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Fairfield County Bank joins CT Bankers Association for Meet the Bankers Event

<p><span style="color: rgb(13, 13, 13); background-color: transparent;">Fairfield County Bank is excited to join the Connecticut Bankers Association's Meet the Bankers event on Wednesday, May 8 at CT State Community College in Bridgeport. The event will be attended by Mayor Ned Lamont and other esteemed guests.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(13, 13, 13); background-color: transparent;">Join Fairfield County Bank President Dan Berta, along with Walter Romero, AVP, Branch Manager of the Bridgeport office, and Paul Lutsky, VP, Commercial Lender, as they connect with bankers from across the state.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(13, 13, 13); background-color: transparent;">This free, in-person networking opportunity offers a chance to engage with numerous bankers and community lenders. Discover available bank products and financing options tailored for small businesses like yours. Don't miss this opportunity to introduce yourself to lenders and establish connections that can help your business thrive.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">Learn more and register:&nbsp;</span><a href="https://members.ctbank.com/events/Details/meet-the-bankers-bridgeport-1049709?sourceTypeId=Website" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">https://members.ctbank.com/events/Details/meet-the-bankers-bridgeport-1049709?sourceTypeId=Website</a></p>

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FC Buzz Weekend of Art and Culture in Fairfield County April 12-14

