STAMFORD business outlook
MAY 2, 2006
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In This Issue:
A Marketing Publication From The Advocate
• A New Era for Downtown Housing • Residential Market Update
• WorldQuest VI at 60 • Progress in Affordable Housing
• Affordable Housing in High Demand • And Much More!
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Affordable Housing Is In High Demand in Stamford, CT Stamford’s Progress on Affordable Housing A New Era for Downtown Housing WorldQuest VI at 60 Residential Real Estate Members Making News Welcome New Members Company Recognition Community Corner
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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*†
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Stamford’s housing growth
Stamford and its neighboring communities still have one of the strongest housing markets in the northeast and possibly the entire United States. It is interesting to note that there are many economists that are predicting a national housing market bubble burst. Clearly, the national housing market is changing, but is it going to impact Stamford? All indications point to Stamford’s housing market remaining strong. Experts say the most important thing that impacts the housing market is job growth. And Stamford’s future job growth looks positive. If you look at Stamford’s growth over the past 50 years under its economic development plan, you will see it has had nearly a 300% increase in jobs and only a 35% increase in housing units. The result is a strong housing market and housing costs that exceed the national average. The down side to a strong housing market is the availability of affordable housing. It is one of the oldest economic theories, supply and demand, and there is not sufficient supply to satisfy the demand. Stamford is a model city for conscience development of housing. The city’s leaders and the city’s land use boards have developed tools for affordable housing in new housing projects. Very few municipalities have taken such a step. Because Stamford’s housing market is strong, there have been several thousand units built in the past 10 to 20 years. These new units have helped provide more units to the supply side of the equation. If the transportation infrastructure cannot support more commuters to work in our city, the other option is to build more housing in Stamford and as affordable as possible. Presently there are at least another thousand units on the drawing board and that does not include the potential of the south end, which could be thousands more. There is also the possibility of real high density housing in our downtown. Trump Towers, maybe? Why not? This potential increase in density is another possible tool for the city to provide more units of housing and more affordable housing. There is no simple solution for Stamford’s housing struggles. The state and federal governments have washed their hands on any housing involvement. Local municipalities can’t carry the burden of this effort by themselves. There needs to be help from many sources. Opportunities still exist. Stamford’s strong housing market, the inclusionary zoning tools and private development can all help provide the potential for creating more housing. Our future job growth should keep our housing market strong.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE STAMFORD CHAMBER
John P. Condlin President and CEO Stamford Chamber of Commerce
Affordable Housing Is In High Demand in Stamford, CT
B Y J O A N C A R T Y, E X E C U T I V E D I R E C T O R Housing Development Fund, Stamford, CT
Stamford’s Progress on Affordable Housing
K AT H L E E N E. WA L S H , AICP President & CEO Stamford Partnership, Inc.
Affordable housing is in high demand in Stamford, CT. As the median price of a singlefamily home approaches $650,000 (based on 2005 data), low- and moderate-income Mom-‘n-Pop or Millionaire, whatever our price range, each of us wants housing that we can afford. What’s first-time home buyers are being priced out of the city’s residential market. affordable? The US Census offers us one useful perspecAmong those who can- provide financial assistance loans have been towards the not afford to live in Stamford towards the development and purchase of condominiums tive by defining as “cost burdened” anyone spending include the city’s teachers, preservation of much-needed and cooperatives. Single-fam- more than 30% of income on housing, and as “severely nurses, police officers, firefight- affordable housing supply; and ily homes represent 14 percent cost burdened” anyone spending more than 35%.
