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Going Green



I have a confession to make: I do not have a green thumb. When my mother travels, she knows she takes a huge risk when she asks me to water her plants. They often don’t make it. I wish this didn’t bother me, but it does. It’s why you’ll find me in my yard every spring, trying something new but not too complicated. My landscaper is very good about suggesting plantings that need little care beyond water and occasional weeding. Still, by July I give up.

My lack of skill in this area is why someone like Victoria Preston impresses me so. In his story about her, Gerard Pampalone tells us about a gardener who had a vision of a year-round paradise and took all the time she needed to make it happen. That she did all the heavy work herself is especially remarkable. I find this point encouraging for novice gardeners like me who are thinking about getting their hands dirty.

Which brings me to another confession. I’ve been slow to join the “green” movement. I have tried to do my part—we recycle at home, keep the thermostat at reasonable levels, and, during a recent kitchen renovation, went with Energy Star appliances. After reading Christy Colasurdo’s roundup of people, products and services making our world cleaner and greener, I now realize there is more I can do.

Arthur Selkowitz, chairman of the Mill River Collaborative, is doing his part, trying to rally public and private support for the continued development of the Mill River Park & Greenway. The way he explained it to Chris Hodenfield, this major green space will be home to returning species of flora and fauna and can foster community unity. Plus, he adds, a central park makes financial sense: It will attract new businesses, bring in a younger workforce and promote residential development. Hence more tax revenues for the city.

Now I must digress a bit, to talk about food. That is what assistant editor Carisha Swanson and I have been thinking about lately, as we channeled our efforts into compiling a complete dining guide for the food section. Here you will find everything from cheap eats to posh dining destinations that together reflect all that makes up Stamford’s foodie culture. I hope you like it, use it and take a moment to let us know what you think.

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