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Weekly Events In Stamford: August 23rd

This week is jam-packed with tons of fun!  We’re super excited about Hey Stamford! Food Festival 2019 and SoundWaters HarborFest this weekend.  St Leo Fair starts on Tuesday the 27th – are you ready for your annual Pizza Fritta?

Stamford Downtown Restuarant Weeks are on until September 1st.  This dining event features a variety of restaurants in Stamford Downtown.  Each restaurant  creates a special menu at a fixed price for lunch and/or dinner for you to try. This event allows local residents to discover hidden gems, experience new foods, honor local chefs. #SoExcited

Here’s what’s going on this week…

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23rd

Stamford Downtown Restaurant Weeks @ Restaurants all over Stamford Downtown

Mix at Six @ Mill River Park Grand Steps

Music On the Plaza – Canyon @ Stamford Town Center

Baby Time @Ferguson Main Library

Friday Flicks: Monsters vs. Aliens @ The Ferguson Main Library

Stuffed Animal Sleepover @ The Ferguson Main Library

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24th

HEY STAMFORD! FOOD FESTIVAL 2019 @ Mill River Park

SoundWaters HarborFest @ Harbor Point Waterfront

Stamford Downtown Restaurant Weeks @ Restaurants all over Stamford Downtown

Drop-In Family Storytime @ Weed Memorial & Hollander Branch, The Ferguson Library

Self-Care Saturday @ The Ferguson Main Library

Youth Makerspace Open Hours @ The Ferguson Main Library

Farmers Market @ Latham Park

Farmers Market @ Fairgate Farm

Carousel Rides @ Mill River Park

Fit Club: Zumba @ Mill River Park

Chess Open Play Season @ Latham Park

Cardio Fitness with JCC @Commons Park

Super Hero @ Crab Shell – Stamford,CT

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25th

HEY STAMFORD! FOOD FESTIVAL 2019 @ Mill River Park

Stamford Downtown Restaurant Weeks @ Restaurants all over Stamford Downtown

Sunday Farm Market @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Music at the Market: Classical with Greenwich Suzuki Academy @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Herb Garden Tour @ Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

Sister Sun Concert @ Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

Carousel Rides @ Mill River Park

Fit Club: Sunrise Yoga @ Mill River Park

Family Nature Club: Pollination Nation@ Mill River Park

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 26th

Stamford Downtown Restaurant Weeks @ Restaurants all over Stamford Downtown

Revolution Fitness @ Commons Park

Painting with Pinot’s Palette @ Commons Park

Fit Club : Yoga Qi Fusion @ Mill River Park

Baby Time @ Weed Memorial & Hollander Branch, The Ferguson Library

Youth Makerspace Open Hours @ The Ferguson Main Library

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27th

St Leo Fair @ St. Leo Parish

Stamford Downtown Restaurant Weeks @ Restaurants all over Stamford Downtown

Fit Club: Bollyfit @ Mill River Park

Yoga with Mantra @ Harbor Point Association Courtyard

Boot Camp with F45 Training in Commons Park @ Harbor Point

Zumba with Shaira of Chelsea Piers @ Dinosaur BBQ (Parking Lot)

Toddler Time @ The Ferguson Main Library

Mindfulness and Meditation @ The Ferguson Main Library

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28th

St Leo Fair @ St. Leo Parish

Stamford Downtown Restaurant Weeks @ Restaurants all over Stamford Downtown

Fit Club: Afro Flow Yoga @ Mill River Park

Stroller Strides with Fit4Mom @ Commons Park

Harbor Point Stretching and Strides with Mantra Yoga @ Commons Park

Movies in the Park: Captain Marvel @ Commons Park

The Brewery Comedy Tour @ Lock City

Sing and Stomp @ The Ferguson Main Library

Water Baloon-Palooza @ Harry Bennett Branch, The Ferguson Library

Youth Makerspace Open Hours @ The Ferguson Main Library

The Andrew Gale Film Series: Boys Don’t Cry @ The Ferguson Main Library

Meet Arnulfo Arteaga Realpe, Author of Carmela Cienfuegos @ The Ferguson Main Library

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29th

St Leo Fair @ St. Leo Parish

Stamford Downtown Restaurant Weeks @ Restaurants all over Stamford Downtown

Fit Club: Zumba @ Mill River Park

Tai Chi with Robert of Chelsea Piers @ Commons Park

Crossfit with Carozza Fitness @ Commons Park

Dinosaur BBQ Summer Porch Series @ Dinosaur BBQ Stamford

French Book Discussion Group @ Ferguson Library, Main Library 

Farmers Market @ Fairgate Farm

Never miss a thing!

