Wednesday, June 30, 2010

UBS Cone




One of the most beautiful sights in Stamford Downtown. Pay a visit to the stained glass sculpture in front of UBS, next to the Stamford Transportation Center. It's a breath taking sight once inside.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Bow Tie Cinemas - Landmark 9 on Tues and Weds this summer FREE Kids CLub Film Series

 Kid's Club Film Series. Doors open at 9:30 am--Seating is first come, first serve.
6/22-8/18 Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.  FREE.


BowTie Cinemas Landmark 9
5 Landmark Square
Stamford, CT  06901
203-324-3100
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Friday, June 25, 2010

Stamford Kic It Triathlon, benefit for Kids in Crisis June 27, 2010

Stamford KIC IT Triathlon.  Register to help Kids in Crisis and show your support.

  go to http://www.kicittriathlon.com/ 

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Make waves in the fight against cancer--ANNUAL SWIM ACROSS AMERICA - JUNE 26, 2010

SWIMMERS UNITE TO MAKE WAVES AGAINST CANCER
ANNUAL SWIM ACROSS AMERICA

GREENWICH TO STAMFORD SWIM JUNE 26

The Swim, to be held Saturday, June 26, 2010, will include four options for swimmers: a 1.5-mile course, a ½-mile course, a challenging 5-mile course, or a pool swim. Those swimming the most popular 1.5 mile course will start at the beach at Greenwich (Tod’s) Point with participants swimming along the shore of Long Island Sound to Dolphin Cove in Stamford, Conn. The Swim Across America event raises funds for the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT), the nation’s only non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to funding cancer gene therapy research. ACGT is based in Stamford and its headquarters are the finish line for the swim. Participants must register at http://www.swimacrossamerica.org/ by clicking on the Greenwich – Stamford Swim link.




Swimmers of All Levels Welcome (Recreational, Professional &  Olympic)


  The fourth annual SWIM ACROSS AMERICA GREENWICH TO STAMFORD SWIM is ready to make a big splash for cancer research, prevention and treatment.
“One hundred percent of funds raised this year by the Greenwich - Stamford Swim will be donated to ACGT,” noted Matt Vossler, chairman of the board of Swim Across America and a Darien, Conn., resident. “Due to the incredible generosity key donors and sponsors, we can say that every penny donated to Swim Across America will bring us that much closer to a cure.” Vossler went on to note that 2010 is Swim Across America’s 24th year of raising funds for cancer research and the events have grown to hold dozens of swims all over the country, each with its own distinct personality. “You can swim under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, or swim with NESCAC conference swimmers at Nantasket Beach, or even with Olympians in Greenwich and Boston Harbor,” said Vossler. “Swim Across America began as a grassroots organization with events developing organically. Now, those events each raise hundreds of thousands of dollars; money raised is given to local beneficiaries, which happen to be some of the best in the world. Now, we are bringing Swim Across America events to the whole country, from coast to coast.”



Founded in 1987 by Connecticut natives Matt Vossler and his lifelong friend and Boston College roommate, Jeff Keith, the first Swim Across America event in Connecticut was the first swim in the area dedicated to raising funds for cancer research. Swim Across America is now a national organization that rallies fundraising efforts for cancer research, prevention and treatment through open-water and pool swim events in cities such as Greenwich, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, New York, Providence, San Francisco, Seattle and other areas.



In the past three years, Swim Across America’s Greenwich/Stamford Swim has raised close to $700,000 for the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT) Young Investigator Award Grant program for treating brain cancer. The lead researcher and three year grant recipient on the project is Dr. Khalid Shah, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Shah is instrumental in exploring gene therapy alternatives for the treatment of brain tumors. With so much attention in the news about brain cancer recently, his work takes on a special urgency and there is great optimism that gene therapy will soon revolutionize treatment.



