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JULY 11, 2006

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Health & Wellness
In This Issue:
A Marketing Publication From The Advocate

• Avian Flu • Childhood Obesity • Cardiology Unit Opens

• Beyond Mars and Venus • Assisted Living for New Generation

• Great Legs • VNC Celebrates • And Much More!


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Real Estate Tax Appeals
Michael J. Cacace* Mark P. Santagata Paul T. Tusch Richard S. Fisher Ronald E. Kowalski, II Sherwood R. Spelke Jane W. Freeman Judith Ellenthal Katherine T. Blakeslee Alice Ann Fitzpatrick Linda S. Brown* Meredith Denecke* Keenan McMahon Michael B. Thomas Of Counsel Ellery Plotkin Mark Koczarski*†
*Also admitted in New York †Also admitted in Florida

Stamford Hospital Cares for the Community Avian Flu New Cardiology Unit Opens Leading Edge Technology at Bennett Center Women’s Breast Center at Stamford Hospital VNHC Celebrates 25 Years of Hospice Care Healthy Beginnings Great Legs: Knee Replacement for Women Assisted Living for a New Generation Beyond Mars & Venus: Women’s Health Center at Stamford Hospital Community Corner Childhood Asthma: Serious But Easy To Treat Welcome New Members Costs of Childhood Obesity Older Americans Want Service Providers In Tune with Their Needs Chamber Head Selected for UConn Award Company Recognition Consumer Driven Healthcare Members Making News

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Health Awareness
Summer is here, and the time is right for dancing in the streets…at least, after hours! At the Stamford Chamber, as we did last year, we are focusing this issue of Business Outlook on the all-important topic of healthcare—what’s new, and most especially what’s new here in our own community. A major health worry at the back of most people’s mind right now is what happens if we do, indeed, find ourselves fighting a pandemic. Here in lower Fairfield County, we are very fortunate to have a renowned expert in this field heading the Division of Infectious Disease and Microbiology at Stamford Hospital. Dr. Michael Parry works with local, state and federal governments to monitor world events, assessing threats and establishing preparedness, not only for a possible pandemic but also for bioterrorism and other potential disasters. Here in Stamford, Dr. Parry works closely with Dr. Johnnie Lee, Director of Public Health, on keeping our community safe at all levels. (For instance, the two collaborate and the annual “Fight the Flu” campaign, vaccinating more than 12,000 people last year!) Other developments in healthcare hold promise for our community. Parents with children who have medical problems requiring the attention of a specialist can now see top pediatric physicians, cardiology through rheumatology and more, right here in town, at the new Children’s Specialty Center, located at the Tully Health Center. A strong initiative to fight childhood obesity is taking shape. By this time next year, our community will have its own full-service heart program, with elective angioplasty and open heart surgery available for the first time at Stamford Hospital. And developments in cancer prevention and treatment, women’s health and other areas are also making life safer, healthier and better for all our citizens. We’re pleased to share an update on the health status of our local medical community. Please accept my wishes for an enjoyable, healthy summer!


John P. Condlin President and CEO Stamford Chamber of Commerce


Stamford Hospital Cares for the Community
Stamford Hospital has provided compassionate, clinically excellent care to the community for more than 100 years. A Level II Trauma Center with an award-winning ICU, we are a Planetree hospital committed to patient-centered care; an affiliate of the NY-Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a teaching hospital of the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. This past year Stamford Hospital received the Magnet Award for our nursing program, an elite designation earned by only 3% of hospitals in the country. The Tully Health Center houses outpatient and wellness programs of Stamford Hospital, including the Health & Fitness Institute, a world-class medically-supervised fitness center; the Women’s Breast Center; the Surgical Center; Diagnostic Imaging, and numerous physician offices, a pharmacy, and a café. The new Darien Imaging Center, opened in June, provides state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services in a convenient, suburban setting.

New Cardiology Unit Opens at Stamford Hospital
S T E V E N F. H O R O W I T Z , M D, D I R E C T O R Stamford Hospital With the first patients admitted in early June, Stamford Hospital’s brand new Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Cardiology Unit represents the “first phase in our transition to becoming a full-service heart hospital,” says Steven F. Horowitz, MD, Director of Cardiology. “As we move aggressively toward performing advanced cardiac procedures, our goal is to be outstanding not only in the quality of our medical care, but also in the compassion with which we deliver it.” To that end, this new cardiology unit—with 24 beds to care for heart patients at all levels of acuity, plus an additional eight dedicated to sicker patients—is Stamford Hospital’s first to be designed and constructed according to the principles of the Planetree organization, focusing on patient-centered care in a healing environment. The lighting is soft, the color palette soothing. Rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs. There is a nutrition area, for after-hours snacking. The nursing station has been designed to be both more functional and inviting of interaction. Call buttons are gone, and patients can contact their nurses directly through the hospital’s new Vocera interactive voice communication system. The unit has also included physician-friendly features, including a charting room and private conference facilities where doctors can meet privately with patients and their families. All these elements, and more, will enhance and improve the level of care at Stamford Hospital. Notes Dr. Horowitz, “The healthcare experience is complete when the science of medicine and technology and the art of caring and involving patients in their own treatment works in tandem.”


Avian Flu
Seasonal influenza exacts a high toll every year. 36,000 deaths, 120,000 hospitalizations, and 25 million physician visits are attributable to the fall and winter influenza epidemics that occur worldwide. However, pandemic influenza, resulting from more drastic genetic changes in the virus, can produce much more devastating impact. The 1918 pandemic caused over one million deaths in the US and at least 40 million deaths worldwide. It shortened the life expectancy by 20 years. Although the Asian and Hong Kong flu pandemics of 1957 and 1968 respectively were less severe, their memory still lingers and their impact on the health care system was significant. Will the current bird flu epidemic that is sweeping through the avian community from Asia to Europe become the source of the next human pandemic? Only time will tell, but many experts believe we are overdue for a pandemic, and since avian strains of influenza are the source of all human influenza viruses, the suspicion is well founded. The current avian influenza 4 outbreak in wild birds and poultry from Indonesia to China to the Ukraine, France and Germany, is historically unprecedented. Millions of birds have died or been slaughtered in an attempt to control the epidemic. 225 human cases have occurred, almost all due to intense exposure to sick or dying poultry or poultry products or bird droppings. Although cases of interpersonal spread have been suspected, only two well-documented cases of person-to-person spread have been proven. These have been in intimate household contacts such as daughter-tomother, son-to-father, but there has been no sustained personto-person spread. Viral mutations resulting in sustained human-tohuman transmission would create the right scenario for a pandemic. Of great concern is that the mortality of human avian flu cases continues to be in excess of 50%, and most of these are in children or adolescents. The role of antiviral therapy and antibiotics in the management of these patients is uncertain but they have not been clearly beneficial. How should we prepare for the possibility of a pandemic? We must assume that there will be universal susceptibility to the new pandemic flu strain, that the attack rate will be 30-40%, and that up to 40% of the work force could be absent due to illness, caring for sick loved ones, or from fear of coming to work. National, regional, local and personal preparations must begin now. Hospitals have begun to educate their employees and medical staffs on how to prepare. Many hospitals have stockpiled gloves, gowns and masks (known as personal protective equipment) so that supplies will be available in the event of a pandemic. Hospitals are looking to expanding their respirator (ventilator) capacity and their pharmaceutical stockpiles to be more prepared. Both hospital bed shortages and hospital staff shortages are inevitable in a pandemic. Hospitals and communities must work together to mitigate these shortages using creative ways such as alternative care sites and recruiting volunteers to assist in hospital care. Personal preparations and business preparations must also begin. Tele-commuting and other remote worksite options must be strongly considered in order to assure an uninterrupted flow of business in the event of home confinement. All of us must practice good respiratory etiquette, which is regular hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, sanitary tissue disposal, and possibly wear-

