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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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Stamford Agenda

  • Opening of Amore Cucina & Bar

    2015.01.26

    Amore Cucina & Bar, presented by 5-Time World Pizza Champion Bruno DiFabio, is a neighborhood Italian restaurant which combines old school...

  • The Loft Artists Gallery presents "Roads and Bridges"

    2015.01.03

    “Roads and Bridges” LOFT ARTISTS STUDIOS + GALLERIES 575 Pacific Street, Stamford, CT 06902 www.loftartists.com 203 247 2027...

  • Franklin Street Works Presents: “About Like So: The Influence of Painting”

    2014.11.22

    Stamford, CT  - “About Like So: The Influence of Painting” is a group exhibition that explores how the histories, forms,...

  • Launch Of Core Fusion Extreme

    2015.01.26

    Temperatures have been rising at exhale as guests have been pushing themselves to their fitness limits with exhale’s sweaty addition to the...

  • Play At Alive @ 5

    2015.01.15

    Stamford Downtown is currently accepting applications from bands interested in playing at Alive@Five and Jazz Up July,  two premier outdoor...

  • Crab Shell CELEBRATING 25 YEARS

    2015.01.15

    CELEBRATING 25 YEARS!! 1989 MENU & PRICES OCTOBER THRU MARCH MONDAY - THURSDAY Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm $5 Wines by the GLASS, BEER &...

  • 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...

  • 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

    2015.01.02

    January 2 - December 31, After 5pm For a truly unique and memorable venue, host your event or meeting on the picturesque 118-acre former estate...

  • Women Run Stamford

    2015.01.26

    Sometimes, you just want to spend some time with the ladies, and this is a great opportunity to do that. We'll pass the miles by walking or...

  • OUTDOOR ADVENTURES: Nocturnal in Nature

    2015.01.30

    Explore the world of nature at night and learn about the adaptations of nocturnal animals. Meet live nocturnal creatures and then head out on the...

  • Middle School Laser Tag

    2015.01.31

    Compete against your friends in the ultimate laser tag battle of the year. Snacks will be provided. Member $10 / Community $15. For more...

  • GARRICK OHLSSON RECITAL

    2015.01.31

    World Renowned Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will perform selections of Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and Scriabin at the Stamford’s Palace...

  • Winter Farm Letterboxing Trail

    2015.02.01

    February 1 - February 28, Mon-Sat. 9 am - 5 pm; Sunday 11 am - 5 pm Get rid of the winter blues by participating in our new farm letterboxing...

  • Sunday Explorers

    2014.12.07

    Sundays, December 7 - February 22, 1 - 4 pm. (no class 12/21 & 12/28) Winter is a great time to explore the Stamford Museum & Nature...

  • TuB’shevat-Shanahnah With Sandi

    2015.02.03

    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...

  • Documentary Night: PELICAN DREAMS

    2015.02.04

    The Avon Theatre, Audubon Connecticut & Stamford Land Conservation Trust Present Documentary Night   PELICAN DREAMS  ...

  • Chocolate & Dessert Wine Lover's Evening

    2015.02.05

    An evening to benefit Shelter for the Homeless "The Ultimate Tasting Experience" Savory samples, tapas, and door prizes with over...

  • Sid the Science Kid

    2015.02.06

    Sid, Gabriela, Gerald and May invite you and your family to join them as they take an incredible journey through the five senses: sight, sound,...

  • Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

    2015.02.07

    When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are earth-shatteringly hysterical! “THE HIT SHOW!” starring PETER STORY Based on the...


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