STAMFORD business out look
June 3, 2008
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In This Issue:
A Marketing Publication From The Advocate
• Family Fest, a Family Day of Fun • Curtain Call a Summer of Shakespeare and Suess • Stamford Downtown is Alive @ Five
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BUSINESS OUTLOOK WHAT’S INSIDE:
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FamFest, A Family Day of Fun Rising 8th and 9th Graders Attend College at UCONN Stamford Joan Mazur Trump Parc Sets a New Standard--Ritz Carlton to follow Curtain Call: A Summer of Shakespeare and Seuss Stamford Dowtown is Alive @ Five Hotel Hospitality in the Greater Stamford Area Stamford Downtown Gears up for an Encore of J. Seward Johnson’s Sculpture Pops in the Park Metro Green W & M Properties Summer fun at Stamford Museum & Nature Center Members Making News Community Corner ICON Listed as Best Place to Work in CT
The Stamford Business Outlook is a monthly publication of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce. It is published in conjunction with the The Advocate Newspapers. This publication does not represent the views of The Advocate Editorial department. To advertise, please call 964-2448.
STAMFORD BUSINESS OUTLOOK
John Condlin, President, Stamford Chamber of Commerce Barbara Seiter, Vice President, Stamford Chamber of Commerce Marcia Groglio, Special Sections Supervisor, The Advocate Cindy Ross, Advertising Director, The Advocate Jim Reid, Retail Sales Manager, The Advocate Liz Gueguen, Special Sections Designer Geri Fortunato, Director of Membership, Stamford Chamber of Commerce
Cover art: Dan Tual, Photgraphic Memories
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STAMFORD BUSINESS OUTLOOK
Stamford has gained the reputation for being a 24 hours a day/7 days a week city. This is due in large part to the live theater, movies, night clubs and restaurants that make up the entertainment palate of the city. You can check this out almost any night of the week and, in most cases, you’d better have a reservation for a Saturday night dinner at anyone one of Stamford’s fine eateries. The Stamford Town Center recognized this opportunity a few years ago and took advantage of it when one of their major tenants left. The Center created a unique street-friendly dinning experience that has the feeling of a European restaurant neighborhood.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE STAMFORD CHAMBER
The arts, culture, entertainment and hospitality industries are the backbone that enables our community to come to life. Whether it is for live performances at the Rich Forum, Palace Theater, Stamford Theater Works or Curtain Call, Stamford has some of the best performances -- second only to New York City. Whether it is the symphony, the ballet, the musicals or the nationally recognized comedians, Stamford has the ability to attract and nurture all of these cultural entities. The multitude of movie theaters also offers a variety of cinematic choices. The Landmark and Majestic Theaters feature the just released blockbusters while you can usually catch a great classic at the State or take in an independent documentary or foreign film at the Avon. Now that the warmer weather has arrived, the “things to do” get kicked up a notch. Between Stamford’s beaches, the concerts in the parks, live entertainment in the downtown and the many family events organized at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford is developing the reputation for attracting people throughout Fairfield County. Tourism is a multi million dollar business in Connecticut. And Fairfield County, led by Stamford, is one of the largest generators of tourism dollars. Stamford is very fortunate to have so many options for entertainment in our city that can be enjoyed by all.
John P. Condlin President and CEO Stamford Chamber of Commerce
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FamFest, A Family Day of Fun
What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys? A day of fun the entire family can enjoy and it is right here in Stamford!! The Stamford Chamber will launch its second annual FamFest event on Saturday, June 21st from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. With the cost of fuel going “through the roof,” it is good to know there are alternatives right here in Stamford. It is designed as a day of fun for the entire family and people of all ages, from small children to grandparents. The activities will include full use of the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, including the Heckscher farm with its new-born animals. In addition there will be children’s air bouncers, haystack surprise, a kiddy train ride and carnival games. There will be live music featuring “Beatlemania, the Tribute Band.” Plus The New 96.7 The Coast will be playing Fairfield County’s greatest hits. No need to pack the picnic basket. The food lineup includes burgers and dogs on the grill, chicken fingers for the kiddies, along with the favorite standbys: chips, popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream, soda and water.... and beer for the adults.
Rising 8th and 9th Graders Attend College at UConn Stamford
D R. M I C H A E L E G O , UC O N N S T A M F O R D
The University Pals Program will Writing, Math and Science, and have an begin its second year of offering middle opportunity to enroll in elective courses school students a chance “to see what that include African American History college is about” at the UConn Stamford through Literature, African American Campus. Last year, rising 8th graders Poetry, Animal Diversity and Behavior, who were first generation college-bound Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt students and who attended Rippowam, and Greece, Biography: The Inside Turn of River, Cloonan, Scofield Magnet Story, Cell Structure and the Origin of and Dolan schools, had the opportunity Life, Creative Writing, Exploring the to enroll in courses taught by UConn Brain from a Psychological Perspective, professors and were mentored by Introduction to Pharmacy, Investing UConn students, and in the Stock Market, began their journey Middle East Politics, to enter college in Puppetry, Selling the year 2012. Computer Games: The 2007 UPals Imagination at Alumni will be Play; SummerBook, invited to return for Web Design, What “Enrichment Week” Makes a Great City, every summer until and Why Nations they enter college Go to War. in 2012. This year, There will be a the rising 9th graddaily Study Hall, ers will focus on when the students the transition from will be assisted by middle school to UConn student high school, and mentors to complete will be provided homework assigninformation about ments and class college prep curricprojects that have D R. M I C H A E L E G O been assigned by ulum, college search and digital portfolio. UConn professors. In addition, they will have an opportu- Each Friday, the students will spend the nity to enroll in courses that will include afternoon engaged in an “internship,” Human Anatomy, Oceanology, Folktales: which is a career exploration activity Do They Still Matter, Persuasion, where they will visit businesses, agenScreenwriting, Sports Journalism, cies, organizations and enterprises in Introduction to Political Campaigns, the Stamford area. One special internand Psychology and Life. Also, there ship visit will be the Sikorsky Aircraft will be a field trip to the UConn Storrs Corporation. Campus. The 2008 University Pals Program The 2008 cohort of the University is generously supported by external Pals Program will enable rising 8th funders, and includes GE Money, RBS grade students from the five Stamford Greenwich Capital Foundation, First middle schools and Nathan Hale School County Bank Foundation, Nellie in the Norwalk School District to partic- Mae Education Foundation, Pitney ipate in a three-week college readiness Bowes Education and Literacy Fund, program. They will take four required Purdue Pharma, and Person-to-Person courses, College Prep, Academic Campership Fund.
You won’t want to miss this unique event. It promises to be fun for the whole family. Save money and purchase your tickets in advance. Adults $10; Children 3-11 years: $5 each; Children under 3 admitted free. You can purchase your tickets at the Stamford Chamber of Commerce office at 733 Summer Street or by calling 203 359-4761, or by visiting our website www.StamfordChamber.com. Tickets purchased the day of the event will be Adults $15 and Children $7 each.
Joyce Mazur, Associate Director, Corporate Administrative Services for UBS and Vice Chairperson of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce won the People’s Choice award at the ﬁrst annual Dancing with the Stars, Stamford, a fundraiser to beneﬁt Curtain Call. Pictured with Joyce is her dance partner, Dmitry Krasnyanskiy with Metropolitan Dance Center.