ers and postal workers. The availability of affordour First Time Homebuyers Program fills the affordability gap between household incomes and home prices in order to make homeownership a reality. Among our various First Time Homebuyers programs and products, HDF facilitates first-time homebuyer loans for a broad array of municipal and private partners. HDF works with several private developers in Stamford to provide prospective purchasers for Below Market Rate (BMR) units included among market rate developments. These include BMR units at Southwood Square, Maple Tree and Mill River House, among others. To date, the Housing Development Fund has assessed the mortgage readiness of nearly 1,700 Stamford households and provided further one-onone homeownership counseling to nearly 1,200 Stamford households. We have lent $4.2 million to 182 households, allowing them to purchase in Stamford. The majority of our of purchases and multi-family homes represent the remaining 2 percent of the purchases. Among 182 first-time homebuyers in Stamford, the average household earns an income at 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). Our first-time homebuyer clients who purchased in Stamford hail from nearly 140 employers throughout southwestern Connecticut, including the City of Stamford (including teachers, firefighters and police officers), Stamford Hospital (including nurses, social workers and registrars), US Post Office, Pitney Bowes, GE Capital and Stamford Advocate, among many others. HDF’s success in keeping pace in Stamford is due, in large part, to our work with private developers who have included affordable units in market-rate developments. It is worthwhile to note that this example of public/private partnerships has yielded such positive and lifechanging results in an environment of escalating home prices. Since “cost burdened” con- programs, Stamford has develsumers in all income ranges oped creative strategies and have fewer dollars left to spend public-private partnerships to purchasing the goods and ser- increase the number of housvices that fuel the region’s econ- ing units—both existing and omy and generate job growth, new—affordable to households affordable housing is not simply with incomes of 25-60% of a matter of individual desire, median, and to have increased home ownership opportunities but a public policy objective. Among the region’s com- for households with incomes munities, Stamford has been a below 80% of median. As new residential and leader in recognizing the housing-jobs (and transit!) connec- mixed-use developments are tion and in taking positive steps planned in the city’s downtown towards building an adequate and the South End, East Side and West Side and affordable neighborhoods housing supsurrounding it, ply to attract we look forward and retain a to the developdiverse resident ment of similar population and creative thinkworkforce. Last ing to insure month’s conthat the middle ference “From of the income Blueprint to spectrum—for Building— example, those the City of between 80Stamford’s Kathleen E. Walsh 120% of mediCollaborations an—a segment C r e a t i n g Affordable Housing,” provided which may include our core an opportunity to review the workforce, small business-ownprogress made over the last ers, young professionals, empty five years, to share tools and nesters, etc.—can also contintechniques with interested ue to find affordable housing neighboring communities, to choices within the city. showcase successful developA regional Campaign for ments and to look forward at Affordable Homes, in which opportunities and challenges the Stamford Partnership parfor the future. During a time ticipates, developed the tag line when both the state and fed- “Affordable Housing—You’d be eral government substantially Surprised Who Needs It.” Don’t curtailed their own housing be surprised—we all do.
able housing in Stamford brings about increased community stability and substantial social benefits for families and the city. The National Association of Realtors cites that stable housing brings increased education levels, increased civic participation including voting and volunteerism, better health and increased ability to pay for healthcare, and reduced crime and domestic violence rates. Moreover, aside from the social benefits of homeownership, the availability of affordable housing in Stamford is important to city’s economy especially regarding the ability of employers, both private and public, to attract and retain workers. Our agency, the Housing Development Fund, strives to 4 aid two sides of the issue. Our multi-family lending products
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A New Era for Downtown Housing
Downtown Stamford embarks on a new era in sophisticated residential living with the announcement of several ultra luxury condominiums planned within the next several years. This type of housing combines exceptional lifestyle amenities all within walking distance of a vibrant downtown. Each residence is designed with their own “signature” style and includes such luxuries as 24-hour concierge and doormen, valet parking, health clubs, lounge and libraries for entertaining…and in some cases, a wine cellar to store their wine collections. This type of development offers an unparalleled level of quality in amenities and architectural design that is unique to the Stamford housing market. It is anticipated that these residences will appeal to both emptynesters and young professionals who want the quality of a Manhattan residence in one of the most dynamic and spirited downtowns in the region. Of particular attraction to potential home owners is that the buildings are minutes from fine dining, shopping, antique centers, and the arts and culture of Stamford and of course the train station. The Stamford Chamber of Commerce embraces this new downtown housing development. These buildings, and all they have to offer its residents, set a new standard of excellence for Stamford in a city that is experiencing a renaissance in downtown residential development. The Chamber’s Stamford Development Committee has consistently met with the developers of many proposed housing projects. In general, they have concluded that the developments are good projects for several reasons. These type of upscale housing developments bring in many new residents who will both live and work in the area. On the theory that close proximity to offices, restaurants, shopping and entertainment might inspire these residents to abandon their cars will have a direct positive impact on vehicular traffic downtown. This has happened to a limited extent at some of the other existing downtown housing complexes, so it’s reasonable to think this will continue. One particular highrise luxury condominium project that is proposed will make it the tallest building in Stamford. The Stamford Chamber supports its design. As a matter of fact, the Chamber, in partnership with the Stamford Downtown Special Services District, proposed a zoning change several years ago that encouraged height. As the city is embracing more housing units in the downtown area, height and density provide more opportunity to provide housing on properties that under the present regulations would not be developed. Stamford has seen tremendous growth in its residential units over the past 10 years and we would like to see it continue. This new type of housing will help round out the mix of units that are available to the employees of Stamford’s businesses, providing housing opportunity for all levels of income. And bottom line: every housing unit that is built in Stamford has the potential of being one less automobile on our highway system. That’s a win/win for all involved.
