SilverSource Golf Committee Chair is Bill Hennessey

By Silversource,

STAMFORD, CT - Stamford resident Bill Hennessey will chair the 18th Annual SilverSource Charity Golf Outing, to be held on Monday, June 11 at Rockrimmon Country Club.

A long-time SilverSource supporter and an active player, Bill and his wife, Jevera, were the 2014 SilverSource tournament honorees. This year, the event will recognize First CountyBank, its Foundation and Chairman and CEO, Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr.

“It’s a wonderful honor to be chairing this committee,” Hennessey said. “Our community is fortunate to have this organization to look after seniors that need help. The demand for the services SilverSource provides is growing, and I encourage everyone to support this event.”

Additional members of the committee include Ernest N. Abate, Esq., Jerry Berkman, Ellen Bromley, Robert Goldstein, John J. Louizos, Esq., Michael Mezzapelle, Kate Mulvany and John Schule.

The tournament is a major annual fundraiser for SilverSource, with all proceeds supporting the SilverSource Elderly Housing Stability Program, elder eviction protection and the Ride To Wellness Medical Transportation Program. Last year the event raised over $90,000 for our older neighbors in need.

Bill Hennessey is a partner at the law firm of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, and has practiced in Stamford for over 30 years in the fields of real estate and land use.

Tickets are now on sale. Golfers will enjoy a fun day of world-class golf and receive a complimentary pre-tournament brunch, unlimited beverages, a post-tournament reception, a seated dinner and opportunities to win exciting prizes. Non-golfers may attend the post-tournament reception and dinner. Visit for details and registration.

SilverSource would like to thank its generous sponsors, including First County Bank; Building and Land Technology; Bartlett Tree Experts; Stamford Health; Cacace, Tusch & Santagata; David’s Soundview Catering; Kilbourne & Tully, P.C.; Lapine; KAF Manufacturing Inc.; Curtis, Brinckerhoff & Barrett; RVDI; Magna Construction; Reckson; Mezzapelle & Associates, LLC; Shop Rite; PR&M; AA Hearing Aid Center; Carmody, Torrance, Sandak, Hennessey LLP; media sponsor Stamford Magazine/Moffly Media and hole in one sponsor

SilverSource was founded in 1908. It is an independent, nonprofit foundation that advocates for older adults and provides case management, emergency financial assistance, and other services to positively improve the quality of life for people over age 60. In addition, SilverSource is an information resource center and referral source for older adults and their families. SilverSource, Inc., is a 501(c) 3, is located at 2009 Summer Street in Stamford, CT 06905. For more information visit or call 203.324.6584.

HCC Commencement Celebrates Class of 2018

By HAN Network,

The 716 members of the Housatonic Community College (HCC) Class of 2018 will celebratetheir graduation on Thursday, May 24 when the college holds its annual 

Commencement Ceremony starting at 5 p.m. in the Webster Bank Arena.

The most popular majors in the Class of 2018 include behavioral and social sciences, business, criminal justice, general studies, advanced manufacturing machine technology, early childhood inclusive education and general studies.

“I am extremely proud of our graduates,” said HCC President, Paul Broadie II. “Their hard work and perseverance has paid off and I know they will be successful as they venture out to higher degrees and careers. I also commend the HCC faculty and staff who support our students and whose work has distinguished the college at the national level. Their commitment to the mission and values of the college makes all the difference.”

This year’s commencement ceremonies will include new honors to be conferred by President Broadie on two distinct community leaders. Joseph M. Carbone, president and CEO of The WorkPlace Inc., who will receive the President’s Award for Community Leadership, and Juanita T. James, president and CEO of the Fairfield County Community Foundation who will be awarded an Honorary Degree.

Carbone has been president and chief executive officer of the Bridgeport-based WorkPlace Inc. since 1996. The WorkPlace serves southwestern Connecticut as its workforce development board, helping workers train and prepare for meaningful careers and strengthening the workforce for the region’s employers. Previously chief of staff to New Haven Mayor Biagio DiLieto, Carbone rebranded the WorkPlace as a competitive business enterprise rather than a traditional non-profit. Since 1996 the agency has raised in excess of $120 million in public funding, business and foundation grants and fee-for-services enterprises in support of workforce-development programming.

Named by Savoy Magazine among the “Power 300 — Most Influential Black Corporate Directors, ”Juanita T. James is president and CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. Formerly, she was Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Pitney Bowes Inc. Prior to Pitney Bowes, Juanita built a progressive 20-year career in the media and entertainment industry with Time Warner, Inc. and Bertelsmann, Inc. She is currently a Director of the Asbury Automotive Group, one of the nation’s largest automobile retailers, and previously was a Director of the Rouse Company. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors; CF Leads; and the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. In her community leadership role, she is a Corporator for First County Bank; a Trustee of Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where she chairs the Academic Affairs Committee; and a Trustee Emerita of Princeton University.