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Trump Parc Sets a New Standard-- Curtain Call: A Summer of Shakespeare and Seuss Ritz Carlton to Follow
T H O M A S L. R I C H , P R E S I D E N T
CEO, F. D. R I C H C O M P A N Y
The project will contain close to 300 super luxe Ritz Carlton managed condominiums, a 200 room Ritz Carlton Hotel, 70,000 SF of retail and restaurant space and the conversion of the Atlantic Street Post office into restaurant space. The project will consist of two 400 foot tall glass clad towers (slated to be the tallest residential buildings in the state) that will have the look and feel of the Ritz Carlton project successfully completed recently by Louis Cappelli in White Plans, NY. The expected average selling price per SF will be $1,000 which is again, at least 1/3 maybe even a quarter of what the same apartment would trade for in Manhattan. A Ritz Carlton sales and design center will be opening in the near future in the Atlantic Street Station Post Office. Amidst all the negative press, one must remember; all real estate markets are local and Stamford, being a classic high barrier to entry market from a new development standpoint, is quite healthy. Interest rates are still at record lows and the stock market is proving to be incredibly resilient. These factors bode very well for the future of our local economy.
LOU URSONE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
“Green eggs and Hamlet anyone? That’s what we’re serving up here at Curtain Call this summer - with a side of country thrown in for good measure,” said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call Executive Director. A series of family-friendly pro-
Despite a slow down in the nations housing market, continued turmoil in the banking community and record pump prices housing sales in Stamford remain solid. Trump Parc Stamford, slated to be Stamford’s tallest building at 35 stories and 350 feet in height, eclipsing One Landmark Square by 80 feet, continues to sell briskly. The sales effort commenced May 15, 2007 and so far 60 of the 170 units have been put under contract. This includes smaller units on the lowest floor, floor 8, that have sold for around $670,000 all the way up to Penthouse D6 that sold for $4.3m. The building was designed to have an ample number of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments (and 6 duplex penthouses) with pricing and unit sizes that would be appealing to differing income groups and spatial needs. There are 60 large storage cubicles in the basement available for purchase as well. The buyers represent a good cross section of younger affluent singles, childless couples and empty nesters. The large majority of the buyers are from Fairfield County with a few coming form New York City. The $775 per SF achieved price is at least 1/3 of what a similar apartment would sell for in Manhattan today. That is compelling when you consider that Stamford is only 45 minutes to mid-town Manhattan on the Metro North express train. The price, location, quality, brand, strong sponsorship, water and New York City views, spectacular amenities and the valet only parking system are driving the sales process. The building will be “topped out” by July 1, 2008 and will open not later than July 1, 2009. Another Rich-Cappelli venture, The Ritz Carlton Hotel and Residences Stamford has started construction with an expected completion in 36 months.
grams and events which focus on two masters of literature - Dr. Seuss and William Shakespeare - will be on tap at the Sterling Farms home of Stamford’s longest-running, community-based theatre company.
“Our annual Summer Youth Theatre production, featuring students from all over Fairfield County, will be SEUSSICAL,” Ursone said. “This funfilled, family-friendly musical is perfect for even the youngest members of the community,” he added. Two additional performances have been added to this summer’s run due to sell-outs of the past few years. The show will run August 6 - 17 in the air-conditioned, Kweskin Theatre. “In July, audiences will be treated to our 5th annual, free outdoor Shakespeare on the Green program where we’ll be presenting the best-known love story of all time - ROMEO & JULIET,” Ursone said. “The level of support we’ve received for this program each of the past four years has proven that Stamford residents (and our surrounding neighbors) love what we’re doing
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continued from page 5... and want more” he continued. The two-level scaled down version of The Globe Theatre stage (pictured) designed by Associate Artistic Director, Peter Barbieri, Jr., has become the permanent home for this annual outing. Due to demand, an additional performance has been scheduled for this run too - show dates: July 11, 12, 13, 17, 18 & 19. Another long-time part of Curtain Call’s summer programming has been full-day summer theatre workshops. “Our two programs, SUMMERSTOCK and SUMMERSTOCK JR. are a fun and creative way for students to spend their summers” said Brian Bianco, Curtain Call’s Education Director. “We see kids really soar in this program every year” he added. Each program runs in two week-sessions throughout the summer. Some sessions are currently sold-out but room is available in others. “Students age 6-11 and 11-16 will learn from some of the best theatrearts instructors in the area plus they’ll have fun” Bianco said. These programs will use Seuss and Shakespeare as source material. “Our musical theatre portion of SUMMERSTOCK will look at musicals like WEST SIDE STORY, KISS ME KATE, THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE and others that are based on Shakespeare’s plays,” Bianco added Kicking everything off, beginning on June 6th, will be the wonderful musical ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE, playing in The Dressing Room Theatre June 28. This somewhat biographical look at the life of the legendary vocal star features almost 30 songs made famous by Cline during her brief career. “This musical is perfect for the intimacy of our Dressing Room Theatre” Ursone said, noting that this joint venture with Pie In The Sky Productions has already sold out several dates, forcing the addition of another weekend of performances. “As one of the most-active arts organizations around, we’ll have something for everyone this summer” Ursone noted. For more information go to www.curtaincallinc.com or call 203-329-8207.