WorldQuest VI at 60
The World Affairs Forum held its international trivia competition WorldQuest VI at 60 on March 30 at the Greenwich Country Club. This was the sixth edition of the popular fundraiser and also marked the Forum’s 60th anniversary this year. Media personality David Smith reprised his role as Game Master as he has done since the competition began. Eighteen table played the game before, and the third prize was won by a team headed by Bill Galvin of Greenwich, the Forum’s Chairman and Gordon Elicker of New Canaan, the Forum’s Secretary. This was the first year that a separate trophy was given to the top ranking college team and that was one by the University of Bridgeport’s team headed by their President Dr. Neil Salonen. Proceeds
…every housing unit that is built in Stamford has the potential of being one less automobile on our highway system.
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Front Row: Joanna Gwozdziowski, Meera Vasuden, Gwynne Campbell Back Row: Pete Runnette, Doug Campbell, Paul Edelberg, Robert Noble, Ashok Vasuden, Ed Pollak and Raj Majale
teams of ten each played this year. The top team was the International Trade Council of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, second prize went to the Newcomers Table, a group of people from Stamford and Greenwich who had not
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After six tries, the Stamford Chamber trounces the opposition by correctly naming the Capital of Slovenia.
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“The residential housing market remains good,” said Michael Feldman, immediate past president of the Stamford Board of Realtors and a broker with William Raveis. “There is no bubble and demand is good. There are many things happening in Stamford and people are still moving here.” These sentiments were echoed by Herb Mehlman of Mehlman Properties who said there’s currently a “good, strong market” despite increased inventories at the moment. remained on the market totaled 140 homes, ranging in price from $400,000 to over $4 million. In the area of new construction of singlefamily houses, there are about 54 homes under construction starting at about $600,000 and going up to around $3 million. “Spec building is pulling back,” Mehlman said.
There were fewer condo sales in 2005 than in 2004, 886 versus 997. The average sales price of a Stamford condo last year was $333,605, against $301,561 in 2004. (The average list Sales for single-family homes in Stamford in price in 2005 was $338,644 and $307,569 in 2005 were down from 2004: 902 sales last year 2004.) versus 963 in 2004. The average sales price, Condos sell faster than single-family houses, of course, was up: $825,138 in 2005 against averaging 55 days on the market in 2005 versus $739,998 in 2004. (The average list price last 58 days in 2004. The ratio of sales price to listing year was $845,400; it was $757,690 in 2004.) price for condos was: 1 to 45 days – 99.4%; 46-90 The median sales price for single family houses days – 98.0%; 90+ days – 98.0%. was $700,000 in 2005 and $635,000 in 2004. As of March 31, 2006 there were 327 condos “North Stamford and Westover are always for sale in Stamford. Condos remaining for sale popular sections of Stamford for home sales,” totaled 262 units. Feldman said. “It’s been that way for my 20 years here. People like living in the country.” “Prices leveled off and there’s some pull back,” Mehlman said. “We’ve moved to a more balanced market between buyers and sellers, but it’s too early to tell if it’s shifted to the buyers.” In 2005, it took an average of 68 days on the market for a home to sell. That time period was almost the same in 2004, at 70 “Condo activity in Stamford is terrific,” days. The ratio of sales price to listing price for Feldman said, “fueled by arrivals from other single family homes last year differed depend- areas and a migration of people downtown as ing on the number of days the home was on they downsize when children leave home.” the market: 1 to 45 days – 98.29%; 46-90 days A few examples of condo projects include: – 97.61%; 90+ days – 96.31%. The Mill River condo project at West Broad As of March 31, 2006, there were 365 single- and Hanrahan Streets is closed out, and people family homes for sale in Stamford. Houses that are moving into the 92 units.
