Five sun-loving perennials for a long season of color

Five sun-loving perennials for a long season of color

You cannot lose with these favorite easy blooms growing in your garden this season. All five of these are not only long-season bloomers, but are deer resistant and drought tolerant as well. For the greatest visual impact I recommend planting in groups of three to five of each type of...
Safe and sound: Adapting a home for senior citizens

Safe and sound: Adapting a home for senior citizens

Here’s the scenario: daughter, 47, husband, 49, two teenage boys. Daughter has very pleasant part-time job, lives in nice house, purchased 20 years ago. Her mother, 79, has been in an automobile accident, has several fractures, and is confined to a wheelchair. Daughter’s brother lives far away. Daughter lives nearby....
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State makes another jump in home sales

State makes another jump in home sales

Single-family home sales in Connecticut rose 2.8% in February compared with February 2013, according to a new report from the Warren Group, publisher of The Commercial Record. This is the 10th consecutive month that home sales have increased in Connecticut. There were 1,177 single-family homes sold in February this year vs. the 1,145 homes sold...

Events occurring April 16 and beyond

36th Trumbull Arts Festival accepting applications for the Literary Competition, open to grades 3 and up, as well as to adults; info., at trumbull-ct.gov/arts; info., 203-452-5065. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport; adm. $12/adults, $10/children 3-11 and seniors, free for children under 3; open daily 9 to 4; Carousel, Peacock Cafe, Jungle Canteen, Gift...
Selling your house? Low cost ways to spiff up the curb appeal

Selling your house? Low cost ways to spiff up the curb appeal

When buyers drive up to a property, sometimes the curb appeal can make or break the showing. A messy, unkempt yard and seemingly neglected exterior can be such a turn-off that buyers do not even want to enter the house. Looking to spruce up the exterior with very little investment? Take a look through these...
Add to your spring cleaning list: your jewelry box

Add to your spring cleaning list: your jewelry box

Ah, spring cleaning in April — a traditional rite of passage into the very welcome warmer months of May and June. Historically, this refers to housecleaning, as well as outdoor items — but it would be an excellent idea for you to consider adding your jewelry to the list. Of course, jewelry always looks best when it’s been cleaned, but there are several very good reasons why...
Farmhouse features a spot for horses and relaxation

Farmhouse features a spot for horses and relaxation

This Colonial Farmhouse in Southport sits on nearly 21 acres of land suitable for horses, beautiful views and more. Located at 1170 Hulls Farm Road, Southport, the home has 16 rooms in its 7,000 square feet inside, which includes: six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and one partial bathroom, laundry room, staff quarters, breakfast area, formal...
Property offers rich history and legend

Property offers rich history and legend

William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty has listed the renovated and updated historic John Waterbury House in the heart of Darien. The historic home is set on more than two acres overlooking a land trust meadow with mature trees and manicured lawns. It was once the dwelling of Lt. John Waterbury, who fought in the American...

Here’s a story about deer, and keeping the ticks at bay

This pop of heat isn’t just allowing everyone outside for a fast leg stretch, it’s waking up the plants and the wildlife too! Deer are out and about, here’s things to consider to keep them off your property.   Why am I seeing so many deer? The deciduous trees (trees with leaves like oak as...
John Grosso promoted to regional manager for William Raveis

John Grosso promoted to regional manager for William Raveis

Ryan Raveis, executive vice president of William Raveis Mortgage, has announced the promotion of John Grosso to regional manager for loan officers in southwestern Connecticut. “On behalf of the entire William Raveis family, I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to John on his promotion to Regional Manager for William Raveis Mortgage,” Raveis said....
Hospital paramedic training program first in county to earn national accreditation

Hospital paramedic training program first in county to earn national accreditation

Bridgeport Hospital’s paramedic training program is the first and only one in Fairfield County, and one of only four in Connecticut, to be nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Healthcare Education Programs (CAAHEP). CAAHEP has recognized the Bridgeport Hospital program for meeting standards governing administration, resources, faculty and facilities. The standards were...
On the market: Easton home

On the market: Easton home

  The Stone Wall Farm at 95 North Street in Easton dates back to the 1770s. It on 4.84 bucolic acres, with an 1,800 square foot four-stall English Bank Barn. The home is listed at $1.195. For more information, contact listing agents Michael McKee (203-249-9565) or Melissa Mack at 203-803-8637 at William Pitt Sotheby’s International...
Tour unique and stately homes and help out the community

Tour unique and stately homes and help out the community

Lovers of fine architecture and design, and admirers of all things beautiful can once again delight in Near & Far Aid’s upcoming Designer House Tour, an opportunity to visit several homes in Fairfield, Southport and Westport that reflect a variety of architectural and visionary decorating styles. The 2014 Designer House Tour, set for Friday, May...
Making your home senior ready

Making your home senior ready

There are many things homeowners can do when getting the residence safer for someone who cannot get around the house like they used to. Skip Wyatt, of Mr. Handyman, recently gave some tips as to what to do to get your home ready. He said most a homeowner can do, however, if they are unsure,...