Stamford Downtown is Alive @ Five
S A N D Y G O L D S T E I N , P R E S I D E N T , DSSD
Live concerts have been part of the Thursday night Columbus Park Downtown scene for 14 years. And, each year these concerts get better and better. The concerts were originally intended to bring people Downtown to enjoy music and then dine in our fine restaurants. The latter mission has succeeded beyond our wildest expectations. Multi-thousands of people crowd the park, listen to the music and then dine and party at our numerous downtown clubs and restaurants, making these evenings the most successful nights for our Downtown dining venues. As a matter of fact as an economic development tool these Alive @ 5 concerts increase business Downtown by as much as 400%. Alive @ Five 2008 kicks off on Thursday, June 19th in Columbus Park. The star-studded series opens with Blues Traveler and closes with Boyz II Men and includes Blind Melon, Eve 6, Gato Barbieri, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and Billy Vera. The concerts begin at 5pm and run seven Thursdays, June-August (no show July 3). On June 19 Blues Traveler will take the Heineken Stage. The band is best known for its improvisational live shows and is most popular for its huge singles “Run-Around” and “Hook” which both gained mainstream radio popularity in the mid 90s. The former song won a Grammy and broke a record for most weeks on the charts. The series continues for seven weeks (no concert July 3) with the amazing line-up as follows: The DSSD is fortunate to have numerous corporations which actively support our Downtown events. These corporations show a commitment to Stamford that is truly exemplary and sets a gold standard for community involvement. Alive @ Five is presented by RBS on the Heineken Stage in partnership with Stamford Town Center, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and BevMax .The event is produced by the Stamford Downtown Special Services District and the City of Stamford. Additional sponsors include The Advocate/Greenwich Time, Cacace, Tusch & Santagata, Columbus Park Area Merchants, Crystal Rock, Fairfield County Weekly, Frank Mercede & Sons, Gelato Giuliana, Happyhaha Studio, Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, Keep Stamford Beautiful, Mill River Collaborative, NYSC, Optimum, Red Bull, Royal Restrooms, Simply Signs, Stamford Chamber of Commerce, Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, Stamford Spine & Sport, State Farm Insurance, Teddy’s Limousine and 95.9 The Fox, 96.7 The Coast, , Star 99.9 and WSTC/WNLK radio stations. June 19 Blues Traveler Dave Fields The Honors July 24Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes Christopher RobinBand Soulstream
June 26 -
Blind Melon SHIROCK Morningside
No Concert July 3
July 31 -
Billy Vera Sera Buras Vivacit
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Gato Barbieri Cosmic Jibaros Summerlost
August 7 - Boyz II Men Omar Wilson The Press Project
July 17 -
Eve 6 Article A The Crash Moderns
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PARTICIPATING 2008 BOWLING TEAMS
Afﬁnion Group Deloitte & Touche USA LLP Ernst & Young LLP First County Bank Gartner GE Commercial Finance KPMG LLP Norwalk Neighbors & Newcomers Greenwich Bank and Trust Company Pitney Bowes Inc. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Roxbury Elementary School Terex Corporation University of Connecticut, Stamford Webster Bank Xerox Corporation
Afﬁnion Group All the Best Spirits AMF Rip Van Winkle Lanes Beach Café Backstreet Restaurant Beach House Café Bella Nonna Bennett’s Steak and Fish House Best Buy Blockbuster Video Chuck’s Steak House Colony Florist, Inc. Conair Corporation County TV & Appliance Curtain Call, Inc. Dairy Queen Darien Car Clinic Deloitte & Touche USA LLP Ernst & Young LLP FactSet Research Systems Inc. First County Bank Fitness Edge GE Commercial Finance General Re Corporation Grade A ShopRite Goodway Printing and Graphics Greenwich Prime Meats Gus Sclafani Corporation Hope Pizza Restaurant Icco Cheese JJ Goods Trading Company KPMG LLP Liz Sue Bagels Nestle Waters North America Inc. Palomino Restaurant People’s United Bank Pepperidge Farm Inc. Planet Pizza Playtex Products Inc. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Rucci, Burnham, Carta,Carello & Reilly, LLP Stamford Florist Stamford Town Center State Farm Insurance Stepping Stones Museum TCBY Terex Corporation The Ginger Man Thataway Café The Savings Bank Life Insurance Company Titan Sports U.S. Computer Connection, LLC Valbella!! Webster Bank William W. Seymour & Associates, PC Wilton Deli Zotos International Inc.
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Hotel Hospitality in the Greater Stamford Area
reating a good experience for the business and leisure traveler to the Stamford area is the number one goal of the hotel community....and it shows. Whether it’s a full-service meeting and convention hotel, a smaller more intimate rooms- only facility or an extended stay suites hotel, nothing says hospitality better than the variety of accommodations found in the area. Each one has their own particular amenities based solely on the needs of their guests. The hotel community offers their own brand of hospitality, unique atmosphere and ambiance. Visitors to the Greater Stamford area have a wide range of hotels to fit their particular taste and pocketbook.
dining in Allie’s American Grill, makes the Marriott a sophisticated choice for both leisure and business travelers. All 508 rooms and suites are currently being remodeled one floor at a time, and the reviews are ‘spectacular’ for these new rooms. Two Stamford Forum, Stamford CT 06901.(203) 357-9555. www.marriottstamford.com
internet access in the lobby. If you’re traveling to Stamford on business or a weekend get away, the Sheraton Stamford will provide you with a memorable experience that will make you want to return again. 2701 Summer Street, Stamford CT 06905.(203) 359-1300 www.sheraton.com/stamford
Holiday Inn Stamford Downtown
The Holiday Inn Stamford Downtown, situated in Stamford City Center, is a prime location for business and leisure travel. The hotel is conveniently located off Interstate 95, very close to the Metro North/Amtrak Station and only 20 minutes from Westchester County Airport. For the business traveler, our front door
Sheraton Stamford Hotel
The Sheraton Stamford Hotel combines great comfort with great service. Enjoy a pleasant evening in our 448 recently renovated guest rooms. Curl up in your Sheraton Sweet Sleeper(SM) Bed
The Hilton Stamford
Uniquely designed and comfortably appointed, The Hilton Stamford is ideally situated in Stamford, CT at First Stamford Place directly off of I-95 and walking distance to the Stamford Train Station. Minutes away from the downtown business, shopping and entertainment district, The Hilton Stamford is an ideal setting for the corporate traveler or sophisticated pleasure seeker. Our 484 newly renovated rooms and suites are graciously appointed, offering the ultimate in comfort and luxury. High-tech amenities include a 26” plasma screen television, high speed internet access, dual-line phones with data port and personalized voicemail, and the Hilton Clock Radio which provides a mini-plug for your MP3 Player. The Hilton Stamford has over 45,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space, including a 10,000 squarefoot Ballroom and a 7,300 square-foot Garden Pavilion Tent perfect for your Wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or corporate meeting needs. In addition, our stateof-the-art IACC-approved Conference Center caters to all of your business necessities through technical sophistication and an array of specialized services We invite you to unwind with us. Work out in our well-equipped fitness center or relax in our indoor heated pool and whirlpool after a busy day. Enjoy a drink or a fine meal in our Senses Restaurant and Lounge during your stay at the Hilton Stamford hotel. If you wish for privacy and relaxation, treat yourself to in-room dining, followed by a peaceful night’s rest on “The Hilton Serenity Bed”™. The Hilton Stamford is a short drive from Westchester (HPN), LaGuardia (LGA) and JFK International Airports and easily accessible to Manhattan by car or train. If you are looking for convenience to New York City but want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the “big city”, come to the Hilton Stamford hotel. Travel should take you places! (tm) One First Stamford Place, Stamford CT 06902. (203)967-2222.www.hilton.com
Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa
Recognizing regular guests to their hotel is a top priority with the Stamford Marriott, but this is only part of what makes a stay at the Marriott special. Whether it’s delivering a wine and cheese tray to a Marriott Rewards guest upon check-in, or our lobby concierge familiarizing international visitors with interesting local places to visit, the
is just a short walk or a complimentary shuttle ride to most corporate offices, Stamford Town Center and over 75 restaurants, bistros, and bars. The 383 room Holiday Inn Stamford Downtown is finishing up a multi-million dollar renovation in June 2008 that will knock you of your feet. All 20,000 sq. ft. of our inviting conference and meeting space is well appointed to serve your group. The newly designed ballrooms and meeting space will incorporate custom lighting fixtures and stunning carpet designs that will enliven any event, along with the latest high tech amenities. Every one of our spacious guestrooms has been designed with warm golds and greens and accented with handsome dark and light woods. Guests will enjoy our perfect sleeper “Sweet Dreams” bedding, 37” LCD High Definition flat screen TV’s, and FREE HIGH-SPEED WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS throughout the hotel. The fabric and finish chosen for our public area is bold and sophisticated, accentuating the magnificent tiered architecture of the hotel. Outstanding personal service and unbeatable value are what The Holiday Inn Stamford Downtown does best. Come in and see for yourself why we’re the talk of the town! 700 Main Street, Stamford CT 06901. (203) 358-8400 www.holidayinn.com/stamfordct
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Marriott’s experienced and professional staff are always ready to help. In addition, guests can utilize their down time by brushing up on their golf. The hotel has an on-site PGA golf pro, Jon Cote, who is available to help you fix that annoying slice, or take some strokes off your game by improving your putting and chipping skills. For a true pampering experience, you won’t want to miss scheduling an appointment at the Agora Spa located on the second floor. Firmly rooted in an ancient tradition, the Spa offers a modern mix of customized spa therapies with sophisticated signature treatments. Invigorating Swiss showers and steam rooms further enhance your experience. It’s the perfect get away, every day. Their modern meeting and banquet facilities, the indoor/outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, the always active Northern Lights lobby bar, and all day
or keep working at the oversized work desk with High Speed Internet Access. For a little relaxation, take a dip in our indoor pool or burn some calories at the newly renovated health club. If business brings you to the area, our 33 meeting rooms can welcome up to 1,100 guests. Our friendly staff will help you plan your event and tailor it to your individual needs. The Sheraton Stamford includes over 38,000 sq. ft of function space with our International ballroom featuring over 9,500 sq. ft. The remodeled Atrium Conference Center offers 14 meeting rooms that can accommodate 5 to 45 guests comfortably with fantastic natural lighting along with the Terrace that has been redesigned with a Coastal New England charm as is their Gazebo and Gazebo Bar. Something special is in our lobby... we are your “connection destination.” At the Sheraton Stamford Hotel, out of town doesn’t mean out of touch. Easily connect to what is important to you by logging onto our new workstations, fully equipped with TV capabilities and the latest tools to keep you productive on the road. Or connect through your laptop with complimentary wireless Internet access anywhere in the lobby or through dataport connections. The Sheraton Link at Sheraton includes complimentary use of 4 flat panel computers as well as complimentary wireless
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Hotel Hospitality continued...
