Shop Small Saturday

Small Business Resources

by State Representative Joe Gresko (D)

This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, the shopping holiday that encourages consumers to support small businesses in our community. Many locally owned businesses will be offering various sales and promotions to encourage customers to shop small this holiday season. Small businesses are the backbone of our state and local economies, and when you shop at a local small business, a significant amount of that money stays and is reinvested in our community.

My legislative colleagues and I, along with state leaders, are committed to supporting our small businesses and small business owners this holiday season and every day after. To streamline the process of doing business in Connecticut, our state’s business registration system has been fully integrated with Business.CT.gov.  This move provides a seamless experience for business owners from starting a business, registering it, and managing their critical compliance needs. The upgraded portal aims to encourage entrepreneurship and business growth while working to reduce some of the risk that comes with starting a business. You can learn more about the site’s expanded capabilities.

Our small businesses are at the heart of our community. This holiday season, let’s keep the holiday spirit of giving alive by shopping, eating, and celebrating locally.

Victorian Festivities’

Kick Off the Christmas Holidays

Boothe Homestead Christmas
December 3rd, 4th, and 5th

Boothe Memorial Park, 5800 Main St., will be decked out in its finest splendor, December 3rd, 4th and 5th. Many of the buildings will be beautifully decorated for the holidays. The proceeds will benefit their school programs The Homestead will be decorated in a Victorian theme. There will be 3 foot decorated trees available for auction. The hours are:

Preview Party Friday, December 3rd, 6:30-9 p.m. There will be snacks and entertainment. Cost is $15 or 2 for $25.

Saturday, December 4th, and Sunday, December 5th the Homestead will be open from 2-5 p.m. The cost for Saturday and Sunday is $5. Children under 12 are free.

Boothe Memorial Railway Society will be open on Friday evening from 6:30-9 p.m and Saturday from 2-5 p.m.
Putney Chapel will be open and decorated on December 4th from 2-5 p.m. and December 5th from 2-5 p.m.
The newly opened Stratford Veterans Museum will welcome visitors December 3rd from 6:30-9 p.m., December 4th from 2-5 p.m. and December 5th from 2-5 p.m.
Stratford Community Concert Band will be performing holiday selections on Saturday, December 4th from 2-4 p.m. in the coliseum.

Tree Time at Sterling House Community Center

Buy Early for Best Buy on Trees and Wreaths!

On-line purchase options offered this year.

Monday Matinee

Minari

Stratford Library
December 13th
Noon in the Lovell Room

The Monday Matinee series presents recent, popular films on monthly Monday afternoons, is free and open to the public. Minari is the last film to screen in 2021!!

Minari is a tender and sweeping story that follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother (Oscar winner Youn Yuh-jung).

Set during the 1980s The film, which was also nominated for “Best Picture” and “Best Actor”, is rated PG-13 and 115 minutes.

Movies in the “Monday Matinees” series are shown uncut on widescreen in the Stratford Library’s Lovell Room.  Due to town mandates, patrons are required to wear a mask inside the Library.

For further information, call the Library at 203-385-4162 or visit: www.stratfordlibrary.org.

 

 

 

 

A Celebration of Resilience!!!

Sterling House Community Center and SquareWrights Playwright Group will celebrate plays written during the height of COVID-19, explore various aspects of human resilience in the face of isolation and the challenges of physical and emotional health.

Amy Cabrera and Friends

3rd Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner

I provide the residents of the city of Bridgeport CT cooked Thanksgiving dinners every along with clothing every year.  I am reaching out in hopes to receive support from the outer community of people looking to donate to a cause like this.

I am looking for anyone that would like to donate serving supplies, reusable grocery bags, clothing such as coats, hats, gloves, scarves, socks, etc… and cooked food.  I can pickup in the evening and on Saturday and Sunday.

I am serving dinner on Thanksgiving Day downtown Bridgeport, CT at The Rum & Tequila Fusion 211 State St Bpt CT from 12:00pm-4:00pm.  Please share this information with every church, business, store, friend and family member so we can give back to those with less than us.

They are also taking donations for Camilla’s Closet, Martin Luther King Drive, Bridgeport.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call and or text me 203/260-8081.

Blessings to you all!

Amy Cabrera

Basketball Back

Activities for All Ages:

Sterling House Community Center Multiple Programs and Offerings!!!!

Sign Up for The Great Rake on December 4th.   Register now to have your yard raked by enthusiastic volunteers.  Free to those over 65.

Toy Drive Registration at Sterling House now in progress.

Thanksgiving Food Drive at Sterling House.  Call for items needed to make someone’s Thanksgiving a Blessed one.

Get your Christmas tree and Christmas Wreaths beginning November 27th.

Basketball is back at SHCC!

We are partnering with the Stratford Schools and Stratford Rec to bring you a league this year. Even though it will look different with some limitations, our objective is to get our youth back on the court being physical and playing with their peers and teammates.

