Member of The Rowayton Arts Center, winning 1st Place in Oils at the 2018 Marine & Coastal Show, as well as an active member of the Artists Collective of Westport and the Ridgefield Guild of Artists.

The opening reception is free and the public is invited with the exhibition running through Friday, May 31. The majority of the works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Wilton Library. Wilton Library hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. The library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center. The media sponsor for the exhibition is The Wilton Bulletin. For information and directions, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org or call 203-762-6334.

kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Library) Neighbors Thu, 18 Apr 2019 08:22:44 -0400
Congratulations to Angela Xulei Ji of Westport, National Corporate Merit Scholarship Winner https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45927-congratulations-to-the-national-corporate-merit-scholarship-winners-near-westport-155545807445927-congratulations-to-the-national-corporate-merit-scholarship-winners-near-westport-1555458074 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45927-congratulations-to-the-national-corporate-merit-scholarship-winners-near-westport-155545807445927-congratulations-to-the-national-corporate-merit-scholarship-winners-near-westport-1555458074

Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) released the names of the first group of winners in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

More than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 160 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for Finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Congratulations to these students close to Westport! Included is the name of the winner, their school, scholarship name, probable career field, home town, and a description of the scholarship.

Ashley J. Xu
Industrial Engineering
Aon Corporation is an international, strategically-diverse company headquartered in Chicago, meeting the insurance and financial services needs of individuals and corporate clients with a broad range of innovative and specialized insurance products marketed through a wide variety of distribution channels. Its brokerage and consulting services are directed toward helping companies, institutions and associations manage risk in a complex and challenging commercial world.
Angela Xulei Ji
S&P Global provides these scholarships for children of its employees.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited

U.S. college or university of their choice.

Funding for these National Merit Scholarships is provided by corporate organizations that represent nearly all sectors of American industry. Sponsors from the business community have underwritten awards offered in all 64 competitions, expending or committing more than $804 million to support the intellectual development of the nation’s scholastically talented youth.

2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition

Over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. In September 2018, some 16,000 Semifinalists were designated on a state-

representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists had to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifinalist was asked to complete a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT® scores that confirmed their qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 met Finalist requirements.

By the conclusion of the 2019 competition, about 7,600 Finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling over $31 million. Winners are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of National Merit Scholarships offered each year are underwritten by some 400 independent corporate and college sponsors that support NMSC’s efforts to honor the nation’s scholastically talented youth and encourage academic excellence at all levels of education.

cronmpuser@hamlethub.com (National Merit) Neighbors Wed, 17 Apr 2019 03:00:00 -0400
Mutt Strut Challenge Along The Norwalk River Valley Trail on May 18 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45926-mutt-strut-challenge-along-the-norwalk-river-valley-trail-on-may-1845926-mutt-strut-challenge-along-the-norwalk-river-valley-trail-on-may-18 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/events/45926-mutt-strut-challenge-along-the-norwalk-river-valley-trail-on-may-1845926-mutt-strut-challenge-along-the-norwalk-river-valley-trail-on-may-18

2nd Annual Mutt Strut Challenge is planned for Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9 AM - 12 Noon

Come out with your canine companions for some fresh air and fun, while raising money to extend and improve the Norwalk River Valley Trail!

  • Complete the Challenge-a 1-mile hike-and be entered to win a grand prize 
  • Or, pass on the challenge and enjoy a leisurely walk along the trail with your best friend 
  • Form a personal or company team and compete to raise funds for the NRVT. The team raising the most money wins a prize! 
  • Preserve your memories at the dog selfie station 
  • Enjoy food truck refreshments
  • Make new friends-both hound and human 
  • Have fun!

Norwalk River Valley Trail Mutt Strut at 2 Locations:

Wilton: Wilton Loop (Rte. 7 & Wolfpit Rd) 

Norwalk: Lockwood Mathews-Maritime Aquarium

Learn more and register HERE.

