Wilton's HamletHub https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton Sat, 26 Sep 2020 23:51:58 -0400 HamletHub.com Wilton COVID Update, New Cases, Phase 3, and Wilton Library Reopening Plan https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/50627-wilton-covid-update-new-cases-phase-3-and-wilton-library-reopening-plan50627-wilton-covid-update-new-cases-phase-3-and-wilton-library-reopening-plan https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/50627-wilton-covid-update-new-cases-phase-3-and-wilton-library-reopening-plan50627-wilton-covid-update-new-cases-phase-3-and-wilton-library-reopening-plan

Here's the latest from Wilton First Selectwoman Lynn Vancerslice in regard to COVID-19.

The following are highlights from today’s CT DPH report versus Monday’s September 21st report: 

  • Wilton: 2 new cases. 
  • Statewide:  488 new cases. 1.2% of tests performed reported positive. 
  • Hospitalized Patients: Statewide, 4-net patient increase. Fairfield County, 2-net patient decrease.
  • Deaths: Statewide, 4.  Fairfield County, 1.

Reminder- the Connecticut travel advisory was updated on Tuesday.  Among the changes, Rhode Island was put back on the list of affected states.  The travel advisory, including the possibility of a fine, applies to both Connecticut residents and non-residents.  Please read the advisory if you are traveling or expecting guests.  

Today the Governor released information related to an expected October 8th phase-in of Phase 3.  Among the expected changes are:

  • Gathering sizes, social and recreational-Commercial or business location:
  • Indoors: 50% capacity. Capped at 100.
  • Outdoors: Capped at 150
  • Gatherings sizes, social and recreational-Residences:
  • Indoors:  No change, capped at 25
  • Outdoors: Capped at 150. 
  • 75% capacity for libraries, restaurants and personnel service businesses. 

The Wilton Library will open on Monday, September 28th for in-person express services and other services by appointment.  

Beginning Tuesday, September 29th through the November election, the Town Clerk’s office will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays for general public business to allow the department to process the 8,000 anticipated absentee ballot applications and returned ballots.  The mailing of absentee ballots will begin on Friday, October 2nd.  See the Town Clerk’s website for more information on absentee voting.  

Detailed Case Data:

The CT Data Center reported the following for Wilton as of 8:30 p.m. September 23rd and versus the dates prior to the start of Phase 1 and Phase 2:

  • 263 cases, 56 additional since June 16th and 63 since May 19th.
  • 4,234 residents tested, 3,084 since June 16th and 3,484 since May 19th.  
  • 6,047 tests performed, 4,595 since June 16th .
  • 42 deaths, 1 since June 16th and 5 since May 19th.

CT DPH reported the following for Fairfield County and Statewide as of 8:30 p.m. September 23rd:

  • 19,985 cases, 3,604 additional since 6/16      56,472 cases, 11,043 additional since 6/16
  • 1,421 deaths, 69 additional since 6/16           4,499 deaths, 280 additional since 6/16
  • 14 hospitalized, 54 less than 6/16                   72 hospitalized, 114 less than 6/16

Help keep our numbers low, please follow the three W’s: 

  • Watch your distance
  • Wear a mask/face covering when you can’t maintain 6 feet of distance whether indoors or outside
  • Wash your hands

If you have any questions, please email me at lynne.vanderslice@wiltonct.org.  

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Fri, 25 Sep 2020 10:52:02 -0400
Ancona's Says "One Chardonnay To Rule Them All? LIOCO Crushes It Again!" https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/50625-ancona-s-says-one-chardonnay-to-rule-them-all-lioco-crushes-it-again50625-ancona-s-says-one-chardonnay-to-rule-them-all-lioco-crushes-it-again https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/50625-ancona-s-says-one-chardonnay-to-rule-them-all-lioco-crushes-it-again50625-ancona-s-says-one-chardonnay-to-rule-them-all-lioco-crushes-it-again

Ancona's Wines & Liquors is showcasing a fan favorite (and their team's top pick too) -  Lioco. "We've featured a couple of their wines over the past year, most notably their North Coast Pinot Noir, which sold out so fast, it made our heads spin," says Kyle Martinez, Wine Specialist.

This week, Ancona's offers the 2018 Lioco Sonoma County Chardonnay! Kyle sips and chats in this week's episode of Life in a Bottle.

Kyle's take:

Much like the aforementioned Pinot, this gorgeous Cali Chard is sourced from a handful of sustainably-farmed sites throughout the North Coast's Sonoma County, with emphasis on the Russian River Valley.

Long story short, they've managed to perfectly bridge the gap between lean and racy white Burgundy and lush, buttery California Chardonnay.

Sale price: $21.99 (regularly $23.90). Purchase HERE.

Read more below about what goes into this bottle, or CLICK HERE for Life In A Bottle, Season 2, Episode 48!

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Fri, 25 Sep 2020 10:08:14 -0400
The Met Opera in HD at The Ridgefield Playhouse on September 27 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50626-the-met-opera-in-hd-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-september-2750626-the-met-opera-in-hd-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-september-27 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50626-the-met-opera-in-hd-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-september-2750626-the-met-opera-in-hd-at-the-ridgefield-playhouse-on-september-27

Il Trovatore (Verdi): The Met Opera in HD at The Ridgefield Playhouse on September 27 from 2-4:30 pm

An extraordinary cast came together for the first Live in HD transmission of the Met’s 2015–16 season. Anna Netrebko is Leonora, the young noblewoman at the center of the story, who is in love with the troubadour of the title—tenor Yonghoon Lee—but also pursued by Count di Luna, sung by the great Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Dolora Zajick completes the quartet of principals in her signature role of Azucena, the mysterious Gypsy woman who sets the dramatic events in motion. Marco Armiliato conducts David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production.

Tickets $15 to $25, purchase HERE.

Run Time:  2 hrs, 39 min.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is following Connecticut Safety Guidelines in order to continually serve and protect our patrons and community. We ask that you observe the following:

  • Purchase concession via our mobile site ridgefieldplayhouse.ordernext.com. Available up to two hours prior to the start of the movie- you can pick up your concessions on your way in! The app will be open throughout the film as well.
  • Ushers will seat you – All tickets are General Admission.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the lobby and bathrooms.