<p class="ql-align-center"><br></p><p>HamletHub is proud to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County and FCBuzz to Elevate Arts and Culture in Fairfield County! Each week, look for a listing of weekend events and activities. The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the arts and culture across 15 towns in coastal Fairfield County. Sign up to receive a free eBuzz newsletter with top picks and spotlight events from the hundreds of events posted on FCBuzz.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/ghost-the-musical/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Ghost the Musical</strong></a></p><p><strong>Music Theatre of Connecticut, Norwalk</strong></p><p>FRIDAY 12 to Apr 28, 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm</p><p>Music Theatre of Connecticut (MTC) MainStage, Fairfield County's professional award-winning theatre company closes their 37th MainStage Season with the romantic and supernatural, Ghost the Musical. Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Bruce Joel Rubin, Ghost the Musical is a poignant romance that builds comedy, suspense, and deeply felt emotion to an ethereal climax that audiences will never forget. This production will run three weekends from April 12th through the 28th with performances on Fridays &amp; Saturdays at 8pm and Saturday &amp; Sundays at 2pm.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/miel-san-marcos/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Miel San Marcos</strong></a></p><p><strong>The Palace Theatre, Stamford</strong></p><p>FRIDAY Apr 12, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm</p><p>Join a powerful musical experience with Miel San Marcos. This event promises to be a night of praise and healing for the entire family. Don't miss it, come and receive your blessing.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/ftc-presents-graham-parker/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Graham Parker</strong></a></p><p><strong>StageOne, Fairfield</strong></p><p>FRIDAY Apr 12, 7:45 pm - 12:00 am</p><p>Since the 70s when he burst onto the London scene, Graham Parker has been slinging a signature sound across continents and airwaves that has rightly earned him a spot in the pantheon of truly original and influential figures in rock and roll. His early days with his band the Rumour (with whom he has two albums in Rolling Stone's 1987 "Top 100 Albums of All Time") Graham coupled punk's energy with his deeply rooted love of American R&amp;B, country, and soul music. The band built a reputation as</p><p>an incendiary live act, as well. He's got a snotty barroom brawler's rasp and sneer, a soul man's swagger, and an ear for indelible pop songcraft.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/the-magic-school-bus-lost-in-the-solar-system/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>An Evening with Judy Collins</strong></a></p><p><strong>Westport Country Playhouse</strong></p><p>FRIDAY Apr 12, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm</p><p>An award-winning singer-songwriter, esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. She’s garnered several top-ten hits gold- and platinum-selling albums.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/ftc-presents-kung-fu-with-canopy/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Kung Fu with Canopy</strong></a></p><p><strong>The Warehouse, Fairfield</strong></p><p>FRIDAY Apr 12, 8:00 pm - 12:00 am</p><p>Proud to be firmly installed in the new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Making fusion music "cool" again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters and Weather Report, and merges those ideas with a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. Imagine 70's funk-fusion meets a modern dance party!</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/greenwich-symphony-orchestra-concerts-saturday-november-11-sunday-november-12/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Greenwich Symphony Orchestra Concerts</strong></a></p><p><strong>Greenwich High School</strong></p><p>SATURDAY Apr 13, 7:30 am - 9:30 am</p><p>Get ready for a groundbreaking concert which combine live musical performance with visual accompaniment. The Planets by Gustav Holst will be played by the orchestra while a video presentation, The Planets Live, created by Adrian Wyard will appear on screen. The presentation uses NASA images of the planets and original animation cued to follow the conductor. (Saturdays at 7:30 pm Sundays at 3:00 pm)</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/j-y-park-piano-competition-2/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>J.Y. Park Piano Competition</strong></a></p><p><strong>MoCA Westport</strong></p><p>SATURDAY Apr 13, 8:00 am - 12:00 am and 12:00 am - 12:00 am</p><p>The Ninth Annual J.Y. Park Piano Competition, generously supported by the Jumy Foundation, is pleased to announce the ninth annual competition, to be held Saturday, April 13, 2024, at MoCA Westport.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/slipstream-elizabeth-gilfilen-solo-exhibition-at-silvermine-galleries-april-13th-may16th/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Slipstream – Elizabeth Gilfilens’ Solo Exhibition</strong></a><strong>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;</strong><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/slipstream-elizabeth-gilfilen-solo-exhibition-at-silvermine-galleries-april-13th-may16th/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>2024 Instructors Salon</strong></a></p><p><strong>Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan</strong></p><p>SATURDAY Apr 13, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm</p><p>The Silvermine School of Art Instructors are distinguished artist educators offering courses for students of all ages and levels of experience in a wide range of disciplines, while providing an environment and atmosphere in which art and artists can develop and flourish. All are welcome to attend the Artists Reception Saturday April 13th, both shows run until May 16.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/cinderella/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Cinderella</strong></a></p><p><strong>Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Bridgeport</strong></p><p>SATURDAY Apr 13 to May 19, 12:00 am - 12:00 am</p><p>The timeless story of Cinderella and her journey to find love and happiness with the handsome Prince Charming, but this is unlike any Cinderella you’ve ever seen! Cinderella’s wicked stepmother and stepsisters try everything they can to keep Cinderella from attending Prince Charming’s Royal Ball, but with a little help from a magical fairy Godmother, Cinderella makes it to the Ball for a night she will never forget.