Teams are formed by grade with the following divisions:

Grades 3 & 4 | Grades 5 & 6 | Grades 7 & 8

If you feel your child is capable of playing in an older division, it is encouraged. Players are not allowed to play in a lower division than their current age and those still in middle school cannot play “up” in the high school division.

Registration Begins in the Fall of 2021

Late registrants will be placed on a waitlist and incur a $20 late fee.

Fee: $115

Spectator Limitations:

Teams practice is December. Team games starting in January are during the week and some Saturdays. Once games begin, practices are limited due to scheduling. *No parents or spectators are allowed in the school gyms, coaches and players only.

Grades 3-6 Games at the Birdseye Complex- *1 Spectator per player allowed in the Birdseye Complex gym.

Grades 7-12 Games are in the Stratford Schools- *No parents or spectators are allowed in the school gyms.

Mask Wearing:

Masks are required by all persons inside regardless of vaccination status. This includes all players, coaches, officials, staff and spectators.

COVID Protocol:

All SHCC COVID procedures will be followed during league action.

Any player who tests positive or is quarantined from school will also have to quarantine from SHCC activities. They cannot return to their team until their quarantine period is up and they are allowed to return to school.

If a coach is exposed, tested positive or deemed a close contact they will have to quarantine as required by the CDC and SHCC policy.

Coaches are needed! Email Athletic Director, Catherine Proto at cproto@sterlinghousecc.org

Girls are encouraged to register for the Stratford Recreation Department girl’s league. Call (203) 385-4052 for information

Learn to Play Basketball

Learn the fundamentals of basketball in a fun and encouraging environment!

Boys & Girls | 6 Weeks on Saturdays, beginning January 8th

Session 1: 9:00-9:45 am – Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Session 2: 10:00-10:45 am – 1st & 2nd Grade

Birdseye Complex Gym

Fee: $86 (Pinnie Jersey & Instruction included)

High School Basketball League

Players are encouraged to form their own teams with a required adult coach over the age of 21. Students playing for a high school team are not eligible for this league due to CIAC state rules.

JV Division – 9th and 10th grade

Varsity Division – 11th and 12th grade

Registration Ends December 17th , Fee: $115

Spectator Limitations:

Grades 9-12 Games are in the Stratford Schools. *No parents or spectators are allowed in the school gyms.  Masks are required by all persons inside regardless of vaccination status. This includes all players, coaches, officials, staff and spectators.

COVID Protocol:  All SHCC COVID procedures will be followed during league action.

Any player who tests positive or is quarantined from school will also have to quarantine from SHCC activities. They cannot return to their team until their quarantine period is up and they are allowed to return to school.

If a coach is exposed, tested positive or deemed a close contact they will have to quarantine as required by the CDC and SHCC policy.

Coaches are needed! Please register online, https://www.sterlinghousecc.org/volunteer-coach-form or email Athletic Director Catherine Proto cproto@sterlinghousecc.org

Scholarships are available for our athletic programs! Please fill out an application here, or contact the Main Office for more information (203) 378-2606

 

Make Giving A Purpose

Help Needed!!!

Connecticut Foodshare

Connecticut Foodshare is looking for volunteers to help pack food boxes for Connecticut’s senior residents at our Bridgeport warehouse located at 229 Mountain Grove Street.

We are packing food boxes designed to help supplement the diets of low-income seniors. These Commodity Supplemental Food Program kits are packed in Bridgeport on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (8:30-11:30 a.m.).

These kits go out to income eligible seniors all across the state. Each month we try to pack at least 3,000 kits.

We welcome individuals, ministries, service organizations, etc., anyone willing to help with this weekly project designed to help reduce the number of seniors struggling with food insecurity.

Anyone interested can register at:

https://ctfoodshare.volunteerhub.com/lp/FairfieldCounty/

Questions? Call Volunteer Services at 860-856-4340. Thank You!

Mark Your Calendar

Support our world famous (and now “movie stars”) Bunnell Stratford Marching Band by donating your cans and bottles fund raising.

The First Congregational Church, 2301 Main Street, will have their annual tag sale on Saturday, November 13th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church hall. This is the oldest church tag sale in Stratford, and there will be prizes, raffles, gifts.

After tag sale swing by The Tidal Exchange for more treasures.

Celebrate Avco Day at our Air and Space Museum on Saturday, November 13th. Tickets still available.

Break out the tinsel and greens, Stratford Beautician Committee ramping up for Christmas in Stratford – channel your inner Clark Griswald!!! Nominations now open. Nominate friends, family, businesses, commercial establishments, even churches!

Activities for All Ages

Sterling House Community Center Multiple Programs and Offerings!!!!

Sign Up for The Great Rake on December 4th. Register now to have your yard raked by enthusiastic volunteers. Free to those over 65.

Toy Drive Registration at Sterling House now in progress.

Thanksgiving Food Drive at Sterling House. Call for items needed to make someone’s Thanksgiving a Blessed one.

Basketball Sign Up: registration ends on Wednesday, November 17th .