We’ve moved to a more balanced market between buyers and sellers, but it’s too early to tell if it’s shifted to the buyers.
City Place Stamford at North Street and Washington Boulevard has 100 units in the $600,000 to $2.4 million range and is expected to be completed in late 2007 or early 2008. High Grove Condos at Forest and Grove streets is a 16-floor project with 83 units almost all over $1.4 million and going as high as $2.3 million. Construction should be completed in a year. Adams Mill River at Adams Avenue and Green Street will have 60 units ready next year. The Metropolitan at 1515 Summer Street is a commercial building being converted to 42 residential units. The Biltmore at 127 Greyrock Place (161 units) and the Classic at 25 Forest Street (144 units) are existing apartment buildings being converted to condos. Park Tower is a planned 37-story, highend luxury condo project at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Broad Street with 185 residences, ranging in size from 1,000square-foot one-bedroom units to 3,500-squarefoot three-bedroom duplex penthouses. Once approved, construction will begin this fall and is scheduled to be completed in two years.
Feldman said that the record-setting unprecedented growth in residential sales of the last five years won’t continue, but that the market won’t fall flat on its face, either. “We won’t see a five percent drop in sales,” Feldman said “Things will level off to a normal three to eight percent growth.” Feldman also thinks there might be a small trickle of foreclosures due to home equity credit lines going up from a previous four percent to 7.5-7.75 percent and because of more zerodown-payment financing being offered. “There’s always predatory lending practices during times of strong sales,” Mehlman said, “such as the last six to seven years of frenzy in the market, and the less educated buyers suffer the most.”
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Growing Businesses Since 1981
CORT Furniture Rental
James Mas, District Sales Manager
600 Long Beach Blvd Stratford, CT 06615 (203) 386-8118 (203) 386-8850 www.cort1.com email@example.com
Joel Rollins, General Manager
76 Progress Drive Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 325-4328 (203) 323-8078 everetthall.com firstname.lastname@example.org 1150 Summer St. Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 975-7575 Ext:228 (203) 961-1599 grprealty.com email@example.com
E. Phillip McKain, President & CEO
34 Woodland Avenue Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 352-4844 (203) 352-4822 www.ctecap.org firstname.lastname@example.org
David Cingari, Owner
471 Elm St. Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 324-5724 (203) 324-1617 www.davidscatering.com David@DavidsCatering.com
GRP Realty Company, a commercial ﬁrm, dealing with leasing, sales, property management and tenant construction. GRP specializes in ofﬁce leasing.
Furniture Rental & Leasing
Country Living Associates
Marjorie Scarano, Vice President/Manager
30 Buxton Farm Rd. Stamford, CT 06905-1277 (203) 329-8801 (203) 968-0744 www.country-living.com email@example.com
Customized Networking & Computer Solutions, LLC
Kathryn L. Humphrey, Owner
979 Summer Street Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 252-2230 (203) 252-2231 www.cncs-us.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Full service corporate food service management and social catering company. Catering ofﬁce meetings, weddings, clambakes and BBQ’s.
Audio-Visual\Video-Sales & Service
Audio visual installations and rentals.
Frank Janniello, Consultant
11 Warchol Lane Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 613-9213 email@example.com
DBA Stamford Community Health Center
Ludwig M. Spinelli, CEO
471 Barnum Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06608 (203) 333-6864 (203) 332-0676 www.bridgeportchc.org firstname.lastname@example.org
Haims, Buzzeo & Company, P.C.