Geri Guzinski Realty Group

 

 
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Weekly Events In Stamford: August 16th

This week is jam-packed with tons of fun!

Stamford Downtown Restuarant Weeks kicks off on Monday the 19th! This 14-day dining event will feature a variety of restaurants in Stamford Downtown.  Each restaurant will create a special menu at a fixed price for lunch and/or dinner for you to try until September 1st. This event allows local residents to discover hidden gems, experience new foods, honor local chefs. #SoExcited

Here’s what’s going on this week…

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16th

Mix at Six @ Mill River Park Grand Steps

Music On the Plaza – Flamenco Guitar by Jay @ Stamford Town Center

BYE BYE BIRDIE @ New Paradigm Theatre Company, Inc.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17th

Virtual Reality: Out of This World  @ Ferguson Library

Afternoon Wellness Retreat to Support JDRF Ride To Cure @ BETA Climbing + Fitness

Farmers Market @ Stamford Downtown

KITE FESTIVAL AND INDIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY @ Mill River Park

Carousel Rides @ Mill River Park

Fit Club: Zumba @ Mill River Park

Chess Open Play Season @ Latham Park

Scavenger Hunts @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Cardio Fitness with JCC @Commons Park

Green Eyed Lady @ Crab Shell – Stamford,CT

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18th

Issa Hot Girl Summer Celebrity Neon Bash! @ Secret Location

Acoustic Mafia @ Barcelona Wine Bar

Sunday Farm Market @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Music at the Market: Classic Rock with Kinsley Tunes @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Summer Stars Planetarium Shows @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Richard “Cookie” Thomas Concert @ Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

Carousel Rides @ Mill River Park

Fit Club: Sunrise Yoga @ Mill River Park

Harbor Point Farmers Market @ Harbor Point Square

Yoga on the Boardwalk with Exhale @Harbor Point Boardwalk

Band Central duo featuring Rob Fried and Fuzz @ Harbor Point Square

 

MONDAY, AUGUST 19th

Stamford Downtown Restuarant Weeks @ Restaurants all over Stamford Downtown

Revolution Fitness @ Commons Park

Painting with Pinot’s Palette @ Commons Park

Fit Club : Yoga Qi Fusion @ Mill River Park

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20th

Stamford Downtown Restuarant Weeks @ Restaurants all over Stamford Downtown

Fit Club: Bollyfit @ Mill River Park

Yoga with Mantra @ Harbor Point Association Courtyard

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21st

Stamford Downtown Restuarant Weeks @ Restaurants all over Stamford Downtown

Fit Club: Afro Flow Yoga @ Mill River Park

Music in the Park @ Commons Park

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22nd

Stamford Downtown Restuarant Weeks @ Restaurants all over Stamford Downtown

Fit Club: Zumba @ Mill River Park

Tai Chi with Robert of Chelsea Piers @ Commons Park

Never miss a thing!

Geri Guzinski Realty Group

 

 
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Weekly Events In Stamford: August 9th

This week is jam-packed with tons of fun!

Here’s what’s going on this week…

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9th

MOVIES IN THE PARK: AVENGERS INFINITY WAR @ Mill River Park Grand StepsSummer Astronomy Nights at the Farm House @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Classic Summer Disco Extravaganza For A Great Cause by SohoJohnny.com @ Italian Center

4th Annual Shades of Summer Steppin Weekend @ Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10th

Farmers Market @ Stamford Downtown

ANIMATION CELEBRATION: SPIDERMAN – INTO THE SPIDERVERSE @ Mill River Park Nissen Carousel

Carousel Rides @ Mill River Park

Fit Club: Zumba @ Mill River Park

Scavenger Hunts @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Cardio Fitness with JCC @Commons Park

