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Virtual Presentation: Witches in Connecticut October 21

The trials and executions of witches in Connecticut predated the more famous Salem witch panic by over 40 years. Hear the stories of some of the women and men accused, tried, and executed as witches and learn how Connecticut successfully controlled the spread of witch accusations long before Salem erupted in panic and violence.

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Forest Bathing Walk October 15 & 26 ~Stamford, CT~

Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, which translates to forest bathing, these walks have been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive function. Beyond the physiological changes, forest bathing offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world.

SOURCE: https://www.bartlettarboretum.org

Location: Bartlett Gardens, 151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT

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Virtual Author Salon: Myka Meier “Modern Etiquette Made Easy” and “Business Etiquette Made Easy” October 15

Feeling confident and polished is a major asset, in both our personal and professional lives. Join Myka Meier, author of Modern Etiquette Made Easy and Business Etiquette Made Easy, as she speaks about the practical, modern, and easily relatable ways to accomplish this goal. Myka is a graduate of Swiss finishing school and trained in London under a former member of The Royal Household Staff of Her Majesty the Queen.

SOURCE: https://newcanaanlibrary.org

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Virtual Author Event: David Sibley “What It’s Like to Be a Bird” October 15 ~Stamford, CT~

An interactive online talk with David Sibley – world-renowned author and illustrator of “The Sibley Guide to Birds,” and his latest book, “What It’s Like to Be a Bird.” The foremost authority in his field, he’s been called the most important illustrator of birds since John James Audubon and Roger Tory Petersen.

SOURCE: https://www.stamfordmuseum.org

Location: Stamford Museum, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT

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Fall Family Campout October 9 & 10 ~Stamford, CT~

Arrive anytime between 5 and 6 pm to choose your “campsite” on the meadow, by the Pollinator Garden, or on the farm’s duck lawn.

Distanced picnic tables will be available for a bring-your-own dinner. We’ll have a variety of staff-led outdoor activities in small groups including night hikes, live animal presentations, and naked-eye astronomy.

Each family will also receive a packet with a scavenger hunt and materials for a do-it-yourself family terrarium to make for your evening craft!

In the morning, take an early stroll on the farm as the animals wake up for the morning, and enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fruit, and more before starting off your Saturday. Limited to 18 families to allow for distancing.

SOURCE: https://www.stamfordmuseum.org

Location: Stamford Museum, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT

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Virtual Author Salon: “Chris Frantz: Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina” October 7 ~Norwalk, CT~

In REMAIN IN LOVE, Frantz takes readers to the rooms where the songs were born (when he wrote “Psycho Killer” with David Byrne and then-girlfriend Tina Weymouth), to the stages of late 1970s New York (where the crowd included Lou Reed, Andy Warhol, and Debbie Harry), to the founding of Tom Tom Club, and inside his relationships with love of his life, Weymouth, and mercurial frontman, Byrne.

SOURCE: https://www.norwalkpl.org

Location: Norwalk Library, 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk, CT

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Virtual Author Talk: Alisha Gorder “Joy: A Modern Fable” October 8

Join us for an interview with Easton author Alisha Gorder, who will discuss her newly published book, Joy: A Modern Fable. The cover art for the book was created by Alisha’s daughter and JBHS student Anya Gorder.

SOURCE: Easton Library

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Virtual Author Talk: Julia Halina Hadas “Witchcraft Cocktails” October 2

Explore the world of healing cocktails with Julia Halina Hadas and a demonstration from her new book, WitchCraft Cocktails.

All you need is a delicious and easy recipe, a bottle of your favorite booze, and a desire to get witchy. In WitchCraft Cocktails, you will find recipes for alcohol-based beverages that are sure to help you in your craft. Designed for healing, spells, offerings, and just plain fun, there’s nothing these drinks can’t do! Need a love potion to help woo your lover? Maybe a tincture to heal a cold? Or perhaps you’re looking for the perfect witch-themed signature cocktail to serve at your next gathering. Regardless of what you’re looking for, this book has you covered and includes tips on how to use your witch’s brew to further your practice—and have fun!

SOURCE: https://westportlibrary.org

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US Passport Service October 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 ~Norwalk, CT~

The Norwalk Public Library has become an official Passport Application Acceptance Facility. U. S. Passport applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

SOURCE: https://www.norwalkpl.org

Location: Norwalk Library, 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk, CT

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Municipal, State, & Federal Job Opportunities in the New York Tri-State Area

Federal Jobs

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Connecticut, New Jersey, & New York Jobs


Bergen, Fairfield, Rockland & Westchester Medical Industry Employment


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FRIGHT HAVEN September 12-October 31 ~Stratford, CT~

3 ATTRACTIONS UNDER 1 ROOF! OVER 20,000 SQ. FT. OF SCARES!

PSYCHO WARD 13
Slip out of your mind and into the dark world of PsychO Ward13, an asylum with questionable methods of treating its patients.

THE WASTELAND
Destruction. Violence. Death. This is the creed of the Wasteland. When the apocalypse hit, following a devastating nuclear war, the world as humanity knew it ceased to exist.