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/greater-bridgeport-symphony-a-bridge-to-beethoven/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Greater Bridgeport Symphony: A Bridge to Beethoven</strong></a><strong>The Klein, Bridgeport</strong></p><p>SATURDAY Apr 13, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm</p><p>Don’t miss the close of their 78th season with Beethoven’s joyful Symphony No. 8, and two great 20th-century Russian composers who revered Beethoven. Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1, featuring Dr. Nicholas Hardie soloist, GBS’ own Principal Cellist – pay homage to Beethoven, a century and a half later and a thousand miles east.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/ftc-presents-scary-pockets-pockets-presents-david-ryan-harris/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Scary Pockets – Pockets Presents David Ryan Harris</strong></a></p><p><strong>The Warehouse, Fairfield</strong></p><p>SATURDAY Apr 13, 8:00 pm - 12:00 am</p><p>Scary Pockets are a rotating roster of world-class musicians who released live funk reimaginations of familiar songs every week from 2017-2023. Since their first recording session in 2017, Scary Pockets have released 400+ videos that have been watched over 400 million times for over 16 million hours on YouTube where their channel has 1M+ subscribers.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/gilded-age-house-tour/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Gilded Age House Tour</strong></a></p><p><strong>Fairfield Museum</strong></p><p>SUNDAY Apr 14, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm</p><p>Experience the glamour of the Gilded Age and get a rare glimpse inside two extraordinary Fairfield mansions: the Sturges “White” House (1855) and the Sturges Cottage (1840) located on Mill Plain Green. In conjunction with Fairfield Museum’s special exhibition Money Talks: The Gilded Age in Fairfield, join us anytime between 12 and 4 pm to tour these two exclusive homes and hear about the Gilded Age families who called them home.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/tapestry-of-sound-a-concert-to-benefit-the-community-programs-at-the-meetinghouse/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Tapestry Of Sound – A Concert to benefit the community programs</strong></a></p><p><strong>The Meetinghouse, Ridgefield</strong></p><p>SUNDAY Apr 14, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm</p><p>Join The Hat City Flutes; Cecilia Burns, Flute with Trombonist and Composer, Thomas Caprino, (whose new orchestral work “LvB: Variations, Extension and Collisions” recently premiered with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra); Singer/songwriter, Sara Vokes; Writer/Actress, Charlotte Hampden; Singer, Isabella Mosquera (recently seen as Dolly Levi in the musical “Hello Dolly”) and Singer, Shriya Kelkar performing a variety of musical styles and the spoken word.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/opening-reception-for-residency-showcase-exhibition/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Opening Reception Spring Exhibition: Taryn McMahon, WATERSHED</strong></a></p><p><strong>Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk</strong></p><p>SUNDAY Apr 14, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm</p><p>Celebrate the opening of our Spring Exhibition, "Watershed," an exhibition of layered monotype prints by artist Taryn McMahon in which she explores the entanglements between the human and nonhuman through Northeast Ohio’s waterways.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/grand-standing-iconic-19th-century-hotels/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Grand &amp; Standing</strong></a></p><p><strong>Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk</strong></p><p>SUNDAY Apr 14, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm</p><p>The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will kick-off its 2024 Lecture Series with, “Grand &amp; Standing: Iconic 19th Century Hotels,” featuring Deidre Dinnigan, a renowned archivist who has worked for the Waldorf Astoria and Plaza Hotels as well as with prominent New York City institutions and collections that reflect centuries of the city’s culture and change.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/re-creation-vol-2-with-pianist-marko-stuparevic/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>Re-Creation of Vol. 2 with Pianist Marko Stuparevic</strong></a></p><p><strong>Wilton Library</strong></p><p>SUNDAY Apr 14, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm</p><p>An afternoon concert program that will include selections from Schubert, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin and Rachmaninoff.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/flip-fabrique-in-blizzard/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>FLIP Fabrique in Blizzard</strong></a></p><p><strong>Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield</strong></p><p>SUNDAY Apr 14 to Apr 15, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm</p><p>The show explores the question of whether a white-out is a catastrophe or a chance to start over and fix our mistakes. The performance features exciting circus performers, live original music, and breathtaking visual poetry, showcasing the Canadian troupe's talent and ability to create a new blank page.</p><p><a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/event/ftc-presents-a-dog-named-gucci-generously-underwritten-by-earth-animal/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);"><strong>A Dog Named Gucci – Generously Underwritten by Earth Animal</strong></a></p><p><strong>StageOne, Fairfield</strong></p><p>SUNDAY Apr 14, 7:30 pm - 12:00 am</p><p>A DOG NAMED GUCCI tells the story of a 10-week old puppy named Gucci who was hung by his neck, doused with lighter fluid, and set afire. Doug James, standing on his porch nearby, heard the puppy’s cries and ran to help. He scared away the thugs and at the request of Gucci’s 15-year-old runaway owner, took the dog in for the night. Thus began a 16-year odyssey of devotion and perseverance. Together with local legislators, Doug and Gucci would see the “Gucci Bill” passed, changing the laws in Alabama, making domestic animal abuse a felony.</p><p>See these and discover hundreds more events on the&nbsp;<a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/fcbuzz-events/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(2, 177, 151);">FCBUZZ EVENTS</a>&nbsp;page at&nbsp;<a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(2, 177, 151);">https://culturalalliancefc.org</a>&nbsp;Sign up for the&nbsp;<a href="https://culturalalliancefc.org/resources/newsletter-sign-up/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(2, 177, 151);">Cultural Alliance eBuzz</a>&nbsp;to receive top picks and spotlights each week in your inbox.</p><p><br></p>