Hampton Inn & Suites Stamford
The Hampton Inn & Suites hotel is located on the waterfront of the Mill River. The hotel has peerless elegance, modern comfort and exceptional privacy. The hotel offers an enclave of luxury in convenient downtown Stamford. Enjoy complimentary On the House Hot Breakfast, also Hampton’s On the Run breakfast bags, complimentary high speed internet access in every room, lobby, meeting rooms and public areas, Complementary Courtesy Van. The hotel has opened a new Italian Restaurant/Bar and Lounge called RuLu’s River Café which offers a full service Restaurant with a beautifully appointed piano bar and lounge. Private rooms are also available for special events. Daily specials and an extensive wine list contribute to an atmosphere which appeals to everyone. As always your stay is backed by the 100% Hampton Guarantee. If you’re not 100% satisfied, the Hampton Inn does not expect you to pay. That’s their promise and your guarantee. That’s 100% Hampton. 26 Mill River Street, Stamford CT 06902. (203) 383-9855 www.hamptoninn.com providing a full service bar. Go ahead - stay a while! You will feel right at home. That is the philosophy at La Quinta Inn and Suites. 135 Harvard Avenue, Stamford CT 06902.(203) 357-7100. www.lq.com 16 guests. L’Escale’s “Antibes” ballroom with its smaller component “Deauville” can accommodate groups ranging from 20 to 150 guests. As Connecticut’s first and only member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, DELAMAR Greenwich Harbor assures its guests an experience 500 Steamboat Road, Greenwich CT 06830. (203) 661-9800 www.TheDelamar.com
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DELAMAR Greenwich Harbor
DELAMAR Greenwich Harbor is an intimate, luxury waterfront hotel located just steps from the world-class shopping of Greenwich Avenue. DELAMAR’s exquisitely appointed interiors reflect the grandeur and intimacy of a lush Tuscan villa. Service at DELAMAR is gracious and serene. A complimentary glass of port or sherry awaits guests upon arrival, before they are escorted to their rooms. All of
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Hyatt Regency Greenwich
Retreat to luxury at this four-diamond Greenwich hotel. The Hyatt Regency Greenwich boasts a stunning garden atrium, full-service salon and spa,
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La Quinta Inn & Suites
Having just expanded in the Northeast with over 30 locations, La Quinta Inn & Suites - Stamford, ready to have you “Wake up on the Bright Side”. Each of the hotel’s 158 guest rooms is currently being completely renovated as well as the entire front desk lobby. La Quinta is centrally located with easy highway access in mind, off I-95 exit 6, close enough to enjoy area restaurants, shopping, and entertainment venues in Downtown Stamford and historic Greenwich. Whether you’re traveling on business, a leisure getaway, or a family vacation, La Quinta has the right hotel accommodations for you. Take advantage of the exceptional service and wide range of popular amenities offered at La Quinta Inn & Suites such as complimentary continental breakfast served daily, complimentary wireless internet throughout entire hotel and lobby, complimentary parking, and heated indoor swimming pool; and yes, they are also “pet friendly”. The hotel also has the “City Limits Diner “adjacent to it which opens daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner as well as
the indulgent guest rooms and elegant suites feature luxurious beds with sumptuous Italian linens, ornate bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, CD stereos, mini bars and wireless high-speed internet access. Many of the rooms and suites also feature balconies with spectacular harbor views. Guests can relax in the intimate library in front of the fireplace where they can also enjoy a complimentary cappuccino or espresso. The magnificent L’Escale Restaurant features an inventive Provencal cuisine that evokes the South of France. The lounge and extensive outdoor terrace overlook the private pier, where guests can sail in for cocktails or dinner. The Spa at DELAMAR offers a wide variety of services including massage, manicures, pedicures and facial treatments. Guests also have 24-hour access to the hotel fitness center featuring aerobic exercise equipment and weight machines. For business meetings, private dining and special events DELAMAR offers a variety of space featuring the very latest in conference technology. The refined Boardroom located at the top of the grand staircase on the second floor seats up to
well-appointed guest rooms with deluxe amenities and unparalleled guest service. Easily accessible to Metro North trains and Fairfield County’s top attractions. Relax in tranquility and dine on superb continental fare in Winfield’s Restaurant. The Gazebo Bar & Grille provides the perfect backdrop for socializing near the soothing water fountain amid lush foliage. Their complimentary Starbuck’s Coffee Bars, available on each floor, is the perfect way to start the day. Stay active in their StayFit at Hyatt Health Club or relax poolside on the indoor sundeck. Get reacquainted with your body and soul at Enzo Riccobene Salon & Spa. Play a round of golf at nearby courses in Stamford or Greenwich. This hotel offers the indulgence and relaxation of your favorite resort-all just minutes away from Westchester County and less than 45 minutes from NYC. Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, it should be a worry-free experience that delights your senses. The Hyatt Regency Greenwich delivers just that. 1800 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich CT 06870. (203) 637-1234 www.hyattregencygreenwich.com
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In 1994, Stamford Downtown presented its first sculpture exhibit dedicated to recognizing art as a catalyst for public interaction, enjoyment and enrichment. This outdoor art program, Art in Public Places, is currently in its 15th year and has become one of the City’s premier cultural events taking place throughout the Downtown and in the Stamford Town Center. Since its inception, Art in Public Places has grown in size and prominence, providing major works of outdoor sculpture for all to enjoy---free of charge. This summer the city will be enriched by the sculptures of the renowned artist, J. Seward Johnson as it presents Encore! J. Seward Johnson, A Sculpture Exhibit. The event, Johnson’s largest one man city exhibition, is presented by the Stamford Downtown Special Services District in partnership with The Sculpture Foundation, National Realty & Development Corp. and Apollo Real Estate Advisors in cooperation with the city of Stamford. The extraordinary collection of J. Seward Johnson’s works with its whimsical and realistic life-sized characters (and a monumental 25 foot edition of A Turn of the Century) will grace our downtown throughout the summer. Sculptures will be chosen from three of Johnson’s major series: “Celebrating the Familiar,” “The Icons” and “Beyond the Frame.” The “Beyond the Frame” series, Johnson’s sculptures depicting impressionist art, will be on display in the galleries of the University of Connecticut in Stamford Downtown. ENCORE! will also feature a photo exhibit inspired by the works of J. Seward Johnson. At the conclusion of the exhibit, the photographs will be sold and proceeds will be donated to help refurbish a set of 1920’s historic murals at St. John’s Church. This is a summer event you won’t want to miss. The exhibit will be on display from June through the end of August. It’s a great way to spend a day with family and friends in the Downtown, and see what Stamford has to offer. On June 9, the DSSD will host an opening reception for ENCORE!, the official kickoff celebration and viewing for sponsors and the public at the Stamford Marriott. A special event this June
will showcase one of Seward Johnson’s works of art, Forever Marilyn. On June 10, Stamford Downtown will conduct a Marilyn Monroe Look-alike Contest at the Avon Theatre including an airing of Some Like It Hot.
