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From the Editor: Cheers!

Photo by Bob Capazzo

When I was still in school, I worked as a waitress at an outdoor bar in Cape Cod. The hours were great (I got to spend most days at the beach), the tips were good and I met lots of fun people. Some customers could be rude, some flirted too much and some didn’t tip—it was part of my job to ignore it all and put on a happy face—but for the most part, I had a great time.

So when we began to plan this month’s cover feature about Stamford nightlife, a celebration of the city’s ever-growing party culture, memories of that summer job prompted a decision to turn to the local bartenders for their uncensored POV from the other side of the bar. We learned plenty from them— that you can’t just order water, that Mojitos are a pain to make, and that snapping your fingers will get you zip. But what stood out sounded familiar: They love their jobs, take their work seriously, enjoy many of their regulars and are discreet, even when customers misbehave.

It’s really no wonder. They are at the center of good times playing out all over town. Even since we launched Stamford magazine two years ago, a number of new pubs, lounges and clubs have opened, and are regularly packed from happy hour on. How this phenomenon happened is a question for another day, but plenty of people are joining the fun and celebrating that the City That Works has become Party City.

In this issue, our philanthropy issue, we also celebrate this year’s recipients of our Light A Fire Awards, presented to civic leaders who improve our community by devoting their time and resources to lessening the burdens of others. That the honorees are able to accomplish so much on top of their respective responsibilities highlights the purpose of the awards: to call attention to volunteers whose good works often go unnoticed. Even so, it’s worth noting that the honorees have described their volunteerism to us in terms of the joy and sense of purpose they gain. The honor, while flattering, is beside the point. What matters is a shared desire to give back.

So join me in raising your glasses to the honorees, for their efforts, their modesty and the positive example they set for all of us. And if you see them celebrating in town, think of treating them to a round.

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