WCSU Alumni Association to offer regional networking opportunities
One of the advantages of residing relatively near to one’s alma mater is the ability to interact with fellow graduates who share a common set of experiences. With that in mind, the Western Connecticut State University Alumni Association has launched a series of networking opportunities, called “WesterNetwork,” so graduates can strengthen their ties to Western and to each other in a relaxed, social environment.
Aug 20, 2014 - 8:03:29 AM

Ferguson Library to add hours
Thanks to a 4.2% increase in city funding, Stamford's Ferguson Library will open an additional 28 hours a week systemwide beginning September 2, a 21% increase in hours of service.
Aug 20, 2014 - 5:13:12 AM

Black Experience in Fairfield County - discussion at Stamford's Ferguson Library
STAMFORD, CT - In celebration of Freedom Trail Month, on Thursday, September 18 at 7 p.m. (reception at 6:30 p.m.), The Ferguson Library in Stamford will host a community conversation about the black experience in Fairfield County. The program will take place in the Main Library’s Third Floor Auditorium, located at the corner of Bedford & Broad Streets, Stamford.
Aug 19, 2014 - 5:36:10 AM

UConn Stamford Art Gallery presents STILL
The UConn Stamford Art Gallery is pleased to present the art works of Monique Luchetti and James Mullen, entitled “STILL” The exhibit will show from September 8th through October 16th 2014. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, September 10th from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. This reception is free and open to the public.
Aug 18, 2014 - 7:31:16 AM

Auditions set for Sherlock Homes mystery August 18 & 19
Sherlock. Much like one-name celebrities Cher, Beyonce or Madonna, say Sherlock to anyone almost anywhere in the world, and there’s immediate recognition.
Aug 16, 2014 - 2:23:02 PM

Stamford Issues $50.0 Million in General Obligation Bonds at Low Borrowing Cost of 2.67%
The City of Stamford on Wednesday sold $50.0 million of 20-year tax-exempt, general obligation bonds at a true interest cost of 2.67%. The interest rate secured by the City was the second-lowest rate in City history and significantly lower than rates recently obtained by comparable municipalities throughout the United States.
Aug 16, 2014 - 10:27:26 AM

Quinnipiac University builds new School of Law Center on North Haven Campus; classes start Monday, Aug. 18
Quinnipiac University has completed its new state-of-the-art School of Law Center on the North Haven Campus, and will welcome students on the first day of classes on Monday, Aug. 18.
Aug 16, 2014 - 9:31:17 AM

Stamford Mayor takes cameo role in Curtain Call production
For more than 40 years, Stamford mayors have supported the performing arts in town by playing a cameo role in an annual summer youth theatre show. Since Curtain Call started its Summer Youth Theatre program 24 years ago, mayors Stanley Esposito, Dannel Malloy, Michael Pavia and now David Martin, have all done their part. Martin made his first of two appearances in THE MUSIC MAN Friday night playing in The Kweskin Theatre.
Aug 16, 2014 - 9:19:43 AM

Songwriter/actor Chris Isaak returns to rock The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, September 3
Songwriter/actor Chris Isaak clearly loves the reverb-laden rockabilly and country of Sun Studios. In particular, he transfers the sweeping melancholy of Roy Orbison’s classic singles ("Crying", "Oh, Pretty Woman", "In Dreams") to the more stripped-down, rootsy sound of Sun, resulting in a stylized take on '50s and '60s rock & roll that made Isaak into a star in the early '90s, propelled to a great degree by the hit single "Wicked Game". On Wednesday, September 3, at 8 p.m., Chris Isaak will showcase his smooth, dusky baritone voice and effortless brand of cool at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Isaak wows audiences worldwide with rock songs including "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing" not to mention his hit “Somebody’s Crying”. His latest album, Beyond the Sun, pays tribute to the roots of rock 'n' roll. An AllShows.com VIP Party Pass ($25 addt'l per person), which includes a cocktail party from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. with open bar, hors-d’oeuvre and priority parking, is available for this show by calling the box office (203-438-5795). This event is part of the Doyle Coffin Architecture Singer/Songwriter and Xfinity Rock Series.
Aug 14, 2014 - 5:57:34 AM

Loft Artists Association Announces Open Studios Event
The Loft Artists Association celebrates its 36th year of “art-meets-life” in the South End by inviting the public to its annual Open Studios event. The festivities begin on Friday October 24th from 6 to 9 PM with a reception — courtesy of Center Street Public House, Darien CT — and continues on Saturday, October 25th 2 to 7 PM and Sunday, October 26th 12 to 5 pm.
Aug 14, 2014 - 12:39:44 AM

AT&T Connecticut Awards $10,000 Donation to Human Services Council¹s Norwalk Mentor
The Human Services Council on Monday announced a $10,000 donation from AT&T Connecticut to support its Norwalk Mentor Program. “AT&T has supported the Norwalk Mentor Program since 2008, and we are very proud to continue our partnership with this critical resource for local youth,” stated Harry Carey, Director External Affairs, AT&T Connecticut. “We welcome the opportunity to help students graduate with the life skills needed to succeed in college and careers.”
Aug 13, 2014 - 5:40:05 AM

Stamford Chorale invites singers to its first rehearsal of season
The Stamford Chorale, which has been bringing the best in choral music to the Stamford area for more than 60 years, invites singers to its first rehearsal of the fall season on Sept. 2. “Mozart – A Musical Genius” is the theme of the concert to be presented Dec. 14 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stamford.
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:34:30 AM