The Pops in the Park concert series was initiated three years ago in an effort to reach a demographic different from that which attends our Alive @ 5 concerts. The goal is to present mellower music to a slightly older target group. As with Alive @ 5, the Pops’ Concerts attract a large, enthusiastic audience who bring box dinners and dine in the numerous restaurants which surround the Park. The concerts are presented by Seaboard Properties on the Heineken Stage in partnership with the City of Stamford and produced by the DSSD. It is a three week long Wednesday evening series beginning on July 16th. It of course takes place in Columbus Park at 6:30 pm and like all of our Downtown concert events----it’s FREE.
July 16: STAMFORD SYMPHONY POPS
Events like this could not succeed without the support of numerous sponsors. Our heartfelt thanks to the following: The Sculpture Foundation, National Realty & Development Corporation and Apollo Real Estate Advisors who are title sponsors of this unique event. Our sincere appreciation goes to Mayor Dannel Malloy and the city of Stamford’s Operational Team whose support of Downtown events truly makes Stamford The City That Works. Our many generous Participating Sponsors are directly responsible for ensuring that our Public Art program flourishes. They include: A.Vitti Construction, Inc., The Advocate/ Greenwich Time, Agora Spa, The Alliance Group, Avon Theatre Film Center, Bildner Capital Corp., Connecticut Light & Power Company and Yankee Gas, Cox Radio, Emmett & Glander, Attorneys at Law, Gibraltar Management Co., Inc., Grade A ShopRite, Happyhaha Studio, Heineken USA Incorporated, Heyman Properties, Hoffman Investment Partners, Juner Properties, Betsy Levinson & Family, P&G Beauty, People’s United Bank, Purdue Pharma L.P., Pyramid Real Estate Group, RBS, Reckson, a Division of SL Green, RFR Realty, LLC, SAC Capital Advisors, LLC, Seaboard Properties, Inc., Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, Stamford Hospital, Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, Stamford Town Center, Turner Construction, UBS, United Realty of Connecticut, Inc., University of Connecticut, Werner Valeur-Jensen and W & M Properties. with Music Director Eckart Preu. Enjoy the lighter side of Stamford’s professional orchestra as it celebrates music written by John Williams, Henry Mancini, Glen Miller and more. Bring the kids for Stars Wars and The Planets, bring your lover for Moon River , Moonlight Serenade and Night and Day. This concert is for everyone. We promise you will go home with a smile. www. stamfordsymphony.org
July 23: BARBARA COOK
“Broadway’s favorite ingénue,” Barbara Cook is a silvery soprano with her purity of tone and warm presence she has delighted audiences around the world for more than 50 years. Recently, Miss Cook performed at two sold-out concerts with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. www.barbaracook.com
July 30:BOWZER’S ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PARTY
Don’t miss Bowzer’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Party starring Bowzer and The Stingrays, Jay Siegel and The Tokens, with Special Guest star Lynn DiMenna. Jon Bauman’s portrayal of “Bowzer”, leader of “Sha Na Na” for fourteen years, was hilarious, as a gangly greaser who actually stalked the streets of Brooklyn when he wasn’t appearing with the group. “Bowzer” has resurfaced as one of the most multi-dimensional performers in show business today, with his Rock ‘n’ Roll Party. www.bowzerparty.com
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Metro Green W&M Properties
J E F F R E Y H. N E W M A N , E X E C U T I V E VP, W & M P R O P E R T I E S
Designed to accommodate the burgeoning housing demand for a range of income levels in lower Fairfield County, while supplying office space demanded by economic growth with the lowest possible environmental impact, the highlyanticipated Metro Green project is a transit-oriented, LEED (“Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design”) candidate, mixed-use development which will consist of two components: a 350,000 opment, will offer many environmentally- and employee- friendly features. For example, it will provide individualized worker temperature control via sub-floor air distribution, delivering the cleanest air in any office environment in Connecticut, 9’-by-6” finished ceiling height with unobstructed floor-to-ceiling perimeter glass to maximize the use of natural light, column free interior spaces, in-building structured garage with priority parking for ultra high efficiency vehicles, fritted low iron glass curtain wall, low-emission (Low-E) coating to reduce solar heat gain, a storm water retention system, and the use of materials that emit as few toxins as possible into the atmosphere. A full inventory of amenities is planned for the office tenants, including a dining facility, sundry shop, and conference and fitness centers. Metro Tower will also feature capacity for 100% back-up power, provided through individual tenant-dedicated emergency generators and the infrastructure to deliver that power, fully pre-engineered and ready for installation. Separate emergency generators will supply power to the entire property’s
Summer Fun at Stamford Museum & Nature Center
M E L I S S A M U L R O O N E Y, E X E C U T I V E D I R E C T O R
Summer is a great time to visit Stamford Museum & Nature Center with your friends and family. Stop in the Bendel Mansion Museum Galleries to see Architecture of the Imagination: The Lure of the LEGO(r) Brick featuring Nathan Sawaya: The Art of the Brick(tm) and All Aboard with Bill Probert & Friends, on view daily through August 17. On Sunday, June 29, meet the artist, Nathan Sawaya. Watch as he creates a new artwork from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Bendel Mansion Great Hall. On Friday, June 6, join us for our biggest fund-raiser of the year as Ste. Michelle Wine Estates presents the Flights of Fancy Wine Tasting, an evening of excellent wine, food and friends to benefit the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Guests will be treated to an array of fine wine provided by WinePort and delicious food as well as a tempting silent auction, and new this year, a live auction. Tickets are $75 for Members and $100 for Non-members $100. Call 203.977.6548 to reserve. We’ve got some great new free programs for the whole family on weekends in July and August on Heckscher Farm. On Saturdays join us for “Barnyard Tails” storytelling as we read one of our favorite farm animal stories, and then follow up with a question and answer period about Heckscher Farm’s very own animal friends. On Sundays join us for drop-in programming we’re calling “Sunday Farm Fundays” and get ready to get your hands dirty and learn something new! Some of the other fun programs we’ve got in store are a virtual trip to the rainforest on Friday, July 11 with naturalist Chris Evers, our annual Summer Family Campout on Saturday, July 26, and public planetarium shows on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. For more information about all of Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s programs call 203.322.1646 ext. 6521, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.stamfordmuseum.org.