And remember: FACEMASKS ARE REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES! Please maintain a 6 foot distance from others.

  • VIP INFO / DISCOUNTS / PROMOTIONS

    Tickets: $25 | Members & Seniors $20 | Students $15 | 18 & under FREE
    FREE tickets for students 18 & under! Please call the box office to reserve.
    AAA members receive a 20% discount!


    Underwritten by Jeanne Cook, Liz & Steven Goldstone, and Sabina & Walter Slavin with support from Whistle Stop Bakery

Opera’s favorite double bill returns on Sunday, September 27 at 2pm, in an evocative production by Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Sopranos Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cavalleria Rusticana) and Patricia Racette (Pagliacci) sing the unlucky heroines in these two verismo staples. Then, on Sunday, September 27 at 2pm, a remarkable cast takes the stage in Verdi’s supreme showcase of Italianate singing in this encore presentation of Il Trovatore from the 2015–16 season. Soprano Anna Netrebko is the passionate young noblewoman Leonora, with tenor Yonghoon Lee as the outlaw Manrico and late baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky as the menacing Count di Luna. Dolora Zajick completes the quartet of principals in her signature role of Azucena. Marco Armiliato conducts Sir David McVicar’s production. 

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kerry@ducey.org (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Thu, 24 Sep 2020 15:06:21 -0400
Phase 3 of Connecticut's Reopen Plan Set to Begin October 8 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/politics/50624-phase-3-of-connecticut-s-reopen-plan-set-to-begin-october-850624-phase-3-of-connecticut-s-reopen-plan-set-to-begin-october-8 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/politics/50624-phase-3-of-connecticut-s-reopen-plan-set-to-begin-october-850624-phase-3-of-connecticut-s-reopen-plan-set-to-begin-october-8

The changes will increase capacities for certain businesses, including restaurants, personal services, libraries and performing arts venues, while ensuring safety protocols are still in effect.

Phase 3 Business Changes:

Increase from 50% to 75% capacity indoors subject to COVID-19 safety requirements

  • Restaurants
  • Personal Services
  • Libraries

Outdoor event venues increase from 25% to 50% capacity

Indoor performing arts venues can open at 50% capacity

Bars and nightclubs remain closed

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Politics Thu, 24 Sep 2020 13:22:23 -0400
Go Fund Me for DiRocco Family Reflects Outpouring of Support from Wilton Community https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/50623-go-fund-me-for-dirocco-family-reflects-outpouring-of-support-from-wilton-community50623-go-fund-me-for-dirocco-family-reflects-outpouring-of-support-from-wilton-community https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/50623-go-fund-me-for-dirocco-family-reflects-outpouring-of-support-from-wilton-community50623-go-fund-me-for-dirocco-family-reflects-outpouring-of-support-from-wilton-community

A Go Fund Me fundraising campaign has been launched on behalf of the DiRocco family of Wilton after the sudden passing of their son, George DiRocco, a 16-year-old student at Wilton High School. 

Organized by a family member, thus far, only 21 since its launch, the campaign has raised over $62,000 from 588 donors. Thank you to the Wilton community for joining in solidarity to support the DiRocco family in the wake of this tragedy.

The Go Fund Me page states:

This fundraiser is for my bother Artie DiRocco and his family.  Artie and Deborah DiRocco have suffered the tragic, sudden and unexpected loss of their son George. George was a junior at Wilton HS, a born athlete, and an all-around wonderful young man who was loved by all who knew him. He was a shining star in our eyes and he was taken way too soon.

When a child is lost there are no words of comfort that can make it feel any less painful. We feel hopeless to help, but we can help by donating funds to cover the funeral and the family’s living expenses while they attempt to process this incomprehensible loss without the added worry of how they will be able to support their family.  

I hope you can help and please pray for George and all whom he has left behind. 

George passed suddenly due to an undetected heart condition. The funeral service will be held at Riverside Cemetery at 10:30 am Saturday, September 26th. The family will also hold a memorial service at a later date to honor George.

Please visit the fundraising page HERE to learn more and to make a donation.

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Charities Thu, 24 Sep 2020 09:50:00 -0400
Wilton Library October 2020 Virtual Activities https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50622-wilton-library-october-2020-virtual-activities50622-wilton-library-october-2020-virtual-activities https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50622-wilton-library-october-2020-virtual-activities50622-wilton-library-october-2020-virtual-activities

Wilton Library Announces October's Online and Virtual Events 

Now through Oct. 31 Wilton Reads: Jazzy Art Contest for Teens, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Calling all teenage artists! Use your talents to design a mock book jacket or vinyl album cover depicting a jazz scene anywhere from the 1920's up to the present OR a famous jazz artist.  For inspiration, check out Dave Brubeck Quartet's Time Out or Charlie Parker's Bird and Diz albums. Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photography  by Roxane Orgill and Jazz Owls by Margarita Engle are also great books to help get your creative juices flowing. Entries will be judged by a panel. Winners will be announced the 2nd week of November and receive gift certificates to Jerry's Artarama. Submissions will be accepted at the Wilton Library's Lobby from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28th and Saturday, October 31st. Entry forms can be downloaded from our website and must accompany everyone's artwork. For students in grades 7-12.  Sponsored by the John and Patricia Curran Teen Fund.  Please see library’s website at www.wiltonlibrary.org for details. Questions: call 203-762-6343. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Oct. 1 through Saturday, Oct. 3 Wilton Reads – Tales of the Jazz Age Book Giveaway, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. To encourage readership and kick-off the Wilton Reads 2020 program, Wilton Library gave away paperback copies of Tales of the Jazz Age to members of the community free of charge courtesy of Fairfield County Bank in March.  A limited number of copies are still available on a first-come first-served basis at the drive thru window while supplies last. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, & 22 Poetry with Judson Scruton: The Bridge - Hart Crane’s Journey Through and Over The Roaring 20s, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Judson Scruton  presents a four-week online literature seminar using Hart Crane's epic masterwork, The Bridge, as a vehicle for examining the inter-relationships between Crane's poetry and the arts and culture of the 1920s. Among the reference points considered are T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland,” Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero,” Joseph Stella’s mural of New York City, Wallace Stevens's “Sunday Morning,” photographs by Alfred Stieglitz and Walker Evans, trumpet riffs by Louis Armstrong and, in connection with our Wilton Reads 2020 theme, F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tales of the Jazz Age. Judson Scruton M.A. (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry) has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. Poetry packet will be emailed in advance to registrants. No charge for the program. This seminar is made possible with the support of the Literary Series in Memory of Amy Quigley. Please see the registration link for more speaker and program details. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.  