Stamford Hospital’s brand-new Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Cardiology Unit opened in May.

ing masks if in enclosed quarters (such as crowded public transportation) in a pandemic. Families should develop plans for care for chronically ill members, preparing adequate stores of non-perishable food, water and prescription medications to enable self sufficiency for two to four weeks.

Public health officials hope to avoid a pandemic. But it is mostly beyond our control. In the event of a pandemic we must be prepared to modify the impact of infection for our families and communities. Only by thoughtful preparation and multiple levels can we do this. It is time to start.

Leading Edge Technology at the Bennett Cancer Center
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a university setting. Visitors to the Bennett Cancer Center can relax in a light-filled atrium, lush with greenery. A tray of homemade cookies rests on the main reception desk—one of many homey touches provided by the center’s active volunteer corps. On the ground floor of the center are radiation oncology services and the offices of the oncology services administrator, the patient services coordinator, and the oncology counselor. The second floor houses the medical oncology offices of Hematology Oncology, PC, with seven boardcertified medical oncologists, and outpatient chemotherapy infusion services. The center has seven private chemotherapy suites each equipped with TV, VCR, daybed, and recliner. A skylight illuminates the group chemotherapy room, which features colorful murals created through the cancer center’s art therapy program. Hematology Oncology, PC, is one of 15 practices nationwide chosen to participate in a study on the use of etablets (electronic tablets) for patient symptom reporting. Upon arrival patients are given the etablet programmed with a series of questions related to how they feel. Clinicians are immediately sent the answers, so when they sit down with the patient they already have information on symptoms and side-effects of their cancer treatment. Both floors of the Cancer Center connect to Stamford Hospital. Stamford Hospital radiation oncologists Frank Masino, MD and Sean Dowling, MD

Radiation Oncologists, Stamford Hospital Established in 1992, the Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center at Stamford Hospital is known regionally for the excellent care provided to patients. Accredited as a Teaching Hospital Cancer Program from the American College of Surgeons, Bennett Cancer Center physicians are on the faculty at Columbia University Medical School. This affiliation gives patients an even greater access to world-class facilities, research protocols, and state-ofthe-art equipment. With a strong clinical trials program, staffed by a full-time nurse coordinator, the cancer center enrolls nearly 13 percent of cancer patients to clinical trials, a far higher percentage than at other local cancer centers. Stamford Hospital also participates in more clinical trials than any other community hospital in the state. Our commitment to remain on the leading edge of technology benefits our patients. Diagnostic imaging services include CT scan, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and MRI including core biopsy under MRI guidance. Stamford Hospital is one of the few programs in the country with the new ATEC breast biopsy system—a minimally invasive biopsy technique. Also provided are stereotactic core needle biopsy, ultrasound core needle biopsy, sentinel node biopsy, diagnostic radiology, and digital mammography with CAD (computeraided diagnosis). In 2006 the program began offering CT screening for lung cancer. Radiation oncology treatment modalities include brachytherapy (or seed implants, for prostate and cervical cancer) and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for prostate cancer. The Bennett Cancer Center has the only peripheral stem cell and autologous bone marrow transplant program in the state, outside

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Women’s Breast Center at Stamford Hospital
D O N N A -M A R I E M A N A S S E H , M D, D I R E C T O R Stamford Hospital Not so long ago, women who knew themselves to be at higher risk for breast cancer couldn’t do much but worry. That’s not the case today, as medical research

Healthy Beginnings
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and technological innovations continue to offer more and more real choices that can enable them to stay healthy. The Women’s Breast Center at Stamford Hospital provides a superior level of care for all women, and a specialized surveillance program for women at high risk. Advanced technology enables physicians and radiological technicians to provide the most accurate screening and diagnostic breast imaging available, and our staff of specialized radiologists, surgeons, oncologists and pathologists utilize the latest techniques for diagnosis and treatment for women with breast cancer. Recent research confirms that for many women—most specifically those over 50 and those who have dense breast tissue —digital mammography offers a clear screening advantage. With the opening of the new Darien Imaging Center, Stamford Hospital now offers all-digital mammography at two sites, here and at the Tully location as well. The unique High Risk Breast Cancer Prevention Program provides the increased level of specialized monitoring and medical care that high risk women require, bringing together medical expertise and state-of-the-art technology for screening and diagnosis. At the Women’s Breast Center, women

Donna-Marie Manasseh, MD, Director of the Breast Clinic at Stamford Hospital, completed fellowship training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. have access to such high-tech modalities as ductal lavage and ductoscopy, which are screening modalities likened to “Pap smears of the breast” that are not widely available elsewhere. Women at risk for breast cancer have the benefit of more frequent screening with digital mammography utilizing CAD (Computer Aided Diagnosis), high resolution ultrasound and breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Also available is referral to the Cancer Genetics Program for risk evaluation, with testing for cancer susceptibility genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 to provide quantitative assessment of lifetime breast and ovarian cancer risk. Women may also choose to consult with a medical oncologist to discuss chemoprevention—taking medication, such as Tamoxifen or Raloxifene to lower their risk.

White bright even teeth with big smiles have become very fashionable. Think Julia Roberts. Everyone is whitening and brightening but not the poor. The tooth gap is very real and I don’t mean that space between your front teeth. There is a great disparity in oral health care between those with limited income and those with disposable income. Why should we care? Poor oral health most frequently leads to poor and debilitating general health. Our employees miss work, children miss school, insurance costs keep rising, missing teeth lead too few job opportunities, emergency room costs rise. What’s the solution? Awareness through oral health education, enough providers to ensure access to care and beginning care for children as young as one year. Starting young will reduce the high incidence (35%) of decay among our elementary school age children. In a most successful collaboration The Dental Center of Stamford and the Stamford Health Department’s WIC

(Women, Infants and Children) Program, have set up a dental operatory on the 8th floor of the Government Center to promote and execute the Healthy Beginning Program Over 1000 parents and children to date have received instruction on good oral hygiene and children have been screened Many have had fluoride varnishes and cleanings. As little as one fluoride varnish a year can cut the cavity rate in half for infants and small children. Children in need of restorative care are referred to the Dental Center to see a dentist. Tooth decay is an infectious and contagious disease that can spread from mother to child. Improving the oral health of pregnant women and mothers will improve children’s health. At Healthy Beginnings, parents learn to take care of their own oral hygiene and prevent the spread of bacteria that may cause low birth weight and can be spread from mother to baby. Stamford can be proud of this innovative program that brings oral health care to our most vulnerable population.

