50 things to do and places to see this summer in Fairfield County and well beyond
We've compiled a list of ideas with 50 things you can do, see and experience this summer. For many we can vouch for ourselves, while for others we share what we've heard from the grape vine. You will find ideas for everyone. From singles to families with small and grown up kids alike. From venues requiring formal attire to places where no attire is needed at all. Things for the staunch conservative and for the most liberal of souls out there. And don't even try to find a rhyme or reason in how we listed these things. Just like travel and exploration brings the thrill of adventure and discovery, that's how our selection of seemingly unconnected things to consider for this summer brings the element of excitement and surprise. Enjoy! More
Jun 15, 2016 - 5:39:55 AM

Fairfield County Holiday Gift Guide
Amazing ideas for gorgeous significant others, beautiful friends and amazing acquaintances!
Nov 22, 2012 - 9:57:13 AM

Working for Stamford
Arty Selkowitz is honored at the annual Stamford Citizen of the Year award dinner Monday night, May 7, 2012 at the Italian Center in Stamford

When Adam Selkowitz, 40, or Jed Selkowitz, 37, come to Stamford to visit their parents, Arthur and Betsey Selkowitz, they know that one activity is always on the agenda: their dad has to drive by the Mill River Park playground to check it out. How many children are using it? Is it clean? Is the equipment in good condition?
May 7, 2012 - 8:25:38 AM

Fairfield County Holiday Gift Guide
Amazing ideas for gorgeous significant others, beautiful friends and amazing acquaintances!
Nov 27, 2011 - 9:40:39 AM

The two brothers (a Jewish story)
A long time ago there were two brothers, both working in the fields during the day; and in the evening they would divide the grain evenly between them. One brother was married, with a wife and several children. The other brother, he was not married at all.
Aug 28, 2011 - 11:24:17 AM

Fairfield County Holiday Gift Guide Plus (2010 edition)
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Dec 1, 2010 - 4:23:12 PM

Holiday recipes from the Clarke Culinary Center (Canaiden Exclusive)
Culinary Holiday Gifts Make the Season Special

There’s nothing more pleasing that receiving a holiday gift of culinary proportions, so we called on the experts at The Clarke Culinary Center in South Norwalk for their take on wonderful holiday tips and gifts. Clarke Corporate Chef Regina Dvorak says that it’s easy to create personalized culinary gifts if you use your memory and imagination. “Try to remember what family and friends commented on when you were together during the past year,” she said. “If Uncle Jim and Aunt Kathy loved the dip you served at the pool party last summer, then assemble the ingredients and package them with a wonderful chip and dip platter. Did your neighbor rave about the homemade sauce you served during an intimate dinner? Create an artisanal recipe card with all the directions, and attach it to a fabulous pasta pot, a package of gourmet pasta and bottle of wine.”
Nov 25, 2010 - 12:08:28 PM

How to screen a summer camp
What you need to know before enrollment

The National Camp Association reports more than six million children attended camp during the summer of 2009. With camp programs in such high demand, it is important to start the enrollment process early so you can secure a slot at not just any camp, but the camp that is right for your child. With more than 1,000 summer camps in Connecticut alone, the question is, how do you choose a camp? More
Mar 4, 2010 - 10:11:05 AM

The Inner Workings of Summer Camps
Summer camps offer children an opportunity to try new activities and meet new friends during the summertime. Fortunately, there are more than 1,000 summer camps to choose from in Connecticut, offering parents a variety of programs that will meet their child’s needs. But with so many options to choose from, learning the particulars of each program can be overwhelming. More
Mar 4, 2010 - 10:07:06 AM

Crystal Theatre presents “Ben Franklin Live!” at Ben Franklin
Benjamin Franklin is coming to the former Ben Franklin School, Bayview and Hillside Avenues, South Norwalk, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17. “Ben Franklin Live!” with actor/director Christopher Lowell is a benefit for the non-profit Crystal Theatre’s education programs. The 90-minute performance, which includes a lively interactive session with the audience, will be followed by a reception to meet Lowell. Tickets are $15.00 and reservations can be made by calling 203-847-4850. Directions to the theater are available on the web site at www.crystaltheatre.org.
Sep 15, 2009 - 6:58:55 AM

Five important points to consider (and understand) before (and after) getting a dog
They are our best friends. They are always there when we need them. They give all their love and loyalty, play around and bring joy to their owners’ lives. Yet, as tempting as it may sound, befriending a dog for a personal companion is not for everyone and it should be done only after careful consideration, both for yours and the dog’s sake. Here are five important points that every dog owner-to-be should review and understand before heading to the nearest pet store, shelter or professional breeder and finding their future best friend. More
Sep 14, 2009 - 6:13:58 PM

A closer look at the lifestyle of home schooling

I was interviewing Ann Zeise, a California expert, on the pros and cons of home schooling when she said the thing she hated most were the stupid questions from people like me. Defensive? You bet. A common theme. But when you begin to understand how the whole thing works – and many say it does – you get why home schooling parents get so angry when the world thinks of them as a bunch of religious fanatics who shelter their children in underground bunkers and never let them out into the light of day. On the contrary, as they are adamant to point out, home-schooled kids have lots of friends, they play sports, they sing in choirs, they even march in parades. They just don’t go to “regular” school. And some of them even go on to college at 10 or 11.
Sep 3, 2009 - 10:59:58 PM

