“Managing Headaches”

Stratford Library Zoom Webinar Set for March 16th at 6:30 pm

by Tom Holehan
Public Relations & Programming at the Stratford Library

The Stratford Library will host Dr. Kate Mullin for a special health program, “Managing Headaches”, on Tuesday, March 16 from 6:30-7:30 pm. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held on the Library’s Zoom platform.

Are you suffering from headaches during Covid-19? Join the Zoom webinar hosted by New England Institute for Neurology and Headache’s board-certified neurologist Dr. Kate Mullin.

Attendees will learn the differences in various headache types, tips on how to cope with them and look at current medication options including the latest clinical trials for headaches in both children and adults. At the end of the presentation, Dr. Mullin will answer questions.

Dr. Kate Mullin is board-certified in Neurology and Headache Medicine. She treats adults and teens with all varieties of headaches, concussions, face, jaw, and neck pain. After graduating from Tufts University and New York University School of Medicine, Kate completed her residency training at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, followed by a fellowship in Headache Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. Prior to joining NEINH, Dr. Mullin was an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Trials in the Department of Neurology at Montefiore.

The “Managing Headaches” webinar will begin at 6:30 pm on March 16. To register for the program: go to: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/7503891.

Hamilton Trivia Night

Stratford Library on March 19 via Zoom

Teen volunteer Kaitlyn Marcus

by Tom Holehan
Public Relations & Programming at the Stratford Library

The Stratford Library presents Hamilton Trivia Night on Friday, March 19th at 7 pm. Anyone who has seen the Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway musical or its current film
version on Disney+, is welcome to play via Zoom. Trivia will be presented in a Jeopardy-style format with teams competing in different categories for points.  A few lucky contestants will win Hamilton-themed prizes in a random prize drawing.  This event was planned and created by Stratford Library volunteers Avanti, Kaitlyn and Sam.

To register and reserve a spot to: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/7510842.org for further information, call the Library at: 203.385.4165.

Opportunity to Share Your Ideas on Economic Development

Online Survey

Sponsored by the Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments (MetroCOG)

The Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments (MetroCOG), a multi-discipline, regional planning organization made up of six member communities — Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull — has created a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) survey for the Greater Bridgeport Region.

The CEDS survey is a strategy-driven effort that seeks to obtain information about Greater Bridgeport that will inform future economic development strategies for MetroCOG, our member municipalities, and our community partners. This survey is intended to engage citizens to better understand what the community wants the Region to look like in the future.

MetroCOG wants to know what you think about economic growth and prosperity in the Region. “We understand that your time is valuable and appreciate that you have taken the time to complete this survey. Please encourage other residents of the Greater Bridgeport Region to take this survey.”

Responses received will be used to inform the plan update, be interpreted as a community report, and confirm/refine the vision for economic development.

All residents and landowners within the MetroCOG Region – Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford & Trumbull are eligible to participate in the survey, which will be open from February 24th to March,20th , 2021. You may complete the survey online, or request a paper copy of the survey from: Patrick Carleton at pcarleton@ctmetro.org. To see or participate in the survey please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CSLBPBX

Got a Basketball Jones? Stratford High School on the Court and on TV

By Tony De Angelo
Athletic Director at Stratford High School

Getting ready for March Madness? Start working on your basketball chops by supporting our local high school basketball teams. Stratford Public Schools is allowing 2 immediate family members of participating athletes of the home team to attend games. All home and away games can be seen on the NFHS network.

The Stratford Red Devils waged a strong comeback in the 4th quarter to defeat their crosstown rival, Bunnell, 60-57 Tuesday night in the new SHS gym. Stratford was down 12 points heading into the 4th quarter but rallied back, led by Jayquan Kirkland with 14 of his 21 points in the 4th quarter. The Red Devils’ tough defense in the 4th quarter held Bunnell to just 8 points. Scott Knorr nailed 2 Free throws with 25 seconds left on the clock to lift Stratford to a 58-54 lead. On the next play Bunnell turned the ball over which led to Stratford’s Jaden Perez banking in a layup to go up 60-54 with 9 seconds left on the clock. Bunnell’s Kevin Lanham hit a 3-pointer on the next play but time ran out and Stratford went on to celebrate a 60-57 comeback victory.

Jayquan Kirkland was top scorer for Stratford with 21, Brady Knorr dropped in 16 and Ben Petrie had 8. Kevin Lanham was the top scorer for Bunnell with 26, Andrew Soltis had 14 and Yarami McCollough 8.

Stratford Moves to 4-2 and Bunnell 3-3 on the season. Stratford takes on Newtown at home on Friday, February 26 th at 7:15 p.m. Bunnell will face Masuk away on Monday, March 1. Both games are available on the NFHS Network.