VNHC Celebrates 25 Years of Hospice Care in Stamford
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D E VELO PMENT hospice movement was still in its infancy in the US. The program began with in-home hospice care, and added residential hospice care at the Richard L. Rosenthal Hospice Residence in 2000. This Residence, a 12-bed facility located on the campus of Stamford Hospital, is the only hospice residence of its kind in the state of Connecticut. The Rosenthal Residence is an excellent option for patients whose loved ones are unable to care for them in their own homes. It is a warm, nurturing, and home-like environment where patients can be surrounded by their loved ones 24 hours a day. Hospice care provides palliative treatment to terminally ill patients—while maintaining the dignity and quality of their lives. VNHC uses a team approach to making the end of life as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Skilled nurses, therapists, counselors and aides work with both patients and their families to help them resolve the complex issues of terminal illness. Caring, welltrained volunteers are also available to provide emotional support and respite help to patients and families. No local organization represents that variety of services and excellence of care better than VNHC of Southwestern CT. VNHC’s mission is to provide the highest quality home health and hospice services to all residents of lower Fairfield County, based on need, not ability to pay. The organization depends upon the support of the entire community to continue to make its vital services available to anyone who needs them.


Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Southwestern CT (VNHC) is known throughout Fairfield County for its exceptional home health and hospice care. The agency provides skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational and speech therapy, medical social work, home health aides, as well as pastoral and bereavement services. VNHC is the oldest home health care agency in Stamford, caring for patients in their homes since 1912. This year, VNHC is celebrating an important milestone in its history of compassionate care: the 25th anniversary of hospice care in Stamford. Hospice services were launched in 1981, when the

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K E V I N P L A N C H E R , M D, O R T H O P E D I C S U R G E O N Stamford Hospital Last month, Stamford resident Carmela Campana became one of the first patients in the area to get a brand new knee “designed just for women.” The Gender-Solutions High-Flex Knee, the first knee replacement shaped to fit a woman’s anatomy, received FDA clearance in May. Kevin Plancher, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Stamford Hospital, performed the operation for Mrs. Campana Tuesday, June 20. Just two days later, Mrs. Campana was walking up and down the hallway, and even up and down stairs. Kevin Plancher, MD, According to Dr. Plancher, knee orthopedic surgeon, was replacement surgeries have become interviewed for Channel commonplace as arthritis becomes a 12’s “12 on Health” after major health complaint for aging baby he implanted the women’s boomers. As is often the case in mediknee replacement for Mrs. cine, the conventional knee replacement Campana. devices were designed to fit men. “In women, the knee is narrower and the device would overhang a bit,” he explains. “It took an engineer to design this, but it makes so much sense. The surgical procedure is exactly the same, but the knee is narrower and a little taller. The result should be less pain and a faster recovery time.” Women—who do such a good job of caring for everyone else in the family, making 80% of healthcare decisions—often feel challenged to find the time to properly care for themselves. That’s especially true during times of change—specifically, pregnancy, postpartum and perimenopause— when the physical and hormonal shifts occurring in a woman’s body may bring on new medical and/ or emotional issues. At Stamford


Great Legs: Knee Replacement Beyond Mars & Venus: Designed Specifically for Women Women’s Health Center at Stamford Hospital
Hospital, a newly organized women’s health center provides a valuable resource for linking women to the physicians and services with the specific expertise they need— whatever it may be. The center provides resources and referrals for all the traditional women’s health specialties, of course, including obstetrics and gynecology and breast care. What’s unique, however, is that the center also incorporates medical experts in specialties such as gastroenterology, cardiology, orthopedics, cosmetic surgery, endocrinology, nutrition, fitness and behavioral health. We have physicians with a special interest and training in holistic medicine and nutrition, as well. Additionally, Stamford Hospital is the only area hospital with fellowship-trained specialists in gynecologic oncology and urogynecology. Women are able to get connected to the expertise they need to take charge of their own health, or make lifestyle changes to prevent future problems. For instance, this fall a new program will combine educational lectures about osteoporosis prevention and treatment, with workshops on weight training for women. Women concerned about their risk factors for breast cancer can learn about their options through the High Risk Breast Cancer Prevention Program, where they are given real strategies to make sure they stay healthy. Stress reduction workshops, nutritional counseling, classes in healthy cooking and seminars on specific workout topics, such as boosting metabolism or keeping motivated are also available. For information on Stamford Hospital’s resources for women’s health, answers to your questions, and to obtain referral to a physician who meets your specific criteria, please call toll-free 877455-4HER (4437).

Women’s health is a specialty at Stamford Hospital.

Assisted Living for a New Generation
N O R A A . S I M O N E, D I R E C T O R Brighton Gardens of Stamford


In the past 25 years, more and more assisted living communities are appearing around the country and the world. These communities are meeting the needs of a new generation of seniors—men and women who are living longer because of the great strides made in both the medical and pharmaceutical industry. While many enjoy a good quality of life, others are faced with new challenges and concerns. As Director of Community Relations for Brighton Gardens of Stamford, part of my responsibilities is to educate families about the various living and care options available to them, so

that they can make an informed decision. Seniors enter assisted living for a variety of reasons. Some residents are men and women who have lost a spouse and were overwhelmed with the responsibilities associated with home ownership, as well as the isolation they faced, particularly when they no longer drive and are far from familyw members. Others have become frail and everyday tasks from bathing and dressing to meal preparation, have become increasingly difficult. And, still others are dealing with serious health issues that require monitoring by trained personnel. Many adult children, con-

cerned for their loved ones’ well being, find it awkward, even difficult, to suggest assisted living. I often advise them to consider carefully what they want for their parent, visit various facilities and narrow the choices to two or three that satisfy their requirements. Once this is done, arrange to bring their parent into the decision making process— bringing them for a tour and relaxing lunch and/or activity, so that they can observe the residents, as well as the staff. They, too, will be able to ask questions and address their concerns. Once the decision is made, assisted living offers the senior population a haven of comfort

and support—personalized living, service and care options and activities that enable them to live life on their terms!


Community Corner
Stamford Symphony Offers $20,000 Scholarship
The Stamford Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its Instrumental Scholarship Competition for 2006 with a top award of $20,000. It is a result of a major grant specifically designed to recognize accomplished outstanding young performers and support their dreams of advanced music study. The first prize in the Instrumental Scholarship Competition, The Jeniam Foundation Scholarship, will provide the winner with $20,000 ($5,000 annually) for the pursuit of advanced music study at an accredited conservatory, college or university. The second place Janet Meeker Scholarship is a $4,000 award paid over four years. The Sandwich Maestro Prize (Third Place) is $500. High school seniors during the 2006-2007 school term who reside in Connecticut and play any orchestral instrument are encouraged to apply. The receipt deadline is September 26, 2006 and applications can be found on the web at on July 12 with “Joe Piscopo’s Big Band Tribute to Frank Sinatra” with musicians from the Stamford Symphony at Columbus Park. Mr. Piscopo is renown for his impressions of Frank Sinatra on Saturday Night Live. The final concert of the series takes place on July 19 when Symphony musicians are joined by acclaimed singer Lynn DeMenna. For any of the concerts, audiences may bring a picnic to enjoy on the grass at the park.