CARNIVAL OF LOST SOULS
The Carnival of Lost Souls is not your normal circus. The carnival barkers beckon you to take a look inside the mind of a mad clown.

SOURCE: https://www.frighthaven.com/

Location: 411 Barnum Avenue Cutoff, Stratford, CT

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LEGENDS OF FEAR Haunted Hayride September 26-October 31 ~Shelton, CT~

Tractor pulled hay wagons into our fields and forest of fear for thirty minutes of spine-chilling fun. You may try and huddle together for safety, but in our domain we live to hear you scream! Into the darkness you will descend imprisoned on our sinister ride… deeper and darker the driver will go. No one will hear your curdling screams over the chainsaws and the clowns’ maniacal laughter.

Deep in the woods of this historic family farm, the Legends are ALIVE! Walk these Hallowed Grounds this season for the most Fun and Fright you will ever experience!

SOURCE: https://www.legendsoffear.com/

Location: 2 Saw Mill City Road, Shelton, CT

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Play Golf in Fairfield, Bergen, Rockland, & Westchester Counties

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Bergen, Fairfield, Rockland & Westchester Medical Industry Employment

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EMT/EMS Certification Education in Bergen, Fairfield, Rockland and Westchester Counties

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics typically complete a postsecondary educational program. All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed; requirements vary by state.

Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics.

Both a high school diploma or equivalent and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification typically are required for entry into postsecondary educational programs in emergency medical technology. Most of these programs are nondegree award programs that can be completed in less than 1 year; others last up to 2 years. Paramedics, however, may need an associate’s degree. Programs in emergency medical technology are offered by technical institutes, community colleges, universities, and facilities that specialize in emergency care training. Some states have EMR positions that do not require national certification. These positions typically require state certification.

SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics

NOTE: In many states you can start training for EMT/EMS as early as age 16!

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Farms & Farmers Markets in Fairfield, Bergen, Rockland, and Westchester Counties

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Do Business with Local Governments-Request for Proposals Bergen, Fairfield, Rockland and Westchester Counties

Did you know you can expand your business by obtaining contracts with local governments? Nonprofits and for-profit businesses can improve their communities and create employment opportunities for your neighbors. All industries from Education, to Entertainment, to IT, to Construction. Visit links below to review opportunities.

RFPs by County

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Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York Government Employment Links

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Recycling is not the answer. You MUST reduce your consumption.

FACT: unless you’re reducing your consumption of plastic, recycling means nothing

PROBLEM: plastic is everywhere and part of everything-including clothing

SOLUTION: do what can, when possible. Don’t buy unless absolutely necessary and there is no alternative.

What I’ve done:

  • Buy used clothes, to reduce demand for new resources to manufacture brand new clothes. 60% of my current wardrobe is used, including shoes and sneakers
  • Carry reusable silverware to use at work
  • Use mug or reusable cup at work for drinks
  • Refuse straws
  • Refuse packet condiments/disposable silverware (especially if it’s take out, you got it at home)
  • Buy vitamins in glass bottles (glass can be recycled over and over)
  • Having a party? Buy aluminum cans instead of soda in gallon. Aluminum can be recycled multiple times.
    Stop buying products that use excessive packaging
  • Become aware of how much garbage- including recycling, you make per day. There are some days I don’t make any garbage.

I made a conscious effort to be aware of my impact. I don’t worry about others, I do what I can. I am among millions on this planet that got companies changing their ways because they’re loosing money by not being mindful of the garbage they’re creating with their products.

Resources for reducing environmental impact in the New York City Metro from Found in Yonkers

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Own a home? Plant native plants to mitigate climate change, provide habitat and food for pollinators

Native Plant Sale September 5 & 6: Wild Gardens Nursery at Rhinoceros Creek, 401 Route 202, Somers, NY–You must make an appointment to shop or you can pre-order!

Native Plant Sale September 12 & 13: Native trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses and ferns at Rosedale Nurseries, 51 Saw Mill River Road (Route 9A), Hawthorne, NY

I have turned my front and back lawns into habitats for native insects. American lawns are modeled after British manor homes. Trying to achieve this archaic ideal has become so standard it’s cliche.

Tall native grasses of the Northeast were decimated to make way for smaller tropical and genetically modified smaller species which are easy to cut.

I’ve learned from untold research that trees, native plants and tall grasses that are allowed to flower provide the most food for native and migrating pollinators like bees and butterflies. Birds that do not migrate also benefit from seeds of mature grasses during the lean winter months when food is scarce.

My yard is a combination of food garden while the remaining is a native and non-native plants. Since I’ve changed from a manor house grass lawn I’ve had so many visitors to my lawn!

native goldenrod
Goldenrod-Native Plant
Spider laid it’s eggs on my American yew-Native
Native mantis on Mint (not native)

So basically, as stated in 1989’s Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come.”

Visit the Lady Bird Johnson Native Plant Center for native plants in your part of the United States.

Buy Native Plants from These Locations: