Topics to discuss before hiring your next mechanic 

Topics to discuss before hiring your next mechanic 

Few decisions weigh as heavily on automobile owners as their choice of mechanic. A good mechanic goes a long way toward ensuring drivers and their passengers stay safe on the road and that those drivers’ vehicles perform at their peak for years to come. That’s an important role to play,...
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,...
Flower power: Adding more nature to spice up your meals

Flower power: Adding more nature to spice up your meals

As spring unfolds in bursts of peonies, day lilies, and other nascent flowers, the sweet perfume and bright colors of seasonal flora entice the senses. While it is common to appreciate the sight and smell of the warmer season’s blossoms, many will also be indulging in floral tastes. Food enthusiasts,...
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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...
Don't go batty over snakes: They are just as scared as we are

Don’t go batty over snakes: They are just as scared as we are

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding residents that snakes are becoming more active at the same time people are venturing outdoors to enjoy the nice weather. We’ve all jumped a little when a garden snake appears while we’re weeding or just sitting outside. DEEP is reminding residents that it is not...
Monty's: Going out to eat and enjoying the view

Monty’s: Going out to eat and enjoying the view

Monty’s River Grille in Milford offers outdoor dining for those who want to spend time with nature. Located at the Great River Golf Club on Coram Lane, Monty’s serves American-International food — with American, European and Thai specialty dishes. The outdoor area can seat 60-70 people. It runs the length of the restaurant on the...
Staff members at assisted living center get kudos for their willingness to help

Staff members at assisted living center get kudos for their willingness to help

Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community at Wesley Village was the recipient of two Connecticut Assisted Living Association Awards (CALA) for outstanding resident service. Crosby dining room supervisor Cathy Brelsford, and wellness center director Dianne Terrace, were honored at CALA’s Annual Resident Service Awards. Brelsford, a member of the Crosby team for the past six years,...
Recipe: Squash Blossom Crepes, serves four

Recipe: Squash Blossom Crepes, serves four

Squash Blossom Crepes: Serves 4 for dinner, 6 for appetizer portions. Recipe courtesy of Amanda Smith, www.amandasmithcaterers.com Ingredients: 12 crepes (either homemade or store bought) Filling: 2 T. olive oil 2 shallots, chopped 2 corn on the cob, kernels cut off the cob with a serrated knife 3  bunches squash blossoms, remove thistle, tear in four...
Easton doc recognized for going above and beyond by St. V's Medical Center

Easton doc recognized for going above and beyond by St. V’s Medical Center

Neurologist Dr. Anthony Quan Hong of Easton received the St. Vincent de Paul Award and has been named St. Vincent’s 2014 Physician of the Year. The award honors the attending physician who best demonstrates the qualities exemplified by St. Vincent de Paul, one who truly lives the mission and values of the medical center. Quan...
'Meditation for Beginners' begins July 29

‘Meditation for Beginners’ begins July 29

Griffin Hospital’s Community Health Resource Center will host a free introduction to meditation Tuesday, July 29. Chaplain Cormac Levenson will host “Meditation for Beginners,” a round table discussion about meditation, how to meditate and its benefits, from 2-3 p.m. at the Health Resource Center in Griffin Hospital, 130 Division Street, Derby. This program is the...

Events, exhibits, performances and more: July 10 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,...

Antiques trail to add ease to finding the perfect piece

The first-ever Connecticut Antiques Trail, a curated online guide to the antiquing experiences across the state launched recently. Those seeking the perfect item for their homes can use this to help find it. The Antiques Trail winds through historical and scenic Connecticut, representing all five regions — Fairfield, New Haven, Mystic, Hartford and Litchfield —...
Griffin Hospital is holding free skin cancer screenings

Griffin Hospital is holding free skin cancer screenings

Griffin Hospital is raising skin cancer awareness and helping protect individuals with free skin cancer screenings this month. The screenings will be held on Tuesday, July 15, and Tuesday, July 29, from 4-7 p.m. at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, 350 Seymour Avenue, Derby. An additional screening is planned for Aug. 12....