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on the Green” at Sterling Farms gets under way. The Taming of the Shrew will be presented July14 & 15 on a scaled-down replica of The Bard’s Globe Theatre stage, on the lawn along side The Royal Green Restaurant. Performances begin at 7:30 each evening—the park opens to patrons at The Shrew—Kimberley 6:00 pm each day. Picnic Lowden as Katherina Crown Theatres Presents foods and beverages will be available in the Its 11th Annual Free adjoining tent or may be Summer Kids Film Festival pre-ordered through The The Crown Theatres FREE Summer Kids Film Royal Green Restaurant 203-322-6244. (Alcoholic Festival—a popular community tradition since beverages may not be brought into the park.) Curtain Call is the non-profit community1995 continues this summer at select Crown Theatres locations. The eight to ten week based theatre company in residence at The Sterling festival is ready again to offer a new movie Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in each week for moviegoers. Check your local Stamford. Year-round productions and workshops listings or the website www.crowntheatres. are presented by and for area residents. For more com for starting dates. The films are offered information, call 203-329-8207 x11 or on the web to the community free-of-charge as Crown at Theatres’ way of saying “thank you” to moviegoers who have patronized their local Crown Theatre over the year. Additional programs offered by Crown Theatres include: ■ Movies For Moms, which provides a dedicated auditorium showing current blockbusters for parents and their children under the age of 2 every Wednesday at 11 AM. ■ The Crown Theatres Email Club, one of the best ways to stay informed about current and upcoming movies, showtimes, special offers and more. Anyone interested can go to and sign up—it’s free!

Celebrate American Spirit in July with Sterling Glen of Stamford
There is nothing old fashioned about patriotism, especially at Sterling Glen of Stamford, an independent and assisted living senior residence. The public is invited to enjoy the July events listed below at the 77 Third Street residence, free of charge. ■ Thursday, July 20—Michael F Parry, MD, director . of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Stamford Hospital, will speak on “The Avian Flu, Separating Myth from Fact.” His lecture is part of the Stamford Health Lecture Series and begins at 7:30 p.m. ■ Sunday, July 30—John Fisco brings the “Big Band” sound to Sterling Glen as a saxophonist, keyboardist and singer. His performance begins at 2:30 p.m. Feel free to join the community at these events, all part of the ongoing educational and entertaining efforts of Sterling Glen. For more information, call (203) 327-4551.

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P E D I AT R I C S , C O LU M B I A U N I V E RS I T Y C O L L E G E ■ Chest pain, including tightness or discomfort


Parents may feel uncertain about how worried to be when a child is diagnosed with asthma. So many children have the disease today, it can seem like no big deal – yet asthma can be not only uncomfortable, but lifethreatening. With treatment, however, most kids do just fine, says Hossein Sadeghi, MD, Director of Pediatric Pulmonology at Stamford Hospital, and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons: “Asthma is a serious disease, but it’s also a easy condition to treat.” It’s a fact that more children have asthma today than ever before—and Connecticut has the dubious distinction of ranking second highest in prevalence in the country, with 13% of the pediatric population suffering from asthma. (Maine, at 13.2%, holds the top position.) An estimated 75,000 Connecticut kids have asthma, more than 1,600 in the city of Stamford alone. According to Dr. Sadeghi, old school medical wisdom wouldn’t diagnose asthma under age two, but today children of one year with a history of recurrent bronchiolitis may be given preventive treatment for asthma. For children of any age, the following symptoms warrant consultation with your pediatrician and/or a pediatric pulmonary specialist: ■ Frequent colds, especially with lingering cough ■ Chronic cough, especially at nighttime

of pulmonary function testing, with equipment appropriately sized for the pediatric patient. ■ Inability to keep up with peers These tests provide an objective when engaging in physical measure of the airway obstruction. activity Exercise testing, also available at Asthma is an inflammation the lab, is useful for children who that literally narrows the airway, have exercise-induced symptoms. making it difficult for a child to “These children may not even recbreathe. “Rescue” medication, ognize their symptoms,” says Dr. typically taken as Sadeghi. “With a an inhalant, opens lung function test, the airway. There we can teach a are also several child to recognize different kinds of how obstruction preventive medifeels, and hopefulcations, including ly, we can improve inhaled steroids compliance with and leukotriene medication.” antagonists (longIt’s not yet acting bronchoknown exactly dilators which what causes asthmust be taken in ma, but according conjunction with to Dr. Sadeghi, steroids). most experts Hossein Sadeghi, MD There are four believe it is a comlevels of severity: bination of genes mild intermittent asthma, mild and the environment. There is persistent asthma, moderate per- a seasonal aspect to the disease, sistent asthma, and severe persis- so children should be monitored tent asthma. Though most chil- regularly, and preventive medicadren can be well managed by their tion should be taken religiously, pediatrician, in some cases a more as prescribed. “Don’t ignore the comprehensive evaluation, includ- symptoms of asthma,” says Dr. ing pulmonary function with or Sadeghi. “It’s a signal that you may without exercise testing, may be need to take precautions.” Best of warranted. all, he notes: about half of kids Stamford Hospitals new outgrow their asthma between the Children’s Specialty Center has ages of five and ten. brought together many top specialists, including a pediatric pulmonologist, from top academic institutions. Stamford also has the area’s only Pediatric Pulmonary Lab, providing an extensive array

Identity Theft Protection Services
Michael Schechter, Vice President
9 Cowing Court, Ste. 200 Stamford 06906 (203) 353-1954 • Fax:(888) 421-3258

Real Estate

Residential real estate company. Full service with savings. We provide selling & buying a home service with putting money back in clients pockets.

Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara, LLC
Elaine Vlahakis, Attorney
170 Mason Street, Greenwich 06830 (203) 661-6000 Fax:(203) 661-7088 Law Firm I am an attorney specializing in residential real estate transactions in lower Fairfield County and New York.

Blue Books, Inc.
Barbara LaBarbera, Pres. & CEO
45 Knollwood Road, Elmsford 10523 (914) 591-8020 • Fax:(914) 591-4581


Since 1966, Blue Books publishes yellow page telephone directories in Westchester and Fairfield Counties.

New Neighborhoods, Inc.
Ross Burkhardt, President
40 Stillwater Ave, Stamford 06902 (203) 359-2215 Ext:13 Fax:(203) 964-9219

Cytec Industries, Inc.
Russell C. Cappadona, Site Mgr.
1937 West Main Street Stamford 06904-0060 (203) 321-2546 Fax:(203) 321-2975

Non-Profit Organization

Chemical Research

Cytec Industries Inc. is a global specialty chemicals and materials company focused on developing, manufacturing and selling valueadded products.

