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It’s a night of Cuban Jazz under the stars with Chuchito Valdés and Quartet on August 15 at The Ridgefield Playhouse
Experience an evening of Cuban culture – the music, the food, the rum, the art - with a night in Havana at Festival Cubano featuring Chuchito Valdés Quartet at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, August 15. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. under the tent on the field next to the Playhouse with a wine tasting, specialty Rum drinks and Cuban inspired food tastings from Babaloo Cocina Latina. A special Cuban art exhibit will be showcased courtesy of DiscoveriesInArt.com and collector Terri and Steven Certilman. At 6:30 p.m. the heir to the Cuban Jazz Piano dynasty, Chuchito Valdés and his Quartet take the stage with an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music that drives audiences wild! This show is part of No. 109 Cheese & Wine Evening of Art, Wine and Jazz Series and the Palm Bay International World Beat Series. This concert is produced with the founder of the Caramoor Jazz Festival, Jim Luce of The Luce Group.
Aug 3, 2015 - 7:10:53 AM

QU Poll: American voters oppose Iran deal 2-1
American voters oppose 57 – 28 percent, with only lukewarm support from Democrats and overwhelming opposition for Republicans and independent voters, the nuclear pact negotiated with Iran, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.
Aug 3, 2015 - 6:46:37 AM

August 5th Jazz on the Rocks Benefit for New Neighborhoods, Inc, Affordable Housing
The non-profit organization New Neighborhoods, Inc. (NNI) has launched a new signature summertime fundraiser, NNI Jazz on the Rocks, taking place on Wednesday, August 5th, from 6-9 pm overlooking the Sound at Harbor Point at 2200 Atlantic Street in Stamford. All proceeds from ticket sales, ads, and raffles will go towards much-needed building affordable housing throughout Fairfield County. Tickets include whiskey, beer and wine tastings, an artist-led “Home Making” public participation art project about the meaning of home, light bites from local chefs/restaurants, boardwalk games, raffles, and non-stop live jazz, Latin, folk, pop, and indie music. Tax-deductible tickets purchased online by July 25th include free raffle tickets; ‘six pack’ savings (6 tickets for just over the price of 5) are also be available for purchase online at www.nnijazzontherocks.com.
Jul 31, 2015 - 11:30:45 AM

How Secure is Your Financial Future?
AARP Offering Local Talks on Growing Retirement Savings Gap and Possible Solutions

AARP Connecticut is seeking to facilitate discussions with state residents and local civic and community organizations about the growing retirement savings gap and what is being done here in Connecticut, and across the country, to address it.
Jul 31, 2015 - 1:23:58 AM

"Stuff the MINI" School Supply Drive Expands with "Backpacks in a Beemer"
Last year, auto dealer New Country Mini Cooper created the “Stuff a MINI to the Max” campaign that provided Hartford’s brightest students with necessary school supplies, and later with warm winter clothing. This year, the company is expanding the program to include “Backpacks in a Beemer”. From August 1st through August 22nd, New Country MINI will accept donations in one of their vehicles in the showroom, and New Country BMW will have empty backpacks in their showroom to fill with donations for Hartford Public School children when they go back to class on August 25th.
Jul 30, 2015 - 5:26:53 PM

Blumenthal joins Senate effort to designate September 25, 2015 as National Lobster Day
This week, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined with seven of his Senate colleagues on a resolution designating Friday, September 25, 2015 as “National Lobster Day.” Led by U.S. Senators Angus King (R-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), and co-sponsors Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) the resolution recognizes the historic and economic importance of lobster in the United States.
Jul 30, 2015 - 1:12:33 PM

30 Years Of Providing Shelter For The Homeless
Last Friday volunteers, supporters, and government representatives gathered together to mark the 30th anniversary of the Shelter for the Homeless organization. On July 24, 1985, Shelter for the Homeless officially began operating as a Stamford non-profit homeless shelter organization in response to the area’s visibly homeless population. Today, with an expanded mission and progressive programs, the organization is an innovator in transforming lives, helping clients become more self-sufficient and lead more productive lives by finding them employment and permanent supportive housing.
Jul 30, 2015 - 1:44:09 AM