See snapshots and maps of our trails by clicking on the town name below:

Norwalk             Wilwalk               Wilton              Ridgefield               Redding                 Danbury

Norwalk River Valley Trail Mutt Strut 2018

kerry@ducey.org (NRVT) Events Tue, 16 Apr 2019 09:32:00 -0400
Kiwanis Club of Weston and Kindred Spirits World of Wine Supports Dylan's Wings of Change on April 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45925-kiwanis-club-of-weston-and-kindred-spirits-world-of-wine-supports-dylan-s-wings-of-change-on-april-2745925-kiwanis-club-of-weston-and-kindred-spirits-world-of-wine-supports-dylan-s-wings-of-change-on-april-27 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/charities/45925-kiwanis-club-of-weston-and-kindred-spirits-world-of-wine-supports-dylan-s-wings-of-change-on-april-2745925-kiwanis-club-of-weston-and-kindred-spirits-world-of-wine-supports-dylan-s-wings-of-change-on-april-27

The Kiwanis Club of Weston, in conjunction with Kindred Spirits and Wine, will hold its annual "World of Wine" tasting event on April 27th at 7:00 PM at the Aspetuck Valley Country Club.  Proceeds from the event will support "Dylan's Wings of Change" organization (dylanswingsofchange.org) by funding the "Wingman" program for Weston Middle School.  Proceeds will also support other local charities through the Weston Kiwanis Foundation

This elegant evening will feature a wine tasting, buffet dinner, silent auction and live auction.  The Weston Kiwanis Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. 

Purchase tickets at https://www.westonkiwanis.org/winetasting

kerry@ducey.org (Kiwanis Club of Weston) Charities Tue, 16 Apr 2019 07:33:38 -0400
Westport Smart Home Unveiled on May 4 https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45923-a-home-powered-by-the-sun-and-controlled-by-your-voice45923-a-home-powered-by-the-sun-and-controlled-by-your-voice https://news.hamlethub.com/westport/neighbors/45923-a-home-powered-by-the-sun-and-controlled-by-your-voice45923-a-home-powered-by-the-sun-and-controlled-by-your-voice

A Home Powered by the Sun and Controlled by your Voice!                                         

On May the 4th 2019, TecKnow, a new smart home automation company in Westport, CT is unveiling its first home powered by the sun and controlled by your voice!

A brand-new rental house on Old Mill Beach, built in 2017, is the first to feature TecKnow's groundbreaking holistic smart home ecosystem uniting both Tesla and Apple technologies to create an energy efficient home of the future.

Phil Levieff, the founder of TecKnow grew up in Westport, attended Staples High School and has opened the company's flagship show space in the heart of Westport at David Waldman's artfully revisioned building at Bedford Square.  This cutting-edge consumer-facing company focuses on sustainability, creating efficiencies, reducing costs and carbon footprint, interoperability, convenience and security. 

"We find that consumers are getting lost in a sea of smart technology offerings and are looking for a simple, cohesive approach.  Whether it is new construction or a retrofit, TecKnow offers a wireless solution and provides our clients with a new way to live that helps them focus on what is most important to them," remarks Phil.

Phil is very excited to have created and brought the pairing of Apple and Tesla technology to the area.  He is a member of the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force and part of the leadership of the Electric Vehicle Club of CT.  and his passion for green energy solutions is a huge component of the business plan.  As more and more consumers see the benefit of reducing their carbon footprint, creating energy efficiencies and incorporating a more sustainable way of life, TecKnow is poised to advise, educate, design, install, program and maintain this holistic smart ecosystem for their customer base. 

"This is the way of the future," says Phil.  "The technology is already here and is being underutilized, so we have stepped in to help people understand how this technology can benefit and work FOR them."

This TecKnow home on the beach is nominated for the 2019 Westport Green Building Award for achievement in sustainable design and construction.  The owner is an advocate of reducing carbon footprint and had the vision to take a dilapidated cottage on the beach and transform it into a model of sustainability.  Michael Greenberg Architects and Builders and TecKnow worked together to complete the owners vision utilizing energy efficient building techniques, solar, solar storage and energy efficient voice-controlled automation.  Guests will witness the cars and home “move into action” with Homepod and Apple watch commands!

The May 4 unveiling of this truly unique property is a landmark event.

For more information or invitations to the Showcase on May 4, contact Helen at 203-832-5669 or email info@TecKnow.me

info@tecknow.me (Tecknow ) Neighbors Tue, 16 Apr 2019 07:30:10 -0400