Elizabeth Figueroa, HCC alumna (2015) and local media personality, will deliver the keynote address. Figueroa is co-producer and host of the youth radio talk program “Ain’t No Stopping’ Us Now,” which airs on radio station WNLK (1350 AM) in Norwalk. She is a graduate of the University of Miami (Fla.) with a B.S. in broadcast journalism and has worked with Telemundo, Miami and Fox News, New York City where she assisted reporters with scripts, filming and content research.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 203-332-5191.

Pop In To A Pop Up Show by the Westport Artists Collective on June 6

By Leslie LaSala, Fairfield's HamletHub

Westport, CT - Pop in to a Pop Up show by the Westport Artists Collective on Wednesday, June 6 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Westport Arts Center. The Pop Up is free and open to the public, and will be on view through Saturday, June 9. The Pop Up can also be previewed during the day on June 6.

The Westport Artists Collective Pop Up shows are a reflection of Westport’s creative heritage and are wildly popular events. The Arts Center opens its space to the Collective three times each year, allowing local artists to showcase their work, and the entire community to show its support.

The Pop Up includes a diverse range of works by fifteen artists in the Artists Collective, selected by the participants in the November 2017 Pop Up event.

Selected artists include Ginny Awn, Tom Berntsen, Louise Cadoux, Larry Gordon, Kerry Heftman, Gail Ingis-Claus, Karen Kalkstein, Elisa Keogh, Fruma Markowitz, Kathy Nolan, Marjorie Poe, Delores Santoliquido, Anthony Santomauro, Guy Sealy, and Sherri Wolfgang.

Tammy Winser, a founding member of the Westport Artists Collective, stated, “A fun, lively time is coming your way at the Collective Pop Up. You can check out diverse artwork from a fresh crop of our artists, and there’s always a chance of the unexpected ‘find,’ so it’s definitely worth it to pop in.”

The Westport Artists Collective will also host an Artists Talk at the Westport Arts Center on Saturday, June 9 at 3 p.m. The Artists Talk is free and open to the public. Attendees will gain a behind-the-scenes perspective from several of the Pop Up artists, who will discuss their influences, techniques and works.

The Westport Artists Collective has quickly grown to include 150 members who come together monthly to discuss and develop dynamic art experiences. It serves as a base for Westport Arts Center’s artist members, bringing exciting Pop Up shows and other unique art events to the Arts Center and Fairfield County.

For more information on the Pop Up or the Westport Artists Collective, contact the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070 or visit

About the Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Critical Mix; Delamar Southport; Design Within Reach; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County Hunt Club; 4th Row Films; First County Bank Foundation; GWAY Print Solutions; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; Halloran & Sage LLP; The Hofstetter Baron Group; Hotel Zero Degrees; Moffly Media; Newman's Own Foundation; Northeast Tent; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Tito's Handmade Vodka; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Now; Wiggin and Dana LLP; WPKN and WSHU Public Radio Group. The Westport Arts Center operates with the support of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

Dancing with the Stars event in Stamford Rocks with Marriage Proposal

By Curtain Call,

Amidst noise-makes, placards and banners akin to the state-wide Democratic nominating convention held the same day, a crowd of more than 900 jumped to its feet in appreciation of 11 community leaders stepping out of their comfort zones at Curtain Call's Dancing With The Stars on Saturday, May 19. And the dancing was not the only thing that garnered cheers!

Melisa Viggiano, a kindergarten teacher from KT Murphy School, along with her professional dance partner, James Calixte, from Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich, danced with a child-like exuberance and
received the JUDGES' CHOICE AWARD (female division) at Curtain Call's 11th annual fundraiser held at the Palace Theatre, Stamford.

Erik Zeiss, the bow-tied bartender from Sign of the Whale restaurant, tended to the crowd's needs as he and his professional dance partner, Lauren Nicole Sherwood from Diva Star Productions, received the JUDGES' CHOICE AWARD (male division).

Zeiss also stunned the crowd – and his girlfriend, Stacey DiMattio - by proposing marriage from stage at the end of his routine. She said yes!

Tracey Sposi Downey, from U.S. Home Solutions, styled her own win by taking home the PEOPLES' CHOICE AWARD with her professional dance partner, Cuong Nguyen, an Arthur Murray instructor.

Thomas Carlucci, Senior Director, International Television, WWE, and his professional partner, Linda Cicero from Dance on the DL, received the FRIENDRAISER AWARD for having the greatest number of supporters involved with Curtain Call's annual event. Carlucci's performance put a strangle hold on the loudly cheering, ecstatic crowds.

"Each year I am totally overwhelmed by the community's support for this event," said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call's executive director. "With so many arts organizations locally and nationally struggling financially, we know how very fortunate we are to keep our lights burning," he said. Ursone acknowledged the incredible community support that keeps the organization growing throughout the year, but singled out all of the dance professionals (and their studio owners) who contribute hundreds of hours of free lessons to prepare for this event.