“It means a tremendous amount to Swim Across America to support the innovative and promising grants that the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT) funds with leading cancer researchers,” said Janel Jorgensen, executive director of Swim Across America and a former Olympic swimmer and Silver Medalist. Jorgensen grew up in Ridgefield, Conn., and spent her summers swimming in the water of Long Island Sound near Greenwich and Stamford. Jorgensen, like many of the participants, also has a personal connection to wanting to help find a cure for cancer, as she has had family members affected by the disease. “The clock is ticking to find a cure for cancer and for Swim Across America to be able to support an organization like ACGT, that is on the leading edge of finding a cure, is exciting.”



Returning this year as honorary co-chairs for the Greenwich/Stamford Swim are Olympic swimming champion Donna de Varona and husband John Pinto, Cindy and John Sites, Rueben and Arlene Marks, and Jonathan Sackler, all of Greenwich.



At age 13, Donna de Varona was a world record holder in the 400 Individual Medley and the youngest member of the 1960 Olympic Games U.S. Swimming Team, which competed in Rome, Italy. During her career, de Varona set 18 world's fastest times, and in 1964, she returned to the Olympics to capture two gold medals during the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Voted the most outstanding female athlete in the world in 1964, de Varona is undeniably one of the most decorated swimmers of her generation. She is an Emmy award winning sports broadcaster and is currently President of DAMAR Productions, a company specializing in sport documentaries, promos, event development and promotion. Donna's older brother David de Varona, is a cancer survivor, and she is devoted to the Swim Across America cancer campaign.



Swimmers from previous years included many recreational swimmers and several Olympic swimmers. In addition, a large contingent of swimmers were cancer survivors or those currently battling cancer, such as Old Greenwich resident and triathlete Karen Newman, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer; Nick Fernandez who swam with five of his family members who swam for Nick who has been treated for leukemia; and Roberta Bass, 58, of Greenwich, who in 2006 grappled with uterine cancer. Other swimmers are inspirations to everyone, such as Caroline Conrod of Greenwich, who at age seven in 2008, was the event’s youngest participant; and Swim Across America co-founder Matt Vossler of Darien who lost a family member to the disease.



Swim Across America has raised more than $30 million for some of the top cancer institutions in the country, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, UCSF Children’s Hospital, the Loyola Cancer Center, and the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT). With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and many past and current Olympians, Swim Across America is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service.



The Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT) is the recipient of funds raised by Swim Across America. ACGT was founded by Greenwich residents Barbara and Edward Netter. ACGT believes that cancer gene therapy has the greatest potential to not only improve the quality of life of cancer patients, but to ultimately realize a cure for cancer.



The June 26 Greenwich - Stamford Swim Across America event will take place on Saturday, June 26. Each participant is required to raise a minimum of $500. Volunteer opportunities for boaters, kayakers and land volunteers are also available. For more information, visit http://www.swimacrossamerica.org/ or email Jacque Lang at Jacque@swimacrossamerica.org.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Don't forget to vote--

Wednesday, that's today,  is your last chance to vote at 95.9 The Fox for your favorite band from this past Saturday's Bedford Street Promenade.

Pictured here: PANA

Go to http://959thefox.com/ to vote! And don't miss the last of the Bedford Street Promende Events this Saturday, 06/26/10

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Stamford Town Center - Jazz on the Plaza Line up

Patio diners at the Stamford Town Center’s outdoor restaurants will be treated to live music when Jazz on the Plaza comes to the downtown shopping mall this summer.


Regional jazz musicians, along with students from the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic Summer Jazz Workshop, will play every Wednesday through Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. Performances will take place under a tent outside Barnes & Noble.


Jazz on the Plaza Line-Up:

June 23: Richard “Cookie” Thomas & his trio. Live broadcast from Star 99.9

June 30: Ten Feet Deep

July 7: Maria Tiscia Quartet

July 14: The Dan Lipsitz Quartet

July 21: The American Jazz Quintet

July 28: Stamford Young Artist Jazz Workshop

August 4: The Juicy Grapes

August 11: BC Jazz Quintet

August 18: Encore performance from Richard “Cookie” Thomas & his trio

August 25: The Joe Sinaguglia Quartet

The series kicks off Wednesday with a performance by Stamford resident Richard “Cookie” Thomas, along with a live broadcast from Star 99.9. Ten Feet Deep of Westchester, N.Y., last year’s winner of Unplugged in the Plaza and a finalist in Stamford’s Battle of the Bands, will take the stage the following Wednesday. 