Malloy: New natural gas pipeline in Wilton will save money for residents
Governor Dannel P. Malloy last week joined officials from the Town of Wilton and representatives of Yankee Gas at a ceremony to launch the start of a large-scale natural gas expansion project in the town that is estimated to save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in energy costs for schools and other government buildings, in addition to being available for private residential and business use.
Aug 12, 2014 - 5:30:18 PM

Bluefish to host inaugural golf outing
The Bridgeport Bluefish organization is happy to announce that the inaugural Bridgeport Bluefish Golf Outing will be held on Monday, August 25 at Great River Golf Club in Milford, CT.
Aug 12, 2014 - 12:47:25 PM

GE Capital Interns Provide A Day of Volunteer Service to STAR
32 interns from GE Capital volunteered at STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way on August 7, 2014 to do interior painting, deck scraping and staining, landscaping, shrub and tree clearing and other improvements to one of STAR’s 18 residential living locations for independent adults with developmental disabilities in Fairfield County. The interns are working at GE Capital locations in Norwalk, Stamford and Danbury through August 8, 2014 and hail from colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Aug 12, 2014 - 8:55:30 AM

First County Bank Foundation Grants $277,000 to Stamford Nonprofits
First County Bank Foundation is pleased to announce that it recently awarded 35 Stamford-based nonprofit groups a total of $277,000 in grants to support these organizations with their mission to provide needed services in local communities.
Aug 12, 2014 - 5:40:43 AM

Norwalk Hospital Offers New Treatment Option for Chronic Reflux Disease
Neil Floch, M.D., FACS, director of minimally invasive surgery and director of bariatric surgery at Norwalk Hospital, has now completed several laparoscopy surgeries using the LINX ® System for the treatment of chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Aug 12, 2014 - 5:37:16 AM

"Paper and Stone" an exhibition by Sary Backer and Ellen Gordon at the Loft Artists East Gallery
The Loft Artists Association will showcase the works of two members this November, Sary Backer and Ellen Gordon, in their East Gallery at 575 Pacific Street in Stamford. The exhibition will be held Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4:30 pm from November 1st until November 20th. An Artists Reception will be held on Saturday November 8th from 4 – 6 PM.
Aug 11, 2014 - 5:08:28 AM

Merrill: Online Polling Place Locator Tool Available for August 12th Primaries
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is reminding eligible voters in advance of the Connecticut primaries Tuesday August 12, 2014 about the polling place locator tool easily accessed online at www.sots.ct.gov where voters can type in their address and find where their polling place is located. The tool, developed by the the Pew Center on the States’ Voting Information Project (VIP) in partnership with Google and Microsoft, also shows voters a map with directions how to get to their local polling precinct as well as the candidates on the Republican or Democratic primary ballot in their voting district.
Aug 8, 2014 - 12:56:53 PM

Vote for Mystic Aquarium on USA Today Poll
Mystic Aquarium is pleased to announce that it has been named one of the top 10 aquariums in North America in a USA Today poll.
Aug 8, 2014 - 5:55:01 AM

Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (S.H.O.P) Kicks Off the 1st Annual “Choose Love” Summer Concert Series
S.H.O.P (Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity) is proud to announce the first annual "Choose Love" Outdoor Summer Concert Series to be performed in downtown Sandy Hook Village along the magnificent Pootatuck River every Saturday afternoon from 1-3 p.m. beginning August 16th and ending September 16th. Each Saturday event will include a free, outdoor seated musical performance and tents with free arts, crafts and creative movement opportunities for the kids with musical performances and chairs provided.
Aug 8, 2014 - 12:53:31 AM

Access Health Connecticut: Statewide uninsured rate cut in half
Access Health Connecticut, the state’s health care exchange, announced on Wednesday that new research shows that Connecticut’s uninsured rate has dropped by 50 percent since 2012. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the 2012 state’s uninsured rate was 7.9 percent. Research being conducted by Access Health CT indicates that figure has now dropped to 4.0 percent. Figures also indicate that of the 256,666 residents who signed up for health insurance through the exchange, approximately 53 percent, or 138,834, were uninsured at the time of enrollment.
Aug 7, 2014 - 10:39:50 AM

Federal Grant Awarded to Develop a Better Test for Lyme Disease Diagnosis
Western Connecticut Health Network Biomedical Research Institute Partnership With RareCyte To Improve Lyme Disease Testing Wins NIAID SBIR Research Grant

The goal of finding a more effective test to diagnose Lyme disease may be closer to reality with a two-year, $600,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) awarded to RareCyte, Inc. in collaboration with researchers from the Western Connecticut Biomedical Research Institute. Lyme disease, a tick-borne infection caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, has expanded to an estimated 300,000 US cases per year with many communities calling it a public health imperative. Currently as many as half of those approved tests of immune response are sub-optimal and often give negative results early in the disease causing painful delays in treatment and even misdiagnosis. Better testing will enable earlier detection – and hence better treatment – of Lyme disease.
Aug 7, 2014 - 7:37:04 AM

Change in City of Stamford Beach and Pool Hours and Restrictions
The City of Stamford advised of the upcoming changes in the hours and swim areas at City of Stamford pools and beaches. Beaches will remain open for residents, but the City will be adjusting hours and restrictions during the final weeks of the season due to the availability of lifeguards.
Aug 7, 2014 - 7:11:34 AM

Rep. Elizabeth Esty Urges Passage of Voting Rights Bills
On Wednesday, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) released the following statement marking the 49th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act, which was signed into law on August 6, 1965. Esty urges Congress to pass several critical voting rights bills, including the Voting Rights Amendment Act, H.R.3899, which she cosponsored in response to last year’s Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder that gutted key anti-discrimination protections of the Voting Rights Act.
Aug 7, 2014 - 7:09:13 AM

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