Low to moderate income rental and home ownership.

ProPark, Inc.
David Schmid, COO
One Union Place, Hartford 06103 (860) 527-2378•Fax:(860) 727-4068
Michael Pires, President
1 Trap Falls Road, Shelton 06484 (203) 926-8849•Fax:(203) 547-6900, a web-based Human Resources information and support portal designed for small and mid-

Parking Garages & Services

Propark is one of the nation’s leading parking companies, providing full and limited service parking solutions for all business types.

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Costs of Childhood Obesity
M A D H U M AT H E R , M D, D I R E C T O R Stamford Hospital Obesity is a growing problem of our age. Nowhere is this trend more alarming than among children. The prevalence of overweight children ages 6 to 11 years has doubled and 12-19 year olds has tripled in the last two decades. Therefore, it is important to focus on this man-made problem of increasing prosperity, which is rearing its ugly head and threatening to halt the progress made by modern science. The reason for this rise in obesity is simple. With prosperity and increased availability of fast foods the calorie content of foods increased, while with industrialization our activity level decreased. We have more working mothers and single parent families, so basic home cooking is less common. In addition, there is increased urbanization, with few or sometimes no safe parks for children to play in. Television, video games and computers are increasingly available, and are often babysitters for children. In 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a Call to Action to prevent and decrease overweight and obesity. Obesity is now accepted as a disease in epidemic proportions, with high societal costs. In 2000 it was estimated that 30% of boys and 40% of girls born in the U.S. were at risk of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes sometime in life. Obesity-related annual hospital costs for children and youth more than tripled over the last two decades, rising from $35 million in 1979-1981 to $127 million in 1997-1999. In 1995 there was $99.2 billion in medical costs and $47.6 billion lost in productivity. Increase in the proportion of spending on obese people accounted for 27% of the rise in inflation adjusted per capita spending between 1987 and 2001. The breakdown of this additional expense for the management of the complications of obesity was 38% for diabetes, 22% for hyperlipidemia and 41% for heart diseases. In 2003 in the state of Connecticut alone $856 million was spent on obesity related medical expenditures. These numbers warrant attention and action from all. Research has demonstrated that childhood is the time when dietary and lifestyle patterns are initiated. These patterns influence food preferences. Parental preferences for high fat, energy-dense foods limits children’s acceptance of a variety of healthier foods, and disrupts a child’s cue for hunger and satisfaction. Similarly the acceptance of sedentary lifestyles, including frequent television viewing, is also incriminated in the causation of obesity. In addition, it is not uncommon for certain food companies to spend vast sums (like $90 million per annum) in advertising their products directly to children. While some of these companies have stopped advertising directly to children, other food companies need to follow this example. A change in attitudes to food as well as improved lifestyle is imperative. We need to get active. Schools need to encourage more physical activity. The parks need to be safe and inviting. We all need to take charge in our spheres of influence. Slowly, but surely we need to fight this epidemic of obesity that threatens the advances of modern science.

Older Americans Want Service Providers In Tune with Their Needs
Local alliance established to cater to the needs of older Americans in Fairfield County
The Senior Resource Alliance™ of Fairfield County was recently created to bring trusted and reliable services to older people in the area. America’s aging population reached a turning point in 2006. One of the nation’s largest generations, the baby boomers, started turning 60. As many as 78 million people constitute the baby boom generation, and they stand to make an enormous contribution to the rich character and wisdom older adults offer to all of us. “Baby boomers are among the millions of mid-life and older adults who are continuing to redefine how we age,” said Jim Hirshfield, the spokesman for the new alliance. “We need to be ready for an aging population that’s as multifaceted as any in our history.” The Senior Resource Alliance™ of Fairfield County is pleased to honor the older persons in the area by providing them with a recognized network of professionals in Fairfield County available to support their needs. Independence for adults as they age relies on a balance of important elements: empowerment in consumer choice; healthy lifestyles that emphasize nutrition, physical activity, prevention, and active participation in one’s health care; and access to the tools necessary to make informed decisions. Combined, these elements help all adults maintain the dignity they deserve, providing more opportunities to live longer independently while contributing to communities they cherish. “We’re excited about launching the Senior Resource Alliance™ of Fairfield County. Our organization will provide the older adults in our area, as well as their spouses, children and grandchildren with a network of like-minded experts focused on the needs of older persons,” said Jurg Graf, a Certified Senior Advisor and coordinator for the alliance. The founding members of the Senior Resource Alliance™ of Fairfield County include Jurg Graf, CSA and Financial Representative of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Westport; Jim Hirshfield, a Principal at Columbia Reliant Mortgage Co., LLC in Norwalk; Michael Magner, President of Magner Funeral Home Inc. in Norwalk; Elaine Arnow, GRI, SRES, with William Raveis Real Estate in Westport; Patty Gabal, RN, Senior Move Manager with Changing Places LLC in Mamaroneck; and Judi Borderud, a Personal Financial Organizer in Stamford. As demand develops, the group will grow to cover additional services, such as elder law, estate planning, home care, durable medical equipment, tax services, caregiver resources and more. There is no referral fee to locate professional services through the Senior Resource Alliance™ of Fairfield County. Information and referrals can be obtained by calling Jurg Graf at (203) 221-5229, by emailing info@SRAFairfield. com or visiting their website www.


Madhu Mather, MD, Director of the Goldstein Children’s Health Center at Stamford Hospital, is a tireless advocate for children.

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Stamford Business Outlook September 5, 2006

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Chamber Head Selected for UConn Award
M I C H A E L M . E G O , P H .D., A S S O C I AT E V I C E P R O V O S T University of Connecticut, Stamford Campus

Welcome New Members
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The University of Connecticut, Stamford demic assets in urban economic growth Campus will present the inaugural Town strategies remains one of the greatest and Gown Award to John P. Condlin, untapped urban revitalization opportuniPresident and CEO, Stamford Chamber ties in the country.” The challenge in most of Commerce, at its campus Town Hall urban communities is how best to foster Meeting on August 23, 2006, in the Gen Re an environment that enables town and Auditorium. gown to fully realize this opportunity. Mr. The Town and Gown Award was estab- Condlin’s efforts as the President and CEO lished to recognize a community and civic of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce to leader who has exemplified the meaning seize the opportunity has created a synof “town and gown” by unselfishly and ergy whereby the University of Connecticut, with determination building Stamford Campus and the mutually beneficial partnerbusinesses, corporations, ships between the University educational systems, and of Connecticut, Stamford non-profit organizations of Campus, and the municiFairfield County are working palities and organizations of together to address commuFairfield County. nity and economic issues. Several years ago, the An illustration of Mr. book Leveraging Colleges Condlin’s facilitation skills and Universities for Urban in building a bridge to the Economic Revitalization conUniversity of Connecticut, Jack Condlin Stamford Campus was the cluded that “leveraging aca-

collaboration that created the UConn Center for Globalization and Commerce. The Center is a jointly operated academic research unit between the University of Connecticut and the Stamford Chamber of Commerce whose objective is to engage in collaborative research on international trade and commerce topics. His leadership and insights helped to bring the “town” and the “gown” together to establish a unique collaboration that is not found elsewhere in the country. Thus, the University of Connecticut, Stamford Campus acknowledges Mr. Condlin for his unwavering efforts to sustain and promote a successful town and gown environment in Fairfield County by selecting him to receive the 2006 Town and Gown Award. Michael M. Ego, Ph.D., serves as the Associate Vice Provost at the University of Connecticut, Stamford Campus. He can be contacted at

The Alternative Board (TAB) of Southwest CT
Vernon “Buck” Miller, President & CEO
433 Ridgefield Road, Wilton 06897 (203) 761-0340 Fax:(203) 563-9952

Management Consulting

I arrange, facilitate and coach peer advisory boards made up of the owners of privately held businesses.

