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Vira Mamchur Schwartz

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  1. Everybody Sleeps: Norwalk Wrestling Team Hosts Mattress Fundraiser

    Everybody Sleeps: Norwalk Wrestling Team Hosts Mattress Fundraiser

    Selling chocolates and magazines door-to-door as a school fundraiser is a relic of the past, at least that’s what Job Fernandez, math teacher and head coach of the Norwalk High School wrestling team is counting on.Fernandez and his team are hosting a mattress fundraiser this Sunday, January 28 in the Norwalk High School gym from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.“We chose a mattress fundraiser because ...

  2. A Little Craig's List Luck Leads To New Norwalk Soccer Facility

    A Little Craig's List Luck Leads To New Norwalk Soccer Facility

    NORWALK, Conn. – When Michael Broncati was a young boy, it took him eight months to save $137 to buy a CD player and CDs so he could listen to his favorite music while kicking the ball around his parents’ basement, pretending to take on soccer defenders.“I used to spend hours and hours in the basement,” said Broncati. “I would practice everything and even use my brother as a goalie.”He ...

  3. Get Cozy With Wilton Author’s Island-Set Mystery

    Get Cozy With Wilton Author’s Island-Set Mystery

    WILTON, Conn. – When the air outside freezes your breath, as it often does mid-winter in New England, one option to consider is a good book set in warmer climes to help banish the winter blues. Jennifer L. Schiff hopes you’ll give her first foray into fiction a chance to do just that.The longtime Wilton resident has been a tech and finance writer for years, but those articles never ...

  4. ALS Won't Get Him (Or His Mom) Down: New Canaan Singer Writes From Heart

    ALS Won't Get Him (Or His Mom) Down: New Canaan Singer Writes From Heart

    NEW CANAAN, Conn. – You might not think of New Canaan in the same breath as Nashville, New York or Los Angeles when it comes to launching musical careers. But it works for singer-songwriter Nick Depuy.Depuy, a New Canaan resident who recently launched his debut album, calls his music “folksy with a few twists" -- think a combination of James Taylor meets Mumford & Sons. His ...

  5. Trumbull Author Explores Friendship, Abuse & Secrets In New Novel For Kids

    Trumbull Author Explores Friendship, Abuse & Secrets In New Novel For Kids

    TRUMBULL, Conn. – By any definition, Tony Abbott of Trumbull made the right decision when he risked leaving his job as a corporate trade publication editor 25 years ago to concentrate on his dream of writing. And it paid off: Today, he has published 106 books and sold over 12 million copies.Abbott is known for his mystery and fantasy series for children — such as the popular Danger Guys ...

  6. Trumbull Couple Keep Christmas Spirit Alive Year-Round At Wilton Shop

    Trumbull Couple Keep Christmas Spirit Alive Year-Round At Wilton Shop

    WILTON, Conn. – Other shops open up for the season, but The Historical Christmas Barn in Wilton’s Lambert House (the oldest house in the town), is open throughout the whole year. It may look like an old colonial home from the outside, but when you open the door, you'll find perhaps the most extensive collection of Christmas tree ornaments to be found in Fairfield County.Trumbull ...

  7. Monroe Woman Delivers Dresses To Girls In Need Around The World

    Monroe Woman Delivers Dresses To Girls In Need Around The World

    MONROE, Conn. – Invited to a sewathon a couple of years year ago while visiting her sister in Maine, Monroe resident Liz Skarzynski thought, why not?Together the group of women made over 100 dresses for the Iowa-based Dress A Girl Around The World organization, a nonprofit group that delivers dresses to girls in underprivileged areas. While she did more cutting than sewing that first ...

  8. Darien Woman Does 'Right' Delivering Wheelchairs To Costa Rica

    Darien Woman Does 'Right' Delivering Wheelchairs To Costa Rica

    DARIEN, Conn. – Many of us take our mobility for granted. Kim Babcock does not. Lack of mobility is not a personal hardship, but one she sees every day. Working with the elderly through Right at Home, a Darien-based business that provides services to keep the elderly safely at home, Babcock has seen how lack of independence can devastate an individual.As a Girl Scout leader in Easton ...

  9. Spread The Word: SoNo Eatery Officially Opening New Location In Greenwich

    Spread The Word: SoNo Eatery Officially Opening New Location In Greenwich

    GREENWICH, Conn. – Bring out the birthday cake! The Spread in South Norwalk celebrated its 5th birthday on Tuesday, Dec. 12, in a very special way: With the opening of its second location on West Putnam Avenue in Greenwich.Four lifelong friends and now business partners, Andrey Cortes, Chris Hickey, Shawn Longyear, and Chris Rasile have turned the Spread into an award-winning ...

  10. Westport Mom Thinks 'Inside The Box' With New Party Business

    Westport Mom Thinks 'Inside The Box' With New Party Business

    WESTPORT, Conn. – After being invited to three children’s house-bounce birthday parties three weekends in a row, Sarah Rose and her sons were tired of the same-old, same-old. The recent U.K. transplant to Westport wondered whether there was something different she could offer for her own children’s parties – something that would fall between requiring a full-blown party planner and a ...

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