Michael V. Buzzeo
666 Summer Street Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 324-5117 (203) 327-5127 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
A full service residential real estate ﬁrm dedicated to providing extraordinary real estate services for buyers and sellers.
Computer Sales & Service
We are a full service computer company providing services to businesses and homes throughout Fairﬁeld County.
Information Technology Consultant specializing in optical networking and electronic media.
Richard Strizver, President
577 Newﬁeld Avenue Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 357-0455 (203) 348-7441 email@example.com
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Kathy Garrett, Director of Development, F.C.
185 Silas Deane Highway Wethersﬁeld, CT 06109 (914) 232-2806 (914) 232-2806 www.cff.org firstname.lastname@example.org
Primary health care regardless of ability to pay or insurance. Two sites located in Stamford on 245 Selleck Street and 37 Henry Street.
George Comfort & Sons, Inc./ High Ridge Ofﬁce Park
Jodi Gutierrez, Manager
2 High Ridge Park Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 322-0325 (203) 322-9982 www.gcomfort.com email@example.com
High Ridge Nursery, Inc.
Maria Malagis, Owner, Vice President
1854 High Ridge Rd. Stamford, CT 06906 (203) 329-9957 (203) 329-9957
Dental Care of Stamford
Jerry Simon, D.D.S
1500 Summer St. Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 324-6171/(230) 348-5392 www.dentalcarestamford.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture Frames & Art Gallery
Picture Framing with a creative ﬂair since 1973. Moderately priced to ﬁt any budget, with pick-up and delivery service. Corporate framing is 60% of our business.
The mission of the organization is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic ﬁbrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.
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Inglis Chiropractic Center
Complete general and cosmetic dentistry service plus all specialties on premises for the entire family.
Everett Hall Associates, Inc.
GRP Realty Co.
Anthony J. Matturro, Vice President
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Stamford Museum & Nature Center Calendar of Events for May
Saturday, May 6, 11:00am:
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Mara Tabares, Chiropractor
Model T’s to Mustangs: Antique and Classic Car Show
Drive down memory lane, as more than 80 antique and classic cars roll into Stamford to compete for prizes in several categories. (Rain date May 7)
Saturday, May 6, 10:30am-2:30pm:
Art for All, Open Studio
Learn new and exciting ways to paint, by using several alternative tools. Then put your new skills to work by designing a custom car collage.
35 Sixth Street Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 325-3055 (203) 325-3551 www.inglischiropractic.com email@example.com
Sunday, May 21, 11:00am-4:00pm:
We use gentle, low force chiropractic adjustments. We also have physical therapy and massage therapy to provide relief from neck, back, joint pains, headaches and accident injuries.
Spring on the Farm
Celebrate the 50th Birthday of Heckscher Farm at the biggest event of the year! There will be many activities including sheep shearing demonstrations, hayrides, baby animal exhibits, and ice cream and butter making demonstrations. The birthday celebration will also include cake, hats, party favors, and prizes.
J C Services
James A. Colica
9 Maple Street Darien, CT 06820 (203) 662-1167 firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, June 2, 6:30pm:
We are a stafﬁng ﬁrm that offers a unique blend of ofﬁce support and health care stafﬁng solutions.
The Otter Ball
A gala event in honor of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford. 203.322.1646
James G. Davis, Architect P.C.
James Davis, Architect
20 Lawton Ave. Stamford, CT06907 (203) 327-3927 (203) 327-3927
Residential Architecture; by referral only.
Sterling Glen of Stamford
Sterling Glen of Stamford, an independent and assisted living senior residence, is hosting a lecture entitled “Chasing Those Germs Away” on Thursday, May 18, at 2:30 p.m. in their Town Hall. Diane Baranowsky, R.N., an epidemiologist nurse, will lead the discussion. Baranowsky’s specialty is epidemiology, which is the study of the rapid spread of disease. The event is part of the Stamford Hospital lecture series, “Art of Aging.” The talk is open to the public and free of charge. Pre-registration is required by May 16. For more information about this event or to RSVP, please call Sterling Glen at (203) 327-4551. Sterling Glen of Stamford is located at 77 Third Street, Stamford, Conn.