Registration required in order to receive the Zoom link. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Oct. 3 Virtual Book Club, 1 – 2 p.m.Are you looking to find new books to read? Are you looking to connect with other kids during this pandemic? If so, you’re in luck! Join Girl Scout Emily Johnson’s Virtual Book Club! During the first session, we will choose the book to read. This book club is open to all students entering grades 4-7.  Contact aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org with any questions. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Registration required in order to receive the Zoom link. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

  

Saturdays, Oct. 3, 10 & 17 “Longest way round is the shortest way home”: A 4-part Lecture Series on James Joyce’s Ulysses, 3 – 4 p.m. Mark Schenker, of Yale College, continues his virtual lecture series on James Joyce’s Ulysses viewed through the lens of Homer’s epic. While James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922) differs significantly from Homer’s Odyssey (8th century BCE), they are intimately joined in the depiction of a homeward journey that is extended and delayed by incidents variously mundane and momentous. In each case, the final homecoming is informed by all that has transpired to bring the hero back to where he first set out. No charge for the program. This lecture is made possible with the support of the Literary Series in Memory of Amy Quigley. Advance registration required. Register online in order to receive the Zoom session invitation link. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register, and for program and speaker details. Please email Michael Bellacosa at mbellacosa@wiltonlibrary.org with any questions. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Mondays, Oct. 5, 19 & 26 Ready Readers Live!, 4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Children ages 4-6 are invited to join in some story time fun! We will read two stories and have some chat time. Registration is required and space is limited. Registrants will receive an email link to the Zoom meeting shortly before the program. No sessions on Oct. 12. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Questions? Email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 & 27 Virtual Chess Club, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Kids in kindergarten through high school are invited to join this virtual chess class.  Each week students will learn new strategies and then pair up using Chess.com to practice playing. Students must create a chess.com username prior to the start of class. Registration is required for each session, no fee. Questions? Call (203)762-6336 or email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org. Matthew Shirvell is the instructor for this class. He has been teaching chess for over 5 years, from new learners to experienced tournament players. He is a USCF tournament director who has helped run events such as the 2020 Connecticut State Grade Championships with over 90 participants. Please visit www.wiltonlibrary.org for more information and to register. Registrants will receive an email link to the Zoom meeting shortly before the program. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Oct. 6 Navigating the College Application Process, 5 – 6:15 p.m. The college application process is not difficult; however, there are common missteps to avoid. Join college counselor, Priyanka Shingala, as she explains: the different types of college applications; the applications cycles: Early Action, Early Decision, Rolling Admissions, and Regular Admissions; the Dos & Don’ts of completing an application (honors/achievements, activities, recommendations & the “additional information” sections); and how to link Naviance to the Common App. Registration required in order to receive the Zoom link. For high school seniors, and their parents are welcome to join, too. Prior to the presentation, all students should create a Common App account so that they can make changes/notes as they go; and have their Naviance login info handy. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28 Zooming Toddler Story Time, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Join us for an interactive Zoom story time geared especially for toddlers ages 1-3 years.  Children and their caregivers will have fun listening to stories, singing songs, learning rhymes, and doing movement activities, all while building literacy skills.  Registration is required for each date, and a Zoom link will be sent out the day before the program.  For more details or if you have any questions, email Miss Amy at alilienharper@wiltonlibrary.org. Please visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Oct. 7 Cortney Davis Reads Her Poetry - I Hear Their Voices Singing, 5 – 6 p.m. This is a special poetry program as local poet and nurse, Cortney Davis, reads a selection of poems from her newest book, I Hear Their Voices Singing. Judson Scruton, a favorite poetry lecturer at Wilton Library, will moderate the program with commentary and Q&A. Signed copies of Cortney’s new book will be available for purchase in advance of the program with a portion of the sales proceeds going to the library. Please contact Michael Bellacosa for payment and pick-up details at mbellacosa@wiltonlibrary.org. Online registration is required in order to receive the Zoom invitation link and the readings packet. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org for speaker details and to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Oct. 8 Police Officer Story Time Live!, 10 – 10:30 a.m. Children ages 4 and up are invited to join Wilton Police Officers for an interactive story time on Zoom. You must have an account with Zoom. Registration for this program is required. Registrants will receive an email link to the Zoom meeting prior to the program. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. For questions email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Oct. 13 Italian Cooking with Sally Maraventano, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Sally Maraventano, chef and founder of Cuciana Casalinga, a home-based Italian cooking school, shares her tips and recipes on how to make a simple fall soup and bruschetta. Sally studied Italian language and culture at Georgetown University's School of Languages and Linguistics and the University of Florence, Italy.  For more than twenty years, she has been a member of International Association of Culinary Professionals, and teaches "homestyle" Italian cooking in her adult and children's classes. Online registration required and space limited. An email requiring confirmation will be sent a few days prior to the event and the Zoom link will be sent the morning of the presentation. Questions? Please email slauricella@wiltonlibrary.org. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Oct. 14 Wilton Library Readers— Beloved, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Using Zoom, professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Beloved by Toni Morrison this month.  Space limited and registration required.  Must have a Zoom account.  An email link will be provided to all registrants a few days before the meeting.  To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Questions?  Please email kzeibak@wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Oct. 14 Zentangle Art Workshop: Zooming with Amy, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Join Amy, Wilton Library's certified Zentangle instructor, for a fun and relaxing live online Zentangle art session.  This meditative art form uses simple steps to teach practitioners how to create beautiful patterns. Suitable for anyone who doesn't believe they can draw, as well as experienced artists.  For adults and teens, ages 13+. See the library’s registration link for suggestions of supplies needed. Registration is required and space is limited. Must have a Zoom account. An email link will be provided to all registrants prior to the session. Please email slauricella@wiltonlibrary.org with any questions. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register and for program details. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Oct. 15 Online Medicare Bootcamp, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Ever wonder how to sign up for Medicare, when you are eligible, or what your options are? Please join us for an online community conversation that will provide information for those who will be signing up for Medicare in the near future. No charge. Online registration required in order to receive the Zoom invitation link. Questions: mbellacosa@wiltonlibrary.org. There will be a brief presentation by Nancy Lombard Long-Term Options Specialist and CHOICES counselor for the Southwest CT Agency on Aging. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register and for program details. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Friday, Oct. 16 CT Poetry Society Workshop –Online Zoom Meeting, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please join us online for the next CT Poetry Society workshop using Zoom. All that's required is the willingness to share some poetry that you have written by reading it aloud to the group. Poets should email a copy of their poems to Ray Rauth at rayrauth@optonline.net. He will distribute the poems to the group shortly before the session. To facilitate discussion, space is strictly limited to just 15 attendees. No charge but online registration is required. The Zoom invitation link will be emailed to registrants shortly before the event. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Oct. 19 Stitch Time for Knitters & Crocheters on Zoom, 1 – 2 p.m. Zoom session for crafters of all skill levels. Show off your latest creation, seek advice, and chat about anything while working on your own projects. Registration is required. Once you are registered, we'll email you the Zoom link. Please feel free to email cbenjamin@wiltonlibrary.org with any questions. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Monday, Oct. 19 College Q&A with Matthew Greene, 7 – 7:45 p.m. Join educational consultant, Matthew Greene, for a live Q&A session. This is a discussion about testing, deferring admission and the latest updates on the college scene.  Recommended for high school juniors and seniors and their parents. Registration is required and space is limited. Must have a Zoom account. An email link will be provided to all registrants. Questions? Please email slauricella@wiltonlibrary.org. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, Oct. 21 Are You Prepared? Social Security Strategies To Maximize Benefits & Your Retirement, 12 – 1 p.m. or 5 – 6 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn key concepts you need to know before applying for Social Security. Depending on your age, Social Security filing strategies may boost lifetime benefits and increase retirement income by tens of thousands. Presenter Michael Alimo is a registered investment advisor with 30+ years in the industry. Please visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to see speaker details and to register. Registration for either session is required in order to receive the Zoom link. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Thursday, Oct. 22 More Zooming Child-Adult Zentangle Fun, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Calling all artists and doodlers. If you love to draw or doodle but think you aren’t a good artist, this is the program for you. Using a few simple steps and techniques, anyone can learn to create beautiful artwork in a relaxing atmosphere. So join us and share some time with your favorite grownup. Whether or not you joined the first class, come join the fun. For children entering grades 3 – 6 with a participating adult. Registration is required. Please register all attendees.  Participants will be contacted to pick up supplies a few days before the program.  The Zoom link will be distributed before the session. Register online.  Please note: supplies and space are limited. We ask that patrons register only if you are sure you can attend.  Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Email alilienharper@wiltonlibrary.org with any questions. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, Oct. 24 Draw Some Monsters!, 2 – 3 p.m. Just in time for Halloween, kids in Grades 3 to 5 can participate in drawing some Classic Monsters! Rick Stromoski who visited in the summer with his very successful Cartooning program, will be returning with this virtual session. Draw creatures like the Wolfman, Dracula and Frankenstein's Monster with Rick. Registration required. This is a Zoom program so the link for the program will be sent to registrants the morning of the program. Kids should have a large pile of paper and a drawing utensil. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Questions? Email lkeogh@wiltonlibrary.org. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Oct. 27 Firefighter Story Time Live, 10 – 10:30 a.m. Children ages 4 and up are invited to join Wilton Fire Fighters for an interactive story time on Zoom. You must have an account with Zoom. Registration for this program is required, and we will send you a link to the meeting via email. For questions email aszabo@wiltonlibrary.org. To register, visit www.wiltonlibrary.org.   Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Tuesday, Oct. 27 The Cookbook Connection: A Virtual Recipe Swap, 5 – 6 p.m.This is an old-school recipe swap with a twist of virtual.  Attendees can test out new recipes or dig up old favorites, then create something yummy to virtually “show and tell” with the group.  Then everyone grabs a drink, and shares their family recipes or tells which cookbooks were used for the recipes. This session is all about soup.  Registration is required and space is limited. Must have a Zoom account. An email link will be provided to all registrants prior to the day of session. Questions? Please email slauricella@wiltonlibrary.org. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Wednesday, October 28 Wilton Reads - Book Discussion - Tales of the Jazz Age, 12 – 1:30 p.m. Professional book discussion leader Susan Boyar discusses Wilton Library's Wilton Reads 2020 selection, Tales of the Jazz Age, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Feel free to munch your lunch as we travel back to the Jazz Age! Registration required in order to receive the Zoom link. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