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Southern Connecticut College Career Fair April 30 in Bridgeport

<p><a href="https://www.ctcollegefair.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85);">The Southern Connecticut College Career Fair</a>&nbsp;is Tuesday, April 30, 2024 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater in Bridgeport, CT. Head to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ctcollegefair.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85);">CTCollegeFair.com</a>&nbsp;to get information on colleges, universities, and businesses attending from all over the U.S. and abroad.</p><p>Designed for high school students and their families, the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ctcollegefair.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85);">Southern Connecticut College &amp; Career Fair</a>&nbsp;is the largest college &amp; career fair in the area. Meet with over 175 colleges, universities, gap year programs, and businesses.</p><p>FREE event and open to all high school students.</p><p><em>For more information or questions, email&nbsp;</em><a href="mailto:Andy.Alcosser@ConnoisseurCT.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(85, 85, 85);"><em>Andy.Alcosser@ConnoisseurCT.com</em></a></p>

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Supper & Soul: West End Blend at Westport Library

<p><a href="https://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001Y-sZcL22x7PAnliwIGAYsZQEtZINHHsCdb-9yfY76boGY_dbSujTU0YwEwCRRnuzHrEfJo7RU4HVnhMAj2m2zKeOF9iV7IdtDBS3cNnEk9dDTrLN6-nC5zqI5XY-X1ei9gElZUH8cHYiwRGX4saoWE3fhueK3NEYiXuk0Q1M7F43hIUqR1fUm6IUGyXkZYl9JDG2QxP75O8=&amp;c=qo4cZjf_aNnss0kvGHtg8WviGQTQy4ySCETX-lvlLWsTRtznypOBPQ==&amp;ch=FDnY9yC1BLxFP_KdWLUEEMUMYKdSP133sFkCU7xlVjmfNsw4KtZvYw==" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255);"><strong>Supper &amp; Soul: West End Blend</strong></a> at Westport Library Saturday, April 20, 6-10 pm</p><p><span style="color: rgb(8, 10, 16);">Supper &amp; Soul is returning to The Westport Library with West End Blend, who will bring their version of funk and soul to the Trefz Forum.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(8, 10, 16);">A single $87 ticket buys you a three-course dinner at a downtown restaurant and the concert. (Concert-only tickets are available as well for $35.) Participating restaurants include Arezzo, Basso, Capuli, Casa Me, Don Memo, Emily Squared, Il Pastfacio, Mexicue, Nomade, Spotted Horse, Goji (Wafu),&nbsp;and Walrus Alley.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(8, 10, 16);">Dinner starts at 6 pm, with the show kicking off at 8 pm.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(8, 10, 16);">After the concert, show your ticket at any of the participating restaurants and receive special happy-hour pricing on drinks.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(8, 10, 16);">In partnership with the Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce. Visit&nbsp;</span><a href="https://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001Y-sZcL22x7PAnliwIGAYsZQEtZINHHsCdb-9yfY76boGY_dbSujTU3aVxe2KRlf0OyGs34NB4yGnk7wpQzf54rnSpubH4ALD19tUdoXl8vvlY_MMsvi92mC2wK2s-ocGPYwGbiDM-Orwyib2kq4ZErwgzUjeM2EpnBeDexJ7WdePuQfIwvmL8A==&amp;c=qo4cZjf_aNnss0kvGHtg8WviGQTQy4ySCETX-lvlLWsTRtznypOBPQ==&amp;ch=FDnY9yC1BLxFP_KdWLUEEMUMYKdSP133sFkCU7xlVjmfNsw4KtZvYw==" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(49, 95, 195);"><strong>the&nbsp;Chamber website</strong></a><span style="color: rgb(8, 10, 16);">&nbsp;for more information.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(8, 10, 16);">Purchase tickets </span><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/supper-soul-west-end-blend-tickets-855223706127" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/supper-soul-west-end-blend-tickets-855223706127</a></p>

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical at Westport Country Playhouse

