From the Editor: Always Proud



I’ve been thinking about this letter since late May, when we finalized plans for our Ten Teens to Watch photo shoot. As in the past, I coordinated the time to arrive, what to bring, what to wear—and what not to wear—with the teens and their parents for the early June studio session. I chatted with excited parents, whose pride burst out in every e-mail and phone call leading up to that day. At the shoot, we joked about the embarrassment their emotion caused their honored kids, whose credentials include sky-high GPAs, and numerous awards and achievements.

But this year’s different; I know exactly how these parents feel. You see, I too have a child who is a senior at a Stamford high school (two of the profiled teens are classmates.) He knows how proud his father and I am of everything he has accomplished so far, but it’s hard to resist the urge to brag just a little. And as I already grow a tad nervous about his impending departure to college, I remember that first day at nursery when I walked him in and handed him off to his teacher; the first day at middle school when I drove him up to the front door and waved (he waved back); and the first day of high school when he, well, just ran out the door.

I also think of friends who are parents, like Valerie Foster, who wrote our glowing review of Bar Q, and whose children are all grown and having children of their own. There is Beth Cooney, who profiled our teens and whose sons I’ve known since they were born. A shout-out to our Moffly production manager, Carol Roy, who makes fun of my empty-nest anxiety now that her son has graduated from Fairfield U., but patiently listens to my mom-of-teenage-boy stories.

In our fashion feature, going glam without a hat on, you’ll recognize Sarita Hanley, a friend whose four children are the pride of her life. Sarita agreed to be our Stamford model, joining other local ladies in a special section that was produced by Market Editor Carisha Swanson and Art Director Garvin Burke. During her shoot, Sarita had to weather summer heat and humidity, posed for hundreds of images, and in each one, came out as fresh as the next. Gracias, Sarita.

As school begins, many of us wonder what the education reform bill will bring (see page 80). For parents of seniors, our focus will also be on what lies ahead after our children graduate. The countdown begins for their college journeys to begin, and I can’t wait for this part of my son’s life to get started. But keep the tissues handy. I’m already getting a little weepy.

Stamford Agenda

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    Barnstar Productions and the Wilton Historical Society will present the Wilton Antiques Market. More than 80 exhibitors are expected to...

  • Trick or Treat on Heckscher Farm

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    Don your Halloween costume and head up to Heckscher Farm to trick or treat with your favorite farm friends! Make your first stop at the otter pond...

  • Ick Fest @ Overbrook

    2014.10.26

    Celebrate all things creepy and crawly at our annual "Ick Fest @ Overbrook." After Trick-or-Treating on the Farm, visit the Overbrook...

  • OPEN STUDIOS 2014

    2014.10.24

    LOFT ARTISTS ASSOCIATION WELCOMES the PUBLIC to its 36th ANNUAL Open Studios EVENT Friday October 24 - 6 to 9 PM Saturday October 25 -...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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!

  • Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County

    2014.10.25

    Saturday, October 25 – Sunday, November 2 Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 25 through Sunday, November 2 for the 13th season of the...

  • Monday Morning Open House

    2014.06.02

    An advanced workspace, COMRADITY is a GOOGLE-style shared workspace with blistering fast Fiber Optic internet in furnished private and open...

  • 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...

  • #raisingtodayskids-An Evening With Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D

    2014.10.28

    For Parents and Educators of Children Birth – 10 Years. Steiner-Adair will discuss the many ways our families have been transformed by the...

  • 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...

  • Treats & Treasures

    2014.10.30

    Get a jump on your holiday shopping with unique wares from special vendors and local shops. Entry fee is $10 with proceeds benefitting Stamford...

  • Salsa Dance Halloween Party

    2014.10.30

    Join Latin Moves for a Halloween Party at the Palms! Costumes welcomed. Thursday night salsa class begins at 8:30, followed by party. Plus, a...

  • 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...

  • 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...


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