Saturday, October 31 Wilton Reads – F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Jazz Age with Mark Schenker, 3 – 4 p.m. Mark J. Schenker of Yale College will discuss F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life and work in the 1920s—a period he both depicted in his fiction and came to represent in his personal life—through the lens of Tales of the Jazz Age (1922). The most popular of the four short story collections published in the author’s short lifetime (1896-1940), Tales of the Jazz Age reflects the eclecticism, exuberance and experimentation of the 1920s, also called the Roaring Twenties because of the high energy and even freneticism of the decade. Mark Schenker has been at Yale College since 1990 and is currently a senior associate dean of the College and Dean of Academic Affairs. A former lecturer in the English Department at Yale, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University with a concentration in 19th-century and early 20th-century English literature. Mark is a favorite guest speaker at Wilton Library. Please see the registration link for more speaker and program details. Registration required in order to receive the Zoom link. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org to register. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton; www.wiltonlibrary.org; 203-762-3950.

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kerry@ducey.org (Wilton Library) Events Thu, 24 Sep 2020 08:30:32 -0400
Wilton Library begins in-person express services September 28 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/50621-wilton-library-begins-in-person-express-services-september-2850621-wilton-library-begins-in-person-express-services-september-28 https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/50621-wilton-library-begins-in-person-express-services-september-2850621-wilton-library-begins-in-person-express-services-september-28

With all the essential precautions now in place, Wilton Library is able to welcome people through its doors for personal services by appointment only beginning Monday, September 28.

