Capturing  the magic of Christmas’ past with historical holiday tours

Capturing the magic of Christmas’ past with historical holiday tours

Connecticut is brimming with holiday festivities, many of which date back decades or otherwise serve to bring on childhood nostalgia. A little harder to come by are events that truly take one back in time. “The draw to historic holiday celebrations is how they offer a peek at the past,”...
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Holiday fair and tag sales to spruce up your home

Holiday fair and tag sales to spruce up your home

Here’s a list of holiday fair and tag sales so you can find those items to spruce up your home. Ansonia The Ansonia High School PTSO hosts a craft and vendor fair and is looking for vendors/crafters. The fair is Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9:30 to...
Green Building: Building My Passive House – Part 7

Green Building: Building My Passive House – Part 7

This is the seventh in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified passive house. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers certification programs for highly energy efficient homes, and the home design and building professionals seeking to build them (www.phaus.org). Let me answer the rhetorical question I asked at the...
Although we’re keeping the windows closed, it’s still time to think about window guards

Although we’re keeping the windows closed, it’s still time to think about window guards

The Department of Consumer Protection is issuing a reminder that taking precautions around windows can help prevent accidental falls. The change of season is a good time to examine all window frames and screens for wear and tear and to make repairs as needed. Remember that screens and even storm windows are not strong enough...

Low-incomes residents may apply free help

HomeFront is looking for residents in need of home repairs for its upcoming 28th annual repair blitz in Spring 2015. Interested homeowners must apply before Friday, Nov. 15, in order to be considered for help in the 2015 season. HomeFront offers help with faulty windows, doors, steps, railings, leaky roofs, painting, plumbing and electrical needs...
Moorefield Herb Farm: Bringing locally grown produce to area farmers’ markets

Moorefield Herb Farm: Bringing locally grown produce to area farmers’ markets

The popularity of farmers’ markets has been growing each year, along with their fresh, just harvested local produce. There are now more than 100 farmers’ markets in Connecticut, with new ones being added all over the state. Moorefield Herb Farm in Trumbull is in different farmers’ market towns almost every day of the week, from...
Hoop Shop helps you to get healthy with a smile

Hoop Shop helps you to get healthy with a smile

Nicole Heriot-Mikula is making her dreams come true. At the beginning of September, the Shelton native opened the Hoop Shop. It’s hard to miss the excitement and passion as Heriot-Mikula talks about the Hoop Shop — the first shop devoted to hula hoops in the state. “We are an educational hula-hooping business that brings the...
Legends and Hauntings Tour is Sunday, Oct. 26

Legends and Hauntings Tour is Sunday, Oct. 26

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport; adm. $14/adults, $10/children 3-11 and seniors, free for children under 3; open daily 9 to 4; Carousel, daily 9-4; Peacock Cafe, daily 9-4; Gift Shop, daily 9:30-4; New World Tropics Building, daily 10:30-3:30; 203-394-6565, www.beardsleyzoo.org: Scarecrow Competition, for display Oct. 17-31, voting for favorites at Boo at the...

The amazing but underappreciated brain

As I’ve written before: your brain is the most incredible biological machine on earth. For the sake of the ongoing operations of that incredible machine, the Classical Roman poet, Juvenal, was correct to urge his audience “a healthy mind in a healthy body.” Of course, we now know that there are many other aspects to...
Coming home from a hospital stay — are you prepared?

Coming home from a hospital stay — are you prepared?

Recovering from a hospital stay is often not easy. Depending on the length and nature of your hospitalization, it can be a good idea to plan ahead for support when you return home. In addition to coordinating a medical plan of care with your health care team, the following are recommended tips to prepare for...
Elder care and you — how to communicate the need for in-home care

Elder care and you — how to communicate the need for in-home care

Life as you knew it is no longer “as usual.” You’ve identified one or more reasons why your mom or dad or other family member is in need of homecare assistance. It’s a life-changing decision for everyone involved. It’s mentally taxing, and emotionally draining. How do you discuss the subject? How do you have the...
Program keeps hospice patients and pets together

Program keeps hospice patients and pets together

The bond between pets and their owners is significant, but perhaps even more so when the owner is facing an advanced illness. Recognizing the benefits of keeping hospice patients and their pets together, Regional Hospice and Home Care offers the Pet Peace of Mind program, supported by the Banfield Charitable Trust and other outside funding,...
Overeaters Anonymous meets Sundays

Overeaters Anonymous meets Sundays

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step self-help group for compulsive over-eaters. The group meets every Sunday from 8:45-9:45 a.m. at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, in the Seton Room on Level C. There are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement is a desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information go...