"Many of our professional partners have been with us for several years, but no studio has provided as much support as Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich," Ursone said. This year studio owners Christine Georgopulo and Iraida Volodina provided six instructors for the event - more than half of all the professionals involved. "Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich has been an incredible partner with us for many, many years and we are very grateful for their dedicated and creative support," Ursone said.

With arts funding at the State level having been greatly reduced over the past several years, leaving funding gaps for many local arts organizations, Curtain Call needs special events like this to keep budgets in the black. Funds raised help Curtain Call maintain its year round programming which include many youth-related educational programs in addition to full-scale theatrical productions.

For this year's event, in addition to Carlucci, Downey, Viggiano and Zeiss, other participants included Nadia Fiorita, Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist, The Riverwalk Group, and her professional partner, Ricardo Sopin, Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich; Chris Fry, Chief Distribution Mechanic, Eversource and his professional partner, Kimberly Charles, Latin Moves Dance Studio; Josephine Furlin, Manager of The Vault at The Saks Shops Greenwich and her professional partner, Billy Blanks, Jr., Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich; Stephen Maggiola, Counsel, CT Attorneys Title Insurance Co. and his professional partner, his daughter, Julia Maggiola, a Curtain Call Choreographer; Willard Miley, SVP, Director of Retail Banking, First County Bank, and his professional partner, Katie Arbulu, Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich; Lisa Saba-Price, Principal, Newfield Elementary School, and her professional partner, Justin Allen, Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of Greenwich; Meredith Scheine, Owner, Chocolate Works of Darien, and her professional partner, Bob Blank, Latin Moves Dance Studio.

Patterned after the hit television show, this was the 10th year Curtain Call's Dancing with the Stars fundraiser was held at The Palace Theatre. The event featured behind the scenes video footage of the couples in rehearsal in addition to their live performances and commentaries by a panel of judges.

This fun-filled fundraiser began at UConn Stamford with a cocktail party feting all of the dancers. A wide array of food and beverage were provided by Chocolate Works, Columbus Park Trattoria, David's Soundview Catering, DiMare Pastry Shop, Flinders Lane, Granola Bar, Judy's Bar and Kitchen, Marcia Selden Catering, Myrna's Kitchen, Nikki Glekas Events, Parkway Diner, Riko's Pizza, Sign of the Whale, Some Things Fishy Catering, Sushi Village, Sweet Lisa's Exquisite Cakes, The Water's Edge at Giovanni's Westfair Productions, CDI, Crystal Rock, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits and Heineken USA.

Co-chairs for the event were Nikki Glekas and JoAnn Latorraca. Each was a volunteer Star Dancer at a prior dancing stars event. Chair emeritus, Jami Sherwood said "Dancing in 2008 was such an incredible experience...I never thought I would have so much fun doing this. It has made getting each year's line-up of volunteer Star Dancers psyched, very easy," she added. Latorraca said "Each of our volunteer dancers, amateur and professional alike, were completely committed to this event and that made our jobs so much easier." Glekas was responsible for corralling her colleagues in the hospitality industry to provide the incredible array of food and drink offered each year at the pre-show cocktail party.

We hope to make each year's event even bigger and better." Ursone said, noting that many new civic leaders have already come forth volunteering to participate next year. "I can't wait to see next year's line-up of Star Dancers, but one won't be me" he added with a smile. "And, they've got some pretty big dancing shoes to fill, too," he said.

"A major part of this event is the video component" Ursone said. Volunteers, David Klein and William Squier masterminded the production of the videos that showed the dancers laughing at themselves through the rehearsal process. Judges for the event included Jimmy Locust, owner, Locust Performing Arts Center, Maureen Pavia, director, Dancing Classrooms, and Broadway veteran actor and a long-time Curtain Call director, performer and theatre educator, Amiee Turner.

"Planning for this year's event started the day after we held our last event," said Sherwood. Other committee members included Diane Arditti, Jeff Brandi, Bob Callahan, Lynne Colatrella, Sonia Sotire Malloy, Lori Mercede, Tom Ormond, Bill Squier, Jan Ursone, Lou Ursone and Gail Yudain. "Our board, staff and a large group of amazing volunteers continue to make this event the premier special event in the area each year," Ursone said. More than 50 volunteers were on hand to make this event flow smoothly.

"As a life-long Stamford resident and member of the arts community here, I can't tell you how exciting it is to see this outpouring of support from our community to help keep our community theatre strong," Ursone said. Beginning in September 2018, Curtain Call will kick off its 28th season with the Broadway smash, MAMMA MIA! Since 1972, live theatrical productions have been presented at Sterling Farms, the home of Curtain Call since 1992.

