Garden club to screen Disney film focusing on butterflies, bees and more

Garden club to screen Disney film focusing on butterflies, bees and more

The next meeting of the Olde Ripton Garden Club of Shelton will be Monday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. at the Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster Street. The public is invited to attend for a $5 donation. Club members will screen the film Wings of Life, a Disney nature film...
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Safety tips for outdoor meals and entertainment

Safety tips for outdoor meals and entertainment

The warm weather is here, so it’s time to for those backyard barbecue bashes. CSA Group, a certification and testing organization, offers these tips for a safe, seamless summer soiree. Outdoor gas barbecues Before firing up the grill for the first time, carefully inspect burners and burner tubes for blockages due to dirt, grease, insects...
AAA survey says: Vacations are now (extended) family affairs

AAA survey says: Vacations are now (extended) family affairs

Archie Bunker wouldn’t be happy with this travel news: more than 36% of traveling Americans say they plan to take a multi-generational vacation in the next 12 months. [wide] [/wide] Who are they going with? According to a National AAA Travel survey, more than 25% say, in addition to themselves, they’ll travel with children and/or...
Tips to help you clean up with energy savings

Tips to help you clean up with energy savings

The weather is certainly reminding us daily that it’s summer. The energy experts at Abest Power want to ensure residents are also adapting their home for warm weather to reduce energy consumption and cost. “Most homeowners think about insulation and heating equipment before the cold winter season, but insulation and a system cleaning also helps...
Building My Passive House — Part 4

Building My Passive House — Part 4

This is the fourth 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). In this column,...

Stratford’s annual car show is Monday

Engines will be roaring Monday at Ryders Landing Shopping Center for the annual Ryders Landing Cruise Nights. The show will be from 5:30-9 p.m. Typically a monthly gathering since 2009, this will be the only show this season. Vehicles on display will be from any year and can range from a vehicle from 1912, to...
Take those bright fresh flowers and plant them in a container

Take those bright fresh flowers and plant them in a container

As we continue planting and adding to our gardens through the summer, we should take some time to consider containers. It is a good time to start filling those empty pots with lush summer annuals, which often bloom until there is a frost. Containers can provide the focal point on a patio or surrounding an...
What's happening July 17 and beyond

What’s happening July 17 and beyond

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:   Rainforest Reptiles, July 1-31, Tues-Thur., two shows daily, Fri.-Sun., three shows daily,...
HOME BRIEFS: Craft fairs and a farmers market

HOME BRIEFS: Craft fairs and a farmers market

Craft fairs Trinity Lutheran Church, 183 Howe Avenue, Shelton will hold a vendor and craft fair on Saturday, July 19, 10 to 5 p.m. — Long Hill United Methodist Church, 6358 Main Street (Route 111), Trumbull, is holding its Blueberry, Blues and Bluegrass Festival, Saturday, July 19, 10-4 p.m. Farmers market The Woodmont Farmers’ Market...
New fitness facility has grand opening Saturday

New fitness facility has grand opening Saturday

Two  personal trainers have teamed up to launch River Walk Cross Training, a fitness training facility set to open its doors in downtown Ansonia this weekend. The grand opening of River Walk Cross Training, 1 Chestnut St., Bulding 4, is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19. “RWCT is like no other gym,”...
Stratford designer named  top landscape designer in New England

Stratford designer named top landscape designer in New England

Glen Gate Company of Wilton, has announced that J. Brandon Jones of Stratford, design director, has been awarded the 5 under 40 award for landscape design by “New England Home.” The 5 under 40 awards program selects the top emerging talent in the fields of architecture, interiors, furniture, home accessories and landscape design in New...
To pressure wash or not to pressure wash? We have some do's and don'ts

To pressure wash or not to pressure wash? We have some do’s and don’ts

To pressure wash or not to pressure wash is not the question. It’s whether to do it yourself or not to do it yourself. After interviewing several facilities about renting and/or buying a pressure washer, also known as a power washer, and then speaking with some pros, here are some points to consider before doing your...
On the market: 3245 Congress Street, Fairfield

On the market: 3245 Congress Street, Fairfield

Located in the Greenfield Hill section of town at 3245 Congress Street, Fairfield, this single-family Colonial has 14 rooms and sits on nearly 18 acres. It was built in 1920, has give bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two-half bathrooms. The lot has some woods, some wetlands and is full of beautiful gardens. Listed at $3.976...