Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blog share: See Spot go: Designated 'dog area' to be installed in downtown Stamford

See Spot go: Designated 'dog area' to be installed in downtown Stamford 


STAMFORD -- An influx of dogs living downtown has created the need for the city to build a designated area for residents' four-legged friends to relieve themselves.

"In small parks like Kiwanis Park, which are loaded with shrubs, annuals and trees, even though most people pick up after their dogs, there's still a lot of damage done," said John Ruotolo, vice president of operations for the Downtown Special Services District, which is heading up the project to create a dog-designated destination in the small park.

Earlier this week, the Parks Commission approved the DSSD's proposal to construct a six-foot by six-foot dog area in one of the park's existing raised garden beds in the park's southwest corner. The dog area is expected to be completed within a month, Ruotolo said.
"Essentially, 10 or 15 years ago, this was never a problem in the downtown, because most buildings did not allow pets, but in the last decade at least, with far more residential buildings being built and a more diverse and younger crowd coming in, and a lot of competition between buildings, pets are now allowed in more buildings, Ruotolo explained. "So we've got a downtown with a lot of residents that we love, and a lot of dogs that we love, but they don't really have places to take their dogs for curbing."
In Park Square West, which is located right next to Kiwanis Park, dogs were not permitted to live in the residence until 2012. After two years as a dog-friendly building, there are a total of 21 dogs calling the 143 units home -- about one dog for every seven apartments -- according to leasing consultant Maria Gonzalez. And the numbers are only going up.
"In the most recent months, out of the past five leases, two had dogs," Gonzalez said.
And Park Square West is far from the only building in the city's downtown opening itself up to dogs. With that in mind, Ruotolo said that the Kiwanis Park plan is being considered a pilot program, with the possibility of creating more designated dog areas across the city.
"We don't want to ban people bringing their dogs outside. We want places for people to go with their digs without having to go across town to the dog park at 8 o'clock in the morning," he said. In the future, if the Kiwanis Park location is successful, Ruotolo said that others could be launched in Veteran's Park, Columbus Park and Latham Park to name a few.
"Having dogs downtown is a good thing," he said. "We just realize that we need to come up with a solution for this."
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Meet our 2014 Stamford Downtown Summer Interns...

For the last few years, we have been blessed with a couple of high school summer interns, that work for a few weeks, or for the whole summer at the Stamford Downtown office. They are given school credit for participating and spend 30 hours a week on average engulfed in Stamford Downtown Summer Events.      
This year we welcome Maddy and Mahir.  Here's what our interns has been working on so far...

Maddy & Mahir during lunch time.
As told by Mahir...

As a senior at Greenwich High School, I spent a lot of my year looking forward to going on internship in May (a full month before the rest of the school finished classes). When I saw the list of choices for possible internships, DSSD was one of the few that really stood out to me. Helping with marketing, organizing, and planning special events that thousands of people would attend seemed like an enjoyable experience that would come with plenty of responsibility.

In these first few days, I have completed tasks such as creating season passes for Alive@Five, organizing documents for meetings and presentations, finding pictures of events to be used in media, organizing records for Stamford Tables, finding new outlets to list events online, and assisting with benches for this year’s Street Seats event. These jobs, as well as others, have been unique and I have enjoyed the variety.

Every day this week I have gotten more involved with the employees and the things that are going on, and I look forward to attending the events that I have learned so much about. There is almost always something happening that I can help with, so my time here seems to be going by very quickly. So far, this internship has been interesting and has shown me a lot about how an office such as this operates from day-to-day.


As written by Maddy...

Hi! My name is Maddie and I’ve lived in Old Greenwich, Connecticut my whole life. I am about to graduate Greenwich High School and continue my education at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. What made me gravitate toward interning for Stamford Downtown Special Services was the involvement with relevant social events around Stamford. Given that I live in Greenwich, I don’t attend as many events in downtown Stamford as I would like. Already I have learned of many events, such as the Artwalk, which I plan to attend.