Back to Cool this new school year
This fall children are going back to school with styles that bring back the spirit of the 80s (with a few updated additions to the trends…). The accent this year stresses on layers for both boys and girls. Create that vintage look by combining your favorite type of jeans (skinny or distressed jeans are the choice of many fashionistas) with a nice top and a suitable cardigan. Accessories are very important! Scarves, hats, even fingerless gloves are a must for the trendy student. Popular Disney characters are seen on earrings, bracelets and necklaces for girls. And for the more grown-up children, there is a fine choice of big bangle bracelets to reflect that 80s look, combined with earrings of the same style. Stripes, checkers and different prints are seen in all clothing and could be perfectly combined with accessories having the same pattern. Graphic tees, punk prints and neon looks all carry the ultimate autumn breeze of fashion for students of all ages. More
Sep 3, 2009 - 10:58:27 PM

Historical elegance
The freshly reopened Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum brings class and sophistication bathed in history

It may not have a plazma TV. Or an indoor basketball court (although it does have a bowling alley in the basement). But its walls are laced with hand-painted flowers, its bathroom sinks inlaid with glazed porcelain, its ceilings sprayed with flowers delicately outlined in wrought iron, and was one of the first homes in the country to have hot and cold running water and – miraculous in those days – flush toilets. Seven of them. If you bought this home today, it would go for close to $100 million. Its massive wooden hand-carved staircase alone would cost a couple of million.
Jun 1, 2009 - 8:58:57 PM

And they’re off!
The unofficial start of the campaign season in Stamford is still months away. But, one thing about this year’s mayoral race is certain. Unless the incumbent, Dannel P. Malloy, does an unlikely about-face and abandons his ambition to become the next Governor of the state of Connecticut, someone else will be elected mayor of Stamford this coming November. More
Jun 1, 2009 - 8:51:32 PM

At the start line - an interview with Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy at the onset of his gubernatorial campaign for governor of Connecticut
Mayor Malloy in his office at City Hall
Earlier this year, Stamford Mayor Dannel P. Malloy announced that he was forming an exploratory committee to run for governor of the State of Connecticut in 2010. Later he also announced that he will not seek reelection for another term at his current position as a mayor of Stamford. The publisher of Stamford Plus magazine, Naiden Stoyanov, recently sat down with Mr. Malloy for an exclusive interview to talk about his tenure as mayor and his views on Connecticut’s past, present and future.
Jun 1, 2009 - 1:52:03 PM

Curb appeal
Thinking of selling your house? Here are some tips on how to quickly prep the outside of your real estate treasure to help you sell it faster and at a better price

You’re ready to sell the house and have been fixing it up inside. However, what about the outside? First impressions can be the edge in this tight market. One would think that the best way to enhance “curb appeal” would be to upgrade the garden. Within reason, that’s true, but the experts say that overdoing the garden could actually detract from marketability, and that certain other upgrade items come first. Some of the items high on the experts’ lists may surprise you.
Aug 29, 2008 - 1:48:48 AM

Back to school - the healthy way
Back to school is an extremely exciting and busy time in most homes. It comes with unspoken anxieties and trepidation. In the midst of all this excitement, it is paramount that parents understand the importance of healthy eating particularly in times of stressful change. With careful planning and discussion, children and parents can achieve a smooth transition into the new school year. More
Aug 29, 2008 - 1:37:56 AM

In control
A glance at the changing relationship between parents and the schools and the often passionate desire to be always in control...

Nick Tarzia has flipped burgers, scooped ice cream and written down numbers for bingo to help out Rodgers Magnet School. But he was shocked to realize he wasn’t just helping the school, he was helping himself, too. “I learned things like who the right teachers are for your kid,” says the Stamford Toys store owner, father of two boys who attend the school. “When you volunteer, the networking pays off in learning, sometimes quite by accident, all the inside scoop on the school.”
Aug 29, 2008 - 1:37:01 AM

What to do when your pup is under the weather
Recently, there have been reports of several cases of Canine cough, an illness among dogs not unlike the human flu. Here are a few things you need to know about this condition and some tips on how to handle it and even better – how to prevent it. More
Aug 27, 2008 - 10:02:00 AM

Big Apple Circus is back in Stamford
On October 18th, the world renowned Big Apple Circus will return to The Long Ridge School in Stamford for a second exciting year to preview its upcoming 31st season of Lincoln Center shows. Families will be able to delight in performances by the Nanjing Acrobats from China who combine world-class acrobatics and classical ballet to create intricate images of grace and beauty, Luciano Anastasini from Italy and his razzle-dazzle canines delivering doggone delight! More
Aug 27, 2008 - 9:58:42 AM

Stamford Today
Mashpee Petition
Like beauty, art is often perceived in the eye of the beholder. It was for this very reason that the Stamford Art Association (in association with the Photography Club of Lower Fairfield County) recently commissioned a photographic art exhibit, a special juried exhibit entitled “Stamford Today.”
Jun 4, 2008 - 5:19:08 AM

Summer sizzle tips
While it may look easy, grilling is an art that is as difficult as any other cooking method. Grilling may take years to perfect and master, but here are a few tips that should help you get started in your quest for the perfect grill marks on your favorite food. More
Jun 4, 2008 - 5:18:19 AM

Giving medical bills the business
There’s no doubt that the health care industry is big business. A report this past year from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services projected that, by 2016, health care will have swollen to as much as one fifth of the gross national product. Yet, while more of our dollars are being committed to health-related services, fewer Americans seem to be able to access those same services. More
Jun 4, 2008 - 5:15:48 AM

Life in turquoise
June Rosenthal
Editor's note: Premier realtor and owner of Juner Properties, Stamford's own June Rosenthal will officially receive the Stamford Citizen of the Year award at a ceremony at the Italian Center in Stamford on Wednesday, May 14.

Here’s all you ever need to know about June Rosenthal. When she was 77, and her husband 80, they trekked to Nepal. “Our sherpa took one look at us, and his face fell,” she recalls. “I told him, ‘Don’t worry. When you’re tired at the end of the day, I’ll be there to help you up.’” She was.
May 9, 2008 - 3:14:32 PM

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