Kenny Rogers headlines The Ridgefield Playhouse Fall Gala, Fairfield County Bank and Daniel C. Levine honored on September 17
The Gambler will be dealing his last hand. Kenny Rogers’ final world tour, appropriately titled The Gambler’s Last Deal will headline The Ridgefield Playhouse Gala on Saturday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m. as part of the Mountain Country and Bluegrass Series. After more than five decades of touring and entertaining, the Country Music Hall of Famer has received an impressive 3 GRAMMY® Awards, 11 People's Choice Awards, 19 American Music Awards, 8 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and 6 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, among many other accolades. Tickets to this Gala event include open bar, dinner by top area restaurants, exciting silent and live auction items including a piece of Kenny Rogers memorabilia signed by Rogers on the night of the show! “The Gambler’s Last Deal” concert features a brand new show, including a nostalgic look back through Rogers’ storied 50-plus-year career.
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Aug 26, 2016 - 6:55:25 AM

Primary Results to be Audited at Selected Polling Locations
Deputy Secretary of the State James Spallone randomly selected voting precincts to have primary results audited following the August 9 primary. Five percent of the polling places that use optical scan machines are subject to the audit, as prescribed by Connecticut General Statutes 9-320f. Those hand counted ballots will be matched against vote totals from optical scan machines.
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Aug 24, 2016 - 3:48:17 PM

10th Annual CancerCare® Fairfield Walk/Run for Hope
CancerCare is set to host its 10th Annual Walk/Run for Hope at Jennings Beach, 880 South Benson Road in Fairfield, Conn. on Sunday, September 11, 2016. The Walk/Run for Hope is a series of family-friendly 5K events that raise funds to support CancerCare’s free, professional services provided to anyone affected by cancer.
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Aug 24, 2016 - 2:54:07 PM

Volunteer with the Norwalk Health Department
Do you enjoy helping others and giving back to your community? If so, join the Norwalk Health Department Emergency Response Team (ERT), a team of volunteers (18 years and older) who donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to health emergencies and help promote healthy living throughout the year.
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Aug 24, 2016 - 10:56:26 AM

St. Vincent's Medical Center Recognized for Heart Failure Care with Gold Plus Award
St. Vincent's Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation's secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure. This marks the second year that St. Vincent's has been recognized with this heart failure quality achievement award.
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Aug 24, 2016 - 8:54:03 AM

The Community Fund of Darien awards Neighbors Link Stamford $14,250 grant
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Neighbors Link Stamford (NLS), a community resource center for immigrants, is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a $14,250 grant from the Community Fund of Darien. The grant will support general operations which increase the impact of the organization’s employment-related programming on adult immigrant workers.
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Aug 24, 2016 - 8:39:30 AM

Ed Nusbaum and Thom Parrino Included in the 2017 Edition Of The Best Lawyers in America
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Edward Nusbaum and Thomas Parrino, of Westport-based family law firm Nusbaum & Parrino P.C., were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© 2017 in the area of family law. This year marks 21 consecutive years for Nusbaum to be included and 11 consecutive years for Parrino to be included in Best Lawyers®, which has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.
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Aug 23, 2016 - 1:19:38 PM

Malloy: First of its kind First Five Plus report shows the program generating long-term benefits for state's economy
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith today announced the results of a new analysis on the First Five jobs initiative (now referred to as the First Five Plus), one of the state’s flagship economic development programs. To date, nearly 3,800 new jobs have been created at the 13 participating companies.
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Aug 23, 2016 - 1:17:00 PM

Norwalk Community Receives $1.1 Million for Student Scholarships
Here’s good news for students who need help paying for college. This week, Norwalk Community College received $1,113,585 in funding from the State of Connecticut Office of Higher Education for scholarship grants awarded by the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship Program (RWSP).
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Aug 17, 2016 - 5:49:01 AM

An unconventional prescription by pediatricians and family physicians could be a child's best medicine
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Reach Out and Read has been awarded a $1,000 donation by the Rotary Club of Willimantic to foster early literacy skills and parental engagement in local children. The Rotary Club of Willimantic’s donation to Reach Out and Read will provide support for Reach Out and Read’s programs in Mansfield and Windham. Among other things, the donation will help to provide new, developmentally-appropriate books and early literacy guidance during regular pediatric checkups to the 1,900 children and families served by Reach Out and Read in these two towns.
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Aug 16, 2016 - 3:16:39 AM

SyFy Investigators Have Ghostly Encounter at Nathan Hale Homestead
Spirits made their presence known with flickering lights, disembodied voices and knocking sounds throughout a public paranormal investigation at the Nathan Hale Homestead on August 6th in Coventry. Connecticut Landmarks and Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours hosted the evening with John Zaffis, best known as “The Haunted Collector” on the SyFy and Destination America channels, to determine which items may be causing the frequent ghostly sightings at the Homestead.
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Aug 15, 2016 - 7:20:38 AM

Judy Campisi announced at statewide Executive Director of American Heart Association
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The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association announced on Friday the appointment of Judy Campisi as Executive Director of the Connecticut Division. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke funding innovative research, fighting for stronger public health policies, and providing critical tools and information to save and improve lives.
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Aug 15, 2016 - 7:06:39 AM

USDA Awards Four Connecticut WIC Programs
The Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that four of Connecticut’s local Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs are being recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for exemplary efforts in supporting breastfeeding WIC mothers. The four agencies are receiving the Loving Support Award of Excellence as part of the USDA’s National WIC Breastfeeding Week, celebrated August 1-7, to highlight their ongoing efforts to encourage breastfeeding among WIC participants.
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Aug 12, 2016 - 7:27:23 PM