Coming into this internship, I didn’t have many expectations though I hoped not to be glued to a desk all day. I was greeted with warm welcomes on the first day and immediately felt comfortable. To think that Stamford Downtown events can be run through such a small office and by such a core group of people is definitely impressive. My initial fear of confinement went away when I got a behind the scenes look at the artful benches that were part of the Artwalk. Even being in the office wasn’t and isn’t so bad since everyone is friendly and there are often people coming in and out. This keeps the office interesting and exciting. Furthermore, being able to watch how an office runs and sitting in on meetings gives me a great look at business in the real world.

As I am wrapping up my first week here, I am looking forward to upcoming events that I will be a part of and know that I took some responsibility for. I definitely can get used to interning here, none of which has to do with earning a free Alive at Five season pass…

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

Blog share: 3rd Annual Guide to Outdoor Dining – 2014 Edition - Hey Stamford!

3rd Annual Guide to Outdoor Dining – 2014 Edition - Hey Stamford!
"Over the last several years that we’ve posted our Outdoor Dining Guide to Stamford it quickly becomes one of our most read pieces on the site!  And rightly so! With 50+ restaurants offering an al fresco dining experience, there’s a meal with a view for everybody!

There is no excuse for staying inside on these beautiful days. So break from your workday and take your lunch outdoors, kick back with your favorite cocktail at the end of a workday or allow yourself a hot night out on the town. Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of the city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden, there’s nothing better than dining “al fresco”!
While we’ve already been treated to many days of al fresco-friendly weather, we know the best of the outdoor dining and drinking season is yet to come. So here it is, Introducing our 3rd Annual Hey Stamford Guide to Outdoor Dining – 2014 Edition  - 50+ Stamford restaurants offering al fresco style seating!"


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Friday, May 23, 2014

Artists of Laurel house at the Mayors Gallery | Stamford Downtown - This is the place!

Artists of Laurel house at the Mayors Gallery | Stamford Downtown - This is the place!

The Mayor’s Gallery presents...
                                                
Celebrating the Artists of Laurel House
May 5 – June 30, 2014.



In recognition of May
is Mental Health Awareness Month, The Mayor’s Gallery will host an exhibit

featuring over thirty works of art created by Laurel House artists. The

exhibition runs from May 5 through June 30, 2014. Join the artists on Thursday,

May 29th  from 5 – 7pm for a reception on the 10th floor of the Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd. Stamford, CT.

From its beginnings in 1984, where a dozen people a day would drop in for a couple of hours of mutual support and fellowship, Laurel House has grown into a full service psychiatric rehabilitation program and Resource Center, assisting nearly 700 people a year on their paths to recovery.



































For more information call Barbara
Rossi 203-324-7734 or email brossi@laurelhouse.net                 
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Ballet School Stamford - Coppelia on May 23

Ballet School Stamford Event Details

One of the most famous comic ballets ever written, Coppelia tells the story of two young loves, an eccentric toymaker and his marvelous magical doll. A perfect ballet for families!  



Tickets are on sale now at the SCA
box office
 
Gala tickets which include a conversation with Artistic Director Michael Vernon at Cotto Winebar are available by calling 203-358-8853
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"Haiti: The Value of the Example" screening

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Awaken Wellness Fair | Stamford Downtown - This is the place!

Awaken Wellness Fair | Stamford Downtown - This is the place! 


Compelling speakers throughout the day. Over 100 amazing healers and vendors offering the latest
info and products for self care, living green, and living well! Readings from gifted intuitives.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

“To Women Interrupted” Exhibition | Stamford Downtown - This is the place!

“To Women Interrupted” Exhibition | Stamford Downtown - This is the place!

The FLA Gallery presents “To Women Interrupted,” an exhibition of work by gallery owner Fernando Luis Alvarez in tribute to Dr. Joyce Yerwood. 50% of sales will go towards the Yerwood Center.
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Let the summer begin...Alive@Five 2014 and Jazz up July 2014

2014 Stamford Downtown Summer concert series schedule released!


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Monday, May 19, 2014

Check out the NEW Stamford Downtown GUIDE....

The newly printed  GUIDE  is out and about Stamford Downtown!!!



 For a larger view, click here.  #stamforddowntown

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Station eats fun at night...

