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Special presentation helps public learn about Medicare

Special presentation helps public learn about Medicare

A presentation on Medicare 101 for the public will take place Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 6-7 p.m. at Benchmark Senior Living at Split Rock, 708a Bridgeport Ave. Bill Gary, a Medicare specialist, will discuss Medicare parts A, B and D, Medicare Advantage and supplement insurance programs. The session will provide insight on how people can...
Constant cravings: Hunger for the latest kitchen appliances drives trends

Constant cravings: Hunger for the latest kitchen appliances drives trends

Outdoor grilling and dining are two of the best things about summertime. However, once vegetable gardens die down and the evening air feels chillier, it’s time to leave even the most lavish of outdoor rooms and seek the warmth of our indoor kitchens. So, what’s cooking indoors? The continued evolution of kitchen design has made...

Commentary: Moving on from 1968

Ninteen sixty-eight was a turbulent year. I am not an historian, nor is this the venue to review the past. I moved some junk this week. In 1968, amid the mayhem and hijinx of the world, voters were given the option of selecting Richard Nixon, Eugene McCarthy or George Wallace. Mainstream, peacenik or racist. Over...
Say 'welcome' with flowers

Say ‘welcome’ with flowers

Arranging flowers is such a delightfully creative art form, the perfect pursuit for those who wish to display expressions of beauty, elegance and grace throughout their home. From formal or extravagant, to sweet and simple, flower arrangements utilize the most beautiful material with a seemingly endless array of textures, shapes, and gorgeous colors. Flower arranging...
Dog-a-logue: Local pooches talk toys and treats

Dog-a-logue: Local pooches talk toys and treats

Author Laurel Braitman explains in her book Animal Madness (Simon & Schuster) that dogs can become depressed and suffer severe anxiety if they’re left alone at home too much, or if there’s no time for play; they’ll mope around, sleep too much and suffer quietly. So what’s the solution? We decided to ask a few...
Home briefs: Fall festivals, shopping trips and more

Home briefs: Fall festivals, shopping trips and more

Yarn outlet Written Words Bookstore, with the cooperation of leading yarn company Lion Brand, will be organizing a bus trip to visit Lion Brand’s outlet store located at Carlstadt, New Jersey on Sunday, Sept. 28. Tickets are $25 per person. Reservations and payments in check or cash must be made by Thursday, Sept. 11. Tickets...
Handmade quilt raffle in Milford

Handmade quilt raffle in Milford

Have you ever wanted a handmade quilt to warm up your home, but have no idea how to make one? The Milford Environmental Protection Initiative (MEPI) is selling raffle tickets for a handmade quilt, and will put all the proceeds into funding grants for local projects to protect and enhance Milford’s natural environment. The quilt...
A feel good story by going unplugged at dinner

A feel good story by going unplugged at dinner

Perhaps I’m dating myself, but do you remember family dinners of yesteryear? Often it was the only time when everyone was in the same room at the same time. Lively conversations ensued — no one was at a loss for words. Those who felt that others weren’t appreciating their thoughts thoroughly enough would raise their...
Are the children on the guest list  for your next get together?

Are the children on the guest list for your next get together?

Children do not often attend dinner parties. If they do, they might just be at a last-minute get together. “When my children were young there was nothing more cherished than our neighborhood get-togethers,” said Susan Glennon of Milford, of Susan’s House Family Home Daycare, licensed by the state. “Some were planned, some were impromptu, all...
Crosby Commons residents are given smiles

Crosby Commons residents are given smiles

Residents from Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community at Wesley Village were treated to smile arrangements this summer as part of Teleflora’s Make Someone Smile Week. Each resident received a special arrangement in a yellow smile face mug to brighten their day. Shown here are Helen Musante (Crosby Commons), Bunnie Hovan (Hovan’s Flowers), Kathy Patavino and...
The Trumbull Arts Festival is Sept. 14; find a painting for your home

The Trumbull Arts Festival is Sept. 14; find a painting for your home

The Trumbull Arts Festival will take place on Sunday, Sept. 14, 10-4 p.m., on the Town Hall Green, 5866 Main Street. The festival is a multi-media event that includes juried fine artists and crafters, food, a children’s creative center, community groups and entertainment. Free admission. For more information, call Emily Areson at 203-452-5065. Highlight Ruth...
Green Building: Building my Passive House - Part 6

Green Building: Building my Passive House – Part 6

This is the sixth entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program for highly energy efficient homes and separate certification programs for home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org for more information). The passive...