JC Wholesale Copiers, LLC
Jose A. Cruz, Owner
60 Keating Drive Stratford, CT 06614 (203) 384-0111 (203) 384-0555 www.jccopiers.com email@example.com
Jos. A. Bank Clothier
Cox Radio is proud to announce the birth of The NEW 96.7 The Coast, Fairfield County’s Greatest Hits. The NEW 96.7 The Coast, is designed by Fairfield County residents for Fairfield County residents. The NEW 96.7 The Coast is designed to super serve the lifestyle of Fairfield County’s Coast in Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Weston and Wilton. The NEW 96.7 The Coast will
Ray Maiden, Manager
36 Atlantic Street Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 323-0820 (203) 323-2076 www.josbank.com
Jos. A. Bank is a full service men’s clothing store offering tailored clothing, furnishings, sportswear and golf wear.
Keller Williams Realty
Lorraine Leonard, Realtor
60 Long Ridge Rd. Ste. 408 Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 324-9600 (203) 504-3124 www.lorraineleonard.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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2539 Bedford St., Suite 37H Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 316-8500 (203) 356-0933 www.mortgageﬁnancialservices.com email@example.com
Tracy Persson, Sr. Vice President
200 Connecticut Avenue Suite#2D Norwalk, CT 06854 (203) 852-6570 Ext:221 (203) 831-2819 www.mediaventuresinc.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Neal Laughlin, President
48 Union St. Stamford, CT 06906 (203) 324-7358 (203) 967-2109 www.mohawkkitchens.com email@example.com
2 Landmark Square Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 348-3200 (203) 965-8379
Comprehensive eye examinations, contact lens ﬁttings, medical treatment, contact lens sales, eyeglass sales, repairs and adjustments. Most insurance plans accepted.
Quality, professional, real estate brokerage.
Publishers & Publications
Media Ventures, Inc. is a unique custom publisher, providing editorial, production, cartographic and design agency services.
Kitchen Cabinets & Custom Designed Cabinetry
Our products and services include kitchen or other room designs, cabinetry, installation, countertops and more.
New Alliance Bank
Jay Forgotson, President/CEO
550 Summer St. Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 356-0111 (203) 348-3576 www.cornerstonebank.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucia Lanzaro Goodwin, Attorney at Law
Lucia Lanzaro Goodwin, Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 2246 Stamford, CT 06906-0246 (203) 323-8329 (203) 353-1775
Members Credit Union
President/CEO 56 West Braod Street Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 975-3866/(203) 975-3870 www.memberscu.com email@example.com Credit Union • Full service ﬁnancial institution offering saving, checkings and loan products open to anyone who lives, worships work or attends school in the Fairﬁeld County.
Kathy L. Chartier
Moore Center for Rehabilitation
Robert J. Moore, President
1250 Summer Street Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 975-1545 (203) 975-1544 www.moorerehab.com firstname.lastname@example.org
John M. O’Brien, Sales/Marketing
652 Glenbrook Road Stamford, CT 06906 (203) 355-7627 (203) 978-0218 www.iprintech.com email@example.com
Cornerstone is the premier commercial bank providing Commercial services.
Law practice, including international trade, importing and exporting, divorce and child custody, juvenile, personal injury and appeals.
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Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine
Physical Therapy and sports medicine services, ergonomics, injury prevention.
Media Ventures, Inc.
Mohawk Kitchens, Inc.
Mortgage Financial Services, Inc.
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James Krinsley, M.D.
190 West Broad St. Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 348-2437 (203) 325-7243
Companies who are committed to Stamford’s Business Community,
Emilio Reveron, General Manager Lushe Gjuraj, President
401 Shippan Ave. Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 324-1515 (203) 969-2323
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Physicians & Surgeons
733 Summer Street, Ste. 101 Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 327-5000/(203) 327-5001 www.aceonerealty.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra Goldstein, Executive Director
Five Landmark Square, Suite 110 Stamford, CT 06901-2704 (203) 348-5285 (203) 348-6857 www.stamford-downtown.com email@example.com
Sun & Moon Marketing Communications, Inc.