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Columbus Park Fountain



Columbus Park Fountain in Columbus Park.
Enjoy its tranquility before the concert season begins.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC2-rrW-GxA

Just a reminder:  If you haven't made your restaurant reservations for the Columbus Park area outdoor seating for the summer concerts you should think about it--sitting outside to enjoy the summer concerts is an enjoyable and relaxing experience.  Don't be wait-listed.  Don't miss the Alive @ 5 and Pops in the Park concert series this summer.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Stamford Art Association - June 19 Reception, 4-6pm

 Stamford Art Assocation
30 Franklin Street

 Stamford Art Association Art Exhibit- -"Strokes and Rhythms of Central and Latin America"






Opening Reception: Saturday June 19, 4-6


Exhibit Dates: June 19 to July 9, 2010


Location: Stamford Art Association Gallery, 39 Franklin Street, Stamford CT.


Gallery hours: Thursday/Friday 11-3, Saturday/Sunday 12-3 or by appointment


Further information: 203.325.1139 or http://www.stamfordartassociation.com/


Free and open to the public


The juried exhibit is open to members and nonmembers and cash prizes will be awarded. 55 multimedia art works created within the last two years which depict Central and Latin America will be exhibited. Tatiana Mori, Curator for the Greenwich Arts Council is juror.

 First of a 3 part series on "Cultural Identities" - "Strokes and Rhythms of Central and South America".

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Princess Tiffany

Princess Tiffany, by Adele Moros
This kitty is perched next to St John's Church on Atlantic St. See more sculptures - click here.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

i-Shop opens doors in Stamford Downtown


i-Shop opens doors in downtown Stamford

By CHASE WRIGHT

The Hour Staff Writer


i-Shop, you shop, we all shop -- in downtown Stamford.

That's at least the hope of Stamford's Downtown Special Services District (DSSD), which launched a new initiative Monday aimed at bringing in business for city merchants.

i-Shop is a wallet-sized premium discount card that can be used at more than 60 restaurants, theaters, hotels and shops in downtown Stamford. The i-Shop card is free of charge to residents of all communities and can be obtained by logging onto the DSSD Web site at http://www.stamford-downtown.com.

"In a difficult economy, marketing together, working together, has a positive impact," said former Mayor Dannel Malloy, who formally welcomed the card Monday, along with a crowd of downtown merchants who gathered outside the Avon Theater on Bedford Street.

Several merchants brought with them to the Avon what makes their businesses unique, including John Galdino of Tacos Guadalajara on Atlantic Street, who dressed in a black mariachi suit, along with his brother George, who hid his face under a leather wrestler's mask.

"We're like the Mexican Partridge family," joked John Galdino.

"The purpose of this is to get people to shop locally," said Jacqueline Wetenhall, director of retail development for the DSSD.

The i-Shop card is valid through the summer until Oct. 31, 2009 when the promotional offer expires. All 62 participating businesses are offering patrons a 10 percent discount for their purchase, or an alternative premium.

Kona Grill at 230 Tresser Blvd., for example, is offering customers one free entree with the purchase of any full-priced entree on the menu, said manger Ken Martin.

"It's essentially a buy one, get one free deal," he said.

Restaurants aren't the only the businesses participating in the deal. The Bridal Suite, Connecticut Cigar Company, Downtown Golf, and the Marriott Hotel are also represented, along with a number of other retail shops.

"There's really quite a collection," said Malloy. "You've got a little bit of everything."

Also represented is the entertainment industry in downtown Stamford, including the Avon Theatre Film Center, where the i-Shop announcement was made.

"All of us in downtown Stamford, we all need to help each other out," said Louisa Green, director of development and marketing at the Avon Theatre. "Eat, shop and play local is really the theme behind this."

The i-Shop initiative comes at the heels of DSSD's announcement that their Alive @ Five concerts, beginning June 25 at Columbus Park in Stamford, will now cost patrons $5 for admission.