square foot, 17-story “best in class” multi-tenanted office tower developed by the Malkin family’s W&M Properties, and an adjacent residential complex of 238 mixed-income units developed by the Connecticut office of Jonathan Rose Companies LLC. Located at the Stamford Transportation Center with immediate on/off access to I95, the Metro Green project has received State Traffic Commission approval, a necessary step for every major new development close to, or impacting, state roadways and transportation centers. Metro Green has also received final zoning approval for Metro Green Apartments, the first of three residential phases of the project, for which groundbreaking will occur this spring. Metro Green Apartments was designed to meet the Enterprise Green Communities guidelines and will be seeking U.S. Green Building Council’s (“USGBC”) LEED “New Construction” certification. The residential development has also been selected as a pilot project under the draft LEED “Neighborhood Design” criteria. Metro Green Residential will also feature a magnificent courtyard, landscaped with sitting areas, active gardening spaces and a meditation labyrinth, a 3.5 story, “green” parking garage, and a pedestrian link to the Stamford Metro North Train Station. Metro Tower, W&M’s fourth trophy office building in Stamford, is a candidate for the USGBC’s “Core and Shell” LEED Platinum Criteria. The office building, a model for low-impact, sustainable devel-
base building mechanical, cooling, heating and vertical transportation systems. Metro Tower is located within the Enterprise Zone, which means that tenants may qualify for up to an 80 percent abatement of real estate and personal property taxes on leased space, as well as on owned/leased machinery and equipment, for at least five years, with minimum annual savings of between $4 and $5 per square foot. Tenants may also qualify for a 25 percent credit against State of Connecticut corporate income taxes for 10 years. Metro Green will also feature numerous public improvements to the streetscape along Henry and Atlantic Streets, including the creation of a new public plaza. The balance of Metro Green’s residential and office development phases are now in final approval and planning stages.
Members Making News
Promotions & New Positions
Dennis Horan was named vice president and senior commercial lender at Fairfield County Bank . He will be responsible for the Stamford market commercial mortgages as much as $10 million, business lines of credit as much as $3 million and small business loans. Operations, Inc (www. OperationsInc.com) announces the newest member of their growing team of professionals, Janon Cohall. Working as a Human Resources Generalist, Janon is responsible for HR Consulting including day-to-day HR support and administration and policy and procedure development. CTE Inc., the community action agency for greater Stamford, announced the following appointments. Daniel Beltran has been appointed as director of family services. He will direct the activities of the agency’s energy assistance and housing program and oversee intake and case management services. Treva Franks has been appointed director of work force development and will be responsible for its employment and training, job readiness and vocational school programs. Barnum Financial Group, an office of MetLife, has named Robert Cavaliero as a financial services representative Mellissa Turner was appointed senior vice president of human resources for Greenwich Hospital.
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Dan Sol was promoted to practice director of the accounting and finance division for The Mergis Group, a specialty placement firm on High Ridge Road in Stamford. This move follows on the coattails of the organization celebrating 7 years in business. Energy Rated light fixtures, and recycling furniture. As part of the town-wide Going for Green campaign initiated by the Darien Sport Sshop, which encourages local businesses to pledge to make greener choices, the sport shop recently purchased a fuel-efficient Smart Car to make its local deliveries and spread the “green” message. The store’s employees enthusiastically joined in the celebration of the new and stylish arrival.
Awards and Recognition
New Neighborhoods, Inc. (NNI) was honored by the Connecticut Community Development Association (CCDA) with its “CCDA Peer Award of Excellence 2008”. NNI was recognized for partnering with Neighborhood Housing Services in the development of the Madison Smith Apartments in Stamford.
Going Green Relocation
OperationsInc (www.OperationsInc. com) , the leading human resources consulting firm officially moved into new office space located on the Second Floor of their present Office Building located Waldner’s Business Environments went Green. They did this by creating a “greener” office and reducing their environmental footprint. Some of the steps taken were reducing their use of water, reducing Lighting Power through
Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens Spring Garden Tour, Tuesday, June
Wine Tasting - An evening of excellent wine, food and friends to benefit the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Guests will be 10th from 10 AM to 4 PM. Treat yourself to treated to an array of fine wine and delicious a day of garden delights and explore a selec- food as well as a tempting silent auction. tion of very special private gardens that are rarely open to the public. From the eclectic Planetarium Sunday, June 8 - This month’s to the historic, these local gardens will inter- theme is “IBEX, Exploring the Sun’s est and inspire gardeners and casual visitors Neighborhood”. The Interstellar Boundary alike. The theme of the Spring Garden Tour Explorer (IBEX) spacecraft is scheduled for this year is Bring the expertise of the Bartlett launch in June. This show will explain home. To enhance your Garden Tour expe- what scientists hope to learn about our area rience, Master Gardeners will be at each of the Milky Way Galaxy. layW e l l garden to share their unique expertise and Engineering knowledge by answering your questions, to Programs, assist with plant identification, and to offer June 14 advice and information on growing plants in Come out southwestern New England. For informaand join tion: (203) 322-6971 or : www.bartlettarbothe Green retum.org Revolution! U s i n g Stamford Theatre Works presLEGO® and ents “Great American Composer Salute,” a other buildmusical revue. June 11 - June 29. Stamford ing systems, kids can learn as they play while Theatre Works, 200 Strawberry Hill Ave., designing and building environmentallyStamford. www.stamfordtheatreworks.org friendly cars, houses, and renewable energy Box Office: (203) 359-4414. sources. This program is being offered in conjunction with the Stamford Museum & Nature exhibition, Architecture Center June Calendar of of the Imagination: The Events. For more informa- Lure of the LEGO® tion, call 203.322.6251 or visit Brick, on view through August 17, 2008. work on a new piece as part of the Museum’s exhibition. Desiree, Edward, and The Little Black Book, Thru August 17 - The exhibit showcases John Singer Sargent’s “Portrait of J. P. Wolff,” one of the museum’s most important paintings, and one with a fascinating history as part of the Goudstikker collection.