Madelyne F. Kirch, President
12 East 41st. street 6th Floor New York, NY 10017 (212) 686-9600 (914) 242-5415 www.sunandmoonmktg.com Mkirch@sunandmoonmktg.com Advertising • Boutique advertising agency specializing in commercial and residential real estate. Branding, logos, brochures, advertising, websites, collateral, premiums, and events.
Redniss & Mead, Inc.
Richard Redniss, President
22 First St. Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 327-0500 (203) 357-1118 www.redniss-mead.com firstname.lastname@example.org
RE/MAX is one ot the biggest international real estate franchises, with more than 60 countries, 5,000 ofﬁces and more than 100,000 associates around the world.
Cynthia A. Edvardsen, Controller
P.O. Box 110295 Stamford, CT 06911-0295 (203) 708-8500 (203) 708-8501 www.spinnakercompanies.com email@example.com
Southern CT Dermatology, PC
1275 Summer St. Suite 101 Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 323-5660 (203) 323-8224 Dermatology • Southern CT Dermatology provides full service dermatologic care including medical, surgical, cosmetic and laser treatments
Dr. Robin Evans, MD, Owner/President
The district is the central management organization responsible for creating and managing a quality environment for people which promotes and enhances the economic vitality of the Downtown.
Land use consultants offering planning, civil engineering, surveying, and environmental consulting services. Extensive experience with local, state, and federal regulations.
Stamford Mortgage Company
Penn G. Johnson, President
1200 Summer St. Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 323-6588 (203) 325-0225 www.stamfordmortgage.com firstname.lastname@example.org
The Best In Gourmet
Steven Kopf, Owner
186 Greyrock Place Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 978-0360 (203) 973-0165 www.bestingourmet.com email@example.com
Real Estate-Development & Management
Stamford Athletic Club
Donna Garofalo, General Manager
75 Third St. Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 357-7555 (203) 357-8813 www.sacnews.com firstname.lastname@example.org
ReMax Ace One Realty
Health & Fitness Clubs
Full service health club: Olympic size pool, full court basketball, racquetball, personal training, group ﬁtness classes, yoga, pilates, sauna and steam.
Stamford Mortgage Company is a residential and commercial mortgage broker servicing customers throughout Connecticut.
Catering and Corporate Food Service
Stamford Public Education Foundation
Cathleen Guinta, Executive Director
62 Palmers Hill Road Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 965-7733 (203) 975-5220 www.stamfordpublicedfoundation. org Cathyguinta@aol.com
Best in Gourmet at the Hibernian Hall uses only the ﬁ nest ingredients to create elegant cuisine that is as beautiful as it is delicious and complimented by our professional service.
The Long Ridge School
478 Erskine Rd. Stamford, CT 06903 (203) 322-7693/ (203) 322-0406 www.longridgeschool.org email@example.com Nursery Schools-Private • An independent school for children two years old through grade 5, where learning is an active and joyful experience.
Kris Bria, Head of School
Stamford Board of Realtors
Donna Frydrych, Executive Ofﬁcer, Stamford Bd. of Realtors
965 Hope St. Stamford, CT 06907 (203) 327-1433 (203) 325-0450 www.stamfordrealtors.org
SPEF promotes excellence in public education through strengthened community collaborations.
Association of real estate brokers & salespersons. Local branch of National Association of Realtors.
Stamford Suites Hotel
Brian Cole, General Manager
720 Bedford St. Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 359-7300 (203) 359-7304 www.stamfordsuites.com firstname.lastname@example.org
The Roberts Group Real Estate, LLC
1 Strawberry Hill Court #2-H Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 325-3304/ (203) 325-3693 Robertsgroupct@aol.com Real Estate • Boutique Real Estate company with expertise in residential, retail leasing and commercial space. We emphasize PERSONAL and PROFESSIONAL service.
Jeff Roberts, President
Stamford Dental Lab
Winston Goindoo, President
98 Hoyt Street Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 324-7242
Hotels & Motels
An all suite hotel with a full kitchen, living / dining room, executive work space and complimentary high speed wireless internet access.
