Shakespeare Market: Join Us!

More vendors, more food, more fun!

Shakespeare Market will be at 1850 Elm Street Stratford this Saturday March 6th AND Sunday March 7 th 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 at:
https://www.theshakespearemarket.org/vendors?fbclid=IwAR23UEGKE_RSVBwtr3SHydziXBzcEzZ18jwT5S3ak3Aobt_Yb3Msw9HGYE

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!

Scholarship Opportunity for Stratford Seniors

Stratford Library Board

by Tom Holehan
Public Relations & Programming at the Stratford Library

The Stratford Library Board of Trustees will award two $500.00 scholarships to graduating high school seniors residing in Stratford again this year.

Students must have a current Stratford Library card, be enrolled in or been accepted to a school of higher education, demonstrate some level of involvement with the Library between grades 9-12, demonstrate community involvement and/or leadership through volunteer service and extracurricular activities while in high school and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Applicants will also need to submit proof of Stratford residency, an essay of up to 500 words explaining their involvement with the Stratford Library and two letters of recommendation.

The scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee of Library Board members. The application deadline is April 30, 2021. Applications are available through Guidance Counselor offices at area high schools as well as the Library’s Teen Department.

March Madness in Stratford

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.

Thursday, 3/4
Girls v ND-Fairfield (home) 6:00
Boys @ ND (away) 7:15
The Red Devils travel to Notre Dame-Fairfield Thursday night for a tough league match up.

Tuesday, 3/2
Girls @ Bethel (away) 6:15

Monday evening. (3/1)
The Stratford Boys’ Basketball team had 3 players in double figures as they rolled past New Fairfield with a 66-55 victory to move to 6-2 on the season. Jayquan Kirkland dropped in 19 points, Fenley Turenne added 14, and Brady Knorr with 13. This was a team effort as Mike D’Aloia and Ben Petrie both had 8 points each.  New Fairfield was led by Matt Garbowski with 16.

Friday, 2/26 The Stratford Boys’ Basketball team improved to 5-2 on the season with a 59-50 victory over Newtown Friday night in the new SHS Gymnasium.  Jayquan Kirkland led the way for the Red Devils with 18 points.  Brady Knorr dropped in 11 and Mike D’Aloia added 10.  Newtown was led by Isaiah Thomas with 13 points.

Tuesday, 3/2
Girls @ Bethel (away) 6:15
Here is the remaining schedules for the boys’ and girls’ teams:

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, 3/12
Girls v New Milford (home) 6:00
Boys @ New Milford (away) 7:15

Drive-Thru Food Pantry

Where:  Holy Name of Jesus Church
1950 Barnum Avenue, Stratford CT

When: Tuesday, March 9th, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

To encourage social distancing and help limit the spread of COVID-19, the Stratford Health Department, CT Food Bank, and Holy Name of Jesus Church have partnered to offer a drive-thru food pantry. We ask for all those attending the drive-thru pantry to adhere to the following directions:

  •  Stay in your car at all times
  • Pop your trunk (if possible)
  • A pre-selected bag of food will be placed in your car
  • One bag per car, identification

 

“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
2
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.