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Vira Mamchur Schwartz

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  1. All In The Details: North Salem Teacher Publishes Historical Teen Novel

    All In The Details: North Salem Teacher Publishes Historical Teen Novel

    BREWSTER, N.Y. – Fans of historical fiction appreciate nothing more than accurate attention to detail. As a fan of the genre herself, Brewster resident Deborah Rafferty Oswald certainly does, and made it her mission to be historically accurate in her first full novel, The Girls of Haviland, published this past August and available at Amazon.Oswald, a fifth grade teacher in North Salem, ...

  2. 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 is celebrating 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 ...

  3. One-Stop Pop-Up Shop In SoNo Features Wares From Local Artisans

    One-Stop Pop-Up Shop In SoNo Features Wares From Local Artisans

    NORWALK, Conn. – Wandering around SoNo, you might have noticed a new shop on Water Street that opened just in time for the holiday season. Americana's Concept Shop, which was launched in mid-November and will remain open through February, features local artisans selling their wares – from accessories to natural beauty products to specialty condiments and more.The pop-up shop is the ...

  4. One Family, Four Diners: How Love & Fate Led To Fairfield County Dynasty

    One Family, Four Diners: How Love & Fate Led To Fairfield County Dynasty

    NORWALK, Conn. – Call it kismet, a good feeling, or just plain luck. Olga Giapoutzis, owner of the Post Road Diner in Norwalk along with her husband Teddy, hadn’t planned on coming to the United States from her native Greece let alone staying, but her father persuaded her to come to Connecticut to help her brother at his restaurant. Fate intervened: She met Teddy.“And that’s why I ...

  5. Monroe Woman Delivers Dresses Around The World

    Monroe Woman Delivers Dresses 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 ...

  6. William Raveis Honored For Fundraising Work To Fight Cancer

    William Raveis Honored For Fundraising Work To Fight Cancer

    WESTPORT, Conn. – Bill Raveis, Fairfield resident and founder of William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance, was honored at the Westport Country Playhouse for his exceptional fundraising efforts for cancer research. Raveis was recognized last week at the 10th annual Moffly Media Light a Fire Awards Ceremony, emceed by Broadway star James Naughton, which honors the nonprofit ...

  7. From Prom To Mother Of The Bride, Darien Shop Stands Test Of Time

    From Prom To Mother Of The Bride, Darien Shop Stands Test Of Time

    DARIEN, Conn. – Many stores and businesses have come and gone over the last two generations on  Boston Post Road, but one remains constant: Helen Ainson. The Darien-based shop, owned by Rowayton resident Erica Jensen, recently celebrated 40 years in the business. It’s not your usual shop that can boast dressing the same woman for prom and her daughter’s wedding, but Helen Ainson can and ...

  8. Gain From Pain: Easton Resident Vies for Top Prize with Headache Hat

    Gain From Pain: Easton Resident Vies for Top Prize with Headache Hat

    EASTON, Conn. – Migraines with their intense pain, visual auras, and nausea may not seem like proper intellectual stimuli for the next great invention, but it was while coming out of one that the idea of the Headache Hat hit Sherri Pulie.The Easton resident has suffered from migraines her entire life. Not always needing or wanting to take medication, Pulie had relied on her mother’s ...

  9. Wilton Ballerinas To Grace Stage in New Canaan Nutcracker Performance

    Wilton Ballerinas To Grace Stage in New Canaan Nutcracker Performance

    NEW CANAAN, Conn. – It's Nutcracker time.The New England Academy of Dance’s annual presentation of the holiday classic features several Wilton residents: Frida Allers (Angel); Kayla McCauley (Mouse); Blake Baumel (Pixie, Toy Soldier); Nicolle Allers (Bluebell); Caitlyn Lentner (Bluebell); Morgan LeBlanc (Candy Cane, Ivy, Soldier); and Avery Baumel (Chinese, Roses).Lavish sets and ...

  10. Thinking Brussels Sprouts For Thanksgiving, Ridgefield? You’re Not Alone!

    Thinking Brussels Sprouts For Thanksgiving, Ridgefield? You’re Not Alone!

    FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Oh, how far they’ve come! A 2008 survey conducted by the Heinz Corp. declared Brussels sprouts America’s most hated vegetable. These days, however, the mini-cabbage-looking ball is the belle of the, well, ball.“For years, Brussels sprouts have gotten a bad rap,” said Chaz Fable the chef at  Stew Leonards in Norwalk. “If they are overcooked, they can end up ...

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