Last year's concerts drew huge, and often rowdy crowds in downtown Stamford, and despite the new charge and added rules, DSSD is expecting the same type of turnout.

"It's going to be a great summer," said Wetenhall.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Apparel at CRAVE Clothing & Accessories - Contemporary Style at Affordable Prices

CRAVE Clothing & Accessories - Contemporary Style at Affordable Prices

Fun, contemporary women's clothing and accessories, at affordable prices. Whether you are looking for formal wear, casual wear, or great accessories, we offer the latest cutting edge, one of a kind styles for all.

CRAVE offers great styles at reasonable prices, we understand the value of offering our customers great looks for less- and doesn't every woman deserve to look her best?
Happy Shopping!

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Birthday Party at the Mill River Playground - June 12, 2010

Playground Birthday Party Kicks Off Fun Saturday Mornings


Mill River Playground is 4 years old! Come to the biggest kids birthday bash in Stamford. Mark your calendar for Saturday June 12th from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon when the Big Apple Circus’ Bucky & Li’s Super Circus Show will perform free in Mill River Playground. The birthday party will also feature face painting, balloon artists and birthday cake.
    Fun Saturday Mornings will continue every Saturday morning at 11:00 am (except 4th of July weekend) through the end of July.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Bedford St. Promenade on Sat, 6/12/2010 -Cadillac 9 and Ten Feet Deep

Join us for a fun new event on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the evening!



Extended Cafes from Bedford Street Restaurants start at 4:00, and the music begins around 7:30. The bands will compete for a chance to open for the Gin Blossoms and Soul Asylum at Alive @ Five on 6/24. Come vote for your favorite!

The bands performing at the Bedford St. Promenade on 6/12 are:

Cadillac 9 and Ten Feet Deep

Cadillac 9 played at the Butterfield 8 Restaurant and Lounge on May 21.

"Clearly inspired by timeless acts like The 'Stones, The Who, AC/DC, The Clash, Social Distortion and The Blues Explosion, 'C9' have quickly created the kind of bare-bones rock and roll buzz that has helped many a young man to burn out or fade away...thoroughly." -Jaque LeRoque


Ten Feet Deep played at Bradford's Grill and Tavern on May 21. Ten Feet Deep is a rock-pop band from Westchester County, N.Y. They have performed at various venues in New York City. They opened for Justin Timberlake and Avirl Lavigne in People Magazine's "What's Next"event.


Bedford St. Promenade- Cadillac 9 vs. Ten Feet Deep

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Mill River Park & Greenway Hike - June 5th

Come Hike Mill River Park & Greenway - Saturday June 5th, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon


Take a 2-mile hike along Mill River Park & Greenway on Connecticut Trails Day. Highlights will include the restored river channel, restored flood plain, salt water marshes, proposed trail extension and amenities, community-built playground and the 911 Memorial Grove. Information on the 80-year old restoration and greenbelt project will also be discussed. Meet Robin Stein and co-leader Milton Puryear at the Stamford Government Center lobby (888 Washington Boulevard). Sponsored by the City of Stamford (www.ci.stamford.ct.us) and Mill River Collaborative (www.millriverpark.com) Heavy rain cancels. Rain date: June 16, 10:00 am. Pre-registration is recommended. Questions and to register: Contact Robin Stein, 203-977-4716, 203-977-4713, rstein@ci.stamford.ct.us. Easy, families, new hikers, no dogs.



Connecticut Trails Day features over 160 events statewide. Get an electronic copy of the event booklet at www.ctwoodlands.org.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Have mercy....

Are you an "Uncle Jesse" Fan? 
Remember your favorite heart throb from General Hospital soap opera in the 80's?  How about Full House?  Or more recently on ER--Rumor has it that John Stamos might make an appearance in Stamford Downtown this summer.  He's been known to help out Mike Love and the Beach Boys, so we are hoping the Manhattan native makes his way here on August 5 for the Alive @ Five Beach Boys concert.  Stay tuned for more scoop... Click here for a full schedule of Alive @ Five concerts-- http://www.stamford-downtown.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=128.

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