BIG CHIEF @ Crab Shell – Stamford,CT

Monet’s Water Lilies @ Pinot’s Palette

Reign & Shine: YL Live Your Passion Rally 2019 @ Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11th

Sunday Farm Market @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

National S’more’s Day @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Summer Stars Planetarium Shows @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

FYI: Berry Bonanza @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Maria Tiscia & Rio Bound Concert @ Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

Herb Garden Tour @ Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

Carousel Rides @ Mill River Park

Fit Club: Sunrise Yoga @ Mill River Park

Harbor Point Farmers Market @ Harbor Point Square

Yoga on the Boardwalk with Exhale @Harbor Point Boardwalk

Revolution Fitness in Commons Park @ Commons Park

Lake Life @ Pinot’s Palette

Montez De Durango y Sonora Dinamita En Stamford,CT @ The Palms Night Club

MONDAY, AUGUST 12th

Summer Stars Planetarium Shows @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

 Sharks Session 8 (Monday,August 12, 2019 – Friday, August 16, 2019) @ Cove Island Park

Painting with Pinot’s Palette in Commons Park @ Commons Park

Fit Club : Yoga Qi Fusion @ Mill River Park

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13th

Summer Fun & Enrichment – Music Together @Stamford Town Center

Fit Club: Bollyfit @ Mill River Park

Yoga with Mantra @ Harbor Point Association Courtyard

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14th

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15th

Fit Club: Zumba @ Mill River Park

Tai Chi with Robert of Chelsea Piers @ Commons Park

Crossfit with Carozza Fitness @ Commons Park

Dinosaur BBQ Summer Porch Series @ Dinosaur BBQ Stamford

Never miss a thing!

Geri Guzinski Realty Group

 

 
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It’s All About The Journey … Cold Weather Maintenance

Tips to Maintain Your Home During the Cooler Months

Preventing Costly Repairs and Maintaining a Healthy Home When It’s Cold Outside

 

Photo Courtesy of Pixabay

 

Now that the weather has turned to “winter” and regardless of your neighborhood, home size or style, maintaining your home is one of the most important things you can do. While the space that you live in reflects your lifestyle and/or personality, it is important to keep your home in good condition.

Factoring in home repairs and maintenance that will save you time and money will go a long way as the weather gets colder. While conditions may not be frightful just yet, keeping these useful tips in mind will put you and your wallet at ease.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

Leaky pipes can become problematic over time and lead to flooding, mold issues, foundation trouble, and diminished water quality. Frozen pipes can lead to leaks, and even more costly problems because when water freezes within the pipe, the expanding ice can cause pressure which leads to bursting and additional costly issues.

To ensure that your pipes remain intact, it is helpful to address all areas that need fixing and winterize your outside water sources. You can call a plumber, or attempt winterizing your outside pipes by doing the following – shut off the main water valve and pump, as well as the water heater to start, this way you can drain all of the outside valves and taps which should remain open throughout the winter. You may also blow excess water out of the pipes and discharge water out of the drain taps. As an extra precaution you can add antifreeze. Don’t forget to turn the water main & hot water heater back on so the rest of your house can function.

One last thing … foam rubber-pipe insulation can be wrapped around pipes to protect them against cold weather conditions.

Replace Air Filters

There are various key benefits to regularly replacing your air filters if you have a hot air furnace. Your HVAC system will run more efficiently, air filter replacement will reduce allergy symptoms, and you will save money by properly maintaining the filters and keeping vents clean.

Changing your air filters every 1-3 months can greatly effect the quality of your home’s air. Make sure that the MERV rating of your purchased filter also correctly coincides with your home’s needs.

 

Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can save your life when properly placed and it is CT State law that you have smoke & CO detectors in the home.

These alarms beep loudly to ensure that you can hear them and get to safety quickly if there is a fire, gas, fumes or other sources of heat around. Usually inexpensive and easy to install, smoke alarms can last up to 10 years.

CO detectors, on the other hand, have the potential of detecting carbon monoxide, a gas also known as, “the silent killer” due to it’s colorless, odorless quality, which can emit fumes that can cause illness or death. Carbon monoxide detectors are triggered when the gas is found within the environment and sound an alarm to alert people of danger. Unlike smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors typically last 5-7 years.

 

As we enter into cooler weather, make sure your home is prepared. Keep these sound tips in mind and you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier home.