Walker Systems Support
Kathleen Roane, Executive Director
Six Landmark Square Stamford 06901 (203) 359-5702 Fax:(203) 359-5858

IT Consulting & Support

Computer consulting computer firm providing IT support to companies throughout the state of CT.


Acme Sign Company
Stephen Trell, President
33 Taylor Reed Pl. Stamford 06906 (203) 324-2263 Fax:(203) 324-5181 Service available in Stamford: X-Ray, Mammography, Ultrasound, CT Scan, and Open MRI. Vein and PET Center.


Company Recognition
Companies who are committed to Stamford’s business community
agement Services including Business and Personal Financial Planning, Operating Systems and Controls, Financial Reporting, Compliance, Employee Benefits, Investments and Insurance.

BreakThru Fit 4 Life
Thomas R. Bacha, Co-Owner / Instructor
48 Union Street, #2 Stamford 06906 (203) 554-5440

We take pride in customer satisfaction and confidentiality. Rates extremely competitive.

Doug Edwards, Owner
124 Broad St. Stamford 06901 (203) 961-8703 Fax:(203) 961-8715

Connecticut Transit
Tom Crispino, Division Manager
26 Elm Court Stamford 06902 (203) 327-7433 Fax:(203) 353-0701

Signs & Banners

Avalon Bedford
Mike Garcia, Property Manager
1425 Bedford St Apt# 1N Stamford 06905 (203) 327-6200 Fax:(203) 327-7559

Fitness & Recreation

Advanced Health Professionals, Sports & Occupational Healthcare
Mary-Lynn Foulds, Marketing Dir.
970 Summer Street, 2nd Fl. Stamford 06905 (203) 348-0123 Fax:(203) 348-5678


Full service printing, including, multi-color offset printing, color and B&W digital printing, wide format printing and bindery. Free pickup and delivery.


Real Estate - Apartments for Lease

A complete child development center & after school program with a certified teacher & nutritionist. Children’s fitness circuit & specialty classes featuring Krav Maga, Cardio Kickboxing, & Yoga. Adults welcome.

Transportation Services-Public

Avalon on Stamford Harbor
Tom Evan
Leasing Office Stamford 06902 (203) 324-0300 Fax:(203) 324-9745

Jason Schlesinger, Vice President
112 Hoyt St. Stamford 06905 (203) 406-1300 Fax:(203) 327-3541

CT Transit is the state owned Bus Company that provides public transit service in the greater Stamford region.

Crown Theatres
Steve Gould
64 N. Main St. South Norwalk 06854 (203) 846-8800 Fax:(203) 846-9828

Health Services-Occupational

AHP and integrated approach of medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of muscular skeletal conditions and injury.

Anna Karidas, D.D.S.
Anna Karidas, Owner
999 Summer St., STE. 203 Stamford 06905 (203) 961-8140 Fax:(203) 357-8479

Real Estate-Leasing & Management
Real Estate Management and Development.

Advanced Radiology Consultants
Antoinette Williams, Practice Liaison
1315 Washington Boulevard, Stamford, 06902 (203) 356-9729 Fax:(203) 696-6130



Movie Theatres

General dentistry for adults and children.

Bennett’s Steak and Fish
Anthony Zezima, Manager
24-26 Spring St. Stamford 06901 (203) 978-7995 Fax:(203) 406-2078

City Confidential Shredding, LLC
Diane Ferro-Giannattasio Owner
P.O. Box 1646 Darien 06820 (203) 656-8123 Fax:(203) 655-3380

Curtain Call, Inc.
Lou Ursone, Executive Director
1349 Newfield Ave. Stamford 06905 (203) 329-8207 Fax:(203) 322-3656

Anthony Martini, CPA
Anthony Martini, Owner
1234 Summer Street, 2nd Floor, Stamford 06905 (203) 324-0495Fax:(203) 324-6265

Physician- Radiology


Leading providers of diagnostic and screening radiology services in Fairfield and New Haven Counties.


CPA providing Total Financial Man-

Bennett’s Steak and Fish - The New York Times beef expert says “It’s the best steak I’ve ever eaten.”

Shredding Paper

Theatre, Live

City Confidential Shredding is an on site document destruction company.

Non-profit theatrical production company presenting year round live performance as well as educational workshops for youth and adults.

D. Sal Electrical Contractor, Inc.
Frank Macchio, Vice President
■ Postcards ■ Self Mailers ■ Brochures ■ Graphic Design ■ Targeted Mailing Lists ■ Strategic Marketing Programs ■ Newsletters ■ Lettershop ■ Fulfillment

The Stamford YMCA Hotel

Textile Specialist
Si n c e 1 9 6 3

201 Little Hill Dr. Stamford 06905 (203) 322-8963 Fax:(203) 356-9343


Electrical new construction and service in buildings and homes.

Harry Bigelow
801 Main Avenue Norwalk 06851 (203) 229-7131 Fax:(203) 229-8941


To launch an effective marketing program for your business contact Don Lacerenza
Phone: 203.595.9777 Toll Free: E-mail:

Our Corporate Services Will Benefit Your Employees, Your Facility & Your Business

Imported & Domestic Beverages

Daily and Weekly Rates 203-357-7000
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Growing Businesses Since 1981

Tr i p l e S C l e a n . c o m

Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wine, and beer categories.

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Eve Lynn LLC
Sharon Chrust, Treasurer
107 Saddle Rock Road Stamford 06902 (203) 327-5980 Fax:(203) 961-9161


Consumer Driven Healthcare: Are you ready to negotiate the cost of your care?
K ATA L I N G O E N C Z , C O - O W N E R MedBillsAssist The Medicare Modernization Act enacted on December 8, 2003 included provisions for the Health Savings Account (HSA). President Bush calls this consumer directed healthcare, which is supposed to solve the rising costs of healthcare. The HSA is attached to a Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (QHDHP). The savings is delivered in two ways: first, the HSA bank account is tax free on both deposit and withdrawal. Second, the cost of the QHDHP is less than traditional medical insurance. However, the medical insurer will not make any payments until the account holder reaches their annual deductible. The minimum deductible is $2,100 per family, but it is usually much higher. The annual out-of-pocket expense can not exceed $10,500 per family. It is supposed to work on the premise that a consumer negotiates the cost of medical care, therefore saving money in the tax-free account. In the case of a healthy family, the savings account will grow creating reserves for future medical expenses. In the case of a family with medical problems, the money will be depleted from the account and the family will pay more out-of-pocket expenses or they will go without needed care. Essentially, this is a great plan for those who are healthy! However, rising healthcare costs are driven by those who are sick. Now these accounts are sifting costs for those who have difficulty paying for their medical care in the first place. People will be willing to forgo seeking care for small problems due to the expense and will wait until it develops into a more complex condition, which will drive the cost up even higher. Katalin Goencz, co-owner and manager of MedBillsAssist, a certified insurance consultant, can be contacted by e-mail at katalin@medbillsassit. com or by phone at (203) 570-3904.



