Malloy: Video documents creative approach to I-84 bridge replacement
Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Monday released a time-lapse video of the replacement of two Connecticut highway bridges. The $6 million project to replace the I-84 bridge over Marion Avenue in Southington, which was scheduled for completion in July 2014, was finished ahead of schedule over the weekend of June 28-29 using an engineering and construction process known as ABC – Accelerated Bridge Construction – in which the new bridges are built adjacent to the old ones and are then lifted into place when ready.
Jul 22, 2014 - 5:04:10 PM

DEEP Receives $752,822 Grant from NOAA
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on Monday announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program has awarded $752,822 in federal funds to the State of Connecticut through an agreement for removal of marine debris from Connecticut’s shoreline. The Marine Debris Program funds were made available to states impacted by debris from the October 2012 Storm Sandy.
Jul 22, 2014 - 5:32:04 AM

Congressman Jim Himes Visits Norwalk Summer Meals Program at Tracey Elementary School
Congressman Jim Himes, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling and Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Dr. Manuel Rivera joined volunteers and community advocates at Tracey Elementary School to see Norwalk’s summer meals program in action.
Jul 22, 2014 - 3:29:56 AM

First County Bank Presenting Sponsor of This Year’s
First County Bank today announced its sponsorship of the annual Norwalk Seaport Association’s Oyster Festival being held Friday, Sept. 5th through Sunday, Sept. 7th, at Veteran’s Park, adjacent to Norwalk Harbor on Seaview Avenue in Norwalk. The Bank has been an ongoing supporter of the festival since 2007, and will once again be the event’s presenting sponsor.
Jul 21, 2014 - 11:38:44 AM

Weir Farm Art Academy Workshop at Weir Farm National Historic Site
Weir Farm National Historic Site announces the opening of the Weir Art Farm Academy in partnership with Dmitri Wright, the park’s Master Artist/Instructor. Due to popular demand, Mr. Wright is now offering academy level training in 4-day workshops in the American Impressionist plein air tradition.
Jul 21, 2014 - 9:25:14 AM

Bluefish win softball exhibition over Stratford Brakettes
The Bridgeport Bluefish defeated the Stratford Brakettes in a Battle of the Sexes exhibition softball game played under fast-pitch rules on Sunday night at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
Jul 21, 2014 - 9:23:36 AM

Drummer/singer/actor Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will grace the stage of The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, August 1
Micky Dolenz does it all -- actor, musician, television director, radio personality, Broadway star and director! But his claim to fame stems from The Monkees where he shot to celebrity status as lead singer and drummer in the fabulous ‘60s! Dolenz brought us “Last Train to Clarksville”, “I’m a Believer” and “Daydream Believer”. The multi-talented Dolenz will entertain at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, August 1, at 8 p.m. offering music lovers of all ages a chance to witness stardom at its finest. The Monkees TV show debuted on NBC and earned an Emmy Award. The Monkees’ hits sold in excess of 65 million units with the first five albums attaining Platinum status. Special guest is The Characters, a 4-member pop/powerpop/rock band from New Jersey who have appeared with dozens of hit makers including The Monkees on their Heart and Soul video. An VIP Party Pass ($25 addt'l per person), which includes a pre-show cocktail party 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), which is part of the Xfinity Rock Series.
Jul 18, 2014 - 9:20:52 AM

CBRE Represents Seller of 535 Connecticut Avenue in Norwalk
Jeffrey Dunne and Steven Bardsley of CBRE Group Inc.’s Institutional Properties team represented 535 Connecticut Avenue, LLC a joint venture of KABR Real Estate Investment Partners and Blackpoint Partners, in the sale of the 179,000-square-foot office building. The team was also responsible for procuring the buyer, Matrix Investment Group, LLC.
Jul 18, 2014 - 9:17:00 AM

Merrill Elected Treasurer of National Association of Secretaries of State
Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill on Wednesday was elected Treasurer of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), a top leadership position within the national organization that places her in line to be named President of NASS in 2016. Secretary Merrill was named to the national leadership position of Treasurer of NASS during the organization’s annual summer conference, taking place in Baltimore this year. She was chosen for the position by newly named NASS President and Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown. Secretary Merrill had served previously as chair of the NASS voter participation committee, and led a national panel on emergency preparedness for elections with Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler, who was also named today Vice President of NASS, next in line for President. Leadership of NASS – a bipartisan organization among all 50 Secretaries of State – alternates annually between Democratic and Republican members.
Jul 18, 2014 - 9:12:03 AM

Migratory Bird Hunting Season Regulations Meeting Scheduled for August 1
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) on Monday announced that the Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations Meeting will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday August 1, 2014, in the upstairs conference room at Cabelas in East Hartford (475 East Hartford Blvd. North). This is a change in venue, as the conference room at DEEP’s Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme, where this meeting is typically held, is currently being renovated.
Jul 17, 2014 - 5:51:38 AM

Local Infants to Benefit from $45KCommunity Fund of Darien Grant to STAR
STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a grant award in the amount of $45,000 from The Community Fund of Darien. The grant will support in-home early intervention therapies for infants and toddlers from the mid-Fairfield County area who have developmental delays, including those on the autism spectrum, as well as providing support services for their families and caregivers. STAR’s Birth to Three services are recognized state-wide for achieving positive results for children and for supporting their families. The program addresses occupational, physical, speech and language therapies, as well as special education, behavioral supports and social work concerns. Services are provided to children wherever they are, including services in their family homes, day care centers/day care providers and community oriented playgroups. An average of 80 children with special needs are served each month. The severity of their disabilities determines how many sessions and types of therapy they receive on a weekly basis.
Jul 17, 2014 - 5:26:15 AM

The Charles W. Morgan Joins USS Constitution at the Boston National Historical Park
The Charles W. Morgan, a National Historic Landmark and America’s oldest commercial vessel still afloat, sailed into Boston on Tuesday to tie up next to the USS Constitution at the Boston National Historical Park at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The Constitution, built in 1797, is America’s oldest ship, and this is the first time the two vessels have ever been in the same port.
Jul 16, 2014 - 10:20:15 AM

Chelsea Piers Connecticut celebrates another successful year
Since opening in July 2012, Chelsea Piers Connecticut (CPCT) has established itself as one of the premier amateur sports and entertainment complexes in the United States. In two short years, CPCT has set a new standard in Fairfield County for competitive sports, coaching and events for children and adults, continuing to expand and adapt in order to meet the area’s demand for first-rate athletic facilities and fitness programming.
Jul 16, 2014 - 5:22:48 AM

Quinnipiac University School of Nursing awarded $652,000 grant
The Quinnipiac University School of Nursing has been awarded a $652,000 grant that will be used to support underrepresented students in its doctor of nursing practice program.
Jul 16, 2014 - 5:17:48 AM

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s STEM Education Bill
Esty’s bill expands support for computer science and teacher professional development opportunities in STEM fields

On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s bill, the STEM Education Act, H.R. 5031. The bill passed unanimously. Esty introduced the bill with Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Esty is a member of the committee.
Jul 15, 2014 - 6:46:28 AM

Kristof and WuDunn to Speak at AmeriCares Airlift Benefit
Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn will be the guest speakers at the AmeriCares Airlift Benefit on September 20, 2014. The authors of the best-seller “Half the Sky” will speak about giving back, making an impact and their latest book, “A Path Appears – Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity,” during the gala at Westchester County Airport.
Jul 15, 2014 - 6:43:22 AM

Greenwich Hospital receives $1 million gift from McMahon Foundation to support cutting-edge technology for breast cancer detection
The Greenwich Hospital Foundation recently announced that Linda McMahon has given a $1 million gift through the Vince & Linda McMahon Family Foundation to purchase 3-D mammography machines, the most advanced technology available for early breast cancer detection.
Jul 14, 2014 - 2:00:12 AM

