Month: September 2017 (page 2 of 2)

October 4, 2017
Dominic Rocca, MD., Ph.D.
What You Should Know
About Sleep

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Dominic Rocca, M.D., Ph.D., will talk about “What You Should Know about Sleep” that will provide an overview of the basics of sleep, including the different stages of sleep and sleep requirements. Dr. Rocca will discuss insomnia and sleep apnea, the two most common sleep disorders. He also will talk about the dangers of sleep deprivation and how to use naps and caffeine to deal with it. Dr. Rocca is a member of the Pulmonary Associates of Stamford. Before that, he was director of the Connecticut Center for Sleep Medicine. He formerly was awarded a sleep fellowship with Boston University and Beth Israel Hospitals. He also had fellowships in Pulmonary & Critical Care and Allergy and Immunology at Boston University. He served a three-year residency in internal medicine at New York University. Dr. Rocca has received numerous honors and awards, including Top Connecticut Doctor Award and Specialist of the Year Award at Stamford Hospital. He is a member of a number of medical associations such as the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American Medical Association. Dr. Rocca’s board certifications include internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care.

Arranged by Jack Fitzgibbons



Septermber 27, 2017
Ute Wartenberg Kagan, JD
The Most Valuable Coin
in the World

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Ute Wartenberg Kagan, J.D., executive director, American Numismatic Society, will present a fascinating account of arguably the most valuable coin in the world – the 1933 $20 gold Double Eagle, which last sold in 2002 at a Sotheby’s auction for $7.6 million. This bizarre and mysterious saga begins in 1933 with the Gold Confiscation Act and ends in April 2017 at the U.S. Supreme Court. The intriguing tale includes alleged smuggling from the U.S. Mint, King Farouk of Egypt, shady coin dealers, government agents conducting a “sting operation” and, of course, a few lawyers. Dr. Wartenberg Kagan’s primary research focus is on ancient Greek coinage, and she has spent most of her academic career in the museum world. From 1991 through 1998, she worked as the curator of Greek coins in the British Museum in London. Since 1999, she has been the executive director of the American Numismatic Society in New York. Educated in Saarbrucken, Germany, Dr. Wartenberg Kagan was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where she received her doctorate in papyrology. She has published more than 50 books and articles on numismatics and papyrology, is a recognized public speaker, and is frequently interviewed for newspapers, radio and television. In connection with her active interest in current U.S. coinage, Dr. Wartenberg Kagan has testified about coin design before the Senate Banking Committee and has been appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury to various coin advisory committees.

Arranged by Tom Haack




September 20, 2017
George Ubogy, MD
Music for Non-Musicians

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

George Ubogy, M.D., will talk about appreciating music, which is basically understanding how differing emotions are captured and exemplified in music. He will illustrate his talk by playing excerpts by Schubert, Wagner, Rossini and Brahms. He also will discuss the role of the performer’s interpretation of music, the physics of musical sounds and the neurobiology of hearing music. Dr. Ubogy attended the Juilliard Preparatory Division during childhood and adolescence and continues to play the piano for pleasure. At Cornell University, he learned to play the chimes (a small carillon) and continues to make and submit musical arrangements of classical and popular music for that instrument. A retired physician, he was an internist and section head at Greenwich Hospital.

Arranged by Sunil Saksena



September 13, 2017
Chandra Bozelko
The problem with
Mass Incarceration

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Chandra Bozelko often is called the new “Orange Is the New Black.” As a graduate of Princeton University who was in the middle of postgraduate study when she was arrested, she was an unlikely inmate. “Orange Is the New Black” is a TV series about a woman who struggles to adapt to life in prison. Chandra served more than six years at the York Correctional Institution, Connecticut’s only women’s prison, for several non-violent crimes that remain on appeal. While she was incarcerated, she published a book of poetry, Up the River: An Anthology. Chandra was the first inmate to write a newspaper column from behind bars, called “Prison Diaries.” The column is now is a blog that updates weekly with a new “diary” entry. “Prison Diaries” was honored by the Webby Awards and won first place in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ annual contest in 2016. While she was incarcerated and since her release, Chandra has established herself as a thought leader on issues related to criminal justice reform. Her written commentary has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, USA Today, US News and World Report, The Washington Post, Quartz, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Hartford Courant, The Baltimore Sun and several other publications. In January 2017, Chandra was granted a John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Criminal Justice Reporting Fellowship to work on indigent defense under the new presidential administration. Chandra lives in Connecticut.
Arranged by David Mace

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September 6, 2017
Lennie Grimaldi
The CT Political Landscape

Lennie Grimaldi is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, TV Guide, Yankee Magazine and Connecticut Magazine.
He is the author of Connecticut Characters: Personalities Spicing Up The Nutmeg State, Bow Tie Banker , a biography of David Carson, the retired CEO of People’s Bank, and Chased, the life of mob infiltrator Billy Chase. He is also the author of Connecticut Whistle Stops: Greenwich to New Haven and Only In Bridgeport, An Illustrated History of the Park City.

He has won awards for journalistic excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut Chapter and United Press International.

Grimaldi has also written dozens of radio campaigns and corporate-crafted history programs for companies such as Louis Rich, HBO, Tropicana, Excedrin, Nivea, SNET, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Campbell Soup and Apple.


Grimaldi also brings a wide array of corporate communications and public relations experience. His clients have included Wal-Mart Stores and Donald Trump. For Wal-Mart Grimaldi directed a community and media relations campaign for the conversion of an EPA cleanup site in Stratford, CT into a new Wal-Mart retail outlet. For Trump, he handled communications during the hotly debated casino expansion issue before the Connecticut Legislature.


Keeping roots close to home he is the founder and host of the webzine Only In Bridgeport, devoted to government and politics in Connecticut’s largest city.




Contact Lennie Grimaldi, 203-913-2368

Connecticut Characters: Personalities Spicing Up The Nutmeg State

Lennie Grimaldi’s new book chronicles 40 years of spicy personalities from political chili peppers such as John Rowland and Joe Ganim, to pop culture cloves Linda Blair and Ed and Lorraine Warren to habanero Hells Angels and mobsters; a journey into the underbelly of cities to the wooded terrain of wilderness warriors. The FBI and Donald Trump too.

When 19-year-old Lennie Grimaldi tried to land an exclusive interview with 18-year-old actress Linda Blair following her arrest on drug charges he camped out near the women’s bathroom at a Westport bar. The Exorcist star gave him the interview. When Grimaldi needed color for a Connecticut Magazine profile of mobster Frank Piccolo, he crashed his wake. When Bridgeport’s sweet-and-sour Police Chief Joe Walsh refused an interview request, Grimaldi sent him a singing telegram. He got the interview.

These stories and more are chronicled in Grimaldi’s new book that captures a 40-year writing career covering some of Connecticut’s intriguing characters.

Grimaldi is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, TV Guide, Yankee Magazine and Connecticut Magazine. He also served as a media consultant to Donald Trump in the mid-/late 1990s. He is the founder and host of the webzine Only In Bridgeport, devoted to government and politics in Connecticut’s most populous city.

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