 

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It’s All About Journey… Magnet Schools: The Academy of Information Technology & Engineering

Here is the last, but not least, of our series featuring Stamford Public Schools. 

 

The newest of Stamford’s three high schools, The Academy of Information Technology & Engineering (AITE) was founded in 2000 and is an inter-district, regional, magnet high school located in the Mid-Ridges. AITE has a student enrollment of approximately 700 students and draws students from the greater Fairfield County area. As a inter-district magnet, some 30% of AITE students reside outside of Stamford. Admission is based on an application and lottery system.

 

AITE offers educational choices through innovative programs based on theme-based instruction.  The mission of AITE is to provide our students with a multitude of learning experiences to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the challenges of the emerging global community through a dynamic, technology rich, college preparatory, small school environment.

AITE offers challenging academic courses:

  • Information Technology: Courses are designed to help students develop advanced computer skills to use in an IT related field or use technology as a tool in a broad variety of other fields. Courses include Cisco networking, computer programming, Smart Apps, and Introduction to Networking. Students have the opportunity to earn national network certifications in some areas.

  • Architecture and Pre-Engineering: Courses are designed to inspire, motivate and prepare those students interested in pursuing careers in Architecture and Engineering. The AAE elective utilizes the curriculum and materials of the nationally accredited Project Lead the Way program (PLTW). The courses are weighted as honors classes.

  • Business: Courses introduce students to skills and knowledge associated with business activities both nationally and globally. Course offerings include accounting, digital publications, business law, finance, game design, and eCommerce.

  • Biomedical Sciences: Courses in a four-year sequence, taken in conjunction with core science classes, promoting students interests and knowledge in the fields of medicine and medical technologies. Course in this PLTW program are weighted at the honors level.

  • The Fine Arts (Music and Visual): Courses promote the integration of music and art skills through traditional and digital applications. Students learn and enhance skills through practical hands-on work, digital applications utilizing current music and graphic arts software, fieldwork with video production and editing functions, and inter-active mentoring and internships. Performance and portfolio activities are incorporated.

AITE is associated with Project Lead The Way (PLTW) and offers elective courses in pre-engineering and bio-medical sciences. These classes earn college credits. Additionally, all students are encouraged to complete community service hours each year, and seniors are encouraged to complete a Senior Capstone Project which is a two-semester process where students pursue independent research on a question or problem of their choice, engage with the scholarly debates in the relevant disciplines, and – with the guidance of a faculty mentor – produce a substantial paper that reflects a deep understanding of the topic.

– AITE EDGE –

Welcome to AITE student newspaper, AITE Edge. This online newspaper is a production of the Web Newspaper class.

http://www.aitemedia.net/newspaper/

– Awards –

 

In September 2017 the Presidential Awards of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching AITE Math Teacher Marina Giuliano was selected as one of three state finalists for the 2016 Presidential Awards of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Established by Congress in 1983, PAEMST recognition is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching. The awards recognize those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning.

 

AITE Math teacher Vincent Urbanowski has been named Stamford Teacher of the Year (2017-2018).  He also has been selected as a Connecticut Teacher of the Year (2018) Semifinalist, one of only 15 Connecticut teachers chosen from among teachers across the state.   “I’m so thankful to have been chosen to participate at the state level and am honored to be in the company of so many outstanding teachers,” said Urbanowski. “The work we’re doing for our kids in Stamford is innovative, demanding and rewarding.  I welcome the opportunity to share it as a representative of the profession and our district’s collective faculty.”

– Open House –

AITE is hosting Open Houses – Saturday, November 4 and December 2 9:30 am and 11:30 am, Thursday, January 11, 2018 6:30 pm

All Open Houses include a presentation by AITE’s Principal followed by a tour of the building.  Here is the link to AITE promo video 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=19&v=VeZhJQpNZ78

– Stamford Public Schools “Tour Your Schools Day” on November 15 –

Stamford Public Schools welcomes all prospective parents, realtors and community members to learn about the educational programs in our schools on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Presentations and tours in all elementary schools are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Secondary school presentations and tours are scheduled at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

General information sessions regarding the magnet school admissions are scheduled for December 7 at 7:00 p.m. for elementary magnet schools and December 14 at 7:00 p.m. for middle school. Both magnet school sessions will be held in the Government Center.