Curtain Call is the nonprofit community-based theatre company in residence at the Sterling Farms complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and workshops are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre as well as outdoors on the great lawn for its annual Shakespeare on the Green presentations. Curtain Call was voted Fairfield County's BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP 10 years in a row in the Annual Readers' Poll of The Fairfield County Weekly as well as BEST LOCAL THEATRE and BEST PERFORMING ARTS GROUP by Stamford Plus magazine and Stamford Magazine, respectively, for the past several years. Curtain Call also received The Governor's Award for Excellence in Culture and Tourism - 2011. And, in 2016, won the ACE Award for excellence from the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. In a statewide Facebook poll in August 2012, Curtain Call was the state's favorite theatre site.

For more information on upcoming shows, workshops and daytime summer youth programs, call 203-329-8207x11 or go online to

Stamford Local Sports Roundup May 20

By Stamford Advocate




Clairol 6, Carpentry 2: Clairol’s Shaun Donawa shut down Carpentry Unlimited’s bats for four innings (eight Ks) and collected two singles at the plate in a 6-2 win on May 12. Matt Feeny led the Clairol offense (two hits, three RBI) while Blake Cortell(sac bunt) and Tim Wong (RBI) had key at-bats. Andrew Lanzillotti had a RBI double and Nico Seitaridis added two hits for Carpentry.

Clairol 16, RMS 6: Matt Feeny’s three-hit, four-RBI day paced Clairol in a 16-6 victory over RMS Companies on May 10. Joe Colon (three RBI), Shaun Donawa (two doubles, three RBI), Ryan Tonghini and Andrew Wong each had two hits and Luke Goodreds added (single, two RBI) for the winners. Andrew Thompson (triple), Colin Sasser (RBI) and Matthew Fleming (hit, RBI) led the RMS offense.

Haggerty 14, Carpentry 8: Justin Fuchs (three hits) and Jake Frattaroli (two hits, three RBI) led the Haggerty Pools offense as it defeated Carpentry Unlimited, 14-8 on May 9. Sean Jones and Bruce Rutherford pitched well for Haggerty. Carpentry received key hits from Connor Hoch, Aidan McGrath and Nick Cannon.


In a May 15 stroke play event for the 18 Holers, in A Flight, Jeanette Chagaris (81) was low gross. In B Flight, MaryAnn DeRosa (101) was low gross while Rhea Plotnick (74) was low net.

In C Flight, Marie McLoughlin (116) was low gross while Joan James (78) was low net.

In a May 15 event for the 9 Holers, Geri Genovese was 1st low net followed by Jean Docimo. Lillian Novotney was low putts.



In a May 11-13 Stableford weekend event, in A Flight, Rob Colucci (25 points) was the winner followed by Justin Valenti (21), Marc Romano (19) and Mike Fitzpatrick (19). Ron Russo Jr. (78) was low gross.

In B Flight, Tom Yates (19 points) was the winner. Chris O’Connell (18), Al Perillo (16) and Joe Terenzio (15) were next. Terry O’Connell (92) was low gross.


In a May 11-13 Stroke Play weekend event, in A Flight, Mike Szemenyei (79) was low gross score followed by Jamie Russo(83) and Jeff Mayfield (84). Ralph Vitti (74) was low net score just ahead of Kevin Behan (75), Seizo Mazer (76) and George Arias (77).

In B Flight, Doug Jamieson (81) was low gross with Ron Spitzberg (82) next. Billy Lombardo (69) was low net score followed by Lenny Canora (71), Bob Fogel (72) with Peter Szemenyei, Bill Morris and Howard Kraus all at 76.

In C Flight, Bill Kreussling (84) was low gross score. Pete Silver and Wade Rocco checked in at 90. David Moskowitz (69) was low net followed by Peter Benoliel (71), Larry Holzman (74) and Steve Rossi (74).


The 18th Annual SilverSource Charity Golf tournament will take place on Monday, June 11th at Rockrimmon Country Club, and raises funds to prevent homelessness among older adults and also funds the Ride to Wellness transportation program for seniors. The event recognizes First County Bank, its Foundation and Reyno A. Giallongo Jr., Chairman and CEO.

Register online by June 1. Fee for individual golfers is $350, foursomes are $1,400. Includes brunch, a round of golf, unlimited beverages, a post-tournament reception and a seated dinner, plus chances to win prizes and auction items. Visit to register.

To be part of Stamford Local Sports Roundup, please email the information to

Darien Chamber of Commerce to Offer Cybersecurity Talk

By Darien Times

The Darien Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the fourth annual Best Practices Business Panel Discussion on Wednesday, May 16, in the Darien Library’s community room.