Bridgeport Wins Nearly $3,000,000 Federal Grant to Fund Hiring of 17 New City Firefighters
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim and Fire Chief Richard Thode announced today that the city has been awarded a $2.7 Million dollar SAFER grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fund the hiring of 17 new firefighters. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants Program (SAFER) was created by FEMA to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments' abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the National Fire Protection Association. Specifically, the grant awarded Bridgeport will fund the salaries of 17 out of the 24 new fire recruits for the next two years.
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Aug 12, 2016 - 7:23:35 PM

Extreme Heat Alert/Designated Cooling Centers in Stamford
The area will be experiencing extreme heat conditions for the next few days. The Stamford Director of Public Safety, Health & Welfare, Ted Jankowski, advises Stamford residents and visitors to take precautions and recommends the following tips to deal with the heat:
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Aug 12, 2016 - 3:01:19 PM

Malloy urges people to take precautions during extreme heat
With excessive heat forecasted to continue over the next few days and heat advisories issued for most of the state, Governor Dannel P. Malloy is asking people to take precautions and to call 2-1-1 if they need information on cooling centers in their town or city.
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Aug 12, 2016 - 11:59:48 AM

Norwalk Residents reminded to use caution during excessive heat
The National Weather service has issued an excessive heat warning for our area, lasting through Sunday.
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Aug 12, 2016 - 10:55:16 AM

Robert Sean Leonard Cast as King Arthur in Lerner & Loewe’s “Camelot” at Westport Country Playhouse
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Tony Award-winning actor Robert Sean Leonard, best known for tv’s “House,” film’s “Dead Poet’s Society,” and Broadway’s “The Invention of Love” and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” will portray King Arthur in Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot,” a freshly inventive take on the classic musical, at Westport Country Playhouse, October 4 – 30.
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Aug 12, 2016 - 3:19:53 AM

Pre-season auditions for Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic
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On Monday, August 29, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic (SYAP) will be holding pre-season auditions for new members at Westhill High School (125 Roxbury Road, Stamford, CT). Currently the fastest growing youth orchestra in Connecticut, membership in the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic provides the serious young music student, elementary through college level, with the opportunity to grow as both a person and a musician. All of the ensembles are selected by the audition process, maintain a high level of musicianship, and allow for a challenging repertoire. Pre-season auditions will be held for students striving to become members of the following orchestras during the 2016/2017 season:
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Aug 11, 2016 - 3:12:05 PM

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk presents "Giant Walk-In Whale"
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Celebrate the second summer of humpback whales visiting Long Island Sound by stepping into a “Giant Walk-In Whale,” thrilling to a spectacular IMAX® whale movie and supporting Vineyard Vines’ #WhalesForACause® fund-raiser at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
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Aug 11, 2016 - 2:35:34 AM

Stamford Board of Reps Overwhelmingly Approves New City Contract with Fire Fighters
The Stamford Board of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to approve the city’s new contract with the Stamford Professional Fire Fighters Association (SPFFA), a key victory for public safety.
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Aug 10, 2016 - 4:03:34 PM

State confirms case of Legionnaires' disease in Connecticut
The state Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and Public Health (DPH) today confirmed that a patient at Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) has been diagnosed with legionellosis, a bacterial infection that causes pneumonia-like symptoms, commonly known as Legionnaires’ disease.  The patient is receiving treatment at a local area hospital and is doing well.  A second suspected case is currently being treated, and DPH is awaiting the results of a confirmatory test. 
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Aug 10, 2016 - 8:07:28 AM

Mayor Ganim, Bridgeport Area Businesses, Nonprofits and Former NBA Star Charles Smith Release Details of Mayor’s Initiative on Reentry Affairs
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday joined Bridgeport area businesses and nonprofit organizations as well as former NBA star Charles Smith to release details of the Mayor’s Initiative on Reentry Affairs (MIRA), a comprehensive program to connect ex-offenders with community resources and potential jobs. Coordinating the program from a new office in Bridgeport city government will be Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kimberly Staley, who will supervise a corps of volunteers to assess the needs and risk of formerly incarcerated individuals and make referrals to the appropriate organizations who can connect them with services and/or employers. Mayor Ganim launched his 2nd chance initiative in June with a group of local businesses who pledged to give citizens with a past conviction in their background a fair chance at employment.
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Aug 9, 2016 - 8:46:28 AM

INTAKE Summer Music Camp Students to Perform for Stamford Mayor David Martin
On Friday, August 12th, at 2:00 pm, INTAKE Summer Music Camp students will perform for Stamford Mayor David Martin in the lobby of the Stamford Government Center, as part of their civic-engagement and community-outreach activities. The concert, a showcase for the children’s talents and skills, will be the culmination of the week-long program, which is designed to offer high-quality summer learning experiences to combat the “summer slide” among underserved children.
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Aug 9, 2016 - 8:43:37 AM

Dr. Robert C. Gallagher to Lead Cardiothoracic Program at Western Connecticut Health Network
Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) is pleased to welcome board certified thoracic and cardiac surgeon Robert C. Gallagher, MD, as chief of cardiothoracic surgery for WCHN. Most recently, Dr. Gallagher served as a senior attending cardiothoracic surgeon at Hartford Hospital where he founded the robotic cardiothoracic program, which has grown to be the largest program of its kind in New England. He comes to WCHN with extensive experience in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), aortic and mitral value surgery, and video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS).
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Aug 9, 2016 - 8:38:56 AM

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