Eve Lynn LLC is a fashion design and manufacturing company. All Eve Lynn products are vintage and hand made in New York CIty.

Executive Health Exams International
Jean Stolting, Director
750 Washington Blvd. Stamford 06901-3722 (203) 348-7500 Fax:(203) 964-9029

Health Services-Occupational

Provide corporate, as well individual clients a number of services including, complete physicals, cardiac stress testing, colonoscopy, travel clinic, sick calls, and follow up programs.

Fairfield County Bar Association, Inc.
Jeanne Urso, Executive Director
970 Summer St. Stamford 06905 (203) 327-7041 Fax:(203) 327-0413

Business Organization

The Fairfield County Bar Association is a non-profit and private association that provides continuing legal education to lawyers and other professionals.

Fairfield County Credit Union
Elizabeth Buzzeo, Branch Manager
144 Prospect St. Stamford 06901 (203) 324-2144 Fax:(203) 327-7202

Credit Union

Nick Kounavelis, CFO
1369 Long Ridge Rd. Stamford 06903 (203) 322-6500 Fax:(203) 322-6500

Fax Transmission Services

International Affairs
Joanna Gwozdziowski, Principal
15 Stamford Avenue, Stamford 06902 (203) 602-5509 Fax: (203) 602-5509

Grade A ShopRite
Joseph Cingari, Assistant Secretary
360 Connecticut Avenue Norwalk 06584 (203) 299-5737 Fax:(203) 831-8660

International Trade/Consulting

Super Markets/Grocery Stores

A family owned, full service supermarket with fresh bakery, fresh seafood, butcher shop, full service delicatessen and a pharmacy.

International Affairs expert providing political risk assessment and country analysis for both the private and public sectors.


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Company Recognition
IT Technology, Services Inc
Erik McCauley, Principal & COO/CIO
750 Summer Street, Stamford 06901 (203) 324-6003•Fax: (203) 569-4150 Greenwich 06830 (203) 426-6787•Fax: (203) 426-2382 grams for small and mid-size service firms that want to grow.

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Splash Hand Car Wash
Bill Trabulsy, V.P. Marketing
649 Hope Street, Stamford 06908 (203) 324-5400•Fax: (203) 325-9405 Stamford 06901 (203) 964-2200•Fax: (203) 964-3792

Limousine Service

Preferred Brands International
Ashok Vasudevan, Director
9 West Broad St. 5th floor Stamford 06902 (203) 348-0030•Fax: (203) 348-0029


Computer and network consulting and repair for corporate and home users.

With a fleet of more than 100 sedans, SUVs, executive transporters, vans, mini-coaches and motor coaches, we are Fairfield and Westchester counties best choice in executive ground transportation management.


Car Wash

Daily and Sunday newspaper of record that circulates to the lower Fairfield County area.

Kristen Hallett Rzasa, Franchise Owner
24 Linden Heights Norwalk 06851 (203) 845-8856

Mountainside Special Event Facility
Kelly J. Groth, President
P.O. Box 246 Wallingford 06492 (800) 762-6903•Fax: (203) 265-5651

Food Manufacturing, Distribution & Marketing

Preferred Brands International is a food manufacturing and marketing company who make “Tasty Bite” the largest selling brand of ready-to-eat Indian food in the U.S.

Now open in Stamford....a Full Service, 100% Hand Car Wash. Enjoy our viewing gallery and retail store while your car is being professionally cleaned. Locations in Fairfield, Westchester and New Haven Counties.

The Sandwich Maestro
Tanya Shively, Owner
90 Atlantic Street Stamford 06901 (203) 325-0802•Fax: (203) 325-0804

Prime Time Limousine, Inc.
John Pedone, Owner
30 Commerce Rd, Stamford 06902-4506 (800) 253-4055•Fax: (203) 961-0101

Stamford Emergency Medical Services, Inc.
Patricia Squires
684 Long Ridge Road Stamford 06902 (203) 968-1118•Fax: (203) 322-0658

Delicatessens and Catering

Event Facility Conference Center

Health & Fitness Clubs

Group fitness programs for all ages

Natural Nutrition Shoppes
Ed Duffy, President
1055 High Ridge Rd. Stamford 06905

A true gourmet sandwich shop specializing in delivering breakfast and lunch platters in the Stamford office community. Many vegetarian selections.

Sheila Moore, Senior Associate Director
One University Place Stamford 06901 (203) 251-8400•Fax: (203) 251-8404

Jewish Community Center
Gary S. Lipman, CEO
1035 Newfield Ave. Stamford 06905 (203) 322-7900•Fax: (203) 329-7546

Limousine Service

(203) 329-7400•Fax: (203) 3291402 Health Food Stores

Reflections Salon
Joseph Rainone, Owner
227 Bedford St., 2nd flr. Stamford 06901 (203) 975-0900•Fax: (203) 975-8323

Non-Profit Emergency Medical Services

New York Mortgage Co. LLC.
Barbara Rasso, Mortgage Banker
45 Church Street Stamford 06906 (203) 358-0203 Ext:225 Fax: (203) 358-9455

A not-for-profit charitable organization providing consistent, compassionate, quality paramedic ambulance services.

Non-Profit Organization

The JCC is a non-profit social service agency. We enrich the quality of lives for the greater Stamford community through the innovative programs, facilities and services for people of all ages.

Beauty Salon

Stamford Iron & Steel Works
Joseph Fuss, President
P.O. Box 2190 Stamford 06906-0190 (203) 324-6751•Fax: (203) 324-9130


Mortgage Banker + Broker

A full service salon, specializing in haircoloring services including hairstyling and retexturizing, nails, skin care and hair removal.

Law Offices of Matthew M. Maddox, LLC
Matthew M. Maddox, Attorney at Law
810 Bedford Street Suite #3 Stamford 06901 (203) 323-8777•Fax: (203) 323-2075

NYMC is a direct lender offering the largest variety of load products, including some of the most aggressive programs available.

RSM McGladrey
Theresa Cunningham
850 Canal Street, 4th Floor Stamford 06902 (203) 327-3112•Fax: (203) 359-2289

Steel Fabricators

We provide a variety of courses, undergraduate and graduate degrees, and certification programs for traditional students, returning adults and professionals, transfer students, lifelong learners, and others.

Structural steel fabricators, ornamental and misc. iron, railings, and steel stairs.