Click here for the flyer from Stamford Public School website.

 

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It’s All About The Journey … Should You Build Your New Home?

Have you been looking for a new home and are tired of estimating the cost of renovations or reworking a floorplan to suit your lifestyle? Maybe it’s time to entertain the idea of bulding the home of your dreams!

 

Since a home is usually your largest investment and you can spend lots of time and energy searching for or designing “the perfect home”, building may be an option you should consider, especially if you have a wish list that includes specific needs (the things that you absolutely must have-like a 5 car garage or a gourmet kitchen) and wants (the features that you would like in your new home, but could do without if necessary) building may become an exciting option. While the home buying process involves a number of important choices, one of the very first decisions buyers need to make is whether to shop for an existing home or build a new one.

Building a Home

 

The big advantage of new construction is that you are more likely to get exactly what you want. For many, this factor alone is enough to choose building over buying, but there are other advantages too. A new home is more efficient, especially with the new energy codes which are both better for the environment and can save you money on your utility bills.

 

Another perk? A new house may literally be better for you.  A new home is less likely to have the health concerns or toxic materials such as asbestos and lead paint. You can build with environmentally friendly materials, green Energy Star rated appliances, plus you have the option to outfit your home with future technology in mind such as home automation and solar.

Even though the upfront costs of building can be higher, it may be easier to recoup your investment.  A newer home is typically more appealing than an older home to most people and a new home will require fewer repairs and less maintenance, which can save both money and time.

Money and features aside, building a house can lead to a level of satisfaction that you can’t achieve through buying an existing home. There is a definite feeling of an emotional connection to living in a new home that you have created.

If this option sounds enticing, check out these wonderful, level lots located in the prime Westover neighborhood.  Located on a convenient cul-de-sac, the hook-ups for City Water, City Sewer, electric & cable are already there!  With 3 lots still available, this could be the perfect fit for you!   

Contact me for more information.

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It’s All About Journey… Magnet Schools: Scofield Magnet Middle School

 

Scofield Magnet Middle School (SMMS) is one of 5 middle schools in Stamford, and continues the magnet philosphy found in the elementary schools.  Admission to Scofield is through a lottery process and offers an innovative program of educational choices through theme-based instruction.

 

SMMS is located on Scofieldtown Rd in the heart of North Stamford, at the former UCONN Stamford campus.

Each grade consists of 2-3 Teams with approximately 100 students each  Students travel with the same group for all three years at Scofield which bonds them into a family type atmosphere.

Scofield was founded as a magnet middle school with an emphasis on science, technology and math. The goal of the Magnet Middle School is to involve students in a learning partnership with the school, home, and community in order to insure success for all students. The Magnet Middle School is comprised of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students and is based on the following beliefs; high standards for all
students, trust, respect, and collaboration.  The school philosophy is that students need to learn to think critically, master an appropriate
body of knowledge in new and unfamiliar settings, and to develop a constant desire to learn something new if they are to succeed in their adult lives. The students acquire an appreciation for science as a critical inquiry across the subject areas so they are able to have the necessary skills for employment. The staff and parents work collaboratively on ensuring the success for all the students. The curriculum is delivered mainly through interdisciplinary topics and project usually with heterogeneous and homogeneous groupings of students. Teams of teachers are responsible for scheduling and grouping students within blocks of time. Assessment of students is an ongoing process. Evaluative measures used by the teachers are observations, portfolios, performance-based assessment, and testing.

One of the unique programs at SMMS is Exhibition. It is the culminating activity for SMMS students where they are required to demonstrate the skills mastered during the middle school years by preparing a multi-faceted Exhibition at the end of the eighth grade. They will choose a particular technology and thoroughly investigate it. This leads to in-depth student presentations  made to teachers, classmates, parents, and community. All SMMS students are required to complete the Exhibition and are guided through the whole process: the research, scheduling & time management and presentation with visual & creative pieces.

 

“In its original form, the Exhibition is the public expression by a student of real command over what he or she has learned.”

–Theodore Sizer, Chairman of the Coalition of Essential Schools

 

Scofield offers a unique environment for both independent and cohesive learning.

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