This year’s topic will be “Cybersecurity: Don’t be a victim.” The DCC has pulled together experts from banking, technology, legal and insurance to be on the panel. The discussion will be moderated by Jack Horner of Merrill Lynch, DCC chairman of the board. The panelists are: Mark Rosenbloom, vice president and manager of Cash Management Systems, First County Bank; Gary Feldman, founder of U.S. Computer Connection; Sherwin Yoder, partner with Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, LLP; Mark Schulz, vice president at CyberProtection Package Program and Victor O. Schinnerer & Co.

The event is free to the public. The discussion is Q&A format. Attendees are asked to arrive between 5:15 and 5:35 p.m. to submit questions; the discussion will begin at 5:45 and last until about 6:30. The panelists will be available after and there will be time for networking. Whether for personal or business protection, this is event will provide attendees with valuable information to protect their information, investments, and business. Extra library parking is available on Thorndal Circle.

For more information, go to

Moffly Media’s 10th Annual Women in Business Conference May 16 at Greenwich Country Club

By Sarah I. Bamford

Moffly Media’s 10th Annual “Women in Business” Conference May 16th 8:45 am- 2:30 pm

Moffly Media is proud to announce their 10th Annual Women In Business: Women, Wealth & Wisdom Conference featuring a brand new full-day program. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, May 16th at the Greenwich Country Club from 8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. This exciting spring event will feature an all-day forum for professional women and women business owners to gain knowledge and skills relevant to their business, mingle and network, share expertise and explore best practices and new opportunities.

More than 300 women are expected to attend this exclusive event which will feature a welcome breakfast, interactive sponsor sessions covering a variety of topics, a networking lunch, keynote speaker and Women of Influence Awards Ceremony. Directly following the grab and go breakfast, guests will attend exciting and informative sessions provided by this year’s presenting sponsors.

This year’s presenting sponsors include First County Bank; NicholsMD of Greenwich; Pullman & Comley, LLC; Darby Fox, Child & Adult Family Therapist; and Atria Senior Living.

This year's sessions include “Personal Branding & Authentic Messaging”, presented by First County Bank’s Sara Tucker and Sandra Greer with Special Guest Suzanne Stillwell from Jade Marketing Solutions; “Looking Your Best at Any Age” presented by NicholsMD of Greenwich’s Dr. Kim Nichols; “Legal Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs” presented by Pullman & Comley Attorneys' Nancy A.D. Hancock, Karen Jeffers and Megan Carannante; and "Shifting the Parenting Perspective: How to Bridge the Gap with Your Adolescent and Enjoy Raising Your Teenager" presented by Darby Fox, Child, and Adult Family Therapist.

This year’s Signature Sponsors include Cadillac of Greenwich, Exhale Barre and Yoga Studio, ASHA by Ashley McCormick, and Zwikker and Zacher Fine Jewelry. Directly following our featured speaker seminars will be a Luncheon and Keynote Presentation by Emilie Rubinfeld, President of Carolina Herrera. The event will conclude with an awards presentation hosted by former News 12 Connecticut’s Emmy Award-winning anchor Rebecca Surran.

This year’s Women of Influence honorees include:

CorporateLeader: Alisa Bahl, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Clinical Solutions, OptumHealth

Women’s Business Advocate: Tracy Chadwell, Founding Partner, 1843 Capital

Entrepreneurs of the Year: Flavia Cattan-Naslausky and Camilla Gazal, Coowners of Zaniac Greenwich and Co-CEOs of Summit 7 Holdings, LLC

These four honorees have been nominated and chosen by their peers as women business leaders who innovate and succeed in their area of expertise. Moffly Media will donate a portion of the event's ticket proceeds to the Breast Cancer Alliance, whose core mission is to improve survival rates and quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment, and cure.

Additional event sponsors include Whispering Angel Rose, Mountain Valley Spring Water, Winston Flowers, Greenwich Property Management, Private Staff Group, and Coxe & Graziano Funeral Home.

This event will include a special Grand Prize drawing for the ASHA Essentials Package: jewelry and accessories that can take you from the beach to the boardroom! This year's Grand Prize is provided by ASHA by Ashley McCormick and is valued at $2,500.

Full Day Conference tickets are available for $130 (which includes continental breakfast and lunch) or the Luncheon, Keynote &Awards Ceremony tickets for $80. Tickets can be purchased directly at Moffly Media publishes six titles: Greenwich Magazine, Stamford Magazine, New Canaan-Darien Magazine, Westport Magazine, Fairfield Living Magazine and At Home in Fairfield County.

Their titles span Fairfield County and are a trusted authority on the area and its citizens. Moffly Media’s publications highlight the excellence, integrity, grace, and altruism of these extraordinary communities. Moffly Media takes their commitment to personal and civic responsibility seriously and consistently meets the high standards of the communities they serve. For more information, please visit their website at

Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson to Attend Liberation Programs Groundbreaking Thursday

By Darien Times,

On Thursday, May 3 at 1 p.m., Liberation Programs will break ground on an 11,000 square foot health and wellness center, expanding and enhancing the agency’s array of services for the treatment of substance use and mental health disorders. Included in the expansion will be key recovery-oriented options such as vocational assistance, domestic violence and sexual assault help, and family therapy, all under one roof. The new center will help increase access at a time when it is urgently needed in our community.