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Mayor Martin receives his new bike... Bike to Work day is TODAY!

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At the Avon – Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago | Stamford Downtown - This is the place!

At the Avon – Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago | Stamford Downtown - This is the place!

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago

6/04/2014

07:30 pm

272 Bedford St
Stamford, CT 06901
$11
The Award winning documentary Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago is coming to the Avon Theatre for one night only! Director Lydia B. Smith will appear in person for Q&As after the show.
http://caminodocumentary.org

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Street seats in process...



Here's what going on...
More street seats in the works...


And the Stamford Advocate press too!
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Blog Share: Curtain Call’s Dancing with the Stars Saturday, May 17,2014

Curtain Call’s Dancing with the Stars
Saturday, May 17,2014
Palace Theatre (61 Atlantic Street)
Click Here For Tickets



Click here for more information....
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Truck in the Park - Tue/Wed/Thurs in Vet's Park!

Food trucks in Vet's Park


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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Street Seats- Flood Middle School Field Trip...

Flood Middle School Field Trip...
Street Seats in Stamford Downtown!
The Flood Middle School artists, from Stratford,  visited our artist's Studio on Friday to meet Laurie Guzda, one of our Street Seats artists and take a peak at her process.  "Flood Middle" is also decorating a bench this year. Today, close to 30 students in all,  they stopped by the studio to see how other artists were coming along with their benches.  They chatted about the bench creations.  Picked their favorites. Took selfies.  They wandered. Some had face painting.  The students came with their "artist hat" on, and even one was sporting cat ears.  Fun.

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Street Seats in Stamford Downtown!

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Barre now offered

Here's what going on...

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

TRUCK IN THE PARK PREVIEW! Till 2pm today

Here's what going on...
TRUCK IN THE PARK PREVIEW!
In Vet's Park till 2pm today....
Three of Stamford's most popular food trucks are previewing the "Truck in the Park" summer schedule--come and check it out today!

 Vets Park
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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Ablis Fundrasider - May 8


Thursday, May 8th at 6:30 P.M.

Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa
243 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford, CT


Cocktails, Buffet & Dancing

Auction items include
·         A house in Martha’s Vineyard for a week
·         4 nights in Bermuda including airfare


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https://www.abilis.us/tango/default.aspx

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Street Seats -- Decorated benches are coming...

Here's what going on...
Seats. Benches.  I bet most people wouldn't give it a second thought.  But for some our local artists, they have been busy in our artists space creating an amazing assortment of decorated benches for our outdoor art display.  They've started out a plain bench and are becoming works of art. A few samples below.
Click here for more about the stamford downtown's annual outdoor art exhibit.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

4 Freedoms.... Can you spot them?

4 Freedoms.  See if you can spot them around town.

Only in Stamford Downtown....

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Cinco de Mayo happenings at Lolas....


Cinco de Mayo Weekend!!!!!


Stamford Best Cinco de Mayo Party!!!!

Friday May 2nd DJ Jonesy the Kid

Saturday May 3rd DJ Petter Valis

Sunday May 4th Lady Tita Partners with the Triangle Community Center and home of TWIST

Monday May 5th DJ Petter Valis playing After 9pm

Here is the rest. #stamforddowntown

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Stamford Art Association – 15th Annual Vivian and Stanley Reed Marine Show | Stamford Downtown - This is the place!

Stamford Art Association – 15th Annual Vivian and Stanley Reed Marine Show | Stamford Downtown - This is the place!





Description:
A multimedia juried art exhibit featuring 40 artists' interpretation of
everything about water. The exhibit is an annual show honoring 2 of the
original Stamford Art Association founders who were artists and avid sailors.


Exhibit runs from May 2 to June 5 with an opening reception Friday May 2,
6-8. Free admission.

Dates:
May 2 to June 5, opening reception Friday May 2,  6-8.
Hours: Thursday/Friday
11-3, Saturday/Sunday 12-3
Gallery: Stamford Art
Association Townhouse Gallery
Address:
39 Franklin Street, Stamford, CT 06901


Phone: 203 325 1139
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