From the Editor: Credit Report



A few months ago I drove off the road. I was in no particular hurry, mosying along a familiar route when, upon a sharp bend to the left, I spotted a stately château, a vision of European elegance framed in a typically New England setting. Several questions occurred to me as I stared, missed the turn and landed in a muddy ditch: Why hadn’t I noticed it before? Who lives there? How can I meet them? I was fine, as was the car, so I jotted a brief can-we-meet note, placed it in the mailbox and hoped the homeowners would not think I was crazy for asking. I got lucky twice that day. Alain de Lotbinière called and invited me over.

I knew the moment I drove through the gate that I wanted Stamford magazine to feature this home, and the tour Alain gave me of Manoir Gentilhommière (small manor, in French) only confirmed my decision. He told me of its history and pointed out the French provenance of its many fine features. His wife, Catherine, described her decorative vision. The way writer Judy Ostrow describes it, the mix of family antiques—some from the eighteenth century—with Art Deco furnishings and a collection of fine art and photography give this house the authentic feel of a French country estate. I am so grateful to Alain and Catherine for agreeing to share it with us.

I am also grateful to Cheri Abruzzini, Martine Curto and Ann Baker, three remarkable women who are going public about their bout with cardiovascular disease. Two survived heart attacks; a third underwent heart surgery to correct a malfunctioning aortic valve. They share their stories here, with great humility, to spread the word about heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women. They hope, by detailing their symptoms and care, that we will all learn that heart disease doesn’t happen only to men.

In the spirit of gratitude, and this being our annual real estate issue, I guess it’s appropriate to be thankful my house is not worth less than it was last year. Given that home sales and values in Stamford are similarly flat and office space remains stubbornly empty, it would also seem there’s not much to report. But there’s been plenty of chatter—and we’ve been listening—so we put together our Ten Hot Topics in the Real Estate Market to fill you in on the conversation. Together the topics hint at modest hope and tell us how some people are finding opportunity in the downturn.

Stamford Agenda

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • ShaNahNah with Sandi | Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah

    2014.09.23

    For children ages 6 months - 2 years and their parents or caregivers. Celebrate a whole year of holidays with the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School...

  • JCC Sara Walker Nursery School Registration

    2014.08.11

    Registration for the 2014/15 school Our Nursery School programs are designed to help children learn in an interactive and playful way while...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • The Way We Worked

    2014.09.20

    September 20 through November 4, 9am – 5pm The Way We Worked is a fun and nostalgic look back at the history of working people in...

  • NFL Specials

    2014.09.17

    Are you ready to spend Football Sunday and Mondays with us at the Whale? Join us for $4 Bud Light Drafts, $8 Signature Bloody Mary’s and...

  • College Football Specials

    2014.09.17

    Calling all College Football fans! Watch your favorite college football team score a touchdown at Sign of the Whale. Drink specials include $4...

  • FAll 2014 Semester beginning - Ballet School of Stamford

    2014.09.15

    Our Fall semester begins on September 15th in our beautiful studios at Old Town Hall in Stamford. We offer classes for children age 3 to 18. Our...

  • Stamford Museum & Nature Center Facility Use

    2014.09.01

    September 1 – December 31, After 5pm For a truly unique and memorable venue, host your event or meeting on the picturesque 118-acre...

  • BU8: DJ Trivia | Stamford, CT

    2014.06.05

    Come test your Wit and skills with TRIVIA. The top 3 teams claim prizes. Great specials and a great time for those who...

  • FALL BREAK OUT DAY: Get to Work!

    2014.09.25

    No school? No problem! Join us for a day of special programs and self-guided activities for all ages. Join SM&NC Educational and Curatorial...

  • Let’s Talk

    2014.09.04

    Thursdays, Sept. 4, Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, 1 – 2 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet new people or...

  • ASTRONOMY NIGHTS: Fall Constellations

    2014.09.26

    Head to the Observatory for a real treat to explore the night sky, planets, stars, and more! Start by enjoying a presentation on the Fall...

  • Neshama Yoga

    2014.09.12

    Fridays Sept. 12 – Dec. 19 (No class Sept. 26, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Nov. 28), 9 – 10:30 am Neshama Yoga is a fusion of Kundalini...

  • Mile of Pink

    2014.09.27

    Join Stamford Mayor David Martin and show your support for local breast cancer survivors. Gather in the Park and literally “Paint the Town...

  • Endless Summer Saturday, September 27th

    2014.09.27

    Join us for Sign of the Whale’s first end of the summer rooftop party! From 11:30am to 8pm, enjoy $4 Summer Beers, $5 Hot Dogs and...

  • French Market (Farmers’ Market)

    2014.06.14

    Visit our farmers’ market with vendors offering the freshest fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and more! Straight from the farm and...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • Market Madness Sundays

    2014.09.07

    Sundays, September 7 – October 5, 10 am – 3:30 pm Support local farmers and explore the SM&NC through hands-on activities...

  • Restaurant: Family Night | Stamford, CT

    2014.06.05

    Every Sunday evening from 5:30PM - 8:30PM Bring the kids to enjoy our Magician, special kids menu, fun for the entire family!


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