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Ten Minutes with the CEO/Founder of Benchmark Senior Living

Tom Grape founded Benchmark Senior Living in 1997 and the company now has nearly 60 residences in eight states, employs 6,200 associates, and has about $2.5 billion in assets under agreement and $425 million in annual revenue. Benchmark’s latest residence is Sturges Ridge near Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Grape grew up in Fairfield, and although [...]read moreTen Minutes with the CEO/Founder of Benchmark Senior Living

Memories of “The Kid”

A Long Friendship and Love of Baseball

One never knows when or where a story may materialize. In this case, it began on a winter morning in the baked-goods aisle at ShopRite on Black Rock Turnpike. A casual conversation between a congenial elderly gentleman wearing a Boston Red Sox cap and a certain Fairfield-based writer led to this revelation: said elderly gentleman, [...]read moreMemories of “The Kid”

Showtime

Performing artists glam up locally to take on the town

Yuga Cohler is the conductor of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra and the creator of Yeethoven, an orchestral concert comparing the works of Kanye West with Beethoven. By day Yuga is a computer engineer at Google in Boston. Yuga wears a sportcoat by Albert Nipon, $7; cashmere blend sweater by Mitchells of Westport, $25; Gavin Flat [...]read moreShowtime

How We Met: Third Time’s a Charm

A good friend's patience allows Ira Joe Fisher to find the love of his life

Ira Joe Fisher considers himself a lucky guy. While working as a disc jokey in Spokane, Washington, after a stint in the military, he became good friends with a play-by-play sports announcer named Dick Wright. Wright, who was fond of showing off photos of his eight “cute little kids,” invited Ira Joe home to meet [...]read moreHow We Met: Third Time’s a Charm

Shoe Biz

Local Entrepreneur Creates Her Own Destiny

It was the search for the perfect flat that prompted Bedford resident Vanessa L. Seide to design and create her own line of shoes, Very Lovely Soles, which is a play on her initials. The Rippowam Cisqua, John Jay High School, and Manhattanville College grad had worked at Nine West for more than 13 years in [...]read moreShoe Biz

Four Legged Focus

Fairfield's best furry friends mug for the camera

We had a whopping 234 entries to this year’s pet contest and it was not easy to choose, but here are our faves.  The contest was sponsored by Pet Pantry Warehouse who will be giving our winner a six month supply of Triumph dog food. “As a local family owned business we love supporting our community by [...]read moreFour Legged Focus

Cabin Fever

A rustic outbuilding becomes a creative sanctuary

Artist and designer John-Paul Philippe had just landed in New York from Dallas when a friend called. “There is a private viewing of a place that’s perfect for you. You must come at once.” Philippe had been looking for a weekend retreat, so he got on a train to see it. The property consisted of [...]read moreCabin Fever

Ten Minutes With a Positive Psychologist

Author and speaker Maria Sirois shares the benefits of positive thinking

Maria Sirois embodies what she teaches: gratitude, kindness, and resilience. A 25-year resident of the Berkshires, she travels locally, nationally, and internationally to tout the benefits of positive thinking. She has written two books, Every Day Counts: Lessons in Love, Faith, and Resilience From Children Facing Illness and A Short Course in Happiness After Loss. A regular Kripalu [...]read moreTen Minutes With a Positive Psychologist

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