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The Belltown Fire Department’ placed first in the Fairway Firefighter Food Face-Off  on July 19th, and so to honor their dedication, bravery and great grilling skills,  Fairway is  hosting a Shopping Night for their charity, The Stamford Fire Safety Foundation Fund, Inc., on Wednesday, August 6th from 4 to 10 pm in the Stamford store (699 Canal Street).  The Belltown firefighters competed against the Noroton Heights Fire Department, the Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol and the Westport Fire Department in Fairway’s fourth annual grilling competition and won a $500 gift card to use for their firehouse, and a special Shopping Night that will give 25% of all sales from registered customers who shop between 4 and 10 pm to the Stamford Fire Safety Foundation Fund, Inc. The Stamford Fire Safety Foundation Fund, Inc. is a public charity that raises funds to provide free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire prevention education materials, and to support public life safety initiatives to all of the Fire Departments within the city of Stamford, CT.  To participate in the Shopping Night, Fairway customers can simply register at an in-store table to receive the form that they’ll present to the cashier when they’re checking out.


WHAT:         Fairway Market Shopping Night for the Stamford Fire Safety Foundation Fund, Inc.


WHEN:          Wednesday, August 6th 2014

                        4 pm to 10 pm


WHERE:       Fairway Stamford

                        699 Canal Street

                        Stamford, CT 06902

                        (203) 388-9815

Visit Stamford, CT via

The Stamford CT motto – “The City That Works” – suggests more of the Puritan Work Ethic than the Pleasure Principal. The world headquarters of Pitney Bowes and Starwood Hotels, and trading floors of UBS and RBS, among many other multinational corporations, mark Stamford’s skyline.  Worker-bee commuters with commerce on their minds swarm into Connecticut’s 4th largest city (after Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford), just 45 minutes by Metro North train from Manhattan. But there is another side to Stamford – which happens to be this Maven’s home – one that has less to do with profits and more with pleasure. And sometimes weirdness.  We’ve got Jerry Springer, a church in the shape of a fish, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and a surprisingly vibrant nightlife. Vibrant enough to bring New York City dwellers out to the burb’s.  These contradictions are what make Stamford so intriguing as an Offbeat Getaway: that and the fact that the culinary scene is so darn amazing. Of course I’ll let you in on my favorite haunts:

What to Do In Stamford CT

VISIT: The Stamford Museum and Nature Center. This treasure of a local attraction is worth a morning or afternoon, if only to engage in meaningful eye contact with two acrobatic otters that implore you to stay in their homey enclosure.  “Don’t leave us,” their antics beseech. But you must, in order to see all there is to see in this complex that includes an art museum lodged within the former country home of retail mogul Heni Bendel, a “heritage breed” farm housing a corps of barnyard animals from bygone days including a dozen breeds of chickens, pigs, sheep and bovines, nature trails that feature sculptures and wildlife, a “Nature’s Playground” that allows kids (and kids at heart) to sprawl out in an “hawk’s nest,” and an observatory with a 22 inch telescope open to the public most Friday nights.

There’s always some goat or lamb, piglet or calf being born in the Spring, a season that also brings the popular Sheep Shearing Festival.  Programs abound, for kids and adults, but if time is short, stare down “Big Sis” – the resident 800 lb pig, and of course, be sure to say goodbye to the otters when you leave. Heckscher Farm, Daily 9 am – 5 pm; April – October, Daily 9 am – 4 pm; November – March, Bendel Mansion & Galleries,Mon.- Sat., 9 am – 5 pm; Sun., 11 am – 5 pm, $10 adults, $5 kids. 

WALK: Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens. Trails throughout the 91-acre tree sanctuary lead past lawns, woodlands and brooks.  If exotic species of plants and trees are your thing, an afternoon here will offer pure bliss. Open daily from 9am until sunset, $5 donation.

VISIT: First Presbyterian Church AKA “Fish Church.” Yes, this church was built in the shape of a fish, and this out of the ordinary edifice is what most people see when they pass by on busy Bedford Street.  But step inside and you are suddenly in the center of a massive kaleidoscope.  Designed by Wallace K. Harrison – the architect who led the multinational team that designed the UN Building in New York, and who also had his hand in building Rockefeller Center and Lincoln Center  – the stunning sanctuary opened in 1958.