The library building will be open for in-person express services Mondays through Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for people who wish to browse and borrow new books, Quick Pick selections, book group books, large print books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs and puzzles. The Children’s Library, Teen Services and adult internet computers also will be available by appointment during these times.

The in-house personal express service times are an addition to the drive-thru window schedule, Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., which has been open since June, and the comprehensive 24/7 Digital Library that has been fully accessible since before the pandemic.

To schedule a 20-minute long appointment or a one-hour adult computer session, patrons must call the following departments: Adult Reference and Computer Sessions – 203-762-6350, Children’s Library – 203-762-6336, and Teen Services – 203-762-6342. Reference services including reading suggestions continue to be available by emailing reference@wiltonlibrary.org, and requests for technical help with digital services may be emailed to 

, or patrons may reach the reference desk by calling 203-762-6350. New Wilton residents are welcomed to call 203-762-6334 to set up an appointment to receive their new Wilton Library cards. The application may be completed in advance on the library’s website at www.wiltonlibrary.org, click on Services, then Apply for a Library Card.

Elaine Tai-Lauria, the executive director of Wilton Library, said, “We are delighted to be welcoming people back into the library. We have been providing services and many virtual programs throughout the pandemic, and now it will be so good to see our patrons inside the library and working with them in person versus virtually.”

As the largest public service establishment in the center, there are certain protocols that have been put in place for the safety of patrons and staff alike. The library is now certified to open the building following adherence to prescribed state and local guidelines. These include Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff, service desk protective glass shields and partitions, and a touchless temperature check station at which patrons will stop before entry. Patrons and staff will be required to wear masks that cover their noses and mouths. These protocols are in addition to hand sanitizers throughout the building, and a schedule of regular disinfecting and cleaning.

Tai-Lauria continued, “It’s in everyone’s best interest to keep the library building open. We are therefore asking patrons to be mindful of signs and directions in the library, to maintain at least six feet for social distancing, to wash or sanitize hands frequently, follow staff instructions, and to please stay home if they are not feeling well.”

Changes that patrons will notice are that meeting, conference, and study rooms, study carrels and tables, the Reading Room, and the Innovation Station will remain closed for now, and patron seating has been removed. Although newspapers and print magazines are not available for reading in the library, print magazines can be reserved in the catalog and borrowed, and eMagazines can be downloaded through RB Digital with a Wilton Library card. Toys and games have been removed from the Children’s Library and computers will not be available in the Children’s Library or Teen Services to ensure safety for all.

The library will continue its robust slate of virtual programming for children, teens and adults. New fall programming can be found on the library’s website at www.wiltonlibrary.org under Events. Registration is required for all programming so that Zoom invitation links can be 

sent to participants in advance of the sessions.

Patrons can continue to place items on reserve and pick them up at the drive-thru window during open hours (Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m), or in person with an express appointment (Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Returned items still must be deposited in the blue Returns Bin in the library parking lot. Items will continue to be disinfected and quarantined for five days before being checked in. Patrons should allow six days for their accounts to be updated. Book donations are not being accepted at this time.

Tai-Lauria commented, “Our greatest wish is to open the library with full services. We are proceeding conservatively while continuing to monitor safety guidelines to make sure our procedures and protocols are working. As we see how things are progressing, we’ll determine which additional services we can offer to the public. Most importantly, we look forward to welcoming patrons into the library, and if they are not quite ready to venture in we are continuing to provide the drive-thru window service and Digital Library along with a wide variety of virtual programs.”

Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Road in the heart of Wilton Center. Visit www.wiltonlibrary.org for information or call the reference desk at 203-762-6350, Children’s Library at 203-762-6336, Teen Services at 203-762-6342. For information on new library cards, please call the circulation desk at 203-762-6334.

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Janet Crystal) Places Thu, 24 Sep 2020 06:27:28 -0400
New Initiative Provides Emergency Food Resources for Connecticut’s Food Pantries https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/50620-new-initiative-provides-emergency-food-resources-for-connecticut-s-food-pantries50620-new-initiative-provides-emergency-food-resources-for-connecticut-s-food-pantries https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/charities/50620-new-initiative-provides-emergency-food-resources-for-connecticut-s-food-pantries50620-new-initiative-provides-emergency-food-resources-for-connecticut-s-food-pantries

Governor Ned Lamont, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, and Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner Bryan P. Hurlburt today announced the launch of a new initiative to provide emergency food resources to Connecticut’s food pantries as the state continues to respond to the ongoing impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Under the initiative, food pantries in need of assistance can visit CTPantryResources.com, where they can connect to resources on food procurement and distribution, volunteer assistance, shipping and storage supports, and more.

“Our food pantries and nonprofit partners continue to be valuable resources, and we want to support them and the services they provide as much as possible,” Governor Lamont said, noting that September is National Hunger Action Month. “I encourage these organizations to visit this website and input their information so that we can connect and supply these food boxes to those in need.”

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is now utilizing the website to facilitate statewide distribution of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers-to-Families Food Boxes starting Monday, September 28 through Saturday, October 31. Interested food pantries or other parties must fill out an online form on the website to express their interest in receiving food boxes and confirm the ability to meet the following requirements:

  • Able to accept at least 9 pallets containing 576 food boxes and 3 pallets of milk containing 576 gallons;
  • Ability to unload the trailer using a pallet jack and/or forklift and/or loading dock;
  • Provide on-site point of contact to receive and/or manage distribution of boxes; and
  • Provide immediate distribution or have access to refrigerated storage.

Organizations that are unable to meet the criteria should contact their local emergency management director, who will connect them to regional coordinated efforts. [To locate regional emergency management directors, click here.]

Connecticut has been designated a high-priority area by the USDA for distribution of Famers-to-Families Food Boxes. As such, more than 30 trailer loads will be delivered per week. Each trailer will contain 1,152 food boxes with five pounds of meat, five pounds of dairy, 12 pounds of produce, and one gallon of milk.