Curtain Call Calendar for June. For more information: (203) 461-6358x13; www.curtaincallinc.com
A LWAY S . . . PAT S Y CLINE. June 6 28 presented in the Dressing Room. Summerstock Creative Theatre Green Eggs and Hamlet? - June 25 - July 3. Students will explore three distinct types of acting: Improvisation, Modern Acting and Shakespeare. Curtain Call’s 13th Annual Golf Classic. June 12. 1:45 pm Shotgun Start, Great Food, Fabulous Prizes, Sterling Farms Golf Course. Reserve Your Foursome Now at 203-329-8207 x 11 or register online at www.curtaincallinc.com
11th Annual Wine Tasting, June , 6:30 - 10:00 P.M. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates presents Flights of Fancy
Meet the Artist! Nathan Sawaya: The Art of the Brick(tm) June 29 - Watch LEGO® brick artist Nathan Sawaya at
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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
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ICON Listed as Best Place to Work in CT
ICON International, a specialty finance company engaged in corporate barter, was voted among the top 25 Best Places to work in Connecticut for 2008. ICON competed against many other companies statewide for the position. The Best Companies to Work for in CT are selected based on a stringent employee survey process conducted by a third party. ICON scored high marks in all categories: (1) organization as a whole (2) individual employee opinion
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Companies that are committed to Stamford’s business community
A.C. Electrical Services, LLC Anthony Critzman, Owner 286 Barrack Hill Road Ridgeﬁeld, CT 06877 (203) 973-0994 Electrical Contractor A.C. Electric Services is a local business that has served the Stamford area for more than 18 years. We specialize in Commercial, Industrial, Residential, and Telecommunication. We are fully staffed with professional licensed electriﬁcations. Accountants, Inc. Dennis Bresnan, Principal 60 Long Ridge Road Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 978-0310 - (203) 978-1985 www.accountantinc.com Employment Agencies Stafﬁng ﬁrm specializing exclusively in the permanent and temporary placement of accounting and ﬁnance professions. Alliance Limousine Alan Oyugi, President 9 Viaduct Road Stamford, CT 06907 (203) 964-1100 - (203) 325-4949 www.AllianceLimo.com Limousine Service Antares Bruce MacLeod, Partner, COO 333 Ludlow Street Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 653-6018 antaresrealestate.com Finance and Real Estate Investment Auto Tech Foreign Car Service Walter Fritz, Owner 43 West Main Street Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 348-8421 - (203) 961-1379 www.autotechct.com Automobile Sales & Service Specializing in service and repair of Foreign Cars & SUV’s. Experts in computer diagnosis, brakes, suspension & climate control. Sales, purchase & ﬁnancing of imported auto’s & SUV’s. Extended warranties available. AAA certiﬁed. Bartlett Tree Experts Kenneth J. Karp, Vice President of Marketing 1290 East Main St. Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 323-1131 - (203) 323-5690 www.bartlett.com FTree Service All phases of tree care: residential and commercial. Services include pruning, fertilization, insect, and disease suppression and soil analysis. Blue Chip Financial, LLC Steven B. Katz, Registered Principal 1234 Summer Street Stamford, CT 06905
(203) 353-0176 - (203) 353-0240 www.lpl.com/bluechipﬁnancial Financial Advisors Bregman & Company, P.C. Owen W. Bregman, Partner 1111 Summer Street 5th Floor Stamford, CT 06905-5507 (203) 325-4155 - (203) 251-8017 www.accountantsrus.com Accounting- Certiﬁed Public & Investment Advisors Full service accounting & advisory services to closely held businesses, high income, and high net worth individuals. Carey Worldwide Chauffeured Services Louis G. Uritz, Vice President - General Manager 76 Progress Drive Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 541-2019 - (203) 541-2022 www.ecary.com Transportation The original chauffeured services company since 1921. Care operates in 65 countries and 550 cities spanning the globe. Ceebraid-Signal Jason Schlesinger, Vice President 112 Hoyt St. Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 406-1300 - (203) 327-3541 Real Estate-Leasing & Management Real Estate Management and Development. Concentra Medical Centers Jeff Quadrato, Area Sales Manager 15 Commerce Rd., 3rd Floor Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 324-9100 (203) 324-9400 www.concentra.com Health Services-Occupational Occupational healthcare including: Workers’ Compensation treatment, drug screening, physicals and immunizations, etc. ConnectiCare Joann Chmura, Senior Marketing Consultant 200 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 5a Norwalk, CT 06854 (203) 899-5104 - (203) 899-5104 www.connecticare.com Organizations-Health Maintenance ConnectiCare a Connecticut licensed health maintenance organization offers products on a fully insured and self funded basis including traditional HMO and POS plans as well as newer PPO plans. CORT Furniture Rental James Mas, District Sales Manager 600 Long Beach Blvd Stratford, CT 06615 (203) 386-8118 (203) 386-8850 www.cort1.com Furniture Rental & Leasing Furniture Rental. Solutions for business interiors and residential transitions.
Apartment Locator service. Short term housing. National Company. 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 Real Estate-Residential A full service residential real estate ﬁrm dedicated to providing extraordinary real estate services for buyers and sellers. D. Sal Electrical Contractor, Inc. Frank Macchio, Vice President 201 Little Hill Dr. Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 322-8963 - (203) 356-9343 Contractors-Electrical Electrical new construction and service in buildings and homes. Daviddelﬁner.com, LLC David Delﬁner, CEO 9 Oriole Drive Norwalk, CT 06851 (203) 358-8109 - (203) 663-1309 www.daviddelﬁner.com Computer Services Providing technology services to home users, with a focus on customer service and professionalism. Davidoff of Geneva (CT) Inc. Peter Baenninger, President 550 West Avenue Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 323-5811 - (203) 353-0891 www.davidoff.com Cigar Distributor & Retailer Distributor of premium cigars & tabacco products, as well as exclusive accessories. Dental Care of Stamford Jerry Simon, D.D.S 1500 Summer St. Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 324-6171 - (230) 348-5392 www.dentalcarestamford.com Dentists Complete general and cosmetic dentistry service plus all specialties on premises for the entire family. DiMare Pastry Shop Maria McGrath, Member LLC 12 Largo Drive South Stamford, CT 06907 (203) 967-2253 - (203) 323-5652 www.dimarepastryshop.com Bakery We are a family owned & operated scratch bakery. Eastern Land Management, Inc. Bruce T. Moore, Sr., President 246 Selleck Street Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 316-5433 - (203) 316-5434 www.easternland.com
Landscape Contractors A complete line of landscape management services to the commercial market. Equinox Fitness Club Tim Palancia, General Manager 72 Heights Road (203) 655-2300 - (203) 655-2370 www.equinoxﬁtness.com Fitness Center Full service ﬁtness facility offering cardio & strength equipment, ﬁtness classes, personal training, yoga, pilates, cafe shop and complete day spa. Fordham Marble, Inc. Deirdre Fahy 421 Fairﬁeld Avenue Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 348-5088 - (203) 348-4458 www.fordhammarble.com Granite-Marble Contractors Fordham Marble, 100 years tradition of ﬁne fabrication of natural stone, kitchen countertops, bath rooms, foyers ﬁreplaces and more. Goodway Printing & Graphics Inc. Louis Aita, President 135 Bedford St. Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 324-7319 (203) 324-6401 www.goodwayprint.com Printers Quality offset printing, black & white digital printing on demand, over 35 years in Stamford, we can handle your job from concept to ﬁnished product. Grade A ShopRite Joseph Cingari, Assistant Secretary 360 Connecticut Avenue Norwalk, CT 06584 (203) 299-5737 (203) 831-8660 Super Markets/Grocery Stores A family owned, full service supermarket with fresh bakery, fresh seafood, butcher shop, full service delicatessen and a pharmacy. Greenberg & Prince, LLC Wendy E. Prince, Attorney / Mediator Partner 350 Bedford Street, Suite 300 Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 977-7766 - (203) 977-7042 www.greenbergprincelaw.com Attorney/Mediator A boutique law ﬁrm specializing in matrimonial law. Services run from consulting to litigation. Please call to arrange a conﬁdential complimentary consultation. Higgins Group/Stamford Jason Kinard, Managing Partner- Broker 1258 Bedford Street Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 504-5005 - (203) 504-3179 higginsgroup.com