<p><strong>Westport Country Playhouse Presents Family Festivities Show “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical” on April 27</strong></p><p><strong>Written by multi-award winner Mo Willems, who began his career on PBS’ “Sesame Street.”&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Westport Country Playhouse’s Family Festivities series will present&nbsp;“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!,” on Saturday, April 27, at 1 and 4 p.m., produced by&nbsp;TheaterWorksUSA. The script is by Mo Willems, creator of the #1&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em>&nbsp;best-selling, Caldecott Honor award-winning "Pigeon" picture books. Willems began his career as a writer and animator for PBS' “Sesame Street,” where he garnered six Emmy Awards for his writing. Music is by Deborah Wicks La Puma. Ticket availability is limited.</p><p>In “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!,” a pigeon goes into action when a bus driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers late.</p><p>Mo Willems is an author, illustrator, animator, and playwright. He was the inaugural Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence (2019-2022), and he continues to collaborate in creating fun, new stuff involving classical music, opera, comedy concerts, dance, painting and digital works with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Ben Folds, Yo-Yo Ma, and others.</p><p>Willems is best known for his #1&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em>&nbsp;bestselling picture books, which have been awarded three Caldecott Honors (“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!,” “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale,” “Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity”), and his celebrated “Elephant and Piggie” early reader series, which has been awarded two Theodor Geisel Medals and five Geisel Honors.</p><p>Willems’ art has been exhibited around the world, including major solo retrospectives at Atlanta’s High Museum and the New-York Historical Society. Over the last decade, Willems has become the most-produced playwright of Theater for Young Audiences in America, having written or co-written four musicals based on his books.</p><p>He began his career as a writer and animator on PBS’ “Sesame Street,” where he garnered six Emmy Awards for writing. Other television work includes two series on Cartoon Network: “Sheep in the Big City” (creator, head writer) and “Codename: Kids Next Door” (head writer). His recent TV projects include the live-action comedy special, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Do Storytime!,” and an animated rock opera special based on “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed,” which originally premiered on HBO Max. Last April, he celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” with the publication of “Be the Bus: The Lost &amp; Profound Wisdom of The Pigeon” (Union Square Kids), a humor book for adults, and “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 20th Anniversary Edition” (Hyperion Books for Children) including an exclusive board game. His papers reside at Yale University’s Beinecke Library.</p><p>Performances&nbsp;are appropriate for grades Pre-K through 2 and run approximately one-hour in length. Tickets are $30 each; limited availability.</p><p>TheaterWorksUSA, the producing company, has led the Theater for Young and Family Audiences movement in New York City and across North America for over half a century. Since 1961, the 501(c)3 not-for-profit has captured the imaginations of 100 million new and veteran theatergoers with an award-winning repertoire of over 140 original plays and musicals.</p><p>&nbsp;The Family Festivities series&nbsp;at Westport Country Playhouse is generously supported by Westport Young Woman’s League.&nbsp;Westport Country Playhouse is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.</p><p>For more information and to buy tickets, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.westportplayhouse.or/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(70, 120, 134);">www.westportplayhouse.or</a>g, or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport.&nbsp;Stay connected to the Playhouse on Facebook (Westport Country Playhouse), Instagram (wcplayhouse), and on&nbsp;YouTube (WestportPlayhouse).</p>

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Westport Library Talk: How Yahya Sinwar's Leadership Changed Hamas