For more on what to do and where to eat in Stamford, CT, you’ll find it on  

Who Needs Expensive Vacations in Foreign Lands When A (Relatively Inexpensive) Local Getaway Can Be As Rewarding For the Adventurous Traveler

What is a Maven?

Someone who knows a lot about one thing; an expert.

Who are the Getaway Mavens?

Travel journalists who know quite a bit about Northeast Travel.

Have only a few days and want a break from the ordinary (and perhaps learn a thing or two)?

These “Curated” trips give you specific game plans for what to see, which tours to take, where to eat and stay.  Check out

Become a Member of Stamford’s Avon Theater for $120/Year (Couple), Get Perks, Freebies and Discounts on Indie Films All Year Long – A Great Gift!

Our own Independent Theater House, The Avon Theater, is a Community Treasure.  For just $120 a year per couple, you are entitled to nearly half off each movie ticket; $6 members, $11 non-members, and invited to special free previews and celebrity events.  A GREAT GIFT!

From Avon’s Webpage;

Your membership support makes such a difference! Ticket revenues cover less than half of our operating expenses. You can join at either the Primary or Carte Blanch levels. There are myriad benefits to becoming a member of The Avon.

Support your local, non-profit, independent cinema

· Reduced general admission

· Invitations to sneak previews

· Members-only events

· Discounts on special events

· Free Admission on your birthday

· A free general admission ticket when you join or renew

Become a member today!

For questions about our membership program, please contact Louisa Greene at 203-661-0321 or email us at

MEMBERSHIP application

Dinosaur BBQ; Stamford On The Cheap Approved

Housed in a cavernous space that can easily fit a whole family of Tyrannosaurus Rexes, Dinosaur BBQ brings superb smoked and glazed barbeque to Stamford.  Having won over Syracuse (Syracuse University), New York City (Columbia University) and other college hot-spots, this location – in Harbor Point near Fairway – is sure to bring lots of life to Stamford’s new buzzed about neighborhood by the water.

What makes it On The Cheap approved? There’s a varied selection of craft beer ($5) and wine ($7) on tap. Plus, you can get a whole platter of ribs and sides starting at $9.95 (for 1/4 side of ribs, two sides and cornbread DRIPPING with honey). Half a BBQ chicken platter with sides costs just $11.95 and is melt-in-your-mouth awesome.  All meats are deftly smoked and slathered with dino-sauce; and prepared on-site. And cute waiters and waitresses don’t stint on service. A value all around.



Quick Tips for Getting Extra Holiday Cash

From the Electronic Trade-in Experts at NextWorth

With the holidays fast approaching, everyone is thinking about the impact holiday shopping will have on their wallets. While holiday gifts do tend throw budgets into a tailspin, the good news is there are actually some easy ways to find, sell and earn some extra cash. In fact, some of you may already have that money lying around the house!


Without realizing it, you may have money owed to you just waiting to be claimed! Every U.S. state has an unclaimed property program that actively and continuously finds owners of lost and forgotten assets. According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, a total of $2.25 billion (yes, billion!) was returned to rightful owners in 2011, with the average amount being $892. Around the country, there is $41.7 billion still waiting to be claimed, so check out to see if you have lost funds to secure!


On average, Americans actually have 10 unused electronics items in their houses, which could turn in to big bucks if traded in. Trading in is really easy to do–for example, Target stores nationwide accept products in-store in exchange for store gift cards. Let’s be honest, you were probably going to spend money there anyway, right?

If you prefer to trade in online, NextWorth makes it easy to get cash for your old devices. Just find your device on the site and answer simple questions about its condition for an instant quote. A free shipping label is provided to send it in. Items typically accepted for trade (online or in-store) include: iPhones, iPads, iPods, cell phones, point and shoot cameras, Digital SLR cameras, tablets, e-readers, game consoles, GPS units, laptops, movies, video games and calculators.


Though not the easiest, or the most fun option, putting in a few extra hours around the holidays is an excellent way to get some dough. The National Retail Federation reports that retailers will hire between an estimated 585,000 and 625,000 seasonal employees this year.


Retail stores are the busiest this time of year and always need some extra hands. As a bonus, you’ll likely be eligible for the employee discount as well! Consider other seasonal jobs as well – like working at a ski resort or a Christmas tree lot.


Hopefully, with the help of these tips and some great holiday sales, you can upgrade from that macaroni necklace budget to some great gifts for the loved ones on your list this year!