At a time when the population of Connecticut is experiencing record-breaking deaths in Connecticut due to overdose, Liberation Programs, one of Fairfield County’s leading behavioral health organizations specializing in addiction and recovery, is expanding access to life-saving treatment. “Even when people make the decision to regain control of their lives,” says Liberation’s CEO Alan Mathis, “there just aren’t enough places to get qualified, expert treatment. We can’t stand by and allow any more members of our community to die needlessly.”

“We at Liberation will be honoring Jayme Stevenson as the recipient of the 2018 Spirit of Hope Award that will be conferred on June 7 for her many past contributions to the cause of lifelong recovery and for her support in building the Health & Wellness Center in Bridgeport. Jayme has been a staunch supporter of Liberation Programs for more than a decade working quietly behind the scenes to ensure that all people irrespective of race, gender, or socio-economic status have access to addiction treatment and mental health services,” Mathis said.

Other invited guests, with a history of supporting the agency and recovery services throughout the state, include: Senator Chris Murphy, Congressman Jim Himes; Senator Richard Blumenthal, Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim; Stamford Mayor David Martin, and Reyno Giallongo, Jr., First County Bank chairman and CEO.


Athletes of all levels invited to register for 11th annual Navigators KIC IT Races June 23 and 24 at Cummings Beach in Stamford

By Tracey Blackman, Cos Cob's HamletHub

Athletes of all levels are invited to register for the 11th annual Navigators KIC IT Races, which will be held June 23 and 24 at Cummings Beach in Stamford, Connecticut. The Navigators Stamford KIC IT Races raise awareness and funds for 40-year old Kids In Crisis, a free emergency shelter and 24-hour crisis counseling resource for Fairfield County children and families.

“Fundraising remains critical for our agency, as we continue helping vulnerable children and their families navigate difficult times,” said Kids In Crisis Executive Director Shari Shapiro. “We encourage athletes to consider fundraising and those who do receive exclusive gifts and discounted or free entry as a small token of our gratitude.”

The popular kid’s triathlon will 'kic' off at 8a on Saturday, and is open to children ages 6-15. 10:15a begins the 5K for all ages, self-seeded by athletic ability. On Sunday, triathletes can participate in Relay, Sprint or Olympic races, beginning at 7a. All race courses have been modified for 2018 by Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF), the non-profit race production company operating the events.

“We don’t want the term Triathlon to scare anyone away” says Alon Marom of Kids In Crisis. “While we do have plenty of highly skilled athletes participating, we also invite beginners, relay racers and families to join in!”

Fees vary by race, and relay teams, as well as individual participants, are encouraged to register. Athletes who register as a “Fundraiser” will receive free or discounted registration, VIP Parking on race day, prime racking spots, upgraded goody bags, a high-end half-zip pullover and much, much more! Fundraising athletes are eligible to win great prizes that have included round-trip airline tickets on Jetblue, a 3-night-stay at the Navigators Corporate Apartment, and a brand new road or triathlon bike!

“Athletes can expect course updates and operational tweaks to ensure an enjoyable race,” said Race Director Josh Miller of HMF. “In particular, we’ve adjusted the single loop bike course for the Sprint Triathlon and the double-loop for the Olympic distance. We hope everyone’s experience with us exceeds expectation!”

The Navigators Stamford KIC IT Race Series has quickly become one of the area’s premier multi-level sporting events and, at the same time, one of the most fun-filled, family-friendly experiences around.

A special thanks to your generous sponsors including; Navigators, Gen Re, Shoff Darby, Boeing, GE Capital Aviation Services, WomanScape, First County Bank, Moffly media, News-12, ACME, Rise Coffee, Danny’s Cycle, Timex, School of Rock, and The Ritzy Chickens. Sponsorships still available, please call 203-622-6556 for more information.

Visit for details and to register.


Fairfield to Sponsor Workshop for Small Business Owners, May 1

By Andrea Flynn

Fairfield, CT – The Town of Fairfield’s Department of Community & Economic Development, in partnership with the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, will offer a free workshop on Tuesday, May 1st, aimed at helping small business owners get the most out of their marketing dollars and increase their business opportunities. The workshop, which coincides with National Small Business Week, will be led by Valeria Bisceglia, Business Advisor at the Connecticut Small Business Development Center.

Business owner attendees can expect to learn more about how to articulate a distinctive value proposition to their target markets and how to craft the right messaging in order to increase the effectiveness of their marketing efforts. In this highly interactive workshop, participants will also discuss customer segments, identifying and cultivating the ideal customer and messaging that speaks to different customer types.