On Tuesday, February 16 the Stratford HS Boys’ Basketball defeated Bethel 55-49 in the new SHS gymnasium. The Red Devils improve to 3-1 on the season. Jayquan Kirkland was the top scorer with 22. Brady Knorr dropped in 15. Mike D’Aloia and Fenley Turenne each had 8. Dylan Breeland led Bethel with 25.

The Stratford High School girls’ basketball team are 0-2 and will be returning from quarantine to play Friday, February 26 th @ Newtown at 6:15 p.m.

Here is the remaining schedules for the boys’ and girls’ teams:

Friday, 2/26

Boys v Newtown (home) 7:15
Girls @ Newtown (away) 6:15

Monday, 3/1

Boys v New Fairfield(home) 7:15

Tuesday, 3/2

Girls @ Bethel (away) 6:15

Thursday, 3/4

Girls v ND-Fairfield (home) 6:00
Boys @ ND (away) 7:15

Saturday, 3/6
Girls v Weston (home ) 3:00
Boys @ Weston (away) 2:45

Tuesday, 3/9

Girls v Kolbe Cathedral (home) 6:00
Boys @ Kolbe Cathedral (away) 7:00

Wednesday, 3/10

Girls @ Bunnell (away) 4:00

Friday, 3/1
Girls v New Milford (home) 6:00
Boys @ New Milford (away) 7:15

VAX Facts

The state is releasing information about how many individuals are vaccinated in all Connecticut communities. As of February 18th, 2021, 6,678 or 12.88% of Stratford’s population had been vaccinated with a first dose.

Stratford clinics have dispensed 3,812 vaccines to date. It’s important to keep in mind that Stratford is part of a larger regional and statewide vaccination network and effort. Stratford does not vaccinate ONLY Stratford residents – many residents and first responders have been vaccinated at locations outside Stratford, and conversely, many from outside of Stratford have been vaccinated here.

Clinics will continue at Birdseye every Tuesday and Wednesday based on vaccine supply and eligibility.

Governor Lamont recently announced that the state will continue taking an age-based approach to distribution of the COVID vaccine, making the following update to the vaccine schedule:

The planned schedule is as follows:
March 1, 2021: Expands to age group 55 to 64
March 22, 2021: Expands to age group 45 to 54
April 12, 2021: Expands to age group 35 to 44
May 3, 2021: Expands to age group 16 to 34

The State has spelled out additional individuals who are eligible for vaccinations in Phase 1b, those additional individuals include:

Residents between the ages of 65 and 74
Residents between the ages of 16 and 64 who have underlying health conditions that
put them at greater risk of the virus
Residents and staff of congregate settings
Frontline essential workers

Following the Governor’s orders, our clinics are now open to Stratford residents 65 years of age and older. We are encouraging everyone to register online through the CT DPH portal at https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/OnlineVaccine. Registering in the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) provides you with flexibility in securing an appointment at any area clinic, including at the Stratford Health Department.

Vaccine clinics require an appointment (no walk-ins accepted) to be made in advance. When viewing the directory of vaccine clinics, click on ‘More Details’ for specific information about how you can schedule an appointment at each location. Some locations offer online scheduling through their website or electronic health record, others allow scheduling by phone, and some locations can be booked through the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS).

Brooklyn: Fuhgeddaboudit: Books Over Coffee

“Deacon King Kong” by James McBride Wednesday,
February 24th

Discussion Leader: Linda Lidestri

by Tom Holehan
Public Relations & Programming at the Stratford Public Library

On Wednesday, February 24 th at Noon on Zoom the Stratford Library will present “Deacon King Kong” by James McBride as part of their Books Over Coffee presentations. The event is free and open to the Public.

The discussion leader will be Linda Lidestri. For further information, call the Library at: 203-385-4162

One of Barack Obama’s “Favorite Books of the Year”, Oprah’s Book Club Named it one of the Top Ten Books of the Year, as did the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and TIME Magazine.

James McBride examines an inexplicable act of violence, and the tangled threads of the story behind it. “Deacon King Kong”, set in Brooklyn, in what appears to be a fictionalized version of the Brooklyn housing project where McBride grew up, is crowded with characters whose backstories are crowded with more characters, all of their fates connected, in ways they know about and in ways they don’t. It’s a world where isolation seems like vanity; where one’s intimate business is usually, somehow, everyone else’s business, too; where even the attempted murder that begins the novel takes place in front of sixteen witnesses, many of whom know both shooter and victim personally.

“Deacon King Kong” is a nickname on top of a nickname: everyone in the Cause Houses knows the title character as Sportcoat. He is indeed a deacon, serving at the local Five Ends Baptist Church (though one of the novel’s running jokes is that no one quite knows what a deacon’s duties are, or how a man gets to be one), and he used to be the coach of the Cause’s youth baseball team. Now he spends his days doing the occasional odd job and, primarily, drinking. King Kong is the name of the home brew he favors. It is September, 1969, during what will prove a miraculous season for baseball fans in the city, and Sportcoat, seventy-one years of age, is equally in need of divine intervention, as he reels from the death of his wife.