Does the United States have a civility crisis on its hands? FERGUSON LIBRARY HOSTS SERIES ON CIVILITY IN AMERICA Beginning With Civility in Art With James Cuno, CEO and President of the J. Paul Getty Trust,, Monday, September 24 at 6 p.m., FREE


               CIVILITY IN AMERICA

Does the United States have a civility crisis on its hands? That question will be addressed by experts during a series of programs which focus on courtesy in different facets of society – from education and politics to sports and the arts.

The talks, to be held monthly at The Ferguson Library from September to May, will feature speakers such as Ernie Anastos, New York City news anchor; William Bratton, former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department; and U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. Hosted in conjunction with Hearst Corporation, the discussions will be sponsored by the city of Stamford and the Dilenschneider Group, a communications firm.

Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia, who has spoken on the need for civility in politics, said his goal is to make Stamford the most civil city in America.

The programs will be held at The Ferguson Library’s Third Floor Auditorium, Bedford & Broad Streets, Stamford. For information call 203 977-4154. The schedule of programs follows:

Civility in Art

Monday, September 24 at 6 p.m.

James Cuno, CEO and President of the J. Paul Getty Trust and an internationally recognized museum leader and scholar.  Mr. Cuno has a distinguished career, which has included serving as president and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as positions at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and Harvard University.

Civility in the Media

Wednesday, October 3 at noon

WNYW Fox 5 News Anchor Ernie Anastos, an Emmy-award winning news anchor. Anastos is

widely recognized and respected journalist with over 30 years experience in the news industry.

Civility in Politics

Wednesday, October 17 at 5:30 p.m.

Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994. Prior to serving in the Senate, Snowe represented Maine’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 16 years, becoming only the fourth woman in history to be elected to both houses of Congress. Sen. Snowe has made bipartisan consensus-building on key issues a hallmark of her career in Washington.

Civility in Law Enforcement

Tuesday, November 13 at 6 p.m.

William Bratton, who served as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department for seven years

before retiring in 2009, as well as New York City Police Commissioner and Boston Police Commissioner. Mr. Bratton is now Chairman of Kroll, the world’s leading risk consulting company.

Civility in Management

Tuesday, December 4 at 6 p.m.

Edward Reilly, President & CEO of American Management Association, the world’s leading not-for-profit, membership-based management development, research, and publishing organization.

Civility in Education

Thursday, February 7 at 6 p.m.

Joel Klein, who served as chancellor of the New York City School System from 2002-2011. Among his many achievements as chancellor, Klein created and implemented comprehensive education reform that resulted in increases in student performance. Klein currently serves as executive vice president and CEO of News Corporation’s education division.

Dates to determined: Civility in Sports  -  Fay Vincent, former Commissioner of Major League Baseball and Civility in Entertainment with actress Laura Linney.

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Film & Discussion: Hot Coffee at Ferguson Library Main Branch, Thursday, September 20 at 6 p.m., FREE

Film & Discussion: Hot Coffee
Thursday, September 20 at 6 p.m.

n 1994, 79-year-old woman Stella Liebeck spilled hot coffee purchased from a McDonald’s restaurant in her lap. That incident turned into the famous “hot coffee lawsuit” that still has people talking about tort reform and special interests in the civil justice system.

Learn more about Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants during a presentation of an award-winning documentary about the case, Hot Coffee. The film will be shown Thursday, September 20 at 6 p.m. at the Ferguson Library’s Third Floor Auditorium, Bedford & Broad Streets, Stamford. A discussion will follow.

The case is routinely cited as an example of frivolous lawsuits, but the film takes a close look at what really happened to Liebeck and who funded the effort to shape the news media’s perception of the case.

The 90-minute film, directed by Susan Saladoff, and the discussion are co-sponsored by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the law offices of Silver Golub & Teitell. All our programs are generously supported by the Friends of The Ferguson Library. For information call 203 351-8231.





Senior Citizens, Get the Most out of Social Security, Ferguson Library Main Branch, Wednesday, September 19 from 2 to 4 p.m., FREE But Reservations Recommended

Getting the Most out of Social Security

Wednesday, September 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Main Library Third Floor Rotary Room

Learn techniques to dramatically increase your retirement income. Co-sponsored by the Southwestern CT Agency on Aging and AAA. Reservations suggested. Call 203 351-8227 or register at