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Fairfield Magazine – March/April Issue 2020

This issue is full of important intriguing stories. From Vaping to Tiny Homes to Pollinators to our Green Awards winners. ~Editor Robin H. Phillips


The Vape Escape–Communities Confront an Epidemic

When Janelle Jessee speaks, seventh graders listen. As educator for St. Vincent’s Smoke Stoppers cancer-prevention program, Jessee travels throughout Connecticut speaking to middle and high schoolers about the dangers of smoking. During a presentation last June at Fairfield Woods Middle… Read More

Modern Menage–very BOLD spaces in VERY cool places

Discovering one’s true path in life is often a circuitous route. Diane Rath, a small-town upstate New York girl, never imagined she would live in Fairfield—let alone reimagine her career to become an interior designer. After college, Rath built her… Read More

Ten Minutes With Fairfield’s First Selectman–Brenda Kupchick

Brenda Kupchick is the former state representative for the 132nd district from 2011 to 2019, which she resigned when elected first selectman in November 2019. A graduate of Andrew Warde High School, Kupchick served as a member of the Fairfield… Read More

The Happening Hubs–Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Visit any large university in America and chances are, you might see a new building or center, or even a small office, devoted solely to technology and entrepreneurship–most often dubbed “Innovation Centers.” These well-funded spots began cropping up on campuses… Read More

Portrait of the Artist–A young man’s different path

When first viewing 20-year-old Jack Caserta’s abstract paintings you notice obscure words. They may seem lost in his paintings, yet they could not be more purposeful. They stir the onlooker to inspect the works more thoroughly and to stop and… Read More

Fashion Innocence Abroad–Or how I learned to dress myself in Paris

When we moved to Paris years ago, I knew enough not to pack bright white jogging shoes and T-shirts emblazoned with inane witticisms. Even so, I was not prepared for how out of place I felt. The sidewalks were teeming… Read More

The Power of the Pollinator–How to help and be healthier

Paul Looks with pride at his perfectly green lawn; there’s not a blade of grass out of place. No leaves stand a chance against his power blower. He spends time and money getting this perfectly lush, golf-course-like lawn to stand… Read More

Diminutive Dwellings–The Popularity of Tiny Spaces

Tiny houses are nothing new—kids have always loved small structures, whether up in the trees or on terra firma. However, today’s treehouses and clubhouses are a far cry from the simple plywood creations of past generations, and Connecticut is home… Read More

Editor’s Pick Westport–Vedas Indian Cuisine

Tired of take-out? Vedas Indian Cuisine is just what you need to spice things up. Tucked into the Westfair Plaza just over the town line, owners Jaiprakash (JP) Agarwal and Dipika Behera are serving up some of the best Indian… Read More

Editor’s Pick Fairfield–Rise & Grind Cafe

It’s always a good morning at Rise & Grind Cafe, located in the Trademark Building near the Fairfield Metro train station. Whether you’re grabbing coffee on the go, or meeting a colleague or friend for a bite to eat, you… Read More

A Tasty Day–3rd Annual Taste of Fairfield WinterFest

Over 500 local foodies celebrated our third annual Taste of Fairfield WinterFest on January 26, 2020 at the elegant Brooklawn Country Club. Fans of all ages joined us to eat, drink, bowl, and laugh with Fairfield Comedy Club who presented… Read More

Editor’s Pick Bridgeport–Azteca

Go South of the border to Bridgeport’s newest Mexican restaurant, Azteca. Co-owners/siblings David and Nancy Vazquez, and their mother Elizabeth, have a long history with food and restaurants. Originally hailing from Mexico City, Elizabeth’s mother was an excellent home cook.… Read More

Green Awards 2020

TICKET GIVEAWAY – To enter to win two tickets to the Green Awards Reception and Ceremony, simple go to our Facebook page and on post about the event make a comment. Drawing March 9. The Green Awards recognize businesses,  non-profits,… Read More

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My name is Jennifer Marrelli and I run a boutique photography business in Fairfield Connecticut called She Snaps Photography. I opened in 2008 and have been servicing much of Fairfield County with my specialty being families and children. I am a mother of five and gained much of my experience from photographing my own family.

In mid March I began my PORCH PIC project with the goal of helping to support my family, giving back to our community (20% of the proceeds are going to Operation Hope in Fairfield. This is extras special for me because our family has been receiving support from Operation Hope for about 6 months. They have supported us with weekly food and have made sure we had a Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. My children received wrapped gifts under our tree from this amazing organization. I am so excited to be able to give back to them through these proceeds) while also learning about how people in our community are personally dealing with Covid-19.

I watched as people stepped outside, into the world to present themselves. I wanted to see them for what they were and how they were. My goal was to uncover this time in history while also creating some joy for my clients and as it turned out, for myself as well. They’ve thanked me for giving them a reason to dress up, smile and have a place to be, even if that place was simply their front door step or porch. It has been a special journey for I’ve learned so much about raw emotion and how a community lives with fear but most importantly with hope. I wanted to share this with you in hopes that you too will see how very special this PORCH PIC project is. This portfolio (https://www.shesnapsphotography.com/sessions/porch-pics/1) is a window into the lives of many families who are desperately seeking to find normalcy in their day to day isolation.

PORCH PIC FUNDRAISER by She Snaps Photography
$75 – (2 Digital Images along with 20% proceeds going to Operation Hope.
To sign up use this link:
To see the PORCH PIC portfolio use this link: https://www.shesnapsphotography.com/sessions/porch-pics/1

With all that is going on in the world, I have found this project to be heart warming and I wanted to share it with you in hopes that you would too.

Thank You,


She Snaps Photography
Jennifer Marrelli
[email protected]
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