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The 39th an­nual Doors of Shippan wreath com­pe­ti­tion will take place Thurs­day.

Doors of Shippan is a long-run­ning com­pe­ti­tion held at par­tic­i­pat­ing houses in Shippan Point. The neigh­bor­hood tra­di­tion is or­ga­nized and spon­sored by the Shippan Point Gar­den Club, has been in ex­is­tence for 96 years. All Shippan res­i­dents can par­tic­i­pate. There are usu­ally about 50 wreaths en­tered in the com­pe­ti­tion.

There are eight de­sign cat­e­gories that en­trants can choose from this year. New this year is a sep­a­rate cat­e­gory for chil­dren and teens as well as the de­sign theme “some­thing you be­lieve in.” The other cat­e­gories in­clude tra­di­tional, un­con­ven­tional, in­ter­na­tional, all-nat­u­ral and re­li­gious.

Judg­ing will be­gin at 9 a.m., with re­sults avail­able by noon.


Santa Claus, and guest Brian Cash­man, gen­eral man­ager of the New York Yan­kees, will rap­pel from 22 sto­ries above down­town Stam­ford on Sun­day.

Santa and his guests will rap­pel from the top of one of Stam­ford’s tallest build­ings, Land­mark Square, to cel­e­brate the an­nual hol­i­day tree light­ing cer­e­mony from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Stam­ford Down­town Chil­dren’s Choir will per­form, and free hot choco­late will be pro­vided at the First Con­gre­ga­tional Church and the Uni­tar­ian Univer­sal­ist Church.

The cer­e­mony will take place at 1 Land­mark Square.


The Springdale Neigh­bor­hood As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual tree light­ing will be held at 4 p.m. Sun­day in Mar­i­lyn Tre­fry Park.

There will be mu­si­cal per­for­mances, a free gift for ev­ery child and a spe­cial guest. At­ten­dees can bring canned goods to do­nate to the Food Bank of Lower Fair­field County.


Lawrence W. Ber­liner, a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion law at­tor­ney, will present an in­ter­ac­tive work­shop, Ex­plor­ing Your Child’s Ed­u­ca­tional Jour­ney, meant to guide par­ents in nav­i­gat­ing the spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and fo­cus on what they need to know for the school year and be­yond.

The work­shop will start at 6:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day at the Stam­ford Jewish Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in the board room.

The top­ics that will be cov­ered dur­ing the work­shop in­clude a child’s ba­sic ed­u­ca­tional rights, what to do when your child is strug­gling in school and the school is not re­spond­ing to your child’s needs, and what is an IEE (In­de­pen­dent Ed­u­ca­tional Eval­u­a­tion) and par­ents’ right to have one.

Reg­is­tra­tion is sug­gested. For in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter, call 203-255-0582.


North­east Ele­men­tary School will host a work­shop for Span­ish-speak­ing par­ents from 9 to 11 a.m. Wed­nes­day to re­view re­port cards.

Teach­ers at the school will ex­plain the read­ing and math in­ven­tory tests, among other top­ics.

The work­shop will be held in the mini com­puter lab, next to the school’s me­dia cen­ter.

For in­for­ma­tion, call 203-977-5660.

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To share your com­mu­nity and neigh­bor­hood news, con­tact Staff Writer Ig­na­cio Laguarda at 203-964-2264 or at ig­na­[email protected]­for­dad­vo­

Michael Cummo / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Clerk Janet McCabe, cen­ter, and judge Rusty Ruth ex­am­ine a wreath while judg­ing the new­comer cat­e­gory of the an­nual Doors of Shippan on Downs Av­enue in Stam­ford last year.

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