The Fixx – By Request will play what you want at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, August 8
“The Fixx – By Request”! The audience chooses what the band plays live! Featuring all of the original band members, The Fixx – By Request will play what the audience wants to hear! In advance, all ticket buyers will have a chance to vote for the songs the band will play at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, August 8, at 8 p.m.
Jul 11, 2014 - 1:45:24 AM

Free Outdoor Shakespeare in Stamford begjns tonight, July 10
Everything old is new again...cliché? Maybe. But in Curtain Call's case, it's very true. Shakespeare's plays are indeed old, and yes, TWELFTH NIGHT was the local arts organization's very first Shakespeare on the Green production, but this year's production is very new. Though the language is "the Bard's", the setting is present day. And while in many of his plays, messages are sent between lovers and/or enemies through emissaries - in this case, Shakespeare's messages pop up on cell phones and I-pads.
Jul 10, 2014 - 10:09:15 AM

Norwalk Hospital Receives Grant from First County Bank Foundation
The Norwalk Hospital Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from the First County Bank Foundation to support Project L.E.A.N. (Learning with Energy from Activity and Nutrition), an innovative, school-based program that teaches children the importance of exercising and eating healthful foods.
Jul 10, 2014 - 9:29:25 AM

STAR Awarded Grant for 14 Vans from State of CT Nonprofit Grant Program
STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a Nonprofit Grant Award from the State of Connecticut in the amount of $342,600 for the purchase of 14 vehicles that will be used to transport individuals with developmental disabilities to their jobs, homes, medical appointments and activities throughout Fairfield County.
Jul 10, 2014 - 5:53:39 AM

Register Now for Nature of Love Walk at Weir Farm National Historic Site
On Saturday July 19, from 10:00 to 11:00 am, discover the Nature of Love at Weir Farm National Historic Site with local scholar, poet, and volunteer Bonnie Tremante. Bonnie will discuss love letters exchanged between artist Julian Alden Weir and his then fiancée Anna Dwight Baker during the summer of 1882. In the letters, Julian and Anna express their deep affection for each other, their observations of nature, and nature’s role in fostering the bond between them. Enjoy a walk through the lush, summer landscape of Weir Farm National Historic Site as you learn about the connection between art, love, and landscape that fundamentally affected Weir’s appreciation of his Branchville farm. There is no fee to participate, but registration is required and space is limited. To register or for more information about the Nature of Love Walk, please call 203-834-1896 ext. 28.
Jul 9, 2014 - 5:59:37 AM

Old Saybrook votes to buy The Preserve
A decades-long battle to permanently protect Old Saybrook’s 1,000-acre parcel known as The Preserve has leapt substantially closer to triumph tonight, as town residents voted overwhelmingly to provide $3 million in town funds towards purchase of the property, which was once slated to be turned into golf courses and a housing development. Connecticut Fund for the Environment and The Trust for Public Land, two leaders of the fight, are extremely pleased with the progress towards permanent protection of this coastal forest that shelters wildlife and migratory birds, filters drinking water, and contains miles of hiking trails.
Jul 9, 2014 - 5:51:28 AM

WCSU Westside Athletic Complex new home of amateur soccer team
Western Connecticut State University’s Westside Athletic Complex recently become the new home of the Newtown-based, semi-professional soccer team CFC Azul, financed by Newtown resident and team managing partner Peter D’Amico. CFC Azul has signed a three-year contract with the university, which will host the team’s home games. This agreement is the latest in a string of community-building sports programs that D’Amico has spearheaded in the area since his own youth soccer coaching days in the 1980s.
Jul 8, 2014 - 5:55:12 AM

First County Bank Foundation Announces Management Changes
First County Bank Foundation is pleased to announce that Karen M. Kelly was named vice president at First County Bank Foundation replacing Katherine A. Harris who retired on July 1, 2014, after serving the foundation since its inception in 2001. In addition, RoseMary Ogden was named secretary at First County Bank Foundation taking over from Karen Kelly. Kelly and Ogden will further promote the foundation’s mission to support local communities and organizations committed to serving others in lower Fairfield County.
Jul 7, 2014 - 11:56:18 AM

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