The workshop will be held at the Fairfield Regional Fire Training School, located at 205 Richard White Way in Fairfield. The program will begin at 8:00 a.m., and is expected to last about an hour with time allotted for questions. Sign-in and informal networking will commence a half-hour before at 7:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of First County Bank.

“Small business owners face a myriad of challenges to their ability to grow their business, and having a thorough understanding of their customers is obviously critical to their success, stated Director of Economic Development Mark Barnhart. “We are delighted to be co-sponsoring this workshop on a topic of much import to our small business community,” he added.

The program is free of charge, but advanced registration is encouraged as space is limited. To register, please go to For further information, contact Mark Barnhart, Director of Community & Economic Development, at (203) 256-3120 or or Beverly Balaz at the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce at (203) 255-1011 or

Small businesses remain vital to our economic well-being. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses create two out of every three new jobs in the country each year, and more than half of Americans either own or work for small businesses. National Small Business Week has been celebrated each year since 1963 as a way to recognize the critical contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners to the U.S. economy.

The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) offers expert assistance at no cost to entrepreneurs and small business owners. CTSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and the University of Connecticut.

Winners Announced of WAC's High School Student Art Exhibition

By Leslie LaSala

Westport, CT - The Westport Arts Center is excited to announce the high school student artists selected for the Tracy Sugarman Award and the People’s Choice Award in its fourth annual High School Student Art Exhibition, currently on view through June 2, 2018.

Staples High School senior Lilianna Giaume of Westport, CT was chosen as the recipient of the Tracy Sugarman Award for her oil painting, The Caw of Mutiny, an interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven. The Tracy Sugarman Award was given to the Juror’s Choice for best submission among Westport students.

Staples High School sophomore Maise Prince of Westport, CT won the People’s Choice award for her charcoal on paper work, Fro, featuring a student in her art class. The public was invited to vote for their favorite work between March 23 and April 19.

A third award, the Sontag Advisory “Best In Show” Award, will be announced in a separate ceremony.

Elizabeth Gorayeb served as the juror for the high school exhibition and selected the Tracy Sugarman Award and Sontag Advisory “Best In Show” winners.

Gorayeb is the Executive Director of the Wildenstein Plattner Institute, Inc., a non-profit art historical research foundation based in New York. For nearly two decades, Gorayeb has specialized in art historical research on the provenance and attribution of works of art. She is also the curator for the Handmade: Women Reshaping Contemporary Art exhibition, also on view at the Arts Center through June 2.

Of the High School Student Art Exhibition, Gorayeb stated, “Over all, the works submitted for consideration evidence a sensitivity and patience that is not always attributed to this fast-paced generation. The fact that these students chose to represent the world around them, in some cases with painstaking detail and careful observation, speaks to the craving that we all have during the digital age to connect.”

The high school Call For Entries was open to students throughout Fairfield County. Westport residents and/or students that attend a Westport High School were eligible for the Tracy Sugarman Award.

Selected high school artists include:

  • Noah Anderson, Stratford
  • Sina Baykal-Rollins, Westport
  • Arianna Berman, Weston
  • William Besgen III, New Canaan
  • Isabella Christian, Shelton
  • Shannon Cobaugh, Derby
  • Charlotte Cohen, Westport
  • Noelia De Jesus, Norwalk
  • Aidan Delgass, Westport
  • Sophie Dinitz, Westport
  • Hesper Du, Fairfield
  • Tiffany Ferreira, Bridgeport
  • Lily Fine, Stamford
  • Lilianna Giaume, Westport (Tracy Sugarman Award)
  • Savannah Gonzalez, Redding
  • Diana Hoffman, Westport
  • Mary Joyce, New Canaan
  • Saige Kanik, Westport
  • Roman Khystan, Stamford
  • Sarah Klein, Old Greenwich
  • Emerson Kobak, Westport
  • Alexa Kripke, Weston
  • Serena Ladouceur, Stamford
  • Sophie Lewis, Fairfield
  • Kathryn Martinez, Stratford
  • Catherine Massa, Redding
  • Madeline McHale, Westport
  • Quinn McMahon, Westport
  • Whitney O’Reardon, Westport
  • Alexa Policano, Weston
  • Olivia Porretta, Westport
  • Maise Prince, Westport (People’s Choice Award)
  • Ben Roland, WestportDestini Smith, Stamford
    Paige Stein, New Canaan
  • Vicki Stuart, Fairfield
  • David Tran, Stratford

For more information on the exhibitions, or other student events and classes, please contact the Westport Arts Center at 203.222-7070 or visit

About the Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Anthropologie & Co.; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; Bernstein Private Wealth Management; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Critical Mix; Delamar Southport; Design Within Reach; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County Hunt Club; 4th Row Films; First County Bank Foundation; GWAY Print Solutions; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; Hotel Zero Degrees; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover/Jaguar of Fairfield; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Northeast Tent; Serena & Lily; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Steven Mancini Salon; Success Printing & Mailing; Teich Gardens; Tito's Handmade Vodka; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Now; Westport Resources, a division of United Capital; WPKN and WSHU Public Radio Group. The Westport Arts Center operates with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at (203) 222-7070 or The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.