Earlier this year, Governor Lamont tasked Commissioner Hurlburt to identify weaknesses in emergency feeding and long-term response of the food supply chain in Connecticut during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under Commissioner Hurlburt’s direction, the Connecticut Department of Agriculture collaborated with the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the five regional coordinators, and End Hunger Connecticut to develop a strategic approach to distribution of the USDA’s food boxes.

“As our team started to work with partners to better understand the challenges food pantries face, it became apparent that many were overwhelmed by the increased numbers of people they were serving as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Commissioner Hurlburt said. “We can now utilize the website to coordinate the vast amount of information in a system way that makes it easier to deliver the food and for our pantries to distribute food.”

In addition to providing the ability to sign up for food box distribution, CTPantryResources.com includes mapping tools to identify high-need areas with lack of resources. These maps can help pantries assess the potential demand they could face as unemployment benefits change and demand for food supports increase.

“Over the past few months as I’ve joined Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare in distributing food to those in need, the number of residents lining up to receive basic pantry staples reminds me of the stories my grandparents used to share about the bread lines during the Great Depression,” Lt. Governor Bysiewicz said. “As we continue to fight food insecurity in our state, our food pantries and nonprofit partners have been our boots on the ground. That’s why it’s so critical to ensure they have access to the resources needed for food procurement and distribution, volunteers, and storage, so they can continue to be a lifeline for so many families across our state.”

As Connecticut prepares to response to a potential resurgence of the virus, equipping food pantries with tools and resources to help them plan and prepare are a vital component to Connecticut’s response. However, the existing feeding programs cannot be ignored. While the website is geared toward food pantries, it also provides information for those experiencing food insecurity.

By directing those in need to 2-1-1 for immediate attention and providing links on eligibility for programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP); Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and mobile food bank schedules, residents can increase access to nutritious food.

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kerry@ducey.org (Gov. Ned Lamont) Charities Thu, 24 Sep 2020 05:13:12 -0400
Services planned for Wilton High School student who died suddenly from undetected heart condition https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/50619-services-planned-for-wilton-high-school-student-who-died-suddenly-from-undetected-heart-condition50619-services-planned-for-wilton-high-school-student-who-died-suddenly-from-undetected-heart-condition https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/50619-services-planned-for-wilton-high-school-student-who-died-suddenly-from-undetected-heart-condition50619-services-planned-for-wilton-high-school-student-who-died-suddenly-from-undetected-heart-condition

George DiRocco, a 16-year-old student at Wilton High School, died unexpectedly on September 21 from an undetected heart condition.

George was born and raised in Wilton where he played football and was a star player for the Wilton High School baseball team. A long time Dallas Cowboy and NY Mets fan. George loved to both watch and play sports with friends and family, when not playing X-box with friends or running around the yard with his beloved dogs he was making everyone in his world laugh.

George was born on August 3rd 2004 to Arthur and Deborah DiRocco. Survived by his siblings Nikolas, Arthur (R2), Victoria, and Kayla, cousins Michelle, AJ, Jenna, Tara, Michael, Aly, Bobby, Nicole, Jack, Luke, Alex, and Alyssa, as well as his countless Wilton friends.

George was a devoted friend, tremendous teammate, and the world's pickiest eater.

The funeral service will be held at Riverside Cemetery at 10:30 am Saturday, September 26th. The family will also hold a memorial service at a later date to honor George.

The Wilton Warriors Gridiron Club has set up a scholarship fund in memory of George. This scholarship will go out to a teammate who demonstrates selflessness both on and off the field, with a sense of humor that could cure any pain.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the scholarship located on the home screen of the gridiron club’s website (www.wiltonwarriorgridironclub.com). 

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kerry@ducey.org (Magner Funeral Home) Neighbors Thu, 24 Sep 2020 03:33:37 -0400
The Prospector Theater is Coming to Wilton! Want a Sneak Peek? Watch 25 Prospect Street, the Documentary https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/50618-the-prospector-theater-is-coming-to-wilton-want-a-sneak-peek-watch-25-prospect-street-the-documentary50618-the-prospector-theater-is-coming-to-wilton-want-a-sneak-peek-watch-25-prospect-street-the-documentary https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/50618-the-prospector-theater-is-coming-to-wilton-want-a-sneak-peek-watch-25-prospect-street-the-documentary50618-the-prospector-theater-is-coming-to-wilton-want-a-sneak-peek-watch-25-prospect-street-the-documentary

Construction will soon begin to bring the sparkle of The Prospector Theater to 21 River Road in Wilton! Ever wonder how the Prospector Theater came to be? Want a sneak peek of the journey we'll be taking in Wilton? Join us for a screening of 25 Prospect Street: The Documentary Film on Wednesday, September 30th at 7PM!

Prospector Theater visionary and founder Val Jensen says, "I sometimes describe this documentary as a horror movie. It’s a very honest look at how the sparkle was born. A must see if you love the mission of theater. (And we are currently filming the sequel!)"

Want to support the Prospector Wilton? Email wilton@prospectortheater.org for more information! 

Learn more about the Prospector's mission HERE.
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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 23 Sep 2020 13:56:24 -0400
Bluebird Estate Sales Warehouse OPEN and EVERYTHING Discounted Thursday thru Sunday! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/50617-redding-s-bluebird-estate-sales-warehouse-open-and-everything-discounted-thursday-thru-sunday50617-redding-s-bluebird-estate-sales-warehouse-open-and-everything-discounted-thursday-thru-sunday https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/50617-redding-s-bluebird-estate-sales-warehouse-open-and-everything-discounted-thursday-thru-sunday50617-redding-s-bluebird-estate-sales-warehouse-open-and-everything-discounted-thursday-thru-sunday

Redding's Bluebird Estate Sales Warehouse OPEN and EVERYTHING discounted Thursday, Sept. 24 through Saturday, September 26 from 10am to 3pm. The Warehouse is located at 18 Old Mill Road in Redding.

This is a giant OUTDOOR Tag Sale! The showroom is packed with furniture, decorative accessories, art, rugs, collectibles, household items and so much more from luxury homes all over Fairfield and Westchester Counties. 

Stop in and find your perfect home decor or unique gift for that special someone!
 
View photos HERE.
 