<p><strong style="color: var(--geeks-body-color);">Westport, CT -&nbsp;</strong><span style="color: var(--geeks-body-color);">An award-winning journalist/filmmaker with extensive experience covering Gaza and a former head of the Israeli Prison Service Intelligence Division will headline a conversation at The Westport Library on&nbsp;</span><a href="https://westportlibrary.org/event/how-yahya-sinwars-leadership-changed-hamas-a-conversation-with-award-winning-journalist-shlomi-eldar-and-former-intelligence-official-yuval-biton/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(70, 120, 134);">Tuesday, April 16, at 7 pm</a><span style="color: var(--geeks-body-color);">.</span></p><p>The conversation is presented in partnership with the Bennett Center at Fairfield University and the Jewish Federation of Greater Fairfield County.</p><p>There is no charge for admission, but&nbsp;<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-yahya-sinwars-leadership-changed-hamas-tickets-865810802417" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(70, 120, 134);">pre-registration is required</a>.</p><p>In the conversation, Shlomi Eldar and Dr. Yuval Biton will discuss the impact of Yahya Sinwar’s leadership on Hamas, the Palestinian political and military movement. Sinwar has led Hamas in Gaza since 2017. He is widely believed to be one of the masterminds behind the October 7 terror attack in Israel and has been designated a global terror threat by the U.S. Department of State. Glenn Dynner PhD, director of the Bennett Center at Fairfield University, will moderate the conversation.</p><p>Eldar has spent more than 30 years covering Gaza, Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority for Israeli television. During this time, he reported on the emergence of Hamas from its inception to the mass social and political movement that eventually came to power in Gaza. For his work, Eldar has been awarded Israel’s most important media award, the Sokolov Prize. He has also won two Ophir Awards, the Israeli Oscar-equivalent, for his documentaries. His new book,&nbsp;<em>Hamas: From Welfare Organization to War Crimes</em>, will be published soon.</p><p>Dr. Biton was on the medical team that removed Sinwar’s brain tumor while Sinwar was serving a 20-plus-year sentence in an Israeli prison. He spent many hours with the Hamas leader during his prison term. After more than 25 years of service in various capacities, Biton retired from the Israeli Prison Service. Hamas kidnapped and killed Dr. Biton’s nephew on October 7.</p><p>Dynner is the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Judaic Studies at Fairfield University. He is editor of the journal&nbsp;<em>Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies</em>, the author of three books, and a recent Guggenheim Fellow.</p><p><strong>Registration link:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-yahya-sinwars-leadership-changed-hamas-tickets-865810802417" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(70, 120, 134);">https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-yahya-sinwars-leadership-changed-hamas-tickets-865810802417</a></p><p>Attached photo: L to R:&nbsp;Shlomi Eldar and Yuval Biton</p>

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 Westport Bans Handheld/Backpack Leaf Blowers Starting May 15

<p>The Conservation Department reminds Westport residents and landscape crews that starting on May 15, 2024, the use of handheld and backpack gas-powered leaf blowers are prohibited in Town.</p><p>Conservation Director Colin Kelly stated, “As of Wednesday, May 15, 2024, gas powered leaf blowers may not be used during Summer. According to the Leaf Blower Ordinance, passed by the RTM in 2023, “Summer” is defined as the days&nbsp;<strong>beginning on May 15th and ending on October 15th</strong>&nbsp;of each year.”&nbsp;Kelly continued, “We are getting the word out now, in early spring, to remind everyone about the ordinance. Hopefully, this transition will be smooth for our residents. The RTM originally approved the ordinance in January of last year to give residents and crews the time to adjust to the new regulations.”</p><p>Additional information may be found on the Conservation Department page on the Town Website:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.westportct.gov/government/departments-a-z/conservation-department/gas-powered-leaf-blower-ordinance" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(48, 68, 139); background-color: transparent;">https://www.westportct.gov/government/departments-a-z/conservation-department/gas-powered-leaf-blower-ordinance</a></p><p>Mr. Kelly states, “We are encouraging the Town to prepare for this changeover. Homeowners should adopt their landscaping habits to meet the goals of the ordinance. If needed, speak with landscapers and make them aware of the requirements.”&nbsp;He also stated that the Conservation Department will be responding to written complaints from the public. “If you find someone is not following the ordinance, please feel free to send our office an email or letter with whatever information is available. We will follow-up by reviewing each complaint and sending educational materials to those who are not adhering to the ordinance.” Contact the Conservation Office by email at:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:ckelly@westportct.gov" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(48, 68, 139); background-color: transparent;">ckelly@westportct.gov</a>&nbsp;or mail at: Conservation Department, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT 06880.</p><p>For more information, contact the Conservation Department at 203-341-1170 or review its webpage:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.westportct.gov/government/departments-a-z/conservation-department" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(48, 68, 139); background-color: transparent;">https://www.westportct.gov/government/departments-a-z/conservation-department</a></p>

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