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The Queen of Kind

At home with Lisa Lampanelli

Most people who have heard of Lisa Lampanelli know her as a comedian with a penchant for insults and crude jokes, earning her the moniker “The Queen of Mean.” Watching some of her past routines on YouTube, I wondered, should I prepare myself to be offended? Not a chance, it turns out. After being greeted [...]read moreThe Queen of Kind

Rockin’ a Country Road

James Taylor, at peace in the Berkshires

The simplicity is what is so profound about James Taylor, who sits comfortably on his plush, rose-colored sofa in front of a slow-burning fireplace on this chilly afternoon in May. He serves me coffee (“No sweetness?” he asks again, ever so casually), his wife, Kim, carries a platter of freshly sliced fruit arranged in tidy [...]read moreRockin’ a Country Road

Down the Line

On the road with Keith Richards

I was sitting beside Keith Richards on the Rolling Stones’ plane to New York after a show. When the plane banked over Long Island Sound, he looked out the window and smiled. “That’s my home down there,” he said looking in the direction of Fairfield County. “When I see those lights, I know I’m close to [...]read moreDown the Line

Drama Queen – At home with one of the Real Housewives of New York City

House Wives of New York

Dorinda Medley—entrepreneur, homeowner, mother, and one of the “Real Housewives of New York City”—is our girl. Our Berkshire girl. She belongs to us. Unlike many other prominent Berkshire women, Medley was born, raised, and educated here. She went to Brownies on Bridge Street, attended the old Searles School, and then the Berkshire School in Sheffield. [...]read moreDrama Queen – At home with one of the Real Housewives of New York City

Worth the Weight

John Frey’s Life-Changing Experience

John Frey has spent most of his life in Ridgefield—and wants to continue living here even longer. When he was eight, his dad died, so John and his two sisters were raised by their mom, but the town became a second parent. “I could walk around Main Street and people looked after me. They knew [...]read moreWorth the Weight

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

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