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Real Estate Your link to Fairﬁeld County real estate working with buyers and sellers in residential, commercial, land and investment deals. High Ridge Ventures, Inc. Paul Spurlock, President 1111 Rock Rimmon Road Stamford, CT 06903 (203) 952-7135 - (203) 595-0624 www.highridgeventures.com Construction Commercial, ofﬁce interior renovations, walls, ceiling, electrical, HVAC, paint and carpet. Hitchcock-Munson Opticians Harold D. Munson, Optician 75 High Ridge Rd. Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 323-2181 - (203) 406-0139 www.hitchcockmunson.com Opticians Providing high quality eye care and professional service for 57 years- includes eye exams, eye glasses, sun glasses, contact lenses, eye wear accessories maintenance and repairs. Jacobsen & Company, P.C. David Jacobsen, Vice - President 1177 Summer St. Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 327-5880 - (203) 348-9505 Accountants-Certiﬁed Public We are a CPA ﬁrm providing innovative tax planning strategies, consulting services to grow your business and accounting services to measure your results. Law Ofﬁce of Joseph Gasparrini Joseph C. Gasparrini, Attorney at Law 20 Brinckerhoff Avenue Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 968-8830 - (203) 968-8704 www.josephgasparrini.com Attorneys Medici Editorial Services, LLC Ellin Yassky, PHD, Owner 39 Woodbine Lane Fairﬁeld, CT 06825 (203) 581-0395 www.medicieditorial.com Writing, Editing, Research Medici Editorial Services, LLC, provides complete editorial/project management services for publishing, advertising, or research needs. From concept to ﬁnished product, including design, editing, copy editing/ proofreading, writing, and research. Montana for Men Michael Warde, Owner 1 Bank Street Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 964-1234 - (203) 969-0415 www.montanaformen.com Barber Shops A full service gentlemen’s grooming center- offering haircuts, manicures, pedicure, hot shaves and a full array of ﬁne shaving products. Moore Center for Rehabilitation Robert J. Moore, President 1250 Summer Street Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 975-1545 - (203) 975-1544 www.moorerehab.com Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Physical Therapy and sports medicine services, ergonomics, injury prevention. Mortgage Planners John N. Stearns 1450 Washington Blvd. Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 975-7509 Mortgages Mortgages: Residential/ Commercial; co-op to developer loans. North Stamford Family Health & Wellness Dr Jon Sirota, Owner 18 West Haviland Street Stamford, CT 06903 (203) 276-0551 - (203) 276-0551 www.drsirota.com Health & Wellness North Stamfords Only facility dedicated to family health & Wellness. Complete Nutrition; Anti aging, Cancer Prevention, Natural Chelation Therapy, Addiction and Weight loss management. Northeast Utilities (Connecticut Light & Power) Chris Swan, Director, Municipal Relations 9 Tindall Avenue Norwalk, CT 06851 (203) 845-3421 (203) 845-3628 www.cl-p.com Utilities Norwalk Community College Dr. David L. Levinson, President 188 Richards Ave. Norwalk, CT 06854-1655 (203) 857-7000 - (203) 857-7388 www.ncc.commnet.edu Colleges/Universities NCC is a state afﬁliated Community College which serves a student body of 10,817 credit and non-credit students. The College is co-educational, non-residential and offers 37 Associates degree and 25 Certiﬁcate programs. OperationsInc David Lewis, CEO 992 High Ridge Road, 3rd Floor Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 322-0538 - (203) 413-6245 www.operationsinc.com Human Resources Consulting OperationsInc is a Human Resources Outsourcing ﬁrm that serves as an HR department for hire...one hour at a time. Park Square West Jennifer Hoysradt, Leasing Director 101 Summer Street Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 353-9000 - (203) 353-9200 www.cjapartments.com Residential Property Management and Marketing Apartment rentals (luxury) and residential property management. Pitney Bowes, Inc. Leigh Walton, Director, Government Affairs 1 Elmcroft Rd. MSC 64-23 Stamford, CT 06926-0700 (203) 351-6633 - (203) 961-0291 www.pb.com Business Equipment Precision Carpeting LLC Ron Kluger 181 Main Street Norwalk, CT 06851 (203) 956-0404 - (203) 642-4955 www.precisioncarpeting.com Carpeting/Floor Covering Preferred Brands International Ashok Vasudevan, Director/CEO 9 West Broad St. 5th ﬂoor Stamford, CT 06902 (203) 348-0030 - (203) 348-0029 www.tastybite.com 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. Pullman & Comley, LLC Sandy K. Campbell, Jr., Partner 300 Atlantic Street Stamford, CT 06901-8659 (203) 324-5000 - (203) 363-8659 www.pullcom.com Attorneys Pullman & Comley, LLC is an 80-lawyer ﬁrm providing a full range of legal services to clients in the New England region and nationally. Pyramid Real Estate Group Michael R. Gray, Principal 20 Summer St. Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 348-8566 - (203) 358-9763 www.pyramidregroup.com Real Estate-Commercial Real Estate: Commercial Brokerage; Outsourced Real Estate Processing; Property Management; Maintenance; Construction; Cornell Real Estate Council; Veteran ownoperated since 1972. Regency Limousine Inc. Stephen Summerton, President P.O. Box 716, 331 Danbury Rd. Wilton, CT 06897 (203) 357-9717 - (203) 834-9825 www.regencylimousine.com Limousine Service Professional Door to Door limousine services and 24 hour service anywhere. Anytime ofﬁce staffed 24 hrs, all major credit cards are accepted. Sedans, Stretch limousines, Vans, and SUV. ReMax Ace One Realty Emilio Reveron, General Manager 733 Summer Street, Ste. 101 Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 327-5000 - (203) 327-5001 www.aceonerealty.com Real Estate-Residential/Commercial & Land Tracts RE/MAX is one of the biggest international real estate franchises, with more than 60 countries, 5,000 ofﬁces and more than 100,000 associates around the world. RKA Associates, LLC Rita Kogstad, Owner 23 Arrow Head Drive Stamford, CT 06903 (203) 322-6312 www.rkact.com Consultants-Computer ACT! Certiﬁed Consultants and Premier Trainers.
Robert Half International Lisa Sweeney
One Stamford Plaza Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 324-3399 (203) 964-1663 www.rhii.com
Employment Agencies Schakolad Chocolate Factory Lynn Berg, Owner
172 Bedford Street Stamford, CT 06901 (203) 359-1886 (203) 359-1831 www.schakolad.com
Handmade European style chocolates produced on the premises; gift baskets, corporate logos, wedding favors, custom & unique designs.
Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. Steve Korf, Branch Manager
30 Oak St., 4th Fl Stamford, CT 06905 (203) 327-9661 - (203) 327-9752 www.securitasinc.com
For over 150 years, Securitas USA has protected homes, workplaces and communities thru its guarding, patrol, investigative and systems divisions.
Servpro Joseph Pelli, Owner
20 Garland Drive Stamford, CT 06907 (203) 324-1642 - (203) 348-8384 www.servpro.com
Carpet, Rug & Upholstery Cleaners
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