University of Bridgeport/ Stamford Campus
Jean Mann, Director
5 Riverbend Dr. Stamford 06907-0585 (203) 358-0700•Fax: (203) 967-3735

Northeast Utilities (Connecticut Light and Power)
Chris Swan, Director, Municipal Relations
9 Tindall Avenue, Norwalk 06851 (203) 845-3421•Fax: (203) 845-3628

Sterling Glen of Stamford
Lisa Kinsella, Executive Director
77 Third St. Stamford 06905 (203) 327-4551•Fax: (203) 353-9105

Business Consulting


Lawrence Construction
Donald Hartman, Owner
1007 Hope Street, Stamford 06907 (203) 964-9211•Fax: (203) 964-9214

RSM offers middle market companies business, tax consulting, wealth management, retirement resources, business evaluations and corporate finance.


Senior Living


Pension Associates
Theodore Andersen, Owner
2001 W Main St. Ste. 230 Stamford 06902-4501 (203) 356-0306•Fax: (203) 356-1045

Scott A. Clark, C.P.A., LLC
Scott A. Clark, Owner
1177 High Ridge Road Stamford 06905 (203) 321-2180•Fax: (866) 341-6121

An elegant independent / assisted living residence offering rental apartments, the services and amenities of a fine club and flexible care if and when needed.

Siding & Window Contracters

Louis Casale & Son
Louis J. Casale, Jr.
155 Frederick Street Stamford 06902 (203) 323-7438


Sunrise Assisted Living of Stamford
Barbara Nardone, Director of Community Relations
251 Turn of River Rd Stamford 06905 (203) 968-8393•Fax: (203) 968-8348

The University of Bridgeport Stamford Campus offers a broad range of renowned graduate degree programs, an innovative accelerated undergraduate program IDEAL, and the newest addition to the campus CBIT- Center for Business Information Technologies.

Pensions-Employee Benefits/Life Insurance

State and local tax consulting to banking industry.

Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky, LLP
Steven M. Frederick, Partner 600 Summer St., 7th Fl. Stamford 06901-1490 (203) 327-2300 Fax: (203) 967-9273

Precision Sales Systems
Peter H. Helmer, Principal
652 Lake Avenue Greenwich 06830 (203) 661-5356

Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Marilyn Boles, Office Manager
300 Atlantic Street, Stamford 06901 (203) 324-8174•Fax: (203) 324-8199

Real Estate Management

Manage day to day operations for 40 rental units.

Assisted Living


Metropolitan Transportation Company
Pat Charla, Director of Sales
One North Water Street, Suite 200


Assisted living and Alzheimer’s care services and health care.


Sales & Marketing

Precision Sales Systems creates and manages business development pro-

Law firm providing legal services in the areas of business & finance, labor & employment, litigation, real estate, tax and trusts & estates.

The Advocate/ Greenwich Time
Durham J. Monsma, Publisher/CEO
75 Tresser Blvd.

Full service law firm dedicated to professional excellence and highly responsive service to our clients.

Members Making News
Appointments & New Positions
Reyno Giallongo, Board chair of the United Way of Stamford announced the appointment of Michelle James as president and CEO. Patrick L. Poeschi joined the Stamford office of the law firm Day, Berry & Howard LLP as an associate. its watershed, presented its 2006 SoundWaters Environmental Achievement Award to Michael Sweeney, former editorial page editor of the Greenwich Time and Stamford Advocate. James R. Barker, vice chairman of Mormac Marine Group, Inc. received the Leadership Award from Stamford Hospital for his outstanding contributions to the hospital. JANUS Associates, a provider of information security and business information solutions, announced that it Bio Gate2.0 application, a software based authentification product, was named a Product of the Year for 2005 by BiometriTech magazine. Village Office Supply & Furnitre received a Small Business of the Year award for 2006
Michelle James

The Stamford branch of Charter Funding was number 16 out of 225 branches in the nation in overall loan origination for the month of May. Charter Funding is a nationwide leading lender and subsidiary of First Magnus Financial Corporation, the nation’s largest private mortgage lender Optimum Lightpath, the next-generation business broadband service provider of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC), has received the “Carrier Ethernet Service Provider of the Year—Outstanding Innovation” award among North American Carrier Ethernet providers. The award recognizes Optimum Lightpath’s innovative delivery of this emerging technology to create voice and data communications solutions for businesses in the New York metropolitan area. Sterling Glen of Stamford, an independent and assisted living senior residence raised more than $1,200 recently for the Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center in Stamford during their 11th Annual 5 Mile Walk & Run fundraiser.

Jon Sabrowski was promoted to senior vice president of investment sales of GVA Williams Real Estate Services, a commercial real estate services firm. Mirlande Cassagnol was appointed manager of children’s services at St. Luke’s LifeWorks, a not-for-profit social service agency that provides housing and support services to the needy. Brent Hazzard was appointed managing director of the restructuring finance team at GE Commercial Finance, a business unit of General Electric Co. Christopher D. Pepin was appointed a vice president at Fairfield County Bank. Charter Funding has appointed the following individuals to their company: Elayne Cassara, Joseph Ribeiro, Kenneth Hodge, Matthew Lyddiard, Nicole Hampton, and Vito Ottomanelli.

Elayne Cassara

Joseph Ribeiro

Kenneth Hodge

Real Estate
Seth G. Weinstein, Principal of Hannah Real Estate Investors, and Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy gathered for a commemorative Completion Celebration for Mill River House and a Construction Commencement for Adams Mill River House. Mayor Malloy, key city officials and members of the development team who played important roles in both of these projects joined in the festivities that took place in the courtyard of Mill River House, located at 35 West Broad Street in Stamford, CT.

New Business

Matthew Lyddiard

Nicole Hampton

Vito Ottomanelli

Optimum Lightpath®, the business telecommunications services division of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC), launched the Optimum Lightpath Referral Partner Program. The Optimum Lightpath Referral Partner Program is designed enable potential partners to generate significant income without requiring them to make a considerable financial investment in staff training and certification.

from the Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce. The award honors local small businesses for their entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, growth and commitment to the community. The Stamford Center for the Arts presented its 2006 F D. Rich Jr. Awards . to the following individuals for their steadfast dedication and support of the arts in Fairfield County. Mayor Dannel Malloy of Stamford and Joseph M. Cahalan, vice president, communications and social responsibility at Xerox Corp., a provider of document-related equipment, software and services.

Awards & Recognition
SoundWaters, an environmental organization with a mission to educate people about the wonders and beauty of Long Island Sound and

Mayor Dannel Malloy and Seth G. Weinstein


Junior Achievement of Southwest CT

20th Annual Bowl-A-Thon Bowlers raising the minimum are eligible for door prizes given out every five minutes.
WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2006 TIME: Three Shifts Available (1-3p.m., 4-6p.m., or 7-9p.m.) WHERE: Rip Van Winkle Lanes in Norwalk COST: $20/Bowler Registration Fee (covers cost of lane and shoes) $100 pledge minimum per bowler. TEAM SIZE: 5-6 People Per Team
For more information please call Junior Achievement at 203-854-1700


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