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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Places Wed, 23 Sep 2020 09:11:32 -0400
Wilton Historical Society's Virtual Fundraiser: Objects of Desire: Then & Now https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50616-wilton-historical-society-s-virtual-fundraiser-objects-of-desire-then-now50616-wilton-historical-society-s-virtual-fundraiser-objects-of-desire-then-now https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/events/50616-wilton-historical-society-s-virtual-fundraiser-objects-of-desire-then-now50616-wilton-historical-society-s-virtual-fundraiser-objects-of-desire-then-now

Objects of Desire: Then and Now A Digital Event to Benefit the Wilton Historical Society on Thursday, October 1, from  7:00 – 8:00 pm on Zoom

2020 Innovation Design Award Winner Anthony Baratta and Designer Phillip Thomas in (virtual) conversation with DJ Carey, Editorial Director, CTC&G

What are objects of desire? They are objects with stories to tell, objects that tell your story. On Thursday, October 1 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, the Wilton Historical Society will present “Objects of Desire: Then and Now”.

The Zoom event will bring together the star power of Anthony Baratta, recent winner of the prestigious Innovation Design Award and renowned designer Phillip Thomas with DJ Carey, Editor of CTC&G for a lively and informative in-depth conversation about their approach to using "objects of desire" in interior design.

The Wilton Historical Society was unable to hold its Spring 2020 fundraiser “Objects of Desire: Style for the Garden and Home”. This event was inspired by the show, which brings a carefully edited, eclectic mix of antique to vintage to mid-century to contemporary one-of-a-kind garden accents, fine furniture, accessories, found objects and art to a two-day show. Make it a party – the Gold Party Ticket includes the program and a party bag for Wilton pick up, which features Tapas for Two by Barcelona; full bottle of Donelan Family wine; a copy of Anthony Baratta’s book “Decorate Happy” and CTC&G magazine.

Both designers are adept at creating environments that incorporate objects with stories to tell, and each has an unmistakable look. Anthony Baratta's "American distinctive style" includes bold use of color and scale that honors tradition while defying predictability. "Closely studying the past pushed me into the future," he said recently about his own home renovation in a 1755 brick house in Colonial Williamsburg, which he will discuss.

Phillip Thomas's elegant and polished contemporary interiors are uplifted by his unerring feel for just the right found object to make it extraordinary. Moderator DJ Carey is the Editorial Director of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, a monthly magazine that she helped launch in 2004 celebrating the diverse design, architecture and lifestyle of the state. DJ Carey’s extensive knowledge of design, architecture, entertaining, crafts, and decorative arts contributes to success as a editor and interviewer.

About Anthony Baratta: Anthony Baratta, the king of East-Coast chic, is one of the most celebrated and respected interior designers of the day with a global following of loyal fans. His design work has graced over 70 magazine covers worldwide and he has received consistent coverage in respected shelter and media brands such as Architectural Digest, World of Interiors, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Cottages and Gardens, Veranda, Coastal Living, Luxe, and World of Interiors. His own homes have appeared in the New York Times Magazine on three separate occasions.

Baratta’s work has been celebrated in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum’s National Design Triennial: "Inside Design Now". He was named one of the Traditional Homes “20 Design Icons” and awarded Benjamin Moore’s coveted “Hue Award” for lifetime achievement in design.

Among his special collaborations, in 2018 he received a prestigious designation as Designer in Residence, at Colonial Williamsburg renovating the iconic Palmer House, (circa 1750). In addition, he had the honor of renovating the historic residence, Drumthwacket for the Governor and First Lady of New Jersey, Philip and Tammy Murphy.

Baratta, a graduate of Fordham University, has coauthored 3 books: The Exuberant Style of William Diamond and Anthony Baratta; and Diamond Baratta Design. He has just launched his newest book, “Decorate Happy-Bold Colorful Interiors” by Rizzoli this spring.

About Phillip Thomas: Phillip Thomas, Founder and Principal of Phillip Thomas Inc., follows his guiding belief that the process of creating a home should be enjoyable for all involved. A point of distinction for his firm is that the design is always about the client and that their personality is reflected in the elegant, timeless, and livable interiors. Beautiful materials and an unparalleled attention to detail are essential to a successful design project and are apparent to clients as they participate in the design process, and later, as they live in their new home.

Thomas’s work has been featured in publications including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Luxe, Mansion Global, NYC&G, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal among many others. Additionally, he has been featured in recent interior design books such as New York School of Interior Design: Home, Living in Style: Best Interior Design on the Planet, and New York Splendor: The City’s Most Memorable Rooms. In 2016 Thomas made his debut at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House designing an elegant, sophisticated, and playful room dubbed the Lady Lair that received praise from his peers and the media alike.

A graduate of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC, Thomas continued his education at the New York School of Interior Design where he received his Bachelors in Fine Arts. Thomas began his career working at the New York interior design firm, Ingrao Inc., where he honed his skills as a designer managing and overseeing the development of large-scale projects from concept to completion.

Since establishing his own firm in 2011, Thomas has worked with a wide-range of clients on projects both in the United States and internationally, and work can be found in many of the top buildings in New York City including the Dakota, 15 Central Park West, River House, and One Madison.

Phillip Thomas was Design Chair for the Wilton Historical Society’s Objects of Desire: Style for the Garden and Home show in 2018 and 2019.

About DJ Carey: DJ Carey is the Editorial Director of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. CTC&G, a monthly magazine that she helped launch in 2004, celebrates the diverse design, architecture and lifestyle of the state. Before assuming this position, she was a freelance editor for numerous national publications. Her extensive knowledge of design, architecture, entertaining, crafts, and decorative arts contributes to success as a editor and interviewer. She lives in a 19th century farmhouse in Norwalk with her husband.