Stamford Downtown Special Ser-
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Real Estate Professionals
Ruby M. Blackwell, GRI
294 West Broad Street Stamford, Connecticut 06902 (203) 324-0247 Fax (203) 324-7453 RB26@optonline.net
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Cell Phone (203) 921-8045 Office (203) 322-0200 • (203) 352-5846 e-mail email@example.com
William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty
26 Cherry Street • New Canaan, CT 06840 545 Bedford Street • Stamford, CT 06901 New Canaan: 203-352-3294 Stamford: 203-326-5334 Toll Free: 888-252-7488
Email:firstname.lastname@example.org www.robbie-the-realtor.com • www.selectpropertiesforyou.com
If your property is listed with a real estate broker, please disregard. It is not our intention to solicit the offerings of other real estate brokers. We are happy to work with them and cooperate fully. ® TM and SM are licensed trademarks to Sotheby’s international Realty Affiliated, Inc. An Equal Opportunity Company. Each Office is Independently Owned And operated.
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The Volunteer Center of SWFC
Roberta Eichler, Executive Director
62 Palmer’s Hill Rd. Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 348-7714 (203) 967-9507 www.ucanhelp.org email@example.com
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U. S. Games Systems, Inc.
Stuart R. Kaplan, Chairman
179 Ludlow St. Stamford, CT 06902-6900 (203) 353-8400 (203) 353-8431 www.usgamesinc.com firstname.lastname@example.org
The Well Heeled Pup
Robin Madan, President
716 Danbury Road Ridgeﬁeld, CT 06877 (203) 431-0233 (203) 438-8420 www.thewellheeledpup.com email@example.com
Tim Benson Design, LLC
Tim Benson, Architectural Designer
109 St. Charles Avenue Stamford, CT 06907 (203) 316-0199 firstname.lastname@example.org
Van Brunt, DuBiago & Company
Nicholas DuBiago, Partner
760 Summer St Stamford, CT 06901-1080 (203) 359-0700 (203) 323-9811 email@example.com
Tim Benson Design provides detailed blueprints for the Fabrication of many structures and mechanical projects for Residential and Commercial building trades.
Provide Tax and accounting services to businesses and individuals.
The Volunteer Center strengthens the nonproﬁt organizations in Southwestern Fairﬁeld County by providing volunteers, training and resources.
WHP makes gift baskets for lucky dogs and their human, ﬁlled with toys, treats and whimsical items celebrating the human-canine bond.
Playing Card Publishers
Publisher of popular card games and quality playing cards including tarot, poker decks, wizard card game and custom playing cards.
Rick Motasky, Vice President
1959 Summer Street Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 969-1853 (203) 969-1858 www.WebsterOnline.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Tired of win/win negotiating theories, when reality is that you're up against a win/lose negotiator who holds most of the cards? Whether you face a win/win counterpart or the savvy professional buyer, who plays to win - this program redefines effective negotiating strategies and tactics. IF YOU FIND THAT YOU:
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Realtor 1022 Long Ridge Road Stamford, CT 06903 (203) 322-0200 (203) 968-8979 www.stamfordCTRealtor.com email@example.com
Assist buyers and sellers in all phases of residential real estate transactions.
IN THIS WORKSHOP, YOU'LL LEARN TO:
• • • • • Create a personal plan to overcome your top negotiating challenges. Strengthen your positioning prior to the negotiation. Develop a custom Mobile Defense Plan - tactics that give you the edge. Anticipate buyer gambits and develop your own set of countermeasures. Develop specific plans to overcome current impasses you may face.
Woodland Cemetery Association
Stephen Pierson, Chairman
66 Woodland Place Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 655-8921 (203) 656-0019 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 8:45am to 4:30pm - Wilton Corporate Center To Register or for more info www.PD.SANDLER.COM or 203-761-1205 Registration limited! Reserve your seat NOW!
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Junior Achievement of Southwest CT
Bowlers raising the minimum are eligible for door prizes given out every five minutes.
20th Annual Bowl-A-Thon
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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