Call for Entries for WAC's Summer Member Show

By Leslie LaSala, Fairfield's HamletHub

Westport, CT - The Westport Arts Center announces its Call For Entries for SELECTS 2018, our twelfth annual summer member artist exhibition.The exhibition will be juried by Joe Amrhein and Susan Swenson of Pierogi Gallery (NYC), arguably known as one of the most prominent established galleries dedicated to emerging artists. Joe Amrhein is the co-owner/director of Pierogi Gallery (NYC) and The Boiler (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) and Susan Swenson is co-owner of Pierogi Gallery and co-founder and editor of Pierogi Press.

Submissions are due by May 16, 2018.

Amanda Innes, the Westport Arts Center’s Executive Director, stated, “Over the years, we have had the pleasure of working with notable museum curators, art critics, and gallerists. This year, we have invited our friends from Pierogi Gallery – Joe Amrhein and Susan Swenson – and we couldn’t be happier to bring them to Westport. We all are eager to see the exhibition come together under their direction.”

“Within the world of contemporary art dealers, Joe and Susan stand out for their dedication to representing mid-career and emerging artists. As a result of their commitment to working artists, Pierogi’s loyal following of collectors and curators seek out their installations at Basel, Frieze, and The Armory art fairs, in addition to their gallery locations in Brooklyn or the Lower East Side,” she added.

The member exhibitions are one way in which the Arts Center celebrates the artistic talent and diversity of its artist members. Now in its twelfth year, the summer member exhibition is designed to discover and showcase new works of art by talented artists in the region, and also helps new artists discover the Westport Arts Center.

The summer member exhibition has historically featured esteemed jurors, including co-jurors Charlotte Strick, Art Editor of The Paris Review literary magazine and Claire Williams Martinez, former Chapter President of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Design) Chicago, and co-founders of Strick&Williams, a multi-disciplinary design firm in 2017; Douglas Hyland, Former Director of the New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA) in New Britain, CT (2016); Richard Klein, Exhibitions Director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT (2015).

Last year, the summer member exhibition (SELECTS 2017) generated a highly competitive pool of talent from across the nation, and only a select few were juried in to participate.

SELECTS 2018 will feature up to ten artists. You must be a member of the Westport Arts Center, or become a member, to be eligible for submission. The entry fee is $45. Painting, drawing, video, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography and mixed media are all eligible for submission. Full submission guidelines are available on

The Arts Center will notify all artists on May 23, 2018. SELECTS 2018 will be on view beginning June 22. For any questions on eligibility, submission guidelines or the upcoming exhibition, please contact the Westport Arts Center at 203.222-7070 or

About The Jurors

Joe Amrhein is the founder and co-owner/director of Pierogi Gallery (NYC) and The Boiler (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) and is an active visual artist as well. Known for its inventive program, Pierogi was launched in 1994. Pierogi exhibits the work of contemporary emerging and mid-career artists in a wide variety of media; from drawing and painting, to sculpture, installation, photography, and video. Their artists range from recent graduates having their first exhibitions, to veterans who have been included in important exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, Site Santa Fe, and the Whitney Biennial. Pierogi has monthly solo shows, participates in art fairs such as the Armory Show and Frieze (NYC), among others and is also known for its Flat Files that house original works by 800+ artists. As an artist, Amrhein is a painter who works primarily with text on a variety of media, including translucent vellum and glass. He has exhibited widely in the US and Europe and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Susan Swenson holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars (Bennington, VT) and an MA from the New School for Social Research Graduate Studies (NY, NY). Her poetry and writing have appeared in AGNI, The Brooklyn Rail, Cabinet Magazine, and elsewhere and her artist interviews have appeared in numerous exhibition catalogues. She is the co-founder and editor of Pierogi Press. She is co-owner of Pierogi with her husband, Joe Amrhein, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

About the Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting our community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Anthropologie & Co.; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; Bernstein Private Wealth Management; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Critical Mix; Delamar Southport; Design Within Reach; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County's Community Foundation; Fairfield County Hunt Club; 4th Row Films; First County Bank Foundation; GWAY Print Solutions; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; Hotel Zero Degrees; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover/Jaguar of Fairfield; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Northeast Tent; Serena & Lily; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Steven Mancini Salon; Success Printing & Mailing; Teich Gardens; Tito's Handmade Vodka; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Now; Westport Resources, a division of United Capital; WPKN and WSHU Public Radio Group. The Westport Arts Center operates with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070 or The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.