Tickets:

Gold Party Ticket: $125 program plus party bag (party bag for Wilton pick up: Tapas for Two by Barcelona; full bottle Donelan Family wine; a copy of "Decorate Happy" by Anthony Baratta (value $45); and CTC&G magazine). Silver ticket: $75 program and book; Bronze ticket: $50 program

Media Sponsor: CTC&G

Visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets: www.wiltonhistorical.org  

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kerry@ducey.org (Nick Foster) Events Wed, 23 Sep 2020 07:41:42 -0400
WILWALK and REDDING Sections of Norwalk River Valley Trail a GO! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/50615-wilwalk-and-redding-sections-of-norwalk-river-valley-trail-a-go50615-wilwalk-and-redding-sections-of-norwalk-river-valley-trail-a-go https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/50615-wilwalk-and-redding-sections-of-norwalk-river-valley-trail-a-go50615-wilwalk-and-redding-sections-of-norwalk-river-valley-trail-a-go

It's a TRIFECTA!

The Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) Trifecta happened yesterday (9/21) when all legal documents to build the sections of the trail were signed and sealed.

The overdue Wilton contract was also completed!

This was not an overnight success as many years of hard work and determination went into the process.

Construction news coming soon!

Congratulations to all who made this day happen!

Learn more about NRVT and show your support for this awesome initiative HERE.


NRVT Mission:

The Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) is building 30 miles of multi-purpose trail connecting Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Connecticut, and Rogers Park in Danbury, passing through Wilton, Ridgefield, and Redding on the way. In addition to creating recreational opportunities for walkers, hikers, cyclists, kids,  & pets, the NRVT  will offer a green and healthy transportation alternative to reach rail stations, schools, offices, and businesses.

 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (NRVT) Places Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:07:39 -0400
Wilton COVID-19 Update: When Is the Right Time to Call the Town Clerk About Absentee Ballot Applications, and More! https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/50614-wilton-covid-19-update-when-is-the-right-time-to-call-the-town-clerk-about-absentee-ballot-applications-and-more50614-wilton-covid-19-update-when-is-the-right-time-to-call-the-town-clerk-about-absentee-ballot-applications-and-more https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/neighbors/50614-wilton-covid-19-update-when-is-the-right-time-to-call-the-town-clerk-about-absentee-ballot-applications-and-more50614-wilton-covid-19-update-when-is-the-right-time-to-call-the-town-clerk-about-absentee-ballot-applications-and-more

Here's the lasted on Wilton's COVID-19 data and updates via First Selectwoman, Lynn Vanderslice versus Thursday’s September 17th report: 

  • Wilton: 2 new cases. 
  • Statewide:  638 new cases. 1.1% of tests performed reported positive. 
  • Hospitalized Patients: Statewide, 7-net patient increase. Fairfield County, no change.
  • Deaths: Statewide, 7.  Fairfield County, one.

As seen across the state, the growth in Wilton cases is primarily driven by those aged 20 to 29. 

Please remember that masks are required anytime you are within 6 feet of another person, even when outside.  Please speak with your children to remind them of the requirement. We have received reports of no masks on the NRVT, in Wilton Center and at school bus stops.  We don’t want to have to issue fines. Instead, we hope residents will voluntarily wear masks for their own sake and that of the community.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

Absentee Ballots

The Town Clerk’s office has been flooded with calls from residents inquiring as to whether their absentee ballot application was received. Even with additional personnel having been hired, the time required to answer these calls has made it difficult for personnel to keep up with incoming applications.  At this point, there is no reason to call the Town Clerk’s office, as ballots can’t be mailed until October 2nd.  

You can track mailed ballots on the Secretary of State’s website.  If you submitted an application prior to October 2nd and you don’t see that the ballot was mailed by October 5th, make your inquiry then.  Applications received on or after October 2nd, must be mailed within 48 hours.  Additional information is available here.  Thank you for your cooperation. 

Executive Order 9B

Last week, Governor Lamont issued Executive 9B, which included a contradictory sentence in section 1 related to travel outside Connecticut.  The Governor issued Executive Order 9C, which repeals and replaces section 1 of Executive Order 9B.

Detailed Connecticut Case Data:

The CT Data Center reported the following for Wilton as of 8:30 p.m. September 20th and versus the dates prior to the start of Phase 1 and Phase 2:

  • 261 cases, 52 additional since June 16th and 59 since May 19th.
  • 4,135 residents tested, 2,985 since June 16th and 3,385 since May 19th
  • 5,876 tests performed, 4,424 since June 16th .
  • 42 deaths, 1 since June 16th and 5 since May 19th.

CT DPH reported the following for Fairfield County and Statewide as of 8:30 p.m. September 20th:

  • 19,848 cases, 3,467 additional since 6/16      56,024 cases, 10,595 additional since 6/16
  • 1,420 deaths, 68 additional since 6/16           4,495 deaths, 276 additional since 6/16
  • 16 hospitalized, 52 less than 6/16                   68 hospitalized, 118 less than 6/16

Help keep our numbers low, please follow the three W’s: 

  • Watch your distance
  • Wear a mask/face covering when you can’t maintain 6 feet of distance
  • Wash your hands

If you have any questions, please email me at lynne.vanderslice@wiltonct.org.  

 

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kerry@ducey.org (HH) Neighbors Tue, 22 Sep 2020 06:03:52 -0400
Wilton's Rising Starr Rescues Horses From Slaughter & Abuse https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/50613-wilton-s-rising-starr-rescues-horses-from-slaughter-abuse50613-wilton-s-rising-starr-rescues-horses-from-slaughter-abuse https://news.hamlethub.com/wilton/places/50613-wilton-s-rising-starr-rescues-horses-from-slaughter-abuse50613-wilton-s-rising-starr-rescues-horses-from-slaughter-abuse

Wilton, CT - Fairfield HamletHub's attention has been steered to Rising Starr Horse Rescue, a remarkable non-profit organization that works to rescue America’s horses from slaughter and abuse.

The group moved to Wilton from Redding in December 2019. Due to the pandemic, all of its big fundraising events were canceled. Not to be discouraged, the group took things in a virtual direction, teaming up with Savannah Giammarco (former Miss CT Teen) and Sweeney Photography in CT to create a video of “Who we are @ Rising Starr”. The video will be launched on Rising Starr's social media platforms and website on September 23 after its premiere party that same evening.

Learn more about this compassionate group at www.risingstarrhorserescue.org, which offers riding lessons, trail rides, special programs for Veterans and education on responsible horse ownership. 

 

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kerry@ducey.org (Kat Palmer ) Places Mon, 21 Sep 2020 12:09:28 -0400