Malloy signs new law to combat domestic minor sex trafficking
Governor Dannel P. Malloy has signed into law a bill that gives law enforcement an additional tool to investigate domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) and also expands access to services to victims of child exploitation. In addition, the Governor on Wednesday announced the launch of a new law enforcement education initiative that will enhance the effectiveness of investigations and prosecutions of this crime.
Jul 30, 2015 - 1:42:19 AM

DMV Releases Report on 2015 Teen Safe Driving Conference
The Department of Motor Vehicles on Wednesday released the final report on the 2015 teen safe driving conference entitled, “Are We There Yet?” It is a collection of comments and observations of safety advocates from around the state who met to discuss progress and challenges ahead for safety of teen drivers and their passengers.
Jul 30, 2015 - 1:40:34 AM

Governor Malloy Signs Retiree Pension De-Risking Protection into Law
In July, Governor Dannel Malloy signed retiree pension de-risking protection legislation into law. The new law, Public Act 15-167, will restore creditor protections to retirees in the state who lost those protections because of pension de-risking transfers and forever protect Connecticut retirees from creditor claims in the future.
Jul 30, 2015 - 1:37:18 AM

Dickens-based musical, OLIVER, opens August 5 in Stamford
At some time in our lives, we all want some more. More money. More friends. More toys. But in 1800s England, there were many wants…especially for orphans like the fictional character, Oliver Twist, who wanted - among other things - some more gruel.
Jul 30, 2015 - 1:03:07 AM

Connecticut delegation announces $12.4 million in emergency preparedness funding
Today, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Congressmen John Larson (CT-1), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Jim Himes (CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the State of Connecticut over $12 million in federal funding to enhance the capacity of state and local emergency responders to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from potential terrorist attacks, major natural disasters, and other emergencies.
Jul 29, 2015 - 11:46:00 PM

"HOME" Interactive Public Art Project Kicks off Aug. 5 in Stamford
“HOME,” a creative, interactive and personal public art installation to highlight our community’s need to combat homelessness and provide affordable housing, right here in Fairfield County, will be officially launched at the first “HOME-MAKING” site on August 5 at 2200 Atlantic Street, Stamford (Harbor Point) between 6 and 9 pm. When completed later this year and assembled, the 8-foot walk- through house will be installed in the lobby of the Stamford Government Center for a month. The public is invited and encouraged to participate.
Jul 29, 2015 - 11:33:21 PM

Global Lyme Alliance to Host 4th Annual Golf Outing To Raise Funds for Lyme Disease Research
Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the nation’s leading Lyme and tick-borne disease nonprofit devoted to research and education, has announced that its fourth annual golf outing will take place Thursday, September 10 at the exclusive Stanwich Club in Greenwich, CT. Proceeds from the event will be used to help fund research and ultimately find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
Jul 29, 2015 - 11:21:21 PM

As Temperatures Soar, Eversource is Prepared for Increased Electrical Demand
Company offers tips on staying cool and saving energy

As Connecticut faces another sweltering day and people turn up their air conditioners, demand for electricity continues to soar. These conditions can push the electric system to its limit, but Eversource is reminding customers how it prepares to meet increased demand – and offering tips on how to stay cool and save energy.
Jul 29, 2015 - 11:19:32 PM

Eighteen GE Interns From Colleges Around the Country Provide Home Improvements For Local Residents Who Have Developmental Disabilities
18 college interns in town for GE’s Risk Management Program (RMP), based in Norwalk, volunteered at STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way today amidst soaring temperatures, to do exterior scraping painting and trim work at one of STAR’s 18 residential living locations for independent adults with developmental disabilities in Fairfield County. The interns are working at GE for the Risk Management Program in Norwalk and hail from 11 states and 15 colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Jul 29, 2015 - 5:17:46 PM