Anti-Racism “Diverse Voices” Display Continues

Stratford Library Moves Lawn Exhibit Inside

by Tom Holehan
Public Relations & Programming at the Stratford Public Library

The Stratford Library, 2203 Main Street in Stratford has extended the viewing period and moved its lawn sign exhibit, which debuted last November, inside the building. Entitled “The Power of Diverse Voices: In Their Words” the exhibit is a project of the Library Board’s newly formed Anti-Racism committee and features select quotations from people of color on over 80 signs now gracing various spaces in the Library.  The words of Martin Luther King, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Harriet Tubman, Caesar Chavez Frederick Douglass, Beyonce, Michael Jordan, James Baldwin, Kamala Harris, Stevie Wonder and Alice Walker.

The project was the first of several programs dealing with racism and implicit bias planned by the Library in conjunction with CARE (Citizens Addressing Racial Equity), Sterling House Community Center, the Town of Stratford and the Arts Alliance of Stratford.  A lobby display also provides brief biographies about all those quoted. Those seeking further information can also visit the Library’s website at: http://stratfordlibrary.org/anti-racism-reading-list-resources/.

For further information, call: 203-385-4162.

Stratford Library Board Anti-Racism Statement

Stratford is a town with a growing minority population. We unequivocally condemn all forms of violence against Black, Latinos, Indigenous, and all people of color. The library believes it is important to come forward and publicly state that we believe Black lives matter. Libraries are often considered neutral spaces but the Stratford Library is far from neutral on the issue of racism. We can proudly say that the mission of the library “…to empower and enrich our diverse community by providing access to innovative services, information, and ideas” is one that seeks to directly combat divisiveness, ignorance, hate, and racism in our community.

Adopted by the Stratford Library Board, September 17, 2020

Come One, Come All: Shop till you drop (it will keep you warm)!

Shakespeare Market this Weekend

Eat Lunch, Buy Snacks

by Tom Dillon
Market Manager

Shakespeare Market will be at 1850 Elm Street Stratford this Saturday Feb. 20 AND Sunday Feb. 21 from 10-2. Farmers, crafters, food trucks and do-gooders will all assemble at the famed property abutting the beautiful Housatonic River this weekend.

Each market features a unique roster of local entrepreneurs and artists.  Core food vendors like Eaglewood Farms (pork and eggs), Daffodil Hill Growers (farm fresh veggies and dairy), WHYNOT Farms (Certified Angus beef), and Wave Hill Breads will be available all weekend. Don’t forget to pre-order on the website and avoid the lines!! Check out the complete rosters for Saturday and Sunday February 20 and 21! For rosters go to: www.theshakespearemarket.org

Kettle Corn, Hot Chocolate, delicious food from Paradise Island and The Melting Truck will be there too.  Check out Betzy’s Latin Flavors for a hot empanadas or take them home frozen!

Crafters will offer custom clothing, beautiful jewelry, home decor and original art.  Check out Stratford locals Emily Barksdale Art and Designs on Homestead home decor! Shopping locally was never so good!!  After the Market, walk into town and through Stratford’s Historic District. You won’t be disappointed!

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Sterling House and The YMCA will be there raising money to support literacy, collecting food, raising awareness for all the good causes in town.  Sterling House has even cooked up a scavenger hunt for the kids! Real Food Share, a Newtown based non-profit, will be there to show you how to grow vegetables in your own backyard and donate to local food banks!

Get out of the house.  Take a walk in the fresh air.  See the spectacular Housatonic River!  Mask up, come on down and social distance with us this weekend!

Feeding Winter Birds

Speaker Chris Petherick Offers Zoom Talk on February 23rd

by Tom Holehan
Public Relations & Programming at the Stratford Public Library

The Stratford Library welcomes back guest speaker Chris Petherick to discuss “Feeding Wild Birds in Winter” on Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 pm.  The talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place on the Library’s Zoom platform. This program, special for “National Bird Feeding Month”, will include an optional Grab & Go kit (for the first 30 registrants) to make winter birdseed feeders. Those interested should answer “YES” on the registration form to be contacted and scheduled for a Grab & Go pick-up. Supplies are limited.

Chris Petherick, owner of Wild Birds, Unlimited of Fairfield, returns to the Library with a special program on identifying and feeding winter birds. Bird feeding is most helpful at times when birds need the most energy, such as during temperature extremes, migration, and in late winter or early spring, when natural seed sources are depleted.

“Feeding Wild Birds in Winter” will be held from 6:30-7:30 pm on February 23. To register for the free program visit: https://stratfordlibrary.libcal.com/event/7507971.

For further information, call the Library at: 203-385-4162.


Correction: Bunnell Honor Roll

In last week’s Bunnell High School Honor Roll there was one young lady listed in 9th grade First Honors whose first name was omitted. the name was listed as Medina Diaz, and It should read Chrismeilyn Medina Diaz.