Celebrate Dinosaur State Park Day on Saturday, August 15
Dinosaur State Park and the Friends of Dinosaur State Park and Arboretum (FDPA) will celebrate the 49th anniversary of the discovery of dinosaur tracks in Rocky Hill with a family-friendly festival on Saturday, August 15, 2015. Admission to the museum will be free and the FDPA will be sponsoring a series of special events from 10-3 p.m.
Jul 29, 2015 - 1:06:28 PM

Stamford Rolls Out “Sharrows” to Designate Shared Car & Bike Lanes
The City of Stamford announced Tuesday that it has completed the installation of over 350 sharrows in and around Stamford’s downtown neighborhood. The network was created in conjunction with Stamford’s Street Smart Initiative, launched in September 2014.
Jul 29, 2015 - 5:01:30 AM

Malloy reminds residents to take necessary precautions during summer heat
With temperatures anticipated to remain in the 90s during the next few days, Governor Dannel P. Malloy is reminding residents to be cautious during periods of intense heat during the height of the summer season. For the most up-to-date list on available cooling centers that have been opened to the public across the state, Connecticut residents can contact the state’s Infoline by calling 2-1-1 or visiting www.211ct.org.
Jul 28, 2015 - 9:03:51 PM

Stamford Public Schools named Rafael Escobar and Matthew Laskowski assistant principals at Stamford High School
Superintendent Stamford Public Schools (SPS) Dr. Winifred Hamilton and the Stamford Board of Education announced Rafael Escobar and Matthew Laskowski as Assistant Principals of Stamford High School (SHS).
Jul 28, 2015 - 8:45:34 PM

Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Forecasts Unhealthy Air Quality for Parts of Connecticut Today and Wednesday
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is forecasting unhealthy air quality for “sensitive groups” Tuesday, July 28 and Wednesday July 29, due to predicted elevated ground-level ozone pollution for southern sections of Fairfield and New Haven Counties on Tuesday, and all of Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, and New London Counties on Wednesday.
Jul 28, 2015 - 9:19:18 AM

The Beyond Limits Academic Program Announces Summer Tutoring and Enrichment Events
In an effort to help students combat the summer slide, the Beyond Limits Academic Program, a program of the Stamford Peace Basketball Club, announced it will expand its academic-year tutoring to include the summer months of July and August. They will continue to offer highly subsidized, one-on-one tutoring and informal mentoring, as well as summer enrichment activities, for middle and high-school students.
Jul 27, 2015 - 5:25:12 AM

Stamford: A small town remembers
If you missed this at the Avon Theatre, come to the Ferguson Library Thursday, August 13 at 7 p.m. for a special screening of the documentary, Stamford: A Small Town Remembers, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Michael Macari. To create the film, Macari teamed up with long-time friend and Stamford attorney, the late Joseph Richichi, to bring to light the history of their hometown—chronicling the rise of Connecticut’s premier city from its small town roots. With the on-camera testimonies of more than 40 citizens and celebrities, and 70 plus contributors of photos, film and materials, Macari and Richichi capture the essence of Stamford, as told through the eyes of its citizens from the 20th century.
Jul 24, 2015 - 5:18:31 PM

Malloy, Merrill announce launch of new state regulations website
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill today announced that Connecticut’s website of state regulations has re-launched in an improved format that dramatically increases public accessibility and transparency in the state’s regulation process.
Jul 24, 2015 - 2:59:41 PM

Save Money and Support Organ Donation at Annual "Shop for a Cause" Event
Macy’s will partner with LifeChoice Donor Services, the non-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) for six counties in Connecticut and three counties in Western Massachusetts, to invite customers to participate in Macy’s 10th annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event on August 29, 2015. Customers can purchase shopping passes from LifeChoice Donor Services anytime from now until August 29th. Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts. Since 2006, the program has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for charities across the country